A photo showing what appears to be a tragically botched Pokémon tattoo has sparked the Internet's collective creativity and birthed a bizarre meme.
For those who don't know, sweet fiery Charmander is one of the most famous Pokémon. According to the Pokedex, his tail flame burns brightly when he's angry and wavers when he's happy. Here's a compare and contrast from Twitter.
— Bill D (@zeusFanHouse) April 16, 2015
Something about the charred, distorted creature inspired Imgur users. A meme was born, and people started posting their arts and crafts projects.
Others made animations.
Some Imgur posters pointed out that the tattoo looks a lot like this 2012 Tim Burton Pokémon by illustrator Vaughn Pinpin.
If the tattoo was modeled after Pinpin's work -- even if it's not a real tattoo -- then it's still bad, but not quite as devastatingly inaccurate.
The Huffington Post asked Pinpin if he thought the tattoo was inspired by his art. "I think it is?" Pinpin replied. "It looks way too similar to the one I drew back in 2012 to be a coincidence," he said.
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