BREAK!

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BREAK! by r.o.b.o.t.i.c.octopus on Threadless
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Monkey III
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I can't get enough of the yeticorn dude!!!

Robsoul
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perfect. love the clash of styles, great colors too.

Edword
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FRESH!

phones

nice!

toomanytentacles

his pose sort of reminds me of that famous blurry bigfoot photo...except he's surrounded by graffiti and cement rather than the forest. and oh yeah, he's smiling...which is probably indicative of him being happy that he's on the shirt that's gonna win the kickin' it old skool contest.

toomanytentacles

oh, i just realized you wrote about that bigfoot thing in the description. i don't know whether to feel smart or dumb.

mezo
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The proper way to hold a boom box is not like a purse, you ninny! Put that shit up on his shoulder, like a REAl Yeticorn man.

maija

Yeah, I think Ghettoblaster Shoulder along with Half Blindness From Bangs was a recognized medical disorder in the eighties.

I'm not crazy about designs that occupy a rectangle or square on the chest. It's an uninteresting shape, and part of good tee design is occupying the space of the t-shirt with interesting shapes and negative space, IMO, since they're often seen at a distance, or a glance. If the wall was cut away from "Break" it would be much better.

A big chunk of printed area also make for a thick, plasticky sheet that doesn't sit well on a girl's curves.

Bisparulz
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nice 5$

Lhiiiz

The legband keeps it real man. Yeah, put that beatbox on the shoulder. Yeticorn is awesome.

ekaj47

nice dig the halftone, did you draw out the "break" yourself and the wall or take it from somewhere?

jamonit

yeticorn for life.

r.o.b.o.t.i.c.octopus
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break is a photo...somewhere in NY i think...

yeticorn ia a responsible b-boy and likes his eardrums undamage...besides this is a candid moment, and not a stance.

maija: live a little;) it would get your boobs attention. and that COULD be a good thing (if you want that kinda attention)...

mezo
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Do you feel it's ok to take someone's graffiti art without permission?

maija

A big plastic plate across the chest isn't attractive. It is unflattering to the boobs, making them look misshapened.

If it's not even your photo, are you angling for another Tagged saga? ;)

maija

But is it your photograph?

r.o.b.o.t.i.c.octopus
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so it's ok to take a photo of someone elses artwork? altering it is fine...please let it go. hell look at that select shirt Anacaona...you bet he doesn't OWN that photo that he used.

so please. why you gotta try and bring me down?

mezo
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You are overly defensive about a simple question. You could have simply said "yes, i am ok with taking someone else's artwork". It's cool, man!

maija

I'm not trying to bring you down, I'm trying to help you improve, actually. I dig your work.

My avatar is by Japanese artist Takehito Harada. A friend of mine was reviewing Harada's portfolio for character design for an animated show and saw this image and thought it not only looked like me but captured my cute yet evil nature, as well as love of picnicking outdoors. Using it as my avatar certainly violates international copyright in the strictest sense, but I could probably claim "fair use" since I'm not making any money off of it.

The Ana Caona image may be in the public domain if it's from the fifties.

The grafitti in my town is lame.

mezo
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"As a general rule, for works created after Jan. 1, 1978, copyright protection lasts for the life of the author plus an additional 70 years."

Maybe this tag was made in '77?

r.o.b.o.t.i.c.octopus
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anyway, graffiti itself be it BANKSY or CHAKA is considered illegal...so it's not a matter of making a stencil for an art show and stealing a photo of said stencil for an art show...it's a photo i found (emailed the photographer about it anyway) of a wall...

had i used another photo of a BLANK wall and photoshopped my own "break" over that...i'd hardly think you guys would care. "is that YOUR photo of the BLANK WALL!?" but maybe you would care...

so i think threadless should be the ones (if this was to win) to pull me to the side and have me straighten out any legalities that need to be straightened.

also...WATER BASED INKS don't feel like plastic. and Threadless uses them.

mezo
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I am not trying to be all up in your butt about this...but I do have friends who are avid graffiti artists and I know they would be perplexed to suddenly see someone walk down the street wearing one of their art pieces.

Going further, they would be HIGHLY pissed to later find out that the shirt was sold to the wearer, with the original artist not recieving as profit. It's as disrespectful as someone tagging over someone else's piece.

Make sense?

wotto
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who gives a f**k about the graffiti its agreat tee. The graffiti artist is probably in there 50s anyway this piece of graf is sooo old and not that good - which is why it works so f ing well. $5

maija

*forty. I can't spell.

r.o.b.o.t.i.c.octopus
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if you're whole bit is aboutkeeping me honest...well i am, so i have emailed the photographer, and more importantly, the man behind BREAK.

so please. ease up! please?

maija

The whole bit isn't about keeping you honest, it's about saving you from legal frustration and an embarassing pile-on in the blogs and beyond. It has happened to a couple of other artists on threadless because they didn't know they were treading on copyright toes when they used someone else's material.

Good for you for contacting Break. That's a professional move. Getting your design printed by Threadless is professional work-for-hire, it should be treated as such.

Carry a digital camera all the time and shoot a shit-ton of photos for inspiration, reference and your own stress-free use.

r.o.b.o.t.i.c.octopus
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I am a professional...under this alias you all know me as the tard what created the yeticorn...but apart from this, i'm quite a pro (not saying i'm better than anyone artwise but saying, i stay straight with my work).

seriously though, where i live, there is no graffiti, there is nothing too interesting.

mezo
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Oh, well if the person who painted Break gave you permission then rad for you! Make sure you print out his Ok, though, in case this does go to print. So you & Threadless have your butts covered.

maija

I had theurbanraptor in mind when I made the "professional work-for-hire" remark, but everyone always has more to learn. None of us know it all.

What's your regular alias?

mezo
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I KNOW I KNOW!


It kinda rhymes with I KNOW, too.

maija

The "Tagged" not-designer should have been worried, as she learned the hard way. You said yourself that this was a commission, and therefore painted legally.

Actually I didn't care as of my first post, then things got interesting!

I think Italian food is awesome also. ;)

r.o.b.o.t.i.c.octopus
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what? i didn't say anything about a commission...the image is of some radom wall with break on it...not sure what you're gettin' at. hmmm.

maija

r.o.b.o.t.i.c.octopus on Mar 22 '07
or they simply accepted it from the artist they commissioned it from. which is really what i think they did.

Luke...
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i am going to stay out of the whole drame issue, and just add my bit of constructive crit:

i enjoy the contrast in styles, but i think that the background could be blended into the shirt better, i like the top and bottom how they are, it would just be nice if the 2 sides faded into the shirt...this would further express the motion of waliking.

and i agree with mezo about that Ghetto-blasta needs to be up on the shoulder.

r.o.b.o.t.i.c.octopus
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this is a spin on the Patterson-Gimlin footage of bigfoot...same pose, same glance at the "camera". different settin etc.

no need to pile on the cliches especially since there's that astronaut shirt with a blaster on his shoulder.

helo

r.o.b.o.t.i.c.octopus,
let us know what BREAK says concerning
your use of his work so we can vote accordingly

r.o.b.o.t.i.c.octopus
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you can vote $5 whether he approves or not...that doesn't mean threadless will print this...because they won't...pretty sure of it.

i intend to post what he says anyway, if he says anything at all.

helo

interesting thought J-Ray

You're probably right about the artwork being vandalism,
but we don't absolutely know that. Will knowing change
my score? I've never had to think through a situation like
this before so I'm still undecided.

just finished thinking about it
If it's vandalism, then whatever BREAKS says doesn't
matter and r.o.b.o.t.i.c.octopus is scott free unless the owners of the property that was vandalized become the
owners of the artwork and they end up frowning upon
r.o.b.o.t.i.c.octopus's use of the artwork.

So if the artwork's legal owner (whoever it is) doesn't
decide to allow r.o.b.o.t.i.c.octopus to use it, then
I score 0, otherwise the score is higher.

aled
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I can't believe some people have made such a big deal out of graffitti. The people that created the original 'tagged' image are commercial artists - this is a most likely a piece of illegal vandalism. And if it is, how could the originating artist (a) prove they did it and (b) make any legal case concerning something that is illegal.

Also - how far does a source image have to be re-interpreted/reworked before it is no longer the work of the original artist? Would the estate of Edvard Munch consider suing threadless over the Scr-EMO t-shirt? I doubt it, as they don't know about Threadless.

I rest my case M'Lord.

r.o.b.o.t.i.c.octopus
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g what up im happy thats my piece and bro theres no promblem in usein it im liking the design.you have all my premession to use my flick no problem heres my cell number 1--- --- ---- ...peace stay up family...

and another one from break:

g whats good ...thats mine piece .and you do it bro you got my number ,,im with you 100 percent and im the only original break from 1979...you feel me ..so at that note let me know ...i like that ...good luck ..and its all for you peace.....


sheesh! he gave me his cel phone number! i mean really! so ge-offa-muh-back!

Edword
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dude that's so sweet!!!!! Glad that all worked out. you should totally do a collaboration with him:)

r.o.b.o.t.i.c.octopus
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i think this is the closest to a collab we'll come, the dude's nice, just got offa the phone with him...he said that peice wasn't even finished and it's on a public walla nd has no copyright, he's also happy (really happy) to see his work like this...he likes the design. and he said if he needs too he'll step up and TCB! (sign papers etc, although legally there's nothing he needs to do like that)...he also added me as a pal to his myspace! woo!

haha.

tiph i dunno about the fading in the corners as i did the white in the back with a "paint roller" all sloppy like...almost how it'd be done with a stencil (just reversed).

so 4 or 5 or 3 or 1 put a $ up there! just for fun! word!

r.o.b.o.t.i.c.octopus
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well teh aqua will cancel out the yeticorn colour since they are so similar, this one only works on darker colours so that blue is the closest you have...sorry. no aqua.

although jkeezy is wearing the blue, i'd say red for dudes and blue for the ladies..

i rarely like doing dark colour shirts (i'm in a bright phase right now) but this is the only way this design seemed to work.

put a $ anyway!

and J-ray, you're right. usually are. high five.

maija

Yay break! That's awesome!

helo

r.o.b.o.t.i.c.octopus,
thanks for posting BREAK's messages

ekaj47

see now i helped you make a new friend - so a 1$ is fine by you? not that i'm giving you a 1 just wondering

r.o.b.o.t.i.c.octopus
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well yeh...if the $ is there then that means a person is willing to buy it.

i'm curious if a design was voted all 1s but with a $ every time, then would that have a good chance at being printed?

i figure threadless really only cares about the $ (and maybe then the aesthetics of the design, but $ first)...

so yeh...as long as there's a $.

Robsoul
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I say you redraw the "break" thing yourself, make it rough sketchy + quick and make it tonal (one color darker than the tee, no white/pop background) on the shirt. Case closed.

Robsoul
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It's still a 5+$ from me.

TONICACAT

Now that is pretty bad ass.

mephitine

Y'know, before I saw the commentary I was going to say that I didn't think it needed the grafitti in the background, just the yeticorn strutting his stuff was great by me. Then I saw the comment that the boombox needed to be on the shoulder, and thought, "that's a great idea!"...but then noticed that it would likely take away from the reference to the bigfoot footage. Right, good point there. Then there was the copyright argument, which got old in a hurry, but ended well enough. And as for the large image across the chest, well, maybe it would bother me if I had a bigger set. But I don't, so it's dandy by me. I hope, for all you've gone through on this, and for the sake of yeticorns everywhere, that this gets printed. Great work. $5

toomanytentacles

that's the most well-written, positive, and nice comment i've ever read, mephitine. cheers to you!

ps. i still say print this.

Liam_81

your style fucking rocks.

FRICKINAWESOME
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for the correct way to hold a boombox, just gaze at Optimus Rhyme to the left of my comment. That's how a diesal-powered individual would hold his ghettoblaster (with optional blasters and missles all over my body). o...and way to make a square design that doesn't fit the constraints of what annoys everybody about boxes in the first place. Now i just wish you would actually make something that has something to do with the contest.....kidding! Nice work, yetiman. 4$

wotto
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why dont u take the graffiti out and re - do it urself and change the word to something more 80's. it will stop all the squabblin'

r.o.b.o.t.i.c.octopus
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i got no email from you josh!

i ain't alterin' nuffin' on this because i don't neeeeeeed to!

white ninja? wazzat?

but thanks for the likers...i appreciate it.

Daniel San

The tee color should be the same as the wall. $5 if it was.

Edword
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no love for the b-boys. another bullshit score!

r.o.b.o.t.i.c.octopus
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yep...you can...he's in a bike-core gang, they bump hip hop like crazy...

check out my latest yeticorn sub...and vote HIGH and buy!

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