Nov 5 2011

#189 “Nyan Wolf”

From Rebecca in Peterborough, UK

When pop culture references can transcend their typically limited boundaries and become applicable in a variety of circumstances, that is when they achieve true greatness. And this, as it just so happens, is exactly what we have before us today with Rebecca’s Nyan Wolf all the way from Peterborough, UK. Knowing that winter is just around the corner, Rebecca carefully and artfully rendered this version of the Nyan Cat to appear with soft and gentle snowflakes falling through a gloomy but calming grey autumnal sky. Additionally, with the holiday season pleasantly bearing down upon us, she takes the traditional Nyan Cat Pop-Tart and cleverly exchanges it with a piece of pie that looks like it would make a great addition to any Christmas spread (or Thanksgiving, if you happen to be American).

And finally, you can’t deny that the transformation of the cat into the figure of a wolf is fitting as well. This little guy is as sweet as the pie that he is made of, and like the Nyan Cat song, when a love for the wolf becomes stuck in your head and in your heart, you know it will be there for quite some time to come. There is true genius at work, Rebecca, and I thank you for adding your own unique spin on this cultural phenomenon. Keep putting your own mark on all that you encounter in life and never stop living with the playful optimism that the Nyan Cat embodies.

Also, as some of you know, I referenced the Nyan Cat in another post that featured a reference to this same meme a little while back. But for those of you who still might be unfamiliar with this unusual phenomenon, I have included the clip below.

Aug 29 2011

#121 “When the going gets weird…”


 From Hikage in Quebec City, Canada

What do you get when you cross an acid trip with a breakfast cereal commercial and then sprinkle it with Saturday morning cartoon shows and a dash of depraved and twisted humor on top?

What do you get when you combine two parts MGMT music video with one part “Space Ghost”/”Adult Swim” and multiple by a clown’s wildest dream and the inner workings of Chuck Palahniuk’s childhood imagination?

The answer to both of these questions is the illustration that you see before you today. As the famous pioneer of Gonzo journalism, Hunter S. Thompson, once said, “When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.” And in my humble opinion, this illustration displays weirdness at its most professional. The picture seems to represent a refreshing sense of nostalgia that is weird and twisted, but it is also beautifully and artfully rendered. It is a perfection combination of warped childhood wonder, tame kinkiness, and true artistic talent.

In the end the viewer walks away from this illustration with a healthy confusion of disquietude and pleasure that is not easy to come by. For although the picture seems innocent enough on the surface, underneath the viewer is left with an almost twisted feeling that innocence has somehow been distorted here. The viewer may find himself asking whether the playful attitude/tone of the illustration genuine. But then again, maybe this attitude towards the illustration suggests more about me as a viewer than it does about the illustration.

Either way, I simply can’t stop staring at this colorful illustration which has caused a rainbow of thought to fill this clouded brain.

Also, just in case you’re interested, you can check out the Nyan Cat video below. I had actually never heard of this particular meme until the artist informed me about the reference in the illustration. On and slightly unrelated note, I can’t figure out whether I am embarrassed by my ignorance of the Nyan Cat or not. Either way, here it is. Enjoy!