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Controversial Pictures of Painted Cats

Controversy sells big time – and if you publish a book that in the reviews is called “so weird that it’s sort of irresistible” – then you’re doomed to go down the road of success. That’s what happened to a New Zealand author Burton Silver and illustrator Heather Busch, after the release of their comedy book “Why Paint Cats: The Ethics of Feline Aesthetics“, a collection of bizarrely colored portraits of cats.

The book was designed to mock the current global obsession with cats. However, irony is not a universal strong suit of the cat lovers worldwide, so the book was both loathed as much as praised. The stunning retouching done on the cats was confused for real paint on their fur, which also added to the criticism.

Silver and Busch strongly argue that none of the feline models was hurt during the making of the book, and all the vibrant colors and effects on their fur are made using Photoshop.

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  • Aminta CM via Facebook

    Brooke Stokes <3!

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  • Guy Lewis via Facebook

    Now cats have a use…

  • Ellen Platova via Facebook

    poor cats

  • Nicola

    Really really bad…poor cats!

  • Linda Nelson Bohrer via Facebook

    The cats were not painted, they were simply photographed and photoshopped.

  • Milli Perez via Facebook

    Daaaaw the one with the heart-shaped face :D

  • Denise Rivard via Facebook

    so cute..I love this!

  • Marissa Jeanne via Facebook

    Part of the controversy is people actually thought the cats were painted???!! Wow, dumb…it’s clear as day they were photoshopped. Eesh.

  • Sue Hudson Price via Facebook

    There is no way on earth that ANY cat would sit still enough for long enough to be thus decorated!!

  • Dave Stewart

    Cannot believe in this day and age that people still can’t tell the difference between Photoshop and real life! Numpties. (Should have gone to Specsavers).

    • guest

      not everybody can be that smart as you, fucker.

      • Dave Stewart

        That’s true!

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