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FOR INSTANCE IS A PICKLEBABY WorldMags.net PERSONAL HYBRIDIZATION OF CUTSIE JAPANESE FOOD BASED TOYS, ALIEN, AND GIANT MONSTERS LIKE GODZILLA design to focus on fine art and mural work. His art often has graffiti and tattoo-esque motifs. “I like”, he says, “organic shapes and beautiful colour combinations. With the vinyl toys I created (Dunny, Munny, Fat Cap, Thundermutt etc.), we were literally designing tattoo style paint designs for them. In fact, I would love to learn how to tattoo. I think it’s a timeless art.” Unlike plastic, soft vinyl has a beautiful matte quality, which gives it a delicate feel. It also happens to be relatively inexpensive, which is an important consideration for independent artists. Tristan: “I feel so lucky to have been a major part of the art-toy movement. It brought my art to the world and even got me into the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection! At the same time, it helped other artists’

careers as well. It’s such a crazy phenomenon and I love that that’s still going strong.”

LEECIFER Originally from Southern California, Lee ‘Leecifer’ Gajda grew up in a backwoods town in central Ohio where he spent much of his formative years testing his ability to be excommunicated by the Lutheran Church. Tattooing has always been a big influence on his work. In fact, he’s dipped his own fingers into the inky blackness on occasion. Lee: “I should point out in regards to tattooing, that I haven't done it in more than 20 years and - truth be known - I didn't stick with it long enough to be any good. I'm sure I gave plenty of artists cover up business! However I have designed flash and have had some of my own designs tattooed on me by Jon Highland of 12 Monkeys.” Leecifer’s sublime sculpts are inspired by a riot of cultural mashups: tattoos, hotrods, graffiti, gig posters, B-movie aliens and a dash of vintage kaiju. He works in both vinyl and resin, designing his own figures as well as pieces for other artists. “Inspiration comes

Leecifer: Aqua Gammy. Lee: “Gammy is obviously based on Gamera, although even as a little kid I used to draw turtles walking on two hind legs. He's yet to be produced in vinyl as I make them all out of resin.”

from all over for me”, he says. “I often find myself drawn to weird textures and shapes. A slightly desiccated orange, a rusty panel on an ancient pickup truck, the pads on a dog’s foot …PickleBaby for instance is a personal hybridization of cutsie Japanese food based toys, Alien, and giant monsters like Godzilla. The Honoo or Flame Spirit was a fun collaborative piece based on my sketches and produced in vinyl by Super7.” Sublimely textured, with multilayered hues, tints and colours, Leecifer’s work represents urban vinyl at its most eclectic and irreverent. ‘It is” Lee comments “my very own fucked up vision of urban contemporary art.”

DAVE PRESSLER “When I was a kid I so badly wanted human skull …” . Dave Pressler is taking about what

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Dave Pressler: Monster and Robot.

Leecifer: PickleBaby Albino Cyclops.

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