Threadless: Rad Pals and more new this week

Rad Pals by obinsun is my favorite Threadless print this week. By having such an eclectic selection of “cool” characters, there’s at least one for every viewer to take a shine to. My favorite is the T-Rex, whose stomping posture and open mouth make his skating skills seem especially bold and energetic. But part of what makes the art so great is that every character is equally fun, each conveying their personality through either dramatic poses or cute accessories. The flat, colorful art style, uniformly thick legs, and purple outlines help all the figures to feel like a cohesive group.

The Good Boys Club by odsanyu is definitely a funny take on dogs, appearing to show them as their owners see them rather than the objective reality. With their large frames, scruffy fur, and most importantly spiked collars, there’s a hint that these pups might not actually be perfect angels. Their faces, though, are blushing human smiley faces, adorably sweet and evidence that they’re being seen as little furry humans rather than wild animals. It’s a neat concept, and speaks to the unusual way most owners like to perceive their dogs as idealized.

The Big Tee by ThePaperCrane might set off some serious deja vu in t-shirt aficionados, since it collects motifs and characters from some of Threadless’s most famous shirts. They’re expertly arranged, all simplified into a uniform minimal line art style and assembled into a huge T (both for Threadless and for t-shirts, presumably). The eclectic use of color makes the entire composition almost seem to dance, drawing the eye from each scene to the next. And while the art forms a solid rectangle (something that doesn’t always look intentional on shirts), this design elevates the shape and makes every edge matter by giving the illustration a thin decorative frame. Very impressive stuff.

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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