AdderXYU wrote:Here Here!
Seriously, woot. Put a moratorium on this idiocy. Force people to make a great shirt without relying on a video game or an internet meme. Make a "create something interesting without borrowing from pop culture, you know, like an actual artist can do, you slackers" derby. Please. Stop. This. Nonsense. It isn't wearable and it isn't interesting and no amount of buyers can make it so. You know that. Man the hell up.
So, what is it, exactly, that you expect to see from the community artists? It's obvious that no one is (or possibly could be) living up to your expectations. Can you post an example of what you envision as the perfect entry for this ,or any, derby? I'd be interested to see what you consider "wearable". I'd also like to see how many votes it receives as compared to what the likes of BootsBoots, RamyB and Sekiyoku receive (DISCLAIMER: I am not advocating any artist, the named artists are merely presented as examples of those who regularly receive a high number of votes).
I haven't been around as long as a lot of people here, but it seems that there hasn't been a single design that you have actually wholeheartedly advocated. Being that is the case, why do you keep coming back day after day, week after week?
When I think of a t-shirt, I'm not looking for a masterpiece a la Rembrandt. I don't want people staring at my chest (or other placement) for half an hour trying to take in all the majesty. They can go to an art gallery for that. If someone says, "Nice shirt", I'm happy - and honestly, even if no one does, the shirt still makes me happy.
A t-shirt is merely supposed to display someone's interests, views or feelings; if it contains some humor or wit, all the better. If someone's interest is in video games or anime, and they want to display that to the world, can you really fault them for that? If someone's view of the world is best expressed by pop culture, is it your right to judge them according to your view? If someone's deep personal feelings are summed up well via kawaii or chibi, who are you to try to trivialize them? If you truly feel it is your place to do so, and you honestly feel that anyone employing these techniques are not "actual artists" because you don't appreciate them, you need an ego check.
Now, I'm not saying that I, personally, always agree with what is in the fog (I've only bought one shirt). In the current derby, the only shirt(s) I would even consider purchasing dropped out of the fog long ago (or were never in it). But that's the roll of the dice that comes with any competition. Live with it.
P.S. BTW, the correct quote is: "Hear, hear!"