12 February 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Taco Night and more new this week

Taco Night by Katie Campbell (campkatie) is my favorite Threadless print this week. It’s a great pun, combining two phrases (talk all night and taco night) in a way that appeals to people who like both activities. But even better, the artwork channels a vintage look that helps to add extra character to the concept. 80s and 90s kids who remember the freedom of a wireless home phone will respond to the taco’s retro gadget and relaxed pose, and the faded color palette helps the design to feel like it might genuinely be a relic from that era. So good!

Rainbow Skate by Tri Agus Nuradhim (triagus) takes two elements frequently seen together, the unicorn and the rainbow, and combines them in a new way. By turning the rainbow upside-down to make a skate ramp, we also end up with a very different kind of unicorn. While this is a mythic beast usually shown as majestic and glittery, the unicorn shown here is an awkward, chubby fellow who’d rather do jumps on his board that toss his mane and pose in front of a waterfall. I like the idea of the unicorn as more rough-and-tumble, valuable and unique for his creativity in athletics rather than the way he looks.

Intergalactic Get Down by RJ Artworks (rjartworks) imagines the perfect far-out space party, packed with bright colors and unexpected guests. My favorite aspect of this design is that the first thing you see is a screaming skull, shooting rainbows from his empty eye sockets. It’s such an ominous start, and the abrupt shift from that horror to the fun-loving scenes of the rest of the art heightens the sense that something amazing and exotic is happening. This is a world where UFOs provide the spotlights, colorful stars strobe in the background, and the universe’s strangest aliens provide thee music as a classic little green alien dances to the beat. You can’t help but want to hear the music!

Greetings From Nowhere by John Tibbott (quick-brown-fox) parodies the classic vacation postcard, and this time instead of being sent from an exciting locale, it’s sent from nowhere at all. I think the wording captures how it can feel to be in a remote place at times, like you are so far from the action that nothing you do could possibly have any wider effect on the world. The use of stars in the blackness of space to represent this makes emotional sense, and also has the advantage of showing what the night sky looks like no matter where you are (making the design an equally good fit for alienated city dwellers as their distant rural counterparts).

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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