There's something very disturbing about John Holcroft's work, but in a very good way. Checking out his illustrations, you can't help but feel as if you're seeing something forbidden. The fragility of the system, the obscurity of your career; the lack of romance in today's world. The characters' passions are their torture and there's only one way out - embracing the absurdity of the modern world. Working from a studio near Sheffield, UK, Holcroft manages to connect two completely different eras. Drawing inspiration from 1950s screen print posters, he creates satirical illustrations that depict the things that are wrong with our society.

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Foxxy 6 months ago

This is depressing.

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"My work is concept rather than character based," Holcroft told Bored Panda after being asked if he ever feels like a character in one of his pieces. "However, when working on an illustration whether it's a commission for a publication or a self-promotional piece I imagine what it's like to be in the situation of the concept. It helps to communicate to the reader more if they can related to the person in the image."

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Bubble tea 🤗 6 months ago

It shows that us women work a lot harder then men but get lower respect

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"My biggest concerns about society are that we are too reliant on devices to the extent of obsession," the artist said. "There is also a large proportion of young people that have 'dumbed down' and see platforms like YouTube as a new standard in entertainment, watching mindless drivel by people who either just want to be famous or want to viewing figures for ad revenue. This has become acceptable and the norm."

"How some people can be easily lead to believe things that the media tell them, whether it be about elections or referendums some people believe what they read on social media and tabloid newspapers instead of seeking out the facts."

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Bertha Garcia 6 months ago

Mansplaining

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Despite all the grim colors in his work, Holcroft likes to think he's optimistic, believing that everything's gonna be OK regarding, for example, climate change. "But the pessimistic side of me gets restless when I don't see very much movement politically. My biggest frustration is that little people like me and you don’t have a voice, we are shouting at the governments of the world to do something, millions of us with out metaphoric megaphones shouting ‘the world is in crisis, what are you doing about it?’. All while large corporations are profiting on the pollution without a care in the world."

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Rob Lucchetti 6 months ago

Unfortunately, many products we buy in the US and around the world are made under conditions we might consider inhumane. This happens for two reasons 1) There are markets for these items 2) people in these regions don't have many options for other work to avoid these jobs. Rock - meet hard place.

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The artist also tries not to get involved in anything religious or something that may offend others, unless it's for a really good cause. "The reason being, primarily this is how I make my living and I produce show pieces to attract work and I don’t thing I will be very popular if I alienate my potential clients. Although magazine articles tend to cover interesting subject matters they don’t like to upset their readership."

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CrunChewy McSandybutt 6 months ago

Watch out for those false friends.

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Blakkur Sverrir 6 months ago

I dont see a Panda here

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Selina Ali 6 months ago

That’s a beautiful depiction

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Elizabeth 6 months ago

This one strikes me as a sentiment on pollution- the scientists are trying to push global warming into reverse

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tuzdayschild 6 months ago

sigh...yeah

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Natters 6 months ago

He doesn't feel so good. (I'm sorry! I know this is a real problem in our society)

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Selina Ali 6 months ago (edited)

Women too, let’s stop bashing men they’re not all the same

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Foxxy 6 months ago

I know I shouldn’t laugh but seeing Ronald McDonald as a food baby is funny as.

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Foxxy 6 months ago (edited)

I never did this. My son is 5 and goes on the iPad once in a blue moon and never plays with my phone.

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squid 6 months ago

pew pew

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Bubble tea 🤗 6 months ago

I’m hungry now

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anarkzie 6 months ago

I wonder if when books first became widespread did they prompt the same overreaction as we are now seeing with tablets, phones etc?

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Night Owl 6 months ago

The government cutting the funding for science?

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Just Curious 6 months ago

This is entirely original and has never before been depicted in art.

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Mewton’s Third Paw 6 months ago

I think this oversimplifies things.

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Meyer Weinstock 6 months ago

an economy based solely on sales (and not service or production) will fall like a row of dominoes

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Mewton’s Third Paw 6 months ago

My opinion is that he’s looking to pills to fix his problem and not finding the answers there. Maybe it’s not about modern medicine as much as it is about people expecting pills to cure-all for certain things but not putting in the real world work. The pill is empty because it didn’t solve their problem. Maybe?

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Daria B 6 months ago

Gattaca ♥

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Daria B 6 months ago

Now I kinda want to build myself a lego fortress of my own.

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Kathy Baylis 6 months ago

This is the unintended consequence of the Genome Project on the nature vs nurture argument. Suddenly everyone started thinking “There’s a gene for that” about every aspect of human variation, including those that are shaped more by environment. Therefore, if someone is deemed aberrant, it’s automatically attributed to genetics, rather than the neglect and/or brutality they may have had to survive from childhood. This, in turn, can lead to labeling, which means society automatically writes them off as not worthy of our time and attention, and basically disposes of them through the school to prison pipeline—-strong and immobilizing shackles, indeed.

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Morgue Delivery 6 months ago

Your roots (i.e. upbringing) feed your brain.

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sh 6 months ago (edited)

Our necessities are starving babies that the government controls with the promise of money they may or may not get.

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Just Curious 6 months ago

Queenex.

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Mewton’s Third Paw 6 months ago

When they @ you they trap you.

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Candyfloss 6 months ago

I want a cupcake now!😂😍😇

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