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Art + Competition = Cut & Paste

by betsym / None /

Live art battle event Cut & Paste is on tour visiting cities around the world. Every year, noted artists join together to compete in creating the most awesome art before your eyes. This year’s theme is “characterized.” Artists who specialize in the creation of creatures, characters, “hes,” “shes” and its” will duke it out for one night only in front of a live audience.

Here’s a sneak peak.

Sneak Peek of CHARACTERIZED Tour 2013 from Cut&Paste on Vimeo.

In between battles, Threadless videos will be featured! So make sure to cheer your heart out for those.

Check out the schedule and click through to buy your tickets (Chicago date to come):

Singapore - 25 Apr 2013 Seoul - 27 Apr 2013 Kuala Lumpur - 30 Apr 2013 Bangkok - 02 May 2013 London - 05 May 2013 Los Angeles - 09 May 2013 New York - 16 May 2013 Miami - 18 May 2013


BERLIN RESULTS

Congrats to champion team 1 from Berlin, Roland Brückner and Threadless artist Martin Krusche aka MartinK.

In this competition 3 teams of 2 designers were challenged to develop a pair of metaphorical characters based on elements that have a complementary relationship like “Bread & Butter,” “oil & water” or “yin & yang.” Over the course of 3 rounds, designers developed these characters and a scene that represented their complementary relationship. In the first 10-minute onstage round, competitors prepared a black & white sketch of two characters. In a second 15-minute round, they fully detailed their characters with color and texture. In the final 20-minute final round, the teams created a final scene containing the two detailed characters to express how they complemented each other.

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London RESULTS

Congrats to London champions Aleksei Bitskoff & Threadless artist Aaron Jay aka Randyotter3000

In this competition, the 3 teams of 2 designers were challenged to create two characters that serve as RIVALS or FOILS to one another. The competition was made up of 3 onstage rounds, each intended to create a product to be used in the following round. In the first 10-minute onstage round, competitors prepared a black & white sketch of your first Rival character. In the second 10-minute round, they prepared a second black & white sketch of the 2nd Rival character. In the final 15-minute round, the teams created a scene composition fully detailing a scene that features both characters and expresses their relationship.

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Join Us For A Live Interview With Our Newest Made Artist, Aaron Jay!

by jesshanebury / None /

Tune in now at this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpv83t3B6Oc&feature=youtu.be


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Great news! Aaron Jay aka Randyotter3000 is our next MADE artist! His collection will be released in just a few hours and we’ll be streaming a live interview with the MADE man live via Google Hangout On Air.

Bob & Jess will be conducting the interview and we want your help to ask questions! Post them below so we can use them for the chat.


Tune in now at this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpv83t3B6Oc&feature=youtu.be

Score 50 Zombie Designs To Win A Dead Island Riptide Steam Code And Threadcash!

by jesshanebury / None /

WINNERS ANNOUNCED

805 people scored 50+ Dead Island designs. Congrats to BRIAN ROB, JadeJemz, Bruny, parrish.lauren, gabras, Scareb, amanda.b.hoffman & Luinelen for winning the codes.


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Zombie designs have run amok on Threadless! Ahhh! Knock out...err, score 50 of ‘em by 4/25 and you’ll be entered to win one of 8 Dead Island Riptide steam codes and a $25 Threadless gift code!

Sccooooooorrrreeee!

Steam codes can be redeemed to play Dead Island Riptide on your PC!

Check Out The Winning Kid President Tee!

by jesshanebury / None /

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The winning Kid President tee is now available! Kid President 2040 was designed by Joe Bradley of Columbia Missouri. Find out about Joe’s design, how he is inspired by Kid President and how he’s going to use that $1,000 to make someone’s year more awesome!

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Tell us a little about yourself! (interests, favorite cartoon, least favorite pizza topping, song you can't get out of your head) When it's nice out and I'm not working, you’re most likely to find me chasing a little white ball on the golf course. I get hooked on a new TV show just about every week, most recently being House of Cards. Other favorites include The West Wing, How I Met Your Mother, LOST, Parks & Rec and Modern Family. I’ve gotten pretty good at making homemade pizzas… just don’t ask for any vegetables on it. I love playing pub trivia, goofing off in a sand volleyball league and shouting the words to any Michael Jackson song when it plays on the jukebox in public. Currently though I can’t stop listening to Mirrors by JT. That song is so catchy! I’m a sports fanatic and love rooting on my alma mater, the Mizzou Tigers, as well as cheering on the Creighton Bluejays and Chicago Cubs from afar.

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Joe’s victory celebration

What drew you to the Kid President Challenge? I don’t remember where I first discovered the Kid President Pep Talk video, but I immediately sent it on to my sister who lives in D.C. We’ve been Kid President fanatics ever since. We both set our computer backgrounds to Kid President quotes. Mine says “It’s everybody’s duty to give the world a reason to dance.” It helps me get going in the morning. The kid is doing such amazing things at a young age, inspiring people 10 times his age to get up and do something. Hopefully the t-shirts can help spread Kid President’s message to just a few more people. My parents really instilled in me from a young age a desire to volunteer in the community and do something meaningful with your life. I’m glad Kid President is sharing that message with a new generation of kids.

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Joe’s desktop

Besides submitting to this challenge, are you doing anything special to make the world dance? I currently have the privilege of mentoring four Little Brothers in Columbia through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. Three of them I meet with once a week at their schools where we get to play basketball, board games, iPad games and work on homework. But most importantly we get to build our friendship and talk about any problems they might be having at school or home. My fourth Little Brother is part of the community-based program and we get to do a lot of fun things around town together like bowling, golfing, roller skating, and watching our favorite movie Despicable Me over and over again. I never had any biological little brothers growing up (although I did have one fantastic sister) and so it’s really cool to have so many of them now. They mean the world to me. I’m also really lucky to have a boss who allows me to take off in the middle of the day to meet with these kids. Thanks Rebecca Gordon!

Besides mentoring, I also teach a religious education class for kindergarteners at the St. Thomas More Newman Center. It’s such a blast. We mostly read Bible stories, play Saints Bingo and make crafts (including Pope puppets not long ago!). I also get to play Santa Clause in the Christmas pageant every year, which is awesome!

I also enjoy volunteering at the local Food Bank, Ronald McDonald House and Loaves and Fishes soup kitchen.

Whose year will you be making better by giving them $1,000? When I sent out an email to all my friends and family asking them to vote for my t-shirt in the contest, I told them that if I won, I’d award the $1,000 I get to give away to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Missouri. I’m sticking to that. It costs roughly $1,000 to support each Big/Little match. Obviously with my Little Brothers, it's an organization that's very dear to my heart. I had the opportunity to work there for two years as an AmeriCorps Member and got to interview new volunteers and match them with their Littles. It was a special job. If the money can help match just one more kid in the community with a caring mentor, then it’s totally worth it. Maybe they can put on a fun event for the kids, too.

What does winning this design challenge mean to you? I can’t even describe for you how excited I was to receive the news that my t-shirt had been selected. It was the first Threadless contest I had entered, so I wasn’t really holding my breath. I’ve got to admit, I was a little disappointed that I didn’t receive the news from Kid President on his tin can phone, but maybe that’s because my tin can phone has been disconnected since 1995. My sister was able to talk to Kid President briefly at the White House Easter Egg Roll, so I’m still pretty jealous of that. But really, I’m just so thankful to Threadless for teaming up with Kid President for this awesome competition. I’d also like to thank my buddy Victor Tran for giving me the idea for the t-shirt design. I’m really hoping this encourages more people to look into getting involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters because there are thousands of kids across the country waiting on mentors. I’m hoping that in a few years maybe me winning this t-shirt contest means more to a kid I’ve never met before than it did to me.

Pick up your tee now!

Join Us April 27 For The Threadless + Cbldf Party!

by jesshanebury / None /

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Fellow comic geeks and freaks, Join us at Threadless HQ on April 27 for a night of live music, drawing and merriment. ShowYouSuck and Auggie the 9th will perform live! We’ll dance to sweet jams, draw on a mural wall and raffle off tons of awesome prizes! Come for the free Finch’s beer*, and stay for the special guest appearances from some of your favorite comic peeps!

Your $10 donation at the door will benefit the Comic Book Legal Defense fund.

RSVP now. Admission is limited.

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*You must be 21+ to join us at this event.

Threadless Still Loves Minecraft

by Grafumbly / None /

One of the things we really enjoy in Threadless Tech is Minecraft. You all remember our Minecraft Challenge, right? It was one of the best we had. Wouldn't it be great if we could combine Threadless and Minecraft in more ways? We thought so, and so we did!

One of the new technology initiatives we've been working on is our Threadbare API. Written in Python and running on the Twisted server, it lets us exchange data between various apps or features on the site asynchronously, meaning things can run in the background without you having to wait for them and they'll update the site when they're done. So that makes Threadbare perfect for exchanging data between our application database and our Minecraft database. For the game, we have a Bukkit server running with Essentials, LWC, Towny and some other things. You start off in the Player group when you first join, but if you go to your Threadless profile and add your Minecraft name under Link Other Accounts, Threadbare will tell the game server and you'll get promoted to the Member group. This lets you be able to teleport, set a home warp and gives you access to the MembersOnly kit. There's other in-game stuff you can unlock by doing things on threadless.com too!

You're all invited to come play with us if you'd like to check it out. Just start up Minecraft and connect to our server at minecraft.threadless.com.

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Score Regular Show Designs For Your Chance At Cartoon Network Prizes And Threadless Cash!

by jesshanebury / None /

winners announced

1737 of you scored 50+ designs! Congrats to cehash, jon p & lennart.jaborski for winning the prize packs!


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Friends, Let us make your week by showering you with a bounty of Cartoon Network loot. Score 50 Regular show designs by 4/29 to be entered in a random drawing for one of three Cartoon Network Prize Packs and a $25 Threadless gift code.

If you want one of these sweet boxes of joy to arrive on your doorstep, score now.

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Check Out The Rockin’ Design That Won The Asg Guitar Challenge!

by jesshanebury / None /

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Today, you can pick up Ruel jun Andaya’s design 13th Serpent, the winning design from the ASG design challenge! Along with cash prizing, Ruel also won an ASG guitar with his design printed on it. Ruel hails from the Philippines, has a great appreciation for music and thanks to his winnings, recently got to treat his family to some special gifts. Read our interview with him below.

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What was your inspiration for the design? The design I used in the ASG contest is from a sketch I did almost a month before the contest was posted. When i saw the contest and the prizes, especially the guitar, I told myself that if my design would be printed on a guitar it should be about me, so I decided to use the water snake design. It is a personal piece that I did for the year 2013, the year of the water snake, because it is my birth year. And of course for my family, as they have always been my inspiration.

Are you musical? Yes, I love to play guitar and was in a band back in my college days. We played cover songs of our favorite band, Coheed and Cambria, and a local band, Urbandub. I have two guitars right now but neither are as cool as the ASG guitar that I’ve won!

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What 8 songs would be on the perfect mix tape? 1. Goodnight, Fair Lady by Coheed and Cambria 2. First of Summer by Urbandub 3. Everlong by Foo Fighters 4. Faint of Hearts by Coheed and Cambria 5. One Day by Matisyahu 6. New Perspective by Fall Out Boy 7. The Last Song by All-American Rejects 8. The Afterman by Coheed and Cambria

What was the process like designing something for two very different canvases (guitar and tee)? It was not really too much trouble for me since I already had the sketch for the design. I did the shirt design first because it’s an easier shape to work with. In the guitar design, i just added some shapes so it wouldn’t look empty on the middle part and the base of the neck. The process in the design itself is mostly experimental. I learned some new things in this design process, especially doing a custom pattern. I used a complicated pattern for the scales. Most of my work deals with trial and error.

It looks like you had a birthday recently How did you celebrate? i just turned 24 last February 5. Not much celebration. But when I won the contest we celebrated. I brought my family to the mall to shop, especially my mom. This is the first time I bought something for her since I graduated and started to work as a freelance artist. She was very happy and that made me triple times happier than when I won the contest.

Congrats Ruel! You can pick up the tee on Threadless and the guitar on artistseriesguitar.com!

Meet The Grand Prize Artists From The Iron Man Challenge!

by jesshanebury / None /

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Today we released 22 new designs worthy of sale in the Stark Industry HQ gift shop. 28 artists from around the world are featured in this collection including one grand prize winner for individual design and one grand prize collaboration design. We poked the brains of the winning artists to find out if they had any Stark-like wisdom they could share with us.

Bleeding Edge Armour by Keatopia and Eunice Xu

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How did your partnership work? Did you both come up with the idea? Who was the main artist?

Keat: My wife, Eunice knows that I'm a comic geek and hard-core fan of Iron Man, so she alerted me to the Iron Man Challenge and suggested we join it together. Both of us are artists in animation and games industry so it's a perfect partnership. The pose of Iron Man and design of the piece had to be epic and sleek. Drawing crazy character poses are my specialty because I was trained as a classical animator. It's a chance for me to show what I can do with Iron Man and I'm grateful to Threadless and Marvel for the opportunity to showcase my art.

Eunice: When I told Keat about the challenge, he couldn't contain his excitement and was on cloud nine before we even started the art! We brainstormed and Keat drew rough thumbnails of the different Iron Man poses and layout. We thought about how the pose and wreckage will flow with the shirt layout and color. I always wanted an Iron Man shirt that I will wear and I'm so happy I will finally get it. Thank you Threadless!

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Who’s the bigger Iron Man fan?

Keat: 100% Iron Man Fan since my college days! Iron Man is special because he's just a normal human who doesn't have superpowers but he's smart enough to use science to make himself a superhero who can do serious damage to the super villains. We chose to go with the Bleeding Edge Armor because the armor is so sleek and advance with all the nano technology and it worked seamlessly with Tony Stark's body.

Eunice: What's there not to love about a superhero billionaire playboy clad in a red hot metal suit?

How do you tend to work together for collabs?

Keat: Working as a feature animator means I had to use the computer all day long. So when I get home, touching the computer is the last thing I want to do. Most of the time, we discuss ideas and designs while walking our old dog at night. The pace is slow and relaxing, it's amazing how much ideas come up during that time. And, it really really helps that your collab partner is your life partner and fellow artist.

Eunice: We turned our living and dining room into an art workspace. No dining table... just paints, pencils, endless papers on desks, workstations, and Wacoms. We let the creative juices flow, bounced ideas around, and drew thumbnails of the designs. After much nitpicking and justifying the chosen design, Keat would pencil and ink the chosen design by hand and I would color it digitally in Photoshop. I love colors and painting. For this piece, I took a day to color it and enjoyed every single minute of creating the artwork. Having Threadless challenges like this to work on keeps me on my toes and my hands busy.

What's your favorite thing about your design?

Keat: Iron Man absolutely dominating warmonger in his bleeding edge armor.

Eunice: Keat's line art is really stunning in this one. I have to say it's one of his best line artworks yet.

How ya gonna spend your cash?

Keat: Nice dinner with Eunice and extra treats for the dog and cat. Going to more comic conventions and buying more comics!

Eunice: A new Wacom tablet to produce more awesome artwork!


Rocket by Luc Journot

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Why did you submit to the Iron Man Challenge? How many times have you submitted? Because he's a cool superhero and I wanted to try a challenge for the first time. I've submitted 4 times, but only once for a specific challenge.

Are you a long-time Iron Man fan? Not really a long-time fan, because I really discovered him with the movies. But yes I love this character, especially the fact that he doesn't have any powers. He creates his own powers by himself.

What's your favorite depiction of Iron Man you've ever seen? Comic? Movie? Cartoon? I've seen him in the Civil War collection, which by the way is awesome, but the movies are my favorite. I can't wait to see the next one.

What are you going to do with the cash? Maybe by a new Wacom tablet, because mine is a little bit too old. And the rest for a trip to Canada with my girlfriend.

Score Tmnt Designs For Your Chance At Rad Prizes

by jesshanebury / None /

winners announced

Wowza! 1703 of you scored 100+ TMNT designs. Congrats to PartyRockingPikachu for winning grand prize and leostone.au, arlo.wiley, muppetbutt, igiamex77, jamesnotjim, lenreeves, PartyRockingPikachu & gabras for scorin the other 8 radical prizes!


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Score 100 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Submissions by 4/22 and you’ll be entered to win some totally radical prizes!

8 random scorers will win a TMNT New Era cap and an IDW hardcover compilation of the original Kevin Eastman comics. One random grand prize winner will win a cap, a comics compilation, and a $100 Threadless gift code!

Get scorin’, turtle dudes.

*If you’ve already scored designs, don’t worry, you’re in the running.

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!

Visit her MADE shop and share it for the chance to win the whole collection. image

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 !

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