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Threadless: That’s All Folks and more new this week

That’s All Folks by vincenttrinidad is my favorite Threadless print this week. The global warming message feels even more potent when the earth is personified like this, as a cartoon character doing his best to smile through the pain and still put on a show. The manic cheeriness of his facial expression is a good match to the joyfully violent nature of classic cartoons. That said, I think the art could have been improved in a couple of minor ways. One is that there is far too wide a gulf between the “t” and “s” in “That’s,” which puts undue emphasis on the apostrophe. The other is the fire graphic, which is stylized to be much more simple than the rest of the art- a less minimal, more realistic fire look would better match the level of detail on the earth. That said, it’s still a great piece!

This Is A Disaster by FoxShiver uses doodle style expertly to create a character full of dread and fear. Seeing its wide little eyes peeking above the edge makes it easy to relate to this cat, since most of us have had a similar experience of being afraid but also unable to look away. Light distressing reinforces the concept of things being in disarray, as do the erratic baseline of the text and the way the cat’s ears point to the side. Something’s wrong here, but if you can’t help you may as well enjoy the spectacle.

Bicyclist Monster by aldoestrada is an explosion of brightly colored creativity, with something new to discover everywhere you look. I like the choice to give this creature an extra pair of arms, which gives those hands the opportunity to add personality through their activities (wielding a strange net and flashing a peace sign) while the other two remain safely in control of the handlebars. There’s a lot to like, but I think my favorite detail is the way the headphones have a cat ear motif that pairs with the Hello Kitty inspired shirt the monster is wearing. Good 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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