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I am so excited to write this review, you guys. You see, when I was contacted by Red Bubble to do a review and giveaway, I had already decided I was going to be buying prints form them to hang in my apartment.
Let’s back up. Red Bubble is this cool site that allows artists to upload their art for placements on goods like iPhone cases, t-shirts, hoodies postcards, prints, framed photos and even printed canvases. It’s kind of like Etsy, but Red Bubble does the hard work. Prices are really reasonable — I paid $15 each for 12 x 18-inch prints — and I would have bought these prints even if I hadn’t been able to do a review.
So where was I? Oh, right. I wanted art. After Wizard World Chicago last year, I really wanted to add something comic book related. Some shopping led me to three pieces by GeekMyWall. I specifically choose her prints of Catwoman, Harley Quinn and Ivy — the Gotham City Sirens. However, the artist makes dozens more prints featuring all your favorite — and hated — geek icons.
Geekery isn’t the only thing that you’ll find on Red Bubble, but it is my thing. You can pretty much type anything into the search bar. Search for Spongebob is your kids love the show. Find a shirt from your favorite romantic comedy. Plenty of animals and scenes pop up for “farming.” The same goes for waterfalls. Like I said, you’ll find just about anything. I was searching around the time when Harold Ramis died, so I found a lot of Ghustbusters swag.
And because everything is by a different artist, you’ve got lots of styles to choose from. Red Bubble is perfect if you want to show your fandom but don’t love the official merchandise. Ghostbusters is also a great example of something that I love that’s no longer actively merchandised.
So I decided on these posters, which use typography and minimalist influence. IF you know anything about my tastes, then you’ll understand how they’re perfect for me. Each print uses a popular quote by the character to make the shape of his or her body. For Catwoman, the quote is
I don’t know about you miss kitty, but I feel so much yummier.
You might recognize it as a quote from 1992’s Batman Returns, where Michelle Pfeiffer plays the character of Catwoman. Similarly, Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy’s prints use their quotes. Ivy’s is:
I know you can’t resist me. No man can.
So I bought them. I used a gift code provided to me from the company for this honest review. It covered the price of the prints. One thing I did want to note about shopping is that you cannot use a coupon and a gift code. Coupons are easily found online and Red Bubble even advertises coupons for special events/programs on the site. But the system allows for one code and coupons and gift codes are the same.
I forget if the code I got covered shipping. I may have have to pay, literally, a few cents. Totally worth it! And let me tell you, shipping was fast. USPS priority meant I had the prints in my home in a matter of days.
They were packaged in a large but light box. Inside the box was a flat piece of cardboard with a plastic “pocket” attached. The three prints, which are all the same size, sat snugly inside the pocket. It was obvious that it was “custom” so that the prints wouldn’t move during shipping. They came in pristine condition. I expect that your prints would be in their own custom pockets to keep them safe, but other items don’t need as much protection.
Now, I was in love with the Catwoman print initially. I feel like we’re kindred spirits in some ways. Maybe I’m just a crazy cat lady. Who knows? I liked all of the prints, but I fell in love with Ivy as soon as the package arrived at my door.
She’s definitely got the most color with her green outfit and red hair. The way she “grows” from the ground is totally in line with the soul of the character, too. It absolutely looks better in person. It really pops! This could just be a limitation of color on screen versus in person. I’m not complaining.
Harley Quinn and Catwoman also looked cool, and I decided to sandwich Poison Ivy between them because it felt “balanced.” Catwoman is mostly black and fleshtoned, of course, and Harley Quinn is her signature black and red.
The colors are deep. The prints look every bit as awesome in person as they did online. They’re perfectly cut – nothing crooked. There were no scratches or bends or tears. All in all, it feels incredibly professional.
I had to go out and buy frames for them immediately, of course. I’d had my eye on some at Michaels, but when I went to pick them up, I realized that they were all scratched. I found some reasonably-priced frames in glossy black because I thought it would go well with all of the prints. I might still paint them another color, but I like them well enough for now.
I had considered buying a larger frame with mat, but I really didn’t need it. I wanted to place these over my couch, which I recently moved when I rearranged my living room, and the three fit well. I decided to stagger Poison Ivy, the middle photo, so it sat below the other two. After the obligatory adjustments (my walls are crazy bowed), I ended up with this.
You’ll have to ignore the low lighting. It’s only recently begun to lighten up here in Wisconsin, where spring might never come. As you can see in the photo, the size works well with my couch and cat apparently. My nerdy couch pillows also help geek up the place!
Keep your eye open for a Red Bubble giveaway in the future!