Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Shirt Tribute to Ray Bradbury

Hello. I've submitted a shirt design to Threadless for the second time. It's a tribute to one of my favorite writers, Ray Bradbury. :) Because he was a cat lover, I have represented some of his stories through cats. You can vote for my submission until April 24.

My shirt submission

The stories behind the cats

Astronaut cat: I had to include a space element. I first thought of The Martian Chronicles, but for the cat's actual colors I was inspired by another one of Bradbury's Martian tales, "Dark They Were and Golden Eyed."

Cat behind wall: In The Martian Chronicles, Bradbury uses Edgar Allen Poe's "The Cask of Amontillado" for revenge on censorship.

Fireman cat: In Fahrenheit 451, houses become fireproof in a dystopic world. With all books banned, firemen have a new purpose by burning hidden books and capturing the person who kept them.

Safari cat: In "Sounds of Thunder," a man travels back in time to shoot a dinosaur at its designated time of death. After he accidentally steps on a butterfly in the past, he returns to his time frame, finding it different than it had been.

Throughout middle school and high school, I was attracted to the haunted society speculations and psychological thriller in these sci-fi tales, leading up to my love of dystopias. I highly recommend these stories along with Bradbury's short story "Skeleton."

And don't forget to vote for my shirt submission. :)