Ghost King ($12) by Blake B is the current limited edition design to be featured at Tilteed. This second print of Blake’s features a similar, if not the same character that we saw in Outside the Cathedral several months ago. Although the characters from the two designs are alike, the designs themselves are very different.What I love about Ghost King is that the ghost blends right into the shirt. I don’t think that I would feel the same way about it if the background were a different color or if the ghost were more distinct. For all we know, there could be a bunch of ghosts with their eyes closed hanging out in the room. The possibilities add to the mystery behind the illustration.
I also love how this design makes my eyes work in a unique way. Although the king essentially becomes a part of the darkness, I can still picture the shape of his face. He may very well have a long nose like Pinocchio, but it doesn’t matter because I’m going to keep seeing him the way that I envision him. I guess that’s the beauty of it. Blake gives us some leeway in creating our own image of the ghost king, and that adds to the joys of looking at this piece of art.