Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Halloween Hedoro Series

I just finished up this series last night for the Little Monsters show this weekend. The Halloween Hedoro Series is all hand painted and includes a Mini Mutant Chaos, GITD Boy Karma, and a Mini Bakobas. Each will be $50 and will be on the Little Monsters online shop soon (I'll add the link here later as well as on twitter.) Or if you're in the San Fran area, make sure to stop by Million Fishes Gallery this Sunday to check out all the great monster art. Head over to my Flickr page to see more detailed pictures of the customs.




Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Our Friend Andy & A WIP Twofer

I'd like to start this entry with a quick announcement. Our dear toy friend Andy at ToysREvil is in the hospital and recovering from a partial stroke. While none of us know his exact status in the hospital right now, please keep sending positive thoughts his way. As a person who has suffered an out of nowhere heart attack, I know how scary these things can be and I only hope the best for Andy and his family. In the mean time, Cris Rose has started to put together a tentative list of artists and collectors alike who would be willing to donate ($$$ or art) to Andy if need be. Hit Cris up if you'd like to be included on that list.

Since we know Andy is one of the supreme toy prophets in our community, I know he would want all of us moving forward. That being said, here's a twofer teaser of customs for the Little Monsters show, which is approaching quickly. Once these two are wrapped up, I'll have pics of the trio in this series. Can't wait to share with all of you!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Another Little Monsters WIP Teaser

If you're subscribed to the newsletter then you've already seen this, if not, here's a shot of my desk a few days ago. Make sure you're signed up for the newsletter for more advanced leaks and info that won't be seen here or anywhere else :)

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

WIP Mini Mutant Chaos Teaser

Here's a sneak peek of a custom I'm doing for the Little Monsters show. Make sure you're signed up for the Gorilla Mouth newsletter, I'll be sending out full reveal teasers through there soon ;)

Thursday, October 7, 2010

What Would You Like To See In The Custom World?

re·dun·dant
   /rɪˈdʌndənt/ [ri-duhn-duhnt]–adjective
1.characterized by verbosity or unnecessary repetition in expressing ideas; prolix: a redundant style.
2.being in excess; exceeding what is usual or natural: a redundant part.
3.having some unusual or extra part or feature.
4.characterized by superabundance or superfluity: lush, redundant vegetation.


I've started off this entry with the word 'redundant' because it seems to be a buzz word I keep hearing in the vinyl scene. Mostly when it comes to the amount of custom shows going on these days. You're probably wondering why a customizer who is involved in a lot of these shows is bothering writing a blog entry like this. To answer that question simply, I would say that I agree with what people are saying. Not that these customs are of any lesser quality, but they're getting to a point where people are missing great work being done because of the rush of the next show.

I've also heard some artists say they'd never do another custom again, unless it's something of their own creation on their own time scale. While 'never' is a strong word, I can understand where they're coming from. A lot of the custom artists out there (myself included) work day jobs and do all of this as an escape from that day to day grind. Yet when you have deadlines piling on top of one another it starts to become work. Which then puts the creator into a bind, try new fresh things, or keep with a stylistic approach they're known for and try to add some new flair here and there. While people have a style, they can usually turn heads still because we don't get to see it often. But with the onslaught of shows going on, we see those names and styles more and more often which begins to desensitize people and they all start to become 'redundant'.

I know there's a ton of effort and time put into these customs and for them to be clumped together in such a simplistic description doesn't serve them justice. These customs aren't made with the hopes of $$$ falling from the sky, but they're done out of the love for what we do. Yet, I feel like these frequent 'platform du jour' shows are taking away from that joy and excitement of the next big custom from so and so. So much so that I think I might take my hat out of the custom show arena for a stint. Of course I'll follow through with the obligations I've already agreed to, but other than that I think I'll be going back to my roots. Delving further into my own creations with the customs peppered throughout that.

If you've made it this far through my rant, I thank you for that. I'll stop this here since I can't talk to any of you instantly through here, but I'd love to hear what all of you are thinking. Please leave comments and voice what you love and dislike about the custom vinyl scene these days. Hell make that the whole vinyl scene.

Thanks for listening and reading.

-Troy

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Dolomite

Here's my custom Qee "Dolomite" for the 15th Anniversary show at Dragatomi.







Dolomite dwells deep in the Fangor Caves of Tu'R'Land. No one is exactly sure what he does down there, and there isn't a bravest enough soul to dare to find out. All that is certain is that he's neither good nor evil, but more of a presence. What part he plays in the great war of giants can't be said. Although, it has been rumored that Dolomite has been surfacing lately to investigate the mass destruction being caused by the devilish Mafic who's running amok topside.

Monday, October 4, 2010

This Is Going To Be Fun!

And the shows keep coming...

If you live in or around the San Fran area, then you're definitely in for a treat! The Little Monsters show is happening at the Million Fishes Gallery on October 31st!