In the modern world where our countries, cities, and society evolve so rapidly, you would expect any problem to be easily solved. However, the issues we face usually grow with us and are ever-changing. Talented artist Alireza Pakdel illustrates such sensitive topics in his art and does a great job of making the viewer stop and think for a second.

Pakdel’s heartfelt illustrations have amassed quite a following on social media with people admiring how relevant and sentimental they feel. Bored Panda has posted about the artist’s work in the past: part 1, part 2. Today we want to take a look and unpack the newest art pieces by Alireza.

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Ayisa
Community Member
8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

A piece of you is always left behind. The horrors of war take a part of you that can never be fully replaced.

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When asked about his creative process, the artist says: “Sometimes ideas come to my mind suddenly and I immediately start working and bring the idea to paper but sometimes I research about an idea and I check the sources and collect information via photos and videos and after that, I start working. About my technique, I sketch on paper and then color by Procreate or Photoshop.” It usually takes Pakdel about a day to finish one of his illustrations.

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Sterling Hill
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The finish line for a woman is a lot farther than for a man (?)

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We wondered if Pakdel ever has struggles coming up with new ideas, to which he replied: “Every cartoonist deals with creative block, and I'm not an exception to this rule. So in these times I stop working and I relax, play with my son or take care of my plants. Distracting myself from the subject or doing various things turns on my mind's engine.”

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Ember Hermin
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I don't understand; what does the man in the window represent?

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Ayisa
Community Member
8 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Behind the tough exterior, soldiers are human. They want peace just like all of us. The Kremlin are acting on Putin's order, not of their own will.

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Every great creator needs someone to look up to for inspiration. The artist says: “Quino, an Argentinean cartoonist, inspires me. I really like his cartoons. But I have always tried to stay true to my personal style and I work hard to achieve my unique style.”

When asked about future plans, Pakdel says: “I have some important goals for my work and my most important goals are publishing my book, organizing various exhibitions around the world on the subject of immigration, corona, and current social issues and also producing some short animations of my ideas.”

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Ayisa
Community Member
8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The care, effort, and tears we put into the earth can grow it back. It's never to late to turn around and stop pollution!

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Ayisa
Community Member
8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Stop pollution! Bring the world back to the way it was, fresh and beautiful.

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Jaguarundi
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

They're going from the cold, white, winter of despair to the warm, green, spring of hope.

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Ayisa
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Reminds me of the rich 1% with money to waste while people starve to death.

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Pinkfly
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This took a minute because I thought those were broccoli lol

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Thoughts4u
Community Member
8 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I don't see this as karma. The wildlife protector's hands are in handcuffs...his hands "are tied" in chains. An impending death awaits him. The wildlife is trying to protect him, but they can't. If the man is killed, the wildlife will be as well.

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Nadine Bamberger
Community Member
8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is in reference to the Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 that was shot down shortly after take-off from Teheran on 8th January 2020, all 176 people on board died, there were no survivors. It was during the Persian Gulf crisis, the Iranian government admitted they shot it down, claim they mistook it for a missile although it's been suspected to be in retaliation for the death of IRCG General Qasem Suleimani by US forces.

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Jaguarundi
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The well-fed and comfortable are unable to see the starving family right before them.

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Ayisa
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

When you kill nature, you kill everything that depends on it.

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JuJu
Community Member
8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The mediterranian sea is a mass grave

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Beck
Community Member
8 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Leaders standing in the backs of its people. Not hearing their voices.

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Gabby
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Work smarter, no harder! Unless, of course it takes YEARS longer... lmao

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M O'Connell
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This one strongly depends on where the intended audience of this cartoon is. In North America, Mute Swans are invasive. They bully and kill native waterfowl, destroying their nests and pecking their eggs. They were introduced to N. America by rich people who wanted their private lakes to look more european, but it's caused an enormous mess. Hunting of them is encouraged as a means to restore natural order. It's also worth noting that one of the strongest groups fighting to protect waterfowl and their habitats in general is supported by hunters.

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Lindsey
Community Member
8 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm not sure I get this one. Can someone explain? Is it that the enemy is bringing them to greener pastures somehow? Is he not such a bad wolf after all? Or is it a trick to fatten them up? Or am I just TOTALLY lost?

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Dan
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The poor have nothing but the rich have too much

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𝙸'𝚖𝚊𝚗𝚘𝚘𝚋!(new account)
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8 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

g̶o̶t̶ ̶a̶ ̶l̶o̶t̶ ̶o̶f̶ ̶s̶h̶o̶e̶s̶ ̶t̶o̶ ̶f̶i̶l̶l̶,̶ ̶e̶h̶?̶ ̶s̶a̶m̶e̶ ̶b̶r̶o̶,̶ ̶s̶a̶m̶e̶😞 *edit: you can ignore my comment, I found out that I didn't understand the actual meaning behind this image. You can see @Ellie 's comment below for the meaning :)*

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LJ Robinson
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8 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The headboard is the viewing panel for a woman wearing a burka. His hair is down, he's naked, he's got a gun, and rights. I don't know if this means she is watching over him, or if she's trapped behind the burka and has no rights.

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