Teeth have a little creepy to me, but also…cool? I have kind of a contradictory feeling about them, because I have a lot of anxiety around my own teeth. I have a pretty severe fear of the dentist, and while I’m a very good teeth brusher, the feeling of flossing makes me feel sick. I do it as often as I can stomach it, which isn’t often enough. I have a recurring dream that I clench my jaw so tight that my teeth shatter.
But I also think teeth are really cool looking and weird when they’re out-of-context illustration elements. This design was born from that contradicting feeling.
Looking at teeth for reference was a little creepy, especially looking at what appeared to be medical diagrams or illustrations from textbooks. I made myself a little uncomfortable in the name of art and I’m very pleased with the results, even if it does make me woozy to look at it.
I've always loved the anaglyph 3D look, and I feel like the way it messes with your eyes and gives a sense of discomfort simulates how I feel when I'm having the shattered tooth dream or when I’m waiting to see the dentist. Or hell, even when I’m just making the appointment to see the dentist.
The products pictured, along with others are available on my RedBubble shop! Personally I can’t wait to save up some extra cash and get myself one of the t-shirts. If you pick something up for yourself please share and tag me in it! I’d love to see what you picked out.