06 February 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: New this week

threadless motocross accident

Motocross Accident by Ben Chen (ben chen) won me over as the best of the week instantly- it’s bright, funny, and totally unique. The concept is brilliant, showing a hotdog literally hotdogging by doing a crazy trick on its bike. And then there’s a great burst of humor, with a uniquely hotdoggish tragedy befalling our unfortunate protagonist as he falls right out of his bun. It feels like a fresh summer day, blue skys, good food and even a laugh. T-shirt perfection, right down to the slight highlight on the clouds.

threadless space kittythreadless the visitors

Space Kitty by James Murphy and John Tibbott (sweet n sour) treads some familiar territory by putting a cat in space, but does so with a modern cartooning style that is highly appealing. Right down to the drippy face and perfectly straight tongue, there’s a geometric precision running through the piece that creates movement and a playful feeling. Shooting out of his cheerful, kite-shaped emerald eyes is nothing less than the universe itself, firey with purples, oranges and pinks of distant stars. I love that mix of contrast, character/abstract shape and drawn/photo each calling attention to the best of both halves.

The Visitors by Jay Maninang (silentOp) tells an interesting story with silhouettes. The scene is quaint close to the ground, with little steeples and even a ferris wheel peeking out from the cityscape. But it’s surrounded by scaffolding, the shells of much larger buildings rising around it. That all sets the scene for a mysterious set of invaders- giants, huge and not quite human, with two gleaming lights where their eyes ought to be. Their size and numbers make them threatening, even though their demeanor and stances don’t give us any clues as to their intentions. Are they helping to build this taller city, or are they here to destroy it? The ambiguity is part of what makes it interesting to me, pure distilled suspense.

threadless the grey wizardthreadless the lonely fox

The Grey Wizard by Jasmiini Ottelin (jasmintee) hands us the long awaited explanation for why in the world wizards all dress like that. As he opens his robes, it suddenly becomes clear- what could be better than a billowy sheet for concealing all the secrets of the universe? The bright explosion of stars and galaxies stands in stark contrast to his otherwise drab appearance, so active it leaves the rest of him feeling a bit like a very realistic statue. I can’t remember the last time I saw a wizard shirt and was like, “Wow, this is gorgeous!” so the artwork gets huge marks from me.

The Lonely Fox by Mateus Dalethese Quandt (mateusquandt) is one of those designs that works for me better in theory than in practice. I’m on board with the idea of a white splash of paint revealing an orange fox on an orange tee. But there are some odd choices in this piece. First, the fact that the black birds stand out more than the fox itself. They’re a weird moment in the art because there’s no need for them to be there at all, since the fox is supposed to be lonely and all. But if they must exist, black is arguably the worst color for them- a shade of orange might have helped the fox to gain his rightful place as the focal point (plus the opportunity to bring in some shadow or highlight to the fox). The white ink ends in abrupt, irregular strokes at the top and a pile of leaves at the bottom. The bit at the bottom calls attention to the design’s lack of a horizon line, creating the impression that the fox may be floating in space. The leaves have a strange precision compared to the rest of the piece that makes them feel like a photoshop brush rather than a natural occurrence. There are just too many details that aren’t right for the design to come together as a whole for me.

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.

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