Boston-based Johnny Cupcakes has no shortage of great design ideas these days. But, he’s not willing to ignore the past, and is now paying tribute to a pair of legendary pop artists that helped pave the way for irreverent designers such as himself. Johnny Cupcakes knows that great design doesn’t exist in a vacuum, and is often influenced by the work of others. As such, he’s come up with a pair of designs that are homage to artists that were likely an influence on him. His latest efforts, now available on his website and in his stores, include tributes to legendary artists Roy Lichtenstein and Pier Mondrian.
Lichtenstein was famous for art that evoked imagery that one would normally associate with comic books or perhaps advertising. One of Johnny Cupcakes new shirts is clearly in this tradition, and “comic strip guys” features a man and woman in an overly-dramatized scene drawn like it was straight out of a comic strip, right down to the choice of colors.
Mondrian, on the other hand, was known for black and white grid designs, interspersed with primary colors. Johnny Cupcakes’ new “Mondrian Crossbones” design takes the classic Mondrian style and overlays it with his own now-iconic cupcake crossbones logo.