Ray Young Chu was true Denver original we were sorry to see go. After shaking up the local art scene with his colorful canvas-based fusion of anime and photorealism and his experimental "art band" The Yummies -- which involved Chu and his colleagues rapping and doing graffiti in bear and ninja costumes -- he headed off to Los Angeles. The move has treated him well. While the Yummies appear to be in artistic hibernation, Chu's one-man artistic behemoth is definitely not. After all, one of his recent signature creations -- a Karate Kat print -- is now appearing on Urban Outfitters T-shirts.
And Chu isn't content with just coming up with designs for women's boxy tees. His action-packed website showcases all sorts of warped artistic odes to pop culture, many of which are for sale. There are prints of a dinosaur rocking a Snuggie, Laser Cats drowning in cereal bowls, puppies in ice cream cones and, of course, a dinosaur in an ice cream cone shooting lasers and wearing a kitten as a hat.
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And, if the Karate Kat T-shirt isn't enough to satisfy your love of kitten-infused 1980s schlock, there are also prints and apparel featuring the likes of the Cobra Kat (those assholes) and an inspired re-imagining of one of the most iconic movie lines of all time: "Sweep the tail, Johnny Kat! Sweep the tail!"
Mr. Meow-gi would be proud. (Wokka!)