Dressed to Kilt by Stacy James Eyles (mechanicalrobotpower) is my favorite design of the week, a seriously fun and stylish take on a more Scottish James Bond from Stacy James Eyles’s new Made collection. In addition to the great pun in the title, I love the humor of this spy character being so recognizable- surely the kilt and hat would be troublesome in an espionage context! Not only does he stand out in any crowd, he’s also very literally a caricature of a Scot which makes me picture American spies dressed as revolutionary war re-enactors, Australian spies decked out like Crocodile Dundee, etc. It’d be pretty amazing. There’s also something really fun about our kilted hero’s legs being more of a focal point than those of the bored looking lady silhouetted in the background. Awesome work, and my only regret is that the print isn’t bigger!
Spring Fox by Aneesh kumar.T.K (anivini) is weird and fun, immediately calling to mind that video/gif of the fox who dives deep into the snow after some prey. What really works here is how it captures both the athleticism of the action and how ridiculously fun it looks. So conceptually, I think it’s on good footing. The question, then, is… is it wearable? For me it falls short in that department, because as much as I recognize the reference and am amused by it, it neither calls to me as something to pay money for nor does it strike me as a graphic that would look good on the human form. There’s some nice illustration work being done in the slow spiraling fade from fur to metal, but I’m not sure this is the type of thing that will be anyone’s favorite Threadless shirt (rather than just another in an already large collection).
Moto Perpetuo by Vo Maria (vo maria) achieves the impossible in making a wearable shirt of the infinity symbol made of records concept. Many have tried, but the awkward shape of the symbol often proves too much to overcome (two large circles on the chest = not a good look). But by playing with the shape and giving it a dramatic angle, they’ve found a way to infuse infinity with the spirit of a cool racetrack. Text spices things up further and helps the art to read as the cover to an especially well-designed magazine, with just a hint of retro flair. Also, this is another case where a design’s appeal is seriously enhanced by its details- just look at the grooves in those records, the realistic labels and even the fold lines of the distressing. It’s magnetic.
Where is the Fish? by alby letoy (alby letoy) is a brilliantly simple doodle. I love the space helmet-like pose of the cat, having shoved the fish bowl right over his head in search of a snack. But the heart of the design is in those eyes, which also double as the missing goldfish. I’m kind of amazed at how well the gag works, because it really does read equally well whether you’re seeing the eyes or the fish there. Absolutely genius work. But there is one detail that gives me pause- do cats really have belly buttons? It’s a weird moment, and although it does create the illusion of there being more of the cat shown, I can’t help but think the art might be slightly stronger without it.
I Wish to Fish by Sam Rowe (Spamik) has instant appeal. With the tiny human figure set against that majestic landscape, it’s the sort of scene most people would love to experience, communicating peace, purity and being at one with the environment. There’s also a sense of being fully self-sufficient, taking on the world and succeeding on your own terms. Plus, who doesn’t love a huge all-over print? Even though I like the design, though, I do question the way the fishing is shown- it really looks like he’s fishing in the grass. Wasn’t there some way of doing this to show the water? Everything here reads as dry land to 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 reprints.