26 September 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Aerial Spectrum and more new this week

Aerial Spectrum by waynem (waynem) is my favorite Threadless print this week. The array of colors is impressive, ranging from golden browns to gleaming greens and moody greys. From afar, it’s almost like a color-shifted sunset, with warm and cool shades all emanating from the half circle glory of the peacock’s spread feathers. But it’s up close that the artwork really comes alive and its complexity becomes more clear. All these birds have been fitted together like a living jigsaw puzzle, their shapes nestled among other creatures of similar color. Texture, dimension, and pose make each animal feel like a unique creature, each with a personality and plethora of detail that commands attention. Truly excellent work.

Confusing by Aaron Jay (randyotter3000) first confuses the eyes with the shape of the creature- what exactly is this guy? His neck seems a bit short for a llama, but with curved ears like that there’s not a big list of other animals he could be. But when you notice his wave and start counting legs (five?!?!?) things really start to unravel. Slight unevenness in the typeface helps contribute to the off-balance feeling of the art. Nothing makes sense. But when it’s this cute, it’s hard to care.

Evolution by Estudio Verso (verso.us) imagines the end of the dinosaur age as a retro movie poster. There’s a lot about that concept that is intriguing- Does the drawn imagery imply this is animated? If not, what would the special effects have been like? And what about our understanding of dinosaurs and the meteor that ended their era is different now than it was then? These kinds of questions help a design to connect to viewers by making them invest their imagination in the concept. But for me, the most interesting part of the shirt is the color palette. Those soft pinks and golds are so gentle, more like a sunset than the smashing of rock and planet or the dark camouflage of huge carnivorous beasts. It’s a fun, unexpected mix.

If Cuteness Could Kill by Rodrigo Leonardo Batista Ferreira (rodrigobhz) makes weapons adorable. With their sweet little faces and the way they bashfully hide their giggles behind their hands, these tools couldn’t be any more kawaii. It sets up a great contrast with the damage they cause, clearly indicated with big chunks of blood splatter that match their blushing cheeks. It’s pure silly fantasy, so you don’t even question that the knife and chainsaw are about the same size. This is cartoon violence anyone could enjoy.

But Here’s My Number, So… by Perry Beane (BeanePod) parodies the song Call Me Maybe, with a communist twist. Communist shirts tend to be popular, and this shouldn’t be any exception. The song is the right amount of cheesy and catchy to be ripe for parody, and the seriousness of Karl Marx plays well against its silliness. The distressed look and solid blocks of color are the perfect style choice, referencing screen printed propaganda and graffiti. Solid work.

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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