There are a lot of different kinds of dads on Instagram. There’s the “blurry vacation photos hurriedly taken on his iPhone” dad. There’s the high-end photographer “I-just-spent-two-hours-taking-the-perfect-shot-of-that-butterfly” dad. There’s the “I just like taking pictures of my grill/Corvette/Settlers of Catan board” dad. But, despite the sheer number of shutterbug dads out there, we can honestly say that there aren’t ANY dads on Instagram quite like Michael Gump.
If you’re not familiar with Gump’s work, you NEED to check out his Instagram account @bobbugs (or the IG hashtag #GumpMasterofDisguise) and prepare to have your mind blown. Almost every day, Gump posts a picture of himself in disguise, but we’re not talking about glasses and a fake mustache. We’re talking about insane, over-the-top, blisteringly creative disguises, in which Gump regularly transforms himself from the neck up into veritable works of art.
When you Hulksmash together unique, nerdy and lunch, you get our attention. That’s why we just knew we’d have to eventually feature a buddy of ours – Jimmy Ettele – on 8BitDad. Jimmy is a father to two daughters and during the school year, packs their lunched with classic comic book covers recreated on napkins with a ballpoint pen.
Who doesn’t love a good surprise in their lunch? Over the years, we’ve talked to two dads who have put Post-its into their kids’ lunches as well as one who just used the bag as his canvas. But this is the first time we’ve seen a napkin. We even snuck back to breakfast and talked to a dad making nerdy pancakes. Now, all we need is a dude that carves baby carrots into superheroes and we’re set.
(Spoiler alert, we know a dude that does that sort of thing, so stay tuned.)
Inevitably, we all find something to share with our kids. Right? I mean, we don’t just put our kids out on the street as babies and say “well kid, go find some interests.” For some dads, they share sports. For others, it’s video games. For others, it’s comics. Art. Movies. Working on cars. Fishing. You get the idea.
For Brent Almond, his love of superheroes and art created a – dare I say – adorbz habit of drawing “super lunch notes” for his son.
One of the best parts of being a this-generation parent is doing nerdy stuff with your kids. And it’s just a bonus when you get to nerd-out with your kids while revisiting an old summer camp craft.
The most awesome of all summer-camp-crafts-turned-nerd-craft has to be Perler beads. These things basically look like pixels, so you know where I’m going with this (also, you saw the header image and you, dear readers, are not stupid).
Perler beads give you the opportunity to revisit some super-rad 8-bit classics while doing crafts with your kids. I’ll show you how to make a simple goomba from Super Mario Bros. 1 that you can stick on the fridge or wall. And just think – if you get the hang of this, you can create your own retro video game scene on your kid’s wall and be the envy of…well…me, at least.
Babies like trains. Babies like moving lights and colors. You just bought a printer to print out pictures of your baby. WAT DO?!
Well, if you’re this Swedish Reddit user named Vekturbrektur, you turn your printer box into a train. We got a hold of Vekturbrektur – or Victor – and asked him a couple more questions about his train.
Yeah, yeah, it’s already old news and the next issue’s already out. We’ve got an excuse: we attempted to contact Chris Ware, the artist behind the dads-a-plenty cover.
Evidently, 8BitDad isn’t as powerful as we all would have hoped. We couldn’t get a hold of Ware and The New Yorker ignored our requests for contact. We might also not be allowed to be within 500 feet of newsstands carrying The New Yorker via this weird restraining order we received. Thanks a lot.
Parents always want a way to remind their kids that they love them when they go off to school everyday, and for graphic designer Rob Kimmel, the answer was on his desk: Post Its. Kimmel, an east coaster (Chicago, New York, Massachusetts – holla!), started putting Post Its in his son’s lunch box when he was in kindergarten. Originally, the Post Its quizzed his son, Ben, on things like numbers and spelling. But as time went on, Rob began a game that had Ben, now almost 9 years old, finishing full sentences and pictures.
We were lucky enough to get both Rob and Ben Kimmel to talk to us about the idea behind the art, as well as some of their musical interests, and one of our favorite topics, Star Wars.