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This Guy Accidentally Made A Filthy Poster For The Lunar New Year

I'm speechless. I am without speech.

Posted on February 6, 2016, at 11:51 a.m. ET

This is Lehu Zhang, a Chinese graphic designer who lives and works in San Francisco.


A few days ago, Zhang found himself with some spare time and quickly knocked together a poster to celebrate the Lunar New Year on Monday, when the zodiac calendar will herald the "Year of the Monkey."

"My design style is fairly minimalist," Zhang told BuzzFeed News. "I decided to just use some basic shapes to create a monkey face. That was my intention. I was playing around with shapes and this thing just came up."

The poster took an hour to make, and Zhang casually uploaded it to WeChat to see what friends thought of it.

So, err, here's the poster Zhang designed.

Lehu Zhang / Via

Now, it's very possible you might look at this and just see a monkey. However, it's also equally possible you're looking at this and seeing, well, please don't make me say it.

(Hint: 🍆🍑)

The poster found its way to Twitter where it soon went viral and was shared thousands of times by people with very dirty minds.

It's only Feb but we may already have the #designfail of the year. Year of the Monkey...?

People were pretty stunned.


@quephird start your weekend off with a it were

@troetje @gveks It's more of a "The Year Of Spanking The Monkey" kinda image.

Zhang acknowledged that he can now see "some sexual things" in the work, but swears he didn't intend that. "I'm not angry," he told BuzzFeed News. "I'm just a little bit surprised, a little bit worried."

Lehu Zhang

Bless you, Lehu. You are too pure for this world.

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.