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Patrick Star and Other Pop Culture Touchstones That Rock the 2019 Pantone Color of the Year

By Amber Garrett

2018 has been about four decades long but it's finally coming to a close. Also coming to a close is the year of Ultraviolet — so make way for the 2019 Pantone Color of the Year, Living Coral!

"An animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge," explain the masterminds behind the choice. The color gurus also hope this positive, warm shade named after a vital sea organism will help feed "our innate need for optimism and joyful pursuits."

It's definitely a cheery, upbeat shade, and it also reminds us of a different sea creature. One with a certain square friend who lives in a pineapple under the sea.

Here are some of our fave pop culture touchstones and icons that are already rocking this happy hue.

1. Patrick Star

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Source: Nickelodeon

This year brought the passing of Spongebob Squarepants creator Stephen Hillenburg, who succumbed to complications of ALS on November 26. The marine biologist and cartoonist's spirit lives on in his lovable characters, like the very very memeable Patrick Star (and his alter-ego, Savage Patrick). The Bikini Bottom starfish definitely blends in nicely against a Living Coral background — except for those Hawaiian print shorts!