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

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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.

Felicia Murphy
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2 years ago

Same here, I actually play with my son instead of giving him electronics. Kids need love and attention, not to be babysat by phones.

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Minnie-me
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2 years ago

How to shut your kid up and be a mindless machine like the rest of society. Bravo lazy parenthood.

Katie Jamberri Nails
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2 years ago

Well, of course a game with animation and sounds that you can interact with will be more engaging than a rattle that only makes the same sound over and over.

SnowWolf
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2 years ago

Technology is just a part of their childhood now. Moving with the times.

Barbar Stewart
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2 years ago

Lazy parenting

Laura White
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2 years ago

This is incredibly sad

Xavier Wescott
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2 years ago

I hope when I have kids this won't happen.

athornedrose
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2 years ago

i see so many parents give their kids phones/tablets, but i just don't get it. they're really expensive (at least they are as far as i'm concerned) i wouldn't want to risk a kid breaking/messing with/ accidentally deleting something. are they just not worried about it? is it rich parents, and i'm just not in the right tax bracket to get it?

back atya
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2 years ago

I agree it's stupid to let a kid play with a phone. They expensive, made of glass that cut and unhealthy with RF radiation. Yes it does give radiation and in time causes cancer

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Ted Crow
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1 year ago

I thought it was a harmonica

back atya
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2 years ago

Parents are the problem here. I see them automatically give kids their phone to keep them occupied. Not only is this wrong but unhealthy. Phone companies say no but phone do give off unhealthy amounts of RF radiation.

Janice Seagraves
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2 years ago

My grandson is addicted to the tablet, phone, and entertainment.

Caren Johnson
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2 years ago

I weep for the future! :(

David Hanson
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2 years ago

Not being a smartphone user, when I first glanced at the pic I thought someone was handing the baby a poorly drawn switchblade...

sh
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2 years ago

And we wonder why seemingly every kid these days has ADHD... they skip right over the simple pleasures and go straight to electronics.

Magic567
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2 years ago

as someone with adhd, I find this insulting, do you have much knowledge of the subject or have it yourself?

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Bad training over good ones. The under privilege ones have better home training but the rich ones end up spoiled, ruining their lives and committing suicide.

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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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