Pop Culture Figures Are Just Like Us In The Art Of Mike Mitchell

“Crying: acceptable at funerals and the Grand Canyon.” — Ron Swanson

Mike Mitchell is an artist and maker of amazing photoshopped van art whose work we’ve posted around these parts a few times before, like when the cast of Parks and Recreation signed his noir-style fan poster. This weekend his solo show (“Just Like Us”) opened at Gallery 1988 Melrose in Los Angeles. His show features cute illustrations of pop culture and historical figures doing mundane things just like the rest of us, and the visual puns abound.
Some of our favorites from this weekend’s “Just Like Us” show are after the jump. All pictures courtesy of Gallery 1988 and Mike Mitchell, and limited edition prints of many of these works are still available at Gallery 1988.


“Furry Con” Mario has found his people.

“Murder” Looks like a certain Care Bear just found out about Furries.

“Pretty Bird”. Did you know Daredevil had a cameo in Dumb and Dumber as a child?

“Hungry Hungry”


“Dream Come True”

“Dumbo Ride”


“Ice Cream”



“Gymnastic Rings”


“Big Wheel”


“Cotton Candy” What’s the deal with it?

“Duck Hunt” Poor Louie. I’ll bet he’ll have to give Huey the news.





“Paddle Ball” And all the whores and politicians will look up and shout “Can we have a turn?”… and I’ll look down and whisper “No.”


“Doughnuts” Glazed or frosted, you’re coming with me.




“Retirement” This is how I wanted every episode of The Smurfs to end.



“Slater Style”

“Power Mopping” It’s so bad.

“Falling to Death” With the falling and the death and the zippity boppity shoo puddin pop.



“View Finder”

“Hello, Welcome To Wal-Mart”

“Watching Jewelry Commercial”