All Around the World by Buko (buko) is my favorite design this week. It’s infused with a kind of eclectic, vintage quirkiness. The design is almost a depiction of an idealized version of traveling, a moment where you’re an immaculately dressed sophisticate slowly journeying across the globe, safe but also having enough of an adventure that you get to encounter creatures like the friendly octopus. And since his shape is filled with the map, there’s an implication that he’s a traveler, too. Fun stuff, and the octopus’s already curious shape is enhanced and given even more motion with some subtle shading that helps him to seem to pop right off the fabric.
Never Too Late by Pyne (Pyne) is an interesting Alice in Wonderland design, because while it does something common in Alice parodies (making Wonderland’s residents creepy or even literally threatening) it holds back from giving Alice the upper hand or some means of fighting back. Truthfully, I’m not sure how I feel about that- I think one of the main things this genre of parody has going for it is that they recast Alice as a very active, powerful hero, and losing that does chip away at the appeal of it. That said, the rabbit’s constant harping on the time is definitely ripe for parody, and it’s easy to see him holding a serious, even dangerous, grudge. The foreboding ambiance is a big plus as well, with sharp contrasts that feel right out of a stylish horror movie.
COMBO by Aneesh kumar.T.K (anivini) gives a deer comb prongs instead of antlers, and while that may sound sort of lame the resulting shirt is much, much better than that description would ever have made me guess. I think the key to its success is attention to detail. There’s a completeness to it, from the way the animal’s rough fur corresponds with the distressing of the comb, to the way the midpoint of the comb is handled with some prongs curving to finish the pattern. Ideas like this are always more fun when the artist fully commits, and that’s definitely the case here!
Abandoned Fighter by azizaninn (zinn) feels a lot like death-in-space shirt designs we’ve seen before, where a skull or decaying zombie face hides behind an astronaut’s helmet. This design is different though, in part because it’s a fighter pilot’s helmet that we’re seeing instead. Since this isn’t a helmet you’d expect to see in that outer space environment, there’s a sense that those stars aren’t literal- they’re there to represent coldness, emptiness, oblivion and mystery. The triangle framing the action is another clue that the universe is shown symbolically rather than literally, and also seems to subtly stand in for the shape of a plane’s seat back and cockpit windows. And of course, the very realistic rendering is the icing on the cake, making this a very wearable design.
Be Nice by Brent Schoepf (wowrainbows) is an interesting slogan shirt, in part because the slogan itself is so awkwardly long. Because of the length of the phrase, most viewers of the shirt would probably not bother to read the entire thing if it were presented in a more traditional way. That’s what makes the colored gradient that carries through the Is (and a few other letters) so smart- that visual motion draws you down to read the complete phrase, and it gets you curious about reading it in the first place. Definitely a brilliant solution. And I have to say that although the phrase is long, I like the length because it does something important- it points out that it’s not enough just to be “nice,” you also need to have actions that back up that self-assessment.
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