Bart Van de Vel's Insectoid
We’ve got a lot of devoted designers within the Threadless community. Some people submit many times over, in hopes of getting a printing.
In honor of all the folks who devote time, energy, brainpower, and heart to creating amazing designs, we’re printing the tee “Insectoid.” It’s an incredible design, but the story behind it is even more incredible. It started when we received this touching email from a friend of the designer of “Insectoid,” Tim Muller:
Last week Bart/Harpo25 a very close friend of mine and big contributor of Threadless unexpectedly passed away…
Bart was a very active contributor to Threadless and has submitted more than a 100 designs, which you can see here. (He) sometimes collaborated with member Frickinawesome. None of his designs however gathered enough votes to be printed.
A group of friends are now gathering all of Bart's drawings and sketches, to create a website (http://bartvandevel.com) and book in memory of him…
We’re a big fan of Bart’s work and we chose to print “Insectoid,” as it was the last design Bart submitted to Threadless. The money normally given to the artist for printing will go to Bart’s family to pay for funeral costs. We thank Bart for being such a devoted fan and such a talented member of this community.