19 March 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Urban Jungle and more new this week

Urban Jungle by Vincent Trinidad (vptrinidad021) is my favorite Threadless print this week. It’s one of those concepts that immediately captures the imagination by taking the everyday and making it fantastic. Who wouldn’t dream of seeing exotic creatures slumbering on the living room floor? Another fun aspect of the piece is the way it emphasizes the ways we bring the natural world into our homes, emphasizing the texture of the wood floor and highlighting the giant leaves of the houseplants. In a way, these zoo visitors are just the next step in a process we’ve already started.

Here Comes Trouble by 5 Eye Trouble by Maria Filar (mfilar) has a lot of retro charm with its loose, fluid looking text and faded back color palette. It’s exactly the kind of thing a savvy shopper would love to discover at a vintage clothing store, an item with the style of the past but a look that still feels fun and fresh today. The slight waver of the rainbow’s lines helps the art to appear handmade, though this illusion suffers a bit from the fact that every “e” in the design is identical in shape (and unfortunately, this is a phrase with a lot of e’s, making it hard to overlook). A choice that really works, though, was the decision to pile two clouds on top of each other- it puts the art off-balance in a way that feels authentically troublesome.

The Scream of Pain! by Raffiti (Raffiti) gives the famous painting new context by adding in another pop culture phenomenon, the Lego brick. Stepping on a Lego has a reputation for being one of the most painful things you can do, so it feels right that it would provoke this sort of legendary reaction. The artist also does a good job of using a style similar to the original, but simplified in a way that helps this piece to read more like a cartoon. The uneven pupils are especially effective.

Social Anxiety Secret Society by Aaron Thong (agrimony) has a slick lockup of text and imagery, using a classic X in the center and circular shape that resembles an official badge. It’s a timeless sort of look, and one that would be a good fit for just about any subject matter. What makes me like the design, though, is how the icons are put together. Each is rounded to look extra comfy and safe, with soft pastel colorings that further create a sense of ease and safety. It’s enough to make you want to curl right up in that green sofa with some tea, a cat, and a good book.

Open Your Mind by RJ Artworks (rjartworks) uses doodle style to convey its message, which keeps things light and silly despite the exposed brain. It also helps that the brains don’t look much like brains, grey in color and with a shape more reminiscent of a bowl of thick oatmeal than a human organ. Instead, the pink color is strictly for the text, which leaps out from the brain in giant letters as though it, too, was tucked underneath the skeleton’s fancy cap. Nice, uncomplicated humor.

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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