I remember my beloved sister and co-conspirator of this blog, Sarah, used to adore the Garbage Pale Kids when she herself was a young one, which meant that the shared frame of our bunkbeds – the Gaza strip had nothing on this battleline – was covered in Garbage Pail Kids stickers. I was, as I still am, a year younger than her and because I was taken by these charmingly gross dolls I didn’t bother running interference.
Suddenly, when she was about 10, she moved on to New Kids on the Block, and the bed frame became a grotesque rendering of strange nightmares; day and night images of Johnny Knight taking a slice of Cheesey Charlie’s face haunted me.
I didn’t like these weird boys as much as the GPK so one day I took a spoon (I wasn’t the brightest child) and removed each and every one. Only the ghostly white papery residue remained. To this day I consider it one of my better day’s work.
Garbage Pail Kids painting; $300, J Watkins
Now that I’m a big girl, I feel bad for tearing down her stickers. I really do….but I think I did her a favour, separating her objects of lust from those creepy kids (Garbage Pail). No little girl should hit puberty while Driftin’ Clifton – a young boy happily asphyxiating himself with the string of a party balloon – is within eyeshot.
But, by way of apology, I’d like to suggest some new stickers for Sarah. These days they’re called decals and while 99.99% of them are eye-rollingly hipster rubbish, I’ve found a Californian company that makes truly awesome walls stickers. Johnathan Knight, you’ve been officially usurped.
Blik, the company in question, have a weird sense of humour. I like that. And I like their “What the %$@? Goat” wall decal an awful lot.
Blik are also quite clever. The possibilities for these patterned tiles have got me thinking about redoing my kitchen walls, if you know what I mean. They’ve got eco credentials that I don’t really understand (without PVC and phthalates – anyone?), they come as two tiles measuring 60cm X 121cm and, well, make your walls look like fish. What more could you want?
Like the wallpaper idea? Oh, well then maybe you would like the MOST AWESOME WALLPAPERY STUFF EVER?!
Pick your Poison Wallpaper; $44, whatisblik.com
Yep, like I said. The most awesome. Ever. I think there’s even a koala skull in there, the most adorable of all animal remains. The very sad new is that while this is on the Blik website ($45 for two 24” X 21” tiles), which does deliver to America but doesn’t deliver to Europe, it’s not on the Euro-delivering Super Nice website. My friends, my sister, my God; I’m on it.
P.S How could I resist?
Awwwwwww. Shame it’s an anagram for “a rash”…