Happy Black Girl Trading Cards!


Because we should ALL be celebrated as works of art. | Photo By Brandon Jammal Rennel

In the Summer of 2012 The Happy Black Girl (just an idea at the time) sent letters to 25 HBGs requesting they take part in an art project. Potential participants were given very few details, only asking that they trust our intentions and that they send us a photo of themselves during one of their happiest moments. In the end we secured 15 replies along with a short questionnaire. Next we sought out artists to interpret each photo in art form. Medium, style & process were all left up to the artist in question.

After several months, Celeste Pille happened in our lives. She’s the pen behind the grown up versions of beloved cartoons such as Recess, The Rugrats & Hey Arnold just to name a few. This woman has so much style and character. Her work evokes waves of positivity, nostalgia and happiness. Her subtle nuances and flare for showing you all sides of the coin through her lens make you comfortable in the knowledge that your images will be in safe hands with her at the helm. That, as they say, is how the story begins…

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Grown Rugrats (Super Fly Fan Art) | Source Celeste Pille

Welcome to the 1st Edition of Happy Black Girl Trading Cards! This series starts with 15 HBGs and 1 little hbg, and will continue each year with a new cast of characters. We hope this series evokes a sense of self and pride from those who purchase, trade and share them. That’s right, we’re selling the cards! We gotta make this financially viable, so we can continue the movement (yes, I said movement) on a grand scale!

Details on where, how and when you can purchase packages & individual cards coming your way next week. Also starting next week we’ll begin highlighting each of the participants individually here as well. This entire project is only the beginning. It’s something we feel tremendously proud of and hope to utilize in our on-going happy black girl community wellness efforts. Until then, we’ve compiled a little background information on various types of trading cards below. See how we do it? Just for you!

Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) are small works of art. They are approximately the same size as modern trading cards, 2 12 by 3 12 inches (64 mm × 89 mm), this makes them small enough to fit the standard card-collector pockets found in sheets.

Cards are produced using various methods. Popular media include, pencils, pens, watercolors, acrylic paint, collage, found objects and fibers just to name a few. ATC cards came into prominence during the mail art movement and originated in Switzerland. Tradition dictates that cards are usually traded or exchanged (hence, the name). When sold they are commonly referred to as ACEOs (Art Card Editions & Originals).


We should ALL be celebrated as works of art, as super humans with superhero strengths. We hope this medium encourages this celebration beyond our front door and onto yours!

Join us next week for Card 1 of 16.

HBG Trading Cards | Photography By: Brandon Jammal Rennel

Featured Artist 1st Edition: Celeste Pille

Formatting & Design: Alan “HBG” DeCoronado







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Devoya Mayo is Co-Creator of The Happy Black Girl

Get To Know An HBG is her favorite column to write.

You can contact her directly at thehappyblackgirl@gmail.com


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