The joy of bubblegum card art has long vanished. But an American artist has channelled his love of movies like Con Air and Die Hard into a series of faux vintage Topps Wax Pack wrappers.
Popular for decades until the 80s, card giants Topps’ Wax Packs featured cards of children’s favourite players, musicians and actors along with a stick of bubblegum.
Minneapolis of College of Art & Design graduate Zack Wallenfang took inspiration from his childhood for his art project of very modern films made to look like the wrappers.
Wallenfang said: “I like making things I feel should exist, like these faux vintage wax pack wrappers.” His website features an incredible gallery of movie and television inspired creations.
Wallenfang is evidently a Netflix subscriber with Better Call Saul and Making A Murderer both featuring, though there is something slightly sinister about seeing Steven Avery in cartoon form.
Meanwhile, Nicolas Cage is also a prominent fixture with Con Air, Face/Off and Wild At Heart on display in all their batshit brilliance.
Other highlights include some top Mad Max: Fury Road efforts plus a whole lot of great stuff for fans of David Lynch, Pulp Fiction and, er, Springbreakers.
It’s the kind of collection that could prove popular with kids looking for out-there artwork that also happens to have a little bit of nostalgia to it alongside a huge dollop of Cage.
Quite what the artist thinks of Nic’s latest big screen outing The Trust – a dodgy looking cop thriller with Elijah Wood accompanied by an even dodgier looking poster – is anyone’s guess.
Safe to say that nobody expects that film to be immortalised in wrapper form any time soon.
You can take a look at Wallenfang’s entire collection right here and it comes highly recommended.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.