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Submit Your Design To Support Welldone!

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In East Africa, WellDone provides materials and education so villagers can build their own wells. These DIY wells last longer, are less expensive to build, and help communities stay connected. This celebration of water has helped more than 30,000 people work towards self-sufficiency, develop pride in their work, and grow healthier.

Create a t-shirt design that celebrates water and the human spirit. The chosen design will be sold on Threadless, and 25% of the sales will go towards WellDone.

One lucky member who scores 50 or more designs from this challenge will receive a $50 Threadless gift certificate.

Check out the prizing and submit your design!

Submit A Design For Our New Jetpacks!

by Threadless / None /

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UPDATE: Hey guys! We're extending the jetpacks challenge until Monday, May 21! We've got a lot of GREAT pop culture and humor designs! WE want to see what else you've got! Show us your sophisticated side! Or your fine art side! We want to round out out the submission pool with a few more traditional art designs so our final collection has a lot of variety. Remember: it does NOT have to be jetpack themed.

People of Earth, we're introducing the brand new Threadless Jetpack! It has special pockets that hold your laptop, iPad, iPod, and iPhone, freeze-dried ice cream sandwiches and all your pens & pencils. Plus, you can use the entire front panel as your whole canvas to design! It's the bag of the future!

Submit any kind of design you want for this cool new age carrying device! Your designs do not have to be related to the future or jetpacks at all! Simple designs using fewer than 5 colors are encouraged!

And check this out: The good folks at Bound Custom Journals are providing some journals to the chosen designer so you can start stuffin' your jetpack with awesome!

Check out the prizing, download the new subkit and submit your design!

Score Freaker Designs! Get Yourself Some Freakers!

by Threadless / None /

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It doesn't matter if you drink ounces, centiliters, or gallons, this one-size-fits all drink sweater called a Freaker will keep your beverages cool and your hands dry and we’re designing our own! Over 300 freaker designs have bene submitted and it’s time to tell us your favorites! Score 50 Freaker submissions before April 30 and you’ll be entered in a random drawing to snag all six of the current Freakers!

So go ahead and give ‘em the old one through five. And we’ll make sure your scorin’ hand stays dry!

Start scorin’!

Happy Earth Day, Threadworld!

by Threadless / None /

Hey Threadpals! We’re so happy to share this big ol’ planet with ya! We’ve got two special things planned this week to support the Earth!

Get ready for some brand new organic products! Tomorrow we’re releasing The Eco Collection, a Select collection of organic tees. These 11 tees are 100% fancy pima cotton, and they’ll fit just like our basic tee. Here’s a little sneak peak!

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To buy the new tees, check here tomorrow morning at 10 am CT.

We’re upcycling the tees we took out of stock! On Thursday, we’ll be hosting a Worldwide Meetup to upcycle some tees that weren’t up to our quality standards. We’re makin’ cool new stuff out of old stuff! Check and see if there’s a Meeetup planned in your area. If you’re in Chicago, we’ll be hosting right here at HQ and everyone is invited!

Date: April 26 Place: Threadless HQ at 1260 W. Madison Time: 6:30 p.m. What to bring: scissors + yourself! We’ll provide the tees! What you’ll make: tote bags, necklaces and more!

Have a great day today! Plant a tree, turn off a light in a room you aren’t using, or maybe even just wear the same thing you wore yesterday and forget about showering. (You can have a lazy Sunday AND save washer/dryer energy/reduce your water consumption. That’s a win/win/win!)

Threadspotting: Daily Show Edition

by KyleGeib / None /

Howdy Threadspotters,

This week’s Threadspotting post comes to us from The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. A few fans spotted a tee by the Thread-lific (Threadless + prolific) artist, Budi Satria Kwan! The Threadspotting comes during a segment about the debate concerning the exact moment a new life begins. Treacherous waters, I know, but that’s never stopped Jon Stewart and company before!

Guess Who by Budi Satria Kwan

Catch the segment right here, and thanks to Leslie, Sabrina and Colleen for the sighting! Remember, as always, if you see Threadless tees 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!

Make €Œmake” And We’Ll Make Somethin’ With It! - Extended!

by Threadless / None /

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Hey guys, it's me Jake!!! Remember a while back when we asked you to design the words “Make Great Together” in new and interesting ways? I then used a bunch of the "Make" illustrations in a presentation at TEDxBoulder I gave titled Never Stop Making. Well, we thought it'd be fun to do something just like that again.

This time, however, we want you to just focus on the word “Make.” Show us, using the letters M, A, K & E what inspires you to make stuff, what stuff you like to make, or what you want to see made.

When we’re done, we’ll pick a bunch of our favorites and they’ll be used for a whole bunch of different things. I'm giving a follow up presentation to "Never Stop Making" in Sydney in June which will incorporate them. I'm also considering turning it into a book of a series of learnings centered around making. We may even create a whole series of MAKE tees* from the designs!

Submit your designs in the comments of this blog by Friday, May 25. Don't forget to save the hi-res! We can’t wait to see how you make “MAKE.”

  • If your illustration does get selected to be made into a tee, we will be paying our small-batch payment of $250 + 10% royalty on every sale.

Banner art credit to BasicShift

Check Out The Story Behind Space-Time! Comics-On Tees Vol. 5

by Threadless / None /

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Space-Time! by Jeffrey Brown is launching today! Space-Time! began as a segment of a children's science-oriented TV show. The show featured humans and aliens traveling to explore the universe beyond the Milky Way galaxy and interspersed science experiments and factual information with segments of their adventure. Later, after the show was cancelled, the license was bought by a comic book publisher, and the comic book series Space-Time! focused on a new storyline of the explorers attempting to reach the Andromeda Galaxy. Despite planning on a three hundred issue journey with the team arriving in the Andromeda Galaxy in the last issue, the series ran for only 53 issues before being cancelled. But we’re bringing it back on tees! Each t-shirt in Space Time Comics-Ons Tees Vol. 5 corresponds to issues of the series.

Meet the Characters: Commander Konstantinov: The male human mission commander Commander Nancy: The female human mission commander Txlolgt: A small highly intelligent alien who serves as the ship's engineer and mechanic Fein: a hermaphroditic alien scientist Grof: A huge furry alien who acts as the team's muscle and heavy lifter HowbyBowby: A young alien prodigy who leads the team's research projects ST-7: A robot who records the mission and takes on tasks too dangerous for biological team members

Tee 1: Across Space-Time by Jeffrey Brown The first issue of Space-Time! established the crew and their mission, ending with them boarding their ship which would launch from earth's moon. Featuring members from most of the intelligent life forms across the milky way, the crew's mission is to travel to and explore the andromeda galaxy.

Front: The team of explorers walk across the boarding gantry to the ship, waving and smiling. Each is highlighted with a close-up shot. The excitement is tangible as the best scientists from across the milky way begin their historic mission - to travel to another galaxy!

Back: As the team approaches the ship they seem unclear how to open the door to board. Commander Konstantinov: So we just. Um. St-7: Here we go. Txlolgt: Don't put pressure on yourself, that makes it worse. Commander Nancy: Maybe we're supposed to wait...? St-7(raising arms): This is going to be great. Grof scratches his head.

Tee 2: Space Travel Is Mostly Boring by Paul Hornschemeier Issue #17 of Space-Time! was anonymously guest written (fans speculate about which sci-fi novelist is the probable author of the issue) and is known as the most cerebral and philosophical issue of the series, focusing on the realities of long-term space travel.

Front:Aboard the ship, the team sits listlessly and bored, staring out at the endless expanse of space. Suddenly, a warning klaxon wails, and the crew rushes to the controls under emergency red lighting. They study the readings on the computers. Commander Nancy: what's happening? Fein: We're off course! Txlolgt: Some kind of quantum mechanical interaction at launch... Commander Konstantinov: Look, launch was only off by less than a planck length. That's not much.

Back: Fein: that'll have us end up forty thousand light years away from our destination. Txlolgt: we'll need to calculate the correction, as well as analyze possible effects on the ship, and - St-7 presses a button. Button: beep. The crew all look at st-7. Running parallel to all of this action is a simple two-dimensional diagram of the ship flying through space with a dotted line indicating flight path. The ship makes a very slight left turn.

Tee 3: The Universe Is Trying To Stop Us by Jeff Lemire With sales flagging, the creative team behind issue #41 of Space-Time! took drastic measures and wrote a character out of the series. The gimmick worked and so a few issues later, another character left the series; by issue #49 only ST-7 and Commander K were left, although the editors made sure none of the characters were explicitly killed off, leaving room for them to return later, perhaps hoping that the unknown possibility would help maintain readers' interest.

Commander Konstantinov is pulling up a roughed up fein from the ground. Surrounding them, the team looks like it's just been through a battle. Fein: thanks... Commander Konstantinov: of course. We're a team, we stick together...

What follows is a montage of characters leaving in different ways. Commander Nancy marries an alien they meet. Txlolgt is looking at the surface of an asteroid "No, really, you guys go on, I'll catch up." Grof is carried off by even larger aliens who have thrown him over their shoulder, like a stolen bride kind of scene. Fein is sucked into a black hole. Howbybowby is talking to his mother. "But mom, I can't come home yet, we're not even to andromeda. But. But mom... It's not fair!"

At the end, only Commander Konstantinov and ST-7 are left. St-7: "Go team?"

Tee 4: The Planets Our Destination by Anders Nilsen Despite a double-sized issue #50 selling fairly well, it was clear that Space-Time!'s days were numbered, and the announcement came that the series would end with issue #53. The final issue was rewritten to have Commander Konstantinov and ST-7 arrive on a life-supporting planet in the Andromeda Galaxy, completing their mission.

Front: The space ship has landed on an alien planet full of beautiful and strange life, plants and animals.

Commander Konstantinov and ST-7 exit the ship, and look upon the strange world, their mission finally complete.

Back: Commander Konstantinov takes off his helmet. Commander Konstantinov: "It's... Beautiful. We made it." ST-7 , standing beside Commander Konstantinov , raises his robot arm a little. ST-7 : "High five."

Submit To The Comics-On Tees Vol. 6 Design Challenge

by Threadless / None /

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Your Challenge: Design the first tee in "The Day The Saucers Came" Comics-On Tees Vol. 6

If you’ve ever wanted to work alongside the likes of big-name comic book somebodies, now is your chance! Your challenge is to design the first tee in our next Comics-On Tees series. The script was written by Neil Gaiman, the first author to win both the Newbery and the Carnegie medals for the same work, and the author of The Sandman, Stardust and Coraline. The Day The Saucers Came has everything a compelling story should: zombies, aliens, and giants feefofumming across the land.

Use the story below to design the front and the back of the t-shirt. Maybe you’d like to incorporate parts of it in word bubbles, or maybe you’d like to design only using illustration. We encourage you to use your own style to interpret the story, so it’s up to you. Check out our past Comics-On Tees volumes to see how we’ve printed similar tees in the past. The chosen t-shirt will be sold on Threadless as part of Comics-On Tees Vol. 6, and 25% of the sale of each tee will go to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

Front: That day, the saucers landed. Hundreds of them, golden, Silent, coming down from the sky like great snowflakes, And the people of Earth stood and stared as they descended, Waiting, dry-mouthed to find what waited inside for us And none of us knowing if we would be here tomorrow But you didn't notice it because

Back: That day, the day the saucers came, by some coincidence, Was the day that the graves gave up their dead And the zombies pushed up through soft earth or erupted, shambling and dull-eyed, unstoppable, Came towards us, the living, and we screamed and ran, But you did not notice this because

Up for Grabs:

  • Your work printed on Comics-On Tees Vol. 6 alongside artists Ben Templesmith, Brandon Graham, and John Cassaday
  • $750 cash
  • $250 Threadless gift card
  • 2012 CBLDF Protector Membership
  • Signed and numbered Paul Pope Screened Print
  • Print Featuring The Day the Saucers Came script, signed and sketched by author Neil Gaiman
  • 4 CHEW comics signed by John Layman

And there’s more! Ben Templesmith, Brandon Graham, and John Cassaday are designing tees two, three, and four. Here’s a bit more about these comic book artists and the rest of The Day The Saucers Came.

Ben Templesmith illustrated 30 Days of Night, which went on to become a feature film. His comic book work has received multiple nominations for the International Horror Guild Awards as well as the industry’s top prize, the Eisner Award. He also won a Spike TV Scream Award. Fun fact: He was raised as an orphan by monks and studied marine biology and design.

Shirt 2, Front: On the saucer day, which was the zombie day, it was
Ragnarok also, and the television screens showed us A ship built of dead-man's nails, a serpent, a wolf, All bigger than the mind could hold, and the cameraman could Not get far enough away, and then the Gods came out But you did not see them coming because

Shirt 2, Back: On the saucer-zombie-battling gods day, the floodgates broke
And each of us was engulfed by genies and sprites Offering us wishes and wonders and eternities And charm and cleverness and true brave hearts and pots of gold While giants feefofummed across the land, and killer bees, But you had no idea of any of this because

Brandon Graham created the manga-inspired King City, the Escalator short comics stories, Universe So Big, adult comics Pillow Fight and Perverts of the Unknown, and is currently working on Multiple Warheads. Fun fact: He’s a graffiti artist turned comic book artist. He is not a football player.

Shirt 3, Front: That day, the saucer day the zombie day
The Ragnarok and fairies day, the day the great winds came And snows, and the cities turned to crystal, the day All plants died, plastics dissolved, the day the Computers turned, the screens telling us we would obey, the day

Shirt 3, Back: Angels, drunk and muddled, stumbled from the bars, And all the bells of London were sounded, the day Animals spoke to us in Assyrian, the Yeti day, The fluttering capes and arrival of the Time Machine day,

John Cassaday worked on Planetary with Warren Ellis, for which he won Won Best Penciller/Inker Eisner Award. He’s also won Eisner Awards for stories in Hellboy: Weird Tales and for for Astonishing X-Men with Joss Whedon. Fun fact: He was a concept artist for the 2009 Watchmen film.

Shirt 4, Front: You didn't notice any of this because you were sitting in your room, not doing anything not even reading, not really, just looking at your telephone,

Shirt 4, Back: wondering if I was going to call.

Sesame Street T-Shirt Design Challenge!

by Threadless / None /

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Today’s design challenge is brought to you by the letter S! Threadless is teaming up with the most famous street in the world for a design challenge with our googly-eyed friends. From tiny worms to giant pachyderms, each and every character has kept learning fun for more than 40 years. There are always songs to sing, people in the neighborhood to meet, and 123s and ABCs to learn on Sesame Street.

Now you have the opportunity to use your favorite Sesame Street characters in a design that will be sold on Threadless! Create a design inspired by the Sesame Street mission of creating innovative and engaging content, and use anything or anyone from 123 Sesame Street. So pick up your feet, follow your beak, and get designing!

All designs will be scored after submissions close.

Check out the prizing and submit your design!

And here's some extra awesome news, this won't be the last Sesame Street Challenge you see! Submit your design and get ready for what we come up with next!

We’Re Hosting A Tee Upcycling Worldwide Meetup

by Threadless / None /

A few weeks ago we removed thousands of tees from inventory because they weren’t up to our quality standards. Rather than just throw the discarded tees in a landfill, we’ve been coming up with ways to use them in fun and useful ways. Since we’re coming up on Earth Day, we thought we’d start with some super green projects!

On Thursday, April 26th we’ll be hosting a Tee Upcycling Worldwide Meetup! Along with hosting right here at Threadless HQ in Chicago, we invite all of you to find a place where you can gather and make cool new stuff out of old tees!

Here’s how it works: Choose a place and time for your city’s meetup on April 26th. If you have at least 8 people RSVP’d by this Friday, April 13th*, send a request with your address and a link to your meetup page to community@threadless.com and we’ll send you a DIY Meetup Kit filled with the tees we pulled from inventory, DIY instructions, and a few extra prizes. (This event will be BYOSSR - Bring your own scissors, safety pins, and rulers.)

On the day, remember to post comments and photos! We can wait to see how creative you get with your projects! Use #threadlessupcyle. We’ll check out the photos and award one lucky Meetup a $25 gift code for each attendee. So grab your pals, scissors, and cameras so your Meetup can score more Threadless swag!

Check out our Meetup page to get started planning your event!

*INTERNATIONAL FOLKS - Try to get your requests in as soon as possible as we know customs can sometimes be tricky!

Threadspotting: Horsing Around Edition!

by KyleGeib / None /

Th(reddit)ers,

You're traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind; a journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That's the signpost up ahead - your next stop, the Threadspot Zone!

As some of you may know, donning a latex horse mask in public grants the adorner with confusing and magical powers. In this edition of Threadspotting, a thrill-seeking horse has been captured on film wearing its favorite Threadless gear moments before plunging 18 stories from Disney’s Tower of Terror and muzzle-first into the alternate reality known as Reddit. Check it:

HORSEHEAD_REDDIT Funkalicious by Christopher Golebiowski AND My Other Ride Is a Light Cycle by Rolf Nelson

Crazy stuff, right!? Do you own a horse mask? Where’s your favorite place to wear it? Discuss.

Thanks to Tyler and Connor for pointing out this gem - we’ve notified your employer to block Reddit from your work computers. Remember, as always, if you see Threadless tees 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!

Bikers, Tell Us Why You Ride For A Chance At A $50 Gift Code.

by Threadless / None /

We’re celebrating two-wheeled riders with our new Threadless Bikes Collection! We’ve got a whole bunch of bikers here at Threadless and we want to know which of you love biking as much as we do.

Post a photo to Pinterest of you and your bike and tell us a little bit about your bike story. What’s your bike’s name? How did you two meet? What adventures have you gone on together? What’s your favorite thing about ridin’?

Tag us in your photo (@threadless) and use the hashtag #mybikestory. One lucky pinner will get a $50 gift code! You have until Friday, April 6 to post.

Check out some of the Threadstaff and our bi-wheeled BFFs:

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Betsy Mikel aka betsym & Blue Lightening Kind of Bike: Vintage Schwinn Where Ya Got it: At a non-profit bike cooperative in Chicago called Working Bikes. They repair old bikes and ship them to underserved communities of Chicago, Africa and Central, and South America. They also sell repaired bikes to people like me to fund their programming! For many of the communities the organization serves, a bike can be the difference between work and unemployment. Favorite Threadless Bike Tee: Missing!!! is a favorite, but the one I'm wearing, Fix Yourself a Fixie is a goodie too.

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Colleen Wilson aka kahlean and Astrid Kind of Bike: Crescent Världsmästarcykeln (I think), a Swedish bike from the early 80s Where Ya Got it: A teenager built Astrid with spare parts that were lying around Fridhems Cykelaffär in Malmö, Sweden. I picked out the frame from the basement of the shop, where there were stacks of hundreds of discarded bike frames. I saw this particular one, which was in such good shape for being the age it was, and said "build me a bike based around this!" I think she turned out pretty great. Favorite Threadless Bike Tee: Missing!!! of course. I'm wearing it in the picture but I managed to obscure the best part of it, dang it! If you want at least 30 seconds of fun, check out the story contest Charlie and I made in homage to the tee: Link

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Dustin Currier aka babyknucks & his blue Trek Where Ya Got it: Cycle Garden, from a bloke named James Favorite feature(s) of your bike: wine cork handlebar plugs How long you've had it: one week Favorite Place to Ride: Damen Ave, bridge between Fullerton and Diversey Favorite Threadless Bike)Tee: Missing!!!

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Jen LeMasters aka uncannyxjen & her Frankenstein bike Where Ya Got it: my friend's neighbor in Columbus. He said, "I think this bike is too big for you" I said, "It's yellow, I'll take it!" Favorite feature(s) of your bike: Yellow! Favorite Threadless Bike Tee: Bike Chaos

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Kim Bowers aka KimBowers & Clifford Bike: Trek 7.2 fx Where Ya Got it: Wedding gift; best gift ever! Favorite feature(s) of your bike: The hamburger bell; also a gift! Favorite Threadless Bike Tee: The one I'm wearing, Green Means Go!

Design A Freakin' Freaker!

by Threadless / None /

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Drinking a cold beverage is a challenge. Your hands get cold. Your drink gets warm. Everything is the opposite as it should be. Yes, of course there are koozies, but they don’t fit on every can, bottle, and jug. And the design on your standard koozie tends to lack that conversation starting, fun loving, je ne sais quoi.

We now challenge you help us eliminate substandard koozies by designing your own! We’re partnering with Freaker USA, the brains behind the one-size-fits all drink sweaters. Before you start, check out the Freaker submission kit so you can create a Freaker worthy design. Keep in mind your design must be limited to 4 colors from the palette provided. Keep your design simple. Remember, this is knitted, not printed. You can also check out the Freakers we have for sale for a few examples of what works well.

People all over the world could be soon holding your design in their freakin’ hands, so get to it!

Don't know what a freaker is? Check out this video:

Check out the prizing and submit your design.

Introducing New Designs Every Day!

by Threadless / None /

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Since the beginning of time, we’ve released new designs Monday and reprinted designs Thursday. Starting today, we’re trying something new.

Instead of releasing designs twice a week, we’ll be releasing one new tee and one reprinted tee today, one of each tomorrow, one of each the next day... we think you know where we’re going with this.

You all put a lot of work into making and scoring designs. So we’re trying to do a better job at highlighting those designs as they come out. By featuring one new and reprinted tee each day of the week, we’ll give some extra special love to the designs. (We won't be releasing tees on Saturdays and Sundays, because we don't like to work weekends either!)

If you’re as excited about this new release schedule as we are, you can celebrate by wearing a different Threadless tee every day. But chances are, you already do that. So instead, you can do the t-shirt shimmy! (We don’t know what that is either, but it’s just ASKING to be invented.)