Misplaced Divinity

Design by Rockslide

Misplaced Divinity

156 Comments

Rockslide
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Revolution, something weird and artsy, forget how it votes.

I really tried to take the revolution contest instructions to heart when I was designing this piece. A revolution for me was stepping away from the funny/punny mainstream jokes crafted for voters to place 5's on. Stepping away from something everyone would get.

The result was something very personal, something I would get even if no one else did. This design is meant to be a visual poem and statement on so many things important to me. Like a poem, its free to individual interpretation. I'ld love to hear what you see.

Over-size print on slate using simulated process. It can be shrunk down if necessary and alternate versions are available.

Raphe10

wiiierdd, coool, 5

dacat
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SICK!!!! I love it, hits Watch this button....$5

aled
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:-O

Amazing illustration. $

Peppermont

This is phenomenally intense. I could tell it was a revolution sub. Wow.

Rockslide
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Here's the link to the large other versions! Thanks so far!Enjoy!

kooky love
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GREAT $5

t-thyme

whoa. My mind is blown and I'm left speechless. all color options look intense. $5

Robsoul
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NEGA-VERSE VERSION pz!!!!!

5ved and buyed.

Mojie

That is incredibly cool. I love the anti-color one, but the others are fantastic, too. :)

pilihp
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very cool rocky!

huebucket
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Amazing you!!! $

Kogepan

Holy crap. I'm not sure if I'd buy this or not, but this is amazing. Maybe the negaverse one. 5 at least.

Keter

That's the weirdest thing I've seen in a long time, and awesomely well done. 5.

Rockslide
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whoa- thanks a ton everyone! I really wasn't sure how this would play on threadless.

Flash (wallywest101) this would use the simulated process method which could reduce it to CMYK+underlay bleach= 5 screens. For higher quality it could add more specific tones too. 8 screens would be plenty and within the color limit.

slaterock
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holy crap. holey crap. $5. $5.

Andreas Mohacsy
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so much skillzzz... not sure i want to where the budge smuggler around on my chest, but HOT design!

KDLIG
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OMG! this is awsome 5$

fat pigeon
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This is awesome. I absolutely love it. Great art.

empiricist
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Prodigious $5

heyheyitsme

incredible illustration!!!!!

Monkey III
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I choose the NAGGER-version!!!

cshimala
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intense!

ir0cko
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awesome! $5

d3d
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that's pretty rad. i love the exploded left leg.

jimmytan
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WOW!! SUPER $555

FRICKINAWESOME
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gah!!!!!!!!!!!!!! incredible competition on this contest!

suceda

wow, pretty intense stuff!

The Paper Crane
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I wouldn't personally wear it but amazing work!

gumbolimbo
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Kudos for doing something daringly different!

helo

I think you've tapped into the spirit of the REVOLUTION contest very well.

I like the dark design the most.

Tonteau
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Impressive work.

myteemo
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Wow!

pickledbib

powerful!... it raises questions and makes a statement on so many levels... rad & very artsy.

wotto
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Oh My mother of jeebus this is the awesome. $5

roadkill3d
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We have a WINNER! $5

roadkill3d
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We have a WINNER! $5

Rockslide
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Thanks a ton for all the comments again! A special thanks to stopper111 for his interpretation. It is really cool to see how other people can see such different things in the same image. To me, this is just about a man trying to buy tacos for his pregnant wife-- I'm kidding, I'm kidding. I'm still debating whether or not I should put up my interpretation. Maybe if it hits a 100 comments or something.

madruga

GAAAAAAAAAH!!! WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS????????

this competition is over... this is unbeatable!

ryeofcali
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amazing illustrator $5

zipperking
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this shirt bleeds REVOLUTION!

grayehound
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there aren't many illustrations of this caliber presented here. in fact, i can think of maybe a handful. there hasn't been a serious submission for the revolution yet that comes close to this in artistry and challenging what a threadless design is all about. nice work rocky!

hogboy
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great work man. My fave is still the anti-colour.

Gigguli

Wow, just wow! Great work! Not my style so "just" 5 from me :P

Mikko Terva
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oh dang. :)

chelly

WOAH

sonmi
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wowws

Raid71
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wow

bortwein
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1 design submitted - Score Now!

woah, there is a giant paragraph in the middle of all the comments. Well done Rock.

ekrass

mary mother of god that is brilliant! i am amazed and woooahh kinda speachless

gee

i mean that is just so good, such a good drawing, it is too good for a t-shirt but somehow works so good on a tee

yeah - i'm all gaga and stopped making any sense so i'm just clicking $5 instead of continuing

ekrass

oh - just one more thing - the bigger version on the grey is perfect

ladrones
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insane in the membrane!

Jemae
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PERFECTee! print! :D

firebolt816

this is ace, but the negative is fucking ace! nega-verse ftw!

BrandonB11

WOW!! just WOW!!

5$

the czar

Rockslide, man, I don't know what to say . Stunningly awesome, how about that? It'll have to do

radiostaticstar

agreed, nega-verse is where it's at!

Andreas Mohacsy
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101 comments now - explanation time

Rockslide
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Okay, I did say I would share my interpretation at 100. First I have to say thanks again to everyone and especially to the incredible compliments from Grayehound and quister.

I posted this attempt at an explanation on the Black Rock site so I'll just copy it here. Again, I wanted this to be open to individual interpretation, so my views are just my views, I like the idea of everyone seeing it for themselves. It was cool to see how other people saw things differently without my words clouding things up.

Its kinda hard to explain the deeper feelings behind the piece so these written words might seem a bit hollow. Since this piece is meant to be personal, [for me] it is very religious in nature. It represents the struggle between being a man of the world and a man of faith. No man can serve two masters. In the piece, the brain has declared itself master of the flesh and expelled the heart, which it weighs as being worth less than a few pieces of gold. This is the man of the world, feeling his logic is of more value than his morality, which he is willing to sell off for a small price. The two are weighed on a shattered sword, the sword representing conflict/war/aggression that only ends up hurting himself and in turn the blood taints the money. He needlessly spills his own blood. War is a broken weapon that attacks those who would wield it.

The brain is also seeking to control the arm of the flesh which represents man believing he has more strength than God, that he can lift his burdens alone. The angel represents morality again, the conscience and how logic or popular theory tries to overwrite what we feel or know to be true. This man is disconnected in many ways. He feels many directions and influences tugging on him at once. Being blind, he will have to figure out his purpose without the physical truths around him.

The tree leg represents his family life. The roots to the past and branches to the future. So many today shun their parents and ancestors, they cut themselves off from past experiences and wisdom. So many others cut themselves off from marriage and children, not accepting the responsibilities and personal growth that comes with them. Without the family, there is no anchor, he has no roots to hold him strong through the encircling storms.

His other leg represents a worldly step towards the flawed and incomplete science and technology of man. In the end, the misshapen cogs do nothing by themselves. The cloud is nebulous and always changing. It is puffed up and appears to be great and large but in reality has little substance. A foot planted on clouds will surely fall through. The leg unravels as it nears the cloud. This represents us stripping away who we are when we deny our divinity. That doing such strips away our life and leaves us dead. The only remainder being bones in a grave.

The title Misplaced Divinity relates to this struggle, the world would have us place our divinity, or lack thereof, in things of no real value. You are nothing but flesh and blood, chemicals and programming, do as you will because tomorrow you die. So why does he even struggle? Its because he knows better deep down inside. God doesn't leave us, we leave Him. Divinity isn't lost, its just misplaced. Eventually the struggle will turn and as man embraces his divinity he will re-connect. His roots and branches will receive strength and become anchors again. Science will become a tool and not a support. The mind and heart will work in unity and a complete, perfect man will take command.

madruga

dizzy

Luke...
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most excellent...love that it is so personal, yet open to a lot of interpretation.

pinkpiggyme

I am speechless. (insert rambling, guttural noises here) This just goes beyond anything I have ever seen here. You are amazing!

Jebs
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for me IT IS the winner...that's absolutly marvelous...nothing to add, good luck!!!!!!!!!

.MINUS.

AWE INSPIRING! My mouth hit the floor, seriously.

Mr Rocks
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Great work Rocky. Inspiring stuff man.

joshamman

wow. if i could see it, id bet a 5!

classicoke
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i dont like our nations capital but now i must travel to stockholm and convince the king to add an art award to the nobel prizes. 5$

ekrass

so - when can i wear it?

jairishc

wow. So awesome that it hurts my eyes. $5

lordog

I like the nega-verse one best. it gets my 5$! :)

Montro
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Impressive. Anti-color works the best for me.

jillustration
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dali? looks great! don't think i'd wear it but i give it a 5 cuz it's very good.

Da3mon

awesome! but not nega version

LudovicJacqz
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woahhhhhwooooo!!!!! :)

Neon Samurai

Wow, really nice work.

madruga

nice to remember... this version, not nega!

slaterock
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i'm so stoked to see this score!

Ava Adore

whoaaaaaaa!!!
print for sure
looks excellent and great work as always
$$$555

Ellsswhere
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i realize i can't really say anything you haven't already read\<br /> so amazing work, not something i would wear 5

staffell
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oh my god

Peachbeach
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aaah sick!! aaaaah!!! but awesome!

lemonalle

crizzazy! negaverse, ftw!

kennybanzai
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This will be in the history books.

Montro
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hmmm....strange score. Expected much higher.

Rockslide
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yeah, the scoring kinda blows my mind too sometimes, but I guess that was the point of this revolution- to not care about the scoring or to try and cater to the scores. I know a panda eating ice cream probably would have scored higher, haha.

-Thanks a ton to everyone who voted and commented on this sub! I really appreciate all the love.

madruga

wha.... how the fuck did this scored so low??????
I guess it scared too much people... packs of 0's

dacat
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Rock, you are so right, it's not cute, so this is a freakin' high score considering...still, a top contender for the Revolution!

staffell
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whoa, low score

ISABOA
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this is a remarkable thing here

Vindemiatrix

Oh my fucking god, this is AMAZING.

igo2cairo
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Don't know how I missed this one, but somehow I did! It's so much in the spirit of the contest. I love the rich imagery and personal metaphors behind this. I'm not sure I could actually wear this, but as a piece of art I find it intriguing and fantastic. Having said that, I think there are people that could get away with it because it actually looks striking and bold on the shirt. Your work is always challenging and cool. I think this just might win the comp!

staffell
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this is missing eyeballs!

Rockslide
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haha, staff, yeah that's part of the symbolism. He has no eyes to see the true reality around him. I thought about putting the two eyes off in different parts of the piece, but then decided to leave them out completely.

Vindemiatrix

I wish I hadn't read the explanation of this design. Now it's no longer something I'd wear. :/

EskimoJo

I love this art and I love the two explanations of its design. But it's a design that needs to be stared at and talked about, which is why I couldn't wear it as a t-shirt. If it was a poster, I'd already have bought it. If it's not made into a poster, I might buy it as a tee anyway and pin it up on my wall, because I love it so much! I would also copy and print your interpretation of it because I think it adds to the beauty of the shirt.
I'm glad you posted your interpretation (that's probably what dropped the score) and I'm glad people who don't like your interpretation no longer want to wear the shirt. I'd hate to think what they'd planned on telling people the shirt was about!
Amazing work. Keep it up!

Benji T

I LOVE THIS PIECE OF ART. I REALLY REALLY REALLY WANNA BUY IT AS PRINT!!!! : D

Shegan

I keep coming back to this page... hahahah.

amandaw

wow.

this is too good for Threadless.
(taking into account how amazing Threadless is. it's still too good.)

this is amazing art. i wouldn't be surprised to be reading about it in art history books in a couple hundred years. "it began as a submission on the web site threadless..."

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