29 April 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Perfect Pitch and more new this week

Perfect Pitch by Airic (bewarethevipers) is my favorite Threadless print this week. It’s a great use of minimal, iconic symbols, using the common triangle to define both trees and a tent.While a short vertical line gives the trees a trunk, it rises into the tent’s triangle to symbolize the shelter’s opening. In a break from the more simple forms around it, a campfire in front of the tent makes the scene come to life with its more detailed and organic forms. This piece captures the magic of being at one with the wilderness in a clear, memorable, and aspirational way that I think most campers (or those who like the idea of camping) will respond to.

The Roar! by Raffiti (Raffiti) imagines the famous The Scream painting as if it was made in dinosaur times. One of the things I love about this is that, by placing the meteors in the sky, it gives a clear storyline and every viewer instantly understands both the reason for the scream and how intense the emotion of the moment might have been. Even better, this design borrows the orange and red tones of the original to be used in a way that enhances the drama of the scene- as lava flows surrounding our dino protagonist. Another neat moment is in the use of the T-Rex as the art’s star, which makes use of his tiny arms to better mimic the pose in the original painting. Really well thought out.

Censored Skater by Félix Pimenta (felix_pimenta) uses nudity to convey the sense of freedom imbued by skateboarding. With his long hair, unkempt beard, and knee socks, this is a character who doesn’t care what you think of him. But details like the excited text of the hat brim and the sunglasses communicate that despite this, he’s still quite cool. A pop of yellow on the censoring smiley face makes the nudity a clear focal point, while also giving the impression of well-meaning, jovial mischief. I like the use of the sparkly star shapes, which make the odd scene feel more like fantasy than something being recommended.

Conjure by Michael Buxton (DinoMike) creates a delightfully creepy ambiance. I like how ambiguous the main character is, just hands and glowing eyes emerging from a wrinkled sheet. Age, gender, size, and personality is left unclear, because what’s important to the piece isn’t who did it, it’s what’s been conjured. The floating skull is the first thing you see, jaw hanging loose in a maniacal cackle. Its smoky trail encircles the sorcerer in a wild cyclone, giving everything it passes an unhealthy orange tint. You can feel the action of it all, and a thick peppering of halftones gives a retro pulp vibe that suits the spooky theme.

Everything is Totally Okay by Tri Agus Nuradhim (triagus) feels pretty resonant with the current global mood. The frog is charming with his cheery optimism, choosing to believe that despite his circumstances, until he’s actually swallowed things can’t be too bad. The snake is a bit of a character in his own right, with coloring that screams danger while his face is more disbelieving, like he can’t quite grasp how nonchalantly his food has reacted so far. But something about the posing, the inertia of the frog’s belly and position of his hand, makes me kind of believe he can pull this off. I half expect that if I blink, he’ll have used his powerful legs to jump clear of the snake’s jaws.

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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