02 September 2011 ~ 1 Comment

Threadless: New this week

B-Shirt by Justin White (jublin) is basically the best thing ever. If you’ve ever seen a B movie, then you know what it’s about- a group of attractive young ladies in a completely inexplicable and implausible environment, on the run from some monster (human or otherwise) that will ultimately be defeated by the most scrappy of the ladies (or a reasonably handsome fellow who stumbles onto the scene and saves everyone). There are tons of these movies, and this design parodies them perfectly. It captures that sense of pure adventure (no brain power required) and a focus on cool moments rather than a coherent plot, with a great classic style that uses midcentury inspired art to increase its appeal. It’d be a great movie poster, but I think its boldness makes it an even better shirt.

Blast Off by J Fleck (DontCallMeBlanket) definitely has that nostalgic appeal, using bright bands of color in the rocket’s wake that feel wonderfully retro. There’s a nice story being told as well, with the young boy launching a model rocket down on the ground, which we see transformed into a modern space shuttle headed for the stars. But here’s the thing that really doesn’t work for me- the extreme angle of the ground. Which it may be useful in drawing more attention to the scene playing out at the bottom, I think it ends up bringing more minuses than pluses because of how it highlights how much of the tee isn’t covered by the print. It also creates a new angle that gives the bottom of the shirt all the visual weight, which harms the flow of the art and causes eyes to focus at the belly.

Memory Fades but the Love Remains by Danmir Mercado (dampa) comes from the Alzheimers contest, one I was kind of dreading seeing the results of just because the subject matter is so sad and difficult to convey in a wearable way. So to say that I’m impressed with how well this design tackles it would be an understatement- it’s really pretty incredible work. Sweet without being cloying, it shows a couple sharing a moonlit evening as a brain formed by tree branches serves as a backdrop. The connection to memory is immediately clear, and it’s an image that you can relate to even without the Alzheimers context.

The Messenger by Francis Minoza and Laurence Minoza (nicebleed) is a bit of a confusing design to me, just because I can’t quite wrap my head around what that bird is doing. Like, to me it looks like a supremely derpy moment- dude is just failing around in midair, with this totally useless leaf. I’m not really getting a messenger vibe so much as a bird brain one. The good news is that while the pose leaves me confused, the art is great! You can see all the texture of the feathers, and there’s something nice about how the leaf and one wing line up and compliment each other. There’s even a lovely city-like reflection playing out on the leaf. Pretty rad, I just wish I understood what’s going on more.

Citysaurs by Dina Prasetyawan (kooky love) replaces the spikes on a stegosaurus with the soaring skyscrapers of a city skyline. I think it’s a neat juxtaposition because it combines the extreme past with the present in a way that feels fairly natural. It’s also thought provoking, as seeing our surroundings in the context of ancient prehistory raises the question of how our efforts will be remembered, and what they will evolve to become. It works really cleanly and simply as a one color design.

Miss Earth by Ralph Pykee (SPYKEEE) shows us nature’s glory through the lens of art nouveau. The swirling lines add a ton of interest and do a great job of communicating the feeling of rushing waters and winds. There’s color and motion everywhere, making it the sort of design that seems to change before your eyes. It’s like seeing all of what makes the natural world cool in one glance, gorgeous and a bit overwhelming. To me, the text at the bottom makes it just short of perfect (I wish it had been text that meant something a bit more interesting than “woman’s palm” and was in English or a language more readable to my English-oriented brain), but even so it’s very wearable.

Sound of the Dark by Joao Fonte (joaolauro) is another tee turning a guitar into a tree, but thankfully it accomplishes this in a new way. The guitar is at an interesting angle instead of dead-on, and bright colors help make the piece more arty and fun to look at. It’s clean, beautiful and seems to celebrate the sounds of nature. It’s impressive how well the style manages to refresh such a played out theme.

Wherever the Wind Blows by Lim Heng Swee (ilovedoodle) is a dreamy re-imagining of a huge ship, replacing it’s hull with a fragile feather and using bits of map to fill in for the sails. It’s delicate and perilous, but also exciting and full of discovery. Looking at the art makes me think of taking an impossible journey beyond the stars. It’s the sort of design that transcends the subject matter- I think even if you’ve never been to the ocean and get seasick easily, you’d still find a lot to like about this concept.

Logical Conclusion by Matheus Lopes (mathiole) is a nice slice of pop art, playing on comic panel reproductions and the lore of Star Wars. I’m not huge on Star Wars, but the shirt did get a laugh out of me because as far as I know that particular family connection wasn’t really addressed (at least not the way Luke’s was). But her reaction ought to be shock and horror, as the viewer’s is. So it feels right, funny, and kind of classic. The dramatic lighting nails it just right.

Beer Pong by Ben Douglass (bennyd302) takes the game’s title literally and shows two beer cans playing ping pong. In general, the whole literal depictions of words thing is not my cup of tea, largely because I just an unable to see the cleverness of it. So for me the concept is pretty tired. The good news is that it’s drawn really well, and although I’m not into the subject tons of other people are. So it will sell well, and even better it’s a nice rendering of something that would probably sell regardless of quality. Let’s call it a respectable crowd-pleaser.

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.

One Response to “Threadless: New this week”

  1. gedsalazargarcia 5 September 2011 at 9:24 pm Permalink

    nice reviews! i think the messenger is a call of saving the earth from pollution as the the leaf has a reflection of a plant/factory emitting polluted air.


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