In a second Article "KOPE", RED DOT DIVA brings you TOYSETC's quickie Qit kept me busy while stuck in a wheel chair. It guided me to where I'm at now. Early on, when this so called street art movement made its beginnings, I was fascinated with some of my graffiti heroes who were producing toys and moving on into graphic design and fine art. I was influenced and did graffiti in my early teens. I got caught during High School and slowly grew out of it but kept on doing creative stuff, whether it was dancing, emceeing or graffiti here and there. It was always hiphop related. So it's only natural with the street art movement moving back into the streets, I would go back to it.
Shadow Friend and 2Tone
TOYSETC: YOU NAILED IT COMPLETELY WITH YOUR 2TONE AND SHADOW FRIEND DUNNY, AND YOUR TOY CUSTOMS NEVER STAY FOR MORE THAN 5 SECONDS ON YOUR WEBSTORE. I STARTED MY COLLECTION WITH UGLYDOLLS AND LIKE MOST COLLECTIONS, IT HAS EVOLVED AND ACQUIRED A RATHER EXPENSIVE TASTE. ARE YOU A TOY COLLECTOR AND WHAT'S YOUR CRAZIEST COLLECTION SO FAR? WHAT'S THE BIGGEST PURCHASE AND SPILL WITH THE DIRTY SECRET.
ANGRYBEAR: I'm pretty blessed to have such dedicated fans that pick up my stuff. They are the reason why I make my way across this planet. I am a collector. I started collecting way back. My first pick up was the "Doze Green Travela" and I also bought the Kaws original mono 1000% Bear brick that same day in 2003. When my friends store In4mation sold designer vinyl toys, I got introduced to these toys. A couple years before in 2000, at a store gallery called "Houston" that was ran by famous designer Matt Houston, I saw the original clay sculpt of the Futura 2000 "Pointman figure" famed from the Unkle albums.
I do have huge Kaws collection shared with Silent Stage. My favorite Kaws figure is the Bobafett, and the Soryama, and my favorite figure in my collection is the "Margaret kilgallen" figure by Tokion Magazine, a cool Japanese company who covered Art, Fashion, Music and Design from 2006 to 2009. An awesome magazine, they had released a line of figures that included Kaws, Shepard Fairey, Os Gemeos, Barry Mcgee and Margaret Kilgallen. I only own Margaret's and I am in search for Barry Mcgee's. This year for Clutter magazines Designer Toy Awards, we were nominated for best collection. We have ton's stuff. Hope we win=)
Tons of stuff alright
TOYSETC: COMICS OR MANGA? 3 REASONS IN 3 MINS AND LESS!!
ANGRYBEAR: Both -
Comics: 1. I drew Marvel characters as a kid, 2. Wolverine and The Hulk were my top, 3. It taught me how to draw. Manga- 1. Anime has always been an influence in character design, in color. 2. The Japanese did it best, stories were filled with so much dynamics and action. 3. I'll name some favorites- Akira, Ghost in the Machine, Ninja Scroll, Fist of the North Star, Jin Roh, Spriggan, Macross Plus, Robotech series and Starship Blazers. I could keep going but thats off the noggin.
Bonus: I'd have to say In comics the action I loved in drawings were insanely brought to life in Manga Anime. They both influenced growing up.
TOYSETC: ANY LAST WORDS FOR THE FANS?
ANGRYBEAR: Just thanks for all the support! If it weren't for y'all I wouldn't be able to share my works around the world. You guys rock!
Thanks to you Edward Kwan, I rarely enjoy interviews this one was awesome! -- (*beams with proud*)