Saturday, December 27, 2008

Toypunks Vol. 2: Endo Noriaki of Devilock!

On our recent Tokyo trip to film Toypunks Vol. 2, we were stoked to interview Endo Noriaki, producer of Devilock clothing. Not only has Devilock been creating finely crafted men's fashion since 1996, they were there for the birth of the street toy scene and, well before that, Endo was in the hardcore punk band, GMF. We talk roots, inspiration and what Devilock has planned for the future in this interview. Endo is a supercool, laid-back guy with a fascinating perspective. Please look forward to hearing about his and Devilock's history in Vol. 2. Thank you so much, Endo!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Usugrow's Salvation Ink: Updated!

At a cafe in Tokyo with the Secret Base crew, company owner Hiddy Kinoshita brought out this early wax sculpture and proto sketches of Japanese artist Usugrow's upcoming toy, Salvation Ink. While there were still adjustments to be made to the final sculpture before it would be cast in vinyl, the piece looks phenomenal. Later that week we'd interview Usugrow (pictured) in a park in his hometown, as he shared his inspiration for the Salvation Ink and talked about his roots in underground art, hardcore punk and metal. Thank you Usugrow and Hiddy!

Usugrow's Salvation Ink released on Christmas Eve at the Secret Base shop in Tokyo. The toy is available in both black and white colorways. The last two photos in this post show the finished product--pulled directly from Hiddy's blog. The piece looks amazing. Check it out at!