Seven Lessons from Seven Childhood Icons

Growing up in the 1990s, one of my fondest memories has to be the movies and TV shows that came from the era. This goes without saying that action movies and TV shows were often accompanied by many memorable quotations.

What makes these quotations even cooler than they are? That’s right. Placing them in a visual format, with amazing stained-glass-esque images of the action icon they came from.


Artist Andreas Preis came up with the idea to create these images after watching far too much Shepard Fairey. Coming up with some of these designs was very cool. You don’t need to be a fan to recognize the designs. Above you have John Rambo (from the Rambo movies). There are also icons such as B. A. Baracus from A-Team, and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Terminator T-800.


The art style behind the work is intriguing as well, since it combines the icons and quotations with an ornamental technique which has a kind of “Oceans 11” feel to it. One of the biggest things that intrigues me about this art is the color scheme which is self-evident; making use of shading and texture in a very aesthetic way. While it’s not new in art to create images of this sort, it is still a very cool way of framing these famous characters from movies and TV such as Die Hard, MacGyver and Karate Kid.




Again, the color scheme is very cool because it makes use of such a huge contrast, and the concept behind it was obviously motivated by an artist’s fandom that is reminiscent of a child of the 80s and 90s.



The character designs are beyond astounding, and the quotations are definitely memorable. Of course, there are the ever recognizable “Wax on, Wax off” by Mr. Miyagi, and “Hasta la vista, baby!” by the T-800. It would have been cool to see more, but this set is still somewhat impressive.

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