About the design
on December 1, 2005
lots of inspirations come to mind-
'Major Tom' by Bowie is definately one of them.
-in fact, if it wasn't so long, I'd have titled this 'Tell my wife I love her very much- SHE KNOWS!'--- or if it weren't for legalities, even simply ''can you hear me major Tom?' any line from the song would work.
but this isn't Bowie's story.
i don't know if the spaceman stared too closely at the sun, if he saw the face of God, if space radiation melted his brain, if he was shot by an alien beam...who knows, but something went terribly wrong.
make your own story.
the '5' is just a handbrushed, scanned and halftoned element that sort of follows the contorted figure and mirrors the vapor trail. Whatever shirt color is printed, it should be just a few steps darker than the shirt.
I figure it is also a testiment to this astronaut's mission number.
I will readily admit that for the most part, the space man is clip art from my personal collection of outdated copyright free material. It has been changed several ways: color, added highlights, position, and facial alteration.
The 5 is all my inkwork.
the vapor is all my inkwork.
the face, highlights, colorscheme and overall composition are all my doing.
I could have easily drawn my own spaceman, but I just loved the style of the era this was drawn in, and the death of that era is what i am mourning in this design.
I prefer central chest shirt designs, but this also works in lower left or right positions as well.