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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Foxxy
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2 years 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 🤗
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2 years ago

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

Mewton’s Third Paw
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2 years ago

In my opinion, it’s not about respect. It’s showing that it’s twice as hard for women to reach the same goal as a man.

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Amber Jouer
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2 years ago

I didn't notice the first time I saw this one that the hoops were the male/female symbols. Nice touch.

Shadow
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2 years ago

I hate this in the real world

Xavier Wescott
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2 years ago

your not alone. I wish things were a lot different.

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Cute_Angel
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2 years ago

Everything is handed to men while women have to try harder and face more obstacles

Hugo Raible
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2 years ago

Just that it isn't. Men work very hard for their success, the number of deaths in the workplace and suicides should tell you.

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Happiness
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2 years ago

lies

Jane Zimmerman
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2 years ago

I read through all the comments quickly but it appears that no one noticed that the man is black and the woman is white - another major difference!!

Mr. Bean
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2 years ago

notice how the shadow and ring of the basketball hoop has the sign of the gender. clever.

Athena Ash
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1 year ago

This picture made me cry because it's so true.

crizz 1066
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1 year ago

Ahhh bullshite, more feminist propaganda!!!

Ms E
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1 year ago

Exactly what I have been thinking my whole life..

Marilyn Slater
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2 years ago

Go on girl, you can do it.

Dorin Miscenco
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2 years ago

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Kathy Baylis
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2 years ago

This could apply to any of the “isms” (sexism, ageism, racism, ableism, etc). Every time you (as a woman, older person, minority, or handicapped person) think you’re finally nearing the finish line, it seems the younger, white, able-bodied men just move it another mile further down the road.

Petra Christovová
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2 years ago

Very true.

Sasha Taylor
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2 years ago

If only everyone realised this....😔

Nadine Hauber
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2 years ago

It is still harder for women to reach the same goal as a man. I know the feeling.

ezPZ
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2 years ago (edited)

Aren't those different hoops as in different goals? And nothing stops them to shoot to the different one. Also, as the hoops are on the same wall, aren't they playing for the same team?

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TheExtremeSmell
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2 years ago

What about air bud? Last I checked there’s no rule a golden retriever can’t play basketball

Sadie Shapiro
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2 years ago

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What about the other genders? Their hoop is practically on the moon.

Captain Foley
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2 years ago

yeah @sh I sexually identify as an alligator stop saying I don't exist

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FranchuFranchu
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why are there so many feminazis in the comment section

Irene Blumkin
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I’m tired of the self-victimization of women. C’mon ladies, strut your stuff and work your ass off. There’s NO excuse! I’m 66 and did very well in the business world. For Gds sake, if you want power, TAKE IT!!

Gerry Higgins
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Soooooo tired of hearing about women's struggles. Women go on tv and write books about being strong because they support themselves and buy their own car and no one gives it to them.... so what . Every man in the world does that but we don't go on and on about it. It's called being an adult - sucks don't it.

Hodor! Hodor?
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Doesn't look like there's any effort from the woman at all, she isn't even trying

Tor Rolf Strøm
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2 years ago (edited)

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So, does this WOKE image also include deaths at war and other dangerous lines of work, suicides, general grades at school, and uhm, lets say makeup-artist youtubers and instagrammers?

John Smith
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2 years ago

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This is nonsense....at least in America. No pay gap. No opportunity gap. Sigh.

Άρης Παπαδόπουλος
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Reality: Replace man with western woman and (original) woman with Muslim woman. The western woman should shoot a man's testicle instead of a basketball.

Just Curious
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This is a optical illusion. Really, the hoops are the same height, guy is just a lot taller than the girl!

HU3Y2739
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Or maybe...woman just like to over complicate everything

Tyler Duffy
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Umm bullshit......I call bullshit. The "wage gap" is nonsense. There is a Earnings gap, but its super easy to explain. Women CHOOSE to work less hours than men- about 300hrs less a year. Women CHOOSE fields that they are more interested in- these fields usually pay less. Women CHOOSE to quit work and CHOOSE to start a family. Women aren't being oppressed by the structure of society. Stop spreading nonsense like this.

Pan Da
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2 years ago

Why would this be about wages? It's simply about reaching goals, and the obstacles in between a statistically greater for women

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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
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2 years ago

Mansplaining

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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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The Dutches
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2 years ago

Tony’s Chocolonely. Slave-free chocolat and really delicious. Just look it up. It is great.

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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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2 years ago

Watch out for those false friends.

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Blakkur Sverrir
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2 years ago

I dont see a Panda here

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Selina Ali
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2 years ago

That’s a beautiful depiction

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Elizabeth
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2 years 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
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2 years ago

sigh...yeah

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Natters
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2 years 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
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2 years ago (edited)

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

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Foxxy
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2 years 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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2 years 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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Sara
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2 years ago

Facebook has become much of society's weapon of choice when it comes to expressing their opinions (or blasting others' opinions)

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2 years ago

I’m hungry now

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anarkzie
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2 years 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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2 years ago

The government cutting the funding for science?

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Just Curious
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2 years ago

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

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Mewton’s Third Paw
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2 years ago

I think this oversimplifies things.

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Meyer Weinstock
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2 years ago

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

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Sadie Shapiro
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2 years ago

PLEASE.

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Mewton’s Third Paw
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2 years 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
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2 years ago

Gattaca ♥

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Daria B
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2 years ago

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

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Kathy Baylis
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2 years 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
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2 years ago

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

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sh
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2 years 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
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2 years ago

Queenex.

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Mewton’s Third Paw
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2 years ago

When they @ you they trap you.

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Candyfloss
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2 years ago

I want a cupcake now!😂😍😇

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