18 November 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Cut & Paste and more new this week

Cut & Paste by adam antium is my favorite Threadless print this week. The collage style is accomplished really well, all based around the focal point of the skull in the center. I like the way one eye socket is left empty (by far the most empty part of the design) to draw the viewer in towards the surrounding chaos. Many illustration style feature in the cut pieces, from retro comics to realism. But the sheer abundance of text is what really impresses me here- there’s excellent variation is lettering style with some pieces repeated for emphasis. It feels like an artistic and overwhelming ode to the indulgences of consumerism, with horror and sales pitches mixing together to form one message.

Coffin by FineTimeStudios has a unique take on screen time, showing a gentleman basking in the glow of his electronic device, seemingly oblivious to the fact that he’s packed into a coffin. His cramped posture and the uncomfortable angle of the art emphasis the danger of the situation. A retro color palette and illustration style seem at odds with the theme, but the contrast between the vintage look and modern technology also helps to shock the viewer. It’s an image that could mean a lot of things, but for me the message that resonates is the idea of obliviousness, of focusing so intently on virtual concerns that more vital, physical ones are overlooked.

The Mysterious Sasquash by rodrigobhz is a nice pun that is perfect for fall, making a bigfoot into a walking vegetable. The grumpy, slightly embarrassed face of the creature hits just the right note of silliness, and I like the way the gourd’s stem becomes a goofy hairdo. The simple trees inject a lot of ambiance into the piece just through their bright colors, and the faded background is effective in creating a feeling of vastness and wilderness. The only flaw I see is in the way the back foot is overlapped by the bush- they connect a bit awkwardly, with the line seeming to double in thickness. Moving the character slightly lower in the art would solve this minor issue.

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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