July 21, 2008

Kali Whoa! Take The Hindu Deities, Leave The Karma

Brahma, Kali, Ganesha, originally uploaded by daddytypes.

So we were driving around Salt Lake City this morning looking for a hippie dome, when I spotted these awesomely adorable Hindu deities painted all over the outside of a yoga studio.

Obviously, they're flatout copies of Sanjay Patel's originals, which he published--twice!--in his own book, Little India, and then in an expanded version for Penguin, The Little Book of Hindu Deities.

Shiva Happens


While Sanjay has branched out a bit, using his illustrations for t-shirts, posters, even stationery, I somehow doubt that he's been licensing his deities to the yoga center tucked behind The Carpet Guy.

more Hindu deity knockoffs

Good proof of concept on sweet nursery murals, though.

Ghee Happy by Sanjay Patel [gheehappy.com]


I saw the picture and thought, "Wow! Some other yoga studio has the EXACT same picture as the one by Blue Plate." Because I am a dope.

Welcome to Utah. Enjoy the Spiral Jetty.

here it is on Google Maps; in the streetview, it's still a video store with a giant "Moving Sale" sign.

For Sanjay's sake, I hope they did get his permission.

That would suck if they just lifted his stuff like that.

I lifted Sanjay Patel's stuff too, but gave him credit of course. I linked you into this post.


Thanks for posting this.

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