8 of the Wackiest Adult Coloring Books, in Honor of National Coloring Book Day
Break out the colored pencils.
It’s National Coloring Book Day on August 2, but if you’re like many American adults, you were probably already coloring in your novelty book anyway. According to Vox, the fad—which kicked off in 2015 with Scottish artist Johanna Basford’s Secret Garden series—saw about 12 million books sell last year (up from roughly 1 million in 2014) and even gave a 26.4 percent bump in the sale of colored pencils. The activity is being billed as therapeutic, as it allegedly allows one to quiet a racing mind by focusing on a single activity.
The craze, however, has become a whole new beast, giving birth to myriad books designed specifically for adults that make Basford’s original designs of lush gardens pale in comparison. (Think less along the lines of dainty butterflies and more of curse words and NSFW images waiting to be filled in.)
“Coloring books are nostalgic and make you feel like a kid again, but these coloring books are raunchy and say ‘fuck’ a lot” wrote Constance Grady for Vox.
Below is a round-up of the nuttiest coloring books designed to help please the child within while still catering to your (somewhat) developed, mature self.
1.Calm the F*ck Down: An Irreverent Adult Coloring Book
Coloring in “Home is Where the Vodka Is” alongside images of fairies and animals sounds like a great Saturday night.
3. Have a Nice Life Asshole: Breakup Stress Reliever Adult Coloring Book
Speaking of exes, distract yourself from the temptation of those drunk calls by—you guessed it—coloring instead!
4. The Trump Coloring Book
Now you can color Donald orange on your own. What a time to be alive.
5. Colour Me Good James Franco
Our favorite art world bad boy gets the color treatment in this “unofficial” book.
6. Color Me High: A Marijuana Inspired Adult Coloring Book
For when all the stress-relieving coloring just isn’t stress-relieving enough.
7. The 1990s Coloring Book: All That and a Box of Crayons
Double that dose of nostalgia by coloring in ’90s pop culture relics. (Be warned: The title is misleading. Crayons sold separately.)
8. The Official A Game of Thrones Coloring Book: An Adult Coloring Book
Escape to Westeros for a chance to color some of your favorites from the beloved HBO series from George R.R. Martin.
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