I have a hard time when people say that they are obsessed with something. Obsessed? Really? Come on now. But it’s safe to say that when I first saw one of Justin Wallis’ MILKBBI patterns show up on my Pinterest feed, I got a little giddy. And then when I saw that a lot of his work is animated my giddy smile got a little creepier. After scrolling through his Tumblr, I was practically grinning like the Cheshire cat and though I’m not comfortable calling myself obsessed, I’ve got to admit that I was fanning out HARD.
MILKBBI’s work reminds me of my early teenage years when I couldn’t get enough of rainbow jewelry, FRUiT magazine, legwarmers, and Japanese stationary galore. A part of my youth that I look fondly upon but have since let go because I decided to be some kind of adult or something. I’m not quite sure.
In collaboration with Daniel Guerrero Fernández
Anyway, despite my status as an adult and what society has put upon me, I can still stare longingly at Wallis’ work and contemplate my past, my present, and my future. What does it all mean? What am I doing? How did I get here?….Colors.. patterns…happy faces…cool clothes…Ahhh What? WHERE AM I?! In a grey cubicle?! Oh noooooooo..
No matter where you are or how old you are, you can still appreciate MILKBBI and think of perhaps, fonder, happier..care-free times. Long live MILKBBI. I can’t wait to see what Wallis comes up with in the future.
Check out more of MILKBBI at Justin Wallis’ portfolio site and blog. You can see more of Daniel Guerrero Fernández’s work here.