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20 Honest Illustrations That Paint a Picture of the Decade we Just Cemented in History

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20 Honest Illustrations That Paint a Picture of the Decade we Just Cemented in History

By now, it should be apparent that the type of illustration you’re about to be entertained by, is a distinct genre of content in 2019.

If you know how to produce illustrations, it’s a good time to get up on your game and do that. Here are 20 illustrations that are relevant to the decade we are almost finished living through in 2019, making history every moment of it: the 2010’s decade.

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There’s no shame in the realization that to a certain extent, everyone feels like this. That is to say, nobody is happy all the time. It’s not necessary to portray an image of a flatline, constant perfect state of contentedness.

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The original article captioned it the “roots of addiction,” but this illustration is clearly depicting an ass tree. The figure appears to be the type of individual who would eat up anything the nightly news tells him. That’s probably the point of the illustration.

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A woman’s conversation being demoted below the man’s is depicted by this illustration.

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For all we know, this could be the actual reality we live in, so to speak.

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Child labor is a real thing. Even adult labor is the equivalent of wage slavery in the eyes of many people.

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This one requires a little attention to detail to understand: this is a child trying to keep his parents from being torn apart, while he tries to avoid falling into a pit of intravenous drug users. This is a real one about broken homes.

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This is a memorable one that has been featured in several articles. It is self-explanatory.

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Steve Cutts, an illustrator who will certainly be remembered as an artist of the 2010’s decade, made this illustration. His style deals with these topics of technocracy or a zombified society, very relevant to the times we are living in.

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Looks like San Francisco, California: there are hills, people trying to enjoy themselves while ignoring the plight of others, and one person bearing resemblance to another less fortunate peer, painting him, with little attention being paid to either of them.

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These are gravestones, with icons like social media buttons, representing likes and shares and things of that nature. This is an eerie comparison between death and social media.

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Well this certainly is a wholesome illustration. A father raises his son to become a man, and then he takes care of his elderly father in return.

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Sad: this is a depiction of a family being torn apart by an extramarital affair.

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Child labor is being represented by the comparison between one working child literally pulling a real train, and a more fortunate kid standing there with a toy train on a string.

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A comparison between office cubicles in this particular, homogeneous aesthetic, and a beehive? People really do resemble insects when they fall into order and sell their souls for a living: this one strikes a nerve.

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Both people in this illustration seem to be in a stupor: one from lack of good health due to most likely eating processed food and spending too much time on digital devices, and the other from much worse, lacking enough food to eat. The overlayed hand holding the cell phone in the background really adds an eerie touch to this one: it’s real.

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The basketball hoop is the symbol for Mars, the symbol for masculinity.

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This is probably the millionth illustration made to compare selfies and attention seeking through social media, with some kind of similar aesthetic. At first it’s striking but eventually the message becomes redundant.

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Wow: younger people staring at their phones in a bleak state of energy, with older people affectionately enjoying the day.

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This family seems to be saying grace to a dinner of Wi-Fi waves.

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This illustration depicts a rat-race throughout the week to get through work, but does anybody else notice a pentagram is formed by the pillars? This will be relevant for as long as we all have to work for other people.

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Mark Radcliff is a researcher and writer from New York. His topics of interest include mapping out the world's nefarious powers and entities, DARPA, technocracy, and others.

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