11 July 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Spirit Animal Cat and more new this week

Spirit Animal Cat by dandingeroz (dandingeroz) is my favorite Threadless print this week, which takes its inspiration from traditional Japanese prints like the famous Great Wave Off Kanagawa. But in addition to the landscape, there’s also another image being formed- the curves of the waves, tree with blossoms, and orange sky create the silhouette of a contemplative-looking house cat. It’s an image that immediately captures the imagination, feeling both like the cat embodies the spirit of the place and that these scenes might depict what’s on the cat’s mind. The depth of the layers (especially because of the addition of the temple in the back) and sheer amount of detail help to create a piece that stands out as a lot more thoughtful and artistic than the average cat shirt. Good stuff.

Family Time by Walter Wilkes (WallyWilkes) won Threadless’s Time design contest, and it’s a very worth winner. I like the way it takes a familiar phrase literally, and then follows that thought to its logical conclusion- a family of clocks, with the digital mother and analog father holding hands with a child whose face contains elements of the faces of both its parents. It’s sweet, and in its posing manages to imply that this trio is spending valuable time together. A simple heart (not really needed, but not a bad addition either) makes sure the message reads loud and clear.

Hungry Shark by Perry Beane (BeanePod) is a fun bit of 80s summer awesomeness… with a modern twist. The 80s style references are clear enough, with their familiar visuals channeled in the zebra print, geometric shapes, neon palette and confetti look. But below the Hungry Shark text, there’s a callback to the recent Baby Shark song, making the cruelest thing about this shirt not the obvious severed limb but instead the fact that whoever sees it is now doomed to have the song lodged in their head. Still, it looks quite cool, so it’s probably worth the chance of earworm.

Pacer by Juan Pablo Betancourt Falco (panobetancourt) is a design that I didn’t expect to like, as I don’t have any interest in cars and generally prefer cleverness to pure art. But there’s something sneakily charming about this design and the way it grabs the eye. The strong angle and perspective used pull you into the vehicle’s interior, where the illustration style becomes sketchier as though obscured by reflections on glass. And the human hand’s rendering of the car’s lines make it feel worn, like a machine that’s been used hard through the years and acquired a few well-earned dents. Pretty neat!

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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