…AND YOUR $10K PARODY WINNER IS…
It’s been a super close race (seriously, super super close), but after tallying a full week of sales, we’ve determined your $10K Parody winner is “The Exhibitionist” by Mathiole of Minas Gerais, Brazil! A clever take on a classic horror film, Mathiole’s design bared all and came out on top of a competition that was literally neck and neck for the whole week. Even we didn’t see a clear-cut winner until the very last moment! We decided that we’d give Mathiole a call down in Brazil so we could break the news to him face to face (OK, screen to screen, but you know what we mean). Check out Mathiole’s reaction to the news below, then pick up his winning design!
FROM THE LAND OF THRA, OUR DARK CRYSTAL WINNER IS HERE!
Gelflings, and Skeksis, and Garthim, oh my! After over 180 Dark Crystal-inspired submissions and 117,405 votes, we have a winning design! After much deliberation amongst the Mystics, “Dark Crystal Dreams" by Martin Knight is the winner of this challenge! Take a moment to congratulate Martin on his third printed design, then check out his interview below!
Congrats on your winning design “Dark Crystal Dreams”! Why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I am Martin from the South of England and work under the name MindSqueeZe. I am a lucid and vivid dreamer and sometimes prefer the surreal dream world over the reality we believe we’re living in. I work as creatively as I can with digital media and actively push mobile photography and editing techniques. When not working with digital bits and bytes I am out mountain biking!
Why did you decide to participate in the Dark Crystal Challenge?
Since my last t-shirt design I created for Threadless (“Crest Craft” for the first Minecraft challenge), I’ve been looking to push my techniques and try different styles, so this fantasy style challenge was a great start. Not to mention that the film was a big part of my growing up!
Do you remember your first reaction to the movie? If so, what was it?
I remember my first reaction to the film like it was yesterday! I felt a sense of adventure and freedom, but also terror at the same time. This film really scared me as a child! The strange sounds and the characters were very frightening.
Why has it always remained one of your favorites?
I am a massive fan of Jim Henson and Frank Oz, and they have created my love for fantasy. I am a big dreamer and always hope at the end of the day, when I go to sleep, that I can start an adventure in my dreams just like the journey Jen has in The Dark Crystal. The filming was groundbreaking at the time so it will always be a fan favourite.
How did you come up with the design you created for this challenge?
It’s a style I’ve wanted to do for a while (limited colours, silhouette type, and sense of adventure), so the challenge was perfect and I can’t wait to submit more.
It seems to really capture the essence of the film. How did you accomplish this?
I knew it needed a sense of adventure, and to capture that I wanted a view which had the iconic Skeksis Tower and the journey towards freedom. I put the film on repeat while I was working on the design, got into the world of Thra, and tried to imagine exactly what the adventure would feel like.
If the Mystics and the Skeksis both discovered your t-shirt, how do you think each of the dueling forces would react?
I would hope if both the Mystics and the Skeksis come across the t-shirt, they would be overwhelmed by the awesomeness of the tee and everyone would live in peace and harmony. We can dream!
Please tell us a bit about the process of your design. Feel free to include any WIP images if available!
The process included painting in Photoshop with basic brushes and a few specialist brushes. I built up the overall layout and feel and then later modified and changed things until I got to something I was happy with. I have included a large photo stage by stage to show you the process:
If Jen could have been clothed in your t-shirt during his journey for an extra level of defense, what kind of special powers would it have equipped him with?
It would definitely give him the power of manipulation. He would put the shirt on and the design would give him slight future-seeing powers, as well as the ability to move certain things on the t-shirt so they also move in real life. I would say it would give him the power of invisibility but then no one would see the cool t-shirt design!
Any other shout-outs?
Only to you, Threadless! Thank you very much.
HELP US DETERMINE THE PARODY CHALLENGE’S $10,000 GRAND PRIZE WINNER!
As if we could expect anything less from our witty, brilliant, and hilarious artists, the submissions we received for our $10k Parody Design Challenge were so awesomely awesome that we simply cannot choose a final winner ourselves! Therefore, we need your help. We managed to whittle the abundance of radness down to four final designs, and now we hand the baton to you. What do you need to do? Simply purchase your fave parody design within the next week! Starting today, the 28th, through next Monday, the 5th, we’ll be keeping a tally of sales for each design, and whichever sells the most by the 5th will be determined the $10,000 grand prize winner. The ultimate Parody Design Challenge has now become the ultimate Parody Design Challenge Showdown! Check out the four contenders below:
So get shoppin’, Threadfriend! Your purchase could help one lucky artist snag some mad cash. And make sure to tune in on Wednesday, the 7th when we announce the grand prize winner!
TREADLESS + LEBOWSKI = BOWLING FUN!
Like many of you, we’ve been anxiously awaiting the release of the Big Lebowski tees here at HQ. Now that the wait is over, we took it as an opportunity to celebrate Lebowski style, and what better way to welcome these Duder-iffic tees to the family than a trip to the lanes?! Our good friends at Timber Lanes set aside a couple lanes for us, mixed up a few White Russians, and let us knock those pins down until joy filled our hearts to the brim like a good sarsaparilla. Below, check out these new tees in action, then head on over to the collection and pick up your own, man!
MEET OUR BIG LEBOWSKI WINNER, DUDES!
After 300 submissions, 80,548 scores, and a couple White Russians, we’ve got the winning design from our Big Lebowski design challenge! Inspired by the patterned sweater worn by The Dude, Leo Canham’s “Knitted Dude” design was chosen to be the winning tee. We sat down with Leo and picked his brain to uncover the source of his inspiration, his love for The Big Lebowski, and what he thinks The Dude would have to say about his design. Before you bowl straight into the new Big Lebowski collection, learn a little more about Leo and his design below!
Congratulations on your big win! Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Thank you! My name is Leo Canham and I’m an Illustrator/Designer from York, England.
Why did you feel compelled to create a design for the Big Lebowski?
I just had to have a go at this challenge; I have been a big fan of the movie for a long time now. I remember watching it for the first time on VHS tape!
Of all the things you could have focused on from the Big Lebowski, how did you land on this particular design?
Whenever I think of The Dude, I always think of him wearing his scraggy knitted sweater. So I wanted to try and recreate that iconic sweater but in a t-shirt format. A homage of sorts, but with elements of the movie mixed into the pattern.
Describe the process of creating this design. (Please feel free to include any WIP photos!)
I produced the whole design in vector. I started off making a list of items I wanted to include and sketching out some layout options. I then created a knitted pattern grid in Illustrator to help me work on the final layout. I slowly worked my way towards incorporating those objects into the grid. It was the first time I had created artwork in this pixel-like style, so it look a little time to adapt but it was an enjoyable learning experience. For those that are interested, the items included in the design are : a bowling ball, bowling pins, strike symbols, spare symbols, the Dude’s car, shapes from the original sweater, In-and-Out burgers, alcohol bottles / White Russian drinks, dollar symbols (ransom), hearts for his special lady friend, and even some discreet ‘Johnsons’ at the bottom!
Why did you decide to keep the design in mostly neutral colors?
It just seemed fitting for the movie and tied in well with the sweater parody. I think anything bright and outlandish wouldn’t have suited the film’s style or the Dude’s persona.
How would you describe your aesthetic as an artist?
I wouldn’t really say I have a definitive style. I usually start off with a concept and then explore different ways to execute it. Sometimes it leads to new methods of working, like with this design.
What do you think The Dude would say about your design?
Hopefully something like “far out, man”. But he would probably just peer over the top of his shades and then take a sip of his White Russian.
If you could be reincarnated as any character from the Big Lebowski, who would it be?
An obvious choice, but it has to be The Dude. He may be seen as a bum, but he’s just a laid back guy with decent moral values and a love for rugs.
How many times have you seen the movie?
Maybe six or seven times. With the quality of the script and cast, It never really gets old. It would definitely make my all-time top 10 movies list.
Any other shout-outs?
Big shout out to the Threadless community and of course, my special lady friend.