Elven Archer

Elven Archer

The interesting thing about images like “Elven Archer” is that they allow the viewer to Plumb the depth of their pop culture knowledge for influences. Admittedly the other piece of what makes wearing a design like this enjoyable is the predominant connotation of mushroom imagery within pop culture and the deniability one generally has due to the other roles they play in nature, medicine, food, and as a naturalistic and, conversely alien motif within various forms of fiction.

It would be surprising if the human figure wasn’t meant to be Link from “Zelda“. The fact that there are jellyfish, ‘Diri’ as they’re called in-game, pretty much leaves no doubt. The eyes paired with the mushrooms, however seem very “Midnight Gospel”. The swirls on the fox’s shoulder and hip seem a bit out of place; the east asian/ Okami style isn’t represented anywhere else within the image. Honestly, it’s the mushrooms that are the hardest to pin down. What immediately comes to mind is the forest from the Studio Ghibli classic “Nausicaa in the Valley of the Wind“, however there are probably a million other instances of mushrooms in this style.

It’s rare and refreshing to see a design on t-shirt websites that look as though they were actually “hand drawn”. Part of the charm of this image is in that it looks like something one would sketch in a notebook during a particularly long class lecture. The question is whether the mental flight of fancy or the future wearers proclivities skew towards psilocybin, video games, or both.

Design by: Freeminds
Price:  $22.00 @ Teefury
Colors: Black, Blue, Light Blue

The Pipe

The Pipe


Generally speaking when it comes to apparel, pop culture mashups tend to be lazy garbage. Most of the time there is no rhyme or reason for the cross pollination; what does Abbey Rd, Demon Days, or Bohemian Rhapsody have to do with Sith Lords? Sometimes “artist” will go a little further and change the style of characters in adapting them to unsuitable/ unrelated content such as when an artist portray Rick and Morty in the style of Calvin and Hobbes while crossing the river in one of the ladder series most iconic images. These types of mash ups add and suggest nothing thematically or artistically; They’re just lazy. They must work though because sites like teefury essentially run on them.

This image is different. Mario is famous for reinventing, or reframing its characters. Officially Mario has had 7 jobs; unofficially the number is somewhere around 26. This is a very adaptable IPO. Mario has already done horror via “Luigi’s Mansion”. Could you then merge “The Ring” with Mario? Absolutely. It’s an interesting idea and might actually be a good solution if you wanted to make a second attempt at live action, because let’s face it, goombas aren’t going to work outside of a cartoon world. Ghost peach and murder though, that’d be interesting. The fact that it’s a gameboy sets you up for a child vs monster, “It” scenario. The image works because there’s actually an interesting idea and therefore a reason behind the merger.

Design by: Naolita
Price:  $22.00 @ Teefury
Colors: Black, Navy, Grey

Dungeons and Isometric Dragons

Dungeons and Isometric Dragons

What’s going on with Dungeons and Dragons? Why is this IPO still relegated to the moldy basements when “nerd culture” has already blown up over the past 5-10 years. While video games have come a long way it’s still things like D&D, Minecraft, Dwarf Fortress and the more “primitive games” that best serve as vehicles for user creativity. It seems like the founders should be better equipped to tap into this social acceptance of nerd culture, but they aren’t; the D&D has an imdb rating of 3 point 7./? How is it possible for a franchise that exists upon it’s ability to allow for creative narratives going to green light a script that’s that poorly written.

The image itself is amazing to the point that there appear to be a number of counterfeits even within the site it’s featured on. Good job Redbubble. The image works on the macro scale in that the sectioned column of a shape works well with the human form. It’s actually more difficult than you’d think to do a column on a shirt without it ending up looking phallic. Upon closer inspection there is the promise of an interesting story or an epic confrontation upon each level of the image. The color pallet though is what really makes this image special. Very few designs can work upon any color background and of those that do almost all of them will have to be black and white. The fact that this image has as much color as it does and still pulls this off is astonishing and a huge accomplishment. Isometric nostalgia and fantasy appreciation aside this is an amazing image that anyone should be able to appreciate.

Design by: Citysuarus
Price:  $24.21 @ Redbubble
Colors: Black, White, Grey, Yellow, Blue, Red, Green… any of 16 really