We are importing this week’s Open Submission winner straight from New Zealand. Nope, it’s not a sheep, it’s Paul Shih and his Heavy Metal Panda God “Pandara” rocking out in the design, Hollow Threat. The artwork started off life back in 2007 as a Punk Rock themed concept, inspired by the band Minor Threat. But the idea never quite gelled for Shih. In early 2009 he made the connection between pandas and Heavy Metal’s affinity for unsubtle eyeliner and Pandara was born. Check him shreddin’ his guitar in this promo video for Shih’s matching vinyl toy character.
Infectious will be taking a short break from launching new designs until 2010. We hope your New Year’s celebrations are filled with as much head banging, fire breathing and axe wielding as Paul’s panda characters. Have a rocking holidays!