Wednesday, July 28, 2010
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Friday, May 21, 2010
A pic from a meet-up in Tokyo with the mighty Yo Miyamoto. Yo helps many, many small-batch toy makers and artists in Tokyo and the U.S. and is one of the hardest-working dudes in the kaiju world. He's also fluent in English and has played a massive role in translating Volume 2. We've heard Lamour Supreme call him the "toy whisperer," and we're stoked to call him an honorary Toypunk. Yo rules.
We also brought with us the raw sculpture of Toypunks mascot, based on Mike Giant's illustration, to show Yo. Here's a pic of the parts, neatly placed inside of a foam-padded hardcase!
Friday, May 14, 2010
This is a pic of the Death Climax Space Troopers samples that we got to pull from the iron molds at Obitsu factory while filming in Tokyo.You'll see how vinyl toys are made in Vol. 2. Huge thanks go to Kajimoto-San and Obitsu-San for this rare opportunity. We look forward to seeing you again!
The mold for the head of the toy. So rad!
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Hiddy Kinoshita of Secret Base and Hiroaki Shitano of Whiz Ltd. relax after a shoot for Toypunks Vol. 2, in which the two discuss fashion, toys and their collaborative releases. This was shot at the Whiz showroom in Tokyo in late '08. Check it in Vol. 2, coming this October!
Monday, May 3, 2010
We'd like to thank Nikolai Stankiewicz of Club Bounch for the recent interview. In his questions, he mentioned a Bounty Hunter one-off vinyl that was spotted in Toypunks Vol. 1. Here's the still for the fans! This was taken inside of Hiddy Kinoshita's office during a shoot in 2008. Thank you, Nikolai.
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Filmed in October 2008 at the master painter Hiroshi Goto's tiny home-workspace in Tokyo. In our film, we will show the connections and differences between the master craftsmen of Goto's generation with artists and designers from the modern street scene. A very special thanks to Mr. Mark Nagata and Yo Miyamoto for helping to set up this particular shoot.
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Toypunks' translator Carl Wormley gets scholarly on our iterview with the president of Obitsu toy factory in Japan. On screen: Mr. Obitsu drops science on why his factory's craftsmen are the best on Earth. It was later that same day in late 2008 in Tokyo that we were shown how to mix vinyl and pull toys from iron molds--a half-century-old tradition in Japan that may fade away after Obitsu's generation of toy makers are gone.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
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Here's a shot of creative director, Endo Noriaki, of Tokyo fashion brand Devilock at the unveiling of last spring's line in Tokyo. Thank you very much, Endo! Look out for footage from the show and a full interview with Endo in Toypunks Vol. 2!
Friday, February 26, 2010
Tokyo street-fashion brand Doarat has been doing it for a decade-plus, killing it with designs born from owner Kenji-san's wild imagination. On a walk through Harajuku's back alleys, guided by Secret Base owner Hiddy Kinoshita, the Toypunks crew caught up with Kenji at his office to talk vinyl and gear. Check it in Toypunks Vol. 2!
Kenji is mad cool and was a great host. Thank you, Kenji and Hiddy!
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Undergound Japanese toy maker Rumble Monsters is interviewed in Toypunks Vol. 2, which we are now back to editing after getting several toy projects off the ground via Reckless. Owner and creator Wakahara-san talks inspiration -- 50s rock and roll and the subversiveness of monsters -- at Tokyo art gallery, The Ghetto. Thank you, Wakahara-san!