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.
MEET THE DESIGNERS BEHIND OUR SIMPSONS COLLECTION!
Did you hear the good news? We’ve restocked all of your favorite designs from our Simpsons collection! That’s right, Homer, Milhouse, Comic Book Guy, and all of your Springfield favorites are hanging out at Threadless. Seriously, even Flanders is around!
Check out the video above to meet some of the designers who helped make it all possible, then head over to the collection and browse all 29 tees!
GET NOSTALGIC WITH OUR NICKELODEON WINNER!
The time has come. The winning design from our Nick Retro design challenge is here. Can we get a “Happy, happy, joy, joy” up in here?! Out of 499 slime-a-riffic submissions, Mitch Loidolt’s Ren & Stimpy-inspired ”Through Stink and Thin" design is our winner! Before you head over to browse the five other tees in our Nickelodeon collection, check out this interview with Mitch!
Congrats on your winning design! Why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself?
My name is Mitch and I come from Minnesota originally, but now I live in California with my wife and make video games during the day. When I’m not working, I’m drawing, eating burritos, and watching cartoons and action movies.
What about the Nick Retro challenge made you think “I must, I must, I must submit!!”
Nickelodeon has a permanent spot in my heart and I can credit their shows in ‘90’s with helping shape me into the person I am today. I had so much fun watching and drawing these characters as a kid that I really didn’t have a choice; I had to submit something.
Of all the Nick shows you could have focused on, why did Ren & Stimpy steal your designing heart?
They are so weird and gross and they were different from anything else I had watched up to that point… for whatever reason. I felt like I could relate to them, like they were my best pals. Also, my favorite shirts as a kid were my Ren & Stimpy shirts and I severely needed to wear a good one again. So for myself and for my inner child, it was imperative that I try to win.
What inspired this specific design in particular?
This was inspired mostly by how Ren & Stimpy are strange buddies with a special bond. The specific poses and everything came together sort of naturally as I was drawing.
The faces you’ve created in the “fumes” are a great hidden detail - do they represent anyone in particular?
Yep. There’s Mr. Horse, Powdered Toast Man, Svën Höek, Muddy Mudskipper, Stimpy’s son Stinky, and then a few knee warmers tossed in for good measure.
Would you mind taking us through your process?
It started out as just a few random sketches to warm up. I liked Stimpy with his back to the viewer a bit better than something straight on, and I liked Ren being squeezed. I knew I had to give that fart in there a reason rather than just being gross. Originally it was a heart fart to show that Ren wasn’t being squeezed out of malice, but out of love, even though if Stimpy pressed any harder on his chest cavity, it would probably pop like a zit. That fart evolved into an opportunity to show a bunch of characters I loved, so then I went back to making Stimpy look crazy. I don’t really plan things before I draw them; stuff just sort of happens.
When you were a kid watching Ren & Stimpy, did you ever in your life imagine you’d one day create a winning design based on the cartoon?
No, never. My big goal as a kid was to get a Nicktoons drawing on T.V. during the Thanksgiving specials. I still swear one was flashed for a brief second… but I could never be sure. I was extremely shocked and overjoyed to find out that I had won this. It would have been more than enough to be one of the few winners, but a whole prize pack from Nickelodeon for drawing my two favorite cartoon characters is literally a childhood dream come true.
Obviously, Ren and Stimpy would have very differing opinions of your design. What do you think each character would say if they came across it?
If I had to take a stab at writing the characters (please forgive me, John Kricfalusi), Stimpy would probably have one of his starry eyed monologues, like, “Golly! What a fine pair of gentlemen are we, surrounded by dreamlike memories of our dearest friends, and like hot breath on a frosty window pa-” then Ren would slap him and bark, “Snap out of it, man! We’ve been VIOLATED! Here we’ve been photographed at our most private, with you covered in a haze of your own filth, and you’re prancing around like you’re Clark Gable! You eediot! We oughtta SUE!”
We gotta know: at the end of the day, are you a Ren guy, or a Stimpy guy?
Apologies, but I could never have one without the other - I’d rather die than choose a favorite. But if you’re asking who I’m most like: Stimpy all the way.
Any other shout-outs?
I’d like to thank my Mom and Dad for letting me watch Nickelodeon as a kid and encouraging me to be an artist. I’d like to thank Mrs. Maus for being my only grade school teacher to not yell at me for drawing in class. I’d like to thank Laura and Jeff at Threadless for telling me I won this awesome contest. I’d like to thank Nickelodeon for being the best network for kids, and I’d like to th- *play off music starts*.