Uncovered: The Custom Toys of Graffiti Artist HOAKSER
Based in Birmingham, full time graffiti artist, Hoakser, has gained a huge amount of attention in recent years for the wide and varied scope in which his art has been delivered. Primarily working with spray paints, Hoakser is a master in wild styles, dubs, hand styles and characters, with his creations featuring on walls, t-shirts, canvas work, magazines and one-off custom toy designs across the country.
Hoakser has worked for several major clients, including Raveology and The IRS, blending his love of old school graffiti, street and punk culture to create the beautifully witty art style that has garnered him so much attention.
Hoakser’s custom toy designs, in our opinion, are some of the biggest jewels in his crown; the latest CCTV custom Munny and Gundam Graffiti Bomber (both pictured) highlight the immense level of skill and attention to detail that’s lead to his name spreading like wild fire in the art toy industry.
Painted with a rusty metal finish, the 13cm tall Gundam custom replaces the robot’s original head with a New York fat cap. This ingenious one-off was available to purchase through Hoakser’s Big Cartel store for £29.99 plus p&p, but was quickly snapped up by the staff here at the Tru:Teknology Files the second we laid eyes on it! Fortunately, Hoakser has mentioned that he is open to making more in the future, so e-mail him directly here if your interested.
“This Gundam graff bomber was a self assembly figure on spruces, that I put together and slightly changed a while ago..He looked cool just undercoated in black, which is how he stayed until yesterday..Now with a rusty metal type paint job he looks ready to go bomb the system with his new york fatcap face.. Complete with a signed battle shield, this is a one off custom and my first one like it.. “
– Hoakser blog
Hoakser’s second new custom, the CCTV Munny, uses Kidrobot’s famed DIY toy to breathtaking effect. The suitably tarnished Munny features a CCTV camera for a head, replete with power cables and blinking lens. The one-off Munny custom will also be available through Hoakser’s BC store soon, so keep checking back regularly. The price for the toy is as yet unconfirmed.
“I handpainted him with acrylics, trying to make him look worn out from walkin the city streets.. I signed him, and put up my crew MDS which stands for many things.. a few of them “More Dedicated Studies” Most Dominant Style” in this case, with all the cameras around.. Most Dominant Speciez.”
– Hoakser talking to Toyz R Evil
Blue Gangster Qee Custom, 2011 (available at Hoakser’s store for £110)
Re-Cycled Can Project
As well as his awe inspiring custom art toys, Hoakser has also had commercial success through the on-going Re-cycled Can project. Using discarded spray cans as canvas’, Hoakser has created hundreds of mini works of art- their size and choice of materials making them accessible to even the poorest of art collectors.
Hoakser also offers a customisation service for his Re-cycled Can range, giving customers the chance to have their name, slogan or character realised in his beautifully old school technique at around £5.99 per can.
Hoakser’s One-Off T-Shirt Designs
Hoakser has also built up a strong reputation for his jaw dropping t-shirt designs. Always one-off creations, Hoakser has produced shirts for the likes of In Graffiti We Trust, Headrush and Hug Life. Check his Etsy shop here for an extensive range of the latest tees.