The evil clown is an inverted version of the classic comic strip clown, where the goofy stereotypical normality is instead portrayed in a far more disturbed nature via the employment of black comedy and disturbing humor. Jack Sparrow is a rogue clown who roams the streets of modern day London as he tries to make his mark on the London society. A favourite of both children and adults, the Jack Sparrow character epitomizes the principles of good versus evil. Also known as a ‘money man’, he carries with him an extensive variety of goodies that allow him to survive the ordeals that try to keep him from reaching his ultimate goal of total freedom. However, the life of an ordinary man is not all that easy to find as he finds himself constantly trapped in the financial problems that prevent him from achieving his goals. In this Jack Sparrow tumbler, you can see the fictional character at his most absurd, while also representing the principles that keep him surviving.
The design of this tumbler comes in a fun, mad, and yet, rational color combination. Representing the protagonist Jack Sparrow’s attitude towards the society that keeps him trapped, the color scheme portrays the rogue clown’s distaste for the rationality of modern life while at the same time incorporating the norms of a typical English festival. One might say that the designs were created by an imaginative artist looking to represent the irrational fears that human beings often have about the world in general and the concept of the clowns in particular. So, while the design was originally created as an accessory to represent Jack Sparrow’s sense of humour and his sense of freedom, it has since become a unique symbol of both these aspects of the character.
The Evil Clown t-shirt is one of those rare instances where a character we have come to identify with fully is given a rather horrifying image in the form of a t-shirt. So, instead of the evil clowns icon being some goofy joke that only few can appreciate, it has taken on a more macabre meaning in our everyday lives. Its presence in our popular culture makes it something we can identify with more easily than any other comic or t-shirt design. It makes us feel slightly out of place without them understanding how out of place we are.