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Beyond The Garbage Pail: Awesomely Grotesque Playing Cards For Kids

Dr. Lakra’s Mutant Laboratory presents an awesome—and pretty nasty—cast of ever-changing characters.

  • <p>Dr. Lakra’s Mutant Laboratory provides 21 characters, each of whom’s face is divided into four separate tiles.</p>
  • <p>The printed instruction set includes Dr. Lakra’s favorite 50 facial combos.</p>
  • <p>Tons of fun to be had making up new, weird characters.</p>
  • <p>Not a bad gift idea for kids of parents who grew up with Mad Magazine and Garbage Pail Kids.</p>
  • <p>Mix’n’match’n’mix’n’match--there’s about 190,000 combos to discover.</p>
  • <p>Good times!</p>
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    Dr. Lakra’s Mutant Laboratory provides 21 characters, each of whom’s face is divided into four separate tiles.

  • 02 /06

    The printed instruction set includes Dr. Lakra’s favorite 50 facial combos.

  • 03 /06

    Tons of fun to be had making up new, weird characters.

  • 04 /06

    Not a bad gift idea for kids of parents who grew up with Mad Magazine and Garbage Pail Kids.

  • 05 /06

    Mix’n’match’n’mix’n’match--there’s about 190,000 combos to discover.

  • 06 /06

    Good times!

Dr. Lakra isn’t necessarily the first person who’d come to mind when considering interactive children’s toys. The Oaxaca-based artist, born Jerónimo López Ramírez, has made a pseudonym for himself by expertly applying permanent ink to people’s bodies over the past two decades—with a particular knack for mid-century-inspired pinups—while his gallery work often explores the intricacies of sex and violence alongside a litany of his wide-ranging, somewhat obscure interests. And though his portfolio isn’t particularly kid-friendly, Dr. Lakra’s Mutant Laboratory is a new box of puzzlelike tiles that allow the tattoo master to share his work with a younger generation.

The set comes with 84 triangles, each of which features one-fourth of a face line-drawn in Lakra’s signature style. The 21 black-and-white characters are sweaty and slobbering, beset with skin conditions, missing teeth, band-aids and nose-rings, snouts and beaks—Mad Magazine meets the Garbage Pail Kids for the growing youth of today. Each of the recycled-cardboard pieces were designed to be mixed and matched, allowing for a near-infinite array of new visages to be created (well, to be exact, it’s only 190,000, but that’s still a lot of potential rearranging).

So give your kin the knowledge that beauty ain’t everything, and there are a lot of fascinating features to be found in those who aren’t model-perfect—or even freaking close. Dr. Lakra’s Mutant Laboratory can be yours for $27.

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