Thank You For Smoking

Design by aled

103 Comments

aled
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So, what I had in mind for a trend for Threadless was a reimagining of old images in the public domain. There is a wealth of fascinating, obscure and downright awesome images from days long gone that would make sweet tee designs and I think it’s something that everyone can do. It doesn’t require any special equipment or skill – just the ability to identify the potential in images that exist in the public domain and be creative with them.

Far from ripping-off the original works, I feel it's a way of paying homage to these works and their artists. The way I see it; if people are reusing and getting inspired from my work in 100 years, I would have done something right.

Thank you for reading.

dschwen

The subtle skull is amazing.
Great work man!!

jodabaum

THIS IS GREAT!

FRICKINAWESOME
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I like the description more than the piece, hehehe! But I do apprecaite what you are doing here, I like the added touch of the skull and the ironic nature of snake-oil salesmanship in the selling of old-timey cigarettes to an unsuspecting public. Cool idea for the contest.

apn306

The subtle skull is really good. Dig it.

myteemo

Bring back the old images. I dig it! $

YaaH

all nice ;D

celandinestern

I love the concept. And it's true - if someone dug up my work 100 years from now, I'd be bouncing with happiness up in the nether-realm :D

plus it looks great on the tee.

RivetHeart

i adore this design!

alexmdc
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I feel a bit weird about using others artwork, but I cant deny that this looks awesome on the shirt.

I just hope that in a way it doesnt become a trend here on threadless, and people take it the wrong way and sorta start getting lazy and just putting others work on a shirt.

but yours is a good example since you added a twist to it, you're a clever dood 5$

Santo76

I totally dig it!

rbthatcher

FANTASTIC! I like that you decided to sub it!!!

Pakpandir

i love how this looks on the tee! i'd buy it for sure

zackOlantern

I too am glad you submitted this. So what if it incorporates a public domain image, it's experimental, clever and it works.

Tikimasters

Sweet shirt! I'd buy!

Ste7en

The irony here is that the only reason you can use this particular piece of art is because something was done quite wrong originally. Its a good tee design though, and a clever use of appropriated work.

igo2cairo

You make some really good points. Really cool idea for the comp and you're right, it makes an awesome-looking tee! $5

CazKing

cool!

dacat

The skull is awesome $5

jeupereira

subtle and amazing!!congrats

jamesf

super

Bramish

You ripped this off. I've seen that very same picture in an old advert for cigarettes!

Check out mine!

bornd

pretty nice!good luck

retrovirusaurus

Retro rocks if done the right way. And fatheed shows us how to do it! Luv it!

silvitis

nice. I like this

Malurocks

Very Nice!

Malurocks

Very Nice!

Mr Rocks

Great idea. $5

lunchboxbrain

Very printable but I can't see this a new trend. Still, 5

Kookaberry

Did you add the text too? I could see it either way as cigarettes were advertised for all sorts of ridiculous things. Regardless I really...like really want this. I love the color...everything. Money money!

thunderpeel

i really want to wear this shirt!

the110

I survive on public domain art! Not seeing it happening as a trend but I like what you did.

Kookaberry

Forget my question. I'm not very observant sometimes =(

pickupRINGO

such a great shirt
5$

Krimson

I have asthma, thank god for all these cigarettes!

Gar0

The nature of the original ad compared to public perception of cigarettes today makes the skull, imo, redundant.

I'd wear it without the skull.

Akaka

Great looking shirt, and I like your explanation. Thumbs up!

jayrawz

$5.. i love the colors and the message is nothing but FACTUAL... :D

ndstillie

looks so good on the shirt!

AdderXYU

I would argue that making hundreds of dollars off of someone else's work with minimal if any actual original input from yourself is not only something no one should be OK with, but also already a very profitable trend.

Mya Jamila

This looks really awesome Aled.
Good luck!

GRANDR

Great concept, fantastic execution!!!5$

toastrander

awesome. really like the theme you explained

B 7

I know there's been a little controversy over this design, but I have no problem with the re-use of stock images as long as it is done well, which this is. I'd wear this, perhaps not on red, but on almost any other colour

kennybanzai

Super affen zeit fantastich! radfahren! bo$$

The Paper Crane
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A lovely looking T-shirt!
PS I'm glad I gave up smoking!

pickupRINGO

and cant stop staring!!

sonmi

love the subtle message in this!

MoyArt

really cool, sure thats a t shirt ill buy.

The skull on the right looks pretty cool too

jublin

it makes a great shirt! i would definitely wear it.

mgill52

sooooo great. 5$5$

one of my faves for this comp

Skap 1er

i dig your concept and love the shirt! i also really dig that skull saying muhahahaha

firebird411

Kinda wish it was just the image, without the text -- I'm worried people may not see the skull and get the wrong idea.

But I'd still definitely wear this.

rodrigobhz

This is classic.

Tonteau

Great Title. Due to technical restraints, I can't vote on this, but I like it. Looks nice on the shirt.

littlem

looks smokin!

rbthatcher

Hehehehehehehehehe

^ She's good at jokes!

alvarejo

i like this $5

luxembourggg

This better get picked. Because I GOTTA HAVE IT.

mullmuggins

S'alright. Just kidding, I obviously love it $$5 from me :)

garciagirl

This must be printed! Well done!

rbthatcher

S - M - O - K - E

lemonalle

sweet


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aled
aled profile pic Artist

This did loads better than I thought it would! Thanks everyone!

x

dschwen

PRINT this!

podmop

this is awesome!

ben buzzkill

This is great, I would definitely buy it if it were to print.

jess4002

congrats, aled!

Pakpandir

congrats!!

mangobajito

congrats dude, you rock!

B 7

congrats!

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