There's something very disturbing about John Holcroft's work, but in a very good way. Checking out his cool drawings, 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 deliver a great social commentary on the things that are wrong with our society.

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Selina Ali
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1 year ago

This one made my heart sink

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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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Shadow
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1 year ago

I hate this in the real world

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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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always with the touching. or am I seen things?

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Despite all the grim colors in his creative drawings, Holcroft likes to think he's optimistic, believing that everything's gonna be OK regarding such social problems like 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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Selina Ali
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1 year ago

Unfortunately this is the reality

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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
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1 year ago

Watch out for those false friends.

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Selina Ali
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1 year ago

Sad but true

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Selina Ali
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1 year ago

That’s a beautiful depiction

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Blakkur Sverrir
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1 year ago

Where are Trump and friends, pushing in the opposite direction?

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Coco
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1 year ago

yep. Bang on

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Shadow
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1 year ago

That’s sad

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Selina Ali
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1 year ago (edited)

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

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Foxxy
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1 year ago

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

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Foxxy
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1 year 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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Tiffany Marie
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1 year ago

I don't have any of those.. Just a Steam gaming account.

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anarkzie
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1 year 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
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1 year ago

The government cutting the funding for science?

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CiscoZulfikar
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1 year ago

We only do work and work and work, need a holiday.

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Foxxy
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1 year ago

This one speaks personally to me. Bullies should be held accountable for their actions.

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Xian Tian
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1 year ago

sad all the business is dying due to ppl buying online

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Sadie Shapiro
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1 year ago

PLEASE.

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Selina Ali
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1 year ago

Looking for a cure but finding nothing

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Daria B
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1 year ago

Gattaca ♥

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Daria B
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1 year ago

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

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Daria B
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1 year ago

Excessive patriotism

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anarkzie
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1 year ago

Anyone got an explanation for this one?

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Luis Milian
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1 year ago

100%

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Remi
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1 year ago

Emotional purchases

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Luis Milian
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1 year ago

this can also be done with #

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Candyfloss
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1 year ago

I want a cupcake now!😂😍😇

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