Threadless: Not Ready to Mingle and more new this week

Not Ready to Mingle by bewarethevipers is my favorite Threadless print this week. It’s an introvert-friendly slogan, paired with an illustration that uses exaggerated hedgehog spikes to make the wearer seem even more wary of closeness. The awkward style of the drawing feels shy and childlike, which helps the sentiment to feel timid and endearing rather than threatening. The roughness of the art is very effective in conveying the hedgehog’s bumbling, bashful personality.

Tiger Squad by benangbaja gets a lot of mileage out of one tiger illustration, flipping it every which way to create a pattern that covers the total expanse of the fabric, front and back. Perhaps because the tiger’s pose is so active (bared teeth, clawing paws and a curled tail) the fact that it’s all the same tiger doesn’t feel that noticeable. Instead, each new instance of angled stripes has your eye bouncing from one creature to the next, never pausing long enough to compare. The end result is extremely wearable.

Plague Apparel by ramsespujol unites the historical and modern experiences of plague by showing a figure in the classic black plague bird mask carrying the very modern bulk pack of toilet paper rolls. I’d argue that this combination alone is iconic enough to stand on its own as a shirt design, although the artist has fleshed things out further with a background of lines. I imagine the lines are to give the impression of social distance, but to me it’s ultimately unnecessary and detracts from the strength of the concept. Sometimes boldness is better than suggesting an environment.

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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