26 August 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Suspicious Meow and more new this week


Suspicious Meow by artlahdesigns won Threadless’s Mask design contest, and it’s also my favorite print this week. There’s a ton of variety in this repeating pattern, and between all the unique characters and bright, pastel colors, your eye bounces around the piece enjoying something new everywhere it lands. The narrowed, searching eyes of the cats hints that something in this pattern isn’t what it seems, and if you look closely you’ll be rewarded with a silly, grinning dog in the mix. It’s a great gag, and helps make this one of the most appealing all-over prints I’ve seen in awhile. While a traditionally screenprinted shirt is also available, it’s not quite as charming- by omitting the dog, a lot of the humor is lost.

Racing Stripes by artist unknown feels really retro. The pattern of curved stripes reminds me of the wall graphics you might see in an old-fashioned roller rink, but their length and tightness also speaks to the idea of speed, repetition, and precision, all important for serious cycling. The bicyclist is drawn in the style of signage, a modified stick figure who could have wandered of a pedestrian crossing light. But there’s also a looseness at the edges of both the figure and stripes, a gravelly, hand-drawn roughness that makes sure the minimal concept still has plenty of soul.

Lucky Rock by artofvelazquez transforms a traditional lucky cat into some kind of adorable guitar god. What I love about this concept is how it takes something we’re very used to, the raised paw of the cat, and through context makes it seem very different- this kitten is raising its fist like a rocker! You can almost see him headbanging. The tablet is replaced by a bright blue electric guitar, and in the background with the cherry blossoms sit an amp and a skull. It all sets the scene well, hinting at a new darkness and depth for the usually cheerful lucky cat character.

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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