15 August 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: It’s a Living and more new this week

It’s a Living by Michael Buxton (DinoMike) is my favorite Threadless print this week. It’s funny to think of the Grim Reaper as just another cog in the machine of a workplace, clacking the keys of his computer instead of swinging his scythe. He goes from being a scary symbol to a very relatable character, and one who might be just as stifled by his 9 to 5 gig as the average cube monkey. The slogan up top adds another level to the humor, and the small detail of the skull motif on the mug is a nice way to add a bit of personality.

The Grim and Her Cats by Sanja (odsanyu) shows the softer side of the Grim Reaper, surrounding the character with a trio of cats. In addition to both having a similar sinister aura at times, there’s a strong connection between Death as the taker of life and cats as possessing nine lives, so the design feels really natural. I like the way the reaper figure is made to feel soft and cuddly here through thee clean, long form of his robes- they’re puffed up like a stuffed toy rather than draping and wrinkled as we usually see. Pink makes a great background color for the sweet scene.

Dungeons & Drag Queens by Legend Derry (Legend_Derry) is a clever play on words, but its appeal goes far beyond that. I like the way this shines a spotlight on the way roleplaying games and drag can both do similar things for their participants- both create a safe zone to experiment with identity and try on different types of personalities, both can be used to satirize or comment on elements of society, and of course both are known for being supportive communities that welcome outsiders. Why can’t the barbarian warrior in an RPG campaign also be a fierce drag queen? No reason at all, creative games are more fun when people think outside the box.

Internet Killed the Television Star by kooky love (kooky love) finds the beauty in computer glitches with this chaotic, colorful pattern. While there’s a lot going on, the strong geometric shapes of rectangles and lines, as well as repetition of color orders, keep things from feeling too overwhelming. This is a design that looks most at home as an all-over t-shirt print, allowing the wearer to literally become an error. The small traditional print, which is also available, just can’t compare and looks flimsy in comparison.

Super Kaiju Robot by Vincent Trinidad (vptrinidad021) forms a Voltron-like mech out of Godzilla and pals. I think the most fun aspect of this is that it feels possible- with all these giant beasts mutating and attacking cities, surely at some point they’d bond over their common interests. I have to think somewhere in Godzilla, Inc. headquarters this design is making executives see dollar signs (and future movie possibilities). It’s a great concept, and the artwork fleshes it out well. I’m especially impressed with the way texture is communicated so clearly, making it easy to tell where each creature ends and the next begins.

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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