05 September 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Even a Gentleman Rides and more new this week

Even a Gentleman Rides by Mike Koubou (mikekoubou) is my favorite Threadless shirt this week. It’s a soft, serene illustration that imagines a deer taking a bike ride, and that mixture of nature with a peaceful human pastime is very enticing. It’s exactly the outcome a bike rider hopes for when taking a quiet ride in the park, that you’d feel not just in the wild, but actually a part of the forest. The deer’s gentle spirit, shown in his dapper outfit and the birds who stow away in his antlers, is another aspect making this design very sweet and (excuse the pun) endearing.

Schrödinger’s Venn Diagram by Nathan Joyce (Nathan Joyce) cleverly transforms a typical Venn diagram’s overlapping circles into a pair of boxes, meeting at the middle to envelope a very confused-looking cat. The cat’s very awkward, nearly upside-down posture and wide, worried eyes are the focal point of the piece, and immediately draw the viewer in. The poor cat seems to be contemplating his own existence just as much as science is. It’s a strong concept, and a lot cuter than the average science shirt.

Vaguely Aware of Social Norms by Fox Shiver (FoxShiver) might be simple, but every bit of the doodle is doing good work to establish the concept. That tilted posture is immediately recognizable to anyone who has spent time with pets, the lean of an animal that can’t figure out what you’re doing or why… but also doesn’t really care enough to find out. There’s a blankness in the flat eyes, straight whiskers, and expressionless mouth that back up that idea, and the doodle style reinforces a lack of effort being expended. It all adds up into a piece for people who relate to awkward animals more than confident humans, and I think that’s a popular geeky sentiment.

Star Fish by Kelsey (KelseyRobinson) has a fun premise, with the helmet of a spacesuit replaced by a fishbowl. The bowl’s positioning at an angle threatens to splash water out at any moment, and that precarious placement grabs the eye. What really impresses me with this piece, though, is the style. While the art looks fairly ordinary at a distance, a closeup reveals a very interesting technique. All the grey-looking shading has been accomplished with mechanically placed diagonal lines and crosshatches, an effect that looks both busy and surprisingly alien. It’s almost like seeing something through the eyes of an extraterrestrial, with even ordinary things (like a standard spacesuit) made to feel strange, and a creepy-crawly effect induced by the barrage of too close together lines. Very interesting stuff.

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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