Thingum the Second is an illustration and design I completed last year, but for one reason or another, never got used. I’m really quite happy with the way it turned out, so I’ve taken it into my own hands to make it A Thing.
Check out this handsome link for a range of t-shirts and bags based on the design below. Sorry they’re so damn expensive, it’s the best I could manage in the circumstances.
The government’s badger cull has been going on for six years now, and I want to do my bit to support the people doing the hard work of protecting beautiful, innocent animals from The Bastards, who, in case you hadn’t noticed, are still in charge. Last year I had the idea of combining my own illustration with a classic movie poster. A few flicks of a paintbrush later, I had the basis for one of my favourite R’68 designs so far: “Badgers: This Time It’s War”. I’ve done anti-cull work and it is gruelling. I have so, so much respect for the people who are still out there fighting the good fight. This is dedicated to everyone out in the woods and fields right now.
It’s loosely based on the poster and cover for the movie Aliens, and is an ironic switcheroo given that the badgers don’t want to eat people and it’s all about protecting them. Who wouldn’t want to protect that gorgeous lil fuzzy friend? And what the hell is wrong with the shooters and organisers!? Heartless, evil bastards, the lot.
The underlying illustration is Quink inkwash & white acrylic paint on white watercolour paper. It’s sort of become my signature style, and is the same method I used on the Sheffield Sabs’ hare poster a few years back (which itself became a popular t-shirt. Nothing perks me up like seeing my own work on a demo! Still available here: [LINK]). I’m especially pleased with the torchlight effect hazing out the wire mesh. I had to study the features of badger photos quite carefully to get the teeth & claws right.
The tagline is in Liberation Sans font, a non-expensive alternative to the original Helvetica, and is in initialled lower-case to imitate the classic poster. The text reads “There Are Some Bastards In The Government Who Won’t Leave Them Alone”, a parody of the original, which reads “There Are Some Places In The Universe You Don’t Go Alone.” The title is based on a different font, but cos I’m so super organised, I can’t remember which one. It’s stretched out and squished back before adding several layers of glow and noise to imitate the original Aliens title. I think it’s come off alright.
I mentioned I did this over a year ago, right? I sent all the necessary files to the Hunt Saboteurs Association to create their own merch, but for one reason or another, it didn’t pan out and it got pushed to the bottom of my to-do pile. I hope they’ll make their own versions which are cheaper than I can make them available, so they can keep more of the dosh. Newt knows they need it. You may wish to give them a nudge if that’s a thing you’d like to see. They have the files already, along with my highest regards.
Here are the variant prints I created, with classic white-on-black and a striking Night-Vision Goggles inspired green filter: