Revealed last week (here), we are proud to announce that our first self produced resin figure, the Lost “Dia de los Muertos” Skulls, will be hitting the newly opened MAN-E-TOYS store at 8pm (London time) tonight for just $14 shipped WORLDWIDE! Limited to an edition of 50 (with 25 available in-store), the series features a mixture of one-off customs, limited runs, and the highly sought after “Mystery Skull”! Drop us an e-mail at email@example.com with any queries…
“100% hand made by MAN-E-TOYS editor/writer, Tru:Tek, the first batch of DDLM Skulls will be limited to just 50 pieces, with 25 heading to the store for a very reasonable $14 shipped (worldwide), and 25 getting the “random drop” treatment around some of the UK’s cultural hotspots (London, Nottingham and Bristol will be hit first!). We will be giving clues as to the whereabouts of these figures on our Twitter and Instagram feeds, so stay tuned in the coming weeks to be in with a chance of grabbing yours…
Out of the 50 randomly assorted skulls on offer, 25 have been made using a special blend of aluminium and resin (including 5 Terminator customs), giving the figures a cold touch, 50% more weight and a shine like no other resin figure we’ve seen before! 10 one-off hand painted pieces will also be joining the fray, alongside the elusive Crimson and Frozen Tears, plus a super rare 1/1 Mystery edition- which one will you get?!!”
If you’ve been following us on Twitter or Instagram (@trutek) over the last couple of weeks, you may have noticed a few shots of our latest resin project, the Lost “Dia de los Muertos” Skulls… well today we’ve finally decided to give you guys the lowdown, with 2 massive points we have to get off our chest before we start- first off, half of them will be free (yes, FREE!), and secondly, the rest will be hitting the store before next month’s Min-E-Face and ‘Ed Skworm release- EXCITING!!!
100% hand made by MAN-E-TOYS editor/writer, Tru:Tek, the first batch of DDLM Skulls will be limited to just 50 pieces, with 25 heading to the store for a very reasonable £8 shipped (worldwide), and 25 getting the “random drop” treatment around some of the UK’s cultural hotspots (London, Nottingham and Bristol will be hit first!). We will be giving clues as to the whereabouts of these figures on our Twitter and Instagram feeds, so stay tuned in the coming weeks to be in with a chance of grabbing yours…
Out of the 50 randomly assorted skulls on offer, 25 have been made using a special blend of aluminium and resin (including 5 Terminator customs), giving the figures a cold touch, 50% more weight and a shine like no other resin figure we’ve seen before! 10 one-off hand painted pieces will also be joining the fray, alongside the elusive Crimson and Frozen Tears, plus a super rare 1/1 Mystery edition- which one will you get?!!
We’re planning on dropping these guys in the shop next Monday (May 14th), but for now, here’s the ratio card to whet your appetite…
E-mail Tru:Tek directly at firstname.lastname@example.org with any enquiries/pre-order requests…
Often heralded as the centre for UK street art, Bristol has been home to some of the UK’s leading graffiti artists including Inkie, 3D, and Banksy. With the art form’s legitimacy in the media ever increasing, local crew Team Love organised the ‘See No Evil’ block party, one of the world’s largest scale urban art festivals, right in the middle of the city.
The three day art and music exhibition featured a long list of artists including New York based muralists, the Tats Cru, whose aerosol based work is said to have ‘changed the perception of graffiti as art’, and LA artist El Mac, whose photo realistic work is prolific across every continent. As well as the US contingent, artists from France, Holland, Spain and Brazil, alongside a raft of homegrown artists including Inkie, Zeus and Nick Walker, also brought their own unique styles to the city.
Unable to make the event last month, we decided to take a short trip to Bristol to have a close-up look at the art that still saturates the city’s creative hub, Nelson street. Here’s a quick run down of a few of the event’s main artists/pieces that we found;
Meulman aka Shoe
Born in Amsterdam in 1967, Niels Meulman is an internationally known artist, designer, and art director. Meulman began tagging in 1979 and became a graffiti legend by the time he was 18.
Known as ‘Shoe’ within the graffiti community, his work evolved into a business for lettering, furthering his technique by apprenticing under the Dutch graphic design master, Anthon Beeke.
Widely acclaimed, Meulman’s designs and artwork are in the permanent collections of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Amongst his essential works are a signature shoe design for the British sports brand, Umbro; the re-styling of the Dutch television channel TMF; calligraphy for Bols Genever; the Christel Palace logo that was awarded by the Art Directors Club New York; a line of luxury silk scarves for his label Unruly and of course the glossy Calligraffiti pieces.
His piece for See No Evil (pictured below), is a perfect example of the ‘calligraffiti’ style, harnessing intricate patterns and beautifully organic script to devastating effect.
Not all of the street art featured in the festival was paint based; this piece, from an unknown artist, originally featured two giant eyes nestled in it’s branches, turning this sweater wearing tree into a ‘Jim Henson’ inspired monster.
Born in Los Angeles in 1980 to an engineer and an artist, Mac has been creating and studying art independently since childhood. His primary focus has been the lifelike rendering of human faces and figures.
Mac focus’ primarily on creating public art, painting photo realistic canvases, and evolving his delicate brushwork style. His intent is to uplift and inspire through careful, perfectionist renderings of both the sublime and the humble. His entry for See No Evil, an epic mural of a mother and child (pictured below), was one of the festivals largest pieces at over four stories high. Check the YouTube video for a time-lapse of the piece being created.
Bio and the Tats Cru
Wilfredo “Bio” Feliciano born April 20th, 1966 in New York started his artistic career in the early eighties at the height of the New York City subway graffiti movement.Thirty years later he is considered to be one of the top stylists and letter masters throughout the movement worldwide. Known for his many letter styles, complex and intricate wild styles, as well as his explosive use of colors, Bio is a true master of ‘New York’ style painting.
Wilfredo “Bio” Feliciano is also a founding member of the world famous art collective known as Tats Cru “The Mural Kings”, originally known as TAT Cru founded by Brim, Mack and Bio in the eighties. The Tats Cru continue to be a major force in the advancement of graffiti art both commercially and artistically. Tats Cru’s current active members are Hector “Nicer” Nazario, Sotero “Bg183” Ortiz, Raoul “How” Perre, Davide “Nosm” Perre and Totem2.
Creating one of See No Evil’s standout pieces (pictured below), Tats Cru’s blend of eye popping colours, wild style lettering, and old school character design really does have to be seen to be believed. Measuring at around 40 feet wide, this was one of the biggest crew collaborations at the event. More photos of the piece can be found at our Flickr page.
Check our YouTube slideshow featuring the best art from the See No Evil festival here.
Street Art in Stokes Croft
Walking 5 minutes out of the city centre takes you to Stokes Croft, home to yet another massive collection of Bristol’s world renowned street art. Back in our very first post in May we covered a mural the legendary artist Buff Monster had created in the area, so we took the opportunity to go and see the work in person. The bright pink landscape (pictured below) looked beautiful against the surrounding white-washed houses- if only everywhere had the same tolerance to graffiti and street art, the world would be a much more colourful and interesting place to live!
Inspired by Katsushika Hokusai’s Japanese wave paintings, this piece, painted on a house by an unknown artist, sits across from Buff Monster’s mural. Stokes Croft’s open-mindedness towards graffiti is truly astonishing; this has to be the first time we’ve ever witnessed so many permanent pieces in one residential area!
Check out the YouTube slideshow of the various pieces we found in Stokes Croft.