Congrats Billmund! You Won $10,000 For Designing The Next Big Tee!

by jesshanebury / None /

The Next Big Tee winner is here! Watch as we surprise Billmund with the big news that his design Internet scored him $10,000. Then, read about his process, plans for his winnings and his thoughts on internet cats.

Hi - How about a quick introduction? Who are you, where are you from, and what do you do for a living? My name is Billmund, I'm originally from Sydney, Australia, now based in Bristol, UK and I'm a freelance Illustrator represented by The Drawing Book Studios.

When you're not drawing, what do you enjoy doing? Reading comics, drinking.

Where does 'billmund' come from? It's a weird nickname from High School that I've unwisely allowed to endure throughout my professional life! A friend decided 'Bill' was too pedestrian and stuck 'mund' on the end because he enjoyed the name Edmund so much he felt all his friends should be munds.

How did you hear about Threadless? I have a feeling it may have been via the Faesthetic blog, I'd ordered Faesthetic 7 and 8 and then somehow stumbled onto Threadless and immediately jumped on board!

We saw how you reacted when you learned you won - do you have any special plans for the winnings? Haha yeah you guys got me good! The prize money will come in handy in a bunch of different ways, I'll blow a bunch of it on Xmas presents, comics for me and dog sledding with my girlfriend when we're in Iceland next week.

How did you go about deciding what the "next big tee" was? I've got a growing list of ideas that I plucked this from, just unordered notes a few words long, this one was basically "Voltron made of real cats" which I thought was stupid enough to be kinda funny. I really wanted to push the stupid factor so turned up the 80s effect with the mackintosh body and keyboard pants and big blonde mullet. After I'd sketched it out I realised this thing is basically the internet, and then I designed the logo and put him in space.

Can you share any process pictures/videos of your design, Internet? Yep, I've sent the pencils, inks, flats, and final colours via wetransfer (as you can see he originally had a unicorn head)

I love the old school Voltron look of this. Who would be the Internet Cat's version of Prince Lotor (archenemy)? That might be an entity called Señor Censorship, whom is basically made of millions of dark matter censorship bars (not necessarily Spanish).

Who is your favorite internet cat? Do you have any cats of your own? (Feel free to include any pictures) I don't actually own any cats but my favourite internet cat is probably Smoosh.

Thanks for chattin' with us Bill! Congrats on your win. Now, everybody go buy The Next Big Tee!

Score 100 Designs For 25% Off Your Next Order!

by jesshanebury / None /


It's no easy feat sifting through all those submissions, scrutinizing every design and appropriately scoring it 1-5. We want to reward you for helping us decide what we should print! For the next 24 hours, everyone that scores 100 designs will receive a 25% off discount code to apply to their next order*! That's right, EVERYONE!

It's just a little reminder that you're a huge part of what makes Threadless tick. We think you are pretty freakin' awesome!

Score 100 designs by 11:59pm CT 11/14 and look for an email Friday with your code.

*25% off code will exclude sale items and gift certificates. Codes are valid through 12/31/13.

Casandra Ng Is Our Hero With Her Winning Tegan & Sara Design!

by jeffreyg / None /

Hey Casandra! How about a quick introduction?
Hey guys! I’m Casandra from Malaysia, a 3D Artist and Animator during the day, a Tegan and Sara fangirl at night.

Out of 409 entries, I’m Not Your Hero not only won the hearts of the twin sister duo, but won the grand prize in the challenge! Was it a shock to your system?
It was indeed a shock to my system, totally knocked my heart right out of sync. Truthfully speaking, I still find this hard to believe. I’m very flattered to know that the twins whom I adore very much liked something that I did. I was actually notified about my win on the day after my birthday, best late birthday surprise ever! I have not celebrated yet, but I will once the design is up on the site.

What was your inspiration for your design? Can you share your process? Design was inspired by the track “I’m Not Your Hero” obviously. It was just a random sketch that I did not plan on using as a submission until I decided to go all out for this challenge because I really wanted to win so badly. Shared it on Tumblr and the response was overwhelming that I decided to submit the design and I’m glad I did! Here is the process:

Do you have any plans for your winnings?
For now, I’m just gonna get myself a vinyl player, still not sure what to do with the rest of the cash prize, probably save it for future use.

What’s it like to be able to design for Tegan and Sara on Threadless?
I’m really glad that they decided to launch this contest, it’s a great opportunity for the fans to showcase their talent. Plus, I’ve always preferred to convey my adoration for something in art form.

Are you a big Tegan and Sara fan? What about their music do you love? Have you ever seen them live?
YESSS I am! What I love about their music is that it has the ability to make you want to dance crazy one minute and the next minute you’ll find yourself lying on the floor in a fetal position, crying. Yes, I have seen them live in Singapore back in May this year, and I’ll be seeing them again in a few weeks time at the Urbanscapes festival here in Malaysia!! I’m super stoked and hopefully I’ll get the chance to meet the ladies in person.

If Tegan and Sara came to your house to hang out for the day, where would you take them and what would you guys do?
Maybe watch a movie, have a picnic at the park, listen to them banter about random things, visit the zoo and feed giraffes.

How awesome does it feel to know that you will be connecting thousands of Tegan and Sara fans together with your design?
It’s a dream come true, really. I’m so excited to see the shirt being worn by Tegan and Sara fans from all over the world!

Do you have a favorite track off their latest studio album, Heartthrob? Is there a favorite lyric by Tegan and Sara that resonates with you?
My favorite track from Heartthrob changes from time to time, but if I were to pick one now, I would say “I Couldn’t Be Your Friend.” It’s a catchy yet depressing track but never fails to put me in a good mood for some reason. Can my favorite lyric be from another album? “It’s a silly time to learn to swim when you start to drown” from My Number, a track from This Business of Art album.

When designing for a duo like Tegan and Sara, what did you hope to showcase in your work?
Definitely the style and the tiny little details that only fans would notice, something that screams, “I’m a huge fan!”

Any last words or shoutouts?
Massive thanks to Threadless and Tegan and Sara for making this year a memorable one for me! Also, thank you T&S fans on Tumblr, you guys have been really nice and supportive towards me, appreciate it loads high fives all of you and my family and friends.

You can purchase Casandra's winning design, I'm Not Your Hero, as well as the two other awesome runner-up Tegan and Sara designs in the catalog!

Keep An Eye Out For Our Newest Feature - Artist Dashboard!

by jesshanebury / None /


Artists with newly printed designs will notice that we’re using a new feature to gather everything needed to pay you, promote you and your work, and print your designs on products to be sold around the world - Artist Dashboard! Artist Dash will make it easier than ever to update your payment preferences and artist profile, and submit production ready artwork. We’re planning to use the dashboard for a ton of cool stuff soon, so stay tuned for updates!

Inside The Mind Of A Street Artist: Mr Prvrt

by jeffreyg / None /

We were fortunate enough to have New York Street Artist, MR. PRVRT do an amazing piece on one of our garage doors. The process video above was captured by Craig Shimala. Let's get to know him a little bit more!

(Photo: Craig Shimala)

How about a quick introduction?
I’m originally from Albany, NY; but I have called Rochester, NY home for about 8 years now. I work closely with several groups including Wall Therapy, Bushwick Collective, FUA Krew, and Sweet Meat Co.

What’s your process like?
While all of my smaller works are created using hand cut stencils, my larger scale works and murals are made using nothing except cans of spray paint and a reference image. When painting freehand, I strive to retain the aesthetic of my stenciled work by layering flat colors to create depth instead of using soft shading techniques. It was extremely gratifying to be able to fool the likes of Martha Cooper earlier this year when she saw one of my murals in progress, and was completely convinced it had been made using stencils.

How did you first get involved with doing street art?
I first started cutting stencils about 12 years ago back home in Albany, NY. My first real exposure to street art was through the work of Chris Stain and Brian Scout, who both lived in the area and had been collaborating on projects in one of our city’s most neglected neighborhoods. They were targeting abandoned houses and installing paintings over the boarded up surfaces. While I have done my fair share of writing on things that don't belong to me, most of my earlier work involved stickers, wheatpastes, screwing up paintings to telephone poles, etc. I was genuinely surprised that people started to notice my work, and even more so when I was asked to paint my first murals. Its really gratifying to know that even after leaving my home town, younger writers and artists still reach out once in a while to let me know that I helped inspire them to get started on the streets, the same way Stain & Scout helped inspire me. Being able to invite Chris Stain to Rochester this year for Wall Therapy was equally rewarding, and in turn, he facilitated my entry in Bushwick Collective in Brooklyn, NY. The longer I do this, the more I’ve come to realize that street artists, as a community, are one huge family that stretches to every continent.

What was your inspiration for the piece you did on our garage door?
For a while, all of my mural work involved portraits of wildlife, until a fellow writer named Biles told me he didn't want me painting “hipster animals” on graff production walls. Ever since then I like to bring out some wicked shit every once in a while!!
What do you hope for people to take away from your art?
I rarely try and attach any sort of deep meaning to my work - if anything I hope it makes people realize that our entire world is a blank canvas. Its amazing how much love people show for you when they see that you are doing something that makes their neighborhood look a little nicer.

How would you describe the difficulty of using a spray can versus a pencil on paper?
Free hand work with spray cans is all about muscle memory. As cheesy as it sounds, its like you are dancing with the wall, its a lot about moving smoothly and with confidence. The larger the wall, the harder the actual drawing becomes. I’ve never projected a freehand piece, so there is usually a period of time when everything looks pretty terrible, before I step way back and start to adjust the proportions. Most of my sketching on walls is done using transparent black or white spray paint, which I find is actually quite similar to drawing with pencils.

Do you think street art needs more appreciation?
Over the past decade the internet really did a lot to make people aware of the fact that there are people doing this in every city and every country. I think street art is most appreciated by the people who will see it from their window every day, or pass by it on their way home. There will always be someone who hates it or finds something to be offended by.

Do you have a favorite piece you’ve done?
My favorite piece so far was the Anatomical Cow I did for Bushwick Collective in Brooklyn. I really tried to push what I was capable of, and it was an exciting challenge to take on so much detail and deal with so many bright colors. The general goal is to make each next piece the best one ever, and repeat.

What’s the biggest challenge or weirdest encounter you’ve had?
I was painting with a friend in Rochester’s abandoned subway tunnels (yes we have those), a homeless guy stole a can of my paint and used a lighter to make a blowtorch, he proceeded to start lighting anything he could find that was flammable. Things started getting pretty intense, so we actually ended up calling the fire department. Just a couple of vandals helping to do our civic duty!

Do you have a formal art education? Do you have a day job?
I dropped out of school in the middle of my bachelor’s program. I had been taking a lot of printmaking classes at the time, and actually first started using stencils as cheap means of simple printmaking, versus a lot of processes that require a massive press to print. I’m currently lucky enough to say that I do not work a day job anymore. It’s definitely a hustle, and I’m always chasing the next project down the line. I’m always accepting commissions for murals and canvas pieces, and I’ve done a fair amount of print releases as well. It’s never a steady paycheck, but it’s amazing, the idea of actually owning your time.
What would be your advice to young artists trying to find their groove?
First and foremost, I do this because I love it. I’m not getting rich off of this, that's for sure. I do plenty of pro bono walls, and I think that's important, because this isn't just a job, it’s a passion. Also, if you want to learn how to spray paint, please do it on plywood in your backyard, not on top of any real street art or graffiti.

What are some of the trends you’ve found in other cities?
Each city is different, but what remains consistent are the people. I’ve painted in some terrible areas, but most people immediately accept you when they see that you are going to make their neighborhood look a little better.

Have you ever considered submitting to Threadless?
I guess sometimes I neglect to realize that people might actually like the work I’m doing!! Maybe your followers can look forward to a future collaboration!

Any last words or shout outs?
Big thanks go to Dr. Ian Wilson for always having confidence in me. Much love to my friends and collaborators in Rochester at 1975 Gallery and The Yards. Lastly, if you’re in Chicago, make sure to check out my show “SPLATTERHOUSE” at Chicago Truborn, located on W. Division St, the show runs through Nov 13th!