I walked into my home office, cleaning it as per my promise to my lovely wife, and in a stack of my old art projects lay Trapper Keeper. Now Trapper Keeper is old school. I’m talking when Trapper Keepers had the capability of being the equivalent to a portable Fort Knox: multiple plastic zip pockets, cool folders of Cats surfing in Hawaii, and covered in beautiful mountain ranges that would make Lee Greenwood cry a river with Justin Timberlake. Epic before epic was conceived.
Cue Trapper Keeper:
Now in Trapper Keeper I kept my drawings (popular and original superheroes and villains). Not just any drawings but creations 20 years old. I opened Trapper Keeper and low and behold before my eyes lay the worst possible crap that anyone could create. Drawings literally that could be confused with the work of a blind, no-armed, serial killer with turrets. Gazing upon these pages of garbage it hit me…Why not share these with the world??? There is a years worth of material here!
Now this is something I don’t think I could have handled ten years ago. Now, I think it’s hilarious. My professional desires have always circled the creative (specifically art and writing). I have been blessed to design and sell t-shirts, posters, websites, marketing identities, illustrate children’s books, paint wall murals and personalized canvas paintings. I’ve even had ideas and completed works for a multi-million dollar company stolen and others take the credit. But why focus on the things that I’m proud of?? It’s time to shine the spotlight on trash that will make a toddler cry.
Each week I will post a dynamic piece of toilet paper that I created as a kid with my commentary on what makes it original and completely horrifying. I will post drawings from Crappy Trapper Keeper starting from the year 1989! Feel free to jump into the mix with your own observations and insight.
There’s also a Batman band-aid stuck below the bottom middle football helmet. Don’t ask, because I don’t remember why…but I’m sure there is an awesome reason.