03 November 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Frankencookie and more new this week

Frankencookie by Antonio Angel Centeno Guerrero (Tony Centeno) is my favorite Threadless print this week. Part of the site’s grand tradition of smart and silly designs featuring food with faces, this piece centers on a half-eaten gingerbread man who has been brought back to life (courtesy of a smart cookie) with pieces of other baked items in place of his missing parts. Part of the fun of this scenario is that to us, the gingerbread man is still the most human and real-seeming of the bunch- after all, he’s the only one in this crew who is meant to have a face. That makes him easy to root for, especially because the rage on the faces of the angry villager snacks is so pronounced. I do think there’s a slight missed opportunity in that the cookie’s pitchfork would have been funnier as an actual fork, but it’s still a fun design with a lot of depth and humor.

Law & Disorder by Cody Weiler (csweiler) won Threadless’s Chaos design competition, and its frantic, disassembled take on the American flag is certainly timely. The wear of the stripes, the disorganized piling of it all, and the scattering of stars communicate distress, which implies a political message about lack of cohesion within the country. What makes this a great shirt, though, is that chaos aside, this is a really attractive arrangement of elements. The strong angles created by the stripes direct the eye around in strange directions, and the various overlaps create interesting visual moments. I like that even the stars are a bit irregular, with different sized prongs that help make examining the details feel rewarding.

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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