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UCLA, USC mascots get a makeover in T-shirt contest

January 12, 2012 | 11:52 am

Threadless USC UCLA Tshirts
The winning designs from Threadless' College! T-Shirt Design Challenge, which includes two local mascot makeovers among the 11 participating universities, are now available for purchase on men's and women's T's, with 10% of sales funneled back to the respective universities.

In September 2011, students, alumni and fans of the schools (listed below, with links to the winning designs) were invited by the website to re-imagine their school mascot in a design, with the only guideline being that it incorporated the school colors. 

The winning UCLA design, chosen by online voters from among 30 submitted designs, was created by Michael Mohlman, a UCLA senior studying English, with Lucas Knisley winning the USC challenge from among 27 submitted designs.

Each of the 11 winners received an iPad2, Adobe Creative Suite 5 graphic design software, bragging rights for their efforts and a chance at winning a $5,000 donation from Threadless to their university's art department.

The full list of participating schools includes:


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Photo: Lucas Knisley's "Warrior" redesign of the USC mascot, left, and Michael Mohlman's "We Are the Mighty Bruins" T-shirt, right, were among the winners of Threadless' college T-shirt design challenge, and are available online for $20. Credit: