The ‘Repaintings’ Community Is Dedicated To People Personalizing Thrift Store Art With Their Own Artistic Touch, And It’s Amazing (122 Pics)

We know how much you love art, illustrations, and paintings, dear Pandas, so we’ve got a treat in store for you today. Say hello to the ‘Repaintings’ subreddit where people from all over the internet share their imaginative creations.

The community isn’t dedicated to just any old paintings, however. No, sirree! The nearly 123k-member-strong online group is meant for repainted secondhand art. People grab a painting from their local thrift shop, garage sale, secondhand store, or even trash bin, bring it home, and add in some awesome new additions with a paintbrush. The results are genuinely cool and we couldn’t wait to share them with you. Remember to upvote the pics that you enjoyed the most.

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If you’re anything like me and you’re just itching to give repainting a try, be sure to let us know how that went. And don’t forget to follow r/Repaintings if you love their stuff as much we do.

#1 A Repaint I Finished A Few Days Ago – I Auctioned It To Raise Money For The Hunger Project…

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#2 “Prepare For Trouble.” I Always Knew I Wanted To Add A Hot Air Balloon But Originally I Planned To Add Rocky And Bullwinkle. I Think The Meowth Balloon Was A Better Idea.

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#3 Jake The Dog

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Plenty of these repaintings feature characters and icons from pop culture, beloved TV shows and movies, as well as some well-known brands. Others, however, are completely original additions that formed in the artists’ minds.

Founded back in 2014, the r/Repaintings subreddit celebrated its 7th birthday in mid-February. Over the years, they’ve amassed a huge collection of upgraded secondhand paintings that any modern museum would be proud to feature.

#4 Painting-Bomb!

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#5 “Whom Will Thou Call?” Acrylic On Old Art Print. She Used To Be Holding A Guitar And I Swapped It Out

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#6 Unsolved Mystery…

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“Find a painting at a garage sale, thrift store, or in the trash and repaint it. Add some monsters! Add a UFO! Some lasers? Don’t mind if I do! Post the results. Before and After pics appreciated,” the subreddit moderators invite redditors and random tourists from all corners of the internet to get their hands dirty with paint and let their creativity loose.

However much technology might change, there’s still something about analog tech that just can’t be beaten. I’m all for digital art, but traditional techniques hold a special place in my heart (just like physical books). So you can imagine how happy I was to read that the ‘Repaintings’ group only allows for “traditionally repainted works with real physical paint.” Sorry, digital art, this time, you won’t be in the spotlight, no matter how much we love you.

#7 All Work And No Play – I Had A Lot Of Fun Painting This One!

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#8 Nautical Nonsense – Acrylic Paint On A Thrifted Art Print

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#9 Repainting Or Original?

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Finding a secondhand painting to repaint might be harder than you think during the Covid-19 pandemic. Previously, Bored Panda learned all about the massive changes to how thrift stores function during the endless worldwide lockdowns. With worries of a third coronavirus wave mixed in with loosening regulations here and there, the rules are constantly changing.

#10 Repainted-Thrift-Store-Paintings

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#11 My Childhood Heroes Meet Again In The Black Forest

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#12 Here Is My First Attempt At Doing A Repainting, I Couldn’t Be Happier With How It Turned Out! 🙂

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In an interview with the Weird Secondhand Finds That Just Need To Be Shared Facebook group team, Bored Panda earlier learned that plenty of thrift stores have moved to online ordering while the pandemic continues to rage on.

“Some even have curbside pickup, so we recommend checking with your favorite stores to see if they’ve done this,” one of the Weird Secondhand Finds team members gave some advice to those of us who have an urge to go secondhand shopping.

#13 My Glow In The Dark Repainting From A While Ago

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#14 Beaches…

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#15 I Found And Altered Blue Boy A Couple Years Ago. So When I Found Pinkie In A Thrift Store I Was Thrilled! She Had To Have A Helmet Of Her Own.

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What’s more, you can use social media to keep track of your favorite local shops: from what’s new in stock to ordering what you want in advance so you don’t physically have to go to the shop. All you need to do is find what you like online, order it, and then either pick it up yourself or wait for a delivery to your home. That’s certainly one way to get access to thrift store paintings while staying safe.

#16 This Belongs Here

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#17 “Great Harvest Of The Single Slice” – David Irvine March 2020

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#18 Batman Family Portrait. Bought It At Roscos In Portland Or On A Drunken Whim. Best $10 Dollar Purchase Ever

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“Following your favorite shops Facebook pages is also recommended so you can stay up to date on what they’re doing as well as get quicker notice when they have sales, new items listed, etc. That way you can safely thrift from the comfort of your own home while still supporting your local shops.”

#19 Trying My Hand At Repainting

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#20 ???? ?

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#21 First Painting Of This Year

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Along with a rise in digital secondhand shopping, more and more stores are taking up safety precautions like the mandatory wearing of masks, limiting the number of customers, providing disinfectant for your hands, enforcing social distancing, erecting plexiglass protectors at counters, etc. This way, those stores that are open are able to reduce the risk of infection for staff and customers alike.

#22 Thrift And Drift

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#23 Flying Saucer Aliens By Banksy

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#24 I Thought This Scene Looked Like A Place Darth Vader Would Go To Bask In His Loneliness.

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#25 I Added Googly Eyes To This Thrift Store Nature Photography. It’s Hanging In My Dining Room.

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#26 “The Lover, The Dreamer, And Me” Repainted A Couple Years Ago.

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#27 “Waterfront Property” … Sometimes A Cross Section Of The Skin Needs To Be Painted.

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#28 Me Before 2020 And Me After 2020.

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#29 Added The Beast To This Already Creepy Painting

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#30 For A Year Now I’m Giving New Life To 2nd Hand Wall Plates And Transforming Them In To Very Ugly Plates And This Beauty Is One Of Them

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#31 Sky Waffles

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#32 I Had Planned On Adding Buzz Lightyear But Was Persuaded To Add Alice Instead. I Think She Was The Right Choice.

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#33 Come With Me And You’ll Be In A World Of Pure Imagination…

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#34 Found A Cool Print At Thrift…thought It Could Use Some Krakens!

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#35 I Bought A Print From A Thrift Store And Felt Like It Needed A Cat!

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#36 Monster Flowers

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#37 This Little Boy Was Eating Some Cookies, But His Fingers Were Perfect For A Good Ole Fashioned Jazz Cigarette

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#38 I Paint Campers On Animal Prints I Find In Thrift Stores. Enjoy!

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#39 Kirby’s Dream Land. The Additions Include Kirby, The Whispy Woods, And A Red Apple.

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#40 Helpful Bunny

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#41 Getting In The Hallowe’en Spirit… “Carving Pumpkins” A Piece I Did A Couple Of Years Ago. Enjoy.

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#42 Created This About Three Years Ago For A Coworker Who Got Me The Job. “Boy Loses Kite”

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#43 Found A Nice Ship Battle Painting At Goodwill. Thought It Had Too Much Empty Space.(My First Time Painting Anything That’s Not A Wall)

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#44 Thought This Lake Needed A Friendly Creature!

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#45 Because Brian And Stewie Can Never Have Too Many Duets. Acrylic Paint On A Thrift Art Print.

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#46 I Added Star Wars To Another Thrift Store Painting In Quarantine.

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#47 Astronauts Need A Vacation Too

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#48 I Did My First Repainting Recently!

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#49 Been Wondering What To Paint Over This Old Thrift Store Art For Some Time. Thanks Bernie! ??

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#50 First Repaint!

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#51 Does This Count?

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#52 Make America Great. My First Political Piece And I’m Slightly Nervous Posting As A Brit As So Many Of You Are American I Think?

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#53 Found This Bad Boy In The Trash, It Needed Some Dinosaurs.

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#54 Skipping Rocks

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#55 Mine Isn’t As Cool As Some Of These Others, I Just Taped Off A Piece My Husband Brought Home From His Office When They Remodeled. It Gets A Lot Of Compliments Though.

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#56 Simple Addition To This Painting.

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#57 Prime Rib And Roses

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#58 A Perfect Piece To Add A Cracken.

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#59 “2020 In The West Garden”…i Did A Small Series Of 3 Paintings Featuring 2020. This Is The 2nd Piece.

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#60 Neuschwanstein Or Hogwarts? Acrylic On Vintage Paint-By-Number

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#61 The Ferryman Approaches

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#62 Local Coffeehouse Had These Awesome Guys On Display/For Sale

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#63 I Am An Art Dealer And Appraiser, And This Is One Of My Most Favorite Additions To The Collection.

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#64 Donkey Kong

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#65 Handsome Squidward’s Head Was Too Perfect For This One. It’s Turned Into One Of My Favorite Repaintings Yet. ?

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#66 Best Find At A Thrift Store

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#67 My $4 Thrifted Repainting 🙂 Not Sure Who Made It But I Love It!

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#68 The Perfect Painting Doesn’t Exi-

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#69 “Suddenly”.. ( “The Scream” Repainting ), Me, Oil, 2021

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#70 Regroup…

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#71 *not My Painting* I Follow Jim Valeri On Instagram And He Does Amazing Repaintings. He Said He’s Not On Reddit But I Feel Like You All Need To See His Work. His Handle On Ig Is He Shared This Today And I Loved It!

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#72 Found This Little Soap Dispenser At Goodwill For $0.99. Decided To Make A Chonky Pennywise!

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#73 “Sunday Morning Stroll” Replaced Formal Pond With Swan And Lily Pads With Something A Little More Dynamic…

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#74 Painted This For A Friend Who Just Graduated University Of Michigan, Wanted To Remind Him Of Times He Probably Doesn’t Remember.

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#75 Dog Fight On Hoth

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#76 Made This Old Thrift Store Art Into An Epic Mario Kart Race Track! My First Time Ever Painting Characters In Oil Paint. Very Challenging But I Absolutely Love How This Turned Out!

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#77 My Tribute To The Best Star Wars Character, Entitled “Jar Jar Thinks”

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#78 Iron Giant

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#79 Rip Dennis Nedry.

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#80 Oh Joy

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#81 My Daughter Is 5 And Has No Idea Repainting Is Even A Thing.. And Yet I Found These Today. So Proud!

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#82 Could You Please Say “Hi” To Peany? ?

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#83 Still Want To Believe??

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#84 “When Startled…”, Oil On Thrift Store Wildlife Painting.

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#85 Hellmo (Still Working On It)

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#86 My Dad Is Really Proud Of His Creature From The Black Lagoon

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#87 I’m Going To Try To Limit Myself To Only Posting One Painting A Day, But Here’s A Painting I Did Of A Demo Dog From Stranger Things.

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#88 Sand Worm

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#89 This Tall Guy Broke A Branch.

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#90 Hey Everyone! I’m New To Reddit But I’ve Been Doing Repaintings For About A Year After Discovering The Art Form On Instagram And Using It To Help Me Cope With Depression. Here Is Some Of My Work I Hope To Become An Avid Member Of This Community Everyone’s Work Here Is So Good!

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#91 We Can’t Stop Here, This Is Rabbit Country

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#92 Painting I Found In A Shop. Should Have Bought It.

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#93 A Little Little Landscape That Needed Color… And A Gnome. Done With Oils.

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#94 In Utah, A Third Of The Paintings You Find At The Thrift Store Are Mormon Ones. As Someone Who Grew Up Mormon And Left, This Makes Me Laugh So Hard.

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#95 Not Mine. Friend Did This, Hes Not On Reddit.

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#96 New Follower Painting From Goodwill

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#97 ??? ????? ??: ?????? ?? ??? ??????

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#98 Another Very Ugly Plate I Made. For Almost A Year I’m Giving A New Life To Wall Plates And Transforming Them In To Very Ugly Plates

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#99 And You Thought They Only Existed In Warp Pipes…

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#100 Cherries Are 100 Points

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#101 I Had Fun With This… Before/After Acrylic On Found Print.

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#102 I Don’t Know Much About The Original Painter Robert Wood. But He Has Now Provided Me With Many Landscapes To “Modify”.

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#103 Second Version Of Living In A Van Down By The River…commission Piece

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#104 An Honest Day’s Work

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#105 I Had No Clue There Was A Community For This! Be Kind, I’m Not Much Of An Artist. I Had A Lot Of Fun Making This.

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#106 ???? ????? ????? ????? ????? ??????????????

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#107 Strange New Planet

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#108 Tube Man Made Today, Broadcasted On R/Theartiststudio

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#109 Here’s A Howl’s Moving Castle Painting I Did Pretty Early Into This Year. Really Happy How It Turned Out!

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#110 “Don’t Feed The Animals”

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#111 Had A Friend Of Mine Do This Repainting Of An Old Goodwill Find A Few Years Ago. It’s Been Above Our Bed Ever Since!

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#112 I Can’t Believe It’s December Now, So Here’s Garfield And Odie Having Some Fun In The Snow.

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#113 Added Some Monsters. Might Have To Zoom In A Little 🙂

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#114 Oh Bother

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#115 Found This Gem A Thrift Store. Not Sure Where It Came From But It’s One Of My Favorite Paintings.

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#116 Bath Time

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#117 A Young Saurian Reading

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#118 Stumbled Upon This Work Of Art

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#119 Happy Friday Everyone. Here Is A More Abstract Piece I Call “Island Of Plank”. Anyone Else Love Ed, Edd And Eddy?

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#120 Here Is A Fun Lilo & Stitch Painting I Did. The Flavor Of Ice Cream Is Mint Chocolate Chip If Anyone Is Wondering.

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#121 Away Party.

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#122 Another Older Painting, Currently Covers My Electrical Box In My Kid’splayroom. Calvin And Hobbes And Robert Wood

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