The Color Red: An Assessment

Here’s a question: is the color red good? Symbolically, we mean.

In terms of finances, it’s a bad thing, obviously. If you’re “in the red” you’re spending more money than you’re making. Same with “seeing red.” That’s pure anger, not a good thing by any means.

But what about “painting the town red”? That’s a good thing, right? You’re really enjoying yourself. Although, it can also signify a wild lack of control. Like, meeting up with your friends to watch a game, have a nice dinner, and maybe drink a couple cocktails–you wouldn’t say that’s ‘painting the town red.’ No way. Painting the town red implies going OVERBOARD.

Then there’s the red delicious apple. Seems positive. It is delicious, after all. How could it not be? And yet, the inclusion of ‘delicious’ in the name feels a little overcompensate-y, if you think about it. Almost as if the ‘red’ part itself isn’t enough to imply deliciousness, or, to go even further, as if one would need to clarify: ‘it’s red, but don’t worry, it’s also delicious.’

Red Dead Redemption is one of the most critically-acclaimed video game series in recent years, but ‘red tide’ is definitely bad. The red Power Ranger? Pretty cool. Clifford the big Red Dog, also cool, and yet, like the red delicious apple, it seems telling that they had to add another feature: just a red dog wouldn’t be enough; he has to be huge too to really be marketable.

In conclusion, it’s really hard to tell if ‘red’ is a good thing or a bad thing.

And that, friends, is how you write about a shirt that says “Commie Maybe” on it, without expressing an opinion either way about Communism.

In The Red by Gulshan

Here’s what Gulshan has to say about Gulshan: “I’m an amateur graphic designer based in Bangalore, India. I like to keep things silly, morbid and irreverent in my ideas. I collaborate with illustrators and designers from all over the world who help me bring my silly ideas to life. I also illustrate my ideas myself if they’re not too complex.”

Now, look, we appreciate the modesty, sure. But, c’mon, Gulshan! Based on these designs, you’re clearly super clever! So market yourself a bit more! Try something like this: “I’m an expert level idea haver who will occasionally bequeath onto some undeserving quote-un-quote artist the opportunity to bring visually to life my shimmering, incandescent wit.”

Okay, maybe we went a little too far there. But still, we think you’re great, Gulshan!

The Color Red: An Assessment

Here’s a question: is the color red good? Symbolically, we mean.

In terms of finances, it’s a bad thing, obviously. If you’re “in the red” you’re spending more money than you’re making. Same with “seeing red.” That’s pure anger, not a good thing by any means.

But what about “painting the town red”? That’s a good thing, right? You’re really enjoying yourself. Although, it can also signify a wild lack of control. Like, meeting up with your friends to watch a game, have a nice dinner, and maybe drink a couple cocktails–you wouldn’t say that’s ‘painting the town red.’ No way. Painting the town red implies going OVERBOARD.

Then there’s the red delicious apple. Seems positive. It is delicious, after all. How could it not be? And yet, the inclusion of ‘delicious’ in the name feels a little overcompensate-y, if you think about it. Almost as if the ‘red’ part itself isn’t enough to imply deliciousness, or, to go even further, as if one would need to clarify: ‘it’s red, but don’t worry, it’s also delicious.’

Red Dead Redemption is one of the most critically-acclaimed video game series in recent years, but ‘red tide’ is definitely bad. The red Power Ranger? Pretty cool. Clifford the big Red Dog, also cool, and yet, like the red delicious apple, it seems telling that they had to add another feature: just a red dog wouldn’t be enough; he has to be huge too to really be marketable.

In conclusion, it’s really hard to tell if ‘red’ is a good thing or a bad thing.

And that, friends, is how you write about a shirt that says “Commie Maybe” on it, without expressing an opinion either way about Communism.

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