Artists Catch Rats and Turn Them Into Stuffed Pikachus

For their project "Super Rat," the members of the Japanese performance art collective ChimPom ran around the streets of Tokyo catching gigantic, poison-immune rats, took the rats home, then stuffed them and painted them up to look like the Pokemon character Pikachu. Art! It's a living.

The project seems to have wrapped up several years ago but came up during the filming of Tokyo Rising, a new documentary by Palladium Boots and Pharrell Williams. The Huffington Post features footage of an interview with ChimPom members discussing their rat project over here, and you can find some rat-capture action shots here. See some of the collective's latest creations in this longer excerpt from the final film.

What kinds of dolls do you like to make out of dead rats?

[Huffington Post]