Feather by Ross Bruggink (rhinosserossy) is my favorite design at Threadless this week. It’s very minimal, which also gives it a timeless appeal. The greyscale color scheme enhances that effect and light, screened texture helps this piece to feel like a hand-crafted relic from the past. I like the way that, instead of literally showing an outdoor landscape, this design chooses to suggest it with geometric shapes. The top section of the feather feels like sunsets, pine trees on the horizon, a teepee, and the solitude of wilderness even though it’s just some stripes, triangles and lines. Very wearable, and by not being specific it keeps its potential audience very wide.
Onomatopoeriodic Table by Vo Maria (vo maria) recreates a periodic table, but with a new goal in mind- to poke fun at the repetitive “Na na na na…” refrain of the Batman theme song. The periodic table is the perfect structure for this because of the Sodium element’s convenient abbreviation and because of the huge amount of duplication that the framework allows. What makes this design even more special, though, is that it’s not content to sit on its laurels and indulge in just that Na Na Na joke. Instead, it spices up the composition with some sound effects scattered in, with Pow! and Krash! neatly referencing the wacky text effects from the show. I think most Batman fans with a scientific bent will appreciate this one.
Poison Proof by Agu Luque (Aguvagu) is definitely a wearable shirt, using a vintage art style that makes the design feel like it could decorate an old bottle of snake oil. Two things about this piece really work- first, the varied scale texture of the snake’s skin (which has a very tactile look and feels hand-drawn), and secondly, the image of the snake’s fangs piercing the lid of the bottle. That’s just a fun concept, something that speaks to qualities like toughness and danger. But in the end, I have to say that I’m a bit bored by the design. To me, it feels more like an already-existing graphic from the past than like something created now and with modern sensibilities in mind. It doesn’t feel individual or exciting.
Centaur by Hinku (hinku) is a weird and imaginative take on classic cryptozoology. The centaur’s other half, a horse’s head atop a human body, is the centaur’s rider, which is a cute idea to start things out with. But it’s the aesthetic choices made from there forward that really inform the appeal of the piece- the centaur’s body is covered in a bold floral pattern, like an extremely tacky couch. The centaur’s tail and hair are both pink and braided, falling apart loosely at the ends to inject a sense of wildness. The horse-faced character is drawn interestingly as well, body covered in fur but sporting a very kicky pair of bright pink boots. They’re definitely an interesting pair, and posed with the bow and arrow like that, it’s all but guaranteed that they’re en route to some kind of fantastic adventure. Good stuff!
Dino by Missaire Julien (CORSAC) is a pattern shirt that ought to get the nostalgia flowing. With its bright colors and the casual way the dinosaurs are scattered about, it reminds me of a messy kid who has a bunch of plastic dinosaur figures thrown around on the ground. Looking at this design feels like chowing down on cereal on the couch on a Saturday morning, enjoying the pleasant buzz of sugar and cartoons. Definitely a childlike design, but one that highlights the fun, curiosity and playfulness of that time.
Threadless prints new shirts every week, chosen from the designs submitted by and voted on by site members. Most winners earn $1 minimum per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).