27 July 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Punk design contest

Channel the spirit of the iconic fashion and music style with Threadless‘s new Punk design challenge. Here’s what they’re looking for…

Relevant, right? While mainstream ideas about what punk is typically center around the loud, aggressive genre of rock music by the same name, the true core punk ethos is that and SO much more. The great Joe Strummer once said, “Punk rock isn’t something you grow out of. Punk rock is an attitude, and the essence of that attitude is ‘give us some truth’“.

While the spirit of punk may come off as anti- this and non- that, there are a lot of pros, too: self-expression, creativity, community engagement, progressive philosophies, celebrating the individual, and acceptance. Of course, anti-authoritarianism, anti-corporatism and anti corporate greed, and anti-consumerism are also hugely important.

This all translated into a set of punk aesthetics for the movement: underground, minimalist yet bold, iconoclastic, and a clear set of satirical sensibilities. Think: classic punk rock album covers, zines, riot grrrls, posters, and clothing. Look to collage, gritty textures, a monochromatic palette, torn paper, bold typography, and, of course, safety pins. Hey, ho, let’s go… wild on some incredible punk-inspired art!

This contest opens to entries on July 31st, 2020 and ends on August 14th. One winner will earn $500 cash and a $500 Threadless gift code. All designers printed will earn up to $3 per sticker sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

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