i can’t say it’s always easy for me to come up with ideas for cool t-shirts and designs. sometimes the idea can be cool or funny, but then it just isn’t appropriate to wear on a shirt. well at least i wouldn’t wear it.
i generally like to think of things i like and that i can relate to. and i love pop culture, films and comics. one of my ideas was to parody one of my favorite comic strips i read as a kid, Spy Vs Spy.
at first i tried to imagine what they would look like as animals and if there were any real world things that could resemble their cartoony and distinctive pointy faces without copying it with no reason. and i thought long and hard about it and BAM, venetian masks popped into my head. and they could be at a masquerade ball wearing black and white tuxedos, since they always wear black and white.
just to make sure no one else had done this before me, i did my due diligence and researched on google with various combination of words associated with my idea. and i couldn’t find anything with spy vs spy and venetian masks! i had some other ideas before and when i checked, i found out that some of those had been done already. but this time, i appeared to be the first!
so then i had to take this original idea for one of the cool t-shirts and execute it. since the characters always wore black and white, sin city came to mind. lots of comic imagery have great black and white artwork, but none have broken through to the mainstream like sin city. so i decided to do a mash up of these two things that i love.
i’m calling it “Assassins at the Ball”, i think it turned out nicely and i have submitted it to a contest for cool t-shirts. hopefully i will get printed by them. if not, i will produce it myself and sell it exclusively here on this site, where it will find a life and home for you guys to enjoy.