28 September 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Pyrokinesis for Beginners and more new this week

Pyrokinesis for Beginners by Steven Rhodes (blue sparrow) is Threadless’s best print this week, and that comes as no surprise- every design the artist has done as part of this series of twisted kids’ book covers has hit just the right note of reckless behavior and perfectly retro art. This piece does a good job of emulating the questionable fashion of the 70s with the girl’s sweater and overalls outfit, and pairs her innocent face with some complete mean-spirited mayhem by showing a man on fire right beside her. The fire is really well-drawn, and its wild, colorful intensity is a big part of what makes this design feel exciting. I especially like the way the man on fire breaks through the art’s borders, adding to the chaos of the event. Good stuff!

Eagle 5 by Nicholas Ginty (Gintron) is a tribute to the movie Spaceballs, using a minimal style that renders the film’s famous flying Winnebago and some spacey graphics in a series of simple lines. It’s rare to see a design about a comedy that doesn’t focus on repeating the property’s jokes, and I like that this is instead a sophisticated piece that focuses on its ideas. Because yeah, it would be amazing to fly from planet to planet with your buddies in a camper, exploring everywhere you land! This art grants that silly idea the kind of serious, fawning attention you’d expect to see for something more serious like the Mars Rover, and that’s what makes it fun. Who wouldn’t want a piece of that future?

Feck Perfuction by James Victore (James_Victore) is a fun slogan, and I love how expressively its been scrawled. Text is especially thick and bold for the altered profanity, adding emphasis. The underline adds to the intensity. Perfuction, meanwhile, is messily handwritten in a mix of normal writing and cursive, made more chaotic with a shifting baseline and letters that vary wildly in height. This is all finished off with a large scribble, hanging below the text like the symbol of frustration you’d see over a comic character’s head. It’s exactly the kind of thing you scrawl when you don’t know what to write or your pen isn’t working properly. Very relatable. The only sour note for me is the inclusion of the artist’s signature. I feel that in a simple piece like this, the signature is just way too much of a distraction, especially since so much of the art is text. It’s helped a bit by turning the signature on its side, but I think most viewers will still see it and try to read it as part of the rest of the message.

Threadless prints new shirts every week, chosen from the designs submitted by and voted on by site members. Most winners earn $1 minimum per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

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