‘Pop Mash’ – Artist Aaron Craig’s Unique Pop Culture Mashup Art

Although you’re likely used to seeing weird cartoon mashups by now, thanks to the internet, there’s one fine artist who’s putting his own spin on these mashups — and the results are amazing.

pop mash painting from Aaron Craig
Aaron Craig

This Australian Artist is Creating Amazing Mashups

His name is Aaron Craig, and he’s from Sunshine Coast down in southern Queensland, Australia.

His work is intensely saturated with nostalgic cartoon icons from the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s. There are even some contemporary ones thrown in there, too.

The catch? They’re not quite how you remember.

Instead, his work centers on doing mashups of widely recognizable characters from different cartoon universes. He calls it “Pop Mash.”

He grew up as a huge Masters of the Universe fan, which shows up in his body of work. He also pulls from Marvel and DC comics, the Simpsons, Warner Bros, Nickelodeon, Hanna Barbera cartoons, and more. Sometimes, he even pulls directly from pop culture — like using Barbie or fast food joints.

“Typically, I paint things that remind me of my childhood growing up in the 1980s in Australia,” Craig said. “The nostalgia of what I watched as a kid makes me happy so it’s what I like to use in my pieces.”

A lot of his work is comprised of paintings, though he does do limited edition hand-pulled screen prints, too. Those come embossed, signed, and numbered.

Judging by his Instagram, it looks like he starts by brainstorming ideas, and then making a digital mockup before proceeding with a brush to create the final product.

All in all, I’d say his “Pop Mash” is really cool.

If you want to check out more of his work, you can check him on Instagram, or on his official website.

Stay Strange

pop mash painting from Aaron Craig
Aaron Craig (@aaronjcraig) via Instagram

A True Super Villain

pop mash painting from Aaron Craig
Aaron Craig

It’s like Skeletor and Ursula were meant to be together.

Life of Crime

pop mash painting from Aaron Craig
Aaron Craig

Come to the Dark Side. We have krabby patties.

Mr. Krabson

pop mash painting from Aaron Craig
Aaron Craig

Speaking of krabby patties…

Some of These Are Relatively Large

pop mash painting from Aaron Craig
Aaron Craig (@aaronjcraig) via Instagram

Never thought I’d see MuscleBob BuffPants, but here we are.

Come on Barbie, Let’s Go Party

pop mash painting from Aaron Craig
Aaron Craig

You Look a Little Different, Big Bird

pop mash painting from Aaron Craig
Aaron Craig (@aaronjcraig) via Instagram

If Tigger and Garfield Had a Baby

pop mash painting from Aaron Craig
Aaron Craig

This one’s so well done, it might start creating false memories.

Never a Sidekick

pop mash painting from Aaron Craig
Aaron Craig

Bart Heads to Futuristic Metro City

pop mash painting from Aaron Craig
Aaron Craig

Terror Crayola Skeletor is a Hand-Pulled Screen Print

pop mash painting from Aaron Craig
Aaron Craig (@aaronjcraig) via Instagram

Charbroiled

pop mash painting from Aaron Craig
Aaron Craig

Aaron Craig Himself, With the Hulk

pop mash painting from Aaron Craig
Aaron Craig