Blog from the Fog

December 26, 2011

New Logos Designs at Cafepress/FogWeaver

I recently added three designs to CafePress in the Logos* category. Tee shirts and sweatshirts for men and women, buttons, stickers, bags, wall art, and housewares are available in all three designs. Two are quotations from Frederich Nietzche, the German existential philosopher, and one is from Kipling, British warrior/poet:

Abyss Gazes Back

Battle not with monsters,
Lest you become a monster.
If you gaze into the abyss,
The abyss gazes also into you.
Frederich Nietzche

Be careful when you fight monstersBe careful
When you fight monsters,
Lest you become one.
Frederich Nietzche

who what when where why howI keep six honest serving men,
(They taught me all I knew);
Their names are What and Why
And When and How and Where and Who.
Rudyard Kipling, The Elephant’s Child

The Nietzche quotes seem particularly apt at this time, given our current War on Terror and War on Drugs: do these wars really protect us, or merely deprive us of our liberties and lower us to the level of those we are fighting? Meanwhile, we are discouraged by schools, the media, religion, and law enforcement from asking pesky questions. Yet only by questioning can we arrive at the truth.
I challenge you to use these products to question the status quo and encourage others to do the same.

*Logos is the Greek word for Word; it’s also a description of many of these designs, which look like logos.

June 11, 2008

Patriotic Designs for Fourth of July

Independence Day is almost upon us. Here’s a bunch of designs I made a while ago, suitable for your Fourth of July barbeque. These designs were created in Adobe Illustrator and colored in Adobe Photoshop. I used a 3.25″ x 5.4″ field, .25″ stripes, and a 2″x1.75″ canton. (The field is effectively 3×5, one of the appropriate sizes for the American and most other flags.)

Since the arrangement of the stars on the flag was not set until 1912, flag makers had free hand in placing the stars on their flags, leading to some interesting arrangements. The circular pattern Betsy Ross used was common, the one on the Bennington “76″ flag was not. Also included are a number of flags without stripes, including the Tauton “Join or Die” flag, the red Continental flag with the New England Pine Tree in the canton, and the pre-war Join or Die flag. These designs and others are available in BBQ aprons and t-shirts and sweatshirts for men, women, and children.

Betsy Ross Flag

Betsy Ross Flag

Tauton "Liberty and Union" Flag

Tauton Flag

Bennington "76" Flag

Bennington Flag

Continental "Pine Tree" Flag

Continental Flag

Original Design of Don't Tread on Me Banner

Don't Tread on Me

Join or Die Snake Flag

Join or Die Flag

Spirit of 76 Flag, Drum, and Declartion Design

Spirit of 76

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