18 July 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Life in Technicolor and more new this week

Life in Technicolor by Grant Shepley (Gamma-Ray) is my favorite Threadless print this week. I love how much symbolism there is in the idea of the sky covered in a TV test pattern. There’s the sense that the lone hiker is testing himself against the elements, the idea that while civilization creates order the outdoors is naturally out of order, and even the text seems to ask the viewer to take a minute to drink in their surroundings. On top of that, the striped sky and colorful landscape are beautiful to look at and read as a modern interpretation of the colors of the sunset. Excellent work, and very memorable.

Light the Way by Petr Stepanov (Steppeua) transforms a lighthouse in a novel way, changing the light into a giant hand giving the middle finger. While this at first feels very opposite to the pristine beauty of a lighthouse, it’s very true to their purpose- the middle finger calls out a hazard and warns others not to get too close. The busyness of the lower section of the illustration sets the scene nicely with a fence and a smattering of houses (and it’s fun to think about the kind of people who might live there!), while the top section only contains the gesture and a pair of beams directing more attention to it. This is a smart way to make sure the design’s joke gets seen immediately.

Nature Greetings by Tatak Waskitho (skitchism) takes its inspiration from the style of postcard that proclaims greetings from a location spelled out in a wave of shadowed letters. But instead of being from a precise place like Kansas or San Jose, this destination is Nature. The images within the lettering clarify further, showing a lush landscape of mountains, trees, and even a lake, the sort of idealized place many picture when imagining the Great Outdoors. Rather than leaving it at that, there’s a small tent with the words Let’s Camp scrawled on it tucked away in the bottom right corner. This element both helps to balance out the rest of the design (providing counterweight to the Greetings text) and brings the viewer into the piece- instead of just looking at nature, it’s now about really immersing oneself there.

AverageMan by Mathiole (mathiole) parodies One Punch man by making him even more ordinary. Instead of being a hero with an amazing skill, AverageMan is just a guy in his underwear wearing socks with sandals. He won’t save the day, though if you’re lucky he might save you a cup of coffee. The realism of the illustration, which takes pains to highlight his scruffy beard and leg hair, helps to make the character look especially lazy and unhappy, while details like the small 2.5 stars graphic at the top and the I Heart blank mug reinforce his lack of distinguishing features or interests. One Punch Man fans ought to dig this.

I Believe… by Peter Kramar (badbasilisk) has the feel of a buddy comedy, where two unlikely pals get into all kinds of hijinks. The bigfoot character has the feel of an overgrown hippy with his wild hair, roller skates, and neon rainbow accessories. Meanwhile, the alien who rides on his shoulders is small, hairless, and plainly dressed, very much the opposite of his bigger companion. Even their expressions couldn’t be more different, with the alien wildly enthusiastic while bigfoot remains pleasantly tranquil. It’s a a fun concept, and I love how clearly their personalities are channeled through their poses.

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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