Yearbook-ready version of NY student’s cat-and-laser photo revealed

Posted at 12:29 PM, Sep 29, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-29 12:46:06-04
This version of the infamous

This version of the infamous “Laser Cat” portrait featuring Draven Rodriguez and his principal Diane Wilkinson will appear in the Schenectady High School yearbook. (Photo: Vincent Giordano, Trinacria Photography)

NEW YORK (PIX11) — At last, the yearbook-ready version of the infamous so-called “Laser Cat” portrait has been revealed  — and it’s just as epic as you’d think.

The photo is the brainchild of Schenectady High School student Draven Rodriguez, who lobbied to use the creative picture, featuring his cat Mr. Bigglesworth, as his yearbook photo instead of a typical portrait.

It won’t replace his headshot in the student section, but the photo — with two additional stars — will appear in the yearbook, on the principal’s page.

That’s because Schenectady High School Principal Diane Wilkinson wanted in on the fun.

The new photo, revealed Monday by photographer Vincent Giordano, features Rodriguez holding Mr. Bigglesworth to his cheek against a backdrop of blue and pink lasers. Another, faded image of the feline sits in the upper right corner of the photo with Mr. Bigglesworth peering off into the distance.

Sitting in the foreground, Wilkinson cradles her dog Vivian, whose faded image is poised beneath Mr. Bigglesworth’s.

Rodriguez had a hunch his unconventional photo would not be allowed in the yearbook, so as a “pre-emptive strike,” he started a petition to garner support for the snapshot. He far surpassed his goal of 500 signatures, netting more than 7,400 supporters as of Monday.

The photo was so popular, it spawned a t-shirt. And for $225, you can have your own version of the “Laser Cat” portrait.