There are some TV shows that have become so iconic and have made their mark on at least one generation.
The Simpsons, South Park, SpongeBob SquarePants, Sesame Street, and The Last Airbender are just some of these shows that the adults of today will look back on with a sense of nostalgia because of how those shows and characters shaped their childhoods.
The fact that some of those shows are still running is a testament to the enduring popularity and appeal that they have to kids in general.
Watch this man turn himself into Patrick Star below.
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As with any successful show, it’s inevitable that various merchandise will come out. Umbrellas, lunch boxes, T-shirts, and more bearing the show’s most popular characters and scenes will be marketed to kids. And people will still lap this up.
Some characters are so popular that some cosplayers will come out and make costumes of their most favorite characters in a particular show. While costume-making skills will vary from person to person, the intent behind their works is quite evident.
And then there are those who try to make a parody of the characters or make them in such a way that the result is a bit disturbing, even terrifying.
That’s what friends Cody Lewis and Eric Hicks did when they conspired to make a terrifyingly twisted version of Patrick Star, the best friend of SpongeBob SquarePants.
Cody and Eric own a digital marketing agency in Nebraska. For some reason, the pair thought up something that would get attention (which it did in spades).
Cody painted Eric’s whole body in screaming pink paint. Completing the ensemble was a pair of flowery shorts and suddenly, a terrifying real-life version of Patrick Star was created.
The pair made the video to show how Patrick was angry at being forced out of his home because of plastic pollution. But with the video ending with Eric screaming at the camera, it’s not clear if people will remember the original message. Still, they got the attention they wanted with over 2 million views.
Cody said: “The idea originated from us sitting together and planning out content for that week.
“We were having conversations on how we can push messages we are passionate about like eliminating plastic, developing more sustainable solutions to everyday problems as well as becoming cognizant of how our actions as human beings affect everything around us.
“Suddenly it hit me. What if we utilized a household name like SpongeBob & friends to get our message across?
“We hit our local Walmart, picked up some pink paint for his body, green cargo shorts and some purple paint for the flowers on the shorts and got to work!”