Just like Neo from The Matrix, we sometimes get a strange feeling deep in our guts that something is not quite right with the world. German artist Steffen Kraft, who also goes by the name Iconeo online, makes amazing social commentary pictures that highlight how ironic, weird and even hypocritical life can sometimes be.

Here are what we believe to be the most visually appealing pieces of Kraft’s artwork. So scroll down, upvote the ones you like, and share your thoughts in the comments. And make sure to read Bored Panda’s in-depth interview with the artist down below. After you’re done admiring this list, check out Kraft’s previous post on Bored Panda.

More info: Iconeo.de | Facebook | Instagram 

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Daria Z
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1 year ago

This one disturbs me the most :0

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MagicalUnicorn
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1 year ago

this is sad but true in so many cases

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Amy Pattie
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1 year ago

Wow this is sad.

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Bored Panda reached out to Iconeo to learn more about him, the way he creates art, and the philosophy that hides behind each picture. When asked about the main inspiration for his art, Kraft replied that he’s inspired by both small and large things.

“On the one hand, I'm inspired by little things, like my pencil, a cup of coffee or toilet paper. These little objects are icons. Everybody knows them. We don't have to think about their function when we see them. It's good brain training trying to place these things in a different situation. Sometimes, the results are meaningful, sometimes not.”

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varwenea
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1 year ago

Dumber meets dumber. Add Boris and there'll be a battle for the tweedle-dumbest title.

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Kaisu
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1 year ago

This is essentially how soldiers are manipulated to give their lives for their country

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Daria B
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1 year ago

Sadly, this one never gets old.

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“On the other hand, I'm inspired by bigger things, like climate change, plastic pollution or social behavior. I try to make these complex themes simple and surprising,” the artist revealed to Bored Panda.

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Ale_Vidal23
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1 year ago

school accessory, USA edition

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varwenea
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1 year ago

Luckily, Nelson Mandela, Malala Yousafzai, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Rosa Park, and many others didn't think so. Just need many more to think differently and take action.

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anonymous person
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1 year ago (edited)

Climate change is happening, people!!!!!! If we don’t act now to at least greatly reduce the rate at which it’s happening, our future children won’t have a hospitable planet to call home!!

Tiffany Marie
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1 year ago

Yeah one of the reasons I'm not having children.

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Monika Soffronow
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1 year ago

Jeremy Zimmerman, you posted the link to a speech by the late Hans Rosling, (Why the world population won’t exceed 11 billion | Hans Rosling | TGS.ORG) Rosling was a fantastic communicator, thoroughly enjoyable, and I sincerely recommend all BPandas to look him up. The thing is, half the 11 billion population would be several billion people too many. The future looks dim.

Szavics Daniel
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1 year ago

yes sure lets eat human flesh..

mandy randall
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1 year ago

That's what a Swedish professor in Stockholm just suggested! "Consuming human flesh could save the planet" we are not parasites the powers that be are and they are literally trying to invade our bodies and brains, we already in a sense being eaten alive.

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Terry T.
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1 year ago

Don't make globes out of wax....

Mia Cardenas
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1 year ago

We are living in a dying planet

The Dutches
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1 year ago

The planet is dying because we are killing it.

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Full Name
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1 year ago

This makes me want some ice cream.

Joyce Stewart
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1 year ago

I'm an old woman who is near my end here. I always wanted grandchildren until I saw what climate change, wars, and hatred was doing to our world. Now, I'm grateful I didn't. Sad to say, but it's true.

Sergio Serg
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1 year ago

Fake news... this has been debunked by a Nobel Prize winner. Don't fall for the hype politicians want you to believe only to fill their pockets. Yes we all have to be self aware of the environment but it is something we all have to do on our own..! Not by putting ludicrous amounts of money in the hands of politicians...

Monika Soffronow
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1 year ago

The current economic model that practically all countries/industries adhere to is based on an ever-expanding economy, but what to do if everybody already has all they need? Right. More humans will consume more. The parasitic pests will always proliferate until the host dies, and the risk here is that we humans are not at all as smart as we think we are. "U are what U do, not what U think U are." That makes us, we, you and me, into destroyers of the only planet we will ever know. We are shitting in our own bed.

Robyn Denton
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1 year ago

This is REALLY clever. And sad.

Georg Huber
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1 year ago

Yeah, the usual exaggeration.

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Kraft believes that in our daily routine, we are “overwhelmed with images and impressions”, which is why we lose the ability to “self-reflect and to see the world from a different point of view.”

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Miklós Nagy
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1 year ago

One has nothing the other has loans.

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varwenea
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1 year ago

Plastic bags, choking the sea life to death, forever changing our ecosystem as we know it, is far scarier than a mere shark.

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Romana Pfeifer
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1 year ago

I love this one

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“Of course, I also produce images, but it's the kind of communication most people understand quickly,” he admitted. “My goal is to surprise the viewer with simple ideas that they may not have thought about and which make them think, and make them discuss them with others.”

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Sherri Steinert-Brown
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1 year ago

This is so on track with what you see . I live in a small town in Montana but travel to Seattle WA every EASTER for cosplay convention . while I was there people and I am talking about the majority of people were walking around just like this illustration they didn't even look up when they were crossing the crosswalk in front of traffic. I guess they assume all drivers follow the rules.plus I am originally from the south and so I say hi to everyone not one person looked up or said hi back wait one person did but they looked at me like I was speaking a foreign language . This is who we now are in this world and it worries me when I think of my grandkids being taught or just shown that this is correct it is not. Our first language is talking to one another lets keep this new generation on the right path .

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Kaisu
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1 year ago

I wish there was an easy way for lonely people in the same area to meet up! However, a lot of people are too ashamed to admit that they're lonely

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queen...<3
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1 year ago (edited)

Just because you aren't vegan doesn't mean that you hate animals.

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Iconeo got a degree in Communication Design in Germany and founded an advertising agency. He admitted to Bored Panda that at that point he was “far away from being an artist” and also didn’t want to be one.

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Kaisu
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1 year ago

It's really sad how some people base their self worth on how many likes they receive

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varwenea
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1 year ago

NO!!!!!!!!

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RacconLifeGirlie
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1 year ago

me trying to find the right angle to watch netflix in the middle of the night

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“I liked to work for clients and create ideas to sell products. It was an important time for me, but after 8 years, I left the agency. Since then, I explored the art part inside of me. And it's a funny journey, not a straight path. I still do graphic design, logo design, poster design for clients, but more the artsy way with my style, not the advertising way with trendy images.”

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Tiffany Marie
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1 year ago

Who knows maybe that will be the rest of the world one day? Be like either Mad Max or Waterworld?

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anonymous person
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1 year ago

So sad but accurate. Humans are such destructive creatures.

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Daniel Lewis
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1 year ago

Fire is actually an essential tool in the management and preservation of forests. The reason there are huge devastating forest fires is because humans always try to extinguish natural forest fires. This action allows for the accumulation of burnable materials. Sadly ironic, isn't it? In trying to prevent destructive forest fires, humans actually create them.

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Kraft had some advice for all the new, veteran, successful and struggling artists out there: “Being an artist means having good times and having bad times, especially in the beginning. Be patient when you are uninspired or when you feel misunderstood. You are on the right path, as long as you are engaged in doing what you find interesting. And don't forget to relax. I get the best ideas when I'm relaxed and out of my office.”

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Daria Z
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1 year ago

So is reading books *sigh*

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Kaisu
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1 year ago

Don't assume you know how someone else feels until you ask. However, also don't kiss someone unless you have their consent

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Layla Cecil
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1 year ago

The vast majority of plastic comes from just a few rivers in China and India. They don't have trash pickup there, so people just toss all of their garbage into these rivers, which then feed into the ocean. Short of helping those countries with their waste disposal, the oceans will continue to fill with plastic.

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Finally, Kraft told Bored Panda about his future plans. “I want to do a book for children, but as with every new thing, this is hard in the beginning. And I'm trying to learn AR-stuff to explore new ways of showing my art.”

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Shika Louis
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1 year ago

Even the turtles can't keep all the waste we leave... It's sad that turtles have to clean another species' mess

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Mieke Sorée
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1 year ago

Took me a while to see it.

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boredpanDaman
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1 year ago

powerful!

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Kaisu
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1 year ago

Consumerism?

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Freya Allen
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1 year ago

just wow

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M Dream
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1 year ago

WARNING: Do not use plastic straws! Feel free to use plastic plates, pens, plastic anything else.. and of course products in plastic package. It's also ok to use products (of any material) that small children make in places outside your country. But please, do not use plastic straws or bags. Plastic life. One use only. Only for you.

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