Tuesday, July 29, 2008

This apple can't fall too far from the tree...

...because he's secured in place with duct tape.

J, displaying the iPod pocket in his duct tape vest

Jonathan, demonstrating the iPod pocket of his duct tape vest

My son likes to make things out of duct tape. As previously mentioned, he wears a duct tape kippah (yarmulke) whenever he can get away with it. (We've set some limits, such as: Not in synagogue.)

He has sold some of his creations to his friends, including few wallets, kippot (yarmulkes), and even a custom-ordered purse. But, he's not in it for the cash. Rather, his art is expressed purely for the love of duct tape.

(By request,) I'd like to share the features of my son's duct tape vest.

He made it a few years ago, and wears it way too often whenever we're not looking frequently.

(Isn't it interesting that, when I want to take his picture he usually refuses, but for this, I've got a willing model?)

As the above picture shows, there is a dedicated iPod pocket, with a flap for the controls on his iPod mini.

Below, please notice the notch at the back of the neck.

This secures the headphone wire so there is just enough slack to move freely without getting tangled. (He usually pulls them more taught, but is showing slack in this photo for demonstration purposes.)

Here is a picture of the iPod pocket with the controls-flap closed.

On the other side, there is an internal pocket designed to hold a matching duct-tape wallet.

Gretta thinks it's quite the ensemble.

At one point, he told me he was disappointed that our high school doesn't have a prom.

Surprised, I asked him what someone who isn't interested in recreational dating or mixed dancing, who doesn't love simcha dancing all that much, would want with a prom.

"Because I want to enter the Stuck at the Prom contest," he explained.

Ah. Makes perfect sense to me.

Here he is, wearing part of his Purim costume, as the "Duct Tape Rabbi". It's a duct tape suit and tie, including a beard and peyot (ritual side-curls) made from black duct tape. (He's standing next to the "Rabbi in Pink", who refuses to be associated with her brother and his duct tape outfits, unless her identity is properly disguised.)

I guess it's not his fault. He comes by it naturally.

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Anonymous said...

Wow -- he is amazing!! He thought of everything with that vest.

The Five + of Us said...

What creativity! A definite credit to his parents.


Anonymous said...

Oh my word...that kid is awesome! I would love him to design a duct tape swimsuit for my honeymoon in September! I am a size 32 waist!

Orthonomics said...

I can't stop laughing. Thanks for putting a great ending to a busy day.

Batya said...

brilliant, adorable
You must be so proud.

Anonymous said...

Ha Ha ! Johathan should re-create an American version of the Red-Green Show.

In it, the title character, Red Green, creates projects using vast amounts of Duct tape to join parts - including an entire car.

Here is an example in form of a You Tube video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fh5XVPSx9Dk

Well, Jonathan, as Red Green would say, "If the women don't find you handsome, they should atleast find you handy !"

jon said...

thanks everybody

Juggling Frogs said...

Oy. All these positive comments... They'll just encourage him!

Jendeis said...

Wait, was he wearing duct tape pants there, too? Love the iPod pocket.

On a totally unrelated topic, I so enjoyed reading your posts about how to start keeping Shabbat. Would love to hear what your schedule is for preparing for Shabbat and what a typical menu is.

Anonymous said...

Funny (little) guy.

BBJ said...

Wow. I love the picture of the two rabbis side by side.

Duct tape rocks!

Juggling Frogs said...

[sigh] I suppose I should be grateful he didn't try to make a "WD-40" costume.

therapydoc said...

He is awesome. I carry scotch tape where ever I go. What is it with us?

Juggling Frogs said...


LOL! We are the knights of the JustInCase round table.

It pays off.

When he wears the vest on public transportation, he carries an extra duct tape wallet, just in case he can make a sale.

He has sold about three dozen wallets this way.

Blog Bloke said...

Straight out of Star Trek. Captain Kirk would be jealous.

...I contacted your friend like you asked. Needs to relax and go for it! :-)


Juggling Frogs said...

Blog Bloke,

Captain Kirk, no doubt, would wear it with nothing underneath, as he wrestled huge, growling and furry henchmen of sleazy despotic life-forms, with I-Dream-Of-Jeanie look-a-likes surreptiously rooting for him from the sidelines.

Thank you for helping him. I think he's not the only one still in the blog-cave. Just like Plato's slaves, he's about to see the light.

I appreciate your helping and encouraging him.

Anonymous said...

No worries. By the way, just in case your son isn't a Start Trek fan what I meant to say was it looks very high-tech. Perhaps that is a better way to put it. You know how I have a tendency to put my foot in it sometimes. ;-)

Juggling Frogs said...

Blog Bloke,

You're very kind. Maybe I'm not. He knows I think it looks ridiculous. But he also knows I love him anyway.

The Babka Nosher said...

Gotta love duct tape! One of the kids at the camp where I work has a pretty amazing duct tape wallet. I was fairly impressed!

the sabra said...

I came here to let you know how much I loved your comment by Trep's post about the wacky spam email he got.

Chutz m'zeh, I gotta say--that vest is awesome. Let him set up a website. I'll definitely buy er advertise it ;)

mother in israel said...

I hate to say this but I totally sympathize with you, JF.

Juggling Frogs said...

Babka Nosher,

It's amazing how useful the stuff is.

Check out this boat that a kid made from duct tape and pvc pipes:


Thank you! I believed the letter was real until after I commented. Only then did I notice Trep's disclaimer.

Mother in Israel,

I guess I'm doing my part to give him an authentic adolescence. What good is being a teenager if you can't get your mother to criticize your fashion sense? It's a rite of passage.

Jack Steiner said...

That's pretty cool. Now he has to make a 3 piece duct tape suit. ;)

Esser Agaroth said...


Your son is VERY creative. I noticed that that lines seem to be very straight as well.

Maybe he'll move on to other materials, too, and bullet proof vests or light weight air tight space suits for NASA. You never know....

Do you show him these comments? Or do you not want to "encourage" him?

When he buys a new an improved IPOD, can I have his old one?

You can explain to your son that we're very poor here in Israel.


Esser Agaroth said...

Jack, you're following me again.

Stop it.


RivkA with a capital A said...

Captain Kirk, no doubt, would wear it with nothing underneath, as he wrestled huge, growling and furry henchmen of sleazy despotic life-forms, with I-Dream-Of-Jeanie look-a-likes surreptiously rooting for him from the sidelines.


For years, I did not let my kids watch TV. Then, one day, I walked in on them watching Star Trek, TOS! "What's the problem," says my geeky, Trekkie, husband.

Hello??? Did he not notice the skantily clad women who will probably all be kissing Kirk by the end of the episode???

"Star Trek teaches good values," declared my husband.

Not to be a prude, but... there are some things I would rather my children *not* learn from Star Trek!

Anyway, I could totally see Kirk wearing just that vest....

Regarding your son's strange obsession with duct tape: I think the wierd geek factor is balanced out by the cool entrepreneurial inclination!

Anonymous said...

I saw you were following me on twitter, so now I'm checking your blog, flickr...is this considered stalking :))

Anyway, your cakes are amazing!

Your sukkah decorations are awe inspiring!

And I so want to see pics of the duct tape kippah.

i am not adding you to my links :)

Anonymous said...

im not gonna lie, your duct tape vest is pretty awful.

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