Threadless: It’s a Dying Art and more new this week

It’s a Dying Art by JakeEdwardLange is my favorite Threadless print this week. It arrives just in time for Halloween and suits the season with its spooky imagery, but the humor and charm makes it a design that wouldn’t feel out of place any time of year. I love the reaper character, who has a surprising amount of personality packed into his bony face. The ridges of his eye sockets look like proudly raised eyebrows as he shows off his brushwork, and his teeth read as a cheerful grin. I like that even the typography stays on-theme, spelling out its letters with artfully arranged bones.

Practice Your Spells by coyote_alert is some more Halloween fun, with a more minimal take on its skeleton. The pose tells the story, capturing this corpse in a gleeful dance as he waves his wand. The “Practice Your Spells Kids” slogan is appropriately silly and ought to appeal to anyone who prefers magic and fantasy stories to the drudgery of learning normal spelling. My only criticism is that I think the wand gets lost a bit in the darkness of the shirt due to its dark brown color- keeping it white like the rest of the design might have helped with visibility and had the added benefit of simplicity.

Lab Rat Revenge by Viend is a massively detailed illustration, packed with a plethora of scientific instruments in addition to the battling scientist and rodent. I’d even argue that the detail is too much for this medium, since the sheer number of finicky drawers and tiles (both on walls and floor) start to camouflage the drama of the species face-off. The solid, bright white of the rat’s eyes and teeth help those elements to pop off the page, which helps, though I think some similar solid shapes on the rat’s body and on the scientist would assist in getting things to read a bit more clearly and quickly. Still, it’s one heck of a drawing!

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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