Art history lesson time! When the pop art movement began in the ‘50s, its core goal was to elevate everyday, commonplace people, places, and things to the echelon of “fine art.” Soup can? ART! Actress? ART! Brillo pad box? ART! Basically, everything that surrounds us is art.
As a pet owner, you may not think of your dog or cat as “art” per se, but you certainly think of them as cute or beautiful or adorable, all of which are aesthetic assignments, which, in turn, means … they’re art. Get it? Got it? Good.
So it only makes sense that turning our pets into pop art has become such a phenomenon. Between the oversaturated colors and cartoonized cuteness, everyone wants to honor their pet in a Warholian kind of way. That’s where Pop Your Pup comes into play.
Pop Your Pup works in a similar way to other pet-personalizing sites such as PupSocks or even Patricia Altshul’s caftan-specific line Patricia’s Couture Custom Pet Caftan. But instead of simply using pictures of your dog, they’re transforming your pupper into pop art—think a stylized, digital posterization of your pet.
They company offers apparel—from tees to tanks to kids’ clothes (everything hovers around $40)—and they also create wrapped canvases, for that truly authentic “my best friend painted my dog” vibe. (Canvases range from $119.99 to $199.99 depending on the size.)
All you have to do is upload a picture of your pet (Pop Your Pup will do the photo editing and design), then choose your background and check out. Bonus: They offer unlimited revisions, so if you feel like they haven’t exactly captured the essence of Bruno’s broody soul, you can keep playing with your design until they get it just right.
Ta-da! It’s the closest you’ll get to Andy Warhol painting your pet without having to exhume him from the grave.
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