Threadless: Mona Lisa Meltdown and more new this week

Mona Lisa Meltdown by rjartworks is my favorite Threadless print this week. A fun mix of traditional and modern, it uses the Mona Lisa as a canvas for bright, cartoony pop graphics. To make the contrast between the styles even more stark, the painting has been reduced to black and white. This choice helps the rainbow color of the rest really sing, and emphasizes the difference between the flat color of the cartoons to the subtle grayscale shading of the famous artwork. The result is an energetic piece that should appeal to fans of art from all ages.

Even Satan Needs a Hygge by Popcornpunk is a really smart take on the Scandinavian concept of hygge, which means a cozy feeling. For a lot of people the embodiment of the concept is cabin style- a fire in the fireplace, warm sweaters, and small but full spaces. So it’s actually not that huge a stretch to apply hygge to a famously warm fellow like the devil, who certainly knows more about stoking a hot fire than most. Seeing pure evil in a comfy cardigan is a great moment of humor, and I love how the ottoman highlights Satan’s hoofed feet.

Greetings! by weoos_02 centers on a pretty great pair of puns, and I think it’s even stronger because each pun works in a slightly different way. One word names the plant, while the other describes its effects. That extra dimension makes the joke feel fuller, while keeping things subtle enough that the shirt remains wearable in a mixed audience (ie, children might only catch that the first plant has a joke). I also like the way the pots and faces are simple, but the plant illustrations have more detail- it’s a choice that makes the design especially endearing to people who garden or keep their own potted plants.

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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