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This Guy Draws Octopuses On Portraits Of Vice Presidents

Because of course.

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Veeptopus is a hilarious Etsy shop featuring portraits of American vice presidents with octopuses on their heads.

It's the brainchild of artist Jonathan Crow.

It's the brainchild of artist Jonathan Crow.

He told BuzzFeed Life that the idea dawned on him when he participated in a fundraiser that challenged artists to draw for 24 hours straight.

He feared running out of ideas during the marathon, so he decided to draw all 47 American vice presidents. He initially drew 22 of them in one sitting, but later re-drew the whole series.

He refers to his prints as "Unique gifts for that history buff, octopus maven and general weirdo in your life."

As a self proclaimed "general weirdo" I must say, these are fucking AWESOME.

Meet Al Gore and his BFF, Mr. Suckface!

I bet you didn't know about VP Barkley's pet octopus.

It's okay, Alben didn't either.

It's okay, Alben didn't either.

Pardon me, are you Aaron Burr, Sir?


Jonathan has even branched out beyond VPs to include other famous American politicians, like our "10 Dollar Founding Father Without a Father."

This one's for you, Hamilton fans.

This one's for you, Hamilton fans.

And this badass "dystopian" Ruth Bader Ginsburg portrait.

"Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the baddest, toughest, most OG Supreme Court Justice out there. And now, she has a robot arm."

In describing why he chose these particular subjects, he tells his customers, "These men have played large roles in American history and I did not want them to be forgotten."

He also finds it interesting that the role of the VP is so vaguely written in the Constitution. "Vice presidents, in short, struggle to make sense of a poorly defined role, all the while waiting for death. It’s a bit like life itself," he says.

But why does he also cover their heads with octopuses?

"It takes a rare person to pull off an air of dignity with a cephalopod on his head. It seemed to fit with the absurdity of the role."

Bless you, Jonathan, for giving us the gift of Veeptopus.

Ian Spanier Photography / © Ian Spanier Photography 2015 / Via

If you are interested in purchasing any of his prints, you can find them here.

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