27 November 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Wakeup and more new this week

Wakeup by Tobe Fonseca (tobiasfonseca) is my favorite Threadless print this week. It’s simple but effective, contrasting the wide, round form of the coffee mug with the narrow, sharp lines of the heartbeat monitor. The message reads loud and clear- the injection of coffee immediately raised the heart rate. For the legions of people who rely on a morning coffee to wake them up in the morning, it’s a very relatable concept. And even better, it’s been expressed in a clean, one-color composition without any extra frills or distractions from the main story. Solid work.

Badass Cat by Joel Robinson (obinsun) stands out with its fat lines. Their thickness gives the art a unique character that softens the subject matter, making everything feel a bit overstuffed like a big, fluffy pillow. That means that even though this tough little cat literally sits with a skull and array of weaponry at his feet, you can’t help but want to give him a hug. With its use of simplified cartoon imagery and short dashed lines, it strikes me as a fresh, modern descendant of Keith Haring’s work.

Sushi Persian Cat by Chalermphol Harnchakkham (huebucket) puts a variety of cats into sushi rolls, with hilarious results. I think the concept is strong because, as most sushi involves fish, it’s easy to see a cat being curious (and hungry) enough to get mixed up in it. Each cat reacts a bit differently, some scared, others mad, or even just plain resigned to their new fate. The size difference between the cats and the food they inhabit adds a kind of absurdist charm. To me, this is the kind of cat shirt that appeals even to those who have no strong feelings about cats, because it’s more about a silly approach to sushi than something aimed squarely at pet owners.

Wrong Vacation by Elizabeth (Agimat ni Ingkong) is an especially cool vacation snapshot, imagining a futuristic, spacesuit-clad fellow taking a trip to the very distant past. While our lead character waves at the camera obliviously, dinosaurs of all shapes and sizes roar behind him and a volcano ominously puffs thick clouds of smoke. It looks crazy dangerous… but also kind of like the most amazing vacation ever? The vibrant colors of the background, especially that warm red, help the scene to come to life, and the fact that the traveller’s helmet obscures his face helps the viewer to imagine themselves as part of the story.

Grandma’s Territory by kooky love (kooky love) perfectly captures the odd status of many grandmas, cute and frail yet somehow also extremely fierce and impossible to defy. Personifying these qualities in an elaborately styled tiger with reading glasses captures the spirit of the paradox, and surrounding the creature with very grandmother-y, crafty, and homey things like flowers and cross-stitch lettering works well to soften (or at least camouflage) the tiger’s fangs. The slogan hits on the universal theme of grandmas wanting to over-feed their visitors, granting the design even more relatability and appeal.

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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