It’s funny how design inspiration comes about. This particular T-Shirt design from Etsy seller, LovesickRobotStudios, has its origins from a UC Davis Occupy Protest that took place on November 20, 2011. Lieutenant John Pike was photographed pepper spraying UC Davis students seated in protest.
Of course, this pissed off a lot of people. Soon after, Lieutenant John Pike began popping up on InternetLAND, eventually finding his way in the 1819 painting Declaration of Independence by John Trumbull and then Georges Seurat’s A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte (1884) by Tumblr blog It Makes No Sense.
And this eventually led to a Reddit thread by GeneralLudd featuring a Banksy-like stenciled illustration tittled Casually Butterfly Everything.
And that’s when LovesickRobotStudios turned Lieutnent John Pike into an actual product. For Sale. For a mere $12 you can score a faux-banksy-like T-Shirt featuring an asshole spraying butterflies.