Most parents assume that they have decent taste in artwork. Most parents are also sorely mistaken about this fact.
One Twitter user named Daniel was shocked when his mother texted him, informing him that she had just purchased a rare painting for $250, and that it was now hanging in the family’s kitchen. The situation became even more bizarre when Daniel saw the painting in question, and realized that the artwork was actually a rendering of the popular Spongebob Squarepants character, Squidward.
Those of you who are truly astute will recognize that this painting is directly from the episode of Spongebob entitled, “Artist Unknown” (where Spongebob once again destroys Squidward’s dreams of being a well-respected artist).
In the episode, Squidward calls this self-portrait Bold and Brash, to which the savage art dealer replies, “More like, belongs in the trash!”
Daniel’s mom texted him that the man who sold her the painting claimed it “could be worth $3,000 or more.”
Sure, mom. Either you just got swindled, or the public is clamoring for high-dollar paintings of Squidward Tentacles.
Daniel shared the exchange on Twitter, where it received over 70,000 likes, and was retweeted over 30,000 times.
Naturally, the internet immediately recognized Squidward’s artwork.
The internet may have roasted Daniel’s mom for her lack of Spongebob knowledge, but there may actually be more going on here than meets the eye.
After all — is it merely coincidence that Bold and Brash is hanging right above the trash can??
Hm. Perhaps Daniel’s mom isn’t as clueless as she originally sounded. Perhaps she is, in fact, the greatest art troll in the the entire world.
Either way, here’s hoping that, wherever Squidward is, he’s happy that his art is finally getting the proud display that it deserves.