Threadless: Nocturnal Shift and more new this week

Nocturnal Shift by kooky love is my favorite Threadless print this week. Part of the fun for me in exploring this illustration was realizing some animals were nocturnal that I hadn’t known about, kangaroos and hedgehogs particularly. The sheer breadth of species included means that most viewers will find at least one they feel some affection for or kinship with. The motif of the animals sharing drinks by the fire helps it feel like nature’s water cooler, with these fellows clocking in for a busy night of work. It also allows for fun comic moments like the spider’s extra mugs (one for each leg, of course!). Many of the animals seem to make eye contact with the viewer, as if inviting fellow night owls to join in.

Everything Said by badbasilisk parodies the classic moment in Say Anything when John Cusack holds his boombox aloft blaring a song to regain the affection of his love interest. By placing the Grim Reaper in Cusack’s place, the iconic image suddenly becomes a lot more interesting. What song could he have chosen? Is he playing it for a specific person, or for everyone alive? Positioning death as a constant, reliable, and devoted romeo is an unique way of considering the afterlife, and with its vintage color palette and simple but effective visuals, I think this piece will find a lot of admirers.

I Moss You! by fartysister is a very sweet cartoon, using a pun to make the sentiment even cuter. My favorite aspect is the way each character has such a clear personality. The log is silly to the point of feeling a bit dippy (he’s not all there, I suppose) while the moss is ultra-relaxed and chilling out contentedly (not in a hurry to go anywhere). Little mushrooms pepper the scene to add interest and contribute to the feeling of a damp, lush forest scene. Since a lot of folks are missing spending time with people these days, I think the design is well-timed for gifting.

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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