13 March 2010 ~ 0 Comments

New this week at Threadless

Man oh man do I love this shirt. Peace by Andy Gonsalves (andyg) has this amazing simplicity to it, the kind that is the most difficult to achieve. Every aspect of the drawing communicates the bird’s personality and positions the design as a vintage relic. It feels like an ambassador from a simpler time and a clearer worldview, devoted to nothing beyond peace of mind and peace of action. Slick, and eminently wearable.

Flow of Wisdom by Enkel Dika (buko) has a collage style that is instantly striking. The owl’s construction from pages of a book (right down to feathers falling) not only makes perfect thematic sense through the wisdom connection, it also has a beauty that can’t be denied. The sense of depth is impressive, and the positioning does well in suggesting motion. What I love, though, is the owl’s slightly confused expression- it’s almost as though he can’t believe you were surprised to find him in there. “I’m a book owl, you fool,” he stares. Pretty neat!

Almighty’s by Andreas Krapf (akrapf) reimagines The Creation of Adam in a fast food context. Which, yeah, sounds insane, but makes a crazy kind of visual sense as it’s put together. Adam’s lardy, lazy pose suddenly becomes hilarious, the perfect counterpoint to the action and determination seen in this fast food God and his team. The meaning is clear, and just as uncomfortable as it is funny: Adam and his ilk are, in a fairly literal way, products of this larger god-like industry that they likely barely comprehend. Feels weird to see such biting social commentary look so good!

God Save the Villain by Enkel Dika (buko) is definitely iconic. But I have to admit that it has me wondering if I’m missing a larger joke. Because as funny as it is to see a serious figure like the queen tweaked into the Joker’s familiar styling, I almost want there to be a pun or a relationship that cements the concept. At any rate, the illustration is exquisitely done, finding the middle ground between the two figures in a way that feels effortless. I just wish there was more of a hook connecting them thematically- it almost feels like those Obama Joker posters as imagined for a different audience and those never made sense either.

Monkey Business by Alex Solis (alexmdc) asks the eternal question: What if the Godfather was a monkey? Often, monkeys look ridiculous… but this guy is hard and cold. He’s not the monkey who reminds you of cute pictures you’ve seen on the internet, he’s the kind that makes you recall news articles about lovable monkeys who went haywire and ate people. Manipulation, greed, intimidation… they’re mafia staples, but they’re nothing new. This design is a reminder that those qualities represent the oldest parts of our psyche, not the kind of greatness we’ve evolved to achieve. Plus, it’s a monkey in people clothes! Haha!

A Flying Dog in Outer Space by Ryder Doty (Ryder Revolution) has a pretty neat style going on, combining photographic texture with solid vector shapes. It’s also a cool concept, a fun exaggeration of dogs’ natural love of exploring. The actual design, though, leaves me a bit cold- it just doesn’t seem entirely resolved. For instance, the dog’s pose doesn’t read as flight, it more looks like he’s standing on invisible stairs. I also wish the eyes had been treated a bit differently, because if they pointed up towards the stars rather than straight ahead it might have given a stronger feeling of motion. As is, it’s still a cute design, but it falls short of its ultimate potential.

Lock Ness by Zack Davenport (mrdavenport) is an idea that really made me laugh out loud. Brilliantly, it’s a pun both vocally and visually, with the familiar loops of locks forming the sea monster’s serpentine curves. In one fell swoop, the mystery becomes both mundane and immeasurably stranger. Because on the one hand, it’s just locks. But on the other hand, they’re freaking huge and hey how did they even get there and wait what would they even lock? Definitely fun, though I’m a bit bummed at how subtle the piece is- those faded inks all kind of blend together, whereas I think some bolder color choices might have amped the humor up even more.

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