Bold and Brash is the title of a painting made by Squidward in the animated television series SpongeBob SquarePants.
It depicts a naked character, resembling the artist (aka. Squidward) in an abstract style.
The painting was featured in the Season 2, Episode 38 of SpongeBob SquarePants, aired on September 21st, 2001, under the title Artist Unknown.
In one of the scenes Squidward is presenting his artwork to a critic in order to be featured in a collection.
When he’s showing his picture “Bold and Brash” the critic replies with “More like, belongs in the trash”.
The painting and its name wouldn’t be a topic of memes until 2013, when the subreddit r/boldandbrash was launched.
Here, users would post their own photoshop edits or attempts at painting “Bold and Brash”.
Over the years, the topic would become a popular one, with tutorials appearing on YouTube.
Finally, in 2017, users would start posting their creations, drawings and accessories, which involved “Bold and Brash” one way or another.
- Fandom – Encyclopedia SpongeBobia