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Ring Pull

Design by Graham Shephard

About the artist

Nickname Tonteau

About the design

Original design submission

Avg. score: 2.25 out of 5

Scored by: 603 people

  • Garments printed with: custom printed to order

Say somethin' nice

No account?

bgwinstonfc30 on Oct 27, 2011 at 09:55:31

i like how none of the people commenting on this design have ever had a design printed. neither have i, but i think i smell some jealousy in the air.... :P

ferfo on Oct 27, 2011 at 01:12:29

But Miriam, Tonteau is a better designer.

ferfo on Oct 27, 2011 at 01:00:15

But Miriam, Tonteau is a better designer.

aled on Oct 26, 2011 at 16:30:16

I should add, by the way, that the half-arsed mock-up does this design no favours. I bought one anyway.

aled on Oct 26, 2011 at 16:28:57

Average score doesn't mean a whole lot these days. It's no guarantee of being printed (thankfully). The folks at Threadless like to print the stuff that takes their fancy and this one did. It's not rocket science.

Also, Tont - I can't believe you copied a part of your own photograph. Who does that?

Half_Pint on Oct 26, 2011 at 14:29:00

First off, congrats on getting your t-shirt printed! :D

Also I'm new to this site and I don't really understand how the whole actual picking of winning t-shirts thing works, I've read the 'submit' section but can't seem to find an explination. So how do they actually select the designs to be printed? I'm not saying this is bad but there were other designs that I thought were better and it's average score isn't so good. Could someone maybe explain for me?

aled on Oct 26, 2011 at 12:12:09

This was a submission to the Pop Life challenge. Think for a moment about the transient nature of popular culture. Nothing embodies 'Pop' better than the aspirational projections of 20th Century soda drinks and the iconic marketing that accompanied. Coca-Cola - 'The Real Thing', Pepsi - 'Generation X', Sprite 'Obey Your Thirst', all slogans etched in the plural psyche of a generation. Now consider the humble ring pull: simple, functional, immediate, disposable. Without explicitly showing any of this, the ring pull evokes it all. What a succinct symbol of popular culture and the consumable-driven age that we live in!

MisterFresh on Oct 26, 2011 at 11:47:27


Tonteau on Oct 26, 2011 at 11:21:38

Relax, dudes. Threadless don't pay full whack for these designs, only a percentage of sales. I'm not sure why they chose this design, I feel I have other better ones which they might have chosen, but it is important to experiment and the DTG process allows this. As for "copy and paste" I photographed the ring pull myself and halftoned it in photoshop. And the salad with the sunglasses was awesome!

evolveORdie on Oct 25, 2011 at 19:17:09

havent been around these parts for a while. but DTG????? WTF?? oh, threadless, how could you

Tonteau on Oct 25, 2011 at 17:21:23


Trevo-Trevo on Oct 25, 2011 at 16:34:25

how and why was this selected to be printed????

DannE-B on Oct 25, 2011 at 05:39:29

It certainly is an interesting choice, I think it has grown on me, I think it would look nice on Slate. Congrats.

GRIZZLEtheBEAR on Oct 25, 2011 at 01:40:58


seanlimzy on Oct 24, 2011 at 22:04:58

looks lame!

Ring Pull