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A Dog Named Jimmy


A Dog Named Jimmy with Gramophone

During the summer of 2014, an adorable bull terrier went viral on the internet.

The owner, Brazilian visual artist Rafael Mantesso, was recently divorced and left with not much except his small unfurnished apartment with white walls and floor and his beloved five-year-old bull terrier, named by his fashion executive ex-wife after the famous shoe designer Jimmy Choo.

As Mantesso took up painting and drawing again, he found inspiration in his blank walls and floor and best friend, snapping iPhone photos of Jimmy Choo in various poses and costumes, often with added quirky line illustrations as backdrops.

The result? More than one hundred charming and cheeky images chronicling the owner and dog’s loving relationship and extraordinary adventures.

Read this quick chat with Jimmy’s best friend, Rafael Mantesso.

PRESS PLAY 󾠁Many people ask me why I shoot my dog. And the answer is quite simple: he loves to be center of my attention, it's our moment together, when we have fun. Share this with all of you was the way that I found to give back all his love. And now one more dream is coming true. Next October we are going to launch a book with a 100 exclusives photos. The book will be released in several countries including Brazil by @intrinseca . The pre-order is avaiable on . Luv u Jimmy! #adognamedjimmy.muitas pessoas me perguntam porque eu fotografo meu cachorro. a resposta é simples: ele adora ser o centro da minha atenção, é o nosso momento de diversão. compartilhar isso com vocês é a maneira que eu encontrei de retribuir todo o amor que ele me dá. e agora mais um sonho se realiza e a gente lança em outubro um livro com 100 fotos inéditas. O livro será lançado em vários países, inclusive no Brasil pela @intrinseca . A pré-venda já esta disponível em . Te amo Jimmy! #adognamedjimmy .

Posted by Jimmy the Bull on Thursday, July 23, 2015
Rafael Mantesso
About the Author

Rafael Mantesso is a Brazil-based artist and illustrator. In 2012, he co-founded Instituto ATÁ, which promotes Brazilian cuisine, fosters small producers and works to preserve the environment.

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  • A Dog Named Jimmy
    ISBN: 9781922253309
    21 October 2015
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