Düsterkeit Eins by Steve Leadbeater

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I have noticed a lot of French gothic inspired work lately (gargoyles and sexy typography). As a reaction to this I am celebrating the unromantic language of Germany with one of my favourite mythical creatures – the griffin.

Griffins are often portrayed as guardians of treasure (the wearer of the T-Shirt?). I have treated the design with a crude lack of sentimentality. ‘Düsterkeit’ (pronounced ‘do-stir-kite’) means greyness, gloominess or shadowy darkness in German.


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mythology, german, gargoyle, greyness, drabness, duskiness, düsterkeit, dismalness, darkness, gothic, creature, griffin

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  • Penny Hetherington
    Penny Hetherin...almost 5 years ago


  • Thanks Penny

    – Steve Leadbeater

  • Tordo
    Tordoalmost 5 years ago

    It’s like an anti gargoyle t-shirt that gargoyle t-shirts fans can wear, is ironic and sarcastic all the way.

  • Thanks Tordo – glad you see funny/true side of the project. I might buy this one and check it out myself.

    – Steve Leadbeater

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