The good folks at Threadless have done it again. This time, they’re paired up with Sesame Workshop – the nonprofit organization behind the legendary Sesame Street for their latest contest, to design a t-shirt featuring Sesame Street characters. The winning design will be sold through Threadless. The grand prize is $2000 cash. Second prize is a $250 Threadless gift certificate. Third through fifth prizes are autographed Sesame Street-themed books by series creators and participants.
The contest runs through May 3, and there are already a multitude of wonderful designs up for display on Threadless’ site. Some of them include a rather pensive-looking Oscar the Grouch, one featuring Bert and Ernie as the Men in Black, and one with a certain blue monster riding a bicycle with gigantic cookies for wheels. Given the show’s long history and the diversity of fans, there’s little to no repetition in the designs currently submitted. The variety of other cultural references included in these shirts is impressive. One shirt, called Abbey Street, takes some of the furry characters and places them on the Beatles’ iconic Abbey Road album cover.
Yet another mash up takes the Sesame Street logo and combines it with the classic video game Street Fighter to create Sesame Street Fighter. Another Cookie Monster-themed shirt shows him as Pac Man. If there’s any theme to the designs already submitted it’s that there is no theme, and that there are seemingly no limits to what designers can do with these characters. If you’re feeling creative, you have until May 3 to submit a design.