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16 November 2014 ~ 3 Comments

Pampling’s Creation

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Creation by Gonenlisalih is a fun one for comics fans, turning classic heroes into pencil approximations of their superheroic forms. What makes this rad is how easily recognizable most of them are- it’s easy to pick out all the major characters by their unique costumes, and in the best cases their shape and placement as well (Hi Spiderman! What’s up, Mr Fantastic!). Plus, as the “Create Your Heroes” tagline implies, comic book fans are often art creators as well, so this design is a great nod to that common source of early inspiration.

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20 October 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Director’s Cut

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Director’s Cut by Fritsch takes a different tack than most entertainment-themed shirts, focusing on what’s behind the camera instead of on what’s in front of it. Like a lot of list shirts, it’s really fun to roam through the ranks and try to name each of the famous directors. And the portraits seem to be very well done, because I found myself able to name most of them without too much trouble. I like that their expressions and clothing even give some hints to their personalities. That said, I do kind of wish there was a little more diversity in the people chosen- I think most movie fans would agree that Spike Lee merits inclusion over Michael Moore, for instance. Still, serious movie buffs will probably get a kick out of this one!

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05 October 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s A Day in the Park

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A Day in the Park by Mutelines is a really smart twist on a familiar sight, translating the carnival photo op into something more appropriate for the aliens of Alien. Here, instead of pretending to be strongmen, lifeguards or buff beach-goers as humans might, the aliens sport cheesy grins as they re-enact a little chest-bursting. There are some great spots of humor included, like the prop’s cartoon agony contrasting so well with the cheery emotion of the aliens, the way the photographer’s tail grips a festive red balloon, and the inclusion of their young pet. It’s also a nice touch that the extreme length of the alien’s face works so well with the cut-out. All in all, very memorable work.

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06 September 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Space Battle

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Space Battle by 2mzdesign has some fun with those miniature rides often found in front of grocery stores, giving it a space battle theme and showing tiny versions of our favorite pop culture aliens lining up for their chance to ride it. The best moment is ET, who reaches that familiar finger forward to push the machine’s button. It’s neat to see all these characters (especially the bad guys) drawn with little kid proportions. But where this design falls a bit flat is with the background- it’s a murky white mess, resembling nothing so much as a poorly erased chalkboard. I think the whole shirt would be stronger if the background was either substantially faded, or if something that made more sense was used instead (such as the faint suggestion of a convenience store entrance, or maybe a planet).

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18 August 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Scream in Springfield

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Scream in Springfield by Nasken is probably the most natural fit of all the Scream mashups I’ve seen, giving Bart Simpson’s familiar terrified face a new fine art context. There’s even a move to make the mashup more relevant by placing a shadowy Sideshow Bob behind Bart, almost invisible as he fades into the dark color of the shirt. The only thing that keeps me from being fully in favor of the piece is that, despite being a mashup, it still feels kind of like official merchandise rather than parody. Maybe that’s because Bart is so close in this design to his appearance on the show, or the fact that the show itself often takes crazy turns so the characters ending up in a painting doesn’t seem all that unlikely. Either way, though, the art is well done and the mix does work.

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14 July 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Batman y Robin

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Batman y Robin by Ibaitxo caught my eye at Pampling, a seriously great twist on the superhero duo. While a lot of designs portray the team as a bat and as a robin, I’ve never seen the concept taken a step further and applied to birdhouses before. What’s great about this setup is that you see the flipped house first, and the story plays out from there when you go in for a closer look. That’s when all the details get filled in with the Batman icon hole on the bat house and the awesome costume on his feathered sidekick. I love how complete it is, and how it uses a new angle on a common punchline to get a fresh laugh.

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25 May 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Tapes On Me

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Tapes On Me by Kreadid transforms cassette tapes into recognizable characters, with the little reels turning into eyes. It works because it’s basically a one-two punch of nostalgia, first for cassettes and then for each of the characters. The most successful of the bunch is the Gene Simmons cassette at the bottom, which has strong contrast that draws your eye to it immediately and is also the only one to use the tape itself, unravelling a bit to suggest a tongue. The Ziggy Stardust choice is another solid one, and the musical connection makes it and the KISS tape feel natural grouped together. I almost buy the Clockwork Orange tape’s inclusion just because the movie had such a strong and memorable musical component, but Harry Potter feels entirely out of place to me in this group. Personally, I’d have preferred to see all four be musical (especially since that would strengthen the cassette tape’s power as a framing mechanism).

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