13 July 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Cult Music Sing-Along and more new this week

Cult Music Sing-Along by Steven Rhodes (blue sparrow) is my favorite Threadless print this week, and the winner of Threadless’s Faux Music design challenge. To me, what’s great about this image is the way it straddles the line of actual childhood activities and cult ephemera. At first glance, the colored robes look like modern onesies- they’re even in bright, Power Rangers-esque colors! And there’s something very realistic about a little kid showing off with an instrument for their audience of distracted friends. If not for the details of the spooky candelabras, red chalk outline on the floor, and of course the text, everything would feel very innocent and even a bit nostalgic. But those creepy twists capitalize on the already seedy feel of 70s style, and make this almost-ordinary gathering into the kind of freaky, evil gathering that right wing media was always warning parents about. It’s so crazy, it’s funny!

Kitty Tiki by Pepe Rodriguez (ppmid) is definitely timed well for summer and represents the tiki style well. The fact that it uses a cat adds an element of humor for me since it’s such a beachy, aquatic style and my stereotype of cats is that they’d stay far away from water. Because of the upraised paw this design also feels like a reference to Maneki-neko, the Japanese lucky cat, just replacing the lucky cat’s tablet with a more on-theme simple surfboard. It’s well made work, with colors that feel fresh and fun and line art that gives the impression of carved wood.

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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