This cast was for Keep A Breast’s “Check Yourself” cards they hand out that explain the proper methods of screening oneself for signs of breast cancer. My original sketches for the cast were just a made-up female figure in the poses on the card, but again- I wanted to do a caricature. I instantly thought of Katy Perry for two reasons- 1) because she was the most famous person I know of that had a cast made by Keep A Breast and 2) well, her cupcakes.
Her cupcake bra is so iconic and I thought it would be a great way to imply breasts without having to show them. Plus most people could recognize her from the caricature and possibly relate to it better. The video “California Gurls” has so many great visuals that inspired me to go with the whole Candyland theme.
I saw Katy signing autographs on my first Warped Tour in 2008, when I went to paint in the KAB Girlz Garage. That was when Katy first hit the scene with “I Kissed A Girl” and I even heard other bands covering her song. I could tell she was going to be around for a long time. That same tour is when Katy had her cast made with Keep A Breast. The Katy Perry cast was a fun to paint and took a lot of time!