The Mysterious Game of the Throne by buko (buko) is definitely Threadless’s stand out design this week, using the pages of a novel to form a dramatic fantasy scene. I think what makes it work is that anyone who enjoys a good story can relate to it, with the way the book’s words leap off the page and create a new world. So even though the specifics are about the Game of Thrones world, that’s more a bonus for those fans than something that would limit non-fans from appreciating the art. Plus, there’s a lot of great detail on display, with the book exuding warmth and each element rendered with dimension and shadows.
Attack! by Carbine (digital orgasm) is the kind of huge, dramatic print I love to see, carrying its artwork from almost the bottom hem and all the way up to the shoulders. The scale of the art makes the chaos it depicts even more intense, like it might flow right off the fabric and engulf you. There’s also an added bonus in that the large size of the print makes it easier to appreciate the style of the artwork, all shaded with thinly inked lines that convey a frantic, nervous feeling. Gorgeous.
Ghost Bulb by Luis Romero (lxromero) is a glow in the dark gag that doesn’t quite work for me. The concept is that a lightbulb is actually full of tiny ghosts, hinging on the idea that ghosts are often depicted as glowing a bit. The problem I have, though, is that it’s very what-you-see-is-what-you-get… there’s no reveal. No moment where you see something ordinary and then suddenly see it in a new way. To me, that’s almost the equivalent of shouting “orange you glad I didn’t say banana again!” without ever having bothered to tell a knock-knock joke in the first place. It’s sort of just odd rather than funny. To me, it’s kind of a waste of glow ink to have the night time reveal be exactly the same as the daylight version.
Good Mourning by Tony Riff (citizen rifferson) gives a hilarious twist to the idea of the dead rising, likening it to waking up in the morning when your alarm goes off. That’s not a new joke, but it’s made to feel new in its execution, which focuses on the energy and proactiveness of the skeletal hero. This is a guy who always wakes up on the right side of the tomb, ready to begin the day with gusto. It’s an admirable quality. And how great is the type work on this one, all shaky and metal-inspired? Perfect.
Jellyfish by eggzoo (eggzoo) stands out immediately with its bright color palette- it really almost seems to glow. The neon shades make it feel appropriately poisonous and dangerous, and there’s a strong sense of motion captured in the curves of the tendrils. But what really makes the shirt a huge success to me is the huge size of the print- it leaves you feeling like this isn’t just any jellyfish, it’s an absolute giant of a creature lurking only in the deepest depths of the ocean. It’s something special.
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