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How They Met Their Fate

  • by farflung
  • posted Sep 05, 2007
  • 37 Comments

there's a popular myth about horse statues, that the number of legs lifted off the ground is code for the way the rider met their fate.

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farflung
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there's a popular myth about horse statues, that the number of legs lifted off the ground is code for the way the rider met their fate.

PixelGurl

If these are memorial statues, wouldn’t killed in action and wounded in battle be the same thing?
Nice design, by the way :)

SourBitch

My art professor said it isn't just a myth. And wounded in battle doesn't mean they died of that wound.

burgz

Looks really nice....I too was taught that theory...

ottr

5$ totally original and really nice illustration.

classicoke
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cool then the horse eyes started to bother me =/ still fresh

Lacrosse_babe

yeah, the horses are freaky...

Lacrosse_babe

i like the birds sitting on all of them, though.

Merzi

I don't think that is a myth... or at least that is what I was taught.

senrab

The horse statue symbolism is an urban legend...I think I read it on snopes.com once.

FlySouth

I believe its killed in action, died from battle wounds, and died of natural causes.

farflung
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i believed it too, but according to wiki:
"Although some statues in commemoration of the Battle of Gettysburg follow this practice, it is generally not used."
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equestrian_statue

true or not, hope you like the design :)



Petanca

Not so keen on the theme, but the drawing is superb

impossiblejosh
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i like the equestrian stuff. 5

ilikeice

LOVE.

g-regulate
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now this is my kind of thing :D

truthxinxshadow

This is a pretty cool design. I'm with the ppl that say the eyes are kinda creepy, though... And to PixelGurl: Wounded in battle would mean that they were wounded in battle and died of it later, after the battle. Killed in action would mean they were killed during the battle. At least that's what my sources tell me... :D But yeah, great shirt, farflung. I likey.

dr. johnzo

like the drawing

farflung
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thanks truthxinxshadow - that basically sums it up.

the eyes are creepy, i know. i wanted them to look a little sinister - like the horses had been brainwashed or something.

thanks for all feedback.

cityauctor

love the creepy eyes. awesome design. 5

Raphe10

whats with the guy who died of natural causes?

danielson

I'd like it better if it was just the middle "wounded in battle" one... that i'd definitly buy!

karpovka

I know at least one statue that does not support this theory. "The Bronze Horseman" - statue of Peter the Great in St Petersburg, Russia. The horse has both front legs lifted off the ground, but Peter the Great died of natural causes...

Gwenhwyfach

I actually prefer it with the text "how they met their fate"

qwerty79

I love this style, really original idea for a shirt too! AWESOME work farflung.

SachiSachi

adorably random. :) Super drawings, too.

macgruder

love the design!

Monkey III
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Ride free citizen!

aled
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Very very cool style!

aled
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Is this the nom de plume of an existing designer? Either way - it's great work.

Red Strychnine
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I really wish this was printed. The idea is great and well-executed.

And I don't care what the rest of these jokers think, I LOVE the spooky dinner-plate eyes. :-D

Vindemiatrix

^ I agree.

Though, at first I thought the top horse was Sleipnir, and now I'm disappointed that it isn't!

Avarice

omg, i had to count the legs, too!

Sleipner would have been awesome...

Still, i really like this illustration.

pixel ace

Can't fathom why this hasn't gone to print, I love it

jspinn22

this is great!

aimee_the_great

I LOOOOOVE this!!! It took a second and then I realized what you meant, the birds were very helpful. Also I looove the horses creepy eyes. They are cute!

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