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Vintage Sports

Be in a league of your own.

Bring your “A” game for this Design Challenge.

Many of the most popular sports today have long histories that date back hundreds, even thousands of years. Sometimes it’s fun to remember how sports used to be decades ago. You know, when basketball shorts were tiny, football helmets were made of leather, and pitchers threw perfect games while tripping on acid (for real though, Google Dock Ellis).

For your next Design Challenge, we want you to make a new piece of art inspired by vintage sports. Interpret this theme however you like. You could draw inspiration from real-life sports or make up your own, like Full-Contact Chess or Bare-Knuckle Baking. Or maybe make a baseball card of a player who never existed, or illustrate the reasons you dislike sports altogether. If you really want to lean into the throwback vibes, consider giving your design a little vintage lovin’. Show its age with sepia tones, light distressing, and a whole lotta mutton chops. Make it sporty and make it retro!

The ball’s in your court for this Design Challenge.

ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS BEGINNING FRIDAY 10/01/21, 10:00AM CST


Featured designs:

RETAIL RACER by zomboyarts
TV SPORTS by teenagestepdad
8-BIT GRIT by AlCreed

You could win

  • First Place (1): $1,250 Cash & $250 gift code

  • Second Place (1): $500 Cash & $250 gift code

  • Third Place (1): $250 Cash & $250 gift code

  • Plus, anyone who is printed (including the grand prize winner) will receive up to $7 on each tee of their design sold on Threadless.com! Read more...

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