Unlucky Cat by Jeffrey Clarence Apostol (humandefect1989) leaped out as the best of the week, with a kind of cute menace that you don’t have to be familiar with Lucky Cats to find hilarious. I like the subtlety of having the main Maneki Neko nod be in the red, white and yellow color palette, with thick black outlines reminiscent of that other Asian feline favorite, Hello Kitty. It makes this badass cat still have the trappings of cuteness even as it scowls at the viewer and gives them the finger. The nearly-offensive shirt and bright green tats add personality and extra aggressiveness for the perfect finishing touch.
My Grandma Likes Dinosaurs by Daniela Dix (Daniela Dix) is actually the second dinosaur and comet themed sweater-style shirt I’ve seen this season, the first being Shirt.Woot’s Knitastrophic. And unfortunately for Grandma, I think Woot’s take was the stronger one due to its superior composition and inclusion of a skeleton at the bottom. When comparing the two it’s hard not to notice that the stripes of diamonds, while sweater-y, don’t really fit in with the style of the rest. Plus, the dinosaurs are flatter and more haphazardly arranged, missing the nature flow of Woot’s. That said, Grandma made a great call on the brightly colored palette- this is definitely a design that jumps right out at you, and it conveys the enthusiasm of a kid who just really loves all things prehistoric.
WAITING FOR MY FISH by NARNIAZ (NARNIAZ) initially put me in mind of a technicolor mutant Keane painting, since that kitty’s large eyes are such a focal point. But on a closer look, all the cat’s features are a bit enlarged, especially his big ears and fat little paws- all combining to make him seem more kitten-like, despite his monstrous size. I like the buildings in the back (a lighthouse and farmhouse, both broadcasting that this is a remote, empty place) that make it clear this cat could be a real danger- whether he intends to be or not. Some Godzilla stuff might be about to go down… but maybe not if you give him a big ol bowl of milk and hook this guy up with a sweet belly rub. Of course, you wouldn’t want him to purr too much- it could start an earthquake!
Weight Lifting Accident by Ben Chen (ben chen) is well-timed, and would be an excellent gym shirt for folks who had exercising as a New Years resolution. What I like about this one is the way it takes a common gym fear (trying to lift too much and getting trapped by the bar) and spins it out into a genuinely catastrophic situation, the thin crust of an egg’s shell getting cracked literally in two. In addition to just being a funny gag, seeing something like this is weirdly energizing, kind of makes you want to get out there and do it right. Also, how great are that egg’s empty eyes?
Jesus McFly by Julien Croyal (c-royal) is a great concept, but one that I think is poorly suited to being a shirt design. The problem as I see it is that very, very few viewers are likely to make the connection that this is a Back to the Future parody. The only clue to this is the hoverboard, which frankly just looks like a badly drawn surfboard if you’re not paying attention. I’d have liked to see some other Back to the Future clues tucked away to make it work (maybe he could be holding the sports almanac or Biff and pals could be seen in the distance?). But as-is, I don’t think this design makes the most of the idea. It’d be a great piece of sketch comedy, but needs a lot more happening before it would read clearly and consistently as a still image.
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