Eeekk! The X-Files!

Just a couple more days until the premiere of the X-Files and I’m so totally frickin’ excited! I remember watching The X-Files in college with my floor-mates (including my super awesome future hubby.) It was the highlight of the week. We used to make tacos, drink strawberry slushies and huddle around the TV to watch the greatest show in the history of television 🙂

We are anticipating a blizzard this weekend with 2-3 feet of snow… if our power goes out, I’m going to cry.

The X-Files | treemanJAKE

Good Luck Trolls

Good Luck Troll dolls were a huge toy fad in the 1960’s and then again in the late 1980’s- 1990’s.   Whether you love them or hate them, chances are pretty good that you had at least one of these colorful little toys or knew someone else who did 🙂  I had quite a few myself and I loved playing with their super fun hair.

In 2016, Dreamworks will be releasing an all-new Trolls movie and they are currently sponsoring a Threadless design challenge inspired by the original Good Luck Troll dolls.

I submitted a few designs for the challenge and thought that I would share their trolly sillyness with everyone.

The first design that I created is centered around space and astronauts.  While I don’t think they ever released any actual space dolls, I couldn’t resist sticking one in a cute spacesuit.  I think that their hair would be awesome in zero gravity 🙂

Space Trolls | treemanJAKE for Threadless

The next one that I created was inspired by all of the fun 80’s tees that I had when I was growing up.  Rainbows, stars and colorful characters ruled my wardrobe in the 80’s 🙂

Good Luck Trolls | by treemanJAKE for Threadless

Finally, I decided to embrace the trolls’ cute side with this sugary pink design:

Troll Dolls Shirt | by treemanJAKE for Threadless challenge


Check them out!

The X-Files

Occasionally I get so excited about the extreme awesomeness of a project that I totally psych myself out and screw it all up.  I feel like nothing I do could possibly be good enough so nothing I do ends up being good enough (at least in my very picky eyes.)  It’s a self fulfilling prophecy… and it’s extremely annoying.  The X-Files design challenge at Threadless is a perfect example of this unfortunate occurrence 🙂

When the challenge was announced, I yelped with excitement.  In my eyes, The X-Files is the greatest show in the history of television.  It sits atop an untouchable pillar of incredible awesomeness and nothing can ever compare to it.  Firefly comes close… but The X-Files will always remain at the very tippy top.

I played around with a million different designs and just ended up with a huge pile of frustration.  It was impossible for me to create a worthy tribute to a show that had been elevated to such a high level of awesomeness in my mind.  I finally decided that I just needed to step back and have fun with it 🙂

I ended up submitting 4 designs.

The first one was a super simple black and white spaceship design with the iconic phrase “The Truth is Out There.”

The X Files Threadless Submission


I also submitted a revised version of that design with a little more detail:

The X Files Threadless Submission | treemanJAKE

Next is an homage to the Black Oil 🙂

The Black Oil | Trust No One| X-Files Design Challenge submission | treemanJAKE

Finally, I created a logo for the fictional baseball team featured in “The Unnatural” episode:

Roswell_Grays_Threadless| treemanJAKE

If you want to check out my submissions on Threadless, take a peek at my Threadless profile (or click on the individual pictures above that take you directly to the submission pages.)

Despite the fact that nothing turned out the way I had hoped, I ended up having a lot of fun with this challenge.  We started rewatching The X-Files on Netflix (thanks Netflix!) and I can’t wait until the premiere of the new X-Files miniseries!!!!!!!!

A Real Live Threadless Shirt

I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am!  My Boris Badenov illustration was chosen for print by Threadless as part of their Saturday Morning Cartoon challenge.  I was only 1 of 6 designs chosen – super cool!

My love for Boris, the self-proclaimed world’s greatest no-goodnik, has paid off 🙂

They are still in the process of choosing the Grand Prize winner and will be looking at all of the comments, likes, shares and purchases my design receives between now and 8/21/15.  If you are a Boris fan (or if you just want to be nice to me), check it out!!

Boris Badenov | treemanJAKE

And look how fun this is!  I’m on the front page of Threadless’ website!


I’m just too excited 🙂  I’m such a dork 🙂


Just had to add a quick update to this post 🙂  My shirt came in the mail and it is awesome.  Here I am in all my dorkiness…

Me and Boris Badenov


Too Sad To Walk

Has anyone seen the movie, Inside Out, yet?  I think that it looks amazing and I can’t wait to see it.  Threadless is currently hosting a design challenge for the movie and I entered a design featuring a character named “Sadness” and a quote on the “benefits” of crying 🙂  She is totally adorable.

Check it out!

Inside Out | treemanJAKE

Still Clueless

With 2 days left in Threadless’ Clueless movie challenge, I decided that I simply had to submit one final design.  I used the same quote as my previous submission (because it is still my favorite) but added a little extra happies with some bright colors and a whimsical hand-written font.

Check it out!!

Butt Crazy in Love


Happy 20th birthday, Clueless!!!  This year marks the 20th anniversary of the iconic, hilarious, and sometimes just plain silly movie, Clueless, starring Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash, Brittany Murphy and Paul Rudd.  I can’t believe that it has been 20 years since this movie hit the theaters… I feel so old.

The movie is jam packed with great scenes but one of my favorites is when the main character, Cher (played by Alicia Silverstone), realizes that she is in love with her ex-step brother, Josh (played by Paul Rudd.)   While the 2 characters playfully mock each other throughout most of the movie, Cher is eventually drawn to an epiphany when she realizes that she is actually “majorly, totally, butt-crazy in love with Josh.”  Josh later realizes that he is butt-crazy in love with Cher too.  They kiss and live happily ever after.  I love, love.  It’s wonderful.

To celebrate Clueless’ anniversary, Threadless is hosting a new design challenge inspired by the movie.   You know that I couldn’t resist submitting a design… and of course, it had to be centered around my favorite part of the movie.

I shortened the quote (mostly because I thought that it would work better on a t-shirt) and came up with this

treemanJAKE submission for the Threadless Clueless movie challenge

Hop on over to Threadless’s website to check out (and hopefully vote on) my submission and all of the other Clueless challenge entries!

And because I think that it is kind of fun to see other people’s sketching process, I thought that I would share 2 of my super, dee dooper REALLY rough sketches that eventually worked their way into my final design: Rough_draft

Check it out my final design, comment and vote!

A huge thanks to everyone for their support!!!!



Are you Badenov

Boris Badenov Threadless Submission

It’s the world’s greatest no-goodnik, Boris Badenov, from the Rocky and Bullwinkle show!

I submitted my Boris illustration to Threadless for their “Saturday Morning TV” challenge.  I originally had his partner in crime, Natasha, in the illustration too but there was just something about the black and white Boris that I loved.   I hope that it gets printed because I really, really want to get the red version 🙂

If you get a chance, please take a minute to vote/score my design for the competition!  Just click on one of the numbers to the right of the design (1-5, 5 being the best.)  Thanks!!