Threadless: Champion of the Underworld and more new this week

Champion of the Underworld by Jacob_Paul is my favorite Threadless print this week. I think it’s a great take on the bombastic nature of professional wrestling, imagining an athlete taking his Champion of the World status a step further. The hair feels just right for wrestling’s 80s heyday, and those festive ribbons suit the era as well as adding motion to the scene. Keeping the art to mostly one color (with small details in a supporting shade) gives the art a vintage quality that ties it all together.

Kramen by khairulanam87 turns a bowl of noodles into a fearsome aquatic beast. Strands of noodle chunk together into thick tentacles, wrapping themselves around a deep sea diver. The kraken’s body is further sketched out with ingredients suggesting eyes, onion and chili implying suckers, and an upturned bowl to create the monster’s distinctively domed head. It all comes together looking quite frightening, very at home in the dark waters, but luckily the diver is no slouch, either- armed with a large fork the size of a spear, he is poised to turn the tables.

Solid Effort by mathiole keeps things simple with lines that all maintain the same width and repeated geometric shapes. The crucial choice to include a small highlight between the solid colors and lines helps to make it feel like an elevated, minimal choice rather than a rush job. And this kind of simplicity suits the concept perfectly- a middle-of-the-road effort surely deserves an unimpressive prize. This is a ribbon for when you got it done, maybe not well, but at least accomplished something.

Threadless prints new shirts every week, chosen from the designs submitted by and voted on by site members. Most winners earn $1 to $7 per item sold.

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