Wear Artwork Loud and Proud with ThreadlessJanuary 29, 2012 at 11:00 am | Posted in Conventional Art | Leave a comment
Tags: funny, illustration
Hello, fellow artists! We here on the Imikimi Team are glad to have you back again! We all love art, and love the process of creating. And so, keeping with the theme of taking an awesome idea or piece of art and transforming it into something tangible, we’d like to share Threadless with you.
For the uninitiated, Threadless is an apparel company. To be more specific, a t-shirt company. But not just any shirts, no. These are not blank shirts, but instead are emblazoned with beautiful and clever silkscreen designs. Every single one of the shirts on the site is created by members. With over a decade in the business, they are one of the first online apparel communities where the audience creates the shirt designs, votes on which get printed, and then are able to purchase them. It really is a unique model, one which dozens of sites have tried to emulate, but none have come close to the success of Threadless.
Let’s take a quick virtual stroll on over to their web page. The homepage will change to display the community’s latest happenings, from new products, news, the latest designs, and more. But this is merely the tip of the iceberg, as much more lies in wait. You’re in for such a treat, as Threadless offers the absolute coolest shirts you’re likely to find anywhere. New designs are printed each week, by designers all over the world. To get a taste for what kind of the kind of findings you’ll discover, go ahead and click the “Shop” link on the upper left.
Inside you’ll find designs ranging from minimal to bold, black and white to full color, beautiful to hilarious. No matter your style, you’ll surely find something which causes you to do a double-take, something which puts a smile on your face or a thought in your head. So go ahead and click the appropriate guys or girly sections. You’ll find options to narrow down your tee hunt on the left like price, style, size, color, etc.
Threadless utilizes an extremely easy to understand process. First, a user will submit a design. So long as the subject matter is “safe for work” and of your own creation (that is to say, not plagiarized), it can be entered. From there, the design will be open to scoring by tens upon tens of thousands of voters. If your design receives a high enough score, it gets printed! Not only will you receive the acknowledgement of having a shirt printed by Threadless, distributed all over the world, but you’ll also receive a prize of $2,000, as well as a large gift card which can be used to purchase more shirts. Pretty sweet deal, huh?
If you want to participate by scoring designs to help pick which ones are printed, go ahead and hover over “Participate” at the top and click “Score Designs” from the drop-down menu. What’s great about Threadless is that by involving the community in the process, only top quality work is printed. Only those with beautiful execution or clever concepts get through.
Thanks so much for stopping by! We here at Imikimi love when we get to share all these awesome ideas and websites with you. We’ve always got more fresh content to roll out like a fine rug, so we’d love to have you back soon!
The Imikimi Team
“Art is not a thing; it is a way.” — Elbert Hubbard