Oscar Wilde once famously said that "life imitates art far more than art imitates life". We often assume that works of creative art are based off events in the real world, but what if it's really the other way around? These examples could be the only proof we need.

Anti-mimesis, as it's known in the philosophical community, is the theory that people learn about self-expression from art and fiction. Our actions and thoughts are directly inspired by the art we see, rather than art being a reflection of our organic imagination. This could either be an Inception-level revelation, or just a series of funny coincidences.

Whichever side of the coin you choose to look at, just try to deny the shocking similarities between life and art below, and feel free to add your own to our list.

#1

Life Imitates Art

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Anna Brandigi
Community Member
3 years ago

Angelica, Eliza, and Peggy

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#2

Life Imitates Art

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John L Kelly
Community Member
3 years ago

Could you read what it says about me?

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#3

Life Imitates Art

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The Cappy
Community Member
3 years ago

Awesome. Totally hidden.

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#4

Life Imitates Art

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The Cappy
Community Member
3 years ago

At the divorce proceedings: "And while I was being attacked by the octopus, my husband just kept taking photos!!!"

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#5

Life Imitates Art

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Anna Brandigi
Community Member
3 years ago

I'm pretty sure it's the other way around with this one

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#6

Life Imitates Art

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MadamButterfly
Community Member
3 years ago

Wow,the likeness is uncanny.

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#7

Life Imitates Art

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Michel M. Prins
Community Member
3 years ago

No, fly away! Her skin is magical and it will transform you into a tattoo, just like the other five!

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#8

Life Imitates Art

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Jorge Martínez Arias
Community Member
3 years ago

Hahah even the hole in the plastic looks like a bird.. great!

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#9

Life Imitates Art

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Cheryl Birkhimer
Community Member
3 years ago

Aaaw so tiny & cute.

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#10

Life Imitates Art

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John L Kelly
Community Member
3 years ago

My going rate is one catnip for each sitting.

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#11

Life Imitates Art

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Joe Gutierrez
Community Member
3 years ago

I didn't go 10 years to medical school to be called "Mr" Thank you...🤙

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#12

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Livi Walsh
Community Member
3 years ago

I'm pretty sure this dragonfly is trying to mate with the tattoo.

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#13

Life Imitates Art

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Lilya
Community Member
3 years ago

Reality/Expectations

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#14

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Mirriam Banda
Community Member
3 years ago

I actually yawned from looking at this picture.

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#15

The Creation Of Catam

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MadamButterfly
Community Member
3 years ago

This picture breaks my heart. :,(

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#16

Life Imitates Art

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Benny Lava
Community Member
3 years ago

Busted!

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#17

Life Imitates Art

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Jazlyn J.
Community Member
3 years ago

<3 Aww :3

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#18

Life Imitates Art

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varwenea
Community Member
3 years ago

Staged?

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#19

Life Imitates Art

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Michel M. Prins
Community Member
3 years ago

Well, it's technically not wrong

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#20

Life Imitates Art

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Evgeniya Khon
Community Member
3 years ago

Ok, someone's gonna right it anyway, so what the hell...."draw me like one of your french girls" hahaha (>_<)

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#21

Life Imitates Art

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Socially Awkward
Community Member
3 years ago

He's adorable!

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#22

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Hana Cheaib
Community Member
3 years ago

He must meet the real boy seen on the other picture!

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#23

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Dixon's Mama
Community Member
3 years ago

So. Freaking. Cute!

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#24

Life Imitates Art

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Hope Floats
Community Member
3 years ago

This little boy wanted to grow up to be just like his father and by the looks of things...He got his wish..

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#25

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Jason Hook
Community Member
3 years ago

What. The actual. Fuck

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#26

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Jason Hook
Community Member
3 years ago

Hey, he wanted realistic flames, he got realistic flames.

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#27

Life Imitates Art

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Kirsa Rasmussen
Community Member
3 years ago

He forgot to lift the right paw :-D

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#28

Life Imitates Art

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Silent Skeleton
Community Member
3 years ago

well, shit..

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#29

Life Imitates Art

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The Cappy
Community Member
3 years ago

Those Brits and their hats. I was hoping we'd all forgotten about that picture.

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#30

Life Imitates Art

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Craftykit
Community Member
3 years ago

I have that sign in my house because i own two black cats... One of them is with me as i type

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#31

Life Imitates Art

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John L Kelly
Community Member
3 years ago

Is that where I came from?

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#32

Life Imitates Art

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Tamta Tsatsiashvili
Community Member
3 years ago

😃😃

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#33

Life Imitates Art

imgur , Disney Report

Cathy Shift
Community Member
3 years ago

awwwww...

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#34

Life Imitates Art

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Pi...
Community Member
3 years ago

This is genius! Coz the artist made sure that his/her work WILL get photographed!

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#35

Life Imitates Art

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Luna Clara
Community Member
3 years ago

All those people with art of their pets :D what dedicated pet owners

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#36

Life Imitates Art

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The Cappy
Community Member
3 years ago

And that juxtaposition probably only occurs a couple of dozen times a day there.

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#37

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Anna Brandigi
Community Member
3 years ago

Is that linsey lohan?

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#38

Life Imitates Art

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Dixon's Mama
Community Member
3 years ago

Heartbreaking

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#39

Life Imitates Art

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Chiara Morello
Community Member
3 years ago

honey, remember that time we were movie stars

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#40

Life Imitates Art

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Marie-Michèle Lacroix
Community Member
3 years ago

And that's how big the little teacup pigs grow up to be... still cute, though, but huge!

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#41

Life Imitates Art

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Ronja Rövardotter
Community Member
3 years ago

Reincarnation? :-) "Oh look honey, I was a tired knight in past!" - "Well honey, some things does not change." :-)

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#42

Life Imitates Art

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Tamta Tsatsiashvili
Community Member
3 years ago

😃

#43

Cat And Joseph Ducreux's “self Portrait Yawning”

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Pi...
Community Member
3 years ago

Purrrfect!

#44

Cool Puzzle Bro

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Evgeniya Khon
Community Member
3 years ago

OMg Ron and Tammy!!!!!!

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#45

Tiger Cat

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Spinaap
Community Member
3 years ago

me cat, me not amused!

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#46

Little Dancer

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Pi...
Community Member
3 years ago

So innocent and youthful! And u can tell it isn't manipulated! Should be higher up IMO.

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#48

Friends

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Flora Polvado
Community Member
3 years ago

Adorable!

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#49

Life Imitates Art

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Cathy Shift
Community Member
3 years ago

looks like she's about to miss the bed. :/

#50

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Ms. Terious
Community Member
2 years ago

Looks like Samara from the Ring

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#51

Life Imitates Art

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Silent Skeleton
Community Member
3 years ago

is that the nerdy little kid from farside?

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#52

Black Dog At Station Bergweg, Rotterdam

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Madeline Tuohey
Community Member
3 years ago

Which one?

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#53

Found This At The Field Museum Chicago

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Petunia Nuezic
Community Member
3 years ago

One real and one overworked

#54

One Of A Kind

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Eirini McAdoo
Community Member
3 years ago

Lol! Does he/she know it's just a picture? Very nice!!

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#55

Beards

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Pi...
Community Member
3 years ago

"This seat is for bearded ppl only!"

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#56

My Dad Who Is Also A Police Officer

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Steven Groom
Community Member
3 years ago

He found his cartoon double

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Your Friendly Neighbourhood Panda
Community Member
3 years ago

The best!

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#58

Emoji Eyes

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Rhon
Community Member
3 years ago

Cute!

#59

This Cat And John William Waterhouse's “Echo And Narcissus”

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Elizabeth Molloy
Community Member
3 years ago

Narcissus!

#60

Life Imitates Art

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ilKalù
Community Member
3 years ago

Well, the trees in the background are not palms at all ;-)

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#61

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Hana Cheaib
Community Member
3 years ago

He's about to say "really?" 😂

#62

Double Black

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Vaibhavi tikariya
Community Member
3 years ago

At the first view i thought the cat in the right is real

#63

Life Imitates Art

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#64

Copper On The Lake

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Eirini McAdoo
Community Member
3 years ago

Aaaw!! What a sweetheart!!!

#65

Puuuurfect

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Craftykit
Community Member
3 years ago

I have that sign

#66

Garfield And Nermal

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#67

First Friends

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#68

Da Vinci

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Jacob DeLange
Community Member
3 years ago

Aww the iggies

#70

Wolfy Diving By Lincoln Mcknuckles

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Katie Bear
Community Member
3 years ago

I suppose this would be art imitating art imitating life - because it's a tattoo of a photo of a real dog. That said, it's a really good tattoo, a really cute photo, and an awesome real dog .

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#71

Cowboy Neon Fan

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#73

One Day I'm Gonna Grow Up To Be As Big As Him!!

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#74

Hurley

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#75

Last Creature Standing

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Natalie Donnelly
Community Member
3 years ago

Its a joke ffs u wouldn't say that if a white man was being used as an example beside the kangaroo ..stop making racism out of nothing more than ajoke

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#76

Immortalised