Beyond the Cover: Ed Templeton
As an artist and skater growing up in Southern California, I’ve known of Ed Templeton for almost 25 years. Initially discovering Ed’s work through his early graphics for New Deal and Toy Machine Skateboards, like countless other kids, I have been inspired and motivated by his lifestyle, as well as his art.May 02, 2016
Balloon Animal Innards
Jason Freeny has wowed us before with his toy series articulating the anatomical insides of Micky, Hello Kitty, Yoshi and other beloved cartoons. Now he’s taken on a balloon animals, creating transparent plastic shells that mimic the sausage-like shapes of a twisted (no pun intended) dog.March 09, 2016
Eric Joyner "Sweet Dominion"
Eric Joyner paints robots and donuts. But he takes this simple theme and explores every possible iteration: under water, as transformers, on a skateboard, etc. His solo show opened at Corey Helford Gallery on February 20th. The gallery supplied robot toys and donuts for adults and children alike to get into the spirit of Joyner's art.February 25, 2016
Update on Toyin Ojih Odutola
We keep up with the work of Toyin Odutola, always amazed at the grace of her pen-and-ink drawings. Odutola’s art focuses on identity and the sociopolitical concept of skin color. Her work explores her experience of being born in Nigeria, then moving and assimilating into American culture in Alabama.February 12, 2016
Buff Monster's New Book "Stay Melty"
An inveterate traveler, painter of walls and canvases alike, sculptor of deranged toys and a fan of the color pink, the enigmatic artist Buff Monster surprises and amuses in all mediums. In his latest monograph, Stay Melty, Buff collects his works in progress, paintings, murals, posters, stickers, Melty Misfits trading cards and toys. As it’s hard to keep up with this energetic artist’s output, fans will be grateful to find much of his recent work in one compact volume.January 27, 2016
A Case for More Creative Playgrounds
Shopping for presents this holiday season reaffirmed our theory that the best children's toys are designed to also look fun for adults. We're pretty sure the designers of these playground structures simply created something that they themselves would want to play on.December 29, 2015