Threadless does it yet again, printing an excellent former contest watch mention with "Found Anything Yet?" by Tang Yau Hoong. You may remember it from my classic blog, "Contest watch: Week of November 20." Yet again, Threadless is getting speedy with its wins, taking about 2 months to print the shirt despite many shirts taking twice the turnaround time to see a print. Here, I fear it was a costly speed... I maintain that this design would have been even better placed lower, with the "tail" wrapping around the side, as displayed in the original mock-up. Still, the concept is brilliantly Threadless in all the best ways, and if for nothing else, it deserves its print for that reason. It gives a wonderful picture of not being able to see the forest for the trees, or in this case, the cave for the dinosaur. It really captures the thrill of exploration, I think... that idea that there is something bigger to find. In this case, the payoff is beyond expectation.
Also worth discussing while we're on Threadless: the 2008 Bestees. Last week, Threadless held voting among every shirt they printed last year, and the 20 finalists are up this week. The winner will snag a cool $2oK, which is not bad at all for one design, especially considering the cash and prizes it already won this year upon originally printing. Each user has a single vote: mine is being sunk on Fail, by Radiomode, based on two factors. First, it is what Threadless does best, a solid joke with an attractive style, and to me a Threadless Bestee winner should be classic Threadless. Secondly, though, it's out-of-print. It is, therefore, a selfish vote in many ways: there is a hope inside me that winning a Bestee might contribute to a reprint. It is important to note, however, that fully half of the Bestee nominees are worthy of that 20-grand, so it won't be an easy choice. If "Fail" fails to grab you, my next best recommendation is polynothing's "Attack of Literacy." Come for the pulp-art feel, and stay for the literary "who's who" guessing game.