ByOlivia van der Will, writer at

Do you hold those nostalgic '90s cartoons close to your heart? Well, the cartoon world that you once knew has been flipped upside down in the most fucked up of ways. Paul Ribera is the artist behind the most horrifying of drawings, which may cause nightmares after your eyes great them. The art is based on his own experiences of growing up. These life moments have influenced Paul to merge his life with our beloved cartoons.

I grew up in the small town of Barstow, CA (or as my friends and I call it 'Bat Country'). I, personally, have been interested in the effects of drugs and what it does to people and, unfortunately, in the town I live in, it’s a way of life.

There is no easy way to say this, but things are about to get gruesomely ugly!

These cartoons are what I (and pretty much all kids of the '90s) used to watch and I thought… 'Man, what if these characters were from here?' I was watching old reruns one day while I was drawing and I decided to go as dark as hell with it and let the popular images the world knows turn into what I've seen on a daily basis for the past twenty years. - Paul Ribera

The Powerpuff Girls

This image was born straight out of a nightmare


Heroin in his neck!? Seriously? Man, Doug has fallen on some intensely hard times.


Tommy is definitely on it here, Chuckie's still waiting on his to kick in.

Dexter's Laboratory

So the truth is out, Dexter was really running a meth lab on the side!

Ed, Edd 'n Eddy

Hold on to your eyeballs, cause this is gonna be a bumpy ride.

Shaggy, Scooby-Doo

When Shaggy isn't ghost hunting he is gettin' high at the ghost bar!

Johnny Bravo

'Here's Johnny'....

The Fairly OddParents

Looks like little Timmy got hooked on Ether, maybe those fairy godparents were a figment of his imagination.

Hey Arnold!


I want people to know what goes on in the boarded up house and how it’s not all Kim & Kanye and happy stadium proposals the media tends to give off. Life’s struggle is real and it’s in our own backyard and in this case, it’s in our cartoons.

Well, I for one won't be able to see these cartoons in the same light ever again. The artist has this totally awesome online shop too where you can by clothing of your favorite cartoon nightmare. Click here to head over to Paul Ribera's nightmare inducing online store!


Which '90s nightmare art is your favorite?


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