Inktober is a relatively new month-long challenge for artists all over the world. It was created by Jake Parker, who came up with the idea to focus on improving skills and developing positive drawing habits. For 31 days of October, everyone who wants to participate creates an ink drawing and posts it online using the #inktober tag. Each year there's a new prompt list to be used for the pictures. Shawn Coss decided to ditch the guidelines and create within a sore theme, posting new mental illness ink depictions every day of the Inktober.

Shawn's mental illness art translates sicknesses of the mind in an eerily accurate way, and his ghoulish illustrations don't end with Inktober. The artist has worked for such clients as the horror king Stephen King himself, creates Cyanide & Happiness cartoons, and even has his own clothing line.

So if you're searching for support with your mental illness or are plainly into horror, check Shawn's art below. It surely gave us the chills!

#1

Social Anxiety Disorder

Social Anxiety Disorder

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Joanne Palmer
Community Member
5 years ago

I can really relate to this one!

Notchimine Mette
Community Member
5 years ago

I can't relate. People just bore me... So I avoid them. That's probably a disorder in itself...

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Reiroshu Eigenlicht
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5 years ago

I would have put eyes instead of hands

Robyn Geoffroy
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5 years ago

My anxiety really flares when multiple people are talking at the same time. So for me, it would be more like faces with no eyes, only mouths screaming over each other.

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Claire Kaufmann
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5 years ago

Can you do more of these please!!!! High functioning anxiety disorder, adhd, narcissistic personality disorder. I would buy these as a book. They are beautiful and spot on.

Luna Rapattoni
Community Member
5 years ago

This one is my whole life. Social anxiety and depression is all I've known. I don't remember my life before it, I've blocked everything out. My demons are my friends, they are all I know. I distance myself from everyone else in fear that they'll turn on me as others have in the past.

Kristina Isabel Sibayan
Community Member
5 years ago

You're not alone :')

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Daria B
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5 years ago

I can't relate to this one. I don't feel like people are after me. I wanna be closer to some people, but somehow I just can't. And life pushes me into sutuations I have to be the one approaching others and that's somehow a very hard thing to do.

Tina
Community Member
5 years ago

I feel the same way as you do. I would like to talk to people and make friends but somehow I can't do it. Where can you get a diagnose?

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Rebecca Moore
Community Member
5 years ago

Wow ! That's exactly it. Amazingly accurate.....

Linda Tolmie
Community Member
5 years ago

For me social anxiety would incorporate faces and especially eyes rather than arms I think.

Danann Hawes
Community Member
5 years ago

to the creator - shawn - i just wanted to say that these are all really excellent and i applaud you choosing such important topics. well done.

Jennifer Prince
Community Member
5 years ago

Oh hell. You nailed this one.

Lara Haywood
Community Member
5 years ago

I have severe social anxiety!! I literally have to talk to myself into leaving the house. Walmart is the absolute worst for me! But even going to family functions is extremely hard for me too.

Alexandre Bouffard
Community Member
5 years ago

Even the acronym for this is S.A.D. -_-

Alex Papadopoulos
Community Member
5 years ago

Can you please do one for epilepsy? Being afraid of yourself and always in a drugged up state in order to prevent something that can come out and attack you at any time...Just a thought =)

Atul Sharma
Community Member
5 years ago

Anxiety is real.

Mathieu Blanchette
Community Member
5 years ago

Could you do one on panic disorder. After 10 years i livr normaly again but sometime the spectre reappears.

Michelle ODaniel
Community Member
5 years ago

Your work is so beautiful and accurate. I have some of these and you have put on paper what I actually feel inside. Thank you for this.

Nini Sørensen
Community Member
5 years ago

Why only the social anxiety? I get anxious every time someone pushes me to do something, I also get anxious if I have to stand in front of a crowd, I get panick attacks when I'm scared, but I'm doing fine socially...

Daria Perry
Community Member
5 years ago

im the same.. kinda. so i think what i might have is general anxiety disorder. :/// so hard

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Robert Wong
Community Member
5 years ago

This artist is OUTSTANDING!!!!!!!

V. A. Grant
Community Member
3 months ago

See the individual before you and not the label. Your images personify mental illnesses are emotive, somewhat disturbing and successful Shawn.

V. A. Grant
Community Member
3 months ago

The need to compartmentalize individuals into ever evolving psychiatric labels determined by the powers that be serves to perpetuate harm and mental illness related stigma.

V. A. Grant
Community Member
3 months ago

The need to compartmentalize individuals with ever evolving psychiatric labels serves to perpetuate harm and mental-illness related stigma.

ZaZie
Community Member
6 months ago

This is me so much.

LisaAnn Brown-Price
Community Member
1 year ago

Does anyone know where I go to purchase i have a few of these and I would like to display in my office

Natasha Hammer
Community Member
2 years ago

This made my jaw drop at how accurate this is. Would love your take on anxiety

Melissa Stemmet
Community Member
2 years ago

This is very accurate...all of your illustrations are. Gorgeous artwork and spot-on depictions of the mental illnesses

Cheesecake Queen
Community Member
3 years ago (edited)

I have this, insomnia, and add.

Ruby Eynde
Community Member
3 years ago

Anybody know the name of the artist

Madeline Clark
Community Member
4 years ago

PLEASE draw one for Generalized Anxiety Disorder !!!!! I would LOVE ❤️ to see your artistic perspective on that illness as so many people suffer from it along w/ depression !!

Noël Drake
Community Member
4 years ago

These are amazing!

Dawn “Moonstone” Suns
Community Member
5 years ago

1I have social anxiety and this is not how I would describe it

Lucy Hernandez
Community Member
5 years ago

that's how I feel

Natasha Basarab
Community Member
5 years ago

kinda shit tbh x

Josée Chalifoux
Community Member
5 years ago

this how I feel :(

Jeramie Rosales
Community Member
5 years ago

For all those who admit you have BPD and are truly wanting change you should immediately start DBT therapy it is the only proven thrapy modality that can help achieve true recovery. You also need to identify your first injury of abandonment.

Benjamin Ong
Community Member
5 years ago

Perfectly realistic

Jacqueline Panebianco-Yulfo
Community Member
5 years ago

How about anxiety and panic disorder?

Jacqueline Panebianco-Yulfo
Community Member
5 years ago

How about anxiety a d panic disorder

Lesley Douglass
Community Member
5 years ago

Yep, this is exactly how it feels.

Karen Petrie
Community Member
5 years ago

This is amazingly powerful work - a true depiction of what sufferers experience.

Kathleen Wright
Community Member
5 years ago

This is me. My fear has hindered me so much.

Michelle Saxon Johnson
Community Member
5 years ago

I totally relate to this! Good picture !

Vennie Kocsis
Community Member
5 years ago

this one is really amazing. I get this SO deeply.

Julia Epps
Community Member
5 years ago

This is me on a daily basis... all of these are so beautiful. I cannot thank you enough for using your amazing talent to display the daily tortures of some of us endure.

Maria DeMeo
Community Member
5 years ago

i relate but mine is more eyes on me, it seem when I'm out everyone is staring at me.

Jennifer Moran
Community Member
5 years ago

This is so accurate

Björn Daniel Weissberg
Community Member
5 years ago

Can you please publish a book?

Reinn Lu
Community Member
5 years ago

does anyone know the artist name?

Tina
Community Member
5 years ago

Shawn Coss

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Ekmi Echeline
Community Member
5 years ago

Perfect capture!

Wade Stevens
Community Member
5 years ago

I have a high functioning anxiety disorder. Quite different from the illustration but this is relatively accurate.... being high functioning means your anxiety sits at lvl 10 at all times. Yet no one would ever know. I work as a very popular hairdresser so that gives an idea of the difference. A great illustration for mine would be many happy faces in front of the true face.

Eyeplay Gamez
Community Member
5 years ago

Me too.

Shanna Tognarelli
Community Member
5 years ago

Being alone is lonely but being exposed is frightening. Witch one will cause me harm or judge me. Ridicule me like when I was a bullied child. Witch family member will abuse me and who will do me harm. Having no control over what others will do in a world where alone hurts too, This picture demonstrates what I feel

Opi Knight-Williams
Community Member
5 years ago

Exactly how I feel!

Kaptan Awsum
Community Member
5 years ago

Good lord! Exactly how it feels. Most of the time it arrives without warning, too.

Stephen Arseneau
Community Member
5 years ago

Out, not put.

Stephen Arseneau
Community Member
5 years ago

I went put to here a local band play a couple of seeks ago in a small pub. This kicked in and I had to leave.

Latonia Mitchell
Community Member
5 years ago

Me

Cheryl Fair
Community Member
5 years ago

Hauntingly accurate visual for how I feel and struggle with...

Jake Lent
Community Member
5 years ago

I don't think this could be improved. This is exactly what it feels like for me.

Sabra Zloch
Community Member
5 years ago

Yep - this one

Nena Sangria
Community Member
5 years ago

Yup

Heather Childers
Community Member
5 years ago

Wow

Andrew Ray
Community Member
5 years ago

I kinda feel like this describes me due to the fact that i hate being the center of attention..

Bones Frost
Community Member
5 years ago

Yeop

Carol Wafer
Community Member
5 years ago

YES.

Wendy Janesky
Community Member
5 years ago

Beautifully expressed

Ashley Harn
Community Member
5 years ago

This...it really dipicts how i feel...I'm bipolar II, and this...is amazing. Thank you.

Ashley Harn
Community Member
5 years ago

Sorry my phone messed up and I was trying to comment on the bipolar one. Ooops! 😅

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Jillian Hull
Community Member
5 years ago

This is very accurate!

John King
Community Member
5 years ago

Real

Cecilia Adkisson
Community Member
5 years ago

Yes

Judy Ripley
Community Member
5 years ago

The pain of this is so vibrant!!

Holly Cassidy
Community Member
5 years ago

Excellent

Chris Kristoffersen
Community Member
5 years ago

I can definitely relate to this on a daily base!

Jordan K
Community Member
5 years ago

Hh

Danielle Wilson
Community Member
5 years ago

I can relate to this all to well.

Barbara Lopez-Aguilar
Community Member
5 years ago

So very true

Cindy Roett
Community Member
5 years ago

How appropriate.The predators and the prey.

Casandra Snow
Community Member
5 years ago

Truth

Darlene Henderson
Community Member
5 years ago

Is it OK if I use this as a tattoo?

Jesse Noah Phillips
Community Member
5 years ago

So real.

Chelsea Ranger
Community Member
5 years ago

Too accurate

Crystal Looney
Community Member
5 years ago

Yep just like this!

Franco Scandola
Community Member
5 years ago

Kenne ich

Isilua Lissalys
Community Member
5 years ago

Same...

Christine Keezer
Community Member
5 years ago

I would love to see a drawing specific to generalized anxiety disorder and panic disorders!

Victoria Potter
Community Member
5 years ago

These drawings are scary....not in a bad way, but because they are so accurate!

Lila Haymon
Community Member
5 years ago

Meeee

Marcus Jason
Community Member
5 years ago

Have it. Have it bad.

Radu Popescu
Community Member
5 years ago

:))

Patty Williams
Community Member
5 years ago

This is me

Linda Tolmie
Community Member
5 years ago

For me social anxiety would involve more faces and especially staring eyes rather than arms reaching at me.

Bragg Parker
Community Member
5 years ago

Who is the artist of these drawing?

Maggie Slavich
Community Member
5 years ago

Shawn Coss... on Facebook ShawnCossArtrocities

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Cherece Plessis
Community Member
5 years ago

This is so accurate

Shawna Marie
Community Member
5 years ago

Yes. This!

Victoria Orlovskaya
Community Member
5 years ago

You do not have to go through this alone! Please check out my page for anyone who is suffering from Mental Health, Substance Abuse, Disease, Disability, Bullying, Grieving, or any other difficult circumstances. I want to build a community of people who feel as though they have no outlet. It's a page based on positive reinforcement and a clear view that there are millions of people suffering from the same situations. Please give it a look, it's something fairly new, but I would love to expand it into something extraordinary. If we can share our stories, more people will do the same and we can bring awareness to these causes and hopefully help build funding for more research! The page is called MindFelt, link is on the bottom! https://www.facebook.com/MindFeltHaven/?fref=ts

adi sararu
Community Member
5 years ago

yep that's me right there :D

Sharon Glick
Community Member
5 years ago

Amazing project

Alisha Britton Matthews
Community Member
5 years ago

This definitely is a great illustration of how I feel in public with PTSD !!

Elisa Hutchings
Community Member
5 years ago

Who is the artist?

Janee Isklah
Community Member
5 years ago

Ooh, could you maybe also do one for schizoid personality disorder?

Jana Fuentes
Community Member
5 years ago

FOR THE PEOPLE WHO WERE WONDERING HOW TO SEE MORE OF SHAWN'S WORK...I FOUND HIM ON FB AT SHAWN COSS -- ARTIST. INKTOBER ALSO HAS A PAGE, BUT I DIDN'T SEE ANYTHING OF SHAWN'S THERE. IF YOU DO A SEARCH ON BING, YOU WILL GET A LOT OF LINKS; I DIDN'T CHECK THEM ALL, BUT APPARENTLY YOU CAN ALSO FIND IT ON YOUTUBE, TOO. HOPE THAT HELPS. <3 8-)

Cassandra Marie
Community Member
5 years ago

Where can I get a copy of this?? I really want one 😮

Jana Fuentes
Community Member
5 years ago

When I was a kid, I remember the first day of kindergarten--happy, excited, ready for everything. I can also remember every year, as I withdrew more and more, became essentially more afraid of school, teachers, classmates, everyone, until in my junior year I could just barely make myself get up in the morning and go. For my Jr. Prom, my boyfriend and I were going, until he came to pick me up, I was all readyu to go, but I was so scared that I couldn't even come out of my room. We didn't go. And these were all people I had known all my life--no reason to be afraid of them, but, there it is. It's taken my entire life to learn how to go places and meet people, but I still have to get away for a few minutes sometimes. But--mostly--I can hide it pretty well.

Jennylin Elmido
Community Member
5 years ago

This is me😢😢😢. And until now I'm suffering from it...

Tiana Fuller
Community Member
5 years ago

I have this problem

Jana Fuentes
Community Member
5 years ago

You know what's awful? I feel like this sometimes--I just didn't know anyone else got it.

Tasha Rose
Community Member
5 years ago

Have you drawn one of anxiety in general? Or combinations of disorders?

Caitlin Thompson
Community Member
5 years ago

God that speaks to me, seriously, can I get this as a tattoo?

Donna Jones
Community Member
5 years ago

ah, yes.

Jennifer Gorman
Community Member
5 years ago

I can speak for both my 19 year old son and myself, when I say, Exactly.

Dat.Boring.Gurl.Tho
Community Member
5 years ago

very true

Dora Crow
Community Member
5 years ago

Lord. You must live inside my skin.

Live Fløde
Community Member
5 years ago

That's right

Lex Lemon
Community Member
5 years ago

I can relate so much! I've never seen something so accurate. I've lived with social anxiety for as long as I can remember, so pretty much my whole life, and it's horrible. I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy

Lex Lemon
Community Member
5 years ago

Never seen something so accurate! Can relate to this so much 😔

Gustė Kašėtaitė
Community Member
5 years ago

I have this disorder and it perfectly depicts what it feels like ... Love this!

Shinomi Chan
Community Member
5 years ago

Oh look it's me before my coffee. That's a good pic though.

Drew Lawson
Community Member
5 years ago

amazing art!!

Marks Mlk
Community Member
5 years ago

o fuck i feel completly related to this one. I will look into it.

Yeyé Agudelo
Community Member
5 years ago

Terrifyingly relatable

Robin Rock
Community Member
5 years ago

This is definitely me.

Iqra Khan
Community Member
5 years ago

i am anxiety patient

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#2

Major Depressive Disorder

Major Depressive Disorder

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Karolina Medina
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5 years ago

That is how I feel in my depression 😔

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#3

Insomnia

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Bec McEwan
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5 years ago

So many night spent like this...

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#4

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

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Wanni
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5 years ago

Since 5 years I've got this f... disease and I can not bring it on paper how it feels... you got it! Thank you!

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#5

Bipolar Disorder

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Imani Allen
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5 years ago

This is beautiful. How could I get a copy?

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#6

Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline Personality Disorder

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Pixie Dust
Community Member
5 years ago

I always find it fascinating how others see me, compared to how I see myself. While I understand the interpretation, and it is mesmerizing. I find, for me, it feels, like a perpetual black hole inside that nothing can fill, and, forever trying to decipher the reality of what is going on around me, as compared to how I feel is going on around me. People see BPD as instigatory and drama seeking, while, the few I have had the opportunity to talk to, agree, that it's actually reactionary, in a desperate attempt to keep up with the constantly shifting emotions. Chasing what can't be caught, reacting to what has already passed. Amazingly, I do see myself as naked in front of everyone. Like my emotions leave me perpetually ashamed and exposed.

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#7

Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism Spectrum Disorder

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Traci Johnston
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5 years ago

I think it's beautiful and perfectly shows the sadness from not being heard or understood.

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#8

Paranoid Schizophrenia

Paranoid Schizophrenia

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Kayleigh Liddell
Community Member
5 years ago

My husband is schizophrenic and I must say mostof these images really show the torment of the disorders, but this one could be more so I think. It doesn't show how horrible and degrading schizophrenic delusions can be. It's like torture.. it's like having your entire being torn apart and eaten alive by demons that no one else can see. His voices torment him 24/7... Sometimes his hallucinations keep him from sleeping... Besides it always being like he's in a room full of people judging and putting him down, he also hears explosions and smashing noises that will keep him up all night. This disorder permeates every part of our lives. Of all the seriously mental health disorders I think this one is the most extreme and debilitating BY FAR. Now a days, 2 years into him being a full blown schizophrenic, caring for him is like taking care of an old person with dementia.. he doesn't cook for himself, he barely cleans.. and doesn't remember anthing we talk about.. lots of notes and alarms...

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#9

OCD

OCD

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Loretta Lockhart
Community Member
5 years ago

My OCD is also not to do with cleaning, but it brings the point across. Have to do it else you can't get comfy and it destroys you. Mine's to do with routine, I have routines with routines, and timings. It's pretty bad and pretty much ruins my life.

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#10

DPD

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over opinionated
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5 years ago

I didn't even know this was a thing. I've never been able to be alone I have to have someone close by. I looked at this picture a very long time. I have never seen something describe me so clearly.

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#11

Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia Nervosa

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rachelgators
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5 years ago

The shadow on the floor - very well depicted.

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#12

Depersonalization Disorder

Depersonalization Disorder

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Kimi Lewis
Community Member
5 years ago

Absolute 100% accurate depiction. Depersonalization is what triggers my panic attacks, particularly nocturnal panic attacks. I'm 34 and have dealt with pretty severe mental illness since 18. Although managed on meds, it's impossible to ever be 100% again. Thank you for your incredible drawings. I appreciate these so much. ❤️

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#13

Agoraphobia

Agoraphobia

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Petra Jahnke
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5 years ago

Always getting worse in the darker seasons...

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#14

Dissociative Identity Disorder

Dissociative Identity Disorder

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Anna Shields
Community Member
5 years ago

This is an amazing illustration for the insidious disease that I have. Your work just surpasses words...keep up the good work

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#15

Capgras Syndrome

Capgras Syndrome

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Jo Sheppard
Community Member
5 years ago

Hadn't heard of this one either! Very interesting. "Capgras Syndrome, also known as Capgras Delusion, is the irrational belief that a familiar person or place has been replaced with an exact duplicate — an imposter (Ellis, 2001, Hirstein, and Ramachandran, 1997)."

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#16

Cotard's Delusion

Cotard's Delusion

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SSBRocks3
Community Member
5 years ago

Had to google this: It is a rare mental illness in which the affected person holds the delusional belief that he or she is already dead, does not exist, is putrefying, or has lost his or her blood or internal organs.

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#17

DSED

DSED

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Notchimine Mette
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5 years ago

Bloody hell! This is what my cat has!!!

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#18

Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia

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Branka Đokić
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5 years ago

This one reminds me of Carpenter's "In the mouth of madness". Good job!

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