Yung Creatives is a series profiling talents of tomorrow across various fields, disciplines and mediums. Skilled in commerce and creativity, find out why these guys are generating significant buzz in the industry.

Meet Kevin Rosa, aka @SlumpyKev, the artist channeling your childhood Saturday mornings to create vibrant, cartoon-inspired clothing.

Growing up, cartoons were a way for us to escape to a world of absurdity and imagination, a world that Kevin’s creations are bringing to life. Like most kids, Kevin grew up watching countless cartoons, from gems like Spongebob to the more underrated like Courage the Cowardly Dog. However, unlike most, this 18-year-old has turned an appreciation for his favorite childhood shows into an art form. Now a full-time artist, he's bringing back the most iconic animated characters with his hand-painted cartoon clothing.

The NYC-based artist began making his creations just about a year ago. Wanting to rep his favorite cartoons on his clothes, but not being able to find the pieces anywhere, he was inspired to create them himself. Now, you can find him rocking his own Powerpuff Girls pants or chilling in the city with his best friend Plank (if you know, you know). Kevin's creations have since caught the attention of celebs like XXXTentacion and Bloody Osiris, and even big time collaborators like Warner Bros. Kevin's inherent playfulness allows him to bring animation to life through his work, and we can't wait to see what he'll create next.

We caught up with the NY native to chat about the cartoon character he relates to most, his dream collaboration, and what inspires him as an artist.

How old are you? I am 18 years old.

Where are you from and where are you currently based? I am from Queens, New York, and I'm currently based in Lower Manhattan, NYC.

What’s your occupation? I'm a full time artist.

When did you start creating your infamous cartoon covered clothing? I started creating the cartoon clothing around January-February, 2017.

How did you come up with the idea? The idea came from wanting to own pieces with my childhood favorites on them, but not being able to purchase them anywhere.

Some say that fashion is taken too seriously, but your approach to fashion through cartoons is more lighthearted and playful — was that purposeful from the start? At the start I didn't think about fashion or how people felt about it, I just made personal pieces that made me happy. I would say I'm lighthearted and playful by nature so it reflects onto my art.

Which cartoon character did you most relate to when you were a kid and why? As a child I was able to relate to Courage from Courage the Cowardly Dog because he was unable to express himself in ways that everyone around him could understand.

What about now? I am able to relate Chowder from Chowder because I am very clumsy, and even when the instructions are in front of me, I tend to mess them up or find ways around them.

What’s the most underrated cartoon in your opinion? The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy is the most underrated cartoon.

Who’s one person you’d love to see in your creations? I would love to see Maxwell Atoms, the creator of The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy, in a custom piece.

Where and how do you sell your pieces? I take commissions through Instagram and email, but I haven't done any official releases.

Dream collaboration? A collaboration with Cartoon Network or Boomerang would be crazy.

Besides the obvious cartoons, what inspires you? Besides cartoons, I am inspired by colors and how they work together to evoke emotion.

What can we look forward to seeing from you in the future? You could look forward to seeing crazier paint jobs and a collaboration with Warner Bros.

For more cartoon-inspired design, here's your first look at the adidas x ‘Dragon Ball Z’ collaboration.

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