Threadless Tees is a Chicago-based company that has taken a different approach when it comes to what they print on their apparel. Threadless’ approach is through a community of artists and fans voting on user-submitted designs. The designs go up on the website for an allotted time, and the fans vote, promote and ultimately decide what gets printed to tees, hoodies and even children’s clothing. What attracted Pads & Panels to Threadless are the many great gaming- and comic-inspired tees that have been printed over the years. The staff here at Pads & Panels recently got our hands on a couple of these relevant tees thanks to the people over at Threadless, and present our thoughts on a couple of their recent gaming and comic designs, not to mention model them for our readers.
By Brock Davis
“Road Rage” by Brock Davis, aka Laser Bread, depicts police investigating the scene of a car accident that appears to have been caused by a red Koopa Troopa shell being thrown at an overturned vehicle. The light blue shirt comes in either girls’ or guys’ sizes. The design takes a nostalgic title, Mario Kart, and puts a cute twist on it that brings it into the real world.
“We’ve Got Some Work To Do Now”
By Travis Pitts
“We’ve Got Some Work To Do Now” depicts a gritty and hilarious reality in which Velma and Scooby are the only two surviving detectives of a monsterpocalypse, and have decided to take some rather unconventional methods that Fred and Daphne would have certainly frowned upon. Notice some of the tee’s highlights – severed zombie hand in Scooby’s mouth, ode to classic skull belt buckle, zombie-fending chainsaws on the “Misery Machine”, and of course a shotgun-wielding Velma.
By Brock Davis
Another brilliant gaming design from the mind of Brock Davis comes “Arcade Expressionism.” An abstract, expressionist interpretation of the classic arcade Donkey Kong, the shirt is easily identifiable by any retro gaming fan as a board from the game. But it’s the color finger paints on the black background of the tee that make it something special.
“A Simple Plan”
By Neil Gregory
The retro graphics capture the iconic Space Invaders perfectly, as many folks have been quick to point out how much “they loved that game” while seeing me wear this. It’s colorful enough to get attention and easily identifiable. The shirt provides humor upon further inspection, as the “teacher” alien provides a travel route. Subtle. Unique. Funny. A well designed shirt for gamers or pop culture nerds. It also fits perfectly.
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Pads and Panels received the t-shirts courtesy of Threadless for review purposes.