Press: Interview for Electric Playground

I was asked to be one of the artists who was interviewed in the Chuckwa segment for the TV show Electric Playground. Miri was a super sweet host, and asked me about my plush and urban vinyl customs. It was an amazing experience. Check out the video here: http://www.elecplay.com/watch/19/358/3/2

After we figured out the set-up, the camera guy takes footage of the deer.

This was the final set up with my plush deer and Kalua Moola custom.

Inside of the Chuckwa store.

And this is me after the interview was over… happy, relieved and ready for a chai latte at Starbucks! haha.

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My Plush Deer are now available at Chuckwa!

My plush deer are now available at Chuckwa! Chuckwa is a boutique store and gallery located in Fullerton, California. They sell urban vinyl, art toys, clothing and more.  They also have a large gallery space where they feature street art, pop art, and urban vinyl art (my custom Skully vinyl + plush were in the Custom Mini Skully show).  These plush deer are only available in their shop, so if you are nearby, go check them out! 🙂  They are located at: 2453 E Chapman Ave in Fullerton, CA (near Disneyland!), and they’re open Mon-Fri: 9-9, and Sat: 10-9.  Chuckwa has a Facebook page, a My Space page, and an online shop.


[Photo property of Chuckwa]

(Awww… they’re on a shelf with Shawnimals ninja, Spok Spok and Gloomy Bear, all my plush heroes! ♥)


[Photo property of Chuckwa]

And here’s a pic of me (3 months ago — I have black hair now) in front of Chuckwa! 🙂

Urban Vinyl + Plush: Custom Mini Skully Show

I finally was able to make it out to Chuckwa to see the Custom Mini Skully Show in person! It was awesome. I was really impressed with the layout of the show. It was really clean and each piece flowed nicely from one to the next. There were so many amazing customs on display (over 90 artists participated!), that I felt really proud to be a part of this show! 😀

Here’s a close-up of the shelf my customs were on:

On the left: [Bubblegum Crisis by J-R00] I thought it was so cool that this guy made his own packaging! :O
In the middle: [Delicious Drip by Follow The White Rabbit (me!)] (Click here to see more pics of the customs I submitted.)
On the right: [Skully Deer by Follow The White Rabbit (me!)] (Click here to see more pics of the customs I submitted.)

ALL the pieces in the show were so awesome and so unbelievably creative.  It was so inspiring to see such different results with the same figure.  Some people attached or sculpted 3-dimensional object to their Skully, others painted theirs, while some made Skully-inspired art instead.  I didn’t get pics of all the pieces (don’t worry, there are a lot of pics on Flickr), but I thought I’d post this selection of some the customs I really liked:

[Champagne Kisses & Berry Blue Martini by Tsai-fi] I’ve been a fan of her work for a while now. Visit her Etsy shop here! 🙂

On the left: [Silly Cephelapod Jr by Brandon Dicks] I loved this one. The placement of the mouth and bowtie were a great ideas. 🙂 The paint job on this was so clean and precise.
On the right: [Must Killa by Gods & Monsters] I really like the bold colours and how the bottom was left white.  (Also, a nod to Chuckwa for great display set-up with the mirror!)

On the left: [Seena is a Hell Clown by Brainstrikers’ Artdenka] I loved the bold designs and colours in this one.
On the right: [Pirate Skullypus by Shelly Rodriguez] This one had a really nice paint job. Visit Shelly’s blog!

On the left: [Skullytie by Gammaraybots] This one was just genius! 🙂
On the right: [Sad Fancy by Vivian Nguyen] The crows on this were really cute.

More great blogging coverage of this show was done by Spanky Stokes (who has a video of all the pieces) and David Silva (who had a sweet custom in the show). 🙂 Click here to see ALL the pieces from the show. If you’re interested in purchasing a custom, please email: skullyshow@chuckwa.com

If you’re on Facebook, you can become a fan of Chuckwa because they’re awesome.  So awesome that they used my Skully custom as their profile pic!!! 😉

Urban Vinyl + Plush: Custom Mini Skully Show

On Saturday May 16th, Chuckwa will be hosting a custom group art show to celebrate the release of Urban War Fair‘s new vinyl toy Skully.  I will have a custom Skully and a Skully-inspired plush deer in the show!

This is my second vinyl toy custom (my first custom was a Nathan Jurevicius jellyfish painted at a workshop hosted by the Magic Pony in Toronto.  Actually come to think of it, I also painted a Snorse but never got around to finishing it, so that one doesn’t count. :P). I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to do with the blank Skully at first, but I knew that I wanted to use pink and blue paint and keep part of the white base showing.

I have to admit, the contrast in Skully’s eye sizes threw me off at first. Some of my early sketches had an eyepatch over Skully’s large eye, and at one point the eye became a huge heart. I was working long hours at the time and my personal inspiration was not flowing like I had hoped for this project.  Strangely enough, my final design ended up evolving into what it is as I sat down and started to paint it.  I haven’t used acrylic paints in almost a year (holy crap, has it really been that long?! o_O), and re-connecting with this medium again really made me conscious of both the paint’s flowing liquid form and design potential.  I literally had to get in touch with my paint and paintbrush again in order for the inspiration to come back.  I was instantly inspired to create a freshly dripped look throughout my Skully’s design.  I wanted the star and the left eye to look like a glob of paint had dripped on the custom and accidentally (and coincidentally) made the star and circle shapes. After I had finished painting the drips, it felt natural to give the large eye sight since the small eye was blind.  The large right eye was directly inspired by retro styled cartoon eyes (like Felix the Cat, etc), and the smiling mouth was added to make it look like a cute and friendly skull.  🙂

The final look reminds me a bit of the Pac-Man ghosts mashed up with a pink & blue marshmallow from my favourite cereal in the world: Lucky Charms. I ended up naming my Skully: “Delicious Drip“.

I also made a Skully-inspired plush deer for the show.   I didn’t have any trouble with what I wanted to do for the custom deer, probably because I make deers so often.  I knew that I wanted to make this deer look slightly different from the typical deer I sell in my Etsy shop, and I wanted to choose a colour combo I’ve never used before.

I wanted this deer to be edgy and stand out so I went for a bold pink and black for the body. I also wanted to give her a punk look with a fur mohawk. I went to my local fabric store and hand selected the best white fur I could find (I was actually quite disappointed with their fur selection in general, so one of my goals is to find good fur in various colours).  The white fur is pretty nice, I like how long it is, and it can be spiked or pushed back/forward. I gave her a white nose to compliment her white hair.

Then I sketched out the Skully logo by hand on a piece of paper, cut it out and used it as the pattern for the symbol’s final design. Then I hand-embroidered the black eyes, nostrils and red star onto the mini Skully and glued it onto the deer’s body. I added white dots on the reverse side to keep it consistant with my regular deer symbols.  I named her “Skully Deer” after the toy she was inspired by. I really like how the mohawk turned out, so expect a few more punk-styled deer in the future! 🙂

Delicious Drip and Skully Deer will both be for sale at the Custom Mini Skully Show. 🙂 The opening reception is on Saturday, May 16th at Chuckwa (in Fullerton, CA) and the show will run until June 4th. Unfortunately, I will still be in Canada during the opening, but I plan on checking it out when I’m back in LA.  There are going to be a lot of great customs there by a lot of talented artists, so I suggest you stop by if you’re in the neighbourhood! 🙂