Oh, Boy! Check Out The Winning Mickey Design!

by jeffreyg / None /

Congrats to artist Silvia Garavaglia for taking the grand prize in the Mickey & Friends Challenge for her design Sweet Memory. Turns out, she’s one serious Mickey fan.


Silvia, tell us about yourself!
I'm Italian, I live in Bernate Ticino, a small village lost in the countryside near Milan. I just finished the last year of my Master of Arts Degree in Communication Design at NABA, Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti, in Milan. Now I'm writing my degree thesis and looking for an internship.

Are you a long-time Disney fan? Is Mickey a favorite character of yours?
I am a Disney fan since forever. I began reading “Mickey Mouse” magazine, which in Italian is called “Topolino,” when I was 6 and I fell in love with it. I have always loved drawing Disney characters, and when I was a child my dream was to become a cartoonist. Even today when I'm sad or down in the dumps I pull out a Disney comic book and I read it before going to sleep. Mickey Mouse is definitely the character that represents Disney at its best. He was the first character drawn by Walt Disney and it’s from that rat that it all started! I like Mickey because I admire his tenacity, courage, and loyalty. I find that he can be an example for us all, even if sometimes he seems to be a little bit petulant and a smartass...but no problem, so am I!

You designed Mickey in candy! Tell us a little bit about your process.
I chose candies because I wanted to represent Mickey Mouse in a joking manner. I placed the candies one by one on a very large sheet of paper, on which I had drawn Mickey Mouse with a light line. I used different types of candy, and while composing the design I had to go buy more because I ran out! I covered the entire drawing and then took several pictures from the top and I chose the best ones.

Check out these awesome behind the scenes shots! imageimageimageimage

This is your second Threadless print and second design challenge win. Your techniques are very different in your two designs. What’s your preferred artistic style?
I do not have a favorite technique, but rather I like experimenting and using different techniques depending on the theme and design that I am working with. Since I don’t have a well-defined style, I like mixing handmade drawings, photography, digital painting, and scanned images to make surprising designs. In fact, I always feel the need to change, to transform my style and to prove myself.

What’s your favorite Disney movie, character, line, or song?
I loved all the Disney classic movies, in particular Dumbo, Fantasia, The Aristocats, Melody Time (I think I consumed the videotape by dint of seeing it) ... I adore Robin Hood (and the lines “Oo-de-lally/ Oo-de-lally/ Golly, what a day”­), The Lion King, The Emperor's New Groove, and how could I forget Who Framed Roger Rabbit? Among the most recent I found fantastic WALL-E and Up, their stories were simply amazing and moving.

Check out all 5 designs in the new Mickey & Friends collection!

Feeling Meh? Check Out The New Spongebob Designs!

by jeffreyg / None /

Today we released the new SpongeBob SquarePants collection featuring 6 SpongeBob designs including grand prize winning design, What Makes a Sponge So Spongy? by Budi Satria Kwan.

Hey Budi! Give us a rundown of what you’ve been up to. Where ya livin’? Whatcha doin’?
I am currently living in Makassar, Indonesia. I am working as graphic designer & illustrator. Lately I spend most of my time working on self-initiated work instead of commissioned works. I am also working on going back to make offline artwork (with paper and paint). It is quite a difficult adjustment with years doing things on the computer and having the convenience of being able to undo, copy, and paste in one single click.

You’ve been printed again! What’s your secret?
I think I am lucky that my works are welcomed at Threadless. I constantly review the scores of my designs that are submitted to Threadless. From there I learn about the current mood. Then add my own twist to make a design that is for Threadless.

Are you a SpongeBob fan? Who is your favorite character?
I am a huge fan. My favorite character is Squidward. So artsy fartsy, so adult. I think SpongeBob SquarePants is the most contemporary kids’ cartoon right now. I almost believe it is partly made for adults. How do you explain to kids about someone who felt miserable stuck in dead end job in fast food industry? Or the gravestone with “Here Lies Squidward's Hopes and Dreams” written on it? It is something that only adults can relate to.

Your grand prize winning design features SpongeBob created out of lots of SpongeBob-related items. Speak about the process of creating that a little. Did you create objects that would fit or did you create the tiny objects first and just kind of move them together until they fit?
I created tens of silhouette made of characters from Spongebob Squarepants. They are then resized, rotated, and arranged to form the shape of Spongebob. I adjusted the colors accordingly so the shape could represent Spongebob clearer.

One of your designs features Squidward. How did you come up with this design? Do you relate to his personality at all?
Squidward was the first image that appeared in my mind when I found out about the competition. I wanted the design to be really direct and able to be used by anyone to express the mood of the day. The original line was "I hate Monday.... Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.” However, the line became too long for t-shirt design, so I summed it up in one word, “Meh.” It turned out to be the most effective option to express Squidward (and possibly the feeling of the t-shirt wearer).
Check out the whole SpongeBob collection, new today!

Meet The Many Fraggle Faces Of Kyle Frisch!

by jeffreyg / None /

Say hello to Kyle Frisch, first-time submitter, first-time printed Threadless artist! Kyle’s design, 30 Fraggle Faces, is the grand prize winner of the Fraggle Rock Challenge!


Holy cow! Your very first submission was not only printed but won the whole Fraggle Rock challenge! How does it feel?
It's pretty incredible to win a challenge with my first submission! My highest hope when entering was that my design might get printed if I was lucky, but I never thought I'd win. It's kind of a surreal experience!

What drew you to this challenge?
I've been a Muppet fan for years, but for various reasons I didn't enter the Muppets or Sesame Street challenges back in the day. I didn't want to let the opportunity to do a design based on one of Jim Henson's worlds pass me by entirely, so I made sure not to miss out on the Fraggle Rock challenge when it rolled around!

Why did you decide to feature so many faces in your design instead of just focusing on one character?
Fraggle Rock was a show that was all about connections. A huge focus of the show was how the Fraggles, Doozers, Gorgs, and so on were all connected and dependent on each other, even if they didn't realize it themselves. To me, it seemed like the best way to represent that idea was to make sure that many different characters from the show were all represented together. And, of course, since it's the 30th anniversary of Fraggle Rock there really was no other option but to include 30 characters!


Were you a Fraggle Rock fan? Do you have a favorite character?
As I mentioned before, I am a longtime Muppet fan but Fraggle Rock had managed to elude my radar for many years. I was aware of it, but it was only after discovering the show on Netflix a while back that I really got into it for the first time. I'm glad that I've finally familiarized myself with the third pillar of the Jim Henson family, so to speak! I have lots of favorite characters, but if I had to just choose one I'd probably go with Wembley. I can definitely relate to his indecisiveness at times!

Describe your process when creating this design.
My process mostly consisted of spending hours on Muppet Wiki reading through character pages and looking for good reference images to work from. Lots of time was wasted perusing articles on that site while creating my design!

Pick up Kyle’s design and check out the rest of the printed Fraggle Rock designs!

Create A Design Using Simple Shapes, Less Lines And Half The Halftones.

by jesshanebury / None /


The Minimalism Challenge began after Threadless community member Ryder Doty created a series called “Threadless Minimalism” showcasing various community members in their most minimal form. From there a challenge was born that captured the creativity and ingenuity of Threadless artists around the globe. Now, in its fourth year, the Minimalism Challenge is back!

How much can you say using as little as possible? Strip an idea down to bare bones without losing the concept. You’ll be surprised how little you really need!

Check out the prizing and submit!

The Flaming Lips Designs Are Here! Snack On Some Alien Soul Food.

by jesshanebury / None /

Congrats to Allen Mudgett. His design Alien Soul Food took grand prize in The Flaming Lips design challenge. Get to know Allen a little better with this interview then check out all 6 designs that were printed from the challenge.


Hey Allen! Tell us a little about yourself. Where are you from? What do you do? My name is Allen Mudgett, my nickname is Mudge and I am from Townsend, Massachusetts. Cut the state in half and I would be living on the most northern end of the centerline—bordering New Hampshire. I am a father of two beautiful daughters, who are now in their twenties. I love playing sand volleyball and disc golfing. I am addicted to keeping very busy as I've been doing freelance illustration since the late '80s for t-shirt and novelty companies. I've also done a fair amount of editorial artwork for newspapers and magazines at a time when they were once popular and still in existence;-) I've also done a ton of art for designs featured at some of those P.O.D. sites.
Recently, I determined that I had fallen into a rut and wanted to challenge myself and get back into creating designs and illustrations with purpose. Threadless was my answer. The site constantly has so many really cool challenges of all types running simultaneously. I also love deadlines—keeps my adrenaline pumping and keeps me focused. Anyway, I decided about four months ago to drop everything that I was doing and immerse myself into Threadless for six months to see if it goes anywhere. There is definitely a learning curve here, and the talent that comprises this community is abundant and so diverse. I'm so glad that I took the risk. I wake up excited to get to the drawing board every day. Wish I knew about Threadless sooner.

Are you a Flaming Lips fan? Have a favorite song?
I am a Flaming Lips fan and I have to say that I really fell in love with their new album The Terror. I could almost pick any one of those songs as my favorite. The Lips have been around for decades and during those years they have experimented with new sounds and innovative ways to express themselves. Some of my faves through the years have been "The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song," "Do You Realize?" and actually "Butterfly, How Long It Takes To Die" from their latest release. Currently, my latest favorite Lips song to listen to is "The Golden Path." This song is actually an upbeat sounding single from a Chemical Brothers album from about a decade ago. Wayne is lead vocals of course.

Pre-sale orders of your design benefited victims of the recent Oklahoma tornado. How does that feel?
It feels great! I understand that Wayne Coyne grew up in Oklahoma, so I know how important this cause must be to him. It certainly is an honor that my artwork was chosen along with a few other great designs to be included in their humanitarian efforts.

image What inspired your design?
I had the opportunity to listen to The Flaming Lips' entire catalog on Spotify while I worked on churning out four submissions for this challenge. I listened to the Lips over and over again. It was the music of The Flaming Lips new album The Terror that really inspired me on this particular design though. The Terror certainly seems very dark—leaving not too much room for an optimistic outcome for our existence. The Terror's message to me seems to be that we are all here struggling and enduring, just barely existing as there seems to be a lot of suffering going on out there in the world. Fortunately, we can still manage to make a genuine connection with others—all we need to do is to genuinely love and to allow ourselves to be loved. Find this love and one can make it another day.
I chose the theme of Love = Nourishment in an alien world. Featured here is an alien enjoying the experience of playing music on a barren planet somewhere out there in the universe. The alien plays (Wayne Coyne's) double neck guitar to these nests of girafflings, which require this intimate bonding session as they are nourished with rays of love emanating from the alien's antennae. I know it's weird, but this was a Flaming Lips challenge after all :) I originally thought of nests of baby birds waiting for momma bird to provide their sustenance. They seem so needy—that they would perish without mother bird's care. Converting the birds to giraffe-like creatures was inspired by the Lips song "This Here Giraffe." I really love giraffes anyway.
These are some sketches that preceded Alien Soul Food, which was my 4th effort for the Lips challenge. I grabbed elements from two of my other previous Lips subs to create this final design. One design led to the idea for the next and so on and so on. Started with caricature of Wayne playing double neck guitar with alien giraffe boa for my first sub. That led to my creation of the nesting girafflings on an alien planet for my next one. Used those elements in my final piece:)
Part of the prizing is tickets to a Flaming Lips show. Will you be able to go? Are you excited?
Can't wait. I am really looking forward to seeing the show. The Lips website has it that the band will be performing in the Boston area late September. Once that is confirmed, I am so there. I've never seen a Flaming Lips show and from what I hear it is an experience worthy of being on every fan's bucket list.


Congrats, Allen! Check out all the designs printed from this challenge.


Your 2013 Bloggerraiser Winner Is . . .

by jeffreyg / None /

Congrats Becky Havens aka OwlsOnTheBrain! We can't wait to see you at this year's Family Reunion! Any leftover money will go towards runner-ups Randy Aquilizan aka ir0cko and/or Andrew Steger aka drewski79!

Big thanks to everyone who made this possible and helped raise over $800 towards the Bloggerraiser - big thanks to Becca aka tragos for helping organize and run it! Feel free to still enter the raffle for amazing prize packs put together by your fellow Threaddies!

Also, big thanks to superstar Threadstaffer Collin for putting together this video - and Jess for being amazingly awesome in it.

We wish we could send you all!

Win Lollapalooza Tickets By Solving Threadless Clues!

by jesshanebury / None /

Lollapalooza is next weekend in Chicago and we happen to have 8 one-day passes burning a hole in our pocket. So, we’re holding a contest for 8 of you to win one!

Here’s how it works: We’ll post a clue about a Threadless design on Tumblr or Twitter with the hashtag #lollapop. Your job is to find the corresponding design in the catalogue and send us the link. It will be marked with an orange and blue “Lollapop” so you know you’ve found it. The first person to respond with the correct product link will win one of the passes! We’ll post one clue on Tumblr and one on Twitter for the next 4 days.

Follow us on Tumblr and Twitter so you don’t miss a clue! For Twitter, respond with a reply. For Tumblr, comment under the post.

Good luck!


Score Nsft Designs To Win A Nsfw Masterpiece.

by jesshanebury / None /


Over 250 un-Threadlessy designs are up for scoring. Score 100+ Not Safe for Threadless submissions and you’ll be automatically entered in a random drawing for what we consider one of our greatest prizes ever.

That’s right, one lucky scorer will win a $25 gift code and a framed NSFW photo of the one and only Craig Shimala, signed by the handsome devil himself.

Start scoring, you beautiful babies, you.

Check Out The Winner Of The Threadless Store Art Challenge! The 2nd Winner Has Been Chosen!

by jeffreyg / None /

A couple months ago we posted this blog asking for you to design an original art piece for the Threadless retail store. There were some amazing entries, but Tiger Burger won our hearts. Congrats to James for his awesome creation that will welcome all our customers in our retail store!

Check out some behind the scenes pics of Threadstaffers Craig and Bret putting it up:


James' art will be displayed for at least 3 months. Which is why we need YOU to create the next one! Your challenge is to create something perfectly original for that space. It will be the first thing customers see when they enter and the last thing they see when they leave. The winning designer will get $300 Threadless cash!

The dimensions of the space are 78.6”x51”. To submit, post your art in the comments below in proportional dimensions but smaller so we can all see your submission a reasonable size for our computer screens. You don’t need to place the art into the example photo, just post the image itself.

As for printing restrictions, we’ll choose how best to represent the design (printing, graffiti art, etc.) once we pick the winner. For now, just make some great.

Go on and get started! You have until Monday, Sept. 17 at midnight CT.

Threadgifs Is One Year Old Today! Let's Celebrate With More Gifs! Winners Announced!

by jeffreyg / None /


It’s the one year anniversary of Threadgifs! Well, what other way to celebrate it than by bringing it back! Just to refresh your memory, Threadless superstar Nathan Pyle started this blog a year ago and the gifs went VIRAL! Here are some of our favorites, but be sure to check out the blog and see all the other amazing submissions if you haven't already!

Well, there’s a whole year’s worth of new designs (and thousands of old ones) to work with to create even MORE animated gifs! So get your gif on and we’ll award the best!

Our favorite threadgif will nab a $150 Threadless gift code! Two runner-ups will win a $100 and $50 gift code! HAVE FUN AND SHOW US YOUR GIFS!


Be sure to tell us your favorite gifs in this blog to help us make our choice ;)

Get To Know Jeremyville! We Need Your Help! Win A $25 Gc!

by jeffreyg / None /

Get to know Jeremyville!

You might recall the amazing Jeremyville MADE collection filled with Community Service Announcements released on Threadless last Fall. Well, we’re fortunate enough to have him present at this year’s Threadless Family Reunion as one of our speakers! We want to make this as interactive as possible, so we’re letting YOU to come up with some topics and questions for discussion!

Post your questions in the comments below before August 12th! One random contributor will win a $25 gift certificate!

Check Out Skillshare For Threadless Tips And Tutorials On Just About Anything.

by jesshanebury / None /


This week, we posted our first Threadless class on Skillshare! If you’re new to Threadless, check out the video tutorial explaining how to submit to Threadless.

If you’re a Threadless veteran, check out the classroom to help critique students’ work. Your insight could help a new artist get printed for the first time!


Check out the other classes available on Skillshare to pick up tips on everything from design programs to makin’ meatballs!

Create A Company That Doesn’T Exist For Dribbble

by jesshanebury / None /

Threadless loves artists. That's why every product we make is designed and scored by the Threadless community. We want to share that love with the super-talented ballers of Dribbble by hosting the first Threadless playoff! One winning entry will be printed as a Threadless t-shirt!

Your challenge: Create a logo for a company that doesn't exist. Your made-up business can sound real official or really absurd–it's up to you.

Learn more about the challenge in this video directly from the founders of Dribbble and Threadless, Dan Cederholm and Jake Nickell!

Get started here.

Grand prize:
• Your design printed by Threadless
• $2,000 CASH
• $500 Threadless Gift Certificate
• 1 of everything in the Dribbble Store
• 1 year of Dribbble PRO for free
• iPad mini – Black, Wi-Fi, 16GB
Top 5 liked shots prizes:
• 1 year of Dribbble PRO for free
• Dribbble t-shirt
• $50 Threadless Gift Certificate

• Rebound with your logo mocked up on a t-shirt
• Submit your rebound by July 29 at 11:59pm EST
• Submissions remain copyright by uploader
• One Grand Prize Winner will be chosen from the entire entry pool by Threadless and Dribbble and be printed by Threadless

If you aren’t a Dribbble member yet, register or make connections to get goin’. Post in the comments below if you need an invite.

Photoshop Challenge: Become A Cyberpunk!

by jesshanebury / None /

Today we released Cyberpunx by Matt Furie. It’s ridiculousness cannot be overstated.


We want you to BECOME a Cyberpunk. Your challenge is to Photoshop yourself into the pattern in the most awesome way possible. You can use a photo or an illustration of yourself. The only rule is it must represent YOU.

Click the image above to get a slightly larger version for photoshoppin’ if ya need it.

The winner will receive a $75 Threadless gift code! Post your images in the comments below by Thursday July 18th 5pm CT.

Get started, punk then pick up the tee!

Threadspotting: Arrested Threadvelopment Edition!

by KyleGeib / None /

Hopefully by now, most of you have had the chance to watch the newest season of Arrested Development on the ol’ Netflix, because this edition of Threadspotting comes to you straight from that zany Bluth family! You may or may not have noticed, but there are at least two Threadless shirts that pop up amidst all the Bluth antics. Let’s get started!

You may have missed the first design, as it was as slippery as a loose seal. In episode four, you can spot Will Work on Food by Phil Jones worn by a young gentleman entering the Orange County office of Imagine (not to be confused with Orange County Imaging just up the street). Check it:


The second tee we spotted was Movies: Ruining the Book Since 1920 by Jayson Dougherty. Who was wearing this design, you ask? Why, none other than the hilarious Jeff Garlin in episode twelve!


All in all, the newest season of Arrested Development was a great opportunity to catch up with some of the most dynamic and witty characters to grace our television screens. What did you think of this season? Did we miss any Threadless tees? Let us know, and don’t forget to send your Threadspotting submissions to sightings@threadless.com!

Submit A Design That's Not Safe For Threadless!

by jesshanebury / None /


You think you’ve cracked the Threadless code, don’t ya? You know exactly what is going to score highly and what will get printed. Well, for this challenge, let’s shake it up!

Your challenge is to submit a design with a concept, design style or aesthetic or subject matter that you think is so “not Threadless.” Surprise the Threadless community with your completely never-been-printed kind of design.

Your design CANNOT contain: - cats - skulls and roses - zombies - food with faces - music notes - astronauts - records

Check out the prizing and submit!

Post Your Awkward Photos And Meet The Mtv Awkward Design Challenge Winner Ronan Lynam!

by jesshanebury / None /

Congrats to Ronan Lynam aka Ronami for his design The Awkward Years. It won grand prize in the MTV Awkward design challenge. Learn a little more about Ronan below and then post a photo of you in your “awkward years” in the comments!


Congrats on your win! Tell us a little about yourself.
Thanks! I'm born and raised in Michigan with a strong Irish ancestry. I have a BFA from the University of Michigan and currently reside in Ann Arbor, MI. I work at a lovely local apparel printing shop, the Ann Arbor T-Shirt Company, and hope to start a career of freelance illustration and design work.

Do you have any process photos from your design you could share?
Totally! I always love seeing progress pictures. This particular design was fairly straightforward. I work exclusively in Photoshop (can't stand vectors), and do all my sketching right into the computer. Here's a few screenshots of the beginning, middle and end:

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What inspired you to use a shark in your design?
A couple things inspired the idea of a shark wearing headgear, but it all began with simply reading the challenge description. The given examples of awkward things include some jib-jab about braces. Now, I had braces for about three years and I had it all - rubber bands, headgear, even metal springs preventing me from shifting my jaw horizontally. It was horrible. Sometimes I would go into the orthodontist and they would wedge a circular serrated saw blade in between my teeth and sand down the insides of a tooth to make more room. But the headgear was what I would consider the most embarrassing part. Thankfully I only had to wear it at night, but even then I couldn't look in a mirror without making fun of myself. I looked like a goony.

So I had the headgear down, but that alone is not enough for a good design. I usually try my hardest to push an idea to it's humorous and (il)logical conclusion as best I can, so I tried to think of things that would need headgear. The first thing that popped into my head was something with lots of teeth, like an alligator or shark. When I thought of a shark, I thought of how Jaws is such a big scary symbol of fear and death. But back in the day, I bet Jaws was just as awkward as anybody. I bet he stayed inside all day and played games in fear of his other shark friends making fun of his big dumb mug. It's a tragic story, really, that maybe Jaws was so mean because the world was so cruel to him. Who knows.

You've been printed twice but this is your first challenge win. How does it feel?
Really, really, really good. Every time I see a "Congratulations!" email, my world stops for a moment. This was great timing too, as I just graduated from art school and am now stuck in the real world, which sucks. The extra goodies from MTV just fueled my excitement. It gave me the motivation to keep doing what I love.

Did you have "awkward years"? Tell us about 'em. I am a firm believer that everyone had the "awkward years". You're a liar if you say you didn't. Mine hit me hard and while brief, my awkward years were a significant part of my personal history.

I got crackhead addicted to World of Warcraft in 8th grade. I would wake up at 9am and play it all day if I could. I can't say it was horrible, because I enjoyed it so much, but I think the problem was that I enjoyed it a little TOO much. Imagine this - it's the middle of a beautiful July in Michigan and you walk down the basement stairs to find my smelly troll cave. You would see a scrawny, pale as hell Ronan with long greasy hair, surrounded by a ritualistic circle of empty ham & cheese hot pockets and root beer bottles. I would probably snarl at you, telling you to piss off so I can get back to my dungeon. The searing sun of the summer burned my pasty skin, so I stayed secluded in my troll cave all summer long. Thankfully my wonderful parents cut off my subscription and I was eventually able to move on with my life.

This happened almost a decade ago, from around the end of December 2004 until the end of summer 2005. That was without a doubt the single most awkward period in my life. Here are some snapshots from that era:

Trying to smile. I sported the typical teenage shaggy wings for several years.

Trying to look cool. Looking like a damn fool instead.

Wearing a ninja suit in French class, demonstrating my mastery of the art of chair leaning.

Did you see other submissions in this challenge you liked? Which ones? Yes! A few of my favorites were: ndikol


Sock Ness Awkward Monster by oliviero

You have submitted a bunch. What advice would you give to designers about getting lots of work done?
I've been submitting to Threadless since about 2010. I was attracted to the e-fame of the Threadless greats, like Enkel, Glennz, Aled, alexmdc as well as having an outlet for practicing graphic illustration. Like 99% of submitters, my first submission was trash. My first thought was, "Threadless likes word play! I can do that!" I went on to conceive one of the lamest play on words ever submitted - "Fore-Arms".


Hilarious, right? I bombed my first 20 or so submissions, and eventually got my first print. That gave me the confidence to keep working and improving, eventually scoring my second and third print. Since "Fore-arms", I feel like I had learned a lot about drawing shirts not only for Threadless, but also for creating good design in other areas as well.

My #1 piece of advice would be to be your own best/worst critic. Learn how to step outside your own shoes and evaluate all the work you've done. What is the purpose of your design? Are people going to 'get it' by themselves? If you take away the title/description of your design, does it still make sense and does the idea still read well? Is the design appropriate for the canvas of apparel? Is there anything else I can add to push the idea further/add to the story? Would someone want to buy and wear your design? Would you wear your own shirt? These are all examples of problems that I think need to be addressed in order to create a successful a design. The only hard part is pulling it all off at once!

Another thing I've noticed with submitting a lot is that you’re left with loads of unpublished work! For the three prints I had, I've also poured hundreds, maybe thousands of hours into countless failures. Where do they go - into the bowels of your hard drive collecting dust for eternity? But why? You've put a lot of hard work into each one, and it'd be a waste to let it just sit there. I would recommend to designers to take their unpublished designs and do something with them. Reworking and submitting designs is a great way to give new life to submissions that needed a little extra 'umph'. Threadless is nice, but there's nothing stopping you from sharing and selling them yourselves! Someone out there will love your work and it never hurts to try, as sharing your work is just as important as making it. Hope this helps!


Congrats to Ronan! Pick up his tee here and if you’ve got pictures of your awkward years, post ‘em below!

Meet Artist Dan Fajardo!

by jesshanebury / None /

interview by Jeffreyg

Welcome, Dan! Thanks for taking the time to answer some interview questions!


First, how about an introduction of yourself!

My name's Dan Elijah G. Fajardo aka dandingeroz and I am a full-time graphic artist currently based in Manila. I do a lot of t-shirt designs and illustrations in my free time.

When you're not designing, what do you enjoy doing?

Playing with my dogs, doing household chores, and sleeping :D

How did you first find out about threadless?

My friend Song23 also submits design here told me EVERYTHING about Threadless!

Have your successes on threadless made an impact on your career as a graphic artist?

YES!!!!!!!!! Threadless helps me to grow as an artist everyday and I have found more clients because of you guys! Yey!

You are one of the many multi-printed artists that are based in the Philippines - is there a big art scene in the Philippines? Do you ever see any Threadless shirts walking around?

Wow! Feels great to be one of those amazing artists to be printed here at Threadless. There are so many great artists and designers here in the Philippines and I'm glad to be part of this industry. Threadless shirts can be seen anywhere - especially at art events in Manila.

Going off that, you have a printed collaboration, Daisy, (reprinted today) with fellow Filipino artist, Jerry Maninang aka Dzeri29 - could you tell us how that collaboration process went?

That was my first print here at Threadless! I'm so happy to have a friend like Dzeri29 haha. I did the sketch and the first draft of our collaboration and Dzeri29 did the rest!!! Also big thanks to Andrew Mohacsy for the title "Daisy."


What was like to get your first print on Threadless?

Man, to get my first print here was totally awesome! I remember I was screaming at the office when I got the "MimiMail" - it was so overwhelming!

Speaking of celebrating wins - what was it like to be the winning design of the Foster the People design challenge?

Winning the challenge was so great! My dream was fulfilled because there were so many great entries and it was nice for all my hard works to pay off! You can see on my process work here!

What's your favorite medium to work with?

I start most of my pieces with pencil, then scan and color them on Photoshop.

Your Wildfur illustrations were a HUGE hit amongst the community and it seemed like a big style change for you - could you explain this project a little?

I am so proud of Wild Fur Series! I was just experimenting with that style and I'm glad people loved it. You can view some more of this series here and here.


I can't help but notice a recurring theme of cats in your designs (3 of which have been printed!) - any reason you love drawing cats so much?

I am so happy that Threadless loves my Cat designs. :D Cats are so POWERFUL! They are like humans and they are easy to draw. LOL.


Who or what are some of your inspirations when drawing?

I get my inspiration from books, photography, movies, lyrics of a song and more! In particular, I love the works of Pat Perry and Gemma Correll.


You and your wife are welcoming a son in a couple of weeks! First off, congrats! Second, have you filled his wardrobe with Threadless onesies yet?!

Yay! Thanks! Yes, I already bought two for him! I want to add more!

Any last words or shout outs?

HOY JEFF! :D Thanks for this interview! Threadless has helped me a lot! MORE POWER to you guys! ALWAYS MAKE GREAT TOGETHER!!! PLEASE COME TO MANILA! MABUHAY!

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