Toronto based Laird Henderson aka Big Trubble has teamed up with established local street artist Anser for the release of the Painted Face resin sculpture! Based on the artist’s reoccurring character of the same name, the stunning 6″ tall piece was sculpt, moulded and cast in resin by Laird, with the finishing line work rather aptly handed over to Anser. Mimicking the way in which the iconic face is never drawn the same way twice (check out some examples on Anser’s IG feed here), the edition of 30 figures have each been produced in a one-off, never to be repeated tint, coming with a stackable top and bottom for easy multiple display. Priced at $300 a piece, the Painted Faces will be making their debut at Anser’s “Crowded Kingdom” show, touching down at the #Hashtag Gallery, 801 Dundas St. W. Toronto, on Thursday, February 27th. Head over to the gallery’s site here for more information on the exhibition…
First off, we’d like to give a massive thanks to everyone who bought and supported the Lost “Dia de los Muertos” Resin Skulls release last week. As our first handmade resin figure, we were kind of nervous as to what you guys would think, so it’s been great to of had such a positive response. As mentioned in our previous posts, only 25 of the 50 skulls made it to the shop, whilst the others were held back for random “street art” style drops over the next couple of weeks… with the first batch of 8 descending upon London this afternoon! Dropped at various cultural hotspots around Covent Garden and Carnaby Street, all bar 2 (that found homes at both Kidrobot LDN and Playlounge!) were revealed through both our Instagram and Twitter feeds at various points in the day. Below are the 6 that got placed, can you guess where they are? (hints on @trutek Instagram!)
We still have another 17 skulls left to drop, so be sure to stay tuned for the whereabouts of our next location! Don’t fancy your chances? Then head over to the MAN-E-TOYS store, where we still have a couple left in stock for just $14 shipped!! We also have a super-limited run in the works (brains and colour changing resin anyone?!), so expect more news soon…
Featured here in the Tru:Teknology Files back at the beginning of last month, graffiti artist-cum-toy customiser Hoakser has been hard at work sine our last look into his art; opening his first solo show, working on several inspired pieces, and gaining recognition from the likes of leading art toy bloggers ToysREvil and Spanky Stokes for his amazing customs.
(Hoakser Gundam Fatcap Customs)
After the overwhelming interest in his first Gundam Fatcap custom, Hoakser has since gone on to finish another 3 5″ models, and one giant size (pictured top), which can still be purchased through his store here.
We were lucky enough to catch up with the man himself to talk graffiti, toys, and the future of the original Hoakser…
First off, what got you into graffiti, and art in general? Is there anyone in particular that has had a major influence on your work?
I’ve been into art for as long as I can remember, and have been scribbling since I’ve known how… My dad used to draw a bit… He would sketch characters, the main ones I remember were of Vikings and rabbits, and as a kid that fascinated me. My dad is also a keen photographer, and used to develop his own photographs, so I must have got my creative genes from him I guess.
As a kid, colouring books kept me busy for hours. My mom told me recently that one Christmas when I was really young, I was unwrapping my presents and one of the first things was a colouring book and some felts, happy enough I stopped unwrapping the rest of my presents, and started colouring in a page. Looking back I’ve always been about colours and characters… blame the parents…
The day I found graffiti happened purely by chance… I went round to my friends house, but he wasn’t in. I was walking to a phone box to phone him and on my way bumped into 2 friends I hadn’t seen for a while. They had recently started doing graff and were out to go and look at some new pieces.. I went with them and couldn’t believe what I saw… They took me to our old “legal” walls, in Sellyoak Birmingham, (which was shut down and made illegal a few years ago,) there were pieces everywhere…T-BONE, ZOOKI, ROME, CREM.KORSA, CRYSE, FKS crew were the names that stood out to me that day- I knew I wanted to have a go myself, so I started learning, became obsessed and haven’t looked back since…
As all graff artists start off… I was a toy!!… There’s a lot of work that goes into understanding how to give letters style (all 26 of them) and make them your own. Until you do graff, you’d never realise there’s so much to it…
It all amazed me, and there’s so much to learn… things like making your own style, how to connect letters, making them flow, how to put on 3d’s and highlights, what colours go together, what brand of paints to use, what nozzles to use for certain effects, how to have a nice handstyle, being able to do dubs, throwups, wildstyles, characters, backgrounds… The more you learn the deeper the rabbit hole gets, and the more skilled you get the more possibilities you have of what to paint…
“Quick freestyled chameleon around Fluid.. Painted using loads of scraps, with a little hoakser piece running down his back and some dinner flying around..”
How did the art-toy aspect of your work come about? We’re you already a follower of the scene, or was it just a natural progression for your art?
My first introduction to the vinyl toy scene was seeing a SKET ONE heinz ketchup dunny. I thought it was cool… I was into his graffiti anyway, I’d seen him on walls ( via the internet) with the rest of HI crew, who I got a lot of my early inspiration from… Shouts to KEPH, REO, RAGE, and SAVAGER!!
After an ebay search I found a blank munny for sale and bought it so I could paint it… I enjoyed it, I’ve still got him, and wanted to do another… They aren’t the cheapest things to buy, and as graffiti was already what most of my time and money went on, progress was slow… I hadn’t really looked into how big the scene was until recently… I kept painting a few here and there in between, but that was mainly for something different to do other than paint, draw characters or write letters…
Late last year I was asked to be part of the HMQ project by a nice guy called Dan Perry. He had seen some of my munnys and invited me in. The brief was to customise a QEE bear with a heavy metal interpretation, hence HMQ – HEAVY METAL QEE…
Before that I had been working with air dry clay, trying to teach myself how to make my characters into models… just for me, and because it was something different to do… I decided to try and make a Heavy Metal Mick-Qee with my new skills- Mickey mouse in the style of Eddie from Iron Maiden. I’d never tried anything like that before, and I liked how it came out…that gave me a bit more insight into the toy scene.
I still haven’t took half the time I would have liked to get to know it better, but graffiti, and trying to earn money already keeps me far too busy.. I have met some cool people so far, and I have plans to do some collaboration work with a few of them… I guess it’s been a natural but slow progression, due to lack of funds and time spent elsewhere but there’ll definitely always another toy coming soon…
How did your recent graffiti vs art exhibition go? Could you tell us a little bit about it?
My first exhibition, went better than I’d hoped… It was a bit short notice, I only had a few weeks to prepare, and as I have no staff, not much money and limited space, all of this was a big challenge…
I called it Graffiti vs Art because I have a range of old paintings and prints which I have either vandalised or added to… for example Whistlers mother with a bandana and a spray can sat in front of a Hoaks throw up… I had a whole wall of those, a few originals and prints. I also had a longer wall of most of my other works, most of them created within a 2 week gap- plenty of late nights spent framing, painting and all the rest of it… I also included some of my dad’s photographs, digitally “Hoakser vandalised”, a collaboration I painted with ANNABELDEVETTEN.COM, and a piece by FLUID and myself…
We had Hoakser cakes courtesy of THE CAKE CONJURER and BOUTIQUE BAKING… I had a show of toys and sculpts on display too… The open night ran smoothly thanks to my good friend Little A of AVA EVENT STYLING, who made it easy for me being my agent and organiser for the night… She did a brilliant job!
It was a massive learning experience, seeing the work that needs to go into putting on a bigger show. Something I’d like to do one day…
What are your plans for the future? Would you ever consider working on original toys based on your various characters?
Plans for the future are difficult to say. Like most in my circle, I’m always restricted by money. I have to keep painting walls, developing my style and skills. That’s a definite…
I’ve got a project I’ve been working on and is almost ready, I just need money for it- this sort of combines both my love of graffiti and toys together, and pretty much all the skills I’ve learnt in between. Hopefully I’ll be able to do that early next year..
Graffiti is good for work ethic- it keeps me constantly changing and developing, in as many ways as possible, just to get my name up in some way or another, on any surface… I’m proud of what I’ve achieved so far, and every now and then (like doing this interview), it makes me think about how far I’ve come, how much time I’ve devoted to it, and what I’m capable of…
Hopefully next year when I turn the dreaded 30 I’ll find a way to make it all work out… it’s been a struggle so far…
“This piece was painted on a windy sunday morning. I only had about one and a half cans of paint, and some emulsion to use, so I got out of bed and dropped this sketchy one that reads hoaks.. Meek and Fluid were painting to my left..”
Any last words?
I appreciate people even taking the time to read this, and especially Niall for putting this together. It’s nice to know that some of what I do gets seen and appreciated…
Follow Hoakser on twitter @hoaksergraffiti to stay up to date on his latest works and releases. His extensive portfolio can be found at his site here, whilst his one toy creations, prints and paintings can be purchased through Big cartel here.
Drawing to a close yesterday, the world famous Sarasota Chalk Festival featured over 250 artists across seven days, all proudly working in the versatile yet evanescent medium of chalk.
Entering in the festival’s newly formed ‘3D Pavement Art’ segment, Dutch collective ‘Planet Streetpainting’ stole the show with their witty piece, the ‘3D Lego Army’. Inspired by China’s Terracotta Army, the team replaced the soldiers with several iconic Lego designs, working their trademark 3D magic to breathtaking effect.
Using a chalk grid (pictured) and some clever geometry, the Planet Streetpainting crew are able to create the sense of added depth and perspective on any 2D plain. A technique born from American artist Kurt Wenner’s experiments with anamorphism in the 80’s, the so-called ‘anamorphic’ style has seen a massive resurgence in recently years, largely down to groups like ‘Planet’.
Art director, Leon Keer, has pioneered this style within the street art community, with the collective’s work featuring across the world at many different festivals and exhibitions. Here are a few of their most recent projects, with words from Keer himself…
Netherlands 3D Street Painting Event
First 3d street painting that has been made to be viewed from 3 different view points. From 3 different angles you can see a different 3d illusion within the same picture. The painting was made during the first 3d street painting event in The Netherlands. To start the new cultural season of Lelystad, a total of 9 streetpaintings were made in and around Lelystad by several International madonnari. With Tony Cuboliquido, Melanie Stimmell Van Latum, Juandrés Vera, Gregor Wosik, Marion Ruthardt, Remko van Schaik, Ruben Poncia and Leon Keer…
Stoppelhaene Festival, Raalte
During the famous Stoppelhaene Festival in Raalte, Planet Streetpainting were invited to make 2 large 3d street paintings. Leon Keer, Peter Westerink, Ruben Poncia and Remko van Schaik made this 3d street art by painting an underground parking garage with an escalator and and a subway with station clock.
Dublin Chalk Festival
The first chalk festival in Ireland was organized by diffusion events on 20th and 21st of august 2011 in Dun Laoghaire Dublin. Leon Keer and Remko van Schaik were invited to make a 3d street painting. The result is a surreal landscape with some strange flying objects.
For more information on the collective’s work, check their web page here.
Opening this Friday evening (October 21st) at the Opera Gallery, NYC, ‘Life Cycles’ is the latest exhibition by the infamous street art crew, Trustocorp. Featuring the group’s larger-than-life approach across film, painting and interactive sculpture, Life Cycles is set to be their most ambitious project to date.
“After a long summer of highly publicized, illegal street projects ranging from fake bus stop ads for ‘The Real Housewives of Baghdad’ to illegal billboards for ‘Drive Thru Lipo Suction’, the anonymous art collective brings their work in doors for a more in depth look at their p…erspective on the state of American culture. The exhibition examines the experience of growing up and dying American with four installations representing childhood, puberty, adulthood and death. With the American Life Cycle as a jump off point, TrustoCorp brandishes satire and criticism through a range of over 50 works including stained glass windows, giant board games, kiddie rides, fortune tellers and vintage arcade games.”
-Life Cycle press
Forming shortly after the 2008 Presidential election, Trustocorp quickly gained notoriety by making and installing illegal political and satirical street signs across 13 of the US’ major cities. Once word was out about the crew’s intentions, Trustocorp was able to recruit a large following of volunteers, who actively install, paste and spread their socially conscious work and ideas across the country.
Having conquered the street, Trustocorp have been working on several different projects leading up to Life Cycles, including illegally ‘shop-dropped’ fake products (pictured), fake tabloid magazines and illegal billboard post-ups. Their latest efforts have caused quite a stir in the mainstream media, with features on the likes of ABC, Fox and BBC World News.
Alongside the massive undertaking of the Life Cycles show, Trustocorp have also been working closely with Everlast on the video for their latest single, ‘I Get By’. Featuring the masked artists at work across New York City’s streets, the film sees them spraying, painting and installing their infamous signs- at one point directly in front of the NYPD! Check out the video below.
Everlast feat.Trustocorp- I Get By [Music Video] 2011
Life Cycles- New Works by TrustoCorp
OPERA GALLERY NEW YORK
115, Spring Street
NEW YORK NY 10012 – USA
October 21st – November 11th 2011
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.