The Pope Is Dope – Just in time for the Pope’s visit to Philly came this “The Pope Is Dope” t-shirt design. Sure, there were a couple of crappy designs floating around already with that message, but this one actually looks good.
Unlike most Popes, Francis is a man of the people and truly deserves a dope, old school tribute like this. (I don’t think crusty old Pope Benedict inspired too many t-shirt designs)
I like the one with the retro-filter, but you can find shirts without the distressed look as well.
Cat on a motorcycle – Purrfect Roadtrip: I came across this t-shirt on Threadless (designed by Nicholas Tankersley) recently, and it struck a chord with me. The idea of a cat-owning biker is funny, but on some level it really makes sense to me. I immediately make a connection between the motorcycle and the cat, and that is “independence.”
I have an uncle who has been riding Harleys his whole life, and has always been a huge cat person. He never wanted kids, and hasn’t been able to keep a job, although he’s got a brilliant mind. (He can take apart a car or helicopter’s engine and completely reassemble it from memory) It probably wasn’t until I saw this t-shirt that I made the connection between motorcycles and cats.
Think about it; cat owners don’t need the reassuring co-dependence that having dogs offer. They don’t stare out the window longingly when you leave the house, and don’t greet you at the door by jumping up and down and licking you when you leave for 10 minutes. Cats certainly enjoy the occasional tummy rub, or back scratch, but at the end of the day, they enjoy their independence. In fact, the cat that I had growing up would spend most of its time outdoors terrorizing birds and sitting in trees, and really just needed us for meals.
I’m not saying that cat owners are somehow morally superior, but I think, like bikers, they’re likely to crave some degree of independence. Back to the design; The retro Harley motorcycle makes it timeless. (Depicting one of those Japanese crotch-rockets wouldn’t work here) Nice use of color, (or, lack thereof) all black with a splash of red on the cat’s bandana, maybe representing that streak of independence I was talking about? Thoughts?
Coast of the Titans: Visit Joppa: Here’s a pretty sweet design inspired by the original Clash of the Titans movie.
Starting with one of those tropical shirts that tourists wear, designer Hillary White made something pretty cool by incorporating Titans imagery including the bad-ass Kraken, and Pegasus; changing the tropical location to Queen Cassiopeia’s city of Joppa. (hey, maybe she’ll do another one featuring that mechanical owl, Bubo?)
The distressed filter on the design adds to the retro feel, reminding us this tee is clearly based on the original 1981 version of the movie.
Release the Kraken! (sorry, I had to say it) For sale over at teefury for one day.
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Melting Rubik’s Cube T-Shirt – What a cool visual in this t-shirt design showing Rubik’s cube melting down. Beyond the visual, this imagery has some nice symbolism in it. Maybe accompanying a story about the meltdown of negotiations in the Middle East or something. To me it symbolizes “entropy,” which is the tendency of things to move from order to chaos. (like an ice cube or the universe itself)
Anyway, I’m probably reading into that too much, but a sweet design. Also, this t-shirt was apparently worn by Sheldon on The Big Bang Theory. Nice little tv exposure there. Sold online at glennz.com
Marquismo Men – I think one way to come up with creative designs is to combine 2 unrelated images to create something completely new. Such is the case when you enlist Gizmo (from Gremlins) in the Mexican Zapatista Army (aka the EZLN) in this design at Dimex Vive.
Not sure exactly what the motivation was for this design called, “Marquismo Men,” but I really like it. (Why did Gizmo join this leftist band of Revolutionaries… Was it something in the water?) They have lots of other great well-illustrated designs inspired by iconic Latino pop culture over there, so check them out!
Gangsta’ Frankenstein – Now that it’s October, I figured I should find a cool t-shirt with a Halloween theme. Check out this Gangsta’ Frankenstein t-shirt from TotalLost. (I could see a movie based on this, in which Frankenstein is transported to early 1990’s Compton, where he launches his gangsta’ rap career, only to learn the timeless lesson that with mo’ money comes mo’ problems… Ok, maybe not.)
You know, I think you could make a whole genre of t-shirts with unexpected people doing the gangsta rap pose. Probably everyone from Jesus to Betty White would be worth gangsta-fying. (just don’t do a Prophet Muhammad design) Check out Rany’s other designs at Total Lost on Etsy
King of Dark Side – A tribute to Darth Vader, the best villain in sci-fi history. This bad-ass Star Wars inspired t-shirt design brilliantly tells the story of Lord Vader’s tragic rise to dark lord in a playing card design.
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With $10 t-shirts featuring designs like “Woodland,” (above) they attempt to capture the beauty of the forests of that region. The flora and fauna, together with the animals of the forest are juxtaposed with a saw and axes, reminding us of the woodland’s fragility. (Or, maybe thrown in there for the potential Republican customer who knows that the forest is comprised of potential fuel and tasty animals?)
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