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The X-Files

The The X-Files challenge winner is here!

642 designs /
printed design / 138,004 votes placed

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The challenge was

Original t-shirt designs inspired by The X-Files.


We’re having so much fun watching X-Files designs rolling in and we don’t want it to stop, so we’re extending this challenge for two more weeks. Only submissions received before 23:59:59 US/Central on September 13th will be eligible for inclusion in the January Loot Crate, but all challenge submissions are now eligible for a second prize of $2000.**

The truth is out there. Are you ready to design it?

Parasitic slugs. Homicidal inbred mutants. Human-like creatures covered in tree bark. And, of course, aliens of every imaginable stripe. Any unexplained horror your mind could conjure, Dana Scully and Fox Mulder investigated it on The X-Files.

We're getting excited for the return of our favorite FBI duo in 2016. To celebrate, we’re asking you to design a t-shirt tribute to Mulder, Scully, The Smoking Man, and all the creeps and kooks that made The X-Files legendary.

To make this challenge extra special, we’re teaming up with Loot Crate, the monthly subscription box dedicated to all things geek. The winning design will be featured in the January crate, surrounded by the best in pop-culture swag. Check out the spoils that dropped in past crates for a bit of added inspiration. NOTE: The design chosen for Loot Crate will be printed on a black tee, so design accordingly. The winner, along with two runners up, will also be featured in Loot Crate Magazine.

Do you want to believe (that you can win this challenge)?

Keep in mind:

  • Designs must be your original artwork.
  • You may use any content from the X-Files franchise, but mashups, parodies, or references to any other characters or intellectual property are not allowed.
  • You can use aspects of any characters from the movies or TV series, but actor likeness is not allowed.
  • Designs for the extended challenge can be on any color tee in our submission kit.
  • NOTE: Make sure to read the legal stuff. Rules for this challenge are different from other Threadless challenges.

    Challenge Details

    • $2000 cash

    • $500 Threadless gift code

    • Plus, anyone printed for Threadless.com will receive up to $7 on each t-shirt of their design sold on Threadless.com! Read more...

    • Only submissions received before 23:59:59 US/Central on September 13 are eligible to win: GRAND PRIZE: One design will be selected for the January Loot Crate box that will be sent to 500,000 subscribers. This design will receive a flat fee of $8,000 plus a one-year subscription to Loot Crate. RUNNERS UP: Two runners up will receive a three-month subscription to Loot Crate.

    Designs from this challenge

    The X-Files

    The X-Files

    Thirteen years after the original series run, the next mind-bending chapter of THE X-FILES will be a thrilling, six-episode event series helmed by creator/executive producer Chris Carter with stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson re-inhabiting their roles as iconic FBI Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. This marks the momentous return of the Emmy- and Golden Globe Award-winning pop culture phenomenon, which remains one of the longest-running sci-fi series in network television history. THE X-FILES originally premiered in September 1993. Over the course of its nine-season run, the influential series went from breakout sci-fi favorite to massive global hit, and became one of the most successful television dramas of all time. The show, which earned 16 Emmy Awards, five Golden Globes and a Peabody Award, follows FBI special agents Scully (Anderson) and Mulder (Duchovny) as they investigate unexplained cases – “X-Files” – for which the only answers involve paranormal phenomena.

    Loot Crate

    Loot Crate is a subscription box service for geeks and gamers. Every month, Loot Crate curates a collection of cool (and often exclusive!) items such as collectibles, t-shirts, comics, art, gadgets and more around a relevant pop culture theme, then delivers it all in a snazzy, black box for our Looters to enjoy.