An image of what looks like a realistic “Blue Mushroom Smurf Cat” has taken over the internet as the viral meme storms through social media, appearing on almost every For You page.
HITC examines the origin of the Blue Smurf Cat meme on TikTok, why the image was originally created, and how it became a viral sensation by linking it to a song with the lyrics “We Live, We Love, We Lie.”
What is the blue “Mushroom Cat” Smurf on TikTok?
The Blue Smurf Cat features an image of a creature that looks like a cross between a Smurf, a cat and a mushroom. The image has become a huge meme on social media.
On TikTok, the hashtag #smurfcat has over 600 million views, while the Russian hashtag #шайлушай currently has more than 400 million views.
Online, the creature’s appearance is usually shown alongside a dance/electro song called “The Specter” by Alan Walker – cropped to a specific section of the song with the following lyrics:
“We live. We love. We lie.”
Origin of the realistic image explained
The creature was created by Nate Hallinan, a conceptual artist and matte painter who began his career in 2007.
They started working in video games as 3D modelers and texture artists, but naturally ended up in concept design because of their lifelong love of drawing, as they say Puralsight Reports.
In 2014, the artist reportedly wondered what Smurfs would look like if they were actually real, so he created the Blue Smurfcat.
More recently, the little blue cat smurf has become known as Shailushai or шайлушай and has taken over TikTok.
For more examples of Nate Hallinan’s concept art, visit the official website NateHallinan.com.
Explaining more about the Smurf Cat becoming a viral sensation, a TikTok creator named @noahglencarter explained that music artist Alan Walker even spotted the trend and shared examples of fan mail he received that related to the meme relate.
Examples of viral sensations associated with the song “We Live, We Love, We Lie.”
Memes and videos featuring the Blue Cat Smurf paired with the lyrics “We Live, We Love, We Lie” are garnering a lot of attention online and have sparked the trend of incorporating Shailushai into all sorts of scenarios, including video games like Minecraft and random TikTok videos .
Some TikTok creators joke that their For You page is completely filled with the blue Smurf cat:
The viral meme has even appeared on other social media platforms including Twitter:
Some people even tried to restore the original image:
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