about this shirt

  • by travis76
  • posted Jan 28, 2008

alright, let's see if this becomes the proper blog 'about this design'...what follows is just a repost of the submission storyline..
travis76 on Dec 18 '06 submission for the 5+5+5 competition.
True story:
In 1976, Cosmonaut Nikolai Peckmann was sent alone to an orbiting space station for what would be called Mission Six- to study the radiation levels and strange circumstances that killed all four crewmen of the last research mission.
By the third day, Peckmann's broken transmissions were coming back to ground control filled with increasing paranoia and delusion. He claimed that the spirits of the dead cosmonauts were coming to claim him, and that he had to keep moving to evade them. He shouted that if he could capture consume these spirits himself while he still had strength, he could move to the next level of consciousness...Truly the rantings of an insane man.
Indeed, video recovered later would show Peckmann running around the confined but maze-like station, downing emergency sedatives like a madman....pausing in a corner momentarily, only to throw back vitamin pills and give chase to his invisible demons.
He had exhausted the entire cargo of vitamins, pills, and fresh fruit well ahead of schedule. There was no way another crew could be assembled to rescue him before he starved. After one rather violently garbled transmission, the static cleared and the last live image on record is that of Peckmann's empty, wilted spacesuit on the cabin floor.
It was determined that another mission to recover any remains or gather any more research would be a waste of the people's money, and the station was allowed to drift out of orbit and into space- a failure never to be mentioned again. It was ordered and assumed that all video and paper evidence had been destroyed.

..then, at the dawn of the eighties, a fledgling arcade game company called NAMCO would stumble across the transcripts of these events, and the rest -as they say- is history.

okay i just made all that crap up, but with or without a story, I hope it's a cool design.

Watch this
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crap...how do i make this become the artist statement blog?


love the story! should be getting mine in the mail in a couple days. def one of my favorite designs on this whole site


This and Urban Camouflage are my all time favs, Travis. The fact that this isn't up for a "BESTEE" is a TRAVIS-TEE.

Ya, I know. I couldn't help myself...


I thought this shirt kicked ass before, but now that I know the backstory / reference (yes, I am stupid and didn't get it at first glance), I must have it.

Great job on the wonderful design and congrats on the reprint.


Damn!, threadless just made my day. The best t shirt design ever in my mind. I was well gutted when i saw this was sold out when i discovered threadless. Thanks to the people for asking a reprint. I will but 10 of em so it never wears out.
keep up the good work mr! space is the place!

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hey lixer- you need to give up some info in your profile!
us 31 year olds into the same shit need to stick together! be flickr buddies, or something at least!


Mine should be here any day.


Ordering mine in a day or two once I get some STPs from submitted pics. Woohoo. The story for this shirt is awesome!


will do travis, indeed i got a flickr account. Just gotta purchase this first, im not misssing it this time, righteoo you be hearing from me.

Kai Leijona

wow...I now really want to buy this shirt


Do it. The sale is still going.

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I can't believe I never caught on to the reference here till just now. I just was thinking "Ha, that guy's helmet kinda looks familia- ...OOOOHHH!!" Oh man, I really wish I realized that earlier. I want this shirt!! Please reprint!


When are you guys gonna make more of this shirt? it ROCKS!!! I NEED it!!!!


REPRINT REPRINT REPRINT!!!! Please!!! Great concept, artwork! I need this in a 3X. C'mon people, help get it reprinted!


Best shirt on this site, bar none. I am wearing it today, in fact.


Reprint=Instabuy! YEAH!!! Remember when screen printing meant strong, graphic designs instead of swirly fluffy notebook doodles? Travis gets it!

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