MEET THE ZIP HOODIES CHALLENGE WINNER!
Welp, it’s officially September, meaning the inevitable is upon us: cooler weather. Thankfully, there is a certain something that makes chilly weather bearable: majorly awesome hoodies. With that in mind, we launched our Zip Hoodies challenge, and after zippin’ our way through a whole bunch of super sweet submissions, we’ve landed on a winner: “Ninja vs. Ninja” by Brooklyn artist Daniel Stevens. Read on to learn more about Daniel, and if you want a totally badass hoody (‘cuz obviously you do), snag his new design here!
Congrats on your winning design “Ninja vs. Ninja” for our Zip Hoodies challenge! Why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m a Graphic Designer/Illustrator based in Brooklyn, NY. During the day I create graphics and prints for a sleepwear company and at night I work on personal projects, freelance, and of course, Threadless stuff. I watch cartoons, collect comics, and love procrastinating.
What inspired the concept behind your design?
My inspiration for this comp was actually through research. While I was at work, not working, I checked out all the hoodies Threadless sold. By the time I got home, the idea just popped into my head.
You mentioned that you wanted to “create a design that told a story”. What exactly is the story behind this design?
The story is just a simple interaction between the two characters.
Why were these badass ninjas fighting in the first place?
Shhh… I can’t say or I’m next.
How was designing for a hoody different than a typical tee?
I think when you design for a hoody, what works best is minimal color and a clean design. There’s so much going on with a hoody between the hood, pockets, and the zipper, that less is more when it comes down to graphics.
Did the idea of integrating a zipper play a part in creating your design?
Using the zipper was the biggest part of the concept. I needed that fun interaction.
Please walk us through the process of creating this design.
For this particular design there wasn’t much of a process, more like design freestyle. The visual was so clear in my mind that all I needed was a few ninja references to get started in Illustrator. I didn’t even sketch the concept.
What do you think fellow ninjas on the street will think of your new hoody?
Ninjas will probably feel like i’m exploiting their careers to sell products and send their best men after me.
If you so decide to enter the dark arts of the ninja world, do you think this hoody will give you special powers?
Ummm… I hope it gives me some kind of power so I can defend myself for when they come for me. They will come!!!
Any other shout-outs?
I want to give a shouts to my mom and dad for the excellent creative genes, my lady for being so supportive, and my job for being soooo lenient with what websites we can go on at work. I would also like to thank Threadless for choosing my design. Being printed has been my dream for awhile and to finally achieve this goal makes me feel truly honored.
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!
Q: If you had to choose, would you rather draw with your toes for the rest of eternity, or eat paintbrushes everyday for life?
“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.” Buy this tee now!
“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.” Buy this tee now!
“I’d rather eat paintbrushes for lunch every day, as long as they comes with a side of nacho cheese!” Buy this tee now!
“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!” Buy this tee now!
“I heard paintbrushes are very nutritive, but I would rather draw with my toes. It ain’t that hard. :p” Buy this tee now!
“I would prefer drawing with my toes.” Buy this tee now!
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!