Dunny Release At Urban Vinyl Daily

 

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Urban Vinyl Daily & I have something fun happening! Tomorrow, April 7, we publish an interview where I share some thoughts and feelings on painting & art toys. Alongside which, 2 custom Dunnys are releasing on their eStore here at 12pm EST. Each Dunny, named “Oops” (blue) and “Oww”(grey), are $80ea sold separately.

Oops & Oww are a complimentary brother-sister pair with a narrative relationship- Oops had something to do with Oww’s bad day, and I can’t tell if it’s embarrassed guilt or cheeky remorseless-ness… or a little bit of both, she’s feeling. But she’s doing a cute job of it! I have a love for both cute & horror-related things, as this pair of dunny exemplify.

Oops & Oww drop here at 12PM EST April 7! Thanks for your support :)

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SubUrban Vinyl Gallery 1s And 2s Exhibition

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When asked the question “What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever painted on?” I now get to say a Toilet Seat. Yup! Sub-Urban Vinyl Gallery’s 1s and 2s Exhibition of custom painted toilet seats opens March 28 at Sub-Urban Vinyl Gallery.

Participating artists include:

Carson Catlin, Tasha Zimich, Soko Cat, JFury, Con Art Studio, Small
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I didn’t just paint a seat for shits & giggles though (hah), the exhibition’s curatorial premise hinges on there being few places we return to, and spend more routine time in, than our washroom. So why isn’t there more cool artwork in there?

For obvious reasons, I have addressed the answer to that question by clearcoating the top of my hand painted toilet seat with water-resistant finish, making routine cleaning with a water-dampened cloth easy. This enameled wooden seat comes with original hardware and fits standard round bowl sizes, making it perfectly functional and easy to clean.

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For inquiries about the show or painted pieces, email suburbanvinyl@gmail.com or visit their website.

Art Without Borders Exhibition March22

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Art Without Borders returns to Art Whino for its second year fundraising for Doctors Without Borders. Opening reception will be held March 22 at BLIND WHINO.

Reception:
Saturday, March 22nd, from 8-11pm
DJ Inkognito on the the turntables in the Upstairs performance area
DJ Dee Dub on the the turntables in the lounge area
RSVP Only event.

Location:
BLIND WHINO
734 1st St SW Washington, DC 22024

I have contributed a 7″ Kidrobot Foomi “Olive”, painted with Acrylics. Olive will be available through Art Whino for $250. Doctors Without Borders is an NPO I feel strongly about; they provide health care to individuals who need it, regardless of ethnicity, religion, or political affiliation. Be sure to follow along with Art Whino.

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Dragatomi Art Of Love Wrapup

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Thank you to everyone who attended Dragatomi’s Art Of Love Exhibition! Works flew fast at $150 (and Under) pricepoints, and it looks like Love was in the air.

Both custom androids I sent for the show were inspired by Bleeding Heart Flower bushes – the bushes of which I have fond memories of in the backyard of my childhood home. Valenentines Day always makes me think of them; they must have bloomed around that time of year. Both androids “Bleeding Heart” and “Weeping Heart” are in happy new homes, thank you for your support!

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Lil Jammies Artist Series

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Fuller Designs original resin figure Lil Jammies has landed in the hands of a group of skillful international artists and customizers. I’m contributing a piece to the January 31st drop, titled “Fissure”.

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The platform itself is very figurative, so I took it in a different and more abstracted direction, mapping the creases and “fissures” in the resin with colour. Pieces become available January 31st 12PM PST here.

Vive la Lolligag Toy Art Gallery Exhibition

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Toy Art Gallery and Lolligag World are hosting a show, Vive La Lolligag! Lolligag is a 6″ vinyl toy platform with accompanying accessories; Lollipop, Fan and Moot the Bunny.  More than 30 different artists from across the USA and Internationally will exhibit custom Lolligag toys, the show opens Jan 11.

I’ve contributed a hand-painted Lolligag piece, “Strawberry Swirl” to the exhibition. You can RSVP to the exhibition on Facebook here or email info@toyartgallery.com for purchase inquiries.

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Clutter Gallery Giftwrapped

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Clutter Gallery is hosting a Holiday Exhibition! “Giftwrapped” opens Saturday Dec 14, featuring artwork from 50 different artists, priced below 300$.

I’ve painted a 5″ Disney Mindstyle Stitch for Giftwrapped, “Green Tea” will be go up for preview here.

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As well as 3″ Dunny “Boils”. The Exhibition opens at Clutter Gallery NY on Dec 14th, and then online here.

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We Love Vinyl 3

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Tomodachi US are hosting We Love Vinyl 3 – returning for its 3rd year, We Love Vinyl exhibits in Tomodachi USA’s Rosedale Center storefront. WLV will exhibit works from 20+ Artists Worldwide. Opening reception is December 6th, with drinks and refreshments, and a live DJ spinning.

I have a piece showing in We Love Vinyl 3, “Mascara Run” the 6″ custom Fonzo. If you’re in the Rosedale MI area, stop in for the opening night party and check out the displays.

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Stan Lee’s Artists Assemble

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Pow Entertainment and Stan Lee’s Artists Assemble Exhibition at Toy Art Gallery was a success! It was a lot of fun to get to see TAG so packed, and say Hi to friends and toy peeps. And of course, always nice to see Stan The Man!

My 7″ Yo “The Dark Net” exhibited alongside custom Yo’s from a wide selection of artists. Some pieces contributed by guest artists helped fundraise for The Alliance For Young Artists And Writers via charity auction. Thanks to Gino and the TAG team for a fun evening, and, friends Diane & Ian who made it possible for me to get to the opening!

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Thanks For a Great DesignerCon

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DesignerCon was really a lot of fun, and since I’m staying in and around LA and San Diego for a week after the show it feels like it’s still going on. I’ll be in town for the Stan Lee’s Yo opening November 15th at Toy Art Gallery where I’ve contributed a piece.

This year at DCon I shared a booth with April Elliott and ForcesOfDorkness where I had art prints, painted toys, collaboratively painted & sculpted toys with April Elliot and Deth Becomes You, cards & stickers available and did signing and live-painting.

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As well as hanging out and listing toys and prints at Dragatomi and Spankystokes Booths.

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It’s always fun getting to stop for a chat with friends and artists on the show floor, and check out the cool things going on at the booths. Trampt’s Hustle & Hype show looked to be a big success, and they were kind to invite me to draw on their collab artist paper poster and tag the Mega Munny.

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I’m looking towards plans for next years’ DesignerCon already, and think it can only get better and better. Thank you to everyone who came by to say Hi, grab a hug and stopped to chat, asked for a signing or sketch, and took some of my work home with them. I’ll see you next year!

Designer Con Booth 814

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I’m headed back to Designer Con November 9-10, and bringing new toys, prints, and collab artwork! Swing by booth 814 I’m sharing with April Elliott and Forces of Dorkness and say Hello.

I’ll have new toys like this Hellboy vinyl figure, provided by Dark Horse Comics for a painting test-drive for promotion. And some new collaborative artwork;

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8″ Dunny painted collaboratively with the lovely MaloApril April Elliott. Our painting came together beautifully cohesively, I’m looking forward to our next project.

And I was fortunate to get to participate in an 8-Piece Sculpt’N’Swap with malevolent monster-maker Deth Becomes You. It was a terrible honour to work painting his sculpts, and contribute some of our own nasty little ghoulies.

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I will also have a selection of pieces in Spankystokes Booth 201, ranging from mini size to a larger 6″ Fonzo. They’ll be in Spanky’s case, but come find me at booth 814 or around the show floor to take one of these guys home.

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If you’re attending DCon, swing by my booth and say Hi, or find me bopping around the show floor in my purple fedora. Thanks for your support!

DCon Collab April Elliot x TZ Booth 814

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The talented and skillful April Elliott and I have teamed up on an 8″ Dunny for our shared Designer Con Booth 814! April’s clean linework and beautiful Dia De Los Muertos sugarskull imagery felt like a very natural with with my cute and creepy aesthetic.

I got the ball rolling and sent April the Dunny like this;

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Contributing the ears, an eye, lower mouth, the base for a top and arms, with some detailing on the back and left sides. And April balanced the right side and mouth, adding hair, clothing, designs and sculpted components along the way.

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Both April and myself will be at Booth 814 at Designer Con November 9-10, with new artwork, custom toys and I’ll have art prints as well. Our collab Dunny will be available for sale for 250$. See you at DCon!

Fonzo Loves California Exhibition Dragatomi Gallery

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Fonzo Loves California is coming to Dragatomi Gallery, Nov 16. There’s no part of that equation I don’t love too; this will be my first formal exhibition piece with Dragatomi Gallery and Freakstore, and I’m pumped up!

There are 42 artists participating, it may be the largest Fonzo exhibition yet. Artists include;

ScribeScott Tolleson, MapMap, Camilla D’erricoDouble ParlourChauskoskis,DriloneJeremiah Ketner64colorsSergio ManciniArtmymindGary HamRsin,Stuart WitterCharles RodriguezGabriel CarpioTask OneOtto Bjornik,Grimsheep, Shojonotomo, Eimi, Chikuwaemil, Tasha ZimichArdabus Rubber, TheBeast BrothersJay 222Jon Paul Kaiser, Umetoys, Mark NagataJason Limon, Sonnito, Muxxi, Burundanga Design, Spencer Hilbert, Mab Graves, Mike Fudge,Calvin MaNakanariPJ ConstablePatrick WongGerard MDS and Silvia Cipolla.

I’ve painted up my Fonzo for the exhibition, titled “Cadaver Junkie”. He’s oozing a vital energy that felt best described in rainbow colours. I’ve enjoyed painting an interaction between spilling-out and seeping-in.

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Great New York Comic Con!

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This year’s New York Comic Con and the Designer Toy Awards were a blast! Thank you to the fine folks, Benny & Steph and Rob & Rob at Tenacious Toys and SubUrban Vinyl who offered me a landing pad during the show. I got to meet and say hi to lots of excellent artists and fans during the weekend.

It was a serious and professional affair vending with Tenacious Toys

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And hanging with artists and friends. Mike Die is a little camera shy, but we got your number Mike;

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I took down a hand painted variant of Camilla d’Errico’s No Ordinary Love Statue to display and list with SubUrban Vinyl Gallery. Camilla’s statue didn’t win the award over Coarse Toys for Outstanding Production, but support for Camilla was strong.

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After nice chats with folks at Holbein Paints and Dark Horse Comics, I’m set with some new supplies and a fun project underway that I am looking to complete for Designer Con.

I will attend Designer Con and share booth #814 with April Elliott and Scott Kinnebrew November 9-10. Hope to see you there!

1/1 Painted No Ordinary Love Bust

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I’ve been in love with the art of Camilla d’Errico for a number of years, and as her artwork grows and develops so does my appreciation for it, and the ways I want to share my appreciation and admiration. In 2012 Camilla released her first Fine Art Statue – a bust inspired by her painting, No Ordinary Love, made with Dark Horse Comics and Gentle Giant Studios. I think the statue is beautiful, and Camilla’s colour palette is thoughtful and evocative.

I don’t think it’s possible to choose more fitting colours or composition for the piece, but Camilla’s nomination in Clutter’s Designer Toy Awards under Outstanding Production moved me to want to share an individual take on the piece as a platform. I hand-painted a NOL Statue in (mostly) inverted colours.

This 1/1 piece, I’ve been calling “Cuddle Fish”, is approximately 7″ and will be listed and on display at New York Comic Con in The Bock at SubUrban Vinyl’s booth#208. I will attend NYCC and the Designer Toy Awards, and spend some time around the show and at Tenacious Toys and SubUrban Vinyl booth208 in The Block for folks that would like to stop by and say Hi.

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Camilla's original painting image an colourway.

Camilla’s original painting image an colourway.

Sinister Sisters Android Series with VinylRiot

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VinylRiot.com are super – they keep me fully stocked with DIY Fonzos, and the flow of android blanks feels endless. So it followed naturally that a special release through VinylRiot would be a fun thing to do.

Inspired by a painting of mine from this year, Cordelia’s Bad Hair Day, come Cordelia’s sinister little sisters. This series of 5 “Sinister Sisters” custom androids are releasing blindbox style on VinylRiot’s exclusives page October 9th at 3PM EST. One Sinister Sisters order will receive a signed 11×14″ art print of the painting, Cordelia’s Bad Hair Day, as a bonus gift.

Keep an eye on VinylRiot for the drop Oct 9th 3PM EST, and your 1/5 chance to snag an art print gift with your order. For more news on VinylRiot sales and exclusives, follow their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @vinylriottoys

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Lift Gallery Bits & Pieces Show

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Lift Gallery are opening Bits and Pieces – a mixed media group exhibition in their shop and gallery space featuring artists both local and international. Bits and Pieces opens Sept 28 with an opening reception 7-10pm.

The exhibition will feature both 2D and 3D artworks and custom toys from artists JC Rivera, JFury, TaskOne, Bryan Collins, Patrick Wong, Ian Ziobrowski, and more.
I’ve contributed a 3″ Dunny and ink drawing set, “Knot Thinking”, that will be available through Lift Gallery.

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New For Vinyl Thoughts 4

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I’m contributing a 5″ custom MadL to Vinyl Thoughts 4, which opens Sept 12th. Vinyl Thoughts will be showing work and merchandise from more than 50 artists in a one-night event, and then online and at a booth a Designer Con (Where I’ll also be at a booth!).

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My piece “Milkteeth” is painted in acrylics and will be available at VinylThoughts4 for 175$. I haven’t painted in reds as much, but for this piece I was inspired by oxidized landscapes and cavernous spaces. “Milkteeth” is a figure and a place- an idea I’m interested to keep exploring in the future.

SDCC Wrapup- Thank You!

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Comic Con is a really incredible show, and I count myself very fortunate to get to attend and exhibit there with friends and colleagues. This year was my 2nd year at Comic Con, primarily assisting Camilla d’Errico with her big beautiful booth. It’s serious business, as you can tell from above- we were in a conference with Mr. Ian Somerhalder about Camilla’s July charity print initiative.

I was also fortunate to be hosted and showing at booths and exhibitions during SDCC for my own work. Thank you to Beefy & Co for including me in their The Ghost Within Us group showing on the convention show floor. I brought down this 6″ Custom Ghost Tribe Warrior “Gobo”. Gobo is available here.

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It was a real treat to be showing and listing pieces with Dragatomi booth in their big beautiful display cases, full of artists I admire. My 6″ Fonzo “Jerkytreats” is in a new home now. Thank you also to Ardabus Rubber for very kindly making room for me to hop in on his Saturday signing at Dragatomi for a little double-team sketch action.

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I made it in to Left Hand Black Gallery to take in the Creature Feature show and visit owners Crystal and Turk. It was a treat to see all the disturbingly delightful little oddities, curios, and artworks on display. My 9×12″ Acrylic & Oil painting, “Cordelia’s Bad Hair Day”, is currently available through crystal@lhblk.com

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I can’t wait for SDCC and all the fun projects and showings surrounding it next year!

Toy Burst Exhibition July 18

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More Than Sunshine has put together a lineup for a show at Redefine Gallery that shines! The exhibition will open July 18th and features both local and international artists.

I’ve put together a 4″ Kidrobot Munny, “Skellby”, who will be available through Redefine Gallery for 125$. Find Redefine Gallery here or inquire redefinegallery@gmail.com

Contributing To Dragatomi SDCC!

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I’m thrilled to share that I will have pieces contributed to Dragatomi’s blindbox series for San Diego Comic Con. This year’s series is themed Dunny Vs Android, where 26 artists contirbuted custom Dunnys and Androids.

These Blindboxes will be about 85$ea, and available at Dragatomi SDCC booth#5350 , check them out on Dragatomi’s SDCC floorplan map below.

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At Dragatomi, among the plethora of beautifully crafted customs and limited exclusives, will be a 6″ Fonzo I painted for the occassion. “Jerkytreats” is painted with acrylics & oils, and will be available from Dragatomi Booth# 5350 !

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Vinyl Attack The Invason Pieces Revealed

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Vinyl Attack has unleashed an Invasion! And it’s up to the custom Resistence 3″ Dunnys from more than 18 skillful toy artists to stop the Invader Dunnys.

I’ve contributed 2 pieces to the series, available Blindbox style here. Take a look!

Creature Feature Show at Left Hand Black Gallery

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Left Hand Black Gallery is putting on a monstery show- Creature Feature, opening July 13. Creature Feature- sounds right up my alley! The pieces for the show, both 2D and sculptural, will be creature themed.
I’ll be contributing a 9×12″ acrylic painting to LHB. We’ll look forward to contributions from artists;

Adam Hathorn, Brett Herman, Chris Velasquez, Chris Yvon, Cooper, Double Parlor, Fourspeed Metalwerks, GOREilla, Jessie Lincoln, Jacob Henry, Jason McCann, Johhny Crap, Joel Gomez, Katherine Brannock, Kevin Pasko, Kyle Walker, Long Le, Mike Bukowski, Neko, Nico & Absurd Toys, Pinkerton & His Forgotten Friends, Sabrina Brewer, Steve Belmarsh, Steve Fererra, Tasha Zimich, Tim Evatt, Turk, Zach Landrum

I’ve been making progress on a piece for the show that I’m excited to share. Here’s a peek at the WIP.

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Night Terror Dunny Series 2 Release

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Matt Anderson and Task One are releasing a new artist series on the brand new We Are Not Toys website – Night Terror Dunny Series 2. I’ve contributed a piece to the series that will go live here at midnight 08/06/2013.

Contributing to the series also are Fuller, MaloApril, Rsin, Richard Page of Ume Toys, Mike “Nemo” Mendez, JFury and Task One. Each piece is dynamic and a unique interpretation of the platform, for sure! Grab one here.

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Pieces for SubUrban Vinyl GI Joe Exhibition


 

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SubUrban Vinyl and Tenacious Toys are putting on one heck of a group show this Friday May 31! The Loyal Subjects recently licenced (from Hasbro) and produced GI Joe Mini Figs in soft vinyl, and what better way to show our appreciation is there than stripping, cutting, and re-making our favourite Joes?

More than 30 artists are contributing custom sculpted and painted Joes, as well as some Hasbro artists joining in with prints and paintings. We can expect to see contributions from;

 

I’ve painted up two monstery little fellas for the show, using the Snake Eyes and Destro platforms. Artwork will be available for sale at the opening Friday May 31 and then available online June 1st. For inquiries, email suburbanvinyl@gmail.com Thanks for reading!

 

Tasha Zimich Nominated Designer Toy Awards Breakthrough Artist

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I’m excited to have found I’ve been nominated in the Designer Toy Awards 2013 in the category Breakthrough Artist!

This is especially exciting after I was fortunate to attended the DTA in 2012 to cheer my favourite artists and friends on. While my time in art toys has not been as long as many, it’s something I’ve thrown myself completely into with passion and ambition. I’m very thankful for your confidence and support of my work! Many thanks also to friend and fellow nominee (Best Customizer Category) Ardabus Rubber for the fantastic Nominee badge.

Voting will open in the summer, and I would be really thrilled to have your votes as I gear up for my trip back to New York Comic Con and the DTA to celebrate amazing artwork.

SubUrban Vinyl Time To Kick Some Ass Exhibition

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SubUrban Vinyl Gallery in New Jersey is bringing together a wide and passionate lineup of artists for a group exhibition- New Beginnings Time To Kick Some Ass! The theme for the show is open to the artists inspirations, and we expect to see artworks in resin sculptures, custom painted toys, and 2D artworks.

I’ve submitted 3 pieces for SubUrban Vinyl, 2 custom toys and a Letraset ink painting.

3" Dunny "Baxman"

3″ Dunny “Baxman”

Ink Painting "DragonPeel"

Ink Painting “DragonPeel”

Custom Matt* Night Terror Plaque "Haze"

Custom Matt* Night Terror Plaque “Haze”

If you’re interested in viewing the show preview, contact suburbanvinyl@gmail.com. Thanks for reading!

New Cover AbortMag Issue 21

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Abort Magazine, Canada’s alternative culture magazine, has released their cover image for May’s issue#21. I was very pleased to create a cover illustration for their Issue#20, so jumping on-board for issue21 was a no-brainer!

The cover illustration, “Dragon Peel”, is an ink painting inspired by a friend’s Bearded Dragon, who I’m very fond of, Miss Baxty. The painting is on its way to SubUrban Vinyl’s May 11th show. Abort editor Scott Alexander was kind enough to offer a little digital input in modifying Dragon Peel for the cover- amping up the red factor and making a beautiful scaley skin for the Abort logo.

Abort issue#21 releases this month, stay tuned!

New Dunny Series- VinylAttack’s The Invasion

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The invasion is coming! Vinyl Attack Toy Blog & Artist Collective have announced that something is invading, June 15th, and they’re putting up a fight!

Vinyl Attack have selected a lineup of artists to contribute both Invader and Resistance themed 3″ Dunnys for their release. Participating artists include;

•- Josh Mayhem
•- Murkasec
•- Wuz one custom
•- Ouidesign
•- Melodreama
•- Mike Die
•- Teddyman
•- Roar With Lukas
•- Gerard Mds
•- Jenn Bot
•- Ianziobrowski•- Popcornhead
•- Frank mysterio
•- Néna Nguyen
•- Loz Hausofboz
•- Pj Constable
• – Tasha Zimich
•- Jalos
•- Lesmachines

We look forward to seeing what nasty threats, and what heroic counter-measures, the participating artists come up with!