Awesome dad draws cool art on kids’ lunch bags every day for five years

Shereen Dindar
Contributing Writer
Shine On

Think your dad is awesome? Did he spend five years drawing cool art on your lunch bag every day?

Say hello to graphic designer and illustrator David LaFerriere from Attleboro, Mass. He has been documenting the drawings he puts on his kids' plastic lunch bags on his Flickr account and has acquired over 1,100 images to date.

"Since May 2008 I have been drawing on my kids' sandwich bags with a Sharpie marker. Each drawing is done just after I make the sandwich. My kids don't see the drawing until it is lunchtime," LaFerriere writes. "The challenges are coming up with an idea and then drawing quickly and directly on the bag, every line counts."

Currently a designer at Wheaton College in Norton, Mass., Attleboro is a Rhode Island School of Design graduate and a former newspaper designer. His talent is evident. Just look at that rocket drawing...and what about the Popsicle?

Unsurprisingly, he has raked in some serious praise for his drawings in the comments section of his Flickr account.

Below an image of a snowman warming his hands by a fire pit, one commenter writes, "I love it! These are terrific and so cute."

Another commenter writes, "My mom used to leave little notes in my lunch and sometimes (unspitefully) prank me by leaving the plastic wrapper on the cheese, but we were a prankster kind of family like that."

Attleboro isn't the only talented dad to make waves with his lunch bag drawings.

Derek Benson, an Atlanta-based video game developer with a background in graphic art, started drawing on his kids' brown paper lunch bags in 2008, and they've become such a hit that his kids' friends and teachers have started collecting them.

Benson finds inspiration from TV shows and books he shares with his kids Dana, 12, Dylan, 8, and Liam, 6 -- lots of Japanese animation and other "geeky" stuff.

Check out a photo gallery of Benson's lunch bag drawings here.

And Josh Michtom has been drawing on his kids' brown paper lunch bags as well, documenting his art on his Tumblr blog LunchForTwo. His son's Max and Ruben are two lucky boys.

Michtom writes the following caption below a recent image of the Massachusetts State House in Boston:

"Max and Reuben spent the latter half of their spring break last week in Boston, just as all the post-bombing, manhunt craziness was happening. They’ve been wearing their Red Sox hats religiously every day since, wanting to show love and support for what they think of as their hometown (Max was 3, Reuben 6 months, when we left Somerville)."

What are your thoughts on dad's who take the time to make this kind of art? Should there be a more formal way to recognize their work?