Congrats to Tobe Fonseca for scoring $10,000 in the first Threadless + Gap challenge.

  • by the ThreadStaff
  • posted Aug 29, 2012

For our very first Threadless + Gap design challenge back in March, we asked you to design the next iconic Threadless + Gap tee. From 1,253 submissions, one design was chosen for the grand prize. Congrats to Tobe Fonseca for scoring the $10,000 for his design, Tattooed Panda!

We asked Tobe a few questions about his design.

What does it mean to you to be in so many stores?
I still don't believe it. Really, it's like a dream. As a t-shirt designer, it's all that I ever wanted.

What was your reaction when you found out the $10k news?
I just sent and e-mail back with the works "Guys, are you joking me?" It was like WOW, as I said unbelievable! I got the news on 08/16/2012 I'll never forget this day!

What inspired your panda design?
I was just trying to create something with pandas and this idea just appeared like a "click." I think those are the best ones!

What's your usual design process like?
I use lots of pages of my Moleskine trying to find some idea that can work on a tee. I check the Internet or books for reference after I have the concept. Curiously, I think my best ideas come from nowhere about a week after my research. My brain needs a rest to come up with something useful.

Besides your own, what's your favorite Threadless + Gap design?
I have to say "Anchor News" from Dina Prasetyawan. It’s not just about the design. He’s a great artist and his trajectory is very inspiring! GREAT $5!

Tattooed Panda was released this week along with 42 other brand new Threadless + Gap designs including styles for women, men, boys, girls & infants. This is the first Threadless + Gap print for 34 artists, and this collection includes designs from artists from 15 different countries.

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jeffreyg profile pic Alumni

so happy for you Tobes! :3

TheInfamousBaka profile pic Alumni

CONGRATS! I bet it's such a surreal feeling to win something like that. :-) Totally deserved.

myteemo profile pic Alumni

Beautiful artwork! Congrats such a great win!

EricaTheRed profile pic Alumni

congratulations!! It's a great design

silverhare profile pic Alumni

That's beautiful! Congratulations!

celandinestern profile pic Alumni

wooooo!! congrats to Tobe and everyone else that won! :D


Congrats !!! well deserved !!!

macdoodle profile pic Alumni

congrats all around to everyone! very cool!!!

Resistance profile pic Alumni

Wow! Awesome work! Congrats!!


This is great! Congratulations! I hope I can get my hands on one of these shirts. Very nice concept!

campkatie profile pic Alumni

so cool! enjoy your winnings and congrats!

parul sen

Beautiful and inspiring. Congrats!

Mat Miller

Congratulations, very well deserved!!

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