Thursday, July 18, 2013

Dinosaur Hearts

I just rolled out some new designs in my Redbubble shop.

Dinosaur Hearts 2x2

The four designs are available on clothing in the colors above. They were driven both by my obsessive need to distill dinosaur forms down to their barest essence as well as my love for a particular trope in dinosaur kitsch I remember being part of my earliest collection of dinosaur paraphernalia, including a pair of pajamas: simple patterns of primary and secondary-colored dinosaurs. My love of this simple motif has inspired me before. This 1.5" badge is a terrific example of the style.



And in my mind, the classic Mold-A-Rama souvenirs were kin to them, even if their monochrome nature was an inherent part of the technology.

moldarama collection
Photo by S. Cassatt, via Flickr.

For the life of me, I can't find any images of the pajamas I remember anywhere on the web. I guess it's not a surprise that no one is selling them on eBay, as any young dinosaur fanatic worth his or her salt would have worn them threadbare.

So, anyhoo: more silly Mesozoic Minimalism from yours truly. Unlike my Dinosaur Family Crests, which may yet expand, this set is pretty well complete. If you're so inclined, you may purchase them in my little shoppe.

11 comments:

  1. Do you remember that awesome Warhol-esque t-shirt that was a grid of brightly coloured T-rexes? (Found an image: http://goo.gl/G4rDr). I had one of these when I was a kid and then rediscovered it as a teenager - passing it off as retro-chic (ie. a convenient teen excuse to wear dinosaur t-shirts).

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    1. Heck yeah! Never had one myself, but I sure do. I swear I've seen that Spielberg pic somewhere, too. Have to dig out my "Making of Jurassic Park" book.

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    2. You'll have to do one in tribute to that, David!

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    3. Or simply put these four together as one design on a white shirt...

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    4. That I may well do! Getting some single graphic color-on-white designs ready, just working on getting the color right. Bold bright colors like these are tough to get right with the way the shirts print. Which was why I let the shirts "do the work" with these white heart designs.

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  2. Love these. Especially the Para. Something about Parasaurolophus just says dinosaur to me.

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    1. Totally agree. Funny thing is that as much as I love birds, learning about bird origins, and seeing that dividing line between "dinosaur" and "bird" get fuzzier and fuzzier, those animals don't read as dinosaurs as easily anymore. Especially when I'm doing a piece as minimal as these. Which was why I based my theropod on Torvosaurus, a good classic-looking theropod. Probably do a post on this challenge sometime soon.

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    2. Ditto both your sentiments.

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  3. Out of curiosity, what specimen did you base the Torvosaurus on? I'm probably over thinking this, but I ask b/c I've never noticed such prominent lacrimal horns on Torvosaurus.

    Something I've been meaning to tell you: I recommend Anthony Martin's blog ( http://www.georgialifetraces.com/blog/ ) for your Blogosphere list.

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    1. I have no good answer, really. As I work on things like this they get more and more abstracted, and I know that at some point, that crest made the piece click. Maybe I'll change the name (it was initially based on Torvo, but really it's just a big theropod).

      I'll add Martin's blog.

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