The cool and utterly horrifying pop icon illustrations by Ben Chen

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When I see Ben Chen's illustrations I imagine an endless orgy of movies, video games, comics, and random pop culture icons going on inside his head. The resulting hangover transforms into these hooraying but witty and elegant pieces of graphic humor.

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You can follow Chen's work on Flickr or buy his t-shirts in Threadless.


This is part of a series in which we are featuring really cool 2D or 3D illustrations and animations. If you are an illustrator or animator with high quality work, please drop me a line here.

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DISCUSSION

In all the other I can see the hook, but I don't get the Batman one. He's apparently a medical cadaver in a victorian doctor's amphitheatre of sorts? What's the twist exactly? How does it all tie in?

I'm also not sure I get the Peter Pan one exactly. Hook is in a Barrel of Monkeys but instead it's swords? I think I'm missing something.

I love all the other ones though. These should all be t-shirts for sure. Great style. Excellent wit. $20 - $25 each!

Edit: Oooooh. Rembrant. Ok, I guess. I still don't quite see how it ties into the Batman universe though.