ARTIST CHRIS THEIBERT
Choonimals sees the world through a googly-eyed, sharp-fanged filter. The company’s unique designs first appeared as silly sketches in high school notebooks and Sharpie tattoos on friends’ arms. In 2007, those friends launched Choonimals in Columbus, Ohio, before migrating to Brooklyn, New York and Portland, Oregon. Their scrappy drawings have since evolved into an entire kingdom of goofy, misfit creatures.
Choonimals quickly became a fixture at local festivals and cross-country music events. As the 2015 Vans Warped Tour’s official art sponsor, Choonimals’ zoo covered stages from coast to coast, as well as Journeys storefronts. The company is now growing through collaborations with social media stars -- and cats -- and partnerships with non-profits that work to save the world’s real misfit animals.
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