This is garbage!

I love the 80's The 80′s are totally back! For sure! 

I don’t know if it’s the same right now in America, but in Italy the 80′s are back with a vengeance! Fashion-wise, things like bright neon colors, retro printed tees, and bangle bracelets are all the rage! Music seems to be referencing the 1980′s more and more too with synthpop tunes that are best listened to on oversized 80′s-style headphones. Even some 80′s toys are back, like GPK (that’s Garbage Pail Kids to those of you not in the know).

Adam BombGarbage Pail Kids are these crude sticker-cards that feature gross-out situations and aptly named kids. I loved them when I was young. In fact, I still have a box full of them in storage somewhere in my parents’ house. I was thrilled to find them here in Italy too, especially because they’re even cooler since they’re in Italian! Toilet talk is just classier when it’s in another language!

Cerno-BillGarbage Pail Kids were originally launched in Italy under the name Sgorbions (playing off of the Italian word sgorbio, meaning ugly and freakish). The version I came across is the re-released edition that are called Kakkones (playing off of the Italian word cacca, meaning poop). For some interesting history on GPK in Italy click here.

 

I took a few pictures of Italian Kakkones and a re-release pack of American GPK that I picked up back in the USA. I wanted to delve into the different ways that these two cultures treat barf, snot, zits, and flesh wounds. This is some truly groundbreaking stuff and I expect to be asked to speak at some honorable universities around the globe on this very topic.  ;-P


One last point. Having a more unusual name like Garrett is neat-o, but it always meant having a harder time finding keychains and decorative license plates with my name on it. It also meant that I never found a Garrett Garbage Pail Kid. That’s something I’ve always yearned for. I would get mad at my friends when we found a card with their name on it because I was jealous. I mean, it wasn’t my fault that my parents were more creative than theirs! Butt-bit Brandon? Screw you! Messy Melissa? Unfair!

Some online research unveiled this one here below, but it’s spelled with only 1 “t” so that doesn’t count.Gassy Garret

Luckily, some creativity and an iPhone app have finally made it possible for me to chase down one of my dreams. I leave you today, ladies and gentleman, with the world premier of the Garrett GPK!

Grody Garrett

Grody Garrett

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9 thoughts on “This is garbage!

  1. Hah! Love that the 80s are coming back as it is clearly the best decade! And loved my GPK cards….maybe collecting stickers will come back in style and I can reveal my sticker collection full of liquid stickers, smelly stickers and sparkly stickers :)

  2. OMG Garrett, I always look forward to your posts. They make me laugh every time. My daughter had exactly the same problem. Half of her gene pool comes from the land of the rising sun so we called her Miyuki. She hated her name for the longest time until I told her that her dad had named her after an anime character. Then it became cool. But she still had to go all the way to Japan to get something with her name on it!

    • I recently saw that Topps is re-releasing GPK in the USA again. Actually, when I was in California for Christmas, I found a store selling original packs of 1980′s Garbage Pail Kids…. though I’d avoid eating the gum from those ones! :-P

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