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24 Illustrations That Portray Modern Society Satirically


What’s wrong with today’s society is a popular topic of discussion these days. Usually, technology is at the heart of the issue, but illustrators John Holcroft and Steve Cutts prove modern society is even more problematic than we thought.

John Holcroft is a retro illustrator based in England who creates simple 50s inspired art to illustrate serious subjects. You can see more of John Holcroft’s illustrations at

Steve Cutts is also an illustrator based in London, England whose artwork focuses on satirizing modern excesses. His style inspiration ranges from 1930s and 40s cartoons to modern comic books. If you want to see more, go to Steve Cutt’s page Although on opposite ends stylistically, both artists successfully employ cutting, satirical messages in their work. With the current state of modern society, it’s no surprise these two artists are full of material.

1. This illustration by Steve Cutts depicts how scary the wrath of the internet can be. The person hanging onto the ledge fearful of falling into the pit of monsters conceptualizes how scared we are of feedback on the internet. Can you blame us? Negativity is everywhere!


2. John Holcroft perfectly depicts the end of literature by creating a book in the shape of a coffin. The genius touch in this image is the social media nails sealing the coffin shut. With our ability to find out information and share our own information online in an instant, Holcroft suggests the death of literature is imminent.


3. I think this image speaks for itself. Not only is the phone attached to the man’s head, suggesting we can no longer escape our phones, but the fact that it’s completely covering his face is symbolic of how our phones, and our online representation, have become so attached to our identity.


4. Another illustration from John Holcroft, this image is a perfect representation of the current state of our mother earth. With issues like climate change, pollution and resource depletion becoming everyday concerns in modern society, Holcroft suggests this destruction will result in mother nature slipping right through the cracks of our fingers.


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