A new series of images by French illustrator, painter and graphic designer Pez (Pierre-Yves Riveau) called Distroy twists some of our most recognizable childhood and pop-culture icons, giving them a new, terrifying, gritty and urban appearance.

The series has become a fresh hit on the Behance art sharing network. His work is both inviting an unsettling because he takes familiar icons from pop culture and/or our childhood and tears them apart, making them seem decayed and far less innocent. They seem to be rotting and fraying apart into fibers, and parts of them are replace by garbage or street art graffiti. Most of them have lost all of their characteristic bright colors, although they still retain eery remnants of the expressions that we know and love.

In some ways, his style reminds us of DALeast, a Chinese street artist with a similarly striking visual style that uses fraying fibers.

Riveau is a very prolific artist, so if you like what you see, it’s definitely worth checking out the rest of his work. As cool as these street-style childhood icons are, they only scratch the surface – he has plenty of other work done in his characteristic gritty urban style. Check it out!

Source: pez-artwork.com | Facebook