Do you have that friend or family member that who is impossible to shop for? That loved one who you pestered for months to give you an idea, any idea, for something to give and all he comes up with is something lame like socks. So you get him socks but you feel sort of like a failure because, really, who gives socks for Christmas?
And then when the following year, your loved one proffers socks again as a gift idea. It’s not like he’s a sock collector or anything like that. He is just maddeningly content with life and not really into the whole self-indulgence thing. So you’re stuck. You’ll be damned if you buy any more freaking socks. Yet if you don’t get socks, then what are you going to get?
May I suggest badgers?
We here at Veeptopus International are excited to announce our new line of prints featuring badgers and the 27th President of the United States, William Taft. We have pictures of William Taft riding a badger. Taft wearing a badger suit. And badgers in top hats plotting murder. In short, something for everyone.
One or two of you out there might be wondering what all this is about. As far as I know, there is no direct connection between the presidency of William Taft and badgers. The closest I could find is that Theodore Roosevelt had a pet badger named Josiah. Roosevelt was also, for a time anyway, a close political ally of Taft. If you can think of a closer connection, let me know. I’m really interested.
Anyway, the genesis of the project came when I got a request to draw a head of state with a woodland creature. So I drew Taft riding a badger. I thought it was funny. Then I though of drawing a picture of a badger riding President Taft. That was funnier. Then from there things sort of got out of control.
Just picture for a moment that holiday morning. Image the face of your loved one when he opens up his present and discovers an image of badgers glowering back at him. Think of the joy, the wonder, and the confusion. I have eleven different badger/ Taft related drawings to choose from at the Veeptopus store and, if that weren’t all, almost four-dozen pictures of cephalopod-bedecked vice presidents. This year, make it a Veeptopus Christmas/Hanukah/Festivus.