The invention of barfbags came too late for the Old Masters of the the High Renaissance. And for the Impressionists and Pre-Raphaelites as well, for that matter. But not for popular culture as reflected in cartoons and graffiti. Here are some samples.

Check the Humour section for cartoons printed on bags themselves.

Bagart | Cartoons | Remi/Rough

Got a spare plain white bag? Then grab your marker pens, scissors, glue and scrap cloth... and turn it into something more memorable.

British baggist Chris Hays has announced a bag puppet-making competition. Details on his website here.

"Maybe this is why some bags are damaged when you go to nick them?" asks British baggist Chris Hays.

Luckily these are "only" Air Canada bags, which have limited collectors' value. God forbid that anyone should try this out with a higher-value bag such as an Air Koryo or a Nigerian Airways.

Click on the picture to view the video.

Thanks for the alert, Chris! (where does he find these things?).


Got a glossy magazine, a pair of scissors, some glue, and a spare barfbag?

Then you can make a collage out of pictures from the magazine, and stick them onto your bag. This video by Aaron Valdez shows you how.

You'll end up with a unique bag that will be the talk of the cabin next time you use it on board.

Thanks to Steve Silberberg for this alert.

Q: What are these people doing?

A: They're painting barfbags green.

Q: Why?

A: It's Art.

Reiner Schulz is an artist and baggist (could there be a connection?) who has found a new way to cut down on storage costs of his surplus bags: he gets people to paint them vivid colours and then sends them off to collectors around the globe.

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Exhibition by graffiti artist Remi/Rough in London, August/September 2005. Click here for more.