Urban Vinyl: Ganmetall Celcius Custom Show, Part 2

This is my Celcius custom for the Ganmetall Celsius Show @ Toy Art Gallery in Los Angeles, opening on July 10th, 2010. The show is sponsored by Kuso Vinyl, Rotobox Vinyl and Spanky Stokes.

Inspired by love, Till Death is a dark angel who is like the Anti-Cupid. He swoops down when he is called upon to end beautiful unions. “All good things must come to an end”, said Chaucer in 1374, and those are the words Till Death lives by. But Till Death knows that regardless of what happens the heart speaks the truth, for: “Love is not written on paper, for paper can be erased. Nor is it etched on stone, for stone can be broken. But it is inscribed on a heart and there it shall remain forever.”

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Photos: Vancouver with a Holga 120N

Here are some of my first pics from my Holga 120N camera (it uses real film)! It was my first time shooting with a Holga, and to say I was nervous is an understatement! (The last time I shot with real film was last summer with a 35mm disposible camera) Because it’s not a digital camera (nor takes batteries) there’s no way to check and see if the pic has turned out or not. You just point + shoot and hope everything turns out okay. The Holga has a viewfinder so you don’t actually look through the lens when taking a pic (unlike just about every digital camera out there), so you have to judge the focal distance yourself. I had no idea if anything was turning out, but after getting my pics developed I learned that the Holga has a large focal distance so chances are that things will be in focus. I got 10 pics from a 12 pic roll because I had the lens cap on for 2 of the pics (haha). I had to go to a special store in Vancouver to have the roll developed because no one develops 120mm format film. The cost to get the roll on CD (no prints) was $20.00! :O It’s a little pricey but after seeing how the pics turned out I can’t wait to go out and shoot more!

I love how this pic of Yaletown looks like it was taken in the 40’s (minus the new cars of course).

Table + chair legs on the patio @ JJ Bean.

This is using the fisheye lens. I’m not sure why the film screwed up, but I really like the imperfections of the Holga for this reason!

Here I’m experimenting with double-exposures (so awesome that the Holga lets you do that!).

Eros Bendato Scrippolato by Igor Mitoraj, from the city-wide art exhibit Vancouver Biennale:
“This work depicts a fragment of an ancient monument to Eros, the god of love, here blindfolded, suggesting that love is blind.”

Art Show: Animalopolis @ Ayden Gallery, Vancouver, BC

If you’re in Vancouver tomorrow night come stop by Ayden Gallery for the opening reception of the group art show Animalopolis.  There are some really cool artists in the show and I’ll have some plush there too!

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ANIMALOPOLIS
Opening Reception: Friday, June 11th, 2010, 7-11pm @ Ayden Gallery, 88 W. Pender St, Tinseltown Mall, Vancouver, BC.

ARTISTS:
Kristian Adam
Mandy Tsung
Shwa
Fia Cooper
Emily Beaulieu
Taka Sudo
Megan Majewski

MUSIC BY:
Cherchez La Femme

Free Admission  |  Artists in Attendance  |  Live Painting  |  Drinks  |  Exhibition closes July 11th, 2010

Urban Vinyl: Tuttz customs, Veni is available!

Veni is now available in my Etsy shop.

Veni’s Story
Armed with a strong shield over his heart, Veni ventures out into the unknown. Unsure of what his future will bring, he carries with him an open mind, a free spirit and an open heart. Veni looks forward to each and every adventure that crosses his path, whether it is good or bad. Although he believes that each experience teaches us something about ourselves and about the world around us, he holds onto the shield over his heart tight. He’s a quote collector and his favourite is by the German writer Goethe: “Just trust yourself, then you will know how to live.“.

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Urban Vinyl: Tuttz customs, Veni is unveiled!

Tease no more! The first of my 3 Tuttz customs is finished! I’ve named him “Veni” after the famous phrase by Julius Caesar: “Veni, Vidi, Vici.” (“I came, I saw, I conquered.”). Veni drops in my Etsy shop this Wednesday at 12:00 noon PST, and will be priced at $125. He is completely hand painted with acrylic paints and sealed. He measures 6.5 inches high, he’s one-of-a-kind and signed on the bottom.  I have 2 other Tuttz customs coming up soon and they will have the same design but come in different colorways. The other two Tuttz will have “Vidi” and “Vici” on their paws to make the trio a cohesive set.  Those two will be revealed over the next few weeks.

Veni’s Story (“I came”)
Armed with a strong shield over his heart, Veni ventures out into the unknown. Unsure of what his future will bring, he carries with him an open mind, a free spirit and an open heart. Veni looks forward to each and every adventure that crosses his path, whether it is good or bad.  Although he believes that each experience teaches us something about ourselves and about the world around us, he holds onto the shield over his heart tight. He’s a quote collector and his favourite is by the German writer Goethe: “Just trust yourself, then you will know how to live.“.

This Tuttz was hand painted by me and sculpted by END of Argonaut Resins. END is releasing limited edition tint colorways of Tuttz with exclusive chase figures, so keep an eye on his blog! My Tuttz customs will be the only fully custom painted figures for sale.