Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Who is the "real" Catlanta?

Posted By on Tue, May 3, 2011 at 5:54 PM

Who is the impostor here?
  • CATLANTA
  • Who is the impostor here?

We've been obsessing about Atlanta's only feline-themed street artist, Catlanta, for awhile now. Last month, CL's intrepid Online Media Assistant Bobby Feingold stumbled onto a clue: a shadowy reflection from Catlanta's Flickr feed. Could Catlanta be Hugh Jackman's younger, street artist brother? Or Edward Cullen in hiding from rabid Twilight fans? This only made him more dreamy and mysterious. We imagined seeing him in a dark alley, leaving behind bowls of milk for his feral friends.

But we might have been asking the wrong questions all along. Sunday evening, CL received an email from Sean Omeara with shocking claims:

My girlfriend is the real Catlanta. We painted the wall behind our house on Randolph Street for use in her children's book "Catlanta". We have been trying to publish the book for a year now. The original Catlanta wall has been painted for that amount of time as well. All of our neighbors support our book, since all of the neighborhood cats are in the book. The "copycat" Catlanta" saw our wall and painted his original graffiti on Freedom Parkway...right beside our house. He has made a name for himself on my girlfriend's work.

Could it be? Is the shadowy cat lover we've been dreaming about nothing but an impostor? A thief of feline-related puns? Was the "real" Catlanta Nikki Darkbloom, author of children's books and manager of a rock band? We had to find out more.

Obliging our request, Omeara sent over a photo of the wall in question:

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  • SEAN OMEARA

Oh. Well, it isn't quite the charming egg-faced cartoon we've seeing around town, but we still wanted to get to the bottom of it. Had Catlanta seen this wall and stolen the phrase for his greedy pursuits of giving away art all over town?

We lit up the skies with our custom Cat-Signal, hoping that the mysterious artist would answer our calls. (Not really. We just sent a message to his Flickr account.) Responding with, uh, cat-like reflexes, he called the CL hotlines from a blocked number just minutes later.

Catlanta's response to the pun-theft accusations can summed up in two words: "Uh, what?" The Catlanta name came from a t-shirt he inherited from his grandmother, he said, and sent over a photo of the shirt.

We suppose you'll have to decide who to trust in this situation. Omeara sent over the children's book, too. It has some other good puns, like "DeCATur." Don't steal that. They're still looking for a publisher, by the way.

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