Since 1887 by Aled Lewis (aled) was an easy pick for the best of the week. It’s a great mashup because it takes two characters having a lot of pop culture success at the moment and combines them in a way that says a lot about who both of them are. Both are detectives, solving crimes and locating the perpetrators (though never killing them). Batman taking the brunt of the slap reminds the viewer of his cheesy TV past, where a blow like this would be followed by a POW! visual effect. And for his part, it’s easy to imagine Sherlock being so secure in his intelligence and correctness that he’d refuse to back down from or be intimidated by a strange fellow in a bat costume. It’s nice to see brains beating out a billionaire with a bunch of gadgets!
Stay Focused by Eric Zelinski (EZFL) is an interesting slogan shirt, using a 3D-like effect to distort the phrase. It’s very well done because the ebbing of the colors makes it feel like the words are in motion. It resonates because it leaves me picturing someone adjusting the focus on an old-fashioned movie projector, one that hums loudly as the crowd below puts on their 3D glasses and settles in for the show. There might even be a bit of a message tucked away in there- it’s easy to stay focused when you keep it simple, but once you add 3D and a bit of motion it’s a much more difficult task.
Look at All the Fox I Give by Nicholas Ginty (Gintron) updates a pretty famous meme to be about foxes, arguably one of the most internet popular animals out there. So this is a shirt design destined for success. The absurdity is what makes it appealing to me, and that wackiness factor is heightened by the sheer amount of reference drift in the concept- I mean, we’re looking at a scene from The Sound of Music, re-appropriated into an internet joke, and then transformed a third time into a fox pun. That’s a lot going on, and all three references permeate every inch of the art which makes it surprisingly cohesive. There’s even a nice moment where the character’s hands are redrawn from the open palms of the movie into a vulgar gesture more befitting the meme this shirt mocks.
Plotting the Risky Agenda by Michal (blinski) is another nice burst of ridiculousness this week, imagining that when they’re not busy ruling the world, Uncle Sam, the Illuminati, lizard people and aliens choose to while away their time besting each other playing the board game Risk. It’s a great concept, but the details make it even better- seeing that pyramid head Illuminati guy facepalm is a really memorable image. I also like the realism of the scene, which includes discarded pizza boxes and empty bottles, as well as characters who are clearly winning while others are definitely losing- all the mark of a board game session that has gone on a bit too long. Let’s hope the lizard takes his victory quickly and puts everyone else out of their misery.
PAWLESS by Katie Campbell (campkatie) has fun with puns, exchanging the word flawless for pawless. It’s goofy, but what makes it work is the cat doodle- that cat really does look pawless because of the way it tucks its legs, and is so blissfully confident that you suspect it really does see itself as flawless. The rough, scuffed texture of the art is a great finishing touch, making it clear that imperfection does nothing to detract from this sort of inflated (but maybe accurate?) self-image.
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