Baron Samedi

This is my pitch for the t-shirt design for this year's Illest of Ill here at Ringling. In case you were unaware, Illest is an annual student run show that is currently in its 5th incarnation. Each year only the best of the best works of illustration by underclassmen are chosen by a world renowned guest illustrator/judge.

About the shirt: The LOA are the spirits of voodoo who act as intermediaries between humanity and the creator god called the Bondye (Bon Dieu, or good god). Baron Samedi is the leader of the Guédé loa, the spirits of the dead. He's the ultimate party animal in voodoo, with nonstop swearing, filthy jokes, and an ever-present glass of rum and big fat cigar. Samedi will dig a person's grave and greet them when they die. If he refuses to dig their grave, then they cannot die. He will also ensure that corpses rot in the ground so that they cannot be brought back as zombies.

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