7. Are You Sure These Aren't From Some Sort Of Art Museum?
Some people are flabbergasted at the idea that this guy is creating amazing hand-drawn characters on lunch bags and not on canvas. But, despite the questioning, Dave maintains that they are 100% real lunch bag drawings, “Contrary to what some people think, the bags are absolutely and positively genuine lunch bags which my kids take to school! All my posts are just the “before” pics. While some end up being hung up on their classroom walls, the vast majority end up coming home crumbled and very much worse for wear after holding a sandwich in them for a few hours. Most end up being tossed into the recycling!“
8. How Dave Finds The Time For Such A Project
Each bag typically takes around 20 minutes to draw, although Dave does say that some of the more intricate (especially caricatures) take a bit longer. “I draw the bags at night after work, just as a hobby and I find it really relaxing to just doodle away and bring the day to a close.” Dave also uses the time when his kids are off school (e.g. vacations and weekends) to build up a buffer of spare bags. His daughters will typically raid the stash in the morning and choose the ones they like best for the day.
9. Everyone Wants To See More Bags
For Dave, drawing the bags and seeing everyone's reactions has been far more meaningful than he imagined. “I am constantly blown away by all the incredibly positive responses that the bags generate. I regularly get a lot of really heart-warming messages from people all over the world who reach out to thank me for making them smile after a particularly tough day or week. To know that I might have made a small difference is awesome! But most importantly, I love knowing that I’m creating a pretty special memory for my kids. While my daughters groan and moan about how “cringy” the bags are, I know they secretly love getting them and the collection will be something they will be able to treasure in the future”
10. "Busy" Doesn't Even Cover It For Dave
Most of us have a lot of trouble balancing work and a hobby. But for Dave, that is just the tip of the iceberg. In addition to being the CFO at a building company, a father of 3 lovely girls, and a sandwich bag artist, he also used to compete in the Ironman Triathlon. For those who don't know, an Ironman Triathlons is considered to be one of the hardest one-day races ever. You begin with a 2.4-mile swim, followed by a 112-mile bike ride, and then, to top it all off, you finish with a full 26.22-mile marathon! All that intense training eventually resulted in an unfortunate back injury, but for Dave, it was almost a welcome retirement. "It was a major juggle doing the bags and training about 15-20 hours a week (plus working)." Now that he's no longer involved in "that crazy endeavor" (his words) he can focus on what matters most to him - taking care of his family, and making sure his girls leave every morning with both big smiles on their faces and a new hand-drawn lunch bag.