As little ones, we were fascinated by dinosaurs—from the long, graceful neck of the Diplodocus, to the protective plates of the Stegosaurus, to the stubby, clawed arms of the Tyrannosaurus rex, they captured our imaginations. They were a staple of science lessons, Hollywood flicks, and playground battles, bridging the gap between education and play, fact and fantasy. Return to a simpler time with Mesozoic dinosaur posters.
Going the way of the dinosaur
As a metaphor, going the way of our prehistoric friends means falling off the face of the earth by becoming too slothful, stupid, or supersized to survive. Dinosaurs are often seen as relicts from another era, a species consigned to the history books. And their extinction has been the cause of much speculation over the years: were aliens responsible? Caterpillars? Dino farts?
The fantasy-fuelled theories are endless, but they miss an important point. From the big screen to art for the kids’ room, dinosaurs are alive and well—as a motif, they simply live on forever.
Kids of the 90s were both enthralled and terrified by Spielberg’s Jurassic Park. Intelligent packs of Velociraptors hunting humans through a malfunctioned theme park traumatised a generation of moviegoers.
Significantly smaller in reality, however, these feared Velociraptors were in fact feathered and no larger than dogs—think giant turkeys more than deadly lizards. Herein lies a key revelation: dinosaurs aren’t always the monsters Hollywood makes them out to be. They’re essentially just friendly lizards or oversized birds from another age. And on posters and prints, they can even be unbelievably cute.
T. rexes are celebrities of the dino-world. They’re perhaps the most iconic and depicted prehistoric species in popular culture, a challenge even to the mythical wonder of the unicorn—and our collection of dinosaur prints is certainly testament to that.
Literally translated, their name means “tyrant lizard king”, a title they well and truly deserve. These carnivores could grow up to 12 metres long and six tall, weighing up to a whopping 15,000 kilograms. Equipped with a set of 60 banana-sized teeth, they could bite off 100 kilos in a single chomp, consuming 40,000 calories a day (that’s roughly one human every two days). Want to pay your respects to the king? A poster sporting the tyrant lizard is sure to do the trick.