Pop Culture in an Electrical Outlet

Electrical outlets are boring.  There’s no getting around that.  We need them, of course, because not everything we own can be plugged into a USB port.  There are some things that just have to be plugged into the wall.

That’s fine, but the standard-issue electrical outlets that we have in the United States are not very interesting.  They’re usually white or off-white, and they’re full of holes, and they take up space and ruin whatever sense of style you had going on with your wall.

There’s that big plastic plate, a screw in the center, and a bunch of holes.  Not very appealing.

Sure, you can paint your sockets or buy colored wall plates, but at the end of the day, you’re still just looking at the same old things.

That’s what makes it interesting that Zachary Dodds, a designer living in the Pacific Northwest, has come up with a great way to make your electrical outlets look better.  In fact, he’s done better than that.  He’s made electrical outlets downright cool.

Dodds has created an Etsy page called the ElectricStickerCo, and there he sells stickers that you can apply to your electrical outlets to make them far more interesting.

The stickers are all designed to take advantage of the three holes that make up a standard electrical socket, and to turn them into faces.  Not just any faces, mind you – faces of interesting, fascinating and clever pop culture references.

Instead of just plugging into a wall outlet, you can now plug into Breaking Bads’s Walter White, complete with hat.  Or Batman.  Or Wonder Woman.

So far, Dodds has introduced roughly a dozen of these stickers, which sell for roughly $3.50-$6.00 at the craft site.  There were more, but thanks to a bit of press from sites like this one, he’s sold out of a number of his creations already.  The original (and now sold out) stickers included Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo, David Bowie, and Mr. Spock from Star Trek.

While many of the designs are of pop culture faves, there are also a few basic ones, such as a lumberjack, a deer and a cat.  Dodds has an apology on the Website and says that he’s working to replenish stocks as soon as he can manage it.

While the stickers are definitely cool, be aware that you probably shouldn’t install them anywhere that children might be around.  The last thing you want is to have a child get hurt because they’re trying to poke Han Solo in the eye.

You should also be careful when installing them, as there is house current running through those sockets, and anytime you’re putting fingers near sources of house current, bad things can happen.

Still, this is a great idea and perhaps the best idea I’ve seen when it comes to trying to make a basic home component look a bit more interesting.  Painted sockets are OK, but why go that route when you can have superheroes such as Batman or Wonder Woman looking at you?



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