23 May 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: New this week

Wilt by sonmi is definitely my favorite print this week. It comes along at an interesting time, because I’d just been telling a friend earlier in the day about how bored I was with the watercolor trend. My argument was that they often completely lacked story because their focus was generally on a more abstract visual, and that it all too often relied on splatter or color gradients for all the visual impact. So it felt simultaneously refreshing and embarrassing to see a shirt that falls into none of those traps. The girl’s facial expression and strange adornment really draw me in, especially the wistful sense I get from her eyes (like she’s waiting for something to happen). The colors are evocative, giving me the feeling of a daydream happening at sunset- all these glowing yellows and oranges just pulse on the white fabric. It’s fantastic art that fills the canvas of the shirt beautifully.

Alpacapella by Nina Nguyen (MIS0HAPPY) is silly punning done right- the art is just as ridiculous as the wordplay. There’s a fun story being told with the hyper-cute art, with the older, more sophisticated alpaca boasting about his superior taste as his younger pal blushes, surprised at the objection and now somewhat embarrassed by the blaring boombox on his back. It’s such a relatable moment from both sides. I find myself simultaneously wanting to comfort the little dude and wondering what exactly the other guy’s acapella would sound like!

The Wolfman Ate My Homework by Steven Rhodes (blue sparrow) isn’t quite as zany as the artist’s previous Aliens Gave My Cat a Beard, but it’s still very awesome. It’s funny to think of a human (even if a bit hairy and wolfish) engaging in dog-like behavior. But since that “the dog ate my homework” excuse is generally a lie and this just exaggerates the falsehood further, it’s even sillier. That makes the dramatic title and scared, shocked pose of the lady read as terrible acting, a fun twist on the high drama of horror movie posters. And of course, the heavy presence of werewolves in pop culture is going to make it an easy sell.

Buzzin’ by Aaron Jay (randyotter3000) impresses me because it doesn’t stop at the obvious pun. It takes that idea as a starting point, and uses it to inform every choice made in the rest of the piece. So each little limb holds it’s own coffee mug (and in a nice detail, some are even spilling). A light flight trail behind him calls out a weird, bopping flight pattern. His eyes are wide and frazzled, and his mouth drools excess coffee. He’s a total wreck, even though all his coffee mugs are full. I wonder how many it took to get to this point? It’s such a complete imagining of the idea that, honestly, I don’t think it even needs that “Buzzin'” caption at the bottom.

Pandas for Peace by Phil Jones (murraymullet) kind of blew my mind with its simplicity. Once you’ve seen it, it’s hard to believe you’d never noticed how much a peace sign looks like a panda before. Part of what makes it neat is the slow reveal- from further away, the broken peace sign is clear. But as you move nearer, the panda’s face slowly comes into focus and you see that he was hiding in plain sight the whole time. It’s a nice sort of discovery, and both that and the theme are very true to the panda stereotype. Great work, although this is another shirt I question the need for a caption on. Why spell out the joke?

Threadless prints new shirts every week, chosen from the designs submitted by and voted on by site members. Most winners get $2000 cash and $500 in Threadless credit, with the possibility to earn more through Bestee awards, poster prints, and reprints. Artists printed through the Labs DTG program receive 10% of sales for the week their design is sold, and are allowed to keep the full rights to their design work.

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