AdderXYU wrote:The piece in bold is where you should really reconsider.
It still is basically a mash-up of his own Open Sea and whatever his Two Dragons piece was called. But more importantly, in the grand scheme of things, you are voting for something knowing something else very similar is out there. It's as if there's no respect for the fact that real designers are putting real effort into real pieces, and real money is at stake.
And simply put, that's one more reason the derby is broken... people who don't care that their selfish decisions effect real people putting forth real effort
He should reconsider because you feel differently about it? It doesn't matter what is put out, or how many times a design is regurgitated
and/or reworked because voters will vote on what they want to wear (not what you think deserves to get printed). This is how a voting system works. By your logic, everything has to be displayed in its final form on the first exposition, even if the artist is not fully satisfied, leaving no room for improvement and no possibility of evolution. A *LOT* of great things are simply improvements or reworks of something that was already existent.
An artist's mind and views, just like any other human (and arguably all thinking beings) are constantly evolving within itself. What the artists thought was a perfect piece one day, might look to need improvement the next day, and he or she might fix it.
For example with this piece, you are saying he should not have submitted it because it "is basically a mash-up" of two previous works. An artist may never display a work, but still work off of it in a later piece that will get shown to the public.
So, if he had never submitted the first two works, you would not have known he was re-using anything. The people who like this design will like it regardless of whether he had submitted the two original works or not, and they will vote if they want it on a shirt.
Saying that his glowing dragon style is a bad thing because it is being re-used is an awful statement. Are you going to tell me that Picasso's work was bad because he kept the same style? Or that Mozart's music was terrible because he composed more than one on the same instrument??
So if you have enough mind capacity to read this wall of text and comprehend it (given I jumped around, trying to organize it while typing out my stream of consciousness), there should be some potential that you will realize that re-using an idea, element, or style in any artistic work is perfectly fine, and has been done trillions of times. But I've known for long enough that it's nearly impossible to change people who are so deep-seated into a mindset, and that you certainly are. I really doubt that if you read this, you will change your thoughts in even the slightest way, but I typed this mostly for my own satisfaction of getting some good logic out there in rebuttal to poor logic.