Why Flat Eric?

Somebody asked me why I used Flat Eric in my paintings. My response was; why not? Why did Warhol use Brillo pads, Coca-Cola and Campbell soup? It’s Pop!

Once my slight “defensiveness” had past I thought about it by myself. I purchased an original Levi’s branded Flat Eric (A limited edition one I have ya know 😜) back In 1999 as a collectable. It turned out that this collectable has brought so much joy and laughter to me, and others, in my life. He has danced at house parties, raved at Pride events, kissed numerous lovely people and been squeezed during plenty of crisis. There is something about him, when someone is sad he can cheer them up by just sitting there and looking at them. He may be a yellow stuffed toy but he is my yellow stuffed toy, and this is a portrait of that very one.

So I’m sorry for my initial response, but I suppose it was easier to deliver (and less embarrassing) than explaining all that 😂

…So long, and thank you Levis for all the Erics.

Oh and I kept his box 👍

Sorry Eric, but yes in your name! 😂

Author: alanburdettillustration

Artist 🧑‍🎨

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