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Uglycon 2014

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Uglycon 2014 is happening this Saturday, June 21 at Giant Robot 2 in West Los Angeles. Once again, my wife and I are partaking in the event and submitted our “Sew Ice-Bats” for the show. It’s a  fun day of prizes, games, and activities, all based around Uglydolls. Since I still had leftover material from last year’s Sew Babo figure, I decided to create Ice-Bat in the same style.

Since “Uglycon is Coming”, I also put together a quick fun teaser for the event, which is a mash up of Uglydoll Ice-Bat and  Game of Thrones:

Uglycon is Coming

If you can make it out, look for me, as my Ice-Bat wants to share his Ice Bat Pops with everyone. Just find me on Saturday and say “I’m Batty for Ice Pops!”, for a free wooden Ice Bat Pop Pin (while they last). Hope to see everyone there! =)

Batty Ice Pop

 

 

Asian Inspired Pattern Laser Etched Wood Panel

After seeing the laser cutting done for Creme Caramel LA on rice paper for a cake display, my friend requested artwork based on the Asian inspired pattern that was used. I decided to laser etch the pattern on a 10″x10″ wood panel, then paint it with red and gold. Apparently her coworkers were complaining that her new office walls are empty, so hopefully she finds a good spot for this and the red brings her good luck.

POPcade Art Show – May 10th, 2014

POPcade Art Show

The POPcade Art Show, presented by Popzilla Gallery,  is opening on May 10th, 2014, featuring video game themed artwork at Rothick Art Haus in Anahiem, CA. See new work by myself and around 75 other talented artists at show’s opening night from 6pm to 10pm.  This will be “Orange County’s largest collection of Video Game Pop Art ever”. My art will be a fun tribute to the classic Nintendo game “Battletoads”. Hope to see you there!

POPcade Art Show
Opening Night – May 10th, 2014 – 6pm-10pm
Rothick Art Haus
170 S. Harbor Blvd.
Anahiem, CA 92805

POPcade Art Show

Large #23, Diamond, and X Sneaker Lace Locks

Released a few more styles of sneaker lace locks recently. Large #23, Diamond, and X shapes are now available at the shop. They add a fresh new look to your sneakers, especially if you want to stand out from the crowd. Check out the product pages for more detail.

What other styles would you like to see?

#23 Sneaker Lace Locks

Been testing new product ideas and so far, these laser cut sneaker lace locks have been turning out well.

First up, small “#23” lace locks to go with the popular Air Jordan sneaker, available in Red or Black (at the shop). As a fan of sneakers and a semi-retired sneaker collector, I want to create products that will enhance and benefit the sneaker culture/community. Using the #23 to compliment the Jordan Brand is an obvious choice. Here are the locks on my Laser IV’s and Black/Carolina Blue 14’s.

Check back for more designs for Jordan’s and other sneakers in the future.

Valentine’s Day Heart Dunny

A very Happy Valentine’s Day to my lovely wife. For putting up with me, I decided to create and give her this “Heart Dunny” out of wood with matching “Heart Card”. This little guy is laser cut out of maple hardwood, hand assembled, painted, and stands about 3″ tall. Bonus #weeklytoyproject for those keeping track. Have a great President’s holiday weekend!

Year of the Snake – Silver Edition

The “Year of the Snake” in the Lunar New Year is coming to an end, and to cap off the occasion, here is the Silver Edition as a companion piece to the previously created Gold Edition. Measuring 12″x12″, it is also painted laser cut and engraved wood on painted canvas. The “Year of the Horse” is coming soon!

Minion #2 – Wood Toy

Just when you thought it was over, here’s a bonus #weeklytoyproject!

When one of my friends requested a wooden minion for herself, I created this little guy. If the other minion was “Stuart“, I guess this one is “Phil” (or is the other one Phil and this one Stuart?). Nevertheless,  Phil’s a bit sillier than Stuart since he’s got the middle part hairstyle going, a wagging tongue, and is also holding a daffodil flower. Similarly, he was laser cut from wood, then hand assembled and painted, and stands about 3.5″ tall. I have still yet to watch Despicable Me 2, but will hopefully catch it on DVD soon.

Stuart and Phil were able to meet up before Phil departed for his new home, and lots of laughter ensued. Should I create a series of “Woodions” as a production release?

Weekly Toy Project 2013 Review

Weekly Toy Project Review

The end of 2013 caps off the success of the #weeklytoyproject. I completed the project of creating or customizing a designer toy every week for a year. In all, I created 27 wood figures, customized 12 vinyl toys, created 7 Sneakeys,  sewed 1 plush, molded 1 clay figure, assembled 2 plexiglass toys,  and molded and casted 3 resin figures, for a total of 53 official #weeklytoyproject toys (1 bonus).  I also released a limited run of the wooden “Cherry Micro Munwood” figure (still a few available here) and have plans to release other different figures as well. The laser cutter was a big help in creating all the wood figures, as I keep refining my laser cutting skills. I also was able to work on my painting skills and explore some different techniques. Furthermore, I learned a lot about resin casting and molding, which is really cool but seems tough to master. Although the project is over,  I will continue to keep my creative juices flowing, create new and better things, and am definitely looking forward to what 2014 has in store.

Which #weeklytoyproject was your favorite?

 

Nike Air C-Phaze – Sneakey

Its the last week of #weeklytoyproject and I survived the task of creating or customizing a designer toy every week for a year. For this final week, I decided to create another Sneakey and found another old pair of basketball sneakers to work with. The Nike Air C-Phaze was a lower cut basketball shoe that featured visible max air and a huge “MAX” lettering design on the heel that made it very distinct. This colorway of Anthracite / Metallic Silver / Dark Charcoal made for a really nice looking sneaker, and now a cool looking Sneakey.

Be sure to check back on New Year’s Eve for a full recap of the #weeklytoyproject! Hope everyone is having a great holiday week!

Olaf Snowman – Wood Toy

Since it’s snow season, I wanted to make a wooden snowman toy and figured the snowman character Olaf from the Disney movie “Frozen” would be fun to create. Although I haven’t seen the movie yet, the snowman seems like a funny and animated little dude. This toy version stands about 3″ tall and is laser cut out of maple wood and painted. He has little “twig” arms that are able to articulate as well. Hope every is having a Happy Holidays! There’s only one more week left of #weeklytoyproject, so stay tuned! Hard to believe another year has flown by so fast.

Fresh To Death Art Show Recap

The “Fresh To Death” Art Show and Charity Auction opened last Saturday night down in San Diego at Rosewood, a sneaker/skate store and art gallery. I was lucky enough to display the three toy art figures that I created for the show alongside my good friend (and one of the hosts of the show) Gary Lockwood (aka Freehand Profit) and his finance, Betsy Van Deusen. The other artists included in the show were @marsartist, @romtheworld. and @cristobarart, and it was co-hosted by Sneaker Head Confessions. The turnout was great, with different folks coming through all night and was definitely a fun time. Coincidentally, my pieces, entitled “2 Feet Under” (differentiated by “brand” editions), complemented perfectly with Betsy’s amazing oil and watercolor paintings. In addition a toy drive was also held and those, plus the proceeds from the auction will go to the Boys and Girls Club of San Diego. Keep an eye out for the auction, since unfortunately, there are a few issues at hand. Check out the following statement from Gary:

12/16/2013: IMPORTANT UPDATE: Due to eBay’s required shipping & handling turnaround the auctions must be held closer to the end of the show. This will also give time for the Boys and Girls Club of Greater San Diego to register with eBay’s Giving Works so that 100% of the proceeds goes directly to the charity. Thanks for your patience and understanding as we reconfigure the charity art auction.

Thanks to everyone that made it out the opening night. If you are in San Diego, the show runs through January, so be sure to stop by and check out all the art in person.