Lisa Frank is not the name of a woman, it is the name of a movement, a culture, a way of living. It is a theory, a concept, a belief in something greater than yourself. It is the belief that all girls are entitled to dolphins covered with rainbows, jewel-encrusted frogs, and unicorns in acid-trip colors hugging each other. It is the ideology that no notebook is complete until it literally hurts your eyes to look at from so much color saturation. It is the hope that no school supply, no matter how insignificant, will be left un-bedazzled. It is the knowledge that your eraser cap, and that of your granddaughter’s, and her granddaughter’s after her, will not be some boring little nub–it will be a diamond covered with butterflies in a rainbow of colors. It is the dream of a better tomorrow. -Chelsea Fagan
For those of us women (and select men) who grew up in the 1990s, Lisa Frank needs no introduction. Her brightly-colored notebooks, stickers and stationery were pretty much a staple of any elementary or middle school backpack and/or folder device of some sort. You know the ones: kittens peaking over the brim of a splatter-paint high-top sneaker which floats inexplicably in a night sky replete with neon dolphins leaping over baffling neon rainbows. Or maybe your style was more purple penguins hugging on a psychedelic unicorn with a kaleidoscope mane? I personally went with the cutesy multi-neon-colored sea lion surrounded by fellow multi-neon-colored fishy friends. (see pic below) Whatever your preference, Lisa Frank was definitely a movement. Apparently there is something today called Miley Cyrus: The Movement, but bitch please, you can’t hold a candle up to Lisa Frank, unless that candle was neon pink and donned with dolphins, then we’ll see. Lisa Frank had such a profound part of my childhood and moreover my elementary memories. At my school, Sunrise Elementary in Widefield, Colorado (what up Widefiield shout out!) Trapper Keepers were not really allowed. They did not adequately fit in our desks so therefore they were “banished” from school. HOWEVER I did indeed have a Lisa Frank Trapper Keeper and I remember we got around this rule by being allowed to keep our Trapper Keepers on TOP of our desk instead of inside it. Wow, that was an easy battle. Pogs were also banned from our school because they were a means of gambling. We did it anyway. And a good portion of mine were in fact of the LF variety. Lisa Frank Slammers? Uh no, those were primarily 8-balls and Poison something or other, but you better believe I had LF pogs.
I found the exact Trapper Keeper that I had for sale on ebay, for $99.95. Uhhhhhh what? Seriously? dedannnnnnnnngggggg…….
I LOVED this Trapper Keeper, and damn be to me for getting rid of it. Look how cute that seal is. ‘Tis a fairly tame LF if you ask me.
The real Lisa Frank, yes she is a real person, looks like this.
My question is when is the biopic starring Kristen Wiig as neon- artist- celebrity-and -real-life-person, Lisa Frank, going to be made? Amirite people? I mean COME ON! I love that turtleneck.
Seeing Lisa Frank just takes me back to a time where my only care in the world was if my brother was going to demolish my room today or tomorrow? Or if I should wear 2 or 3 different colored socks that matched my over sized t-shirt with leggings. One thing is for sure Lisa Frank is forever emblazoned in my memory and the happy warm feelings that go with it will probably never subside. I wonder what kids have nowadays that brings such joy and color to the world? I wanna live in that world. Forever.
The above BA quote comes from Chelsea Fagan. Check out her original blog post here which has some really, really great points that any 90s kids/now adults will love.
In case you need a refresher of Mostaligic Mondays, please see footnote below*. Rightly so since I’ve been such a degenerate in posting this year. To that, dear reader (yes singular) I do apologize.
*Mostaligic: (definition) the removal of “N” and replacement of said removal with an “M” to achieve alliteration and therefore obvious pleasure.
PS: http://www.lisafrank.com/ It’s the site that girls love!