Your 2013 Mini Bestee Winners Are Here!

by jeffreyg / None /


Congratulations to the 2013 Mini-Bestee winners! We'll be e-mailing you soon if you haven't received your prize already at the meet-up!

Most likely to get drunk at a meetup: ir0cko

Most likely to take selfies: Twiggyhall

Most likely to scare away a newbie: Taz-pie

Best unprinted artist: TheInfamousBaka

Most likely to de-rail a blog: littlem

Biggest Threadfan: soloyo

Most likely to be famous outside of Threadless: Nathan Pyle

Blog of the Year: The Neverending Photoshop Jeff Blog by craquehaus

Most LOL-worthy Blog: First World Threadless Problems by JordanLBender

Most Loved Threadstaffer: Jess Hanebury

Newcomer of the Year: Foodstampdavis

Design A Cross-Cultural Pattern For The Fall Select 2014 Collection.

by jesshanebury / None /

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We've start planning Threadless Select's Fall '14 collection and need your help creating fashion forward patterns for all kinds of garments including hoodies, button-down shirts, cardigans, dresses, and more.

Your challenge is to create a pattern that combines different cultures and periods in time (past, present, or future). Your pattern can be a mashup of time and/or places. Remember when Marco Polo went to China? What if he landed on the coast of Cape Town instead? Or Mars? Or what if the Mayans rebuild their famous temples in the year 2054? This is your chance to blur the lines between fact and fiction and rewrite history!

If you are new to designing for Threadless Select, be sure to check out the collection to get a feel for the styles and patterns that have been chosen in the past.

Check out the challenge page for more details!

Join The Pool Party Sale! Play Along With Pool Poolooza To Win Prizes.

by jesshanebury / None /

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It’s a Pool Party Sale and everyone is invited. The Threadstaff will be presenting everyone’s favorite poolside talk show “Pool Poolooza” all week. Watch to win prizes in the Threadstaff games and the Duck Pluck and see DJ Gary strut his stuff.

DAY FIVE: SKIMMER LAUNCH / WINNER ANNOUNCED

It’s the last challenge! Who will win the skimmer launch? Collin, Ross and Jess will fight to grab as many ducks launched from a pool skimmer as possible. You will fight for $100 Threadcash.

THREADSTAFF WINNER: mantichore

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DAY FOUR: HOLD YOUR BREATH CHALLENGE / WINNER ANNOUNCED

The 4th Threadless challenge is possibly the dumbest one yet. Contestants will be challenged to “hold their breath underwater” aka while we’re blasting them with a shotgun. Who do you think has the lung capacity to take the win? Place your bets by 5pm CT Thursday. We’ll pull one lucky correct guesser to win $100 Threadcash!

THREADFAN WINNER: Akaka

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DAY THREE: NOODLE OF WAR / WINNER ANNOUNCED

The third Threadstaff game will be Noodle of War! WPlace your bets of the outcome(Jake/Leah win, Alex/Jillian win or the noodle breaks) in the comments and we’ll pull one person who guessed correctly to win $100 in Threadcash! Post by 5pm CT Wednesday.

Threadfan winner: lunasolqueens

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DAY TWO: POOL TRIVIA / WINNER ANNOUNCED

The second Threadstaff game will be Pool Trivia hosted by Bob. Place your bets of who you think will win in the comments and we’ll pull one person who guessed correctly to win $100 in Threadcash! Post by 5pm CT Tuesday.

THREADFAN WINNER:: drewski79

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DAY ONE: SCUBA RING TOSS / WINNER ANNOUNCED

The first Threadstaff game will be the SCUBA ring toss. Place your bets of who you think will win in the comments and we’ll pull one person who guessed correctly to win $100 in Threadcash!

THREADFAN WINNER: shaneplaysgolf

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We’Re Pluckin’ Ducks For Threadcash!

by KyleGeib / None /

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CANNONBALL!!!

We want to let you guys in on the pool party action going on next week, so get ready to test your luck in the Duck Pluck!

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Here are the rules:

  • The first 50 people to sign up in the comments of this blog will be entered to participate
  • We will write everyone’s names on these adorable mini rubber ducks we imported all the way from the Amazon(.com)
  • Every day next week (Monday to Friday) we will draw 10 ducks from the pool and you will win... ELIMINATION!
  • The final 10 ducks in the pool will receive a $25 gift code
  • From the 10 finalists, one grand prize winner will receive a $100 gift code and a pool party prize pack!


Make sure to keep an eye out for our Poolooza videos every day next week to see if your duck has been eliminated (or just to see if anyone falls in the pool).

Once we have our 50 ducks, we’ll update this blog with a list of participants. Good luck, you lucky... fowl?


Alrighty, here's the list (we'll chop it down once folks start getting eliminated):

  1. radiomode (ELIMINATED)
  2. Theo86 (ELIMINATED)
  3. mechanicalrobotpower (ELIMINATED)
  4. unaifg (ELIMINATED)
  5. Marbles87 (ELIMINATED)
  6. goliath72 (ELIMINATED)
  7. melmike (RUNNER UP)
  8. PietroPaoloVirdis (ELIMINATED)
  9. scottishjen (ELIMINATED)
  10. ahmad ifan rofiyandi (ELIMINATED)
  11. gebe (WINNER!!!)
  12. lunchboxbrain (RUNNER UP)
  13. thombpson98 (ELIMINATED)
  14. JuanSebastian (ELIMINATED)
  15. fotangus (ELIMINATED)
  16. hawkfeather (ELIMINATED)
  17. ChrisDB (ELIMINATED)
  18. Pyne (RUNNER UP)
  19. eiwit shake (ELIMINATED)
  20. digitalartranch (ELIMINATED)
  21. jeffreyg (ELIMINATED)
  22. amaara (RUNNER UP)
  23. NDTank (ELIMINATED)
  24. Nacho-TheGuy (ELIMINATED)
  25. CoinSlotComics (ELIMINATED)
  26. [+duracell-] (ELIMINATED)
  27. EricKaz (ELIMINATED)
  28. JIMDAHOUSECAT (ELIMINATED)
  29. Aqueous Messages (ELIMINATED)
  30. DRO72 (RUNNER UP)
  31. randyotter3000 (ELIMINATED)
  32. TheArtistDude (ELIMINATED)
  33. Pujari (ELIMINATED)
  34. drewski79 (ELIMINATED)
  35. soloyo (ELIMINATED)
  36. minikiki (ELIMINATED)
  37. SteveOramA (RUNNER UP)
  38. kuro_te (ELIMINATED)
  39. azrael5 (RUNNER UP)
  40. 5eth (ELIMINATED)
  41. heykimby (ELIMINATED)
  42. rossmat8 (ELIMINATED)
  43. littlem (ELIMINATED)
  44. FlyingMonkeyMan (ELIMINATED)
  45. Jaakie201 (ELIMINATED)
  46. Akaka (RUNNER UP)
  47. sun flo wer (ELIMINATED)
  48. pyr4lis (RUNNER UP)
  49. quick-brown-fox (ELIMINATED)
  50. GyleDesigns (ELIMINATED)

This Just In: Score Onion Designs, Win Swag.

by jesshanebury / None /

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All the submissions are in and it’s time to choose which headline from The Onion will be transformed into a tee!

Score 50+ designs from the challenge and you’ll be entered to win one of 5 prize packs. The packs include a signed copy of The Onion's Book of Known Knowledge and $25 gift certificate to theonion.com store.

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Start scoring. We can see the headline now:

User scores designs. Awesome tee printed.

Score Black & White Designs For A Chance To Win Some Threadcash!

by KyleGeib / None /

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Tuxedos, penguins, old-timey movies - all of these things look best in black and white. You know what else looks great in black and white? All of those beautiful designs up for scoring in our Black & White design challenge!

Score 100 designs from the Black & White design challenge for a chance to win a $100 Threadless gift code (and maybe a penguin*)!

Score away!

*We just got off the phone with the zoo. Apparently, you can’t just go out and buy a penguin…

Check Out The Photos From Together In Denver!

by Rachel Ray Gun / None /

Denver Screen Printing

HEY DENVER! Thanks to everyone who came out last Friday to party with us, Kidrobot, Oskar Blues, and artists Shawn Ryan & Steve Wilson. We hope you had a blast!

You can check out some photos from the night here, and don't forget to tag your friends in the photobooth pics!

If you want Threadless to come to your neck of the woods like we did in Denver and Portland, post your closest major city below.

Meet Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Grand Prize Artist Michael Bancroft

by jesshanebury / None /

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Collection came out today! 15 designs were printed from 15 designers around the world. Congrats to Australian designer Michael Bancroft for snagging Grand Prize with his submission The Four Ronin. We’re super happy for him not only because he won but because this is his first Threadless print! Check out what Michael had to say.

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Congrats on your win! What inspired you to submit to this challenge? Thank you. I'm truly humbled. To have won this challenge is so far beyond anything I ever thought would happen. The sheer calibre of talent across the competition and the high number of submissions make it doubly astounding. That I gave out 36 fives and 99 fours to my peers is testament to that. So again, a huge thanks to Threadless and the judges.

Oh, and nothing short of a severe nunchuk blow to the head could have stopped me from submitting to this challenge.

Are you a TMNT fan? Do you prefer the cartoons, movies, or comics? I couldn't have been a bigger Ninja Turtles fan as a kid. I had all the figures, trading cards, board games, video games, you name it. I was obsessed. I watched taped episodes to death, the movie a hundred times, and of course knew all the lyrics to Partners in Kryme's “Turtle Power.” I also drew them obsessively too, which I guess paid off in the end. Only when I got a bit older and got into comic books did I have the pleasure of re-discovering them in their original format, which I also got a kick out of. If I had to choose though, I'd say that, out of everything, the original movie stuck with me the most.

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Who is your favorite Turtle and why? Donatello of course! We share similar interests in science, and he's kind of chilled out like I am. I actually like his expression best in my design too, so that worked out nicely.

Tell us a little bit about the design style you used in this submission. What inspired you? There was this group of Japanese artists in the 19th century called the Utagawa school, who pretty much epitomise samurai art, at least in the traditional sense. I knew right from the start that I wanted to reference their woodblock prints for this design. In my mind, I saw the Turtles as four “ronin,” masterless samurai fighting their way across feudal Japan, perhaps to avenge their fallen sensei. I sourced dozens of prints as reference for my composition, taking care to ensure the weapons, fabrics, and armour details were just right. Studying them as closely as I did, I began to develop a real appreciation of the way inks they used bled into each other and interacted with the paper. It reminded me of old comic books, when registration would often misalign during printing, and from that point on everything just started to make sense. I sketched out the composition in pencil, went over that with an ink pen, then digitally applied colouring and patterns. To achieve the final texture, I separated the design into four colours and overlaid those layers in a slightly off-kilter arrangement. When I first saw the final result I was thrilled because, to me, it represented a perfect bridge between the historic woodblock style I was emulating and the modern comic book printing process.

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This is your first print! Nice work. Any advice to others on how to get printed? To win a challenge with your first print is any budding Threadless designer's dream come true. My advice to anyone looking to replicate my success is to keep their mind open and their skills honed. You also need to lay the groundwork before you can start submitting designs that resonate with the community. Browse Threadless daily, not only to vote on designs, but to introduce yourself to new styles and to get a handle on what's popular. This shouldn't be an exercise, but rather something fun, something that you want to do, which will keep your creative juices flowing and your determination to be printed front of mind.

You won lots of radical prizes in this challenge. Who will you be inviting to your pizza party? I'm not going to lie, I'm pretty damn psyched over these prizes, and I've already had plenty of requests to come to my pizza party. I'd love to invite everyone who gave me a 5, but in lieu of that, I'll just have to keep it down to all my friends who helped spread the word on this one.

Excellent work and Congrats to Michael and the 14 other designers printed! To pick up a TMNT tee, visit the collection.

What Band Do You Want To Design For Next?

by jesshanebury / None /

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Musical designers and designing musicians! We’ve teamed up with Warner Bros. Records to connect the Threadless community with some of the best bands out there.

We kicked things off with one of our favorites, The Flaming Lips. (Still up for scoring!) Now, we want to know who you want to design for next.

Iron & Wine? Tom Petty? The Black Keys? Check out the Warner Bros. Records roster and post some of your favorite bands below.

Sneak A Peek At The Winning Trina Turk Challenge Winning Design In Action!

by jesshanebury / None /

Congrats to Trina Turk Design Challenge winner, Devonaire for pattern Tangled, which is now officially a part of the world of fashion.

The Tangled pattern will appear on a blouse that will be available for purchase this September. Here’s a sneak peek at the pattern presented on a jumpsuit at Mercedes Benz Fall 2013 Fashion Week at Lincoln Center.

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Check back in the fall for updates on location and availability!

Score Submissions For The Flaming Lips Challenge To Win Music To Your Ears. / Winners Announced

by jesshanebury / None /

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Congrats winners!

Congrats to dnice25, amaara, mip1980, PJO64 &seamonkee3!


The submissions are in and it’s time to decide which design inspired by The Flaming Lips will be printed and sold to raise money for Oklahoma disaster relief!

Score 75 submissions to The Flaming Lips challenge by 6/10. You’ll be entered to win one of five prize packs that include The Flaming Lips album “The Terror” on CD and vinyl double LP as well as a $25 Threadless gift code.

Score now, friends.