AdderXYU wrote:He's not going to keep mocking himself. He is going to keep putting out cute scratchy pandas. Or other cute scratchy things. Which is what I meant. Just like he did on his first win. And his second. And likely his third. And they will all be literal pieces. Just like his first. And his second. And they will capitalize on people's nostalgia. And when people say "dude, you're better than this" he will post a funny little cartoon and everyone will say LOL you are a funny dude you are OK by me please keep submitting. It IS no different from Ramy selling dozens of bunnies. But you seem to think people LIKE Ramy. The difference is, Deadfrog has potential and refuses to use it. Ramy has no potential. It's almost more of a slap in the face that way.
And the "he's got 700+ votes so he is using his talent" argument is the weakest thing ever. Votes have NEVER related directly to talent. Unless you consider his "talent" an ability to snag votes. In which case there is no ARTISTIC talent being used. Voter pandering? Obviously. It's admitted in the design. But the amount of votes does not mean there is any quality here. It just means people like it. People have liked plenty of horrible shirts. Look at the Pi shirt up there with deadfrog.
Alright, now I understand your point better. I don't necessarily agree with it; for one thing I think Ramy has more talent than you give him credit for regardless of the fact that his style doesn't match your tastes. Really the difference between our points of view comes down mainly to the fact that you hate this shirt, and I love it. That's a perfectly reasonable difference of opinion. Also, you're right that I didn't mean he was necessarily using artistic talent in terms of the quality or integrity of the art, but again, as a t-shirt artist, the appeal of the t-shirt to the consumer can't be disregarded. Would it be nice if DF submitted shirts with higher quality art? Sure. But that can't be the only criterion on which submissions are judged.
If it were up to me the winners this week would be the hippies shirt for excellent execution of the theme, space crabs for excellent artistry, and this one for excellent humor. Three very different qualities, but in my opinion all of value.