Jungle Looking Back by jbarnham (jbarnham) is my favorite of this week’s shirts. I love how fresh the bold graphics feel, and the way the dye sublimated all-over print look makes those simple forms look even bigger. One really effective choice in the piece is its color palette- instead of sticking to just leafy greens, the artist adds some yellow into the mix and is able to suggest a more vibrant, tropical setting. That same yellow also gives the face in the shadows a more sinister, animalistic vibe. To me, the primitive, scrawled look of that face is the design’s most interesting moment because it suggests the cave paintings and early carvings of ancient people- what if those images weren’t roughly done, what if they were accurate depictions of strange creatures deep in the wilderness?
Ouija Board by Camille Chew (lordofmasks) definitely captures the creepy but exciting quality of an ouija board, and does it with a modern, vector style that stands out from other pieces on similar themes. I like the way the art really takes advantage of the detail possible with precise lines in this style, using them to make the word Goodbye feel like a weird, mystical celebration. Really, all the elements have a fun-loving, silly quality to them, from the long, squiggly ghosts to the star-filled bat, that make it neat to imagine how this ouija board seance would play out. But for all the design’s many successes, there’s one part that doesn’t quite work on the shirt- that yellow rectangle outline. While that choice works perfectly for the blanket version it feels odd on the shirt, in part because it’s not even the shape we’re used to seeing for a ouija board.
Lazy Day by Zulfikri Mokoagow (fikri) is an appealing bit of animal art, keying in on the panda’s most popular attributes. Their unique black and white coloring is capitalized on by using only those two colors in the piece, which creates a giant panda mass where one animal seems to blend into the next. And of course, their incredibly close, cuddly proximity to each other highlights that pandas are surely one of nature’s most huggable creatures. As the title alludes to, panda’s perception as being very lazy (have you ever seen one do anything apart from sleep, eat, and fall?) is called out pretty clearly in the way all these guys seem to be in serious nap mode. It’s fun stuff, especially because of the scale allowed by the all-over sublimation look. Panda fans (and there are a bunch!) will find this design hard to resist.
For a Quick Shower by Branko Ricov (RicoMambo) has a great concept, but misses its target for me. I love the idea of Psycho’s villain being shown in this way, with realistic drips cascading from his form and with that iconic image of blood spiraling down the drain filling the silhouette. But for me, although the movie’s drain did look like this one, it’s a really odd style of drain (lacking any kind of filter, barrier or border) that makes it read poorly here. Because it’s shown horizontally and near waist height, it almost looks more like a doorknob. The killer’s pose is also awkward, particularly the lower hand. It’s just such an odd way to hold one’s fingers, and looks even weirder because of the angle the knife is held in the other hand. The combo feels wrong, and that anatomical inaccuracy distracts from the strong core concept.
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