Sometimes explaining a tag ruins the mystery and it seems all we do is somewhat random so if you don't want spoilers stop reading now.
-original tag information written by olliehugschu-
This tag was designed and drawn by me (olliehugschu) as a Mother's Day present for cheshiegrin. It will most likely not be ready in time to present to her then, but the goal is to have them ready for Berkshire Geobash #6 so she may use them as a signature trade item. Her pathtag collection has just begun and she expressed interest in owning her own design so after a little while of listening to casual ideas, I completed artwork for it. She has seen it and liked it very much, but does not know it is being ordered for her. Originally, I was going to pay for it and have her pay me back over time because she wasn't going to be able to order in time, but I have since dropped it and haven't mentioned ordering any. This will be a suprise gift that hopefully she will love. The tag ownership will be transferred once it arrives and it will be up to her to open to trades.
About the Design
"Caffinated Cheshire Cat" is an idea thought up by cheshiegrin, drawn by olliehugschu, and brought to life by pathtags.com. Cheshiegrin has loved Alice in Wonderland since she was a child and has always favored the Cheshire Cat from the books to TV series and movies. It seemed only fitting to have a username based on it as well as a tag ready in time to visit Cheshire, MA. Her favorite visual incarnation of the character was in Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland released in 2010 by Disney which became the basis of the colour and style here. Although that is the starting point, this style is also achieved through personal preferences to create something whismisical as well as recognizable yet unique.
A good part of the Cheshire cat's appearance is also inspired by our two tabby cats Slim and Shady. They are a mom and baby that have a similiar gray in their fur and Shady has large eyes with a kitten-like appearance she will never grow out of. Shady is most like him as she is very curious and a free spirit who is very smart. She is always dissapearing and reappearing at random while getting into mischief all the way and even sits on a decorative mushroom in the yard like the Caterpilliar. Slim is also like Cheshie; intelligent and protective of those she loves always watching even if you cannot spot her. She is also just as mysterious and can not always be read or her thoughts deciphered. Slim can be gentle or stern depending on what the situation calls for to those around her as well. Generally, they are both nosey too, but do not get involved if it seems unimportant or a hassle either. All of these traits and more can be seen in the character, and it was only right to try to show visually their infuence and the memories popping up during the entire design process.
Cheshiegrin is also a highly caffinated individual who loves both tea and coffee so it is only right for the Cheshire Cat to be placed in a teacup. Cheshie seems a mischievous and charming enough fellow to be just as at home in a teacup as in a tree or the Mad Hatter's hat. Lastly, there is a gear motif upon his cup as it is a fun story to toy with steampunk interpretations and happens often. Not to mention, cheshiegrin also loves the steampunk aesthetic and creativity. Hopefully, everyone especially her enjoys encountering this tag.
To my mother:
You probably know that even though I'm an emotional person, I don't normally show it. This is my way to show that I care so much and am thankful for all you do. Mothers' Day is just an excuse to do something that hopefully you will enjoy. Your love for Alice in Wonderland as well as many other things have rubbed off on me and often influence me greatly. Within Alice in Wonderland, many things have always stuck out to me and have gotten me through some tough situations, but there are 4 quotes in particuliar that I go to most. If it wasn't for you, I wouldn't love them so much or think of them to help guide me.
“It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.” -Alice
“Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” -Alice
“If you don't know where you are going any road can take you there” -Cheshire Cat
“You’re mad, bonkers, completely off your head. But I’ll tell you a secret. All the best people are.” -Mad Hatter
I would like to leave you a quote that you probably know is true too well because you come up with some wonderfully creative ideas that I enjoy bringing to life as often as I can. However, you say you are not creative a lot even though it is simply not true. Those ideas are important even if you need help to carry them out. Sometimes you cure my artblock and that is part of what makes us a team. We help one another.
“Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality.” -Cheshire Cat
Original Run Info:
100 ordered in original run
Artwork completed March 22, 2017
Tag ordered April 12, 2017
Blueprint #1 Recieved/Rejected for colour correction April 18, 2017
Blueprint #2 Recieved/Approved April 19, 2017
Production began April 19, 2017
Production complete/shipped: Coming soon!
A rrived: Coming soon!
Due to the idea being created by cheshiegrin and art from olliehugschu, it is preferred that this is traded instead of sold if it is no longer wanted.