07 February 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Super Reporter and more new this week

Super Reporter by Gianni Corniola (spike00) is my favorite Threadless design this week. In an era when newspapers are prone to bankruptcy, there’s little funding for original reporting, and even what’s printed is often doubted as fake, it feels refreshing to see a reporter held up as important and even aspirational. Let’s face it, superheroes are something of a mixed bag with the way they operate outside the law and seem to encourage the emergence of supervillains. It might be fair to say that good ol’ Clark Kent was the real hero all along. The image of him ripping apart his Superman costume to reveal his reporter’s suit feels iconic, a symbol of finding the truth and doing the work instead of resorting to vigilanteism.

Just Believe in Your Dream by barmalisiRTB (barmalisiRTB) feels like a classic shirt from the early days of Threadless with its two color palette and reliance on silhouettes. It’s a look that works for a reason, though, because the low color count and use of symbols keep the viewer focused on the concept of flying with a flock of birds instead of personalizing the scene to be one person’s particular experience of that moment. It lets you dream that you’re in the character’s shoes, floating across a blue expanse of sky. While the woman’s silhouette feels a bit clumsy to me in the area the shoulders, neck and arms meet, it’s not so egregious that I’d expect it to cost any sales.

Sorry I Asked by Cody Weiler (csweiler) mimics a common store sign to deliver a relatable slogan. Pretty much everyone has experienced conversations that went poorly or included unnecessary information, and tweaking a Closed sign to signal that you’re now closed to that line of discussion is a clever choice. I like that the art stays true to the original, but introduces some light distressing that helps the message to feel a bit more worn down (much as those conversations likely wore down the shirt’s wearer).

Nap Outside by Lisa Sundin (lisacsundin) stands out in the catalog due to its unusual placement, a badge-sized print in the pocket area of the shirt. This choice makes it feel more like a design from a nature-themed apparel line than from an art-focused t-shirt site’s large catalog, but it’s solidly made and a welcome addition. One decision I especially like is the way the Nap Outside text at the top is placed upside-down, tying in to the idea of laying down and staring up at the stars. The illustrations, while minimal, are impactful as well. The shape of the tent mirrors the shape of the mountains, and nestles between them where they overlap. Even the bear, in this context, stands in for both wildlife and the concept of hibernating. It’s a unique spin on what it means to stay outdoors, and is executed well.

Zombiecracy by Mathiole (mathiole) feels like a single comic panel taken out of context, owing to its strong rectangular shape and pop art style halftones. I love the color palette, which uses a shade of red that strikes me as both retro and like a reference to blood and gore. But for me, a design this simple really has to nail the details, and I’m not sure this one does. In particular, I dislike the way the finger points so noticeably downward. It seems to me that because of how the design sits on the shirt, it would ideally point upwards if the goal is making it seem to point towards the viewer. After all, whether this zombie wants brains or an Uncle Sam style “you,” it needs to be hitting the viewer’s chest or higher to communicate that.

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.

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