01 November 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Pizza Chameleon and more new this week

Pizza Chameleon by Pepe Rodriguez (ppmid) is my favorite Threadless print this week. I think giving the chameleon a cheese and pepperoni pattern feels like a “you are what you eat” message, and additionally the use of polka dots is humorous because it’s a level of complexity that is unlikely for a lizard to achieve. There’s also a good joke in the fact that chameleons typically use their camouflage to hide from predators, so imitating food like this is putting him in a lot of danger from hungry humans.

Visit Hades by v_calahan (v_calahan) uses a retro vacation style to extoll the virtues of a place few would ever want to visit. With prim cursive fonts, Hades seems like any other quaint, beachy locale. The skeletons might raise some doubts, though their bright orange drinks (and even a floppy sun hat) do a lot to make the pair read as ordinary vacationers. Just don’t think too hard about how a bunch of bones processes liquid, and it all feels rather festive. The humor is very effective, though I have a slight quibble with some of the wording. To me, the “Book one night stay forever” text could really use a comma after night or capitalization on the Stay to make “book one night” and “stay forever” read as separate pieces, since “book one night stay” wouldn’t feel out of place in advertising either (if a bit clumsily stated).

See You Later by Michael Buxton (DinoMike) houses its slogan in thee wide-open jaw of a chomping alligator. With letters made out of bones and a grinning skull as the O, there’s a lot of doom and death on the horizon. This all gives the phrase “See you later, alligator” a new menace, turning it into a grim warning rather than a playful rhyme. It’s always tricky to find a way of fading art into the shirt that makes sense, but this piece finds a strong solution by using sharp curved peaks to ease the gator’s neck into the red shirt, a choice that feels full of motion and like seeing the animal shoot up from below the water line.

Voodoo Unto Others by Nathan Joyce (Nathan Joyce) uses the concept of voodoo to turn a common phrase into a punny piece with the phrase’s opposite message. Normally this saying encourages kindness, but by introducing the concept of black magic (especially as it relates to dark supernatural concepts like voodoo dolls) it instead starts to feel like a warning. Perhaps, the beckoning skeleton implies, you ought to invest in a protection spell. Snakes are everywhere, after all. The ornateness of the font is well-matched in the black and white line drawings that surround the text, with the illustrations filling the role that line flourishes might in other designs done in this style. It feels rich and layered, making this shirt more than just the sum of its parts. It tells a story of an exotic, dangerous place lost in time.

Ethereal Ambiance by Pedro Josue Carvajal Ramirez (MadKobra) creates an incredibly lush jungle teeming with color and texture. Blossoms, leaves and vines overlap each other and drip out of the design’s frame, feeling very alive and as though there’s even more plant life just out of view. The shape of the art hints that this environment is a jewel, rich and valuable. In the center of it all, a black panther sits seeming to grin and with eyes bright as spotlights. A closer look at the animal reveals dark grey swirls for stripes and a splash of celestial stars, like instead of being dark in color he’s filled with the emptiness of space and pinprick lights of distant solar systems. It feels alien and amazing, like an imaginary world.

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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