Insectoid!, a newly released tee from Threadless is truly bittersweet. Threadless decided to print the design after they had found out the the designer, harpo25 (Bart Vandevel), an active member of the Threadless community had passed away. Unfortunately, harpo25, an active submitter with over 100 plus design submissions, never saw Insectoid! get printed. Threadless will be sending the prize winnings to harpo25’s family to help with funeral costs.
“Weâ€™re a big fan of Bartâ€™s work and we chose to print â€œInsectoid,â€ as it was the last design Bart submitted to Threadless. The money normally given to the artist for printing will go to Bartâ€™s family to pay for funeral costs. We thank Bart for being such a devoted fan and such a talented member of this community.”
A group of harpo25’s friends have begun work on a website and book dedicated to his life and his art.