Flailing Purple Tentacles of Beastie Destruction!

Flailing Purple Tentacles of Beastie Destruction cut paper art by Patrick Gannon
cut paper on wood
10 x 15 cm (about 4 x 6″)

Ancient legends tell of a gargantuan, trident-wielding, octopus-headed beast that will rise from the deep, tentacles flailing, to bring a new age of chaos, darkness and destruction to the world of man.

No, I’m not referring to everyone’s favorite Great Old One, Cthulu, who also waits in that long line of slimy, world-munching monsters. I’m not even talking about Emperor Guillotine from Japan’s “Giant Robo” (ジャイアントロボ ), known in the US as Johnny Sokko and his Flying Robot, although the alien with a cephalopod for a head almost certainly was the influence for this guy.

No, instead I refer to the Beastie Boys’ unnamed adversary in their “Intergalactic” video. With his bulbous purple noggin’, stylish sackcloth robe, and starfish bling, this tentacled menace set his bugged-out eyes on metropolitan Tokyo. All I can say is, thank goodness for Giant Boxy Robots.

For extra credit: Can you name more evil, octopus-headed Big Bads? Squid critters also count.

“Flailing Purple Tentacles of Beastie Destruction!” combines with his arch-nemeses to form “Giant Beastie Robo Machine and His Cosmic Friends”, like so:
Giant Beastie Robo Machine cut paper art by Patrick Gannon


  1. Faeorain’s avatar

    Wow! I gotta say I am blown away by this. Funny, the first thing I noticed on IF was not the thumbnail, but your nickname – the cut paper ninja. With a name like that I knew I had to check it out. Amazing work!

  2. Periwinkle’s avatar

    Absolutely stunning work!

  3. Lianne’s avatar

    That is fantastic work and superb draftsmanship! I love the color choices and thick angular style. If it weren’t paper, I could easily see this as a woodblock.

  4. Pickledog’s avatar

    Super awesome! I love the way edges stop-and-start with the mixture of curves and angles. The light purple paper is perfect for the giant octo’s skin, and the tentacle holding the trident is incredibly cool. Amazing work!

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