Though I'm a 27-year-old married man who wants to someday have kids, or at least one kid, it's not often I get the urge to drag my wife into the bedroom and try to make one. In other words, I'm not one of those guys who will take a look at a friend's super-cute baby with the drool hanging out of its mouth and turn to my wife and say "awww, we should have one of those, honey!" That's just not me.
That being said, I saw something today in my travels around the Internet that did in fact make me reach for my cell phone and text my wife such a sentiment... okay, so I deleted the text before actually sending it, for fear that she'd take me seriously and come home with sexy lingerie and a plan to procreate, but you get the idea. What I saw totally made me feel, for a second at least, the urge to have a child of my own, and what I saw... was a baby with its legs ripped off. Before you judge, allow me to explain...
The story goes that a few years back, New York-based designer Stephanie Davidson was at a wedding when a baby crawled out onto the porch she was sitting on. A male stranger standing behind her let out a sigh of relief and joked that he thought the baby was "a torso-only zombie," since for a moment he couldn't see the baby's little legs behind him. Sometimes a quick throwaway comment like that is all the inspiration you need to do something really awesome with your life, and Stephanie took that comment and ran with it.
After searching the internet to make sure nobody had come up with the idea before, and being further inspired by the lack of cool Halloween costumes for babies, Stephanie got to work on creating the world's first "torso-only baby costume." What is this horrifying creation, you ask? Well, it's actually quite cute. "Disgustingly cute," as Stephanie likes to say. It's a Halloween costume for babies that's comprised only of a shirt with all sorts of colorful dangling intestines attached to the bottom, thus giving the illusion that the baby wearing it has had his or her lower body ripped away. Disgustingly cute... yep, that about sums it up.
After a few quick pencil sketches, the prototype phase began, and Stephanie soon realized that if she wanted to actually make and sell these things, she'd need some money. So she did what any enterprising young artist would do and launched a Kickstarter campaign, looking to raise just shy of $10,000 in order to get the costumes done and ready in time for Halloween. Though the fundraising deadline isn't up for another couple weeks, the goal has already been met and surprassed, which means that the torso-only zombie costume for babies is shambling our way and should in fact be here by Halloween... and just in time for the return of The Walking Dead to boot!
So if you want to gross out your family and friends and turn your baby into a disgusting zombie rather than a cute little monkey or ear of corn, then keep your eyes peeled on the Zombabiez website so you'll be the first to know when the costumes go up for grabs. In the meantime, check out Stephanie's pitch video below, which includes a fun little short film, and feel free to donate to her Kickstarter campaign, even though the project has already been funded. Every dollar counts, and you can still get some awesome perks for helping out.
Now if you'll excuse me, I think I just heard my wife pull into the driveway, and I think we've got ourselves a little zombie to make. Because for the first time in my life, I'm totally feeling like we should have one of those.