Years ago, while hauling ass up the stairs to finish doing laundry, I dropped my lunch plate on the floor and broke it in half. It wasn't until I bent down to clean up that I saw the damage to my finger. A few hours later, I was sitting in the ER, getting a referral for a hand surgeon. I'll spare you the details.
The operation went as smoothly as expected, allowing me to maintain full function of my favorite finger—Watch out!—leaving behind a small scar that is only visible if I wave like a fool. The cast, however, was something straight out of a David Lynch film. It was "putty" colored with velcro straps, and it went all the way up my arm to the elbow.
The surgeon laughed when I asked if he had one in bubble gum pink. He didn't know me well enough to realize I wasn't joking. The next day, I snuck into my daughter's room and stole all her art supplies. She was only three at the time and had all sorts of markers and sparkly shit, so I took grabbed what I could and got busy. My rehab therapist thought I was nuts when she saw what I had done, but I'll tell you what: Every single woman I bumped into on the street asked me where they could get one like it, and none of them were injured.
I probably could have reached out to some of my old promotional suppliers to see about getting my idea to market, but I'm lazy. Lucky you for you, Jack Dewees is not. In addition to making kids smile with the artistic creations—made from compression bandages, rolled into animal figures that he auctions off on Instagram—the Stanford Healthcare ER Tech also has a side gig designing Bandage Art.
While his version may be a bit more toned down than mine, and the models shown on his website appear to have more than two legs, most of Jack's handiwork is custom, so remember that when little Johnny does a double back handspring on the trampoline in the neighbor's yard and lands in a bush.
There is never a reason to put a dog, or child, in an ugly cast when you can adorn it with a heartfelt image. You can grab a single custom patch like the ones shown below for the low, low price of $9.99. Or if you're looking for a fun way to promote your brand, a set of 100 will set you back $299; it's a small price to pay for customer loyalty.
One day, my daughter will be a veterinarian, and if she isn't putting her logo on a paw print bandage and sticking it to the side of her patient's casts when they get injured, she is SO getting grounded.