20 May 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Thinking of You and more new this week

Thinking of You by Jesus Velazquez (artofvelazquez) is my favorite Threadless print this week. It does a good job of evoking both comic book style and the sort of panel selected in the creation of comic-based pop art. I like how much emotion the artist manages to evoke in the woman’s face- regret, longing, unease, even wistfulness. Her barely connected hands reinforce the idea of not being fully committed to this embrace. And with its crispy orange crust and gently dripping cheese, that pizza could not look more enticing. It’s an appealing piece for anyone who has ever wished more of life was as simple and fulfilling as pizza.

Dinosaur Dynasty by Adena (AdenaJ) uses the sumi-e style of Japanese ink painting in a new way by illustrating not scenes of traditional Japan, but something much more ancient- the prehistoric world of dinosaurs. I love this combination of style and subject because it’s so unexpected- the style prepares you for something a bit historical, and then the dinosaur shocks you by being dramatically more old than anticipated. Even better, using a style so associated with the soft touch of a human artist, along with the detail of the landscape, seems to imply that this scene was observed by an artist, with human and dinosaur existing side by side. It’s the sort of scene that sparks the imagination.

Wired to be Weird by Jake Edward Lange (JakeEdwardLange) centers around a catchy phrase, and the slogan hangs together well because of the similarity in letters between “wired” and “weird.” The retro look of the robot gives him a geeky spirit, not the sort of robot that is an advanced product of science and engineering, but instead the kind of metal contraption that inexpertly apes human behavior, always destined to be a few sprockets short of success. But his mouth reads as an attempt at a big smile, and his stance suggests a strut, so you have to believe that this bot owns his weirdness and thoroughly enjoys it. The lightning bolts give a bit extra pizzazz, hyping him up further.

Classic Blues by Peter Kramar (badbasilisk) is a really unexpected design, turning the Smurfs into a hip music group. I like the way this new vocation makes sense of their weird outfits- they’re matching to be a cohesive band, and the silly hats don’t look quite as strange here when they’re part of a stage costume. Even Papa Smurf, with his red clothes and thick beard, feels quite believable as the elder statesman of the group, and you can picture him regaling his younger band mates with tales of the good ol’ days. In the cartoon, Smurfette seemed very out of place as the group’s sole woman. But in a band context, it’s not an unusual configuration for a female singer to be backed by an all-male band. Dare I say that this shirt feels more logical than the actual cartoon? And the artwork is well-done, with just enough detail to make the concept come to life.

Void of All Feelings by John Tibbott (quick-brown-fox) feels iconic. It keeps things simple, but every choice is impactful. The basic human figure is made to feel liquid, without substance. Drips at the end of each limb might resemble fingers and toes, but they also feel like a creature fading into the nothingness of the background. Even his shoulders are barely suggested, just a wide pour of white ink streaming from head to arms with no interruption. Two dots indicate eyes, but the figure’s main feature is a black heart, a shape punched through the body and showing a speckling of stars from that sparse celestial background. Memorable, interesting stuff.

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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