02 May 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Companion Hot Dog and more new this week

Companion Hot Dog by Jake Edward Lange (Child-of-Light) is my favorite Threadless design this week. While I usually stick to shirt designs on this site (and the shirt version of this design is also pretty cute), this bag is so charming I was unable to resist it. It’s a smart use of the duffel bag’s natural shape, and the simple lines of the artwork make it look delightfully cartooned. There’s something surreal about toting around a cartoon hot dog, and the idea of doing that makes me smile almost as wide as the hot dog itself does. Those shadows are just real enough, and the rest is pure imagination.

Schrödinger’s Kitties by Pepe Rodriguez (ppmid) has some fun with the philosophical problem of Schrödinger’s cat, a creature that is in a sealed box and might be either alive or dead (or both). Mixing this with the popular image of adoptable kittens in a cardboard box is a natural fit, and the text is arranged to make the grey Schrödinger’s text be the bit you notice last, so that you’re gawking at this strange array of pets before you understand their purpose. Skeletal kitties don’t phase their colorfully furred alive companions, and in fact almost blend in with the white-faced cat in the mix. They each have a playful personality, leaving even the dead ones looking like they might be pretty fun to pet.

Tiny Unicorn by littleclyde (littleclyde) immediately draws the viewer in with a realistic watercolor landscape, pulled tight around the weedy vicinity of a large red mushroom. The ground is lush with moss and leaves, while blooms sprout proudly in the background and soil (with just a hint of roots) clumps below. It’s a tiny jungle, and the master of all he surveys is a most unlikely creature- a small black unicorn, thick rather than elegant, and in possession of a pair of decidedly bulging cartoon eyes. He’s a gloriously weird moment in an otherwise traditional artwork, and the landscape surrounding him is so thick and diverse that you could almost believe he’d really be there, unnoticed as he tucks himself into a shadow, letting the blossoms above get all the human attention.

Anime Food by Ilustrata (Ilustrata) has a delicious concept, celebrating the food that is so often central to the action in an anime series. Even when the specific food is something the viewer hasn’t had, or maybe can’t even identify, seeing favorite characters scarf it down with so much gusto is enough to make anyone hungry. This piece captures the intensity of expression that sells the yumminess of the food, and has enough variety in type to mean even the ramen-skeptical will get on board. My only regret is the somewhat drab color palette, as I think some brighter colors and fewer brown tones would help capture the excitement of cartoon food.

Your Changing Body by Steven Rhodes (blue sparrow) is a slick new addition to the artist’s series of vintage-styled nostalgic book cover designs. The look of it is very in keeping with the 1970s flavor of the rest, but this one in particular also has special resonance for a younger crowd. Due to the popularity of shape-shifting narratives, people looking at this might flashback to youthful favorites like Michael J. Fox’s Teen Wolf, Animorphs, or even Twilight and the Teen Wolf tv show, depending on what was in the limelight during their formative years. Werewolves as a puberty metaphor is a tale as old as time, and this piece capitalizes on it beautifully, especially in the transition from innocence to shock to power as portrayed in the characters’ expressions.

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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