An artist has vividly redesigned classic Pokemon for Pride
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From the rainbow flag to the flamboyant costumes, Pride parades are a spectacular sight - and artist Martin Lathbury has certainly captured that vibrancy in his Pokemon artwork. The 27-year-old artist from London has taken some of the beloved anime and gaming characters and given them an LGBT+ twist, in homage to the capital’s Pride parade this month. The creations took Martin an hour each to make, tracing from the sprites of the Pokemon from the original Nintendo games. “I think artwork like this shows that there are other parts of pop culture that have influenced LGBT+ people growing up,” Martin told the Press Association. “Pokemon has this amazing queer undertone to it – can I get a ‘yas’ for Team Rocket?” “Growing up as a kid who was questioning their own sexuality, it was a very confusing time,” Martin said. “You’re forced into these gender and sexuality constructs from the moment you’re born that you don’t feel necessarily represent who you are. “Pink is for girls, blue is for boys. Girls play with Barbies, boys play with Action Man. “The great thing about Pokemon is that it didn’t have a preconceived expectation of who it was for – at least it didn’t feel that way – it felt like it was for everyone, no matter who you are.”
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