Pop Your Pup and add a punch of color to your world
BY DANIELLE GORESKI
Talking to me about pop art is like talking to a kid about Christmas. Although my living space is rather monochromatic, filled with black, white and varying shades in between, I live the rest of my life in full technicolor. The truth is, I’m in love with kitsch, which is why I’m so drawn to pop art.
Mostly associated with New York artists from the early 1960s such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, James Rosenquist, and Claes Oldenburg, pop art was really part of an international, post-WWII phenomenon. This movement reflected a major shift away from traditional high art themes (such as morality, mythology, and classic history), towards an (at times ironic) celebration of the people and items that make up everyday life.
Here at Get Leashed, we know that life is meant to be fun and colorful and that the best we can do with our time is laugh freely and live without restrictions. That’s why this month’s NEED.WANT.HAVE is all about enjoying the brighter and lighter side of life, welcoming the warmer weather with an explosion of color, pop icons and iconic art.
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I have to say that I consider myself a lucky girl to be able to bring my two wieners (dogs, that is) with me everywhere I go. So If you can’t bring your pet with you (like literally), then Pop Your Pup! ™ is pretty much the next best thing. Created by a group of amazing artists that share a strong love for art and animals, Pop Your Pup! ™ is an interactive clothing brand that designs ‘Warhol-esque’ custom graphic tees from a photo of your pet. Don’t let the name fool you — they work with all kinds of pets, from dogs and cats to ducks to horses. A portion of every shirt sold is donated to local humane societies and nonprofit organizations that help animals in need. Our star, Violet, from Life of Vi, was featured on one of their tees but you don’t need superstar celebrity status to sport one.
Prices start at $39.99 USD
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“I never met a pet I didn’t like.” Andy Warhol
If you’re a lover of pop art, you’ve probably dreamt of one day owning a Warhol. Even 29 years after his death, Andy Warhol, (born Andrew Warhola), still remains one of the most influential people in contemporary art and culture. Warhol’s love of cats began at an early age, fueled by his mother’s appreciation for them. In 1954, Warhol self-published his book, 25 Cats Named Sam and One Blue Pussy (when he lived with his mom, they surrounded themselves with cats – all were named Sam except for one called Hester). Warhol was obsessed with his dachshund Archie and would often taken him to press conferences as his ‘alter ego’ and was known to deflect questions to Archie when he (Warhol) didn’t want to answer.
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Online shopping has become my job and I have to say that I absolutely love Etsy for so many reasons. I’m in awe of people who have a crafty talent and who make truly original things, and when I find an Etsy genius, I have to share. When I came across Kayci Wheatly’s pop art store, I pretty much fainted. I’m a huge fan of kitsch and color (which is surprising as you will rarely see me out of black on a good day), and her online store is jam packed with pop icon goodies – from umbrellas to knapsacks, makeup bags to clutches, pillows to shower curtains. I’ve been snapping up bits and pieces of her collection for my own selfish reasons. My favorite pieces to date are the Karl Lagerfeld and Anna Wintour pillows (of course) and my David Bowie umbrella. All of Kayci’s pieces are original illustrations and are inspired by some of the coolest cats. She will even cater to your own custom design. Can we say that these pieces totally rock?