One of the iconic images of Kanye's entire career is the Dropout Bear. Kanye was adamant about not having his face or any writing on the cover of The College Dropout, so he appeared dressed as the Dropout Bear mascot. The same bear also graces the cover of Late Registration and an animated version appears on the cover of Graduation.

However, according to Plain Pat, the bear was not part of any master plan—it happened by accident. “The bear just happened to be at the school where Def Jam had booked the photo shoot for the album," said Pat. "I don’t think the bear was [premeditated]. I don’t remember us bringing a bear, I don’t remember him asking for a bear either."