Caution: Contains Multitudes

The other night I ended up getting an e-copy of Austin Kleon‘s Steal Like An Artist [1]. It was worth the $2 (so, if you’re in an unsure of yourself stage in just about anything, go get it).

Near the end are an assortment of text-based illustrations (Kleon does poetry by blacking out parts of newspapers; fascinating) and one is just these two words,: CONTAIN MULTITUDES.[2]

In a flash of inspiration, a new design came to me and I put most of it together in half an hour.

It’s already up on RedBubble and CafePress [3], with Zazzle soon to come.

[1] Because Daniel Abraham RT’d Kleon’s tweet about it being $1.99 (links here, probably not that cheap today maybe).  Daniel is the fellow who got me started on this about 15 years ago by asking for a RiotNrrd shirt, so thanks once again are due to him. :)

[2] It’s a reference to the Walt Whitman poem “Song of Myself“, of which is usually quoted just this:

Do I contradict myself?
Very well then I contradict myself,
(I am large, I contain multitudes.)

[3] Because I have to post a new design there every three months or I get even worse rates, and I use text-based designs for that.

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