Toy Release

Art of War!!!

Well,  2014 turned out to be a pretty busy year! so busy that this post is several months late now, let's play catch up! Early last year Kidrobot asked me to be a part of their annual Dunny series, which is always an honor!

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Aside from being one of the artist in the Art of War series, I was also asked to design the packaging for it. They asked for the Dunny to be the primary focus of course, and to add their logos, I had total free range on everything else! It's always dope when a company just asks you to do your thing, much respects KR!

The series showcased a variety of artist featuring - Colus, Devious, Frank Kozik, ilovedust, Igor Ventura, Kano, Luihz Unreal, Huck Gee, DrilOne, Sergio Mancini, Patricio Oliver, JPK, Sam Fout and Shok1

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Just when I thought my part was over with, Kidrobot called me up and offered to fly me out to Boulder, CO to do a signing at their flagship store for the release of the series. You know your boy likes the rock star treatment so of course I was with it!

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They put me up in a super fancy Hotel in downtown Boulder called the St Julien Hotel & Spa, it was pretty baller so I made myself at home! I work hard for mine, so these perks are always appreciated.

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I was in town for a couple of days, so I checked out some spots, my favorite place to eat at was the Dushanbe Tea House. I had the hummus, followed by Persian chickpea Kufteh. It was slammin!

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Before the launch event I met up with the KR crew at the Kidrobot headquarters, it's always dope to see the creative folks that pull it all together, KR has always been one of my favorite brands.

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After the Meet & greet with the KR crew I head down to the store to check things out. I finally get to hold my dunny design in my hand, last time I saw this little guy he was a flat vector image, now look at him... all 3-dimensional and what not, lol. Here's some pics from the event!

The event was a big success and I had fun talking and signing stuff for fans, looking forward to future projects with Kidrobot.

PEZ Bodega!

2e26ed70562b11e38fee0eec16a001d9_8Last but not least, we head over to Barcelona, Spain! where we close off the Bodega artist series with Pez! Pez's trademark "Happy Style" was established in 1999 and has been making it's way around the map ever since. The Pez (which means fish in spanish) has grown, multiplied, morphed and duplicated throughout the years, but the message of happiness remains the same.

pez+tom14 PEZ's vibrant use of color makes his work pop right of the city landscape and flows fluidly throughout the city's facade.

tumblr_m2exvkiq7e1r61iyc When not on land, PEZ finds refuge in his natural environment…

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PEZ has collaborated with some well known brands, such as Montana, Kidrobot and Marc Ecko to name a few, so it's an honor to have him as part of the Bodega artist series line up.

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The PEZ bodega stands at 5.5" with 5 points of articulation, this bad boy comes equipped with brass knuckles and an orange box cutter! bodega-line-up

As we close of the series, I'd like to thank all the vendors and fans that supported the rerelease of my Bodega figure and all the artist that made the series possible! The Pez bodega is available through DKE TOYS. For more Pez action, follow him on instagram @pezbarcelona

Fying Fortress Bodega (Dekorner Exclusive)

FF-pilotac0390269caa11e28f2322000a9e0753_7 Flying in from Germany, Art pilot Flying Fortress comes in for a landing with the Bodega artist series, featuring his classic Teddy Troops mascot. I'm a huge fan of bold and clean design, so I was super excited to get one of my favorite aerosol navigators on board.

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The Teddy Troops mascot has the capability to blend in seamlessly into it's environment...

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... and at the same time, pop off of the inner city landscape.

FF-production-pic The Flying Fortress Bodega is limited to 100 pieces, and available exclusively at Dekorner's online shop.

kano_mini_print_1024 Each Bodega comes with this limited edition giclee print, signed & numbered by yours truly, edition of 100.

b8bacbeee7e711e2a9d722000aeb0b90_7 To make it a little more fun for all you collectors, I decided to grab 10 out of the hundred, I customized the caps white & blue, then shuffled them back into the mix.  These chase Bodega figures are signed and numbered by me as well.

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Here's Flying Fortress and Nychos putting in some heavy work!!! remember to swing by Dekorner to pick up your Flying Fortress Bodega!

~Peace!

Tristan Eaton Bodega (BAIT Exclusive)

6eb3f7fedcee11e2b4b422000a1f903d_7 The Bodega artist series continues with art power house and fellow B&A rep artist Tristan Eaton! Tristan is one of those inspirational artist who is always on the move... from murals, toy design, corporate branding to fine art in a high end galleries, he's got it covered. Tristan Eaton's orange Bodega features his classic Amazon Queen, which should be familiar to many of his fans. Limited to 100 pieces, the Bodega was released at BAIT's flagship store in Diamond Bar, CA.

001TristanxkaNOnewdate2_bait_tk_bodega4_bait_tk_bodega3_bait_tk_bodega21_bait_tk_bodegaIt's always fun to meet peeps that collect our work, thank you for the support!

002kaNOXTrisshirtflyerAs part of the evenings events, we collaborated on this T-shirt promotion for the first 30 fans to purchase a Bodega.

7_bait_tk_bodegab1151adee02b11e291b222000a1f98fa_711_bait_tk_bodegaBait did a great job on the shirts, and if you missed out...you can cop it HERE!

[vimeo http://www.vimeo.com/33738570 w=500&h=281]...and if for some weird reason you know who I am and don't know who Tristan Eaton is? well, CNN did a feature on him just for you!

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Bodega returns!

IMG_0059 It's been 5 years since Bodega was originally released by Bic Plastics, due to a suffering economy in 2010 the company didn't see it as a wise investment to produce more. I can't knock them for it, it's business, never personal, however as an artist... I had a vision for this figure that was never met. At the end of the day, nobody is going to nurture or invest in your ideas as much as you are. I stacked my chips, took my shit back and brought some art peeps along for the ride! It's truly an honor to bring one of my toys back to life and share the spot light with Tristan Eaton, TooFly, Pez, and Flying Fortress!  A huge shout out to them for their patience and friendship!

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Ok, enough of the intro, let's hop a flight to NYC for the Bodega relaunch, back where it all started at myplasticheart toy store/gallery! Toofly is one of those inspiring artist I have continuously crossed paths with... as kids in junior high, as art students at SVA, and at gallery shows as exhibitors. I call her a power house because she does it on all levels, business, graff, production, fashion and always seems to operate on all cylinders. Toofly-x-kaNO  The event flyer for the evening.

946579_10151368544586302_1575984936_nThem NYC kids flying in to rep hard for the 718!

972105_10151368546506302_1969933890_nFans came out to support, L.E.S always shows love! I see you Patty Dukes!

935260_10151368546686302_610848135_nThem downtown hooligans, did somebody say free beer? lol

971881_10151368547106302_1165468941_nOkay, first things first...we drink!

374975_10151368545756302_115516428_nThen we draw...

942191_10151368546871302_533510566_nLet the blackbook session begin...

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHy405GeVQM] Throw in a quick interview for The Source Magazine, props to Choice Royce.

945048_10151368546611302_1422749774_nSucklord, trying to figure out how to bootleg my shit! lol

970910_10151368546311302_1318029873_nOkay, time to politic with OG KaNO TVS and my boy Rob, we been hustling this art game since them Brooklyn Banks days! 486850_10151363562086302_65583787_nShout out to everyone that came out and supported the release, Much love to myplasticheart for hosting the event, and a special thank you to Toofly for being part of this kaNO kid project! we out.... till the next signing on the west coast TBA.

Super Money Grip! 10-doh!

image-229659-full MoneyGrip makes his return later this year as part of Squidkids Inc. popular mini series "10-doh!". Inspired by the classic NES cartridge, the 10-doh! characters packs a punch at 32 bits. My design was inspired by the best video game ever made, that's right! Super Mario bros!!! Super Money Grip drops later this year, keep your heads up! Check out the Kickstarter page for series 2, there's some good incentives, back that shit up yo!