Congrats to Tobe Fonseca for scoring $10,000 in the first Threadless + Gap challenge.

  • by the ThreadStaff
  • posted Aug 29, 2012

For our very first Threadless + Gap design challenge back in March, we asked you to design the next iconic Threadless + Gap tee. From 1,253 submissions, one design was chosen for the grand prize. Congrats to Tobe Fonseca for scoring the $10,000 for his design, Tattooed Panda!

We asked Tobe a few questions about his design.

What does it mean to you to be in so many stores?
I still don't believe it. Really, it's like a dream. As a t-shirt designer, it's all that I ever wanted.

What was your reaction when you found out the $10k news?
I just sent and e-mail back with the works "Guys, are you joking me?" It was like WOW, as I said unbelievable! I got the news on 08/16/2012 I'll never forget this day!

What inspired your panda design?
I was just trying to create something with pandas and this idea just appeared like a "click." I think those are the best ones!

What's your usual design process like?
I use lots of pages of my Moleskine trying to find some idea that can work on a tee. I check the Internet or books for reference after I have the concept. Curiously, I think my best ideas come from nowhere about a week after my research. My brain needs a rest to come up with something useful.

Besides your own, what's your favorite Threadless + Gap design?
I have to say "Anchor News" from Dina Prasetyawan. It’s not just about the design. He’s a great artist and his trajectory is very inspiring! GREAT $5!

Tattooed Panda was released this week along with 42 other brand new Threadless + Gap designs including styles for women, men, boys, girls & infants. This is the first Threadless + Gap print for 34 artists, and this collection includes designs from artists from 15 different countries.

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jeffreyg profile pic Alumni

so happy for you Tobes! :3

TheInfamousBaka profile pic Alumni

CONGRATS! I bet it's such a surreal feeling to win something like that. :-) Totally deserved.

myteemo profile pic Alumni

Beautiful artwork! Congrats such a great win!

EricaTheRed profile pic Alumni

congratulations!! It's a great design

silverhare profile pic Alumni

That's beautiful! Congratulations!

celandinestern profile pic Alumni

wooooo!! congrats to Tobe and everyone else that won! :D


Congrats !!! well deserved !!!

macdoodle profile pic Alumni

congrats all around to everyone! very cool!!!

Resistance profile pic Alumni

Wow! Awesome work! Congrats!!


This is great! Congratulations! I hope I can get my hands on one of these shirts. Very nice concept!

campkatie profile pic Alumni

so cool! enjoy your winnings and congrats!

parul sen

Beautiful and inspiring. Congrats!

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