Over the past couple of days, fans of Art the Clown and the movie Terrifier have been sharing and fawning over an advert for Horrorible Kids, sinister cousins inspired by the Garbage Pail Kids and other gross properties who ruled the 1980s. It includes “ART Apart”, an obvious tribute to Terrifier‘s iconic villain. The image, below, gained so much traction, it made it all the way up to Art the Clown actor David H. Thornton, who was so flattered he shared it with his Facebook followers.
Those looking forward to snagging a pack of Horrorible Kids when they go on sale next month may be disappointed to learn that the stickers aren’t real–except that they are. Let me explain. “ART Apart” (and his B-side, “TERRY Fire”) is the brainchild of artist Mark Pingitore who formerly designed over 100 official Garbage Pail Kids. Here’s his bio:
Mark Pingitore is an illustrator/animator who created the artwork for over 100 Garbage Pail Kids card fronts as well as concept work, sketch cards, and paintings for various other trading card series. More recently, he has gone off on his own releasing independent series inspired by 80’s pop culture, including Disasters of the Universe, Horrorible Kids, G.I. Jokes, and Mutagen Canister Kids.
You’ll be able to pre-order Horrorible Kids – Series 4, featuring “ART Apart” starting June 1st. There will be a few different buying options. They will be sold in packs of 5 cards. You can pick up one pack for $4, 5 packs for $15, or a box of 24 packs (that guarantees the full 90 card set and also includes an exclusive poster and 1/1 production printing plate) for $75. If you’re interested in something more high-end, original art from the series can set you back between five Benjamins and $150. But that’s what happens when art meets Art. As someone who attends horror cons on the reg, I can attest to the growing quantity and quality of Terrifier-inspired artwork and sculptures.
I got the scoop straight from the source; here’s what Pingitore told me when I asked what inspired him to choose Art the Clown as a subject for his twisted artistic talents.
“When I saw Terrifier, I knew I had to include an Art parody in my next Horrorible Kids set. Art has such a great presence that I was drawn to and seriously creeped out by at the same time. The costume and makeup design, paired with the playful and, well terrifying, performance by David Howard Thornton made Art such a memorable character to me, and the film has a classic horror vibe to it.“
Check out all of Pingitore’s Horrorible Kids, along with the rest of his art, at his official website, HERE. Yes, this is the spot to pre-order your “ART Apart”/”TERRY Fire” cards this June.
Epic Pictures is the parent company of Dread Central and their horror distribution arm, Dread Presents, released Terrifier in 2018. If you’ve yet to meet Art the Clown for yourself, Check out the synopsis and trailer below, and order your Blu-ray/DVD HERE.
A maniacal clown terrorizes three young women on Halloween night and everyone else who stands in his way.
Terrifier is written and directed by Damien Leone; in addition to Thornton, the film stars Jenna Kanell, Samantha Scaffidi, and Catherine Corcoran.