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Draplin Design Co., North America
February 01, 2012
Dad: 69
Posted at 10:42 AM


HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DAD: My dad’s laid up right now. He had a weird infection in his foot, tender to the touch, hard to walk on, all within a day. This was a month ago or so. He’s been on a rigorous antibiotics transfusion cycle for the last couple weeks at a rehab facility in Traverse City, Michigan. “This is what I hafta do, kid,” said the old man from his room via phone yesterday, “I’ve only got eight more days of this stuff.” A team of nurses have been flushing out his plumbing, cycling good clean antibiotics in and out of that club foot of his. He’s on the mend, and today, the old man turns 69.

So happy birthday to my dad, all the way back home in Northern Michigan. You are almost out of the woods, buddy. Love ya.

If there was ever a day to leave a comment on the this site, today’s the day. Mom will be sharing all well-wishing with dad later tonight. Tell the old guy something good!

There Are 43 Comments

I’ve never met the man, but I’ll definitely wish him a happy 69th! Frankly, I can’t wait for the “Golden Years”, I feel like I was born to be old.

Posted by: Lloyd on 02/01/12 at 11:04 AM

Happy birthday, Mr. Draplin, you wise, hard-nosed Midwestern hero. We should all aspire to your standard. And your beard. Hang in there, friend.

Posted by: Joseph on 02/01/12 at 11:08 AM

Am I sure that your dad will fully recover and be back to busting your chops in no time?


Posted by: schille on 02/01/12 at 11:12 AM

Happy Birthday D Sr. Keep fighting the good fight!

Posted by: Christopher Michon on 02/01/12 at 11:28 AM

Jim, you were the best opening act I’ve ever seen for a graphic designer. Get well soon and happy birthday!

Posted by: pmd on 02/01/12 at 11:29 AM

Happy Birthday Mr Draplin. Stay tough!

Posted by: bob dale on 02/01/12 at 11:30 AM

Still laughing about the difference between pink and purple… I’m sure you have a grip on things over there in the hospital. Hang in there and happy 69th!

Posted by: Todd Zyph on 02/01/12 at 11:33 AM

A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination. Nelson Mandela
Happy Birthday Mr. Draplin
By the way, since you are an aquarian, your ruling sign is uranus. ha.

Posted by: gil shuler on 02/01/12 at 11:44 AM

69?! SHITCHYAH! Happy birthday Mr. Draplin! My Dad has a foot problem as well, so do not feel alone! Hope all the best for you, and a speedy recovery. Keep kicking ass!

Posted by: Dan Malarkey on 02/01/12 at 11:46 AM

Happy birthday, D-Pop. It’s because of Stalwart Manhoods such as yourself that hordes of pagan women strip down to their skivvies and dance around on this 1st of February, Imbolc, in eager anticipation of springtime and all the various “let’s get naked and busy” festivals that come with warmer weather.

Posted by: chris on 02/01/12 at 11:48 AM


You are one of my favorite people. It’s true.

I’ve been laughing at all (almost) of your jokes since 2007 :)

Can you get me that thing over near the henway?

Yeah, Love you!


Posted by: Leigh McKolay on 02/01/12 at 11:50 AM

We’ve really just exchanged howdies a couple of times, but that’s really all it takes a solid upper-Midwesterner to get the job done.

An aside…you’re staring at me in the studio every day with a SHITCHYAH! that keeps production moving along when laziness starts creeping in. Keeping the work ethic in line. Thanks for that.

Congrats on putting another birthday up on the big board! My regards to the best beard in Michigan.

Posted by: J. Duerr on 02/01/12 at 11:50 AM

Big Happy 69th Birthday from Sunny California

Posted by: randy on 02/01/12 at 11:54 AM

69?! SHITCHYAH! Happy birthday Mr. Draplin! My Dad has a foot problem as well, so do not feel alone! Hope all the best for you, and a speedy recovery. Keep kicking ass!

Posted by: Dan Malarkey on 02/01/12 at 12:27 PM

Now that’s Quality Vintage. Happy Birthday Jim.

Posted by: Andy on 02/01/12 at 12:34 PM

Happy birthday Mr. Draplin! From one bearded Michigander to another, better beard, here’s hoping we’ll be celebrating 99 as well. You’ve spawned one hell of an inspiring shit talker, and it’s pretty obvious where he gets it from.

Posted by: Peter Baker on 02/01/12 at 1:03 PM

Happy Birthday! Foot must hurt from all that ass you been kicking in these 69 years! :) Get well soon.

Posted by: Aaron Antcliff on 02/01/12 at 1:27 PM

Happy Birthday! Hang in there and enjoy Groundhog’s Day tomorrow!

Posted by: Steve DeCusatis on 02/01/12 at 2:00 PM

Happy freaking birthday man! I hope I look as badass as you when I turn 69!

Posted by: Levi on 02/01/12 at 4:18 PM

Thanks for producing quality products like your son and your beard. Much appreciated. Hope for more pep in your step ASAP!


Posted by: Zech Bard on 02/01/12 at 4:19 PM

Happy effing birthday!

Posted by: Ethan Allen Smith on 02/01/12 at 4:24 PM

Dear Mr. Draplin, happy birthday to you and your bitchin’ beard. Hope all goes well and you can soon go back to whatever the hell it is people do in Michigan. Ice fishing, I think.

Posted by: Mikel on 02/01/12 at 4:29 PM

Jim, Happy Birthday! I think you’d be proud to see Kellen’s little girl rockin’ on the wooden elephant you made me way back when. Good things last, and that includes you. Hope it’s a good one - Drew

Posted by: Drew on 02/01/12 at 4:47 PM

I saw you speak at the Seattle Spitswap dealio at the Gibson showroom, and you were awesome! Happy Birthday Mr. Draplin Sr!

Posted by: Lauren Wallace on 02/01/12 at 4:51 PM

Jim, you’re far and away the oldest and best Draplin on the block.

We salute you!

Posted by: OMFGCO on 02/01/12 at 4:59 PM

Best wishes to your Dad from down under.

Been quietly following your antics for a while. Damn easy reading!

Posted by: Ray on 02/01/12 at 5:46 PM

Happy Birthday Mr. Jim Draplin! You sure have taught your son well. One hell of man and straight talker.

Stay strong and Beards Up!

Posted by: Kyle on 02/01/12 at 6:04 PM

Happy Birthday and wishing for a fast recovery.

Posted by: lukesatoru on 02/01/12 at 6:48 PM

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Mr. Draplin! Rest and mend well!

Posted by: Tommy T on 02/01/12 at 11:31 PM

69 DUDE!
enjoy that one.

Posted by: pinski on 02/02/12 at 12:27 AM

Happy Birthday Jim! 69! What a year!

Hope you are back on your feet soon!

Posted by: Nick on 02/02/12 at 5:21 AM

To the man who is responsible for helping bring us the AWESOMENESS that is Aaron Draplin I salute you sir on this the anniversary of your birth. May you live to wreak havoc and share wisdom for many years to come.

Posted by: Kevin Stanton on 02/02/12 at 5:44 AM

Wine, dine, 69. Happy birthday SeƱor Draplin.

Posted by: Nate on 02/02/12 at 7:30 AM

happy B day Mr draplin.We all love you
my best from italy

Posted by: martino on 02/02/12 at 10:06 AM

Maybe when that foot gets better you can buy your first real six-string. You know, down at the five and dime. Maybe this summer. Or not. Happy 69 anyway!

Posted by: Yak on 02/02/12 at 10:53 AM

Hope you heal faster than a “Dales pace”. Happy Birthday young man!

Posted by: Mark P on 02/02/12 at 11:00 AM

Happy birthday Mr D Snr - rest up, stay strong & get well soon! From the Horn clan…..

Posted by: Johnny on 02/02/12 at 12:13 PM

Enjoy the staff waiting on you and have a Happy Birthday!

Posted by: Colin on 02/02/12 at 1:54 PM

Re. Aaron: you probably should have jerked that one down the toilet… But happy birthday, man. And heal up stat, you classs effin’ act.

Posted by: Colin W on 02/02/12 at 3:36 PM

happy birthday mr 69. YOu did a good job inventing your son. lots of folks love him, which means we love you too. get better cause someone has to kick him in the ass!!

Posted by: anthony serdula on 02/02/12 at 4:36 PM


Hopefully that foot of yours is getting better, and you have some pretty nurses taking care of you!

Hope you had a great birthday!

Posted by: Dave Behm on 02/03/12 at 6:08 AM

Love the image. Reminded me of something my father made for me when I was six. Thought you might like it:

Posted by: Ryan on 02/05/12 at 1:03 PM

happy birthday and get well santa claus !

Posted by: medium control on 02/07/12 at 10:41 AM
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