A Trapper Keeper basically was a 3 ring binder with a velcro flap. That being said you still couldn’t deal with some knock off b*ll shit but a real deal Artist Series Trapper Keeper. You could always tell a legit trapper keeper by the psychedelic computer generated images of other dimensions and space-time printed on them. Other then hypnotizing you every chance it got, they also represented your sense of kewl to all your lame classmates. Of corse not everyone dug floating geometry wars – if you were a girl or were still waiting for your balls to drop you could have gotten the rainbow puke of colors with queer animals by Lisa Frank on your junior office supplies.
When we look back on all these computer generated designs some people say “wow these didn’t age well” But when you think about it they were not really meant to “age” with us. They were perfect for the time period, they mixed the latest technology with modern art styles resembling the Memphis Movement that was transforming interior design and fashion with bright colors and chaotic geometric structure in the late 80s and early 90s. Kids were exposed to art in a whole new way. They would look at art as something they can identify themselves with, even on this abstract level.
These designs stick with us because this was art that we saw every day, multiple times, for extended periods. Imagine if Picasso or Rembrandt made pieces that you carried around with you all day for at least a year. Even though these pieces would become apart of us we were never told who made the designs. Through all of our search so far, we still haven’t been able to track down the computer generating mastermind behind the “Designer Series” Trapper Keepers… But do we even really want to find out? Its one of those things where if it turns out the original designer is making ham and mayo sandwiches in a shit deli in the midwest, wearing slightly soiled khakis without washing his hands we’re ganna be a little let down – so we’re just going to think they ride motorcycles, shoot guns, and have one of those gold coin vaults that you can swim in.