Threadless is Bullshit

I have submitted a bunch of designs to Threadless, granted not all of them were great but I think that at least two of them were print-worthy. The users on that site are mean and have no clue what good design is. They’re a bunch of young punks with nothing else to do with their boring lives. On top of that I think you need to blow one of the Threadless employees to actually get a tee printed. Threadless can kiss my ass!!!

PS – My cute little strange bug is out of the running. But he’ll be available on Zazzle soon. Damn them.

UPDATE: here is a grey version and a blue version on Zazzle.


  1. jake on August 16, 2006 at 1:32 pm

    i’m sorry you feel that way! but i can assure you, we do not require to be blown to have your design printed.

  2. kewlio on August 22, 2006 at 8:17 pm


  3. Jakob Lodwick on August 23, 2006 at 4:53 am

    Nicole, if every design submitted to Threadless were accepted, it would defeat the whole purpose of the site.

    The fact that most designs are not selected is precisely the reason you’ve heard of Threadless in the first place.

  4. Nicole on August 23, 2006 at 7:43 am

    I’m well aware of all that, I’m not an idiot. I’m obviously just bitter. It’s very frustrating to get rejection after rejection.

  5. Pete on August 23, 2006 at 9:57 am

    It’s got to be depressing, sure… but the users of that website have fairly consistent tastes (taken as a whole), from what I’ve seen… if you want to get designs accepted there, you need to pander to those tastes – just like most other graphic design assignments.

  6. scohen on August 23, 2006 at 10:03 am

    I have to disagree, many times, the threadless employees demanded a modification to the design that actually made it less interesting. Take for example the strange bug shirt. The entire joke was the text below (I’m a strange bug) and indeed, the bug is hilariously strange.

    Yet for some reason the threadless admins demanded that the text be removed, so we’re stuck with a shirt that has an odd-looking bug on it.

    Net result: worse design.

  7. Alex on August 24, 2006 at 6:20 am

    If this site design is any indication of your shirt design skills then I’m not too surprised that you haven’t been selected by Threadless.

  8. Nicole on August 24, 2006 at 7:56 am

    Wow Alex, if your post is any indication of your maturity level you must still be wearing diapers.

  9. Lindsay on August 24, 2006 at 11:59 am

    Hi Nicole,
    This is Lindsay from Spreadshirt. We would love to have you submit your designs to our Ubershop or set up your own Spreadshirt shop. We have a wide variety of people that shop our site and cover all different kinds of designs. We have a super great printing process that uses super computer machines to put your design on the t-shirt (we even can do the retro fuzzy printing or glitter, if that is your thing). And you can customize your shop match your website. Let me know if you need any help, just send me an email

  10. sfdesigner on August 25, 2006 at 12:08 am

    I have a friend who is a relatively well known artist/animator. He posted something on Threadless under a false name and got ripped apart and told he was a hack. The man has an Emmy and is definitely not a hack, but the nature of the Threadless beast is that it is most often frequented by high schoolers and therefore takes on the clique-ish, judgemental quality high school life.

    Never-the-less the Threadless staff does seem to have a good eye: while the quality of the shirts that win in general seems to have gone down, the Threadless select tees are consistantly good.

    The biggest problem I have with Threadless is the issue of style that Pete mentioned. Threadless does have a certain look because of the tastes of the small group of people who run it, and that taste seems to only run towards male designers.
    The last time I looked at the winners list (a couple of months ago) I counted exactly 5 female winners.

    It’s frustrating and agravating, and I’m glad there are other designers out there who are also throwing in the Threadless towel.

    Thanks for bringing up this issue and letting me rant about it a little.

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