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Gladiators, Ready!

  • by aled
  • posted Jul 14, 2007

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Ste7en profile pic Alumni

You've always had an undeniable similarity to glennz, but this one makes me think you two are the same person. This is really great, and to be clear, I dont think that you being "more like glennz" makes you better, as your stuff is usually pretty great, I just mean it as an observation of styles.


best gladiator sub yet! 5

"Heed! Pants! Now!"

aled profile pic Alumni


I only used 4 colours for this sub becasue I was in a resourceful mood. Here is the critique.

To be fair, not much of a critique, but you can see the pencil and ink version if it takes yer fancy M'Lud.

jpiatt profile pic Alumni

haha this is as good as it gets once again fatheed.
you piss me off sometimes cause I wish I could have even half the clever ideas you have.

BlameTheSuburbs profile pic Alumni

i really wish you had another color or two(blue and red) to make the american gladiator stand out. Still cool though.

aled profile pic Alumni

I scrapped the colour version as it was looking a bit cheap, and went for the 'Classico' look. Its a real look don't you know.

Edword profile pic Alumni

get'm nitro! great job!


Nice! $5


Yes Maxximus Nitrus, I am entertained...

T and M

Very clever indeed. Nice.

EZFL profile pic Alumni
4 designs submitted - Score now!


ISABOA profile pic Alumni

it is great! 5$


Haha, great!


fan-freaking-tastic. seriously.


$5 funny, and well executed!


Gladiators suck 0.

Damn it, I've given into the "pretend to give fatheed a bad score" cliche. Awesome job! $5

dacat profile pic Alumni

I don't know Ste7en, I think fatheed / glennz are very different...I prefer this kinda humor over puns usually $5






i still like the sketch'd version better but this will have to do $4


you gotta giggle here... 5


The $V at the top earned you a $


another great design, damn u keep em coming $5


yeah, fantastic. i think Nitro is actually a little scrawny...but who cares, it's sweet.

herky profile pic Alumni

The shading, highlights and monotone colors are excellent. The $V is also a nice touch.

aled profile pic Alumni

Thanks guys! It's not actually Nitro by the way. In the crits, he got labelled Malibu - but he's nobody in particular. The ambiguity of the monotone allows us to surmise that he may actually be a contender rather than a Gladiator. Perhaps we'll never know. You will go on my first whistle...

noponies profile pic Alumni

nice work all the way!

FRICKINAWESOME profile pic Alumni
2 designs submitted - Score now!

Yet another clever idea by you that i need to possess a copy of immediately if not sooner. Sweet sweet sweeeeeeeeeeeet design and concept Fatheed. Nothing could be better about this one. Excpet if i got one of this surely printed copies for free! 5$




Threadless, you will print on my first whistle!

Fatheed, where do get so many good ideas from??? $5

MrDomino profile pic Alumni

"$V" is the funniest part of the piece for me. I agree with Ste7en that you are approaching a mental symbiosis with glennz. Which is good in the sense that you are evolving, but bad in that you are walking a heavily treaded path. Puns and pop-culture references are what they are, and I really think we have our quota of those things here. What I'm saying is that I wish you'd bend your considerable skill to something more meaningful, or at least more you.

Let glennz do glennz. He's very good at it.

aled profile pic Alumni

Haha. I'm not trying to do 'Glennz' and I'll carry on submitting whatever comes into my head - whether it's puns or pop-culture references or anything else I think will work on Threadless. Despite what you might think, Glennz doesn't have a monopoly on pop-culture designs.

And what do you mean, something more meaningful and something more me?! This is me! If you check any of my printed designs, you'll see that just about all of them are designed in this style. I'm not afraid to explore new approches (see last and pending designs) and I will continue this in the future. So I won't be taking your advice. Cheers.

MrDomino profile pic Alumni

I don't think he has a monopoly. I think he's the most successful. Whether or not you are trying to emulate him, I think the comparison is there for this piece. There are plenty of other subs you've done that are more idiosyncratic. The Cornelius sub, Peppered with Compliments, Takin it back to '82, Guernica the Musical, and even Stalemate at Old Chilpango are more interesting visually and conceptually.

It's not that I don't like your work fatheed, I really do, I just think you have the mind and the means to do some really incredible work. Take from that what you will.

aled profile pic Alumni

Thank you MrD. I'm glad you like my work, but none of the designs you mentioned were printed and that is what it boils down to. I don't care for comparisons with Glen and I'm not trying to emulate him. He is the most successful designer at the visual pun, but he's been here 3 times as long, subbed probably 3 times as much, and got 3 times the prints. If there is a visual pun not done yet that I think will work, I'm not ever going to think - 'oh hang on, that's kinda Glennz thing'. Cheers for you thoughts though.

MrDomino profile pic Alumni

I got you man, we all do this for different reasons. You're conscious of your reasons and that's what is important to me. Rock it if you love it, just do me a favor and throw a curve ball once in a while.




a much better homage to The Gladiators than the other design I saw.


Reminds me of the show American Gladiators.


love the design and the colour. $5

kennybanzai profile pic Alumni

Me and my friends would play american gladiators in the basement with nerf poppers and we'd also hang on the tree in the back yard and try and pull each other down with our legs. That was fun stuff. Nice Design Dude.

WhitneyBeth profile pic Alumni

this is really super-funny! so well done. i used to watch this show (should i be admitting that?).

OlliRudi profile pic Alumni

totally exellent


add more color to it. kinda bland


most likely printed methinks


Outstanding 5!

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