Mini Benny Box Sample

Vince of VTSS sent me this photo of Mini Benny box design. It looks great!  Mini Benny will be coming out very soon!! 3 inches tall but full of Big Dreams!! :)

Toy Art 2.0 - coming very soon!

Thank you Vince and Mankas of VTSS!

I just received these new photos from Mankas who is in Hong Kong dealing with printing productions for the book.  Looks incredible so far!  Myself and everyone involved are very excited to see this book finished. Can't wait! :)

Toy Art 2.0 (YES FINALLY!)

Over 50 contributors.
Over 2 years worth of work.
290 pages of Yummy Eye Candy!
Only 1000 for first printing.

I wanted to create a book about Toy Art, right from the source. From the artists, gallery owners, producers, collectors - the people who are the Toy Art community itself.

We are almost ready for final printing! These are the following contributors(I can't thank you enough to each one of you):

Kirby Kerr (Rotofugi), Justin Jewett (Rocket Society), Steve Agin, Dov Kelmer (DKE Toys), Gino Joukar (Toy Art Gallery), Rob Clarke (Foosh), Bigboy Cheng (SecretFresh), Julie Beezy (Pretty in Plastic), Amy Del Castillo & Luke Rook (Lulubell Toy Bodega), Brian Flynn (Super7), Raymond Choy (Toy2R), Vince Su (VTSS Designer Toys), Ryan Roberts Photograhy, Frank Kozik, Chauskoskis Walter Jacott, Ferg, Glenn L Barr, Chris Ryniak, Kathie Olivas and Brandt Peters, Francesco de Molfetta, Huck Gee, Sergey Safonov, Bjorn Calleja, Doktor A, Yosiell Lorenzo, SpankyStokes, Ayleen Gaspar, J*RYU, Jesse Hernandez, Leecifer Gajda, Nakanari Shiau, Paul Kaiju, Mark Nagata, Skinner Man, Alvin Tan, Carl Kent-Smith, Dan Harris, Eduardo J. Olegario, Haynmade, Henry Loh, Ian Malcolm, Jon Nicholas C. Lao, Kev Houseofzane Taylor, Kirkland Jue, Kristoffer Butiong, Laina Jones, Marcos Toys, Muschelschubser, Nicolas Caldas, Phil Lin, Sara Harvey, StacyJean, Vadim Tslaf, Frank Schaefer, Sucklord, Ron English.

I couldn't have done this project without my editor Jeremy Brautman! Much thanks to Jeremy for his countless hours of editing the book.

Of course, Vince of VTSS who has produced my art work for many years will also produce this book. From my sample copy of the book, it looks amazing! It has been such a huge project, from over 500 pages, Jeremy and I slashed (well, mostly Jeremy since I wanted to keep all 500 pages lol), down to 290. We unfortunately had to lose many great photos and essays, but the final product will make many of the contributors very proud.

I hope it will also inspire new artists to create and lover of art to collect Toy Art.

 Book will release in about a month, please stay tuned.

3200 Year old Tree

from themindunleashed.org

Cloaked in the snows of California’s Sierra Nevada, the 3,200-year-old giant sequoia called the President rises 247 feet. Two other sequoias have wider trunks, but none has a larger crown, say the scientists who climbed it. The figure at top seems taller than the other climbers because he’s standing forward on one of the great limbs.

The trunk is 27 feet wide and the his mighty branches hold 2 billion needles, the most of any tree on the planet. On top of that, he still adds one cubic meter of wood per year – making him one of the fastest growing trees in the world.

Giant sequoias exist in only one place, where The President and smaller trees that make up his “House” and “Senate”, reside. On the western slope of the Sierra Nevadas in California, at 5000-8000 ft above sea level.

The team painstakingly put together a set of pulleys and levers to climb the tree. It took 32 days and the piecing together of 126 separate photos, but they managed it!

Plastic Pollution Coalition

This is brilliant

Guerrilla stunt going on NOW in downtown Vancouver, Bristish Columbia, Canada. A giant plastic six-pack ring is tangled on a wildlife sculpture at the corner of Georgia and Thurlow st.

Big Benny Sightings

Some photos of Big Benny the Dreamer in galleries in Taipei and Los Angeles.

Wrong Gallery in Taipei

Wrong Gallery in Taipei

Toy Art Gallery in Los Angeles (courtesy of Angie Hu, thanks Angie!)

Toy Art Gallery in Los Angeles (courtesy of Angie Hu, thanks Angie!)

Naoto Hattori Balloons

VTSS has some really interesting projects coming out in April. I really like these ones.  Looks like its hand painted and the sculpting is great on these! 

Toy Art 2.0 Book

Samples of the Toy Art 2.0 book I've been working on with Jeremy Brautman and 50+ artists, collectors, producers, gallery owners. It has been a 2 plus years in the works, and it's a great feeling to see it finally shaping into reality. 290 pages of yummy eye candy!!  It's a limited edition run so please stay tuned for release info.