Creativity knows no bounds in the McMaster School, but backpacks do. Even still, one student drew criticism for pushing the envelope this week as she emblazoned her Jansport with a record eighteenth anime button. These concerns arise as many speculate the bag is approaching critical pin capacity.
“It’s just irresponsible,” one art professor commented. Mary Winchester, a veteran of the School of Art and Visual Design at USC, has seen it all from her students, but this, she says, is a disgrace. “Art is more than what society can measure. This is not art. This is something much different that should exist within the boundaries of natural law.”
The student in question, Kimberly Bradley, transferred to USC this year as a sophomore. Perhaps, as some have speculated, this is why the 20-year-old lacks a fundamental understanding of the norm. As curious as her backpack, even more mysterious is her past.
One acquaintance of the so-called menace, Melissa Alvarez, reports that the previous pins have included everything from Death Note to Totoro to Dragon Ball Z and even Kill la Kill. Alvarez provided some insight on the situation as a friend of the perpetrator, saying, “I’m not her friend. We just sit next to each other in Intro to Pottery.”
Many witnesses in the art school have said they don’t know much about Bradley other than that she is “a huge weeb.” Bradley can oft be seen wandering the halls of McMaster aimlessly waiting for her next class all the while toting her infamous bag. Knowing this, The Third Spur tracked down Bradley in the school and asked her to comment on the controversy.
At the time, she was wearing her usual ensemble of striped, fingerless arm socks, cat-face tights, one of many band tees and, of course, her trademark half-blue hair. The sophomore had to say of the entire situation that she “just isn’t like everybody else” and that she “just doesn’t care what everyone thinks about [her.]”
But, what exactly do the students think? Freshman Harley Terry stated, “I’ve never seen anything like it. Is it even safe to have so many pins?”
On the topic of safety, fire marshal Gregory Gibson explained that under the weight of too many adornments, it is conceivable that the sharp backings could tear the fabric.” Terry added that it was just “tragic” that Bradley had no care for her Jansport, going so far as to call it “a crime against textiles.”
Sources close to Bradley say that in spite of the drama and possible action from the school, Bradley has no plans to stop or even slow the current rate of growth. “Why stop at eighteen?” postulated Marva Carroll, a senior at SVAD. Carroll is among a small minority of art school students who are in support of Bradley’s endeavor. Many of these artists, though, are hoping that with continued additions, the bag will eventually collapse as expected, an event that they say may spur the disappearance of Bradley into the night. As mysteriously as she arrived, it is theorized that she too shall leave without a trace, onto the next art school, doomed to repeat this charade for eternity.