30 June 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: New this week

MMXIII by matheus lopes castro (mathiole) is my favorite print in awhile. The colors are amazing, alternately soft, bright and flowing. Art Nouveau hasn’t gotten a lot of play in t-shirt design, and this tee makes an excellent case for why it makes a great source of inspiration. There’s a delicate beauty to the scene, which feels like a reflection on water- I expect that if I tried to touch it, the lines would quickly ripple our of my grasp. The whole composition has a drowned sense to it, with the quiet feeling of life escaping. Breathtaking stuff.

Ladies and Gentlebug by Liz Goranov (outline) is a sweet, clever riff on the concept of ladybugs. Here we see both the traditional bug, and what its male equivalent might be like. The male version is dressed to the nines, even sporting a dapper little bow tie. The neatest thing about this is the way it transforms the way we see the original- suddenly that red spotted costume is a fancy dress. Solid work, with a nice simple, geometric style. While it’s not something I could see wearing personally, it’s absolutely perfect as a kids shirt and makes for a clever zip-up.

Pin Up Girl by Alex Solis (alexmdc) isn’t a bad concept, depicting a girl being pinned to the wall rather than just a poster of one. What I’m struck by, though, is that this is a surprisingly unattractive shirt. When I think pin up, I think of photographs carefully taken to highlight the, er, assets of the women in them. The pose here feels really awkward, only featuring one body part well (the leg). Everything else is just kind of… hanging around. Her facial expression is hard to figure, maybe a kind of bored surprise? It makes me unsure how to feel about this. I want her to be really enthusiastic, to use the strange opportunity of hanging in midair to strike an impossible pose. For me, the design is a missed opportunity and could have done a lot more with the idea.

Duke of the Moon by Joe Carr (ISABOA) is a heck of a drawing, a one-color nod to the kind of space epic you never see being made anymore. A robot stands ready, dual-wielding pistols as a massive space-scape looms behind him. What’s neat is how open to interpretation it is- he could be a hero, a villain, or an explorer all depending on your perspective and the story you’d like to see. One element that is troublesome, though, is the largest moon- maybe because of the way it is interrupted by the collar, it becomes the biggest focal point of the shirt when worn. That’s a bummer, since the robot is by far the stronger area and ought to get all the glory.

So Fresh by Jaco Haasbroek (Haasbroek) is simple and charming- exactly the kind of thing I love to wear on a shirt. The tree is a great character, broadcasting a kind of oblivious sweetness that is infectious. It’s funny to think of this pine-fresh little dude eagerly chasing new car smell to be more stylish. Part of the fun is how silly his air freshener looks- it’s perched high on his head, and proudly displayed. Nicely done.

Little Warrior by Louise Mundo (peachmango) is, yeah, a visual take on that same joke you’ve been hearing since the moment Avatar’s blue aliens hit the media. The good news is that it’s so well done, you probably won’t mind seeing it again- his facial expression is perfection, and the pose sells him as a ferocious fighter. And hey, with the hubbub about the new Smurf movie, it might even be kind of timely again. The joke might not be anything new, but it still manages to be a respectable design overall.

Plagiarism: Getting in Trouble for Something You Didn’t Do by Sam McNally (Bio-bot 9000) is this week’s Type Tee. I have to give props to the slogan, because it’s very funny and not something I’ve heard before- kind of a rarity for this genre. I’m also enjoying the type treatment which takes its cues from Metallica’s logo, a nice reference to the kind of metalhead doodling that goes on in detention. My only question is, who can get away with wearing a shirt about plagiarism? Seems to me that in most activities, wearing something like this might raise a few questions!

Threadless prints new shirts every week, chosen from the designs submitted by and voted on by site members. Winners get $2000 cash and $500 in Threadless credit, with the possibility to earn more through Bestee awards, poster prints, and reprints.

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