If you’ve read this site long enough, then you know we’re total geeks for Pokémon, the adorable “pocket monsters” that have spawned several cartoon films, video games, trading cards and tons of cute collectibles. That’s why we’re absolutely loving pixel artist Martin Lathbury’s collection of Pride Pokémon featuring Pikachu, Jigglypuff, Charmander and other original Pokémon decked out in rainbow colors and leather gear.
Even though Pride month is officially over, Pride events are still happening around the world, so Lathbury’s collection are still right for the season.
Plus, Pokémon — each with their unique appearances, skills and evolutions — have become a major part of geek and gaymer culture: They make great symbols for special outcasts in the wild, just waiting to be discovered and trained to their full potential.
Queer fans of Pokemon have also mashed the monsters up into their own special creations. For instance, one pixel artist drew the queens of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 10 into trainers with their own corresponding Pokémon; one sexy geek created their own line of Poke-moan sex toys; and Men.com turned the monster-catching franchise into a porn parody where two trainers have sex with a muscular monster named Peek-a-choo.
And if you like these Pride Pokémon, you should check out Martin Lathbury’s other pixel art creations: He drew Aqauaria in his luchador winter look, the Scooby gang from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and characters from J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings fantasy series.
Martin Lathbury even created an animated GIF of Beyonce flipping a double-bird from her “Formation” music video.
Interestingly, today marks the second anniversary of the release of the massively popular Pokémon Go augmented reality mobile game which has made an estimated $1.8 billion since its release.