Kit Steinkellner
June 06, 2015 9:44 am

Remember Garbage Pail Kids, you guys? Dig deep in your memories, like Polly Pockets and Pogs deep. There we go. We all got a good laugh back in the day from these gross-out trading cards, which were designed to parody the Cabbage Patch Kids. Oh, Memory Lane, you are so fun to walk down!

Well, as Laughing Squid just reported, two awesome dudes, photographer Brandon Vogues and digital imaging artist Jordan Gaunce of Bruton Stroube Studios recently got their nostalgia on and just unveiled their photo project “Garbage Pail Kids: Where Are They Now?” imagining what the Garbage Pail Kids of the mid-1980’s would look like 30 years later in the mid 2010’s.

So, without further ado, let’s take a VH1 “Where Are They Now?” look at the Garbage Pail Kids!

Armpit Britt was ahead of her time, now that it’s 2015, her body hair is Tumblr-approved.

Bony Tony joined the cast of “Magic Mike XXL”

Noah Body… still does not have a body.

So how did this weird wonderfulness happen? As photographer Voges explains on the Bruton Stroube site:

“About a year ago, my friend Jake Houvenagle (a very talented local Art Director and Designer) and I (Brandon Voges, commercial lifestyle photographer at Bruton Stroube Studios) went to lunch to hang out, talk ideas, and drink good beer.  In the middle of our conversation, Jake tells me about this concept he has to shoot Garbage Pail Kids, 30 years later…as real people, in real situations, with backstories of how their lives have played out.  I then proceeded to crap my pants, tell him of his genius and get super excited.  I was a huge fan of Garbage Pail Kids and had a large collection as a kid.  The idea of revisiting them, thinking through their story and shooting these portraits was a dream.  We had to make this happen.”
“From there, we picked cards we thought would be good candidates and squeezed these shoots in when we could.  It took us until now to get them all finished -shooting them in studio and on location around St. Louis.  These are our first 6, with more in the works.  This project has been a big, awesome, hilarious collaboration between a lot of fun folks…art direction, photography, retouching, writing, production, and more (see the list of credits below).  Big thanks to everyone involved, it’s been a blast so far!”

We can’t wait for more of these hilariously “updated” trading cards. You guys know how much we love a retro reunion here at HG.

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