25 April 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: She-Rex Prehistoric Princess of Power and more new this week

She-Rex: Prehistoric Princess of Power by Jacob Paul (Jacob Paul) is my favorite new design this week. It feels especially refreshing because dinosaurs are often presented as being quite masculine, these thick-skinned army green killing machines who bite and scratch their way through history. So it’s great to see them in a She-Ra context instead, brightly colored and joyful, cooperating with another creature instead of battling it. The expressive feathers of the winged unicorn feel right being so close to a dinosaur- giving some energy towards the idea that dinos, too, might have had feathers like those. And of course, it’s great to see the T-Rex’s tiny arms given the purpose of holding a sword aloft, not so useless after all.

Love Yourself by Mauro (maurogatti) feels like a companion piece to a Threadless design by another artist, also titled Love Yourself. It’s not clear to me which came first, but given that both can be seen as taking their inspiration from long animals (dachshunds and long cat) it seems at least theoretically possible that the idea was arrived at independently by both. I personally prefer the cat version because of thee extra humor from the gross-out effect of the tongue and the way the center of thee heart twists to better emphasize the shape, but the style of the dog version is a lot of fun as well especially in the bright colors and the curious expression it captures.

Heeeree’s Chicky by Martina Scott (martinascott) is an unlikely costume tee, taking advantage of the white shirt to transform it all into an egg from which a grouchy chick peeks out. My favorite aspect of this is the chicken’s expression, which somehow only needs a few lines to scream “Leave me alone!” Another strong choice is the use of dots to give the egg shell texture, which also helps to ease the eye into the crack and soften the transition from crack to white fabric. That said, I do wonder if large and center of the shirt is the right print placement- I think a small, pocket placement print could have been pretty intriguing, too.

Onion Role Reversal by louisroskosch (louisroskosch) explores the idea of cutting vegetables by showing it in reverse. I like how it capitalizes on the idea of humans crying while cutting onions and highlights it- while we do it out of a biological reaction, the onion shows itself to be our better by (presumably) doing it out of pure emotion. Keeping the palette to black and white helps the emphasis to stay on the onion, whose massive dome fills the canvas, and leaves the vulnerable human to be mere detail. He’s blank and expressionless, not capable of objecting, while the onion stands tall as the sympathetic protagonist.

No Person Is Illegal by Agu Luque (AguLuque) has a great message and a strong look, which would be enough to recommend it. In particular I like the way the “no person” text forms a soft umbrella over the harshness of “is illegal”- the typography looks like the statement it presents. But it’s also a design that improves further when you take a closer look, because that’s where you notice the soft touch taken with arranging the letters. There’s a playful, handcrafted bounce to how the letters sit, making some hover above or below the baseline. Solid work.

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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