Jesus Malverde

As I mentioned before I am fascinated by religion and other cultures.

The tee shirt design I am going to talk about today is legendary on both those fronts.

Jesus Malverde is a historical figure from Sinaloa Mexico born Jan 15, 1870. He was a bit of a Robin Hood character, that literally stole from the rich to give to the poor. That said, like most historical Robin Hoods, there is no evidence he ever lived, and was more likely an amalgamation of a couple other outlaws from the period and locale.

Mexico being very Catholic, very superstitious, and just as prone to making Saints of their heroes of course made him the patron saint of outlaws.

Because he was from Sinaloa, which of course is famous for its drug smuggling cartels, Mr. Malverde (also known as Jesús Juarez Mazo, Cjuba Lord, or the Angel of the Poor) was soon adopted by the smugglers and is widely regarded as the Narco-Saint.

That image is what drove the creation of my design…

Jesus Malverde TShirt.

On this shirt, Jesus Malverde is surrounded by a saints halo that is decorated with opium poppies, a laurel of marijuana flowers and leaves, and crossed sprigs of the coca bush.

You definitely want to go to my Tee Public store (Madman Designs) to buy it.

Please don’t wear at border crossings, on planes, or when travelling along what the police think are drug corridors unless you just want to be harassed by the authorities. Then again, do what you want… but be aware of the risks.

Cryptocurrency

This is a tee shirt design that truly shows my sense of humor. Historical, contrarian, mocking, and accurate.

Everywhere you look folks are talking about cryptocurrency. Somehow it is supposed to replace fiat currency….when it is another type of fiat currency.

Well technically it is, because fiat currency is government issued. But that is the only difference. It is still only a financial place marker that has value strictly because someone else says it does.

More importantly, no currency will ‘take over’ markets until the IMF backs it. This goes for: Ethereum, Litecoin, Cardano, Polkadot, Bitcoin Cash, Stellar, Chainlink, Binance Coin, Tether, Monero, Dogecoin, or any of the other 4000 or so digital currencies currently out there. The IMF will do whatever is necessary to maintain control of the world money supply.

That said, I should point out that I think block chain is amazing technology and I am happy that this tulip market is funding its research and expansion.

Speaking of tulip markets, that is the subject of the shirt and the joke I made about crypto currency.

Tulip Coin Cryptocurrency

To tell you the truth, when I came up with it I was more than a little disappointed that no one had created an actual coin under this moniker. It’s perfect.

For those that don’t understand the reference. Tulips were the original market bubble. Tulip Mania in the early 1600’s.

A combination of market forces, led by the insanity and obsessive compulsive behavior of humans; caused a market bubble of epic proportions in Holland. At its height you could literally buy homes with the flower right bulbs. It of course did what all bubbles eventually do and popped, making a mess of the economy.

The parallels aren’t 100% (some of the currencies are behaving less radically than others), but they are accurate enough to make this shirt funny as hell.

So buy one today at my Teepublic store.

Todos somos Americanos

Today is the last day of Pride month so its as good as any day to talk about one of my tshirt designs that is easy to be proud of.

That pride has nothing to do with the artwork, because it is just a map of the western hemisphere imbued with a rainbow that Adobe Illustrator installed for me.

Todos somos Americanos means we are all Americans.

https://www.teepublic.com/t-shirt/5388303-todos-somos-americanos

That means every single human that lives on one of the American continents.

No matter your race. No matter your gender. If you live here you are an American. Buy the shirt, remind random people of this simple fact.

My teepublic store lives here.

Another fun Tee Shirt

One of the reasons I do shirt designs, is because I think I am wittier than I really am…and I like to share what is clearly a warped sense of humor.

The one I am sharing today is proof of both, and further supports the name “The Sickest of Them All”.

When those turd movies came out remaking a show that I grew up on, an idea formed.

What if someone redid Charlies Angels with Charlie being Charles Manson?

Yeah I know, it would be horror show of psychological train wrecks and poorly executed graphic violence.

Now that I put it that way, I want the show to exist even more.

Anyway, I followed the thought to its logical conclusion and made the mash up logo of the century.

Removing the Angels guns and replacing them with knives to match the ladies that loved Charlie, then putting one of his better known images in the overlay, and adding some shitty 70’s looking blast lines. Woolah.

Charlies Angels 1969.

Charlies Angels 1969

You of course can buy this shirt in my Tee Public Store – Madman Designs, and let the world know you also have a strange sense of humor.

The FeeJee Mermaid!

You remember when I confessed to loving Bigfoot? Well there may have been more to that story. OK, there is more to that story.

I love Cryptids period.

Cryptozoology is fun. I not only enjoy it, cryptozoology and anthropomorphized animals probably make up half of my sketches. If nothing else, the two of them have a huge Venn overlap with old world religions….so they are a space I relish.

One of the most famous creatures that falls into both categories is the mermaid.

It is also one of the most frequently drawn.

But it is all too often drawn as a very attractive woman with a fish tail.

Don’t get me wrong, I love to draw tittays as much as the next guy… but there really aren’t a lot of legends where mermaids actually are fish tailed hotties.

Almost all of the seafaring stories of mermaids and sirens involves sailors hearing beautiful voices or thinking they see beautiful fish girls… only to find that it was a bunch of gnarly old hags luring them on to the rocks.

But that is a bit of digression.

One of the coolest mermaids was made famous by none other than the greatest Humbug (aka con man) of all time. P.T. Barnum.

That would be the one known as the FeeJee Mermaid. I won’t go into a ton of detail about it here, because that isn’t what this site is…and there are already tons of references online if you want to check it out.

What I will do is share a marker drawing I did of it.

Feejee Mermaid

Not a great drawing, but it sure was fun to draw…and I liked it in concept enough that I reworked it digitally and designed a Tee Shirt of it in honor of PT Barnum’s show and museum.

You of course can buy this t-shirt at my Tee Public Store.

Bigfoot is real!

The last few images and write ups I have shared were pretty serious, so to keep things on an even keel and properly represent my quirkiness; I am going to share one of my fun tshirt designs.

Bigfoot is real tee shirt.

Like all of my tee shirt designs this one is available in a wide variety of colors, as a sticker, coffee mug, on a bag, phone case, laptop bag or as a hoodie.

You can find it at the madman designs teep public page.

I have several bigfoot designs on my page, and there are sure to be more.

Why? Because I love cryptozoology.

Do I believe in Bigfoot? Kind of, not really. I do hope he is real though.

Mostly I just love that even in todays world people still have the imagination to think about, make up , and convince other people that something is still out the undiscovered.

I mean there is a ton on this planet that we still don’t know about. Not only are thousands of new plants, fungi, insects, and animals discovered every year. There are even still large mammals being discovered, or found surviving after they were believed extinct for decades.

So keep imagining crytpo creatures, keep protecting the environment so we don’t kill a bunch of animals before we even find them, and most importantly.

BUY THIS SHIRT!

Some truthing and a start

So lets start out with some brutal honesty.

The entire purpose of this website is to draw attention to things I create and am trying to sell.

That said, if you poke around here you will get to peek inside my head a bit.

As I write about different things I have created, and where you can acquire them… I am also going to talk a bit about my creative mental process.

The reasons for focusing on that part of the process is two fold.

First. I am an entirely self taught artist. This means that my techniques are “improper” and probably the hard way of doing everything. If you want to learn that, you are just as well to just pick up pens and brushes like I have and go to it.

Second. The mental process behind art is really all that is interesting to me. We all spent time in school listening to some teacher (ranging from dipshit to brilliant educator) tell you what the scholastic view of an art piece and what its meaning is. Being a creative person myself, I am betting most of that is bullshit and highly inaccurate. So I want to talk about what got me from a spark in my cerebral cortex to image on paper.

Which brings us to todays image. A t-shirt I designed named

“Midsommar Sacrifice”

Available at my Tee Public store in multiple colors.

Obviously this image is fan art, which is not something I do a ton of. The thing is though, after watching this movie I was overwhelmed with imagery and had to push some of it out of my head.

So when I got home, I broke out the colored pencils and did this sketch.

A sketch done immediately after watching Midsommar in a theatre.

I was already doing some shirt designs on Tee public, So I redid the image digitally, and put it out there. So far it has been my best selling design.

Since this bit of my whoring myself out involves fan art, I would be remiss if I did not link the film that inspired it.

So here is a link to Ari Aster and A24’s Midsommar.

If you like slow burn horror and movies that make you more than a little bit uncomfortable, you will love this one. It is beautifully shot, and well there has already been a ton written about it. But needless to say I am a fan (of the movie, writer, director, and production company- this is an A+ team).

Anyway that is all I have to say about this shirt design and the website today. Hopefully there will be some social media links added on here at some point.

Go create something!