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THE VINYL FRONTIER indie kid … Whether you’re a Goth, punk or old school rock whether skate decks, manga or have noticed floats your boat, you can’t fail to that draws its the rise of the art-toy. It’s a scene eet style and - like inspiration from body art and str oros - increasingly some ever-hungry Worm of Ourob and designers. feeds back into work of tattooists

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Michael Lau is the acknowledged Godfather of the ‘urban vinyl’ but let’s get one thing straight: he doesn’t make action figures. His work isn’t based on characters from films. They're not maquettes or scale models. You won't find any lifelike hair or gripping hands here. It's this that’s made the work of Michael - and others like him - not only distinctive but downright desirable. It's also made it difficult to categorise. Are urban vinyls art or toys? The

truth is, a bit of both. By placing bold, colourful figures, made from 'throw-away' materials into galleries vinyl artists, like tattooists before them, have challenged the concept of what qualifies as art. They’ve also proved that toy collectors are interested in more than just points of articulation. It’s thanks to artists like Michael that memorabilia stores now look like mini art installations. It all began back in the late ‘90s when Michael Lau was asked to produce a cover for the “hysteria

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Michael Lau: Original Gardner figures. “Every Gardner is based on a real person.”

rock band” Anodize. “I've always loved toys, especially GI Joe, but couldn't afford to buy them” he says. “Then in 1998, Anodise were looking for new ideas for a CD cover. So we sat down together and thought maybe it would be interesting make the whole band as toy figures and take photos of them. That was the start.” Michael had made one-off pieces for friends before but this was the first time he'd shared his

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Skin Shots International is a sister title to Skin Deep, which is meant as a reference magazine featuring top quality tattoo work from aroun...