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Official 2013 Threadless Family Reunion Update Blog! Sign Up Now!

by jesshanebury / None /

SIGN UP AND JOIN THE FUN NOW!: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/7502812113


Drumroll please! The official date of the 2013 Threadless Family Reunion is...

August 17, 2013

The Family Reunion is our annual celebration of the Threadless community! We’ll have speakers, music, games, giveaways, and special surprises.

We’re already startin’ to get HQ ready for your arrival! We’ll use this blog to update you with sneak peak photos, the 2013 Bestee awards up for grabs. and other special announcements.

If you’ve got questions, requests or suggestions, post ‘em below!* We want this to be the best one yet!

Can’t wait to see you! For now, we’ll just have to settle for dreaming about last year...

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*To answer your first question, YES, there will be kickball again the night before! (Jess is currently taking suggestions on what duties Alex and Speedy have to perform the week before to earn another post kickball rooftop party for everyone.)

UPDATE: THIS YEAR'S THEME IS:

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UPDATE 6/27: MINI BESTEES!

The Mini Bestees are LIVE! Go nominate some of your favorite threadfolk that you think have had an impact on this community! All voters will be put into the running for a Threadless giftcard! Woohoo!

UPDATE 7/22: EVENTBRITE IS OUT!

Check out the eventbrite to see what's in store for the meetup this year and SIGN UP! http://www.eventbrite.com/event/7502812113

UPDATE 7/30: KICKBALL!

The annual kickball game is on! Anyone is free to play or watch! Check out the blog below for details!

Dream Of Summer With The Threadless Summer Shop

by jesshanebury / None /

Whether you are in Chicago like us or some other city still experiencing a strong winter chill....

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you’re probably desperate for any solution, however crazy, to rid yourself of this cold weather.

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Don’t worry. Before you know it, it will be time to trade those ugly sweaters for something much better.

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We know you’ve worked all winter on perfecting that beach bod.

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And you’re ready to put it to good use.

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So, grab your favorite shades.

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And your other favorite shades.

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Eh, just grab ‘em all.

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And start digging out those beach tunes you play over and over every summer.

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And get yourself in the groove.

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Because before you know it, you’ll get to start doing everything that makes summer awesome.

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To prepare you for all the fun that lies ahead, we’ve opened the Threadless Summer Shop.

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Get shoppin’. And be careful out there.

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Design A Tee With Turtle Power! Join The Threadstaff In A Tmnt Geek Out.

by jesshanebury / None /

Get ready… it’s pizza time! We’re teaming up with the most bodacious Turtles around, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello, and Raphael, for a t-shirt challenge that will have you saying “Cowabunga, dudes!”

Use the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to create a t-shirt design with Turtle Power.

To get the radioactive ooze flowing, we polled the Threadstaff about their favorite TMNT characters. Make sure to post yours below!

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Non-designer types: If you have a great idea but needs to pair up with an artist, post that below as well!

Remember: You are ninja, all of you. And, all are welcome here. - Splinter

The grand prize artist wins $2,500 and a $250 pizza party, so get hungry and start designing.

Interview With Artists David Soames And Dustin Taylor!

by Rachel Ray Gun / None /

Threadless Ambassador JeffreyG interviews artist team Dustin Taylor, and David Soames who have been collaborating together since 2011!

What’s up guys! Welcome to the interview – thanks for joining me! So you guys are unstoppable together… about to be 4 for 4 in collaborations. How did this all start?

Dustin: I met David on a cold stormy night in April 2011, and at first we were adversaries – competing art directors – and we hated each other. But after a few projects, we developed a mutual respect and we started our first “collab.”

David: Did you rehearse that? Sorry, Dustin is still getting used to Threadless lingo. Well, I’ve been on Threadless since college – 5 or 6 years now – and I try to introduce it to as many people as I can. Dustin and I randomly decided to do a sub together, and it printed. So we did another one, and it printed. And another one, and it printed. And a fourth one and it’s getting printed. It just keeps going – I feel like he’s my lucky charm, so I’ve just kept him around.

What’s the sory of your first print?

Dustin: I noticed that Soames was doing Threadless subs instead of his real job that he gets paid for, so when he was out on production, I scribbled him a bunch of t-shirt ideas. One of them was a dog whose tail turned into a hand and walked itself. When he came back he said, “THESE ARE HORRIBLE!” until he got to the dog. Once he got to the dog, he was like, “Dudeee, can I sub this?” and I was like “Sure!” and that was our first collab. And then he forced me to make a Threadless profile.

So Dustin, are you more of the ‘brains’ behind the submissions?

Dustin: I wouldn’t put it that way. Together we have a nice ability to come up with ideas. It might start with one guy or the other, but the other one will plus it. And then we’ll figure out the best way to execute it together. Since we’re both art directors, we both have a keen visual eye. But, at the same time I think we don’t like to be categorized solely as art directors because we both consider ourselves very conceptual creators.

David: Being that Dustin and I work in the same space on a daily basis, it’s made it way easier to throw ideas around. He can hover over my back like a backseat driver and make sure I don’t mess up the designs.

Do you think that being art directors has helped your success on Threadless?

David: Definitely. I think it’s a slight edge that we and the other guys on Threadless that work in advertising or other creative jobs have. Our job is to produce creative solves for stuff, so we’re always thinking conceptually as is, which is kind of what we bring to the table on Threadless. Some guys can draw or paint a lot better than us, so our strength is in the ideation process and coming up with cool concepts.

Dustin: We’re so used to getting some marketing or advertising problem to solve creatively that we can’t even really think of making a Threadless submission that isn’t some sort of conceptual solve. A cool design, to me, has to be something that rewards me from a brain perspective. I want to be like “I wish I thought of that!” not “I wish I drew that!”

Going off that, your collaborations are on the more simple and witty side. Do you think that’s more effective/marketable as a t-shirt than the heavily illustrated, vectored, gradient designs that have been abundant lately on Threadless?

David: I think so, personally, but I feel like Threadless changes everyday. I can’t keep up with it. They’ll churn out a run of these abstract and super surrealistic paintings that I don’t get, but some people love. It’s all based on taste. I tend to gravitate to what they started with: really simple designs that make you smile, make you laugh, and that are cleanly illustrated whatever the style is. I hope they never lose that. I’m cool with them experimenting, but I feel like that was the core that I fell in love with when I first stumbled upon Threadless.

How did you guys celebrate your first print?

Dustin: There’s a story to that too. I didn’t really know what it meant to get printed. Soames has spent so many years on Threadless, he knows to celebrate when you get a print. I had no context and didn’t know how difficult it was to get a print. Soames just brought me just a bunch of cash. So I looked at Soames and said “I’ve always wanted to do this,” so I took all the cash and threw it all in the air and we made it rain on ourselves.

David: Well, my first print was a slogan because I couldn’t get a print. But I finally got my first design printed, and I was in college at the time, so it was everything. I was jumping up and down. I think I took out all my buddies for beer or something. For some brewskis.

David, you said you couldn’t get a print – did you look to other Threadlessers for advice?

David: I did! I got a bunch of guys I’ve used throughout the years that helped me grow, but the first guy I looked to for inspiration was Aled Lewis. My style kind of resembles his in terms of line width, but he’s infinitely more talented. He helped me find the way of Threadless and how to make a good shirt. I could do cool illustrations, but they weren’t t-shirt prints. So, I give a lot of credit to Aled Lewis.

So David, I have to ask about Jesus Everywhere. How did that come about and did you ever expect it to blow up that big?

David: Ha, I’ve been making silly, pointless blogs for a while now: non-threatening vampires, ear balls, etc. Some have gained good traction (non-threatening vampires was featured on Huffington Post), but none have ever taken off like Jesus Everywhere has. It was initially pitched to me by my boss as a t-shirt design. His favorite shirt design of mine is A Day in the Life of Frank and he thought this could be a sequel. I thought idea was way too big for Threadless and also out of their comfort zone. Some fellow coworkers jumped on board and now it's taken on a life of its own. We've posted stickers all over the country and are starting to sell prints, stickers, and shirts next year. And yes, we are religious dudes, but we just have a sense of humor and figured that Jesus would, as well.

Any upcoming collabs coming out?

Dustin: We plan on it. We made a resolution to be more regimented in doing that, but it’s just busy times. Soames has been too busy getting engaged! I’ve got a baby on the way, and Soames has a wife on the way.

On Threadless, there’s always people looking to collaborate and don’t know how to approach artists – do you have any advice for them?

Dustin: Sometimes your collab partner sits in the desk right next to you! But for real, it’s a lot easier if it’s in person.

David: Find someone that you work closely with or that you can actually talk to on a regular basis.

That’s pretty much it! Any last words or shoutouts?

David and Dustin: Shoutout to our main man, Kevin Sutton – our boss. And of course our main squeezes Sally Johnston and Temple Taylor.

Threadlesss Mobb: And The Winner Is....

by jesshanebury / None /

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It’s March and the madness has begun! You can’t turn your head without seeing some kind of competition bracket, and we’re joining in on the fun. For the next two weeks, let’s watch 8 Threadless designs battle it out.

For the next two weeks, help us decide who wins each battle by “liking” your favorite design on our Facebook page. Those votes will count as 80% of that design’s score. BONUS: One randomly chosen voter will win a $25 Threadless gift code to pick up the design they voted for!

For the final 20%, two Threadstaffers, each representing one of the two designs in that battle, will compete in a challenge. We’ll post the video of the challenge after voting closes, and the winning Threadstaffer will score extra points for their design.

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FINAL BATTLE: Omnomnomnivore! <

I Hate Vegans by Randyotter VS. Omnomnomnivore by Aled Lewis

Headed into the Threadstaff challenge, “I Hate Vegans” had a slight lead in points (42 - 38) but with Betsy’s win, Omnomnomnivore won the extra 20% and took home the trophy!!

Battle SIX WINNER: I Hate Vegans

I Hate Vegans by Randyotter VS. Falling Notes by Danmir Mercado

Dane scored the extra 20% for “I Hate Vegans” securing “I Hate Vegans” a spot in the final battle!

Battle FIVE WINNER: OMNOMNOMNIVORE 62/38

Dr. Hoo by Mallory Dyer VS.Omnomnomnivore by Aled Lewis

The Facebook voting was very, very close (42 Omnomnomnivore to 38 Dr. Hoo) but with Betsy’s win in the challenge, Omnomnomnivore takes the win and is going to the final!

Battle FOUR WINNER: I HATE VEGANS

Life of a Pie by MadCobra and Che Munoz VS. I Hate Vegans by Randyotter

To top off a win with Facebook points, Dane scored the 20% bonus points making “I Hate Vegans” as the victor in this battle.

Battle THREE WINNER: Omnomnomnivore! 65/35

Omnomnomnivore by Aled Lewis and Abigail Lewis VS. Sushi by Benjamin Ang

Betsy scored the 20 extra bonus points for Omnomnomnivore bringing the score to 65(45+20)/35!

Battle TWO WINNER: Falling Notes!

Nyeinstein* by ellygeh VS. Falling Notes by Danmir Mercado

Although Nyeinstein technically won the battle with scoring points AND bonus points, Falling Notes takes this battle because, unlike Nyeinstein, Falling Notes managed not to disappear from our site:)

Congrats to Facebook voter Trevor McGuire! You scored a gift code for voting!

Battle one WINNER: Dr. Hoo! 59/41

Dr. Hoo by Mallory Dyer VS. I’ve Forgotten Why I Shouldn’t Blink by Alice X. Zhang

The scoring results on Facebook are: I've Forgotten...:21 & Dr. Hoo: 59

In the challenge, Mo won 20 extra bonus points for I’ve Forgotten Why I Shouldn’t Blink but Dr. Hoo stole the win!

Congrats to Facebook scorer Cassidy Price, you scored a gift code to pick up Dr. Hoo!

Threadspotting: Tattoo Edition

by KyleGeib / None /

We all know that tattoos are pretty awesome. They’re expressive, beautiful, and, at times, can even be pretty intimidating. With that said, it is a proven fact that tattoos of Threadless designs are even MORE awesome than any ol’ heart tattoo with the word “Mom” laid out across it! This edition of Threadspotting features Jess Fink’s Cookie Loves Milk design immortalized by way of skin and ink, and we couldn’t be more excited! We were tipped off that a BuzzFeed article about incredible food tattoos had featured Jess’ adorable design, so we tracked it down. Check it out:

Cookie Loves Milk Tattoo

Pretty cool, right? Does anyone know the individual attached to this tattoo? We’d love to find out! We’re even offering a gift code reward for anyone who can help us identify the owner of this arm!

Remember, as always, if you see Threadless tees (or tattoos) in the wild, send us a note at sightings@threadless.com and we’ll talk about them here... AND we’ll give you some Street Team Points to boot! Enjoy!

Interview With Artist Anna-Maria Jung!

by Rachel Ray Gun / None /

Threadless Ambassador JeffreyG interviews artist Anna-Maria Jung, who has been a member of Threadless for 4 years, has been printed 13 times and now has a MADE Shop!

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Anna-Maria – you are slowly taking over the t-shirt world! How about giving us a little introduction?

Hello there! I am a very nerdy girl born in Austria. My greatest influences during my childhood and teenage years were the Simpsons, Cartoon Network shows, US-comics featuring antiheroes (Garth Ennis, Warren Ellis, and Grant Morrison wrote my favorite stuff), French comics, and TV-shows with a fantastic fiction focus. My brother also got me hooked on computer games (Half Life being my first love). In Austria, I studied Multi Media Art for four years with focus on traditional animation. After an internship with animator Bill Plympton, I fell in love with New York City. I decided I needed to go back to this wonderful city and managed to get into the MA Illustration program at FIT with a Fulbright Scholarship. NYC is very expensive, so I decided to try my luck with shirt designs. After trying for a year, it finally started working. My persistence and stubbornness paid off! Now I’m back in Graz, Austria, and working as a freelance illustrator.

You received a Fulbright Scholarship to do your Masters in the greatest city in the world – what are some highlights from that?

New York is definitely a challenging city. In the first months living there, I was always a bit tense and stressed out riding the subway and being around so many people all the time. But just like any New Yorker, I learned to shut down my senses and become partly numb towards outer stimuli. What I appreciated so much about NYC was the sheer number of amazing things one could do there - the museums, the exhibitions, restaurants, festivals and all those wonderful artists I met there. No matter how good you are in what you are doing, there is always somebody who is better, which I found as inspiration to work harder.

I saw that you published your first graphic novel, Urbanity, at the age of eighteen! That’s crazy – what was that like?

That was unbelievable and amazing. I still remember the day I presented it to family and friends – my diary only had one big sentence written all over the page that day: This is the best day in my life. The publisher, Jörg Vogeltanz, is still a good friend of mine, and I still think him publishing me kick started me into the comic world. Also, I really told the story I wanted to tell: The crazy adventure of a young, drunk guy who gets speed mixed into his drink and is forced to participate in a scheme involving insane, violent clowns, drug dealers and Nazis who want to resurrect Hitler. Doesn't that sound fun?

Has art always been your passion? Could you see yourself doing anything else?

Being an artist wasn't always my first choice. When I was very little, I wanted to become a grave digger because I was curious how a real skeleton looks like. Nobody ever told me that I could just go into a museum or a church's ossuary to see those. Then I wanted to become a baker, with a focus on creating replicas of my dad's car in real size and cake form. After that, I followed the obligatory girl's dream of becoming an actress, which was superseded by the wish of becoming a mad scientist (I read an article about M.I.T. in a science magazine). Realizing my total lack of talent for math, physics, and chemistry, I decided to the second best thing: become a cartoonist and create crazy robots and insane, fantastic technology in comic stories. I love being a cartoonist/illustrator. There is only one thing I would love to do more: hunt monsters and evil-doers with Nikola Tesla and HP Lovecraft (like on that awesome Threadless shirt). But since that's not possible, I'll stick to drawing.

Do you have any hidden talents you want to tell us about?

I have the secret talents of lucid dreaming, snapping my fingers in a weird way, and making my voice sound like a drowning baby duck.

If you could collaborate with any artist (dead or alive) right now, who would it be?

Dead: Gustav Doré, Hieronymus Bosch and Pieter Brueghel the Elder. Alive: I can always collaborate with Rebekie B., as we complement each other's style perfectly.

Do you have a favorite medium to work with?

Yes, I mostly work digitally, but outside of the virtual world I prefer blue colored pencil, multiliners and grey TOMBO artist pens in Moleskine sketchbook. I scan sketches I consider worthy into the computer and work on top of them in Photoshop. My latest purchase was a Cintiq, which I use to create the finished version of the art.

How does the art scene in Austria compare to the ones you experienced in the states?

To be frank, I am a bit pessimistic about the art scene in Austria - or let me put it this way, the specific "nerdy" kind of illustration/cartoon style I love so much doesn't have much representation here. Art is far less pop culture inspired here compared to the states, which is why I prefer the massive amount of geeky art coming from the States and from artists inspired by those themes. However, there are a few artists in Austria who invest time and passion into advancing the Austrian comic scene, which needs to be appreciated.

You have such a distinct comic style aesthetic to your works that is adored by many – are there any comic books or comic book artists that you found inspiration from?

There is no doubt that I have been influenced a lot by a number of great artists. The list is long, but the most influential are probably Matt Groening (especially with his "Life in Hell" series). In terms of storytelling, I need to name a few authors who have inspired me a great deal with their writing for comics: Grath Ennis (Preacher), Warren Ellis (Transmetropolitan) and Grant Morrision (The Invisibles). As a European, I got in touch with a lot of French comics. One of my strongest influences was the works of Lewis Trondheim, especially his series "Dungeon" and Moebius' "The Incal.”

What are some things you’ve learned as an artist on Threadless that you can pass on to some of the newbies just starting out?

Keep on trying and trying and trying! I submitted almost 30 designs before my first one was printed. Persistency and the will to learn and accept critique by others is vital. Open your mind for new concepts, but don’t leave your own style and love for certain topics – don’t bend to the Star Wars theme just because it might sell well. Study other people’s art. Read articles. Deal with the industry. Be an artist AND a businessman/woman. And sometimes, it’s ok to sell yourself out a little. Just don’t do it too often ;-)

As 2013 rolls in, you seem to have your hands full including a graphic novel your working on with your friends – The Pepper Chronicles – could you tell us a little more about that?

The Pepper Chronicles is a graphic novel collaboration between my great artist pal Rebekie Bennington, my writer friend Daniel Scribner, and me. It’s a horror-comedy-crime drama set in a fantasy world called Oestrich. It's planned to be around 200 pages long and will focus on the adventure of city watch member Mara Payne, who is far too eager to do her job and is sent to a fantastical, oriental city called Acco where she is confronted with a series of murders of mages. We have a website and a Facebook page. It will take us awhile to finish this because we all have real jobs :-) but we’re trying our best.

What else can we look forward to seeing in 2013 from you?

More shirts, more comics, more crazy wizards running around with no pants - so the usual.

Any last words or shoutouts?

My hovercraft is full of eels. Oh, and visit my website: www.annamariajung.com !

Dogs Of Threadless: Charlie!

by betsym / None /

A new pup recently joined the Threadstaff crew. Charlie Hambly Troast is a six-month old black lab and German Shepherd mix and hangs out beside the desk of jtroast. He took a break from gnawing mannequin arms and looking adorable to answer a few questions.

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What department do you work in?

I work in customer service, but spend lots of time hanging out with my tech and photo team neighbors too.

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What do you like most about Threadless?

I love all the attention everyone gives me! And I love running around in the Atrium, too. So much room for playing fetch :)

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What is your proudest accomplishment?

So far my biggest accomplishment is learning to walk on leash in the big city (I was raised for two months in a Michigan suburb) and not having accidents in my dad's apartment or at work! I'm still working on my training for other big boy stuff, but sit and stay are just about perfected.

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What hobbies or tricks do you have?

I love playing fetch with just about any toy I can get my paws on. Since I'm so young, I'm still working on the more advanced tricks... but I'm catching on quickly! Hopefully I'll learn how to roll over and how to shake paws with my coworkers soon.

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What was your life like before Threadless?

I spent my first two months in Michigan with my grandparents. They raised me alongside their two dogs, until I met my parents on Christmas. I'm so happy to be with them now, and I still see my grandparents from time to time!

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Behind The Scenes With David Schwen’S #Pantonepairings!

by betsym / None /

David Schwen aka dschwen of Sanswich and Woodchucks fame is an 18-times-printed Threadless artist. The Minneapolis-based illustrator and art director makes the rest of us look like slackers with the tireless creativity he dedicates to his personal projects, many of which he shares with the world on Instagram. We didn’t think it was possible for @dschwen to become more Instagram famous, but he went out and did just that with #PantonePairings.

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Here’s how he described how the project came about on the Instagram blog, “As a designer, you’re constantly picking color chips and pairing them up with one another. A while back I had an idea of making Pantone chips out of real household objects—sponges, cardboard, and the like. But while I was finishing up a poster design, I had taped two Pantone chips together to see how they looked next to one another. Instantly I thought of how people pair food together, and that was that. Pantone pairings.”

We were hungry for more info on #pantonepairings, so we asked David a few questions about them:

What is your favorite real life Pantone Pairing?

My favorite pairing, is probably one that you might see posted very shortly. And, if anyone knows me, they can probably guess it. Wink, wink. Need I say more…?

Have you tried any Pantone Pairings that just didn’t work?

Absolutely. Many actually. The pairings with liquids have been pretty tough to figure out. Probably my biggest failure was oil and vinegar. I might figure out a way to do it, but it's a tough one.

Do you eat them after you’re finished?

Haha - not usually. I usually shoot the pairings in the mornings, so you can imagine that potatoes and gravy doesn't sound all that appetizing with your morning coffee. Although, I have to admit, the cookie didn't survive long after I shot it.

Do you use real food for everything? Is that really milk in the milk and cookies?

It's pretty interesting that you asked that. I actually have used all the real food for every shot. I planned on cheating with the milk and cookie by using white elmer's glue for the milk. But it didn't look real. It looked like glue. So after I figured out how to make the milk work, everything else started to feel less daunting.

The possibilities are endless! Will Pantone Pairings ever end?

They are endless, and I don't plan on ever ending. However, this first series will be finishing up after 20 (one more left). I'm going to make editions of 50 prints for the 20 different pairings. But I'll continue to make pairings. It's too much fun, and it's been exciting to see how people are reacting towards them.

When will the prints be available?

Soon. I am working with a printer to finalize everything. I'm hoping to have it all finished up by next week, and make them available for sale on pantonepairings.com. Stay tuned. Prints are here! Check pantonepairings.com to buy yours.

Interview With Artist Mitch Loidolt!

by Rachel Ray Gun / None /

Threadless Ambassador JeffreyG interviews artist Mitch Loidolt, who has been a member of Threadless for 3 years, has been printed four times and now has a MADE Shop!

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Welcome to the interview Mitch – you may be timid in person, but your imagination is bigger than the universe! How about giving us a quick introduction?

Sure!

In this picture of my grandparents’ farm, a hill in the foreground is hiding what lies beyond it. The area that is hidden is where my cousins and I spent a lot of time growing up, imagining things and building worlds. Outside of this frame are more areas on the farm, each with its own structure and materials and places imagined therein. Outside of that is a 3-mile radius where a few of my closest cousins and I lived, with their places and worlds. Beyond that, more cousins and friends - all the places - and everything imagined there. Anything I draw is just something from somewhere out there.

You have easily become one of my (and I’m sure many others) favorite artists on Threadless. Your style is just the perfect concoction of weird, zany, and abstract awesomeness. How did this style come about?

I think it was just a natural progression from copying Garfield to Ninja Turtles to Ren & Stimpy to Edward Gorey to now. I’m sure it’s just a big mishmash of all the things I like. I would like to think that if I truly have a style that it will keep changing into something less derivative.

As far as recurring things I draw, they are based on things from long ago that still have some kind of meaning for me. For example, the dinosaurs I draw are based on these hollow plastic dinos I had as a kid that I used to hide things like coins or other toys inside, and then fishing those things out, their jagged little teeth would scratch my fingers. In a way they’re kind of like wishing wells or secret keepers, but also serious bastards.

One thing I love is that you’re not afraid to be different. You don’t see too many prints on Threadless these days with this zaniness – maybe the occasional April Fool’s Day, or another here and there. Do you think Threadless needs more of it?

I think Threadless does a good amount of weird things. I obsessively check how my shirts are selling, and based on how slowly they sell, I feel extremely lucky that they ever decide to print the weird things.

How did you celebrate your first print on Threadless?

After I got the email, after that faint feeling like when you break a limb subsided, I emailed my parents, texted my girlfriend, went to my favorite bar for a couple manly drinks, came back to work a few hours, and then ate wings with my girlfriend (now fiancée) at a different bar. We like to celebrate prints with eating a lot of hot wings. It’s maybe an ancient feeling. Like a hunter killing its prey, and then ripping into it, blood all over his face. Except, all non-violent. It’s just wing sauce on my face? Even though it’s still a dead animal... never mind.

What are you doing when you’re not drawing or designing video games for South Park?

Playing video games, drinking, annoying my fiancée, wishing I could pet an animal, and looking at dogs and cats on the Internet. Also to be fair I have to say that in games, designers are weirdly not the people doing any kind of art thing (as opposed to advertising where the designers are doing the art things) but like, making the game fun. I’m not a game designer ~ just an-artist.

We both share a love for cheeseburgers. What is in the burger of your dreams?

One that I haven’t tried to create yet is a transition from breakfast to dinner in one burger. From bottom to top it’d go: pretzel bottom bun - stoneground mustard - beef patty - lettuce - tomatoes - pickles - pastrami - yellow mustard - bacon - maple syrup - waffle top bun.

My current favorite burger I eat just a couple times a year because surely it’s a day’s calories. It’s just a big medium rare burger patty inside of a grilled cheese (diagonal cut obviously) that you dip in tomato bisque. It’s like the ‘merican version of a French dip.

Do you have a favorite medium to work in? Is all your work digital or do you start with pencil and paper and scan it in?

Most of the time, I start with some basic art tools I like using to create the first version, then it ends up being all digital with a few handmade elements remaining, and often it is digital from start to finish. I’d like to get more handmade elements into my work in the future.

You are known for remembering everything that happens at the annual meetups AND drawing it out. What has been your favorite meetup memory?

The night of Drunk Darts at Alex’s was great. Honestly meetups are just a really good time. I never did finish drawing last year’s, but I may sometime.

Let’s do some questions asked by Threadfolk!

Lance (wearecareful) asks: What is your dream job?

My dream job would be doing concept art or art direction. I still have a ways to go before I feel I’d be ready for that, but it’s where I’d like to get to eventually. Also, working in my pajamas.

Jess (jesshanebury) asks: When did you first know that you and I were going to be best friends forever? (sub question: Was it when I told you we were?)

As soon as you posted the contest to Photoshop you eating and the prize was BFF-ship, I knew.

Stef (mezo) asks: Why do you always wear a hoodie in a million degree weather?

I keep having to answer this. I DIDN’T PACK ANY SHIRTS THAT ACTUALLY FIT SO I SUFFERED THE CONSEQUENCES and yes I know there was a whole warehouse of shirts there :( I even grabbed one but it ended up being a girly cut so I accepted my sweaty fate.

Jared (jstumpenhorst) asks: Do you have formal art education? If so, did it contribute to the recognizable style you have today?

I went to school for animation and graphic design. I think that it had to contribute to how I draw in one way or another ~ but mostly what I retained from school has to do with animation and how not to do things and how not to critique. I appreciate that I went to school for art and I believe that I wouldn’t be where I am now without it, but I wish it wouldn’t have cost my parents so much.

Looks like someone is getting married in 2013! Are we all invited to the wedding?

No.

Any last words or shoutouts?

Just want to say thanks again to the community for tricking Threadless into printing my things and giving me a place to put my drawings when they can’t stay in my head.

To see more of Mitch’s work check out www.mitchloidolt.com!

Let’S Interact At Sxsw Interactive!

by jesshanebury / None /

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Are you headed down to SXSW Interactive this weekend? Pack your Threadless gear because if Jess spots you in a Threadless tee, you’re gettin’ a Threadless Scout Book! Here is Jess’ favorite Jess-related photo so you can spot her and show off your Threadless attire (extra points if you bring her a pickle).

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Also, on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, we’ll be posting an image, drawn by Jess, of her location. The first five people to figure out where she is and meet her there will get a free tee! Make sure to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Tumblr so you can see the post.

Will we see ya down there?