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In his first official event since being voted off a popular reality TV show, The Sucklord will offer for sale selections from a new body of work paying homage to the Occupy Wall Street movement.
What: The Sucklord presents OCCUPY CYBERTRON
Where: END OF CENTURY, 237 Eldridge Street, NY, NY 10002
When: December 7th, 2011: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
OCCUPY CYBERTRON will serve as the launch event for a new line of collectible “art toys” inspired by the Occupy Wallstreet Movement. On December 7th, the Sucklord, acting as the leader of the Decepticons, will defend his vast fortunes against a solidarity protest of Autobots, which represent the 99%, in a conceptual performance art piece that will “occupy” the End of Century retail space and gallery in New York City’s Lower East Side.
Longtime Sucklord co-conspirator The Crystal Pharoah will appear for a DJ set, and Beerlao has joined the cause as a drink sponsor.
According to The Sucklord,
“In the spirit of the 1% that an evil supervillain such as myself represents, I thought the timing was ripe for Suckadelic to appropriate the Occupy Wall Street movement for my own material gain… so I made action figures of the protesters and the masters of the universe who financially control them. They make great Christmas gifts.”
A small batch of limited edition OCCUPY CYBERTRON trading cards have been produced for the event by a collaboration between Suckadelic, Appro Nation (Creators of “The Art Hustle” contemporary art and artist trading cards) and Sidekick Media (manufacturer of the Suckadelic Suckpax trading card series).
A free pack of cards will be given to anyone who attends the event in a costume relevant to the theme. The Sucklord will also be offering a limited quantity of custom art toy action figures in 8”, 3 ¾” and 3” scales for sale.
Doktor A’s much anticipated show ‘Mr Whistlecraft’s Tarnished Daydreams’ is showing till the end of this month at Iksentrik in Bath. Just to whet your appetite we’ve been lucky enough to get pictures of the exhibition and have a chat with Ryan, the shop and gallery owner, about what it’s been like to put on the artist’s first solo show on home turf. (more…)
The piece is a 5” figurine named RPM. The blind boxed designs are as follows, The Anarchy Punk, The Super Hero, The Monster and The Let’s Party Bear (1500 each of the Punk/Hero/Monster and 500 Let’s Party) and they’ll be available on Record Store Day at participating record stores, comic shops and at the Coachella Music Festival.
Hit the jump for more info on Record Store Day..
We recently heard the sad news that Emma Wilkinson had passed away at the young age of 19 from a rare reaction to the Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV). Emma was the loving girlfriend of up and coming Manchester based illustrator Stickypop aka Matt Daniels.
Taken from Manchester Evening News website:
“Emma Wilkinson, 19, died less than two weeks after falling sick with the Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV), which lies dormant in most people.
The bug can cause glandular fever in patients, or mild flu-like symptoms.
But Emma’s mum has told how the bug triggered multiple organ failure in her daughter just 13 days after she was admitted to Tameside Hospital.”
Vinyl Abuse heard that Matt was going to hold an exhibition in memory of Emma and we wanted to help him out by promoting the event on our site! We’re really glad to see so many people are helping him out and taking part.
We got in touch with Matt to find out more!
The theme of the pieces is “Cats and Sailors” it’s something that Matt holds close to Emma as her favourite animals were cats which she adored and the sailors part came from her love for Swallows, Anchors and all things “sailorish”. The designers were also given a colour palette to stick to.
The reason behind the exhibit:
I’ve always said I want to do with something for charity, such as an exhibition show but I’ve never had any real reason for doing it, but with my girlfriend Emma recently passing away, I wanted to hold a night in memory of her to show everybody how much she meant to me and to have a really good night raising money for Francis House Hospice.
What made you come up with the idea for an exhibition?
At the end of June my girlfriend Emma was taken into hospital with the flu, but within hours of blood tests, drips and waiting she was rushing into intensive care. It actually turned out to be a virus called Epstein-Barr virus which is glandular fever, but a higher risk version of it. Sadly 2 weeks in intensive care she passed away through her organs shutting down from this virus which is a very rare reaction.
I wanted to do something special in memory of her as 3 months ago, I was packing in illustration, I didn’t feel I was getting anywhere, I just felt like nobody took me seriously, but Emma told me to carry on with it as it’s how she remembered me, what she loved about me, so I decided to show how I stuck with it through everything, I’m holding this exhibition in memory of her. The exhibition is called Squiddles as it was the nickname I gave to Emma which she loved.
How did you go about getting people to take part?
I had a few people in mind already so it was a case of emailing them to see if they’d be up for creating a piece but I had the feeling a lot of people would be too busy to take part as it’s something they’re doing for free to help raise money but as soon as they heard the news, I had a huge stack of people wanting to be involved! Originally I planned 10 pieces to be created but I’ve had to stretch it to 15 and other illustrations have donated pieces to the show to auction/raffle off.
Place, date and time for the event:
The exhibition will be on the 18th September at the Walrus Bar in Manchester (Northern Quarter) between 3:00pm – 9:30pm.
78-88 High Street
Who is taking part / shout outs?
There are so many talented people involved but a few illustrations include Aaron Miller, Superfex, Jam Factory, TADO, Matt Taylor, Katari plus many more fantastic people! I’d like to thank Aaron Miller a lot for taking the time out of his busy life to keep checking up on Emma’s progress and to see how I’m going on, he’s been a massive help! Big thanks to him! As well Jake Ivill for meeting up in Manchester with me, checking up to see how Emma was going on, again thanks to him!
Manchester based cupcake company Oh Crumbs! Cupcakes will be donating some of their delicious treats for the exhibition and will be staying with the theme of the event!
How many of each piece will be available?
There are 15 artists involved with a limited print run of 15 for each piece. Although I have very exclusive prints send by the wonderful TADO, which are a limited run of 30, hand printed Gocco prints!
How much will the prints and t-shirts be on sale for?
The prints will be on a minimum donation of £10 each, if someone would like to donate more to the charity then they can do! The TADO prints will be a minimum donation of £5 each.
Manchester screen printers One69A have kindly donated some Squiddles T-Shirts for the event which will be £15 each with a limited run of 20 T-Shirts!
Where will the money made from the exhibition go to?
I originally wanted the money to go to something related to Emma’s illness but because of how rare the virus was, there wasn’t anything around to donate to. The money will be going to Francis House Hospice who are a great children’s hospice, I chose Francis House due to Emma adoring young children and helping out children has always been something I’d like to do.
A short background about yourself:
I’m a 19 year old freelance Illustrator from Manchester. I’ve studied Graphic Illustration, Applied Art & Design as well as a pre-degree foundation Art Course. I’m planning to hopefully become full time freelance with my own brand as a side project called Squiddles which is in memory of Emma as it was her nickname from me.
Vinyl Abuse will be attending to support this great cause and we look forward to meeting those involved and all the people who will be there showing their support!
For those that didn’t know, we have recently set up a Vinyl Abuse Flickr Group for everyone to share their photos!
“Jats Gill, the man behind the UK’s newest vinyl toy company ‘Bitbots‘ asked me if I’d be part of the launch event of their first toy ‘Jinny’ by customizing a blank version for the show! It’s been a while since I’ve customized a toy but I gave it a shot! As I always tend to do with customs, I have a thing for pulling the head off and turning it upside down – I’m glad I did, as it made me think of a bird of prey, with it’s beak poking out.
I got out the milliput and sculpted a ‘lip’ around the bottom of the head, so it looked like a military helmet with the beak poking out as well as smoothing over the top where the hole was and voila, it was ready to sand down and paint.
Using a nice chrome for the helmet and a olive green for the body, all that was left was to try my hand at dry-brushing, giving the helmet and body a bit of a rusted feel! And voila, what you see above is the finished thing, I call him “General Ruffles III”. You can check out what the original looks like here.
Thanks to Jats at Bitbots and all the best with the launch, always good to support homegrown british tings!”
Nice work Gavin! We can’t wait to see the other customs that will be appearing at the show!
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Also special prices on all vinyl in the gallery. We are once again really excited for the release of what looks to be one of the best Dunny Series in a long time. So don’t hesitate and get to the gallery for the release. Doktor A will also be in attendance.
Entry is free but we have limited giveaways so arrive in good time.
Entering the Bitbots forest, a place of transformative magic and danger which conjures ideas of mythological modern day creatures, visitors will encounter the Jinny series. Offering imagined fables with twisted morals, Jinny and the custom designs invoke the promiscuous origins of money, sex and power. Each character, representing these ideals through divergent creativity, explores the disorientation and the failing ethics of the current global forest.
Showcasing the imaginative artwork of emerging as well as established artists such as Triclops Studio, Doktor A and Jon Burgerman, the exhibition offers a select opportunity to engage with over forty commissioned custom designs. Interfusing fun and unique designs with UK artistic talent, this exclusive launch provides a limited opportunity to collect Jinny Series Zero. Expect to be bewitched and surprised in the Bitbots forest filled with distinctive vinyl art toys, custom designs, animations, posters, badges and much more!
Vinyl Abuse will be popping down to get full coverage of the launch party. Also, stay tuned for future updates and features regarding Bitbots toys in the coming weeks.
The 1st is the Yeti Ninja variant – Beach Edition (Top)
“The popular yet misunderstood Yeti Ninja is back in a San Diego appropriate variant – the Beach Bum. This Yeti has found refuge on the beaches of a vast high-altitude lake near the top of Mount Feroshi. Sadly, his snow friend Rawr melted in the hot sun, but this Yeti Ninja used his smarts to create an all-new friend out of sand. Sand Rawr comes with the Beach Bum edition of the Yeti Ninja.”
This guy measures 7″ x 7″ plush complete with accessory and will be a limited run of 50 pieces, all will be signed and numbered.
Price: $45 USD available exclusively from Kidrobot.
The 2nd is the Yeti Ninja variant – Midnight Edition
“Cue death metal soundtrack… the Midnight edition of the Yeti Ninja has entered the room! This Yeti doesn’t enjoy the sandy beaches or the snowy slopes – instead he finds a nice dark coal-filled cave far away from his Yeti brethren. Thing is, we’re not sure if Cave Rawr is, in fact, coal or simply blackened snow. Thoughts?”
This guy also measures 7″ x 7″ plush complete with accessory and will be a limited run of 50 pieces, all will be signed and numbered.
Price: $45 USD available exclusively from Rotofugi.
The 3rd and final release is the Trees of Doom! Battle Pack
“You’ve played the hit iPhone game and have cursed the Flying Devils. Perhaps you’re now playing as the Anti-Ninja. Whatever the case, this Battle Pack gives you both a pocket-sized version of the Flying Devil and an Anti-Ninja plush.”
Both pieces are hand made each measuring 4″ x 4″, limited to 100 pieces these will come with a signed and numbered tag.
Price: $35 USD per pack available exclusively from DKE Toys.
What a stunning bunch of exclusives! I’d be waiting at the Rotofugi booth for the super cool Midnight Yeti Ninja!
Head down to SHO BCN and check out their shop!
SHO BCN, S.C.P.
Travessera de Gracia, 163
08012 Barcelona – Spain
Opening Party: Saturday May 22, 7-10PM
MF Gallery: 213 Bond St. Brooklyn, NY 11217
MF Gallery is excited to present: “I Need Your Skull”, In this show, over 30 international artists were asked to present a piece depicting a human skull… All the money raised from sales of the skull art will be used to build a giant skull on the facade of the MF Gallery building.
The artists include: Jenny Bird Alcantara, Annie Aube, Nicoz Balboa, Dave Brockie, Candy, Fernando Carpaneda, Gene Coffey, Matt Dickson, Dennis Dread, Kirsten Flaherty, Heather Gargon, Christina Graf, Guicho, Jenny Harada, Death Head, Scott Holloway, Lance Laurie, Abe Lincoln Jr., Mike Maas, Drew Maillard, Sarah Antoinette Martin, Angie Mason, Dennis McNett, Rodrigo Melo, MCA, Munk One, Gilbert Oh, Chris Peters, Porkchop, Riot Queer, Ed Repka, Lou Rusconi, Frank Russo, John Russo, Martina Secondo Russo, Chad Savage, Anna Semenova, Joe Simko, James Wrona, Genevive Zacconi & More…