DISCOVER YOUR BACK TO SCHOOL LOOK!
As the thought of returning to school slowly forces its way back into your brain, so many questions start bouncin’ around in the ol’ noggin. Who am I going to be this year? What classes will I take? Does the locker room still smell as horrible as I remember? Does my style need an upgrade? Though we can’t speak to your class schedule or that funky smell creeping from the locker room, we can give you a hand in crafting your perfect look for struttin’ down the halls!
Below, we’ve outlined some of the best tees to suit your style, whether that be mathlete chic, science club style, or gym class couture. Check out the designs below, and remember that all tees are 40% off and everything else is on sale, too!
School can be rough, so it’s good to have a friend you can always count on.
By combining math with biology, we can discover how that weirdo, the platypus, came to be.
Disguising yourself as a used chalkboard is an easy and clever way to sneak into class late. You didn’t hear that from us, though…
If you save all of your fist bumps for science, this design is for you. And for science. Mostly for science.
Do you ever fantasize about your favorite scientists debunking magic and superstition with a well-placed right hook? No? Us either…
Books can be your best friend. They have the ability to whisk you away to new lands, let you live a life vastly different from your own, and, if they’re thick enough (and hardcover), make great allies for fighting off bullies.
POLITICAL SCIENCE SYMPATHIZERS:
Need the perfect tee to wear while brooding over the manifesto you’ve been working on during lunch period? Say no Mao, this tee’s for you!
HEALTH CLASS HEROES:
Everyone thinks they know what’s best for you and your body. Show them you know a thing or two by wearing this topical tee to health class!
Because ‘Murica. Right, bro?
Got a U.S. geography test? Here’s your cheat sheet!
Cats + Art History = The Purrrfect Tee!
DRIVER’S ED DEVOTEES:
Admit it, the only thing keeping you from finding your soulmate is a driver’s license and a car.
GYM CLASS CRUSADERS:
You love the smell of that locker room, don’t you? It smells like SUCCESS. Sweet, sweaty success.
OUR GEEK CHIC WINNER IS OUT OF THIS WORLD!
OK, so this tee isn’t available until tomorrow, but we were just way too excited to wait until Monday to break the news that “Ode to the Cosmos!" is the winning design from our Geek Chic design challenge! Who is the designer behind this geek-tastic design? Why, it’s Taylor Rose and this is her second Threadless print. Congrats, Taylor! We sat down with Taylor to pick her brain about design, pixel art, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Carl Sagan, Cosmos, and more. So sit back, enjoy the interview, and visit Threadless tomorrow morning to pick up this stellar tee!
Congrats on your winning “Ode to the Cosmos!” design! Why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Thank you! I am a freelance illustrator working and playing in Bend, Oregon. Most of my illustrations are inspired from nature and fantasy storytelling. When I have free time, I love fly fishing, snowboarding, and stargazing.
Of all the challenges, why did Geek Chic speak to you?
I was really drawn to the title “Geek Chic.” It’s a perfect way of representing the evolution of what it means to be labeled a geek that I have been lucky enough to experience, and the growing acceptance and support of that. I think the term “geek” used to imply that you were an outcast, but due to wildly popular events like Comic Con and the success of shows like Cosmos, today it totally is chic to be geek and that’s a beautiful thing! I was just stoked to have the opportunity to try to showcase that with my art.
What’s the most awesomely geeky thing about you?
I have a pretty large amount of geeky toys, books, and comics staring at me right now, but I think foremost I am a nature geek, so it would probably be my ridiculous and ever-expanding rock collection.
How did you come up with the idea for “Ode to the Cosmos!”?
I knew I wanted to do something science-related, and my idea actually started with a pretty elaborate ode to Bill Nye. But, once I thought more about what motivated me most as a kid to study science, I realized it always came back to the mysteries of space. I remembered being mesmerized by Carl Sagan’s Cosmos, and with Neil deGrasse Tyson reviving the series this year, I couldn’t ignore the idea that they could make for the most epic fist bump of all time.
If you were to bump into Neil deGrasse Tyson or the ghost of Carl Sagan, what would you say to them?
I would want to thank them immensely for all the passion around science that they have ignited in others. They both have such a wonderful and relatable way of sharing knowledge, I would totally just soak in anything they wanted to talk about. Then I think a group hug would definitely be in order.
What’s your all-time favorite Cosmos episode?
That’s a really tough question, I might have to cheat and choose one from each series: Sagan’s “Blues for a Red Planet” and Tyson’s “A Sky Full of Ghosts”.
Please tell us a little bit about your process creating this design. Feel free to share some WIP images!
I started with a rough graphite sketch of the concept and then, after scanning that in, I colored all of my pixel art in Photoshop with an 8 pixels per inch resolution file and the pencil tool. It’s mostly just made square by square. Then once the pixelated part is completed, I enlarge it to a print worthy size and add different glowing effects with the airbrush tool. I attached some WIP images to check out:
What advice do you have for artists when creating a very pixelated design?
Don’t underestimate how much detail you can actually apply to pixel art. I think it gets a reputation of being over-simplified imagery, but for me, I see it as an opportunity to represent lots of detail, just with simplified forms and shapes.
What do you find to be the most baffling, amazing thing about space and time?
I think one of the most amazing things about space is how crazy it is that Earth was able to form into what it is today, and all of the circumstances that made it a perfect planet to support life. Like, for example, how we are just the right distance from the sun, or how Jupiter acts as a space bodyguard with its gravitational pull just strong enough to pull large comets and asteroids away from Earth so they don’t smash right into us. Expanding off of that, I definitely love the possibility of life in other galaxies or planets or moons like Europa.
Any other shout-outs?
Thanks so much to the Threadless community and staff for voting this as the winning design and for supporting art and science and geeks! You guys are awesome!