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23 October 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Monsieur Poulet’s Sportif

Sportif by Anouk Ricard is a really weird shirt, and it’s the kind of weird I like because it’s the sort of thing that gives you a lot of information that helps to construct a very strange story. There’s a slight downturn to the horse’s mouth and his slump in that chair seems uncomfortable and resigned, so even though this fellow has a gold medal hanging around his neck, he doesn’t seem like he feels very much like a winner in this moment. And then there’s the insane creature next to the chair, a kind of six-limbed thing with a poofy haircut who seems to be pestering the poor horse. This creature’s facial features seem human, but his body and odd posturing make him come across more like a very strange pet. In my imagination, this weird little dude is trying to get his race-winning owner to take him for a walk… but he’d rather hang out indoors and relax. Whatever conclusion you come to from the evidence this illustration offers, it’s bound to be strange and it’s probably pretty amusing.

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09 October 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Monsieur Poulet’s Rayures

Rayures by Anouk Ricard has a title that translates as Stripes in English, which is funny since the snake creature’s striped bow tie is probably the least remarkable thing about this illustration. It delights in strangeness, setting up an oddball pair of a hairy man so squat that he has no neck or shoulders and a friendly-looking mutant who is half snake and half dog. The size and shape difference of the two is classic comedy (like Laurel and Hardy), but what really makes this piece appealing to me is the characters’ faces. Look at those eyes, they KNOW that they are in a weird situation. They have no idea why they’re shaped the way they are, and the snake seems to eye his human counterpart as if he’s glad to only be the second most bizarre fellow in the scene. The self-awareness makes it even more fun!

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18 September 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Monsieur Poulet’s Tabac

Tabac by Anouk Ricard is another addition of weird cartooning to Monsieur Poulet’s catalog. What I like about this one is how clearly the personalities and emotions are expressed. The horse is perfectly cocky and hatable, sporting obnoxiously high-waisted jeans, casual posture, a messy mane and the cold, dead eyes of a dude who does not care one bit what you think. Meanwhile, the poor mustached dog is definitely suffering for his small stature and more passive persona, doomed to collect ash on his head until someone notices him. His eyes looked squeezed shut in silent fury, while a few specks of ash fly off as though he’s shaking with anger. We’ve all felt like that little dog sometimes… and most have envied the casual selfishness of characters like the horse, too, so it’s a very relatable piece.

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28 August 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Monsieur Poulet’s Decapotable

Decapotable by Anouk Ricard is a really fun an unexpected bit of cartooning. F0r a start, I love how basic and boxy the car is- it gives you just enough information to understand what object it is and that it has some inertia, but delivers so little else that it’s an immediate signal to your brain not to dwell on it and to switch your attention to the cool creatures within. The driver, with his bright blue color and long, dramatic ears, strikes me as the biggest star of the piece. It’s a really silly take on seeing a dog’s ears flap in the wind on a car ride, applied to a weird humanoid dog cartoon who loves driving just as much as his purely canine counterparts love sticking their head out the window. And from there, there’s the wonderful interpretation of a poor, skinny snake trying to contend with velocity, bend backwards and almost flying right out of the car. Even the human passengers aren’t ordinary, with the fellow in the back seat sporting an absolutely gigantic nose and stubbly head, while the baby in the front seat struggles with both a mustache and male pattern baldness. That’s a surprising amount of detail and story, and I think helps to make this a shirt that stays interesting and enjoyable over time.

Winners at Monsieur Poulet earn 2 Euros per item sold, for a total of up to 2000 Euros.

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24 July 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Monsieur Poulet’s Footballer

Footballer by Anouk Ricard is definitely thick with Monsieur Poulet’s trademark wackiness. With its bright colors and cartoon sensibility, at first it gives the impression of being something silly from a children’s book. But the more you look, the weirder things get. Instead of a soccer ball, this character is kicking around what looks to be the tiny decapitated head of a sad, middle-aged man. And… what is that creature, anyway? He looks a bit like a blue rat wearing a wig intended for an 80s hair metal band. The overall feel is of something sinister wrapped in a thin veneer of friendliness, and that’s pretty interesting.

Winners at Monsieur Poulet earn 2 Euros per item sold, for a total of up to 2000 Euros.

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03 July 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Monsieur Poulet’s Barbes

Barbes by Rachid Baalla is a bit hard to decipher for me as an English speaker- Google Translate tells me that Barbes means Beards, but the art itself doesn’t feel like it backs up that translation. But leaving aside confusion about the text, this is a really great design. One thing I really enjoy is how it establishes so many layers, from the smoking crowd in the forefront to the chainlink fence, bridge, and buildings behind it. Everything about the scene is about finding beauty in the grime, so yellow smoke seeps past steel dotted with graffiti tags and a light distress lets the white shirt peek through the artwork. The impression you get is that this place is so lived in, so packed with people and things, that there could be an adventure around any corner (maybe even several, stacked and shuffled together like everything else in this busy place. That strikes me as a fun way of seeing the city, one that feels much more real and vibrant than the average skyline design. Plus, the shape of the artwork fills the shirt in a really pleasing way, especially since the low color count and large white spaces make such use of the shirt color.

Winners at Monsieur Poulet earn 2 Euros per item sold, for a total of up to 2000 Euros.

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25 June 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Monsieur Poulet’s Licorne Kebab

Licorne Kebab by Ludwick is delightfully weird, packing grilled meats onto the horn of a majestic unicorn. There’s a playful, child-like feel to this one that I enjoy, and a pixel grittiness to the lines that makes it feel like something a strange kid might work up in a paint program on an old computer. This is enhanced by the text treatment, which has the almost-cursive look of someone trying to be fancy and just adding extraneous loops to achieve that. The exaggerated flair of the bottom of the L (and the way it doesn’t quite reach the end of the word!) exemplifies this well. Another thing I really like is the fantasy color scheme, which doesn’t stop with the purple hue of the unicorn. Even the meat gets a bright pink paint job, eschewing looking appetizing in favor of looking pretty. It’s goofy, but enthusiastic and charming in a way that makes it much more interesting than the average safe shirt design.

Winners at Monsieur Poulet earn 2 Euros per item sold, for a total of up to 2000 Euros.

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