It’s hard to believe it’s been 30 years since Garbage Pail Kids dominated the nation’s childhood grossout market. Hell, it’s hard to believe they ever did, seeing as they were essentially just an acne-covered parody of dolls made for three-year-olds, but hey it was the ’80s! Of course, as we grew up and forgot about our disgustingly-punny friends, so did they, forced to make a life of what was left after we literally tossed most of them in the trash.
St. Louis–based artists Jake Houvenagle and Brandon Voges decided that revisiting the young boils and ghouls as fully formed, real-life adults would be a good idea, and they weren’t just right, but perhaps have come up with the most right idea of all time.
Check in on what some of your favorite GPKs look like then and now below, but don’t sleep on the artists’ website, where you’ll find full bios on each Kid, larger artwork, making-of shots and, of course, more reimagined Kids in the days and weeks to come.