You never know what life may throw your way, so sometimes you gotta ask the big stuff: If you had to choose, would you rather draw with your toes for the rest of eternity, or eat paintbrushes everyday for life? Yea, we know, it’s a tough one. Thankfully, the artists behind next week’s new tees shared with us their preferences, so finally we’re getting some clarity. Check ‘em out below, and come back to shop their awesome new designs next Monday!
“I would say drawing with my toes would be best, being that eating paintbrushes every day could possibly kill me. And I’m already pretty skilled with doing toe stuff.”
“I would choose to eat paintbrushes for lunch, as long as I can have other food that’s more chewable. Drawing with my toes would definitely give me cramps and I would end up contracted.”
“I’d rather eat paintbrushes for lunch every day, as long as they comes with a side of nacho cheese!”
“I would use the way I learned to draw with my hand to start to draw with my feet (I think I’ll need a bit more practice… and more time. LOL!), so as not to give up a huge, giant plate of spaghetti with a good glass of Valpolicella wine. They say that in Italy the food is good… it’s true!”
“I heard paintbrushes are very nutritive, but I would rather draw with my toes. It ain’t that hard.” :p
“I would prefer drawing with my toes.”
THE 8TH ANNUAL THREADLESS FAMILY REUNION WAS BEYOND FAR OUT!
We had a blast (off) this weekend at the 8th Annual Threadless Family Reunion. Threadless truly is made up of the best community and artists in the universe! It was so good to see familiar faces and meet new pals while we played games, bounced in the bounce house and watch Wolf Waffles create awesome, goofy GIFs.
A major highlight of the day was announcing the Bestees!
Our first award went to our Community Member of the year, Christina Moore aka christina.a.art, who will receive $2,000! Christina diligently participates in every single weekly #DO52, contributing awesome art, no matter how wacky our theme is. She’s been a member since 2013, and has casted her vote on 43,146 designs. Congrats Christina!
Our second award, Collab of the Year, went to Daniel Arzola, aka goliath72 and Chris Phillips, aka cpdesign! Chris and Dan will split $2,000 for their collaborative awesomeness. Together, these dudes created a design called Training Day, which earned an average submission score of 3.71 and was really the cat’s pajamas.
Our third award went to Stacy Eyles aka mechanicalrobotpower for Design of the Year! The super rad artist behind the year’s most super rad design has been a member since 2008 and has racked up 51 submissions this year. With a submission score of 3.58, his design “It’s Dangerous to Go Alone! Take This” means that if anything, Stacy will be taking home $2,000!
Our fourth and final award, Designer of the Year, went to Francis and Lawrence Minoza, aka nicebleed! Proving that two heads are better than one by working together under a single username, this designing duo have been members since 2009. Racking up 40 submissions and 22 printed designs this past year, these brothers have certainly made their mother proud - especially when we send them $2,000!
Congrats to all 6 winners!
The fun didn’t end after the day portion. At night, Ezra Furman’s performance was, to say the least, out of this world…
Thanks to all our pals that came out and helped make it extra fantastic: Adler Planetarium, Pretzel Crisps, Dark Matter Coffee, Chubby Wieners food truck, Defy Bags, Paper Crown Gallery, and Culture Studio!
For those that joined us or just want to check out the awesomeness that transpired, check out the photobooth pics in the Facebook album.
And check out this Facebook album, as well as the #ThreadlessFR14 hashtag on Twitter and Instagram for even more photos.
Thanks everybody! See ya next year!
Fact: there’s a few universally unpleasant places out there, like the DMV. Or any room in the history of the world with that terrifying fluorescent lighting. Thankfully, there are way more super cool places out there, especially when it comes to finding the perfect spot to sit back, think inspiring thoughts, and make awesome art. We were curious about exactly where our artists prefer to hunker down when it comes to makin’ stuff, so we asked those behind next week’s new tees to fill us in. Check out their answers below, and be sure to stop in on Monday to snag their sweet new designs!
Q: Where’s your favorite place to make stuff?
“My favorite place to make stuff is my desk in the basement. Lights low, music playing, creativity flowing.” Buy this tee now!
“I’ve yet to find this place, although it would probably be on a small cabana in Hawaii. Right now, it’s the comfort of my room/office; it’s the only place I can actually do stuff!” Buy this tee now!
Hafaell Pereira: “The best place is where I have a flat surface, a sheet of white paper, and a pencil. With that, I’m quite happy and I can solve most of my problems.” Buy this tee now!
“I have a very messy office where I enjoy drawing. I just turn on some music and zone out.” Buy this tee now!
“My most favorite place to make stuff is my workroom where I have my desk, computer, and all the other tools. From time to time I really lock myself up in there, from morning ‘til night, focusing on trying to create something, and losing track of time and space…“ Buy this tee now!
“I really don’t have a specific or favorite place to make my stuff. For me, anyplace works as long as it’s comfortable and has less people. Although, it depends on the type of people. But I really do want to have my own workstation someday. I’m actually saving for it, because right now, I work most of the time at the office and sometimes at home when I’m alone.” Buy this tee now!
Even outside of work, it’s always a good idea to keep the brain working and hungry for more. Whatever you’re up to, make sure you’re always learning. To get an idea of what our artists feed their brains with, we asked them what the most interesting thing they’ve ever learned as an artist is. Check out the quotes below from next week’s printed artists and be sure to check back on Monday to pick up the new tees!
Q: As an artist, what is the most interesting thing you’ve ever learned?
"Since I started my artistic career, I’ve been desperately looking for a ‘style’. Experience told me it’s pointless to look for a style, because it’s been with you the entire time. It’s the result of the perception you have of the world, and it’ll be polished as you keep working. You won’t see the whole forest until you reach a certain amount of work, but at some point, it will be revealed to you." Buy this tee now!
“Personally, I try to follow tons of artists that are better than me (there are so many it’s frustrating) and understand their techniques for achieving great work. Other than skills, I try to find a good balance between procrastination and working hard. It’s tiring. Being humble and nice to others is also essential so karma pats you on the back sometimes.” Buy this tee now!
“I think the most interesting thing I have learned about is the Golden ratio.” Buy this tee now!
“I took semiotics when I was at Faculty of Fine Arts. After that, everything seems different. I’ve gone around like an inspector for some time now.” Buy this tee now!
“A good design doesn’t need to be beautiful, and a beautiful design isn’t necessarily good.” Buy this tee now!
“That’s a really hard question! Let me see. Looking at a lot of different art and graphic design from diverse artists from all the world is important to create a visual encyclopedia in your mind; that way you can solve graphic problems in a lot different ways. Also, the best design ideas comes when I take a shower.” Buy this tee now!
MEET OUR PULLOVER HOODIE DESIGN CHALLENGE WINNER!
As we enter August, summer seems to be slowly winding down. Before you know it, you’re gonna have to get your layers out of the attic! So, we got a head start on the cold weather clothes with the Pullover Hoody design challenge. The winning design comes from Portuguese artist Daniel Teixeira, who stacked some box televisions to put a colorful spin on white noise. Read on to learn more about Teixeira and to grab his new design, “Interference”, on a pullover hoody, tee, or iPhone case!
Congrats on your winning design, “Interference”, for our Pullover Hoodies design challenge! Why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m a graphic designer and illustrator based in Porto, Portugal. I have a full time job in a graphic design studio, and with my free time I try to work on my personal illustrations. I have also a big passion for cooking.
The concept for this challenge was pretty vague. How did you come up with the idea for “Interference”?
This idea wandered through my head for some time, and as the subject was very vague, I decided to invest in this illustration. I was inspired by the televisions that are for sale in large stores. They all together run different images and colors, creating patterns and interesting color games.
What inspired your decision to create a stack of interference-suffering TV’s versus just one?
I wanted to concentrate the attention of the viewer on the chaos of many different TV’s.
How would you describe your signature design aesthetic, and how does “Interference” reflect it?
In this project I tried a different style. I think it’s important to experiment different approaches in each project.
Tell us a bit about the process behind your design. Feel free to share any WIP’s if available!
In general, the ideas come to my head naturally and in different situations. Then I do some sketches to visualize the concept that I want to illustrate, and to get an interesting composition. Then I finish the last details digitally.
Are you a big hoody wearer? If so, what types of designs do you like on a good hoody?
For me, hoodies are like t-shirts to wear in the winter. I like to see good concepts illustrated or nice typographic compositions.
Why is “Interference” a great design for a hoody?
I think the composition fits well in the hoody. And the colors give some energy to it.
For “Pullover Hoodies”, we challenged artists to “make a design so awesome, anyone that wears your hoody will want to give themselves a hug.” How does it feel to create a design that is as awesome as it is huggable?
It makes me feel really happy and motivated to do more work for Threadless. I really like when an illustration starts conversations and sometimes relationships.
Do you have a new affection for TV’s with interference now that your design made you a winner?
I prefer to see really good interference than some TV shows.
Any other shout-outs?
Thank you very much and have a nice day.