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Struggle by Ommin202 Struggle by Ommin202
Life lessons from pokemon: In life, if you don't struggle, then you are coasting. It's in the times when we have trouble that we find places to improve.
The picture is a reference to the useless pokemon Magikarp. It only had one ability that could be used 15 (edit:40!) times; after that it defaulted to the move "struggle" which hit itself for a good chunk of damage too. But no matter how much he sucked, or injured himself, he kept trying, and one day, became an awesome laser-beam-spitting death-eel.

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Update: There are no more shirts. I contacted TPCI and they said they are currently sending out a lot of notices (part of a push to make their own merchandise/apps/etc.) so I've taken them off the store myself early.

The Magikarp and Gyarados are the pixel versions so they should be copyright to Pokemon, but I got them off the Pokemon wiki and ign.com
The font was from here: [link]
Major thanks go to :iconthelegendofage:. Our conversation led to this idea, and the words are almost exactly something he said.
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There are many great things about this photo and also some bad... The Border is great but simple and matches the style, The Magikarp looks a little dated where is the Gyarados looks much newer (that may have been the style you were going for not 100% sure)...

What really makes this photo is the quote and I like that, very good quote. Your quote is aplicable to almost everyones lives and hey even mine, it's a very true and really has a large impact. Great job on that ;)...

Other than that great photo, great job and keep up the amazing work...
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Please, I hope I don't offend anyone with my critique!! And so, first off, I'd like to commend you on this wonderful poster that speaks very powerful to all those who recognize the Pokemon series!! The powerful words, images and insinuations in this piece speaks for itself, that 'If you don't struggle, you don't improve'.

Personally, I have not seen a Motivational quite like this, so I speak for myself when I commend you on the originality and ingenuity of this piece. Though, I'd like to suggest that you use more means to display these Pokemon, other than merely taking them off the Pokemon Wiki and editing them. And also, the background color, blue, strikes me as an odd choice, seeing as the Gyarados is also blue and so, the background does not completely provide a contrast to the images. But, we'll manage!

Still, I have to commend you for your imagination in creating this piece! The font of this piece, I have to add, compliments this piece perfectly, seeing as Pokemon is a game and you have used a gaming styled font. But the thing that, again, impacted many of us the most in this piece is the message.

The message that if you don't struggle, you won't grow just hits many of us right in there! And again, coupled by the fact that you used THE Magikarp as an example, you've connected with so many people through the use of Pokemon.

So, bravo on this pure genius piece! Overall, it really is a wonderful piece and words to remember in the struggles of life! Good job!!
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Literri Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I honestly find this so amazing; what a wonderful analogy
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OrpheusEx Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014
This or Pokemon steroids.
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AirSharkSquad Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013
I meant to say, Like Nintendo, Wii U sales don't improve if they don't struggle. Sometimes, you just got to struggle in order to improve the sales of your new console.
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AirSharkSquad Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013
Like Nintendo, they can't improve if they don't struggle.
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TwitchyTail Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is the most clever, cute and well touching thing I've seen expesualy of pokemon related that I've seen in a while. I love it and wish I had more things to express just how much but all I have is awe so that'll have to do. I hope there will be a print of this someday.
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Ommin202 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, thank you, I really appreciate that! Kind words always make me so happy inside. Every once in a while I look for artists to draw the copyright pixels and re-release it as a real print, but no one ever seems that interested :(
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majormana Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013
So trrue. Their is always room to get better no ones perfect you can always improve and sometimes their will be struggle to improve what you are pratcing though will forever big me that gyardos is water/flying type not water/dragon type.
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Z3LO Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
better use my rare candy 
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PizzaNinja7 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Student General Artist
This is so awesome, I love it. I just started my soul silver agian and this is my first game where I have a magikarp in my team! It barely learned tackle a few days ago. Keep fighting on, you're almost there!
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DaCuteSnowbunny Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist
Lol, this is so funny. xD Everyone always looks down on the Magikarp... until it evolves. xD
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Azza9 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013
Yeah... No one ever used struggle to train a Magicarp (well i didn't). Most used ExpAll or ExpShare in later generations that or rare candy (cheated in or otherwise).
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Ommin202 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I used struggle, that's why I put it there xP
8 year old me didn't know there was a better way lol
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Azza9 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013
Yeah, but you have to admit it dilutes the message a little. (I mean you still have that "even the most useless can become strong")
Well at least ExpShare can be spun in to a great message.
Rare candies though; "Remember there is a shortcut for everything!"
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Ommin202 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
But at a limited supply, so use them wisely. If there are only 20ish in a game, do you want to use them all on Magikarp, or on getting from level 80 to 100?
I think it's a pretty good metaphor for using your time wisely :)
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luvHarryStyles Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AWESOME :iconmagikarplaplz:
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MandoJetii Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
I remember how long it took me to evolve Gyarados on Pokémon World Online... He became my favorite water type afterward xD.
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Ommin202 Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
He's pretty dang awesome!
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SwedishX25 Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No more shirts?! I didn't get a chance to buy one! :icondarthvadernoplz:
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shibaumino Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is probably my favorite you have done:3
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Ommin202 Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Yeah, this one is pretty popular :)
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shibaumino Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Mhm~!
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Feare909 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013   Artist
It's always interesting to look up the origins of some pokemon. Magikarp, for example, is based on an allegory of a common, ordinary carp who became a sea dragon after striving to jump over an area of waterfalls called the Dragon's Gate.
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vehemence-41 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013
This trully inspiring, and a little bit nerdy.
Just what I needed, thank you.
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:iconommin202:
Ommin202 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
You're very welcome, I love to inspire.
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Val-Dee Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I will not splash all my life long... I need someone to help me out :trollface:
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pokemoncha Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
hnnn gonna beg my parents to get me a shirt, starting... NOW!
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Ommin202 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I'd be okay with that :)
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NocturnalFoxx Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This one is my favorite, and so true! ♥♥♥
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Ommin202 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Yay :D It's a lot of people's favourite, it really seemed to strike a chord :)
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Reithya Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's true in life, and it's adorable that you used this pokemon combo to illustrate it. :D
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Ommin202 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
It's certainly very true, I think that's why everyone has loved it so much :D
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Reithya Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I hope so. :aww:
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LauraDragongirl Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I could not believe it when my magikarp evolved - it and gyarados are so different! The life lesson is real and nice ^-^
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Ommin202 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Such a huge difference? I barely remember it now, years ago, but I thought I'd level up this pokemon. I assumed, if it was so hard to level it, then its evolution must be awesome... and it was!
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LauraDragongirl Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, you're right. I thought "OMG, it's impossible! A fish evolves into a water dragon!" A little strange XD
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The-Dude4 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Student Writer
I love using magikarp early on and losing and then once it is evolved coming back and kicking the crap out of some trainers. I always have an oddly smug smile on my face when I do it as well....
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Ommin202 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Come back when you're stronger and steamroll. You feel so great because you've improved!
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The-Dude4 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Student Writer
Exactly. I feel like a boss then.
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schattigerKeks Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013
Struggled a lot with this one, so YAY for your drawing! ^__^
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Ommin202 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
YAY :D
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Inspia Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Struggle you say? All you had to do is switch him out @ the start of a battle XD
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Ommin202 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Or use an expshare or some other solutions. But don't you want to give ol' magikarp a chance to prove himself? <3
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Inspia Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*looks @ my feebas* NO. My dear feebas will become something beautiful ^ ^
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Ommin202 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes, yes it will :D
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hyena-spit Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW. Prefect use of a bit of a joke in the Pokemon world and turned into a really inspirational message. Favorited!!
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Ommin202 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Yay :) I've realized I need to play some of the newer games, so I can learn their jokes and make some art related to that, I've been out of the scene for a while </3
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hyena-spit Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Same here... I normally spend, like, 8 hours a day on video games, but lately I haven't been. Which is scaring all of my friends.
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Ommin202 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I moved on to PC games for a while, and now I've been doing grown-up things like a full time job and working towards my goals in my free time :( wish I could just play pokemon!
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hyena-spit Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heh, I'm fourteen (just turned fourteen today actually), so I don't do grown up things XD I mostly do PC games. I used to watch the shows and I still collect the cards (my friend gave me, like, over a thousand cards because she didn't want hers and she had A LOT)
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