Nostalgia by Mathiole (mathiole) is my favorite design this week, for obvious reasons. The look of those classic Activision games is so embedded in pop culture that I instantly got the reference without ever having played one of the games. And the interpretation here is dead-on, matching the fonts and bright colors of the original and making it all feel real with some authentic-looking distressing. There’s a nice note of humor in the ® symbol on the word old. But I think what really sells this concept is that it looks like it’d be fun to play! Who wouldn’t want to take a spin in a rainbow-sprouting spaceship?
Never Mind the Furballs! by JIMDAHOUSECAT and John Tibbott (JIMDAHOUSECAT) spices up the famous Sex Pistols God Save the Queen image with a kitty cat, so that’s fun. It’s a mix that feels right because all cats are, at heart, both royalty and absolute punks. Even the torn newspaper lettering feels like a monument to feline destruction. Solid craftsmanship, and that concept is right on the money in every way possible.
Dracula Hates Summer by Ronan Lynam (RonanL) got me excited because it’s another awesome use of UV ink, giving the vampire a sunburn every time you’re out in the sun. While my favorite Threadless UV ink shirt (Vampire!) has similar subject matter, this one still stands out well because the style is so different. Instead of being a fierce creature of the night, this fellow seems almost Hobbit-y in his proportions, like an undead Charlie Brown who expects to find some new doom or indignity around every corner (and is usually right). I mean, just look at his little frown and nervous eyes- he’s about to lose big, and he knows it. You can’t help but root for a guy like that, even if he is a bloodsucker.
The Fog by Michelle Li (littleclyde) takes two fairly ordinary things- fog and a cat- and makes them feel extraordinary by combining them. There’s something really magical about the idea of fog as not just a living creature, but specifically a cat. I think that speaks to both the way fog can kind of fuck up your day without caring (have to drive somewhere in the dark? hope you like going super-slow and having no visibility!) and in the chilly calmness of it, like the whole world is taking a catnap. Add in the lovely way you can barely see the town through the fog of the cat, and this design is tough to resist!
Evil Will Burn by Dan Elijah Fajardo (dandingeroz) serves up a fairly typical scene of robot destruction, city reduced to flaming ruins as a mechanical monster looms above it. What makes it interesting is the use of color, with pops of orange in the robot, spotlight and city flames that keeps the eye moving and engaged as you explore the piece. The style of the piece is a bit strange, though, with flat buildings that feel oddly fake compared to the more realistic shading of the robot- it’s almost like we’re looking at a hastily constructed movie set rather than a real robo-disaster.
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.