Local web designer Nicholas Longtin's Cat Olympics photo series goes viral

Categories: Art, Nerdery
Cat Weight Lifter.jpg
Photo courtesy of Nicholas Longtin on Flickr.
Nicholas Longtin's Cat Olympics photo series went viral this week.
Minneapolitan Nicholas Longtin received hundreds of thousands of clicks in internet fame this week when his Cat Olympics Flickr project went viral. 

The series was picked up by Boing Boing this past weekend as part of the site's popular "Caturday" installment, and appeared on Mashable's Watercooler blog yesterday.

The idea struck Longtin, who works for a local web design and marketing company, while watching the Olympics as his cats were pouncing around his living room rambunctiously.

"I thought, 'They're just like little Olympic athletes,' Longtin says.

Longtin used photos of his cats, his friends' cats, and a few random cats from the internet to create his feline version of the Olympic games. 

He chose some of his favorites just for City Pages, and told us about the inspiration behind each one.

Gymnastics Cat.jpg
Photo courtesy of Nicholas Longtin on Flickr.

"It's just like when you see a cat jump and you're like, 'How did that cat jump that high?' It's the same with Gabrielle Douglas. She's amazing. People are like, 'How can a human jump that high?"


Fencing Cat.jpg
Photo courtesy of Nicholas Longtin on Flickr.

"I wanted to make sure that I found cats whose expressions matched the person's expression. The guy who was fencing was obviously screaming, "Yes!"-- or whatever 'yes' is in his own language."


Basketball Cat.jpg
Photo courtesy of Nicholas Longtin on Flickr.

"I actually had to find this cat on the internet. I think I searched for 'intense cat face.'"


Judo Cat.jpg
Photo courtesy of Nicholas Longtin on Flickr.

"That judo guy had a really hairy chest and my cat Nemo is a very puffy cat," Longtin says. 



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4 comments
Johnnygolucky
Johnnygolucky

So the "artist" stole pictures that other photographers spent tens of thousands of dollars in trip charges and equipment to take.  He then stole random cat pictures that he had no permission to take.   Then he slapped together some stuff on photoshop and he gets an article and recognition?  This is what passes as talent now?  This is what it takes to be an "artist"?  Reusing other people's hard work and getting the glory?  Shameless.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

My cats could all be in the Olympics.  Big Kitty is a Sumo Wrestler.

Johnnygolucky
Johnnygolucky

By the way, saying "courtesy of" doesn't give you the rights to the pictures.  Did you get the permission of the original Olympics photographer?  Did you get the permission of the subject for destroying their image? 

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