About Me

I am a professional graphic designer and right now I am moon lighting as a toy customizer. Every waking minute outside of work I commit to painting and sculpting custom toys.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Alot to Do

Here is the finished poster from last week and if I say so myself I am getting pretty good at printing. This came out near perfect and for once Amanda came to help as the time was just slipping away.
I desperately need a drying rack of some kind so without one I just lay them out on the floor to dry so Amanda would take them as I printed and lined them up on the floor. And she posed for the picture that I used to make the drawing for the poster itself...so that is my wife! So cute.

Here is the screen for the black layer.

I've been working on the Jesse and Walt Dunny's and they are close to being done. The sculpting is done and I'm probably about 50% done with the painting. Since this is a holiday gift I decided to do a little extra for the piece so as usual I'm gonna make a custom box but I'm also going to make some custom Breaking Bad wrapping paper... probably white paper with light blue periodic table symbols all over it real small so they almost look like snow flakes. The whole thing needs to be done by the end of the weekend as I have another pretty large project that I need to finish and ship by Christmas. 

This Breaking Bad gift box and wrapping is really something that shows the added effort that goes into most of my projects. It also spurned a brainstorm for a future series — The Periodic Table Dunny's. I'm thinking 10 or so of the most colorful elements — considering many of them are just Gray — Illustrating the actual element on the figure and putting the symbol on the face. I actually love this idea, Thanks Chris. It would be fairly simple and a more painterly execution than most people are used to seeing from me. Let me know what you think of this idea. 

And finally...more pictures of my cat. I know, I'm pathetic. But he is adorable and really bad at the same time. This is Ripley, and yes he is totally named after Ellen Ripley from my favorite Sci-Fi films of all time— Alien.

I'm not going anywhere for Christmas because of work but Amanda is visiting our family so I'll be alone for 4 days and am gonna lock myself in my apt and make customs non-stop. On deck are a bunch more 3" Dunny's, some mini Munny's, and I SO need to finish this Jaws that has been on my desk for more than 2 years. Man I suck.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Everybody Run

I'm working on a new Gig poster for a show this Friday for a band named Everybody Run. It's a local band here in Atlanta and I met these guys through working my trivia show...which is the same spot I did all those posters for over the last 6 months. For anyone that is familiar this is a blatant homage to the very familiar Banksy image aptly titled "Letting Go" but instead of a young girl and a balloon it's a woman...Amanda posed for me... and the skull featured in the bands name. I was provided the bands logo...well, I scanned it off the EP.

This will be a 3 color run of about 30.

Gray, yellow, black.

Still working out the exact details of the typography but I'm liking this so far.

I am going to take the vector drawing into photoshop and make the edges a bit fuzzy as if there were some underspray considering this is intended to look like a stencil on the cement wall. There are a few spots where I already did it and it looks great so I'm gonna beef up that effect prob another 25% throughout the image.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Jesse and Walt

After a friendly reminder I actually do have 1 job to do for Christmas and it is a pair of 3" Dunny's that are going to be Walt and Jesse from Breaking Bad in their cooking gear. After giving it some thought I've come up with a pretty sweet idea on how to mod the Dunny's and utilize the shape to best execute the image desired. We're trying to replicate this look right here:

I've decided that both figures can actually be built on the same base platform. So I'm going to sculpt a single figure and then cast the second one and I will make them unique and different by making slight alterations to the sculpt after casting and through the paint application. The most innovative thing I think that I'm going to do is I'm going to replace their ears with their respirator masks. Just imagine if these guys had Dunny ears instead of their masks. Their suits and hoods are gonna be sculpted out as well.
So I have a fair amount of work ahead of me but I really think in the end that this pair is gonna be a great representation of the characters as well as yet another stepping stone in my quest to utilize the Dunny in new ways. 

Estimated time for completion: 2 weeks.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012


Over time I've undoubtedly gotten better at making customs. My style has evolved, my technique has improved and I've learned alot over the last 3–4 years. So it's really not a surprise when some of my early pieces need some repairs and lifetime repairs are included in the initial cost. I have a few that I need to fix and here are 2 classics that I just dropped off with their original owner.

Before and after. There was quite a bit of damage on Toads head so I had to dig alot of the not quite cured sculpey outta there, fix the sculpt and repaint almost the entire head. I also repainted the blue and the white on his body so there was some repaint there as well.

Luigi just had some slight damage on his neck socket so I repaired that and didn't have to do alot of repainting. You can see my lines have become less random and a bit more bold. I think my current style is definitely a step up but you can clearly see how it has developed. 
In April it will be 3 years since the Chomping at the Bit show.

For those of you waiting on repairs...they will go out before the end of the year.

Thanks for your patience.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Turkey Day

Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone and I'd like to think I'll have some time to work but Christmas is right around the corner. I actually have NO Christmas projects this year which is actually a relief. I always make the deadlines but it tends to be a bit more stressful if I have stuff that has to be done. I have a few things that are tentative for the holidays but nothing that is a gift for someone.

I finished the Old vs. New Kidrobot Mascot figures I did and those went off without a hitch. I have to commend the guys running it, Pat and Sekure D, as they are saving money by having each artist ship AND I got paid like the day after the sale.... unlike MW which has turned into a giant cluster fuck. Mostly due to "He who shall not be named!" Who is nowhere to be found yet a box or 2 will be shipped each day. Dudes been ignoring everyones messages and still owes a couple grand to various artists. My feeling is that money is long gone. I don't know if it's medical bills, taxes or maybe even drugs... but it is completely FUBAR and unless someone goes to LA and punched him in the face and takes back the rest of the figures I don't think there's anything we can do.

Moving forward, I have a close friend here in town that has taken an interest in me finishing more work so he has become my motivational manager. We sort of made up that moniker since he's really just my friend who encourages me to work instead of doing really anything else. Hhahahah. So far it's working out but I have alot to do and we'll see if I can chip away at this pile before the end of the year.

I've got alot on my desk right now but I'm hoping to finish these by the end of the year:

Thor/Captain America/Iron Man resin piece

3" Dunny's

Muppets - Floyd, Animal, Lips
Breaking Bad - Jesse and Walt
Adventure Time - Bubblegum and Marceline
Birro Mutations x2

These much larger projects are in the works will most likely go into the new year


Paw x 2

And I have many more projects than just those so if you're not on the list....fear not. I've got everything in queue there's just alot to list.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

http://thejerkstore.storenvy.com is closed. Thank you everyone. I expect to have the prints done and shipped by the middle of November so be on the look out for shipping confirmations.

And like I said, I'm putting together something special to make it easier for you to help the Horseman get made into a production piece.

Thank you!!!

HH Prints

Prints are still on sale, at least til 4 pm today, and a decent amount have been sold but I'd like to get the number up a bit more...which would still be a very reasonable number.

Considering this is part of a campaign to get this piece put into production, I'm in the works of developing a small press kit for my loyal fans that support me during this initial sale. What that means is I'm going to give many of you who purchase an opportunity to earn a FREE customized AP... IF and when it makes it into production. I'm not going to get into the details right now, but if things develop with KR you'll be very happy that you put in the money, time and effort right now. 5 more hours for the sale, and regardless of how many sell it will DEFINITELY end at 4 pm.

Thanks again for the support everyone!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The Jerk Store is Live

Sale will end Tomorrow at 4 and those will be all the prints ever made.
Thanks to everyone ahead of time.

The Jerk Store

Alright guys, the Headless Horseman mini-Print drop will be happening today and it will be taking place in my new e-store aptly named The Jerk Store. I will have a link to the store later once it is live. You will be able to order prints in increments of 2 for 13$ plus 5 bucks shipping. Shipping will be the same regardless of how many prints you order. It will be an open run and will be active for 24 hours. There may be a few other things in the store when it goes live so be on the look out.

This is a pre-order so the prints have not been made yet, and you should expect shipping within 10 days of ordering.

Prints are:

• 5 by 6
• 8 Color silk screen
• Signed and numbered in the order that orders are received. So the sooner you order, the lower your number will be.

• Every print will be different with random colors
• Bonuses for people who order the most prints including large format silk screens as well as other secretly awesome bonuses for those people that I really like.

All in all, this is part of a campaign to get the Headless Horseman made into a production piece. Who knows, this time next year you all could be cutting in line at a signing for this very piece!

Oh yeah, store goes live at 4 pm today. See ya then.

Monday, October 29, 2012

HH Prints

I mentioned on my Twitter this weekend that I was thinking about doing a Headless Horseman print run similar to the one I did for my Arrr-Manda Dunny and considering it's nearly Halloween it makes it the perfect time to do such a thing. It's gonna be an open run, so order how many you want, and that's what you'll get. If 20 are ordered, there will only be 20, and if 300 are ordered there will be 300 out there. Ordering will only be live for 24 hours, and the more you order the more likely you'll get some kind of bonus. I'll have more info about this including initial pics of what the prints will look like, within in the next day. The drop will probably take place on Halloween...so only 2 days away. I will probably do various multipacks because the shipping will be the same if you order 2 or if you order 20.

2 for $16 Shipped
4 for $26
6 for $36
8 for $46
10 for $50.

and so on.

Keep your eyes open. All official info will be found here over the next day or 2.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Sorry it's been almost 2 weeks since my last post. Once I finished my 2 Faced Hazel I only had like 2 weeks to design and finish our Box Hero Zombies for the Little 5 Halloween Parade... a parade they have every year and I think we've walked in the last 3 parades as box heroes. Amanda and I just barely finished them... putting on the last bit of paint literally as we walked out the door on Saturday. We didn't even have a chance to try them on until we got on site. Needless to say everything went smoothly... the suits fit fine and everyone we spoke to loved the suits.

Though i've spent most of the last 2 weeks on these new box suits I did also happen to finish a couple customs. I finished....
Teddy Troop Hellboy
Mutated 8" Mad Robber
And still working on....too much to mention.

Also working on a costume for Halloween which is a Kaws Companion and my friend Stephen made me an amazing cardboard Companion head:

Hope there won't be anything else to do after Halloween other than customs. One can wish.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Weekend Update

Didn't get alot done this weekend. Not sure why. I went and saw Frankenweenie and it was really good. Amanda says it's not as good as Nightmare Before Christmas....but what could be really??? Went to an estate sale on Saturday in search of junk and stuff for my customs and only came away with some old drawer sets to hold accessories and various things I have accumulated. You can never have too many drawers or containers for crap....keeping it all sorted is the issue. I can't tell you how many times I knew I had something but couldn't find it. Oh...I think it's probably football that has been hindering my work. Sat and Sun it never stops and I love it. Other than the fact that my Bills are embarrassing. And here I am asking for a new Bills jersey for my birthday....I'm a die hard fan. I'd have to be, they haven't made the playoffs in 13 years.

If anyone out there collects Lego Mini-Figures I'm working on something pretty cool with them.

Here is the first FINAL pic of my 3" Batman that I just finished. He is part of the Justice League set that I'm making. I did a Booster Gold and Blue Beetle last year and this is 1 of 3 of the most recent additions. Next up is Flash, Ice and Fire.

It was pretty difficult to get the ears to be symmetrical and despite it looking like they're not in the pic they are. I love his little cape too...I think it makes a great silhouette.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

2-Face Hazel

I finally finished my 2-Face Hazel last night and it was only due at Gunnzo last Fri....I suck!! But the show is not until October 13 so I just couldn't fake the urgency. I know that's pathetic but it's human nature. So here it is. Technically there are 2 separate pieces that are for sale, each is $250 through Gunnzo. This first piece is a bit of an homage to the Boo figures that I made for my Mario show a couple years back. When I first got the figure in I almost immediately thought the head looked very much like a Boo. BUT...I wanted to maintain some of the contours of the face so I abstracted him a bit for the one side, and then for the reverse I liked the idea of incorporating the gas mask into the face.

I spent a little more time deciding what to do with the base and in the end I used the 8 bit Boo to create a literal tie into the franchise in case the figure itself was too abstract for some people.

The Second piece, which is made from the body, is another Mario villain that originally was part of the Mario show as a t-shirt, but I ran out of time and the shirts were never made. Just like with the head, when I looked at the torso for a while the Blooper just jumped out at me. The tentacles of her arms and legs stood out very strongly to me AND the fact that it was something I didn't get to do for my show made it a no brainer. 

I removed the legs as they were a hard plastic unlike the vinyl of the rest of the figure and would have warped when heated. I sculpted over the neck socket, added 5 more tentacles, and filled in a bit of the waviness on the front side to make it a bit smoother. I reattached the legs so that they're all basically curving backwards as opposed to them all curving outwards, and at the last minute I added the Blooper babies. I just thought the back was a bit plain and I was always quite amused by the family of Bloopers in the games...until the babies got me!!!!! Drat.

Again, if you're interested in these pieces you ought to contact Gunzzo asap...or give it a shot and wait until after the show and if I get them back they will be cheaper. BUT...they might sell, AND, Gunnzo provided the figures so I'm not sure if they will retain the work until it sells...or I pay them for the figure. Not sure the protocol there.

Hope you guys like.

Thursday, September 27, 2012


I'm just about finished with my custom 2-Face Hazel for the Gunzzo show on October 13 and it's already a week late. It's hard to meet deadlines when you KNOW there really is a bit more time. I've snuck some pics of what I'm working on over the last few weeks but haven't shown them in whole nor taken really good pics yet. Basically I took the 2-Face Hazel, removed the head and made 2 separate figures — 1 with the body and 1 with the head. If you're familiar with the Boo's that I did for my Chomping at the Bit show back in 2010 then the piece I made with the head will look a bit familiar. And with the body, I tackled yet another Mario character but this time he's completely new. I need to ship these dudes by Sat so I'll be posting up final pics by then, but for now...here's a new piece of the puzzle.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

4 in a row!!!

Amanda and I won Seinfeld trivia for the 4th week in a row last night. It was an epic battle for first place as all 6 teams were flawless at half and going into the final bonus questions 3 teams were perfect including us, and 2 teams were 1 point back. You get 5 questions — get it right you get 5 points, get it wrong and you lose 5 points, omit it, nothing happens. So we got all 5 questions which were:

1 - What is the womans name that Jerry is trying to run into in "The Stakeout?"
2 - What is Kramer referring to when he says to the super "Who says I can do any of the things I do in my apartment?"
3 - What is the pool guys name?
4 - What does Kramer use to shave when he decides shaving cream isn't good enough?
5 - What is LLoyd Brawns saying concerning using the mantra "Serenity Now?"

Well we got all 5 right and were still tied with 1 team. We then got the tie break question:

"What date does Jerry say was the last time he puked? I knew this from a past tie breaker...but my opponent also knew it, so it came down to a rock, paper, scissor, which I have lost both times in the past that we had tied. I threw 3 rocks — won the first, drew the 2nd, won the 3rd. Flawless victory.

The questions were not that hard this week so it's not a surprise we had a perfect game.

Oh, and I've been working on some toys. Pics when I get back from work.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

More WIP

I picked up my Gold King Dunny this morning on KR.com. I still love Eatons work and though I wasn't around from the very beginning I still have a deep reverence for the original designs. And here are a few more WIP shots.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Seinfeld Trivia

Amanda and I won Seinfeld trivia again on Monday night and it was the 3rd win in a row... so we've been rolling. Here are the questions from Monday night and if you want to, email me your answers and we'll see how you stack up. No cheating.

1. How did Elaine get Georges bosses attention at NBC?
2. What kind of chicken is Kramer addicted to?
3. What movie did Jerry make out in?
4. What actress played Sidra?
5. What kind of candy gave Jerrys apartment bugs? And who did it?
6. What baseball hero of Jerry and George dunks his donuts?
7. How did Alison break up with George?
8. How did their highschool gym teacher pronounce Costanza?
9. How did George get the upper hand on his relationship?
10. What year did the show start? What year did it end?
11. How did Garry Fogel die?
12. How did Elaine get caught eating Mr. Petermans cake?
13. How did Kramer get connected to the stolen dog?
14. The girlfriend of George who was really hot  that dated someone who looked like George, his name was?
15. Name the character that said these lines:

C. My friend, he couldn't taste his peaches.
E. Of course you've never felt what it's like to hold a persons life in your hands.

I can't remember the other 3.

16. How did Kramer lose his lawsuit against Sue Ellen Mischke?
17. How did Mike break his thumbs?
18. Name of the newspaper at the community Jerry's parents live in, in Fla?
19. The alias Kramer uses when he poses as a dermatologist.
20. Bonus questions:

A. What was the deaf lineswomans name?
B. Why did Jerry dislike his girlfriend Donna?
C. What was the occasion when Jerry made the pony remark?
D. After the menu catches fire because of the busboy, Elaine exclaims what?
E. Name of the bra company George interviews at?

Tuesday, September 18, 2012


A couple of the various paints that I have worked through. I've still got a bunch of the old Montana cans that are still working great. New ones all suck.

Lots of stuff under way.

I've got a couple repairs and repaints underway including this.

 What my desk typically looks like on any given day.

 Muppets and Perseus underway.

First sneak peek at Blooper for the Gunzzo show in October.

Animals body.

Monday, September 17, 2012

I'm gonna be posting alot more progress shots on here from now on and something new I'm gonna start to try and do is periodically do reviews of the various materials and tools that I use to do my customs. Sort of like the "whats in your bag" photos but of my tools of the trade including brands and sources to get some of these materials. I should have a couple completed customs this week but as always the boxes are holding up shipment. I also have the internet at my house finally so I no longer have an excuse not to post more. Pics in a bit here. Just about to leave work.

The first and only thing I'll talk about right quick before I go home is that I have officially switched my endorsement of spraypaint to...... Belton Molotow!

For the longest time I was VERY happy with Montana Gold... that was until about a year and a half ago they decided to change their formula which went hand in hand with a redesign of the can. The old paint was nearly perfect for what I needed... dried super fast, and it was almost impossible to overspray. It was a pretty thin paint. The new paint is very thick. You'll be lucky if you can get the bearings inside to move the paint is so thick. Once sprayed onto a toy the paint seems to never dry and it's just far too thick. When I saw this I was livid and spent the last year trying out alternatives. Montana Black.... eh. Montana Hardcore.... eh, Krylon actually makes a good archival clear coat but the rest of the paint sucks... so finally I got a bunch of Belton cans and they RULE....gotta go. I will go more into that when I come back.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Dragon Con

I'll have more stuff up later but here are a couple of pics of my new suit to keep you busy for a while.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Raid Redemption

If you've never heard of The Raid Redemption...well, here ya go. The Raid is a martial arts film made in Indonesia and features the  indigenous fighting style of the country — Penchak Silat. I'm a big fan of really good marital arts films dating back to my love of Bruce Lee and this one definitely does not disappoint. The basic plot of the film is a swat team infiltrates a building in search of a crime lord... but the entire building is inhabited by other nasty types and criminals. Things go seriously wrong right away and the fight begins. At first there are alot of gun fights which are kinda cool on their own but the good stuff begins when they're all out of bullets and everyone starts fighting with knives, machetes and their bare hands. I think it's tough to directly compare fight sequences between films and try and say which is better but I'd have to say the fight choreography in The Raid is absolutely fantastic. I watched it twice in the same night. If you like martial arts films you have to go and check this out. 

On a side note I will be posting some new customs I just finished this week as well as the updated list of what's currently being worked on.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Weekend Update

Had a busy weekend. Got alot of work done as Amanda had to go to a baby shower and left me to my own devices... meaning I sat and did work all afternoon with no distractions. Except my kittens.

I'm extremely close to finishing my Gundam Samurai and damn he looks good. The arms and the weapons are the final things and I should be able to finish tonight. When you see him you'll know why it took so long. So much sculpting and intricate painting.

I'm nearly finished with my 2nd Snybora custom. It's another paint application but this time I'm painting tiny little scales over his entire body so I've been working on that on and off for over 2 months now. He's really bright. My friend Greg and I talked and felt they could take the paint apps a lot further on the production Snyboras so I went ahead and did one myself.

The Mad Robber Mutation is just about done as well. The head is done and I just have the arms and body to complete. He's looking good.

I started a custom that has been a while coming, the 7" Box Hero Hulk Munny. If anyone is familiar with the box hero suits that I've made, my friend who is Hulk shot our engagement photos and I owe him this custom. It's been almost 2 years so I need to get to work on it :). The torso and arms with have non removable box parts affixed to it, and the head will have a removable box head with a portrait underneath. I'm just about done with the mini box suit.

My new box suit is about done too — Martian Manhunter. I got into a groove this weekend and just kept working on it. All the base colors are done and I just have the black details to do. The torso is nearly done, the head is done, and I have 1 leg done. Considering it typically takes me weeks to finish one I'm ahead of schedule.

I went and saw the Expendables 2 this weekend. A friend of mine was super stoked for it so we went and it was hilarious... and I think it was intended to be incredibly kitsch and self referential. I was so excited each time one of the new aging stars came out especially Van Damme and Chuck Norris. It was super gory and it seemed like the bad guys had an unlimited supply of bad guys because they were constantly getting mowed down by an equally unlimited amount of ammunition. After the reception of the first film Stallone had to have seen how people took it and just decided to embrace it and go with the flow. It'll never win an Oscar but I loved the movie. People were clapping at the end as if it were The Dark Knight Rising or the first time I saw Fellowship of the Ring. It was kinda epic.

I also Red Boxed 2 movies — Meloncholia and Gone.

Meloncholia was a bit too artistic for me. For the most part I love indie films but this film had a combination of things that didn't do it for me. Pace was a bit too slow, I don't particularly like Kirsten Dunst and the fact that she is clinically depressed throughout the whole movie, and there's not a whole lot of payoff in the end. For me, the movie kinda expresses how trivial most things are in life... because in the end we could all just get obliterated. But who wants to live like that?? Not me.

Gone was entertaining. Amanda Seyfried is kinda cute now that she's a little older, but in all it was just another movie to watch while I was working. I really wanted to get The Raid but it was sold out...so I'm hoping it will be there tonight.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Death of Kings Typography

Here is the picture that I used to create the title for the new gig poster I'm working on. I'm continually searching for appropriate typefaces for my work and often times there just isn't anything suitable... and that's when you make your own typography. Not only will it be completely original but you can also cater it more to fit your design.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

New Gig Poster: Death of Kings

Will be printing this tomorrow.
2 color on black paper.
Silver and white.

Noir de Plume

Weekend Update

Before I get into customs from this weekend we finally got the link to the preview page for our wedding photos and they are awesome. Our photographer was amazing...so personable and did a great job and here is 1 photo a ripped from her site. It has a barely noticeable watermark on it but we are getting the hi res finals on a disc any day now

So this weekend I worked on a couple things. I'm gonna try and be a bit more specific on what I'm working on so I don't mislead anyone about when their pieces are coming. I am definitely behind on everything but am doing my best to remedy that. 

I am a few days from finishing my Samurai Gundam 3" Dunny. I had the sculpting done for a while but couldn't get to the painting but once things calmed down I was able to make great headway on it. The head and body are about done and because of the length of the weapons that I made for him I had to make custom arms so he could hold them with the arms of the weapons behind him. Those just need to be painted and finish up the weapons and he is DONE. 

I'm also very close to finishing my first 8" Mutation of a 2011 SDCC Mad Robber. I snuck a peek at him a while back and has a Day of the Dead design. It is gonna be all black and white on the skull and I'm still deciding if there will be any color on his outfit. All in all the fact that the base was almost all black worked out great. AND...still contemplating if I should incorporate any of his accessories or just lose them. Still not sure how any of them would fit into the Mutation.

I also just started my new Box Hero suit for Dragon Con. We're all doing DC characters and I am Martian Manhunter. Admittedly the DC characters are less known to me but the suits are looking awesome. Some of the other characters being made are Green Arrow, Superman, Wonder Woman, Death Strike, The Flash, Harlequin, Penguin, Black Canary, Scarecrow, Aqua Man, and Batman and Robin are already finished from another event. 

The next immediate things on my desk are going to be:

Repairs: I have at least 3 old figures to fix. I promise to get them done ASAP.
REALLY old projects: Jaws, 10" MAD-L, Desert Punk Mini Munny.
Slightly less urgent projects: Thor/Captain/Iron Man Combo piece, Clash of the Dunny's

I know there are tons of other things to get to, I promise they're in queue.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Back In The Swing of Things

I've been back for over a week now and am very much enjoying working on customs and projects again but I just can't seem to shake what it was like to be in Hawai'i. It's not just the fact that it is an amazing place all in itself but even more so it is the fact that my family is tied to the islands and has been for a very long time. This was the 2nd time that we have attended the family reunion and this time round it was impressed upon me even more how connected we really are. My grandmother had 13 siblings and almost all of them had children who now have children who in some cases also have children. They live all over the state of Hawai'i and across the main land as well. Seeing where my father came from and thus where I came from struck home and though I am still struggling to actually see myself living there and accomplishing all the same things I intend to here I still can't keep my mind from thinking about this....

The sunsets from Kona on the Big Island are spectacular...awe inspiring. Made me think about what I'm doing with my life professionally and how or what I could do different to make more of a difference. Or at least do something more worth while then pushing Soda. That doesn't mean I'm gonna do anything about it. The truth about life is you need to make ends meet and you make the bes tof your opportunities and I'm grateful for what I have and who I have to share that with...but you sometimes wonder if there is more and how to get there.

Anyway... I've got some exciting things in the works right now. I've got all the commissions that have been backing up because of that stupid wedding I was involved in ;) plus I have a couple other cool things in the works. My first production piece is currently being designed. It's not a Dunny but it will be part of an upcoming series by another company that is doing some pretty great things right now. I recently got a few blanks from them and they're actually very cool. I'm also part of a custom series that just happens to be on the same platforms but those won't be dropping til next year. There is also a group show I'm working on a piece for that will be at Gunzo in September... I think. If you liked my Super Mario pieces from a few years ago then you'll definitely dig what I have in the works.

I know I'm behind everyone and I can't thank you enough for being patient while I got married. From here on out I do not see any reason your pieces will not be flying out my door so just wait a little bit longer and I promise it'll be worth the wait.

Monday, July 30, 2012


These are from the 2nd half of the trip. The 1st half including the wedding are on my computer which I stupidly sent home with my inlaws to Kentucky and will not get back until next month.

The view from the house we rented in Kona, Big Island.

View from the pier, Waikiki Beach, Oahu.

Crazy huge tree in downtown Honolulu. The beach in Waikiki literally butts up directly to the sidewalk and across the street is the highest end shopping imaginable. 

USS Arizona Memorial, Pearl Harbor, Honolulu Oahu.

Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, Oahu. You could go out where the furthest people are and it would still only be about 6 ft deep.

View from part of the way up Diamond Head, an extinct volcano just South of Waikiki, Oahu. There is a marked trail and took about 45 minutes to get to the top. The view was insane. You can see the rim of the crater going all around here. The buildings were built right in the middle of the volcano. 

Higher up on Diamond Head. 

Very top of Diamond Head. There was a 360 degree view.

Top of Diamond Head. That is Honolulu. That little Pink hotel down there on the coast can be seen in a previous picture to give you an idea of where Waikiki is compared to Diamond Head.

View of a rocky shore on the North Shore, Oahu.

North Shore, Oahu. This was a place called Sharks Cove which is part of the Pupukea Beach Park. There were no sharks.

Sharks cove is a highly touted snorkeling destination but we didn't know that. We just drove up on it and saw it looked cool and went and checked it out. There were tons of people snorkeling. I explored the rocks and jumped off one into the water and swam around for a while. I did NOT have a snorkel yet, and bought one about 30 minutes later.

Pupukea Beach Park. The darkness in the water are rocks and coral. I swam out over all that to the rocky islands just out there…it was very cool.

This is a view from the other side of the last picture, and where those kids are standing is where I jumped in from. They copied me cause when I did it none was up there.

This was probably my favorite beach that we went to. This is Waimea Bay on the North Shore of Oahu. Kids were jumping off both sides go these rocks and of course I had to do it too. The water is probably around 10 ft deep on either side. It was awesome. 

Same place, Waimea Bay.

View of the North Western point of Oahu from the central part of the North Shore called Haleiwa.

Haleiwa, North Shore Oahu.

Wailua Valley, Kaua'i.

Same, Wailua Valley, Kaua'i.

Really cool cave on the way to Ke'e Beach, North Shore Kaua'i.

Ke'e Beach, North Shore Kaua'i. This is the last beach you can drive to on the North Shore. It goes right up against the Na'Poli Coast which is an amazing 14 mile or so stretch of sheer cliffs and ravines that are absolutely spectacular. 

Ke'e Beach and the Na'Poli Coast in the background.

A super deep cave on the side of the road, North Shore, Kaua'i.

Opakae Falls, Easter Kaua'i near Wailua.

This is the Wailua River, Wailua, Kaua'i. We took a Kayak tour on the last day and paddled right past this point.

Poipu Beach, South side of Kaua'i.

Wailua Falls, Eastern Kaua'i near Lehu'e and Wailua.

Up 2.5 miles on the Wailua River. We paddled up and got out and hiked another mile to a secret waterfall.

End of the line. The water here was really cold but I still went swimming. 

This is a screen shot of the Na Pali Coast from the video that I shot of the entire helicopter tour. I'm gonna edit it and post it when I can.

(Screenshot) This is an overhead shot of Ke'e Beach. The picture 2 back is from the left side of this picture looking towards the mountains. Because of that reef that encompasses the beach and the fact that it dips in a bit it creates a natural barrier from the wind and made a sandy bottom lagoon. 

(Screenshot) The beginning of the Na Pali Coast from the other end as Ke'e Beach. You cannot even see it as it is far around that point in the background.

(Screenshot) This is the waterfall that was featured in the movie Jurassic Park.The only way to see it is by air.