Children's Coloring Book Parodies

Children's Coloring Book Parodies

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Children’s Coloring Book Parodies are adult-themed crayon drawings based on template pages from children’s coloring books and novelty coloring books for grown-ups. A notable subset of the childhood corrupting meme, these illustrations usually include depictions of violence, drug use and perversion involving children’s characters.


On June 24th, 2009, The King of Crayon[1], a blog devoted to creating adult-themed spoofs of children’s coloring books, posted its first picture.


On August 27th, 2010, YouTube musician Molly Lewis[3] tweeted a series of pages from a dinosaur coloring book that she colored in and captioned to portray the dinosaurs as hipsters. In the following days, Lewis’ collection of “hipster dinosaurs” was covered by several websites including UpRoxx[2] and Geekosystem.[4]

Adult-Themed Coloring Books

In 2011 and 2012, a number of pop culture and adult-themed coloring books were published in print, bringing a new batch of readily exploitable materials into online circulation. On September 15th, 2011, 90s pop culture-themed Colour Me Good 90s[16] (below, left) was published. The book was featured on The Guardian[17]. On October 30th, 2012,Coloring for Grown-Ups: The Adult Activity Book[9] (below, center), a coloring book featuring adult situations like finding an apartment or dealing with a one night stand, was published. The book was featured on The Huffington Post[12] and Complex.[13] On July 15th, 2012[10], Colour Me Good Ryan Gosling (below, right)

The trend continued in 2013 with the publication of celebrity-themed Color Me Swoon: The Beefcake Activity Book for Good Color-Inners as well as Beginners[15] and Bun B’s Rapper Coloring and Activity Book.[18]

Coloring Book Corruptions

On March 9th, 2014, the single topic blog Coloring Book Corruptions[5] was launched to curate original works of corrupted illustrations submitted by the readers, and on March 12th, Redditor CrayonForBrains created the subreddit /r/coloringcorruptions[20] with the same purpose. On April 14th, Redditor Arctaos cross-posted a photo set of edited coloring book pages taken from the blog, which garnered more than 39,199 upvotes and reached the front page of Reddit.[8] The next day, Coloring Book Corruptions was covered by The Laughing Squid[6] and Smosh[7] among other Internet humor blogs.

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