Whimsical Story Text–
As we well know Medusa can still turn any would-be gazer into stone even after her head has been successfully removed from her body. A head with this kind of power is dangerous, especially in populated areas. Years ago it was brought to a museum and after the head turned one of the curators to stone the other museum staff knew they had a big problem. Scrambling to figure out a solution before the exhibit opened in just days they toiled away. Nothing came of their efforts so the head sat locked its display and the exhibit didn't open.
One late night while working in his laboratory a Science Bro unrelated to the museum did an equation. He figured out that sunglasses would completely block the effects of the eyes' abilities. Before he made this discovery public though, like any great scientist, he checked and rechecked the equation by writing it over and over on his chalkboard in chalk, then on his dry erase board in marker. Since it consistently looked good in both mediums it meant there was only one thing left to do...
...Days later at the exhibit where the museum kept the head, up a few marble stairs, and in front of a room full of recently-turned-to-stone reporters with cameras rolling Science Bro triumphantly stood and placed the store bought sunglasses upon Medusa's head. He exclaimed "I Got You, Bro." while nodding his head up and down, smiling, and giving a thumbs up with his right hand. The year was 4580A.H.E. and a commemorative shirt was made. All Bros and Bro-ettes of world rejoiced because they were shielded from further potential tragedies, their lives would be saved if they decided to visit the Medusa exhibit at the museum.*
And while Medusa's head was detached from her body the hair comprised of snakes lived on. And as agitated as they were none of them could remove the sunglasses because snakes don't understand how sunglasses work.
The question came into my head, "What if one of the current time's most idiotically-worded sayings were combined with something from ancient times that was absolutely epic to the people of the time?" I am a lover of archaeology and have always been a lover of the Gorgons as monsters so I came up with the idea for the design you see on the shirt.
I have had people staring at this design pondering its meaning. Thought and perplexity is what I sometimes strive for with my ideas and I am always amused when this stops people and gets them to focus on something other than a phone screen. Then in my experience it creates conversation and chuckles, which I also strive for.
The artist I chose for this real world telling of the commemorative shirt that was made of that famous imaginary day was Jordu Schell https://www.instagram.com/schellsculpturestudio/, a fabulous artist and friend. I appreciate his abilities and willingness to indulge my nonsensical ideas. I highly recommend checking out his sculptures if you like realistic portraits and/or creatures.
Jordu, http://jorduschell.com, from his website: Schell Sculpture Studio offers the finest creature and character design available anywhere. While the Studio has been providing concept art in the industry for over ten years, owner and head designer Jordu Schell has been in the film and television industry since 1987. His talent as a designer and sculptor is world renowned, and his credits include: “Avatar”, “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian”, “300”, “Hellboy”, “Aliens vs. Predator – Requiem”, “Men in Black”, “The Mist”, “Batman Returns”, “Edward Scissorhands”, “Alien: Resurrection”, “The X-Files Movie”, “Predator II”, “Galaxy Quest”, “Evolution”, “Babylon 5-The Series” (on which he designed an emmy award-winning creature make-up and the first fully digital creature for a television series), and many more. Schell Sculpture Studio is a full service sculpture and design facility with a wealth of talent to match the need of any project. Our studio specializes in creature and character design, props, prototypes for toys and model kits, general special effects work, and creature design classes.
My Favorite Aspects Of The Art–
My favorite aspects of this art is how the snakes are reacting to the incoming hand and the overall shape that they make. I can see such movement and reaction from the snakes and they're consistently impressive to me when I look at them. I have stared at this art for a while on several occasions and still love looking at it.
About The Shirt–
100% Organic Cotton Made By Groceries Apparel and in their words– We manufacture in our own Los Angeles, CA factory to ensure our standards are fully executed. Vertically-integrated, local, and traceable production maximizes quality, efficiency, and employee pay, and minimizes redundancy, waste and our carbon footprint.
DTG printing by T-Shirt Storm in Orange County with water-based inks.
I am accidentally wearing a size small in these pictures instead of a medium!
The shirt pictured is a prototype. I get antsy and revise the designs on occasion and the shirt you get may be slightly different than the one that's shown here. If it is different it is all for the better in my opinion!
The Shipping Box And What's In It–
Packing supplies by EcoEnclose and all printing by greenerprinter. Packed by me, and shipped by USPS Priority.
It is my goal to ship shirts as soon after they get ordered as I can. Since these are more uncertain times for business as well as individuals I am estimating anywhere between 1 to 3 weeks. I think the shirt is worth the wait and if you don't, then for now, hold off on ordering. Maybe sign up for the mailing list to get updates.
*People had been saved until some students playing hackey sack in the museum bumped Medusa's head's stand knocking off the sunglasses. The incident caused several people to be turned to stone including the hackey sack players. They are now frozen in time for all-time, forever playing hackey sack. The room the head is in has been closed and sealed for decades. With Science Bro missing who will be next to solve this problem and bring salvation to the citizens?