There’s an Online Community of People Who Paint Over Old Thrift Store Paintings For Fun

Say hello to the r/Repaintings subreddit where people from all over the internet share their imaginative creations by improving old thrift store paintings. The results are genuinely awesome, scroll down to see for yourself!

Repainted thrift store painting.

Repainted thrift store painting.

Repainted thrift store painting.

Repainted thrift store painting.

Repainted thrift store painting.

Repainted thrift store painting.

Repainted thrift store painting.

Repainted thrift store painting.

Repainted thrift store painting.

Repainted thrift store painting.

Repainted thrift store painting.

Repainted thrift store painting.

Repainted thrift store painting.

Repainted thrift store painting.

Repainted thrift store painting.

Repainted thrift store painting.

Repainted thrift store painting.

Repainted thrift store painting.

Repainted thrift store painting.

Repainted thrift store painting.

Repainted thrift store painting.

Repainted thrift store painting.

Repainted thrift store painting.

17 thoughts on “There’s an Online Community of People Who Paint Over Old Thrift Store Paintings For Fun”

  1. On the Antiques Road Show, I have seen (several times) people bringing in an “old picture” or something they “got at a garage sale for $2.00,” and it turns out to be by a lesser-known but still well regarded artist, worth actual money.

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  2. I find it interesting the many of these works depicts icons of millenial’s pop culture. I like the idea of painting over crappy paintings, but I don’t like these pop culture references. It tells you a couple of things: these products are targeted to millenials, and this is a shame, because in this way you authomatically limits the audience that can appreciate the idea standing behind these re-works of art. The photobombing cow is better because is general. For example also the idea of placing the characters of “King of the hill” in the bar setting is good, but why using those characters, and not just some “regular” characters? This leads to the second main consideration: millenials are considered morons by grown ups and by other millenials themselves. If an artisti does not reference something “millenialish”, millenials wouldn’t have a clue of what is all about. Are we serious? Or, maybe more depressingly, these pieces of art are simply market products, to be easily sold to millenials. Paint a Star Wars character, and presto, you have an easy sale. This quickly leads to the main theme “what is art, what is not”, which is not the point of this consideration. The point is: stop using cheap references taken from lousy cartoons! Be creative of your own! Create the future new big cartoon hit, instead of recycling the (shitty) cartoon hits of others. Maybe the cultural orizons of many people will slightly expand.

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  3. Imagine if one of these turned out to be a long-lost painting of value.
    Tells a lot about art, doesn’t it? If it is a thrift store, it is legit to paint an imperial stormtrooper on it, if it is the Starry Night, you can’t put vampires on it.

    The one with the cow is bloody fantastic.

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  4. The best of these are subtle, often in the background, like a movie goof. Think of the Viking ship where one of the crew is wearing a wristwatch. Not seen at first take. It could be anachronistic, or just out of place.

  5. Wow. Some of these are crappy yet funny. At the same time, though, they are cool tbh.

  6. You know, these paintings are bad, but I would be actually pretty proud to have painted one of these

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