Threadless Loves Cookie Loves Milk!

by jesshanebury / None /

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Cookie Loves Milk by Jess Fink was originally submitted on September 23, 2005. Since then, it's been printed approximately 5.4 zillion times and recreated in many forms! Starting today, it's available on something brand new: a crewneck sweatshirt. In celebration of the lasting unity between cookie and milk, let's take a little walk down memory lane.

The design was originally printed on girly and guys tees.

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Then little kids got in on the game.

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Pretty soon, the whole world was sporting it.

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Then people actually became the design.

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We accidentally created the world's strangest still life.

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Fans showed their appreciation in creative...

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...and edible ways.

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Some more permanent than others.

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This summer, the bond between cookie and milk became interactive.

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And starting today, you can warm your heart (and your general chestal region) with the knowledge all these years later, Cookie still loves the heck out of milk.

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Here's a 2% cheers to Jess Fink for all the milk-mustachey smiles.

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Teetorials: How To Direct A Short Film!

by jesshanebury / None /

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Teetorials are tips and tricks for adding those special touches to your designs plus other insights about creativity and makin' cool stuff. Check out Threadless' Head of Creative Sean Dorgan's teetorial about directing a short film.

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My friends use to make movies a lot when we were young. We made skateboarding videos by editing between 2 VHS machines. We shot Ninja-Comedies in a Kmart parking lot. Some of those same people are even currently working on the very first feature-length instagram movie.

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Get lots of talented friends to donate their time. This is the trickiest part! Having a really fun idea definitely helps here. For this shoot we were lucky enough to have 2 graduates of the Tom Savini makeup school creating our zombies. Our friends Justin "Nordic Thunder" Howard and Chelsie Jangord who played the main roles are also born talents as evidenced here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y25cUtVsY4w Make sure to incorporate a pool party scene, or a dance party, and never forget to have ample amounts of free pizza on hand. Beer helps too (drink responsibly)

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Come up with a story or….. borrow one! For this zombie-laden short film I drew inspiration from the 1985 classic Return Of The Living Dead. The movie opens in a medical supply warehouse where a canister with a zombie in it is punctured and toxic gas is released. You want to write your own stuff of course as we did, but there's nothing wrong with the occasional homage! After you have a great plot, you need to give each character a specific motivation, write their dialogue, and create a storyboard or at least a rough shot-list for the cameramen.

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Get equipment. Get a crew. You're going to need some sort of camera that can record video, and some kind of microphone if you plan on including dialogue in your story. Know someone with an iPhone? There you go! Audio is a little trickier but be crafty. Maybe you have a friend in a band with a vocal microphone. Duct-tape it to a mop-handle with a nice long cord and plug it into a laptop with a freeware audio-recording program. Hand your new DIY boom mic to your sound engineer and hit record.

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Create Roles This was especially important for our film since we had so many extras. The makeup people needed to know who would be a principle zombie, and who was a background actor. The latter received less time in makeup in order to stay on schedule. It also helps you organize people if you can categorize them and communicate via their designated categories: "zombie dancers", "zombie workers" etc.

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Free up your schedule! The Nightshift took us well over 50 hours to plan, shoot, and edit. We worked 9-5 and then started filming after that until 3am for three consecutive nights! Craig edited the video for another 3 days, and Collin and I each wrote music/sfx as well. It was definitely a time-intensive project.

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Make Stuff This only adds to the fun, and saves you money. I constructed a fog-chiller for our short film, and produced 2 songs and lots of sound effects in Ableton.

Have Fun- This is the most important thing. At some point during the process you might ask yourself "What have I gotten myself into?" Don't fret, this is a normal reaction to the overwhelming film-making process. I threw my back out, the pizza guy got lost, our dancers got tired and started to leave, and various other trials and tribulations occurred. Be strong, you'll smile at the end of the week when its all over and you've got a sweet short film and lots of memories!

Here's our finished project if you didn't catch it during the sale a few weeks ago.

Lisa Frankenstein Is So '90s!

by jesshanebury / None /

Hey guys! I’m Jen! I'm a photographer here at Threadless, collector of all things vintage and weird, and I was part of the team that won the 90s challenge with Lisa Frankenstein! I worked with the very talented artists Dan Elijah G. Fajardo & Jerry Maninang on this one. I interviewed Dan & Jerry about our collaboration and then we talk 90s favorites.

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Tell us who you are, where you're from and a little about yourself!

Dan: Hello! Mabuhay! I am Dan Elijah G. Fajardo, Graphic Artist / Illustrator based in Manila, Philippines.

Jerry: My name is Jerry Maninang a.k.a Dzeri29, a freelance graphic artist & a father of two cute children. I started designing T-shirts way back in 2002, My everyday life is simple, drinking coffee every morning, read all my emails and then start my work, that’s it!

Do you prefer collaborating or working alone? Why?
Dan: I really like to work with some amazing artists around the world and start a friendship with them :D

Jerry: I prefer collaborating with someone, because combining two ideas & style creates a unique & one of a kind design.

We mostly talked through JeffreyG and e-mail, what do you think is the best way to communicate with collab partners?
Dan: I usually email them or leave a message on Facebook :D I don't usually used Skype or other voice chat because my English is terrible! Lol

Jerry: Maybe by talking to each other & sharing ideas.

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How did this particular collab process work?
Dan: It started when Dzeri29 and I submitted our "Lisa Frank" inspired design for the 90s challenge and suddenly Jeff message me on Facebook that Ms. Jen has a clever idea, so she approached me about "Lisa Frankenstein" and I really like it! :D Then I told her that I want to add Dzeri29 on our collab! Dzeri29 did the awesome line works and I did the colors! :D

Jerry: I think it start with Dan & your idea, then Dan approach me regarding this collaboration to re-sketch your idea and ink it, then Dan colored & finished it.

What was it like to work with me? Was I nice? I thought you were nice.
Dan: I'm so glad that you choose me on this collab it was fun working with you Ma'am! :D

Jerry: To work with you is such so nice, I love your sketch when Dan show it to me. :D

Why do you submit to theme challenges as opposed to just submitting in the regular challenge?
Dan: I enter theme challenges because it pushes me to be more creative.

Jerry: I think the design totally suit for this challenge specially the concept- Lisa Frank inspired, so 90’s.

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SPEED ROUND!

best 90s show:
DAN: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
JERRY: X-files
JEN: Late Night with Conan O’brien or Kids in the Hall
worst 90s show:
DAN: Mortal Kombat?
JEN: Dawson’s Creek
best 90s cartoon:
DAN: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
JERRY: X-Men, & Ren & Stimpy
JEN: Ok I have a lot: X-men, Batman the Animated Series, and Daria
best 90s theme song: DAN: I'll be there for you by The Rembrandts
JERRY: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles theme
JEN: X-men theme
your best story from the 90s:
DAN: When I won my first ever drawing contest.
JEN: When I was in middle school, I was still in Girl Scouts. Not because I was interested in Girl Scout things, but because every Friday we used to dress up as the Spice Girls and sing and dance our hearts out. Needless to say...we were not the popular girls at school. One Friday night, we were at one the girls house and had a big dance number set up for some of the moms. We stood in the garage, backs to the door closed, and dramatically let the door open. The music started and we spun around. The first thing we heard were giggles from next door. Just so happened that some high school boys lived next door and in their pool with them was one of the most popular girls in our grade. We never danced to the Spice Girls again. That, or the time I was on the news and publicly declared that I don’t like boys. Wait, did you say best or most embarrassing?
best 90s music video:
DAN: I have three all time favorite 90s videos
Black Hole Sun by Soundgarden (weird video)
Buddy Holly by Weezer
Everlong by Foo Fighters
JERRY: Nirvana "Smells Like Teen Spirit"
JEN: I was really into pop music in the 90s so probably Spice Girls “Say You’ll be There” or Blink 182 “What’s my Age Again”

Here's us in the 90s!

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Post a pic of yourself from the '90s then pick up a tee now!

Behind The Scenes On Danilo Cintra's First Print, Liberty Soul!

by jeffreyg / None /


Hi Danilo! How about a quick introduction?
I work as a graphic designer and when I am not working I usually go out with my wife, friends and family and drink a lot of beers. I like very much to travel, as well (beach, country, etc)...I was born to live in the nature...ha ha ha!!!

Congratulations on your first print, Liberty Soul! How did you celebrate your win?
Thank you again! I celebrated with my wife and my friends and we went out to drink in a bar. Can you believe that my brother-in-law got drunk and got naked in the the bar?? It was crazy, dude!

Do you have any plans with your winnings?
My plans are to pay my bills and to get better with my drawings.



What inspired this design? Do you have any ties to the Native American culture and community? For this specific drawing, I wanted to show a little bit of Brazilian culture and the Native Americans - one of the most important things of our history.

Did you draw any inspiration from your home country, Brazil?
Not only things related to my country - I like to draw everything that inspire me (music, nature, people, etc).



Have you ever spotted any Threadless shirts in Brazil?
Yes, I have!

What do you hope people take away from this design?
Something about Brazilian culture and the natives around the country.

What's your favorite type of environment to work in?
Listening to a good music (reggae!) in a quiet place.



Can we expect more submissions from you in the future?
Yes, sure! Pretty soon!

Any last words or shout outs?
I am very happy to join to the Threadless family - that really inspired me to continue with my drawings and thanks for the opportunity!

Thanks Danilo! You can pick up Liberty Soul and a bunch of other fresh new designs today!

Zombify Yourself For Threadless Cash!

by jesshanebury / None /

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The Threadless zombies took a big chomp out out of the prices. Everything is 30% off! Maybe those zombies have a heart! A decaying, slimy, peeling heart.

As a tribute to the price-cuttin' warehouse walkers, we want you to zombie yourself up in your favorite Threadless tee!

It doesn't matter how you do it: make-up, funky lighting or a zombie yourself app. Just post a picture of your zombiefied self in a Threadless tee with #spooky30 and our 3 favorites will win a $30 Threadless gift code.

Post to Twitter, Instagram or Tumblr by Oct. 24 and don't forget to pick up Threadless stuff at 30% off before the sale ends!

NOTE: Only the prices have been chomped. Your tees, hoodies and totes will arrive in tact.

Get To Know Matthew Jocelyn, Creator Of Wolf Waffles!

by merkinspurlock / None /

Hey dudes, Jillian here! I stumbled onto Matthew’s Wolf Waffles blog through the Tumblr Radar a while back and was instantly hooked. Look at them! They run! They jump! They ride horses and I love them! Through a little bit of magic and a self-awarded Masters in Lurking, I was able to track Matthew down and ask him some questions. Check out his answers, get to know him a little bit, and keep an eye out for his first ever Threadless submission!

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Hey, Matthew. Tell us about yourself. Well, I'm originally from California but I've been living in Brooklyn for the past 5 years. I work at a digital agency as a production designer and I'm the weirdo that makes the stuff on WolfWaffles.com.

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How did these animations come to be? What inspired them? I'd been trying to turn my characters into a comic book or a cartoon, but it turns out that stuff is hard! Then one day I fell into a Tumblr hole. After a few hours of staring at GIFs I thought, "Hey, I'll make one of those thingies."

Do you consider yourself an "artist"? No way! I think of myself as someone who knows Photoshop and has internet access. Sometimes right after I post a new GIF I think, "Well, I've done my part to make the internet more bottomless." Which, now that I think of it, seems like some weird kind of performance art. Maybe I'll change my answer to yes?

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Is this your "art" or do you make other "art" too? I think the stuff I make is pretty much like a good fart joke. It takes a tiny bit of skill and creativity but in the grand scheme of things it probably wouldn't be considered art. Plus, I don't know if MOMA would ever show a GIF of a puking cyclops…

Do you have any favorite artists, makers, or doers? Oh that's hard question… I want to say OutKast but I also want to say Bill Murray. There's also this homeless guy I see on the subway that plays Rolling Stones songs on a banjo. He seems pretty cool.

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What do you do when you're not making funny little animations? Well, Grand Theft Auto V just came out so that's gonna be my life now.

If the creatures in your GIFs could talk, what would they say? They would probably jump out from behind a dumpster and say, "Gimme all your money and maple syrup." Then they would give you a hug, whisper an insult in your ear and scamper off into the night.

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What is a question that you always wished someone would ask you so you could answer it? What's the answer to that question? Q: Would you like some ice cream? A: Yes, please.

Any parting words? Nope! This was fun. Thank you!

Don’t forget to follow Wolf Waffles on Tumblr and Matthew right here on Threadless!

Win Snapple For A Month! Score Real Facts Designs.

by jesshanebury / None /

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Tennessee banned the use of a lasso to catch fish, wild camels once roamed the Arizona desert and 10 of you are about to win Snapple for a month!

Threadless designers have taken some of the weirdest facts out there and created designs about them! Score 50 of the submissions by Oct. 25 and 10 folks will win Snapple for a month. (Threadfriends outside the US will receive a $50 Threadless gift code.)

Start scorin' now or we might graffiti your cow.

Teetorials: Digitizing Mixed Media

by jesshanebury / None /

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Teetorials are tips and tricks for adding those special touches to your designs. They're brought to you by our very own Threadless staffers. Since we're currently running a mixed media challenge, Jen and Jillian created a tutorial about bringing real world objects into your computer.

1.) Come up with an idea. This idea developed pretty organically for us but it may be more calculated for you. Protip: have a drawer full of toys and dig through it.

2.) Set it up. Again, this will vary by situation and what you’re making (maybe you’re scanning something rather than photographing it) but since we’re photographing this one, we want it to look as realistic as possible and reduce the amount of editing later.

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3.) Photograph it! You have to get the image on the computer somehow, right? If you’re doing something flat, maybe scan it. If you can think of another way to get your work into the computer without either of these methods, please post it in the comments and collect your Nobel Prize in Holy Shit How Did You Do That.

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4.) Edit your image. The idea here is to get the background as white as possible so you can either cut it out and place it on a colored shirt template, or have it sit nicely on a white tee. That’s what we’re doing.

Here, Jen breaks down her steps for quickly cleaning up the image.

Mixed Media from Threadless.com on Vimeo.


If you have a fancy camera, take photos in the RAW format.

The RAW format will open in photoshop with the option to change the temperature/exposure/contrast, etc. In this window, click the white balance eyedropper and click in the whitest part of the screen, click OPEN IMAGE.

If you don’t have a fancy camera, just take a photo with any camera that you have and open it in Photoshop. We promise, you DON'T need a fancy camera to do this.

Open a curves level, click the white eyedropper and click in the white background, this is an easy way to create a pure white background and keep the natural shadow.

Combine the curves layer and your image and click the brush tool. Color it in white around your image and shadows using a soft brush tool.

5.) Mix your media. Draw on top of your image, photoshop other stuff in, scan in a painting you made and throw that in there. Whatever your idea is, make it happen and mix it up. Our idea involves digitally drawing on top of the photo: image

6.) Mock it up on a tee, submit it, and wait ever so patiently for Jeffrey G to approve it.

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Plug Into Jessica Roush's Life And Her Winning Npr Design!

by jeffreyg / None /



Hi Jessica! How about a quick introduction?
Hello! I grew up in North Carolina and went to NC State for a double major in Textile Technology and Art & Design. Now, I'm a textile artist at Kohl's in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I do hand-painted and vector art for all sorts of home product - table linens, dinnerware, bedding, bath stuff, decor, etc. I also like to do some illustration at home too.

Congratulations on your winning design, NPR: Plugged In! What was it like to receive the notification that you won?
Thanks!! A few excited expletives may have escaped my mouth. And I was at work at the time, so I drew a little crowd around my cubicle when I started yelling. It was a wonderful surprise. I still half-thought it was some sort of elaborate hoax until I got the prize box in the mail a few days ago.

I see you're a textile designer by trade, was making this design outside of your comfort zone?
Yeah, I'd say so - I've done quite a bit more illustration-y stuff in the last few years after college, but I'd say I'm more of a Jack-of-all-trades (and master of hopefully a couple, at least?). I really didn't do any sort of illustration in school. I did strictly textile application (weaving, knitting, jacquard) and fine art (painting, classical drawing, installation, etc etc) so getting into something fresh and new to me has been a blast.



Could you tell us more about how your design came about? What about NPR influenced your design? Can you share any process photos with us?
This one was a challenge. Not only is it about SOUND, which isn't easily expressed visually, but also about NPR, which has a scope so broad that it would be impossible to illustrate all of the topics that it covers. I decided to illustrate instead its effect on me, in that I get lost in thought and imagination and wonder when I listen. I'm absorbed by the current events stories, and feel closer to the world around me. I tried to include country, suburban, and cityscapes (along with a little capitol building!), and the NPR colors (red, black and blue).


What's your favorite medium to work in?
Watercolors. I love how unexpected and dramatic it is when I add pigment to the wet paper - like magic! I kind of "grew up" with acrylics and oil colors, which is predictable, but watercolor makes me think ahead, work fast, and also go with the flow (pun intended).



When did you first start listening to NPR?
I really can't remember! Ever since I was a little kid, my parents have listened to NPR in the car, so I did too. We would listen to it on the way back from my grandparents house, and now I listen on the way back from work.

As part of your grand prize, you’re getting a private tour of NPR HQ. First, who are you taking with you? Second, is there anyone you’re especially hoping to run into during your visit?
My dad and my boyfriend both really want to go. Maybe I'll make them compete by arm wrestling or rock-paper-scissors or something. When we (whoever we ends up being) get there, I would love to see Steve Inskeep, Renee Montagne, or Bob Boilen. A girl can dream.

Do you have any favorite NPR shows?
Not having cable and being slightly addicted to Netflix can be a nuisance when you try to keep up with current events. I most often listen to NPR on the way to and from work for news, but I also like to catch This America Life, Car Talk, Tiny Desk Concerts, and RadioLab.



Shout out time! Want to show some love for your #1 NPR station?
Since I grew up in North Carolina, my first NPR love was the Raleigh, NC station - WUNC 91.5 - but I also love the Milwaukee station, WUWM 89.7.

Given your design, are headphones your favorite way to listen?
At work they definitely are. Sometimes that's the only way I can get work done, with an open cubicle and lots of foot traffic. I have the over-the-ear headphones, and I can just tune out everything and get stuff done.

What's it like to be able to design for an organization like NPR on Threadless?
I LOVED IT. I don't think I would ever have had a chance to design for them otherwise, so Threadless gave me the perfect opportunity. Getting a design on Threadless was awesome enough, then add NPR on top of it.... I seriously lucked out.

Are you currently working on any new projects?
I'm working on some typographic illustrations for a daily calendar coming out in 2014, called "Today is Going to be a Great Day". Super stoked about that opportunity. And, I'm working on a fun illustrated spanish language chart. No real reason, just because I miss having to speak in Spanish everyday (I studied in Spain for a little while in 2010).


Can we expect more submissions from you in the future?
YES. It's on.

Any last words or shout outs?
Thanks to Threadless and NPR - You've made my year!

Check out more of Jessica's stuff on her sites:
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You can pick up Jessica's winning design, NPR: Plugged In today!

Support Schools By Picking Up A New Tee!

by jesshanebury / None /

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The ABC's of Literature by Bo Knoblauch is the winning design from the Teachers challenge!

Not only will 100% of proceeds from the shirt's sales go to DonorsChoose.org, but with each shirt purchased, you'll receive a $20 DonorsChoose.org gift card, which allows you to select a classroom and directly put money into their program. Pretty neat, right? (We also tried to get them to change "teachers” to "teechers" but hey, ya can't win 'em all.)

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DonorsChoose.org makes it easy to help classrooms in need. On the site, public school teachers across America create classroom project requests from crayons for kindergartners, to an art museum field trip, to seeds for starting a garden. Then, you can give to the project which most inspires you. When a project reaches its funding goal, we ship the materials to the school. Best of all, you get photos and 'thank yous' from the classroom you chose to help. Over the last few years, teachers at half of all public schools in America have used DonorsChoose.org. More than a million people have supported 320,000 projects reaching 6 million students from low-income communities.

This is Bo's first Threadless print which is pretty appropriate because he already supports education in other ways. In his blog, Bo answers questions from high school students trying to find out more about art, design and art education. Way to go, Bo!

Pick up a tee today to support education and add a pretty neat design to your collection!

Threadless Designers Get Spooky! See What They Have To Say!

by jeffreyg / None /

HALLOWEEN IS ALMOST UPON US! We wanted to ask the horror masterminds on Threadless a couple of spooky questions! Feel free to answer any of the questions in the comments below!

Breaaad! by Phil Tseng
Would you rather be trapped in a box full of spiders, snakes, or rats and explain why?
I'd rather not be trapped with any of them! But if I had to, I think rats might not be as bad as the other two. I'm not a big fan of spiders--they can crawl in my ears or up my nose and hatch baby spiders in my brain! Snakes can be poisonous and they can slither up my shorts! Rats aren't any better, unless they're the rats from the movie "Ratatouille". In conclusion, I would rather be trapped in a box full of rats from the movie "Ratatouille" so they can make me dinner.

Halloween Slice of Life by Aaron Jay
If you died in a horror movie, how do you think it would happen?
I would be the guy saying, "No you go! I'll hold them off!" Things would get messy and the screen would fade out. However at the end of the film when all seems lost I burst back in and save the day, everyone asks me how I survived, I turn and look into the distance and say, "Because I bought this cool shirt from Randyotter."


The Horde by Aled Lewis
What weapon(s) would you have during a zombie apocalypse to survive?
My primary weapon would be a fully automatic shotgun for use when I'm in a fix. My sidearm would be a 9mm pistol with suppressor for stealth and precision. My melee weapon would be a machete as a last line of defense when the ammo runs out. I'll be fine.

Zombie at Tiffany's by Marion Cromb
What's the scariest nightmare you've ever had?
Being chased by Cruella De Vil through an 8-bit 101 Dalmatians platform video game. This was when I was about 6!


Oh The Horror! by Mat Pringle
If you were a horror villain, what would be your weapon of choice?
In terms of aesthetics and efficiency you can't go wrong with a straight razor but seeing as I'm an artist I think I'd have to opt for a sharpened pencil (3B) in the eye and perhaps an additional pencil (say non photo blue) in the other eye if I'm feeling particularly grumpy.


Zombie Walnut by Laurenz Loehr
What scares you the most?
Roosters. They're just unpredictable. Never trust them.

ZOMBIE SURVIVALIST by Dan Hipp
How would you survive a zombie apocalypse?
I wouldn't, so I'm making sure to enjoy the time I have before the inevitable Z-Day ahead of us when we'll all be worm food.

Parazombies by Florent Bodart
If you could live through a horror movie, which one would you choose?
Braindead. I would need a good lawnmower of course. And a lot of tranquillizers!

Death Rides in the Night by Nicholas Roberts
If you starred in a horror movie, what would it be called?
It would be a monster horror flick called "Eat your heart out." In the movie, a cute/fuzzy monster causes victim's hearts to explode to the perfect grilled temperature for it's consumption.

Happiness is Fleeting by Kerry Callen
Would you rather be bit by a vampire, werewolf, or zombie - and why?
Bites from a werewolf or zombie would probably involve a lot of ripping and tearing of my tender flesh, while a vampire would just make two little holes. I'm going to have to go with a vampire bite. (Yes, I'd later be a vampire too, but they can fly! That sounds fun.)


Feel free to share your answers below in the comments!

Check Out Alex Solis’ Creepy Monster Illustrations For All Of October!

by KyleGeib / None /

October is in full swing, and just about everyone has Halloween on their braaaaaaaaains. That’s why, over here at Threadless HQ, Threadstaffer Alex Solis has taken on the perfect art project to put you in the spooky spirit. For the entire month of October, Alex will be (beautifully) illustrating some of your favorite creepy creatures. Check out some of his illustrations from earlier this month:

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We sat down with Alex to ask him a few questions about how he prepares for All Hallows’ Eve:

What are some of your favorite horror movies?

I grew up watching A Nightmare on Elm Street. Not sure why, but my mom would let me watch those movies and I was only like 6 years old, haha!

Do you have any yearly traditions for Halloween?

My daughter and I like to make our own Halloween decorations, and we watch The Nightmare Before Christmas.

What is your favorite classic horror movie monster and why?

I love Frankenstein. My favorite part is when he throws the girl into the lake.

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What was your favorite Halloween costume and what are you going as this year?

My favorite was for a bboy competition. The whole crew dressed up as greasers. Not sure what I will be this year... still thinking.

Best Halloween candy? Most overrated Halloween candy?

Candy corn is the best, until I eat more then three - then it's the worst and most overrated.

What are your Halloween plans for this year?

The Halloween party at Threadless HQ, and then trick or treat with my daughter the next day!

Follow Alex on Tumblr and Instagram to keep up with his incredible monster illustrations for all of #Inktober!

Score 200 Designs To Win A Trip To Chicago!

by jesshanebury / None /

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Wowzers! There's almost 600 designs submitted for The Next Big Tee challenge. Which one should we award $10,000? Help us decide and we might give you a whopper of a prize: a trip to Chicago for 2014's Threadless Family Reunion!

Score 200 Next Big Tee submissions by Oct. 18. One random scorer will get $500 towards their trip next summer.

Start scoring now. We can't wait to hang out with the lucky winner!

Missed This Year's Meetup? Watch The 2013 Family Reunion Artist Interviews.

by jesshanebury / None /

We had a great time at Threadless 2013's Family Reunion! We were so honored to have 4 awesome members of the Threadless community come to Chicago to be interviewed. Get to know Nathan Pyle, Priscilla Wilson, Budi Satria Kwan and Jeremyville a little better.

Nathan Pyle

Nathan hails from Ohio and now lives and works in New York City. In addition to art, he produces non-fiction television programs for a variety of networks. He has a degree in theology, loves taking photos, and he is free this Saturday if anyone is playing flag football in Central Park.

In addition to being a Threadless MADE artist, Nathan is now a published author! Check out his book, NYC Basic Tips and Etiquette.



Budi Satria Kwan

Budi Satria Kwan didn’t have a credit card when he discovered Threadless, so he submitted a design in hopes of being awarded a coupon. This was his introduction to Photoshop and the world of design. Budi lives in Makassar, Indonesia.

We brought Budi from Indonesia to Chicago to present him 2013's Threadless Designer of the Year Bestee! Check out his MADE shop to see some of his work.


Priscilla Wilson

When she isn't organizing wine tour meet-ups across the California countryside or arranging artist e-chats across the world, Threadless Ambassador Priscilla Wilson is busy makin' fancy schmancy wine labels for the vino you might be drinking right now.


Jeremyville

Jeremyville began drawing Community Service Announcements as notes to self about navigating day-to-day life. His art has since appeared on shoes, murals, and now Threadless t-shirts.

Check out the Jeremyville MADE shop.


Dina And Wagner Hammered The Thor Competition! Check Out Their Winning Design!

by jeffreyg / None /


Hi Dina and Wagner! How about a quick introduction?

W: Hi Buddies! I'm from Brazil, I live in a very warm state called Rio Grande do Norte (something like Big River of North) and in this moment I work with editorial illustration and designs for shirts. I say this because my creativity and passion for what is new always leads me to new paths.
D: I'm a graphic designer for kids apparel in Indonesia and a freelance artist. I'm just an ordinary man with a wife and two little daughters. I’ve always known I would be an artist or a designer since I was a little kid. I'm a self-taught artist. I don't have a degree in art.

Out of 387 designs, your collaboration Thor: A God Among Worlds hammered the competition and won! What was it like to receive that notification?

W: Honestly, it was a big surprise . At the moment I didn't believe! Haha! I literally raised my hand to the sky and felt thunder coming up in my fingers. There were so many good designs in this challenge, and our design had been done in a short time, because Dina and I were pretty busy. So when I saw that wonderful email in my inbox, it was kind of unbelievable.
D: Excited and very happy! Do not think! Beyond expectations! I got the idea and the concept from Wagner five days before the deadline. We had to work very fast. But luckily, we were able to finish on time.

How did your collaboration process work? Could you share some photos with us?

W: Well, for me, every collaboration has to be done differently. I've done a collaboration where a friend worked only with the idea and I did all the artwork. The collaboration with Dina for the Thor challenge was totally different, I developed the idea and did the sketch, Dina made the lineart and colors.
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You both have pretty distinct styles. To see them mesh into one solid design is amazing. What did each of you bring to the collaboration skillwise? Do you think it’s important for artists to collaborate with each other?

W: I really think that collaborating with another artist is a process enriching and challenging. Do it!
D: Wagner is a good comic illustrator. I really admire his artwork, so when he asked me to collaborate, I was surprised! I think maybe he was interested in the way I draw superheroes. When collaborating, it is important to understand that the concept that we offer will suit to the style of our collaborative partners.

Are there any artists on Threadless that you guys would love to collaborate with?

W: Oh yeah! For sure! I love to work with some of the other masters who inspired me to enter this world of t-shirts like Budi Satria Kwan, Matheus Lopes, Ross Zietz, Alice X. Zhang, Hafaell, Alex Solis, Ralph Pykee, Ben Chen, and many others. Just call me! Haha!
D: Jimiyo, Mathiole, Studio Verso, Alexmdc, the Fan brothers, Spykee, and Dzeri.

How do you guys stay creative?

W: Well, I watch movies and TV series (Breaking Bad FTW!), I read comics, I stay updated and aware of everything that happens around me. I talk nonsense with my friends and with my wife and at some point in the mix of it all, new ideas appear.
D: I’m constantly thinking of a cool t-shirt design. Almost every day I am directing my mind to think of t-shirt design ideas.



Are you guys fans of Thor? Do you have a favorite character in the series?

W: I'm a fan of mythology in general. As a child, I liked various mythologies such as Egyptian, the Greek and Norse. I'm also a fan of comic books since I was a kid (I was a comic artist for some time), so I always liked Thor. I love giant monsters, so the Frost Giants are my favorite characters.
D: Yes I am! In my parents' house, you can still see the Thor sticker in my closet I put there when I was little. Isn’t that enough to prove that I'm a fan of Thor? LOL

If you could possess at Mjölnir for a day, what would be the first thing you’d do?

W: Well, if only for a day I would fly to Chicago, enter Threadless and say "Hey! Let me work here forever - I have a Mjölnir and I'm not afraid to use it!" To celebrate, I would drink mead in Asgard with the other gods. \o/
D: I will cool down this earth.



What’s it feel like to be able to design for a comic as big as Thor?

W: Very, very great! I would say it resembles the feeling of defeating Hulk in arm wrestling!
D: Very nice and I am proud.

Do you guys ever spot any Threadless shirts in your country?

W: Yes, I see! Unfortunately the high taxes of Brazilian import prevent it becoming even more evident, but several of my friends use Threadless tees and I usually see too many Threadless tees in videos on the largest pop culture Brazilians websites.
D: I rarely see Threadless shirts in my country.

Can we expect more collaborations from you two in the future?

W: Yes! I want and I really hope so!
D: Based on this success, we certainly will collab again in the future.

Do you have any last words or shoutouts?

W: Thank you Threadless for choosing our design, thank you very much for the opportunity. Work, even indirectly with you, it is a great happiness! Until next time and remember: Stay hungry, stay foolish!
D: Never give up! But keep it up. Maybe your next submission is your winning design.


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Teetorials: Simple Animated Gifs

by jesshanebury / None /

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Teetorials are tips and tricks for adding those special touches to your designs. They're brought to you by our very own Threadless staff designers, Alex, Jillian & Speedy Joe. Check out Jillian's Teetorial on creating GIFs in Photoshop.

Animated GIFs! If you have a video you want to turn into a simple gif, there are plenty of links online to upload and generate a GIF pretty quickly. However, if you’re the doodlin’ type and want to make your own gif, here’s how to do it in Photoshop.

Threadless Teetorial - Animated Gif from Threadless.com on Vimeo

1) Have your files and layers prepared. I drew/assembled each frame like I would a flipbook and prepared them on separate (transparent) layers. The bottom layer, which won’t change, is just that green background.

I’ve arranged my layers in the order that I need them (when I want to turn them on and off). You don’t have to do that but you’re going to be hella confused if you don’t.

2) Go to Window > Timeline. Click “Create Frame Animation”. image

3) Turn on the first layer you want to see. As I mentioned before, I am leaving the green layer at the bottom ON throughout so that you always see it. The transparent layers on top of it are going to toggle on/off.

4) Create a new timeline frame by clicking that little paper icon. This icon duplicates your previous layer, which is why you will want to turn that layer off in the next step.

5) Turn off the layer you want to hide, and turn on the next one. Easy.

6) Create another new timeline frame, hide that previous layer that duplicated and turn on the next one that you want to see.

7) Keep doing that with all of the layers until you’ve reached the end of your timeline.

8) PRESS PLAY and check it out.
There are a number of extra things you can control in the Timeline panel, like frame delay (speed) and looping.
If you want it to loop forever and ever, change the looping setting from “Once” to “Forever”.
You can edit the delay of each individual frame by clicking on the number at the bottom of it (choose an option or enter your own), or select all of the frames at once (like I did in the video) and edit all of them. I have mine set to a .2 second delay. Keep hitting play/stop until you’re like, "AWE, YEA THIS LOOKS GOOOOOOD."

9) Once you’re happy with everything, go to File > Save for Web and save as a GIF.

10) Post it in the comments section.


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Break Out The Coins, Ketchup And Craft Supplies To Submit A Design To The Mixed Media Challenge!

by jesshanebury / None /

The Mixed Media design challenge is all about making art from everyday materials! Today's new release, Spooky Side Up by Michael Bancroft is a perfect example of just that.

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Here's some other good examples to get you inspired.
Alt Of Ctrl by Matheus Lopes Castro image

Real Peanuts by Phil Jones
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Catsup by Katie Campbell
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Mr. Tee by Phil Jones image

Do you have other favorite mixed media designs or materials you want people to design with? Post below.

Win Threadcash: Score Designs And Find Your Top Three Favorites!

by jesshanebury / None /

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Everybody scores designs a little differently. Some folks give high scores to anything they like while others reserve their 5s for their most favoritist of all submissions.

For this challenge, we want everyone to get on the same page (this one). Score 200 submissions and then post the links to your top 3 favorites in the comments below. Three random scorers will win a $50 Threadless gift code!

Show us your top 3 by Monday Oct. 14!

10/16: Thanks all for participating! Congratulations to ChloeLesage, Nucky Dana, and Pyne! Keep on votin!

Theinfamousbaka Can Haz Her First Print?

by jeffreyg / None /


Hi Tiffany! How about a quick introduction? Where did your username come from?
Hello! I’m a real estate marketing person by day and illustrator by night (and morning, and afternoon). TheInfamousBaka is an evolved form of my very first online alias, bakabaka, which came to be when I was 15, I think? It’s been around for a long time. I’m not infamous for anything, so it’s very misleading.

Congratulations on your first print, I Can Haz Cheeseburger Spaceships - it's been a long time coming, especially after winning the Best Unprinted Artist Bestee! How did it feel to get that notification?
It felt amazing! I posed like success kid and felt very relieved to accomplish something that I’ve been wanting for such a long time.

Could you explain your process and share some pictures?
My illustrations usually start as terrible doodles in a notebook I keep next to me while I work and this one was no exception. I shared it on facebook and it got a great response, so I was pretty motivated to get working on it. I do everything from start to finish in Photoshop, though sometimes I’ll use my initial doodle as a base to build on. It was a ton of fun drawing all of the different cats!

Do cheeseburger spaceships shoot hot dog rockets?
Now that’s just silly. They’re burrito rockets.

Can you describe your perfect burger?
My favorite burgers are the spicy kind, with lots of jalapenos and pepperjack cheese. Mmmm. Though I’m not too terribly picky; if you put a burger in front of me, chances are that I will eat it.

It's been awesome to see you hone and develop your own style over the years. How would you describe it? Did you have any inspirations?
I struggled quite a bit with defining a style for myself, so I had to buckle down and make a conscious decision about what I was going to spend my time on. I love video games and cartoons and spend way too much time on Threadless and the internet in general, so all of that kind of rolls up into a ball of influence that I pull from every day. I’d describe my style as cute, bright, and playful! Though, I’ll mix it up from time to time.



You've been a member on Threadless for almost 7 years now and an active forum member. Has being part of the Threadless community helped you as an artist?
Being a part of Threadless has helped me immensely. There are so many talented people that are more than willing to give you pointers when you need them, and the support that they offer is priceless! It has helped me find the motivation to go from one design to the next and continue to grow as an artist. I have made a lot of amazing friends here.

What's your favorite part about being part of the Threadless community?
The people that I have had the pleasure to get to know! And I work from home, so having a place where I can be around my peers is really comforting and helpful towards keeping me sane.

You submitted over 89 designs before you got your first print - do you have any advice for either new artists or people still trying to crack their first print?
Love what you do and don’t be afraid to take a break once in a while. I had a hiatus that lasted a few years and I think it really helped in the long run. Try not to fret too much about getting high scores or lots of votes, just keep doing and learning and making things.



When you're not on Threadless, what do you like to do?
I have a lot of hobbies, so I’m always doing something! I love video games and spend way too much time playing them (dang JRPGs!). Other things that I like to do are sewing, trying to learn how to paint, reading comics, arting, and hanging out with my husband. I spend a lot of time indoors. Probably too much.

Are you working on anything fun at the moment?
I’m working on a few collaborations with other Threadless artists! And I’m always coming up with new ideas of my own for submissions. Since I finally got a print, I REALLY want to take some time and start working on a comic, which is something I’ve always wanted to do. So many things to draw, so little time.

Any last words or shoutouts?
PLATYPIES FOR LIFE!


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