Japanese pop culture meets Mexican culture-culture in a new series from Seattle-based artist Aaron Bowersock, who’s taken it upon himself to give the original Pokémon a Dia de los Muertos makeover, drawing the cartoon creatures with the traditional colors and designs used in Mexico’s post-Halloween celebration of the dead.
“Traditions like Dia de Muertos honor, and include the spirits of our ancestors. It helps to keep us grounded and understand our place in history,” Bowerstock, whose mother is Chicano, told the Oregon Times. “It helps connect us to something larger, and helps us appreciate where we are and where we could be.”
Pokémon have been reimagined as just about everything in the last year, but this Day of the Dead inspired series may be our favorite. Get down with the spirits of Pokémon cards past and be sure to catch ’em all (at least the first 137) in this slideshow below:
Luckily for you and the sad blank spots of your body, Bowerstock fully encourages his fans to use his series as tattoo #inspo. You can see more Pokémuertos on the instagram page, where he plans to continue experimenting with the Dia de los Muertos style after completing his Pokémon project.
Via Oregon Times