11 April 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Rhinogami and more new this week

Rhinogami by Lucas Scialabba (palitosci) is my favorite Threadless print this week. Reminiscent of another piece by the same artist, Owligami, both designs use a digitally created series of textures and shadows to make their folded animals feel like realistic 3D objects. While both are great designs, to me this is even more special that the original because of that exciting pop of yellow for the little bird resting on the rhino’s back. It feels really whimsical to see those tiny folds, and the interaction between the two animals adds to the feeling of each of their personality and character.

Strange Planet: We Deceived You! by Nathan W. Pyle (nathanwpyle1982) is based on the artist’s comics on Instagram, and while there’s a whole collection of these on Threadless this is one of the pieces that I think reads best as a shirt design. I really love the abject horror of the surprised alien, who reacts with a terror that is more natural that the delight one is meant to feel at this kind of surprise. You don’t really need the text to understand what’s happening here (the balloons and character positions tell you enough), but it adds to the humor of the scenario to see the ridiculousness spelled out so clearly.

Plant Killers Club by Luis Romero (lxromero) is one of those designs that succeeds by taking an experience most people can relate to and expressing it in a way that feels specific. Most people have owned a plant at some point in their life, and most plants will at some point die- the combination of factors makes a lot of people feel as though they, specifically, are incapable of keeping plants alive, when the reality is that even in the wild plants are bound to miss out on rainfall now and again, so your own forgetfulness about watering may not be the culprit. Even so, there’s something powerful about owning a flaw and staring into mortality with unblinking eyes, so the combination of droopy, half-dead foliage and the bright skull emblazoned on the pot feels oddly reassuring. If there’s a whole club of people doing this, after all, it can’t be too bad!

We Are All Trash by Katie Lukes (k_lukes) takes advantage of popular slang, with many people calling themselves trash as they indulge in lowbrow media or pastimes. My initial reaction was to dislike the way the trash is drawn, because with all the colors and shapes possible in a pile of trash, a series of plain black bags seemed like the least interesting option. But the choice has grown on me a lot, and that’s down to the way the red drawstrings adorn the bags like brightly colored bows. It gives the trash a lot of character, enhanced even further with small variations in their faces.

The Bermuda Triangle by Lili Batista (spookylili) gives a new reason for the area’s mysterious disappearances by imagining the triangle as a dull-witted child who isn’t very careful with his toys. The narrowed eyes and overbite give the impression of a mix of stupidity and malice, the sort of mind that hasn’t considered that these vehicles have passengers. I love the way this concept totally upends the triangle’s reputation as a mysterious enigma- as in most of life, maybe the dumbest explanation is the right one.

Threadless prints new shirts every week, chosen from the designs submitted by and voted on by site members. Most winners earn $1 to $7 per item sold.

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