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Pink Thing of The Day: Pink Shrine

Pink Shrine Full
All Photos By Gail

JeongMee Yoon’s photograph, Jeeyoo and Her Pink Things (2007) from The Pink Project (2005 – ongoing) inspired this diorama of Pink Girls Toys, which provides a launching focal point the new exhibit, Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Color up now at the Museum at FIT.

Pink Shrine Left
Pink Shrine, Left Side Detail

The idea that pink is for girls and blue is for boys is ubiquitous today. Already conspicuous in the 1950s, when it was part of an ideological push towards gender conformity, the pinkification of girl culture really took off in the late 1970s and 1980s.

Pink Shrine Right Side Detail

I could have stood in front of this breathtaking Shrine to Pinkness forever.

Pink Cars and Doll

Please enjoy a few more detail shots of this Pink-Lover’s Paradise!

Pink Troll Dolls

Hello Kitty Reflection

Elephant and Lion

Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Color Will Be on Exhibit Through January 5th, 2019 at The Museum at FIT, Located at Seventh Avenue and 27th Street in NYC.

Miscellaneous Pink Things

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Five Points Festival: The Mother of All Photo Recaps is Here!

Five Points Press Badge
All Photos By Gail

If you happen to be a fan of character-based, pop culture collectibles — which includes dozens of items encompassing such must-haves as enamel pins, plushies, art toys, limited edition / designer vinyl toys and action figures, monsters, model kits, art prints, novelties and seemingly endless subcategories of amazing swag — then the Five Points Festival, which took place in Greenpoint, Brooklyn over the weekend of June 2nd and 3rd, 2018 is the only place you want to be. There’s a lot to distill in this recap, so we are going to get right to it. If you weren’t at Five Points Fest, here is just some of what you missed!

Kidrobot Booth

You can’t really talk about Five Points Fest without at least mentioning Kidrobot, acknowledged worldwide as the premier manufacturer and retailer of limited edition art toys, signature apparel and lifestyle accessories. Their booth was crammed full of goodies like these pocket collectibles.

Andy Warhol Dunny
Andy Warhol Dunny Series 2

Andy Warhol Brillo Box
Andy Warhol Brillo Box Object Series

Kathie Olivas Dark Harbor

Artists Kathie Olivas and Brandt Peters have designed a new mini figure series called Dark Harbor, which Kidrobot manufacturers and distibutes. We’ve been fans of Kathie’s work forever, so these super cute little guys are fun to see!

Sad Salesman Banner

Eric Althin’s Sad Salesman designer toy and vinyl collection started as a labor of love and has grown into a family of endearing characters inspired in part by Eric’s young son and daughter.

Dessert Oracle

The Dessert Oracle came home with me to join my collection!

Pink Astral Wizard

Eric’s Pink Astral Wizard (created in a now sold-out limited edition just for this show) also won Sad Salesman an award for Breakthrough Artist! Congratulations!

Breakthrough Artist Award

Jim McKenzie in his Booth

Jim McKenzie is a formerly New York-based artist who has enjoyed great success with his unique hybrid character creations such as the Pumpkin CrabRacoonicorn and the Pugglepillar, as well as his adorable Scarecrow who is, literally, scared of crows. Jim recently relocated to live the dream out in Burbank, California so we were happy to catch up with him at Five Points Fest!

Racoonicorn
Racoonicorn

Jim painstakingly hand sculpts all of his creations.

Pink Scarecrow
Limited Edition Pink Scarecrow

Octopump

He also does amazing digital paintings. Jim McKenzie!

Frank Ape Booth

Frank Ape is another character that has evolved from the street to the merchandise market thanks to the innovative vision of his creator, Brandon Sines.

Frank Ape Onesie

Here is Geoffrey hanging out with Frank Ape on the exhibit hall floor. Hilarious.

Geoffrey and Frank Ape

Matthew Lineham

Do you like Rock Stars? I get yer Rock Stars right here. Meet Matthew Lineham, who makes all kinds of wildly collectible merchandise featuring his own charicatures of famous rock stars from back when pop music did not yet suck. His shit is the shit.

David Bowie Valentines

Check out these David Bowie Valentine Cards, which are just insane.

M Lineham Art

Robert Smith T Shirt

If I was a person who still bought T Shirts, I would have to own this Halloween-themed Robert Smith design for sure. Twenty Bucks? What a bargain! I hope that you are doing a Google on Matthew’s website (M Lineham Art) right now because I am not going to make it easy for you by adding any hyperlinks to this post. Ain’t nobody got time for that.

Jellykoe

Husband a wife team Kelly and J. Spencer Shill work with both original and appropriated characters for their Jellykoe line of prints and soft toys. Do you like Uglydolls? Check out these out Mini Monsters that Kelly sews from Spencer’s original designs. Ugly Cuddly!

Ron Swanson
Ron Swanson’s Meat Palace

Ron Swanson Fans: this one needs to go in your TV room right now. And this Pennywise poster; just brilliant.

Pennywise

Pidgin Dolls

Move over, Barbie and make way for Pidgin, the fabulous creation of New York sculptor and doll maker Joshua David McKenney.  A reinvention of the fashion doll, Pidgin is a medium for the language of style! All dolls begin life from an identical sculpt, and are then hand painted and styled by Joshua, so that no two are alike. The dolls have ball joints, so they’re fully posable and can be interacted and played with, as well as being a unique work of art!

Pidgin Doll

Beautiful!

Naoshi Booth

If you were at the fabulous Ramones and the Birth of Punk Exhibit out at the Queens Museum a couple of years ago, then you may have seen the art of Naoshi, who created a very memorable Kawaii-influenced picture of the band!

Ramones By Naoshi
Ramones By Naoshi

Naoshi Art

Naoshi also works with sand (called Sunae in Japan) to create colorful tiny pictures, and makes enamel pins of her characters. Oh, the cuteness. You can find her shop on Etsy.

Tara McPherson
Posters By Tara McPherson

Five Points Festival proved to be an ideal place to pick up original paintings, drawings and other unique wall art that you’d otherwise have to scour dozens of galleries to find — if you could find them at all, because a lot of these guys are underground, baby!

Art By Justin Lieter

Look at this cool and affordable Monster art by Justin Lieter! You can see the top of Justin’s head behind the number 5 on the Kewties sign!

Sharpy

Do you like Sharks? I sure do. This awesome grinning shark character is the signature creation of the street artist known as Sharpy. I think his work is just fantastic.

Chil Pepper By Mike Grossman
Chil Pepper By Mike Grossman

Chil Pepper (which, genius) is the creation of Mike Grossman and is part of his Goofy Froot series of anthropomorphic fruit characters. Yes, I just typed that.

Christian Hooker Monroe Eyeball

Okay, how great is this unintentional homage to The Residents? An artist named Christian Hooker (real name? Likely not) took one of photographer Gene Korman’s most iconic images of Marilyn Monroe ever, photoshopped out her face and replaced it with a giant, flame-encircled eyeball. It is so many kinds of brilliant.

Live Painting Event

Many of the artists in attendance participated in a Live Painting Event, where each artist created an original spray paint artwork on-the-fly!

Jim and Chris Paint

Here are Chris RWK and Jim McKenzie in action!

Jim and Chris Paint 2

Here are Chris and Jim again, a little bit farther along!

Glazed and Confused Mini Donuts

It was fun to watch the artists paint while enjoying tasty snacks from a selection of food trucks, like these mini donuts from Glazed and Confused!

Glazed and Confused Truck

Live Paintings

All the paintings were auctioned off, with all proceeds going to benefit Planned Parenthood! Excellent!

Meow 3D Printed Planters

We saw many very cool examples of toys and other merchandise made via the magic of 3D Printing, such as these adorable little planters from Meow 3D Printing! Check out the Pink Hedgehog!

3D Mucky Chris Bat Buddha

You’ve seen his Batman Buddha on Worley Gig before, but were you aware that the artist known as 3D Mucky Chris has created an entire universe populated with Buddha-fied versions of many of your favorite sci-fi characters? It’s true!

3D Mucky Chris Buddha Mash Ups

Tardigrade Small Figure

The Tardigrade is an actual Living Thing That Exists, and now DoomCo Designs have created a Tardigrade character for all of you Tardi-fans. His name is Tarbus and he comes in variety of colors and two sizes!

Tardigrade Large Figure

Big Ten Inch Tarbus!

Tardigrade Enamel Pins By Doom Co Designs

Tardi-great is more like it!

Here’s a bunch of other random stuff we liked enough to snap a photo (or two). Enjoy!

Mister Self Indulgence (Cherry Flavor edition) by Nouar

Is this the cutest thing in the universe or what? Presenting Mister Self Indulgence (Cherry Flavor edition) by Nouar (Martian Toys).

Mister Self Indulgence and Lil Scoopy

Mister Self Indulgence (a cherry pie with a chubby-cheeked grin who is poised to eat a slice of his own head) is a soft vinyl figure and he comes accompanied by his friend Lil’ Scoopy, who is a dish of ice cream. So cute, I can’t even live.

Mister Self Indulgence

I am dead now, from the cuteness.

Pink Wookie Cosplayer By Nick C Kirk

Artist Nick C. Kirk made this Pink Wookie character based on his photo of an actual Cosplayer whose likeness can be seen on the box.

GWAR Comics

GWAR Comics. I am speechless.

Pork Dumpling Display
Pork Dumpling Pocket Toy

Topic: The Japanese have too much time on their hands. Discuss.

Pork Dumpling

“Do Not Eat Me.”

This Shit Blinks KT Ferris Creations Jewely

Since art toy obsession is a legitimate lifestyle, you need some accessories to help you rock the look, amirightKT Ferris Creations (#ThisShitBlinks) is  a line of handcrafted Jewelry featuring hyperrealist doll eyes that open and close with the movement of the jewelry. Lovely and Disquieting!

Handbags By Marzipan Physics

We like these handbags by Marzipan Physics! Stylish!

Marzipan Physics

Mr.DEATH 2nd color Version

Do you like Monsters? I got yer Monsters right here. This guy is called Mr. Death (2nd color Version) designed by  Rockin’ Jelly Bean for their  Freaky Monster Village series (sold by Black Book Toys).

Lonely Monster Toys By Elliot Lobell

Here’s a Pink Monster from Lonely Monster Toys By Elliot Lobell.

Zombie Alex InstincToy

Zombie Alex from InstincToy is due for release in October 2018.

Mothership Toy Gallery

I don’t know this little guy’s name, but he looks like some kind of Monster Travelling Salesman,  and he is just fantastic-looking! I found him at the booth for Mothership Toy Gallery.

Grinning Horns

Mummy Spice Version of King Creepy By Richard Strohmeyer.

One of a Kind Figures By Emilio Subira

One-of-a-Kind Figures by Emilio Subira (those that did not sell at Five Points Fest are available online from Mothership Toy Gallery).

JPK Jon-Paul Kaiser Captain Sturnbrau

I am pretty sure this Pirate Dude is called Captain Sturnbrau and he is by JPK, which are the initials of toy designer Jon-Paul Kaiser. Aaargh!

Clutter Display Wall

Before I forget, I  must give a shout out to Five Points Festival’s primary sponsor, Clutter, which is the world’s premier magazine and media source for Designer Toys, and the originator of the Designer Toy Awards, as well as having a gallery dedicated to art toys, and doing custom manufacturing on-demand!

Clutter Toys

Thanks to Clutter for all that they do to support the community! See you next year for another rad Five Points Festival!

Kenny Scharf, Inner and Outer Space at Deitch Projects

Kenny Scharf Face Painting
All Photos By Gail

Whether you’re seeing his colorful works out on the street, or in the gallery, Kenny Scharf has one of the most instantly recognizable styles in the contemporary art world. Deitch Projects downtown is currently hosting Inner and Outer Space, an ambitious exhibit of Sharf’s newest works which features several distinct collections that provide evidence of Scharf’s enthusiasm for expanding his oeuvre, while staying true to the playful characteristics of his work that his fans love the most.

Deitch Projects Building Exterior

You can get a hint of what you’re in for before you even stop inside the gallery

Drip Faces

The faces are melting in Kenny Scharf’s new paintings. “Things are disintegrating,” says the artist. “I am reacting to our increasingly out-of-control situation.” Scharf’s work continues to be infused by his inexhaustible optimism and his sense of fun, but there has always been an engagement with profound issues beneath the façade. Ecology, the environment, and capitalist excess have long been central themes.

Drip Faces

Kenny Scharf’s work has always combined and contrasted the pop culture he absorbed growing up in Los Angeles with the important innovations in modern and contemporary art. His earlier work fused Dali and Disney. More recently, he has been in dialogue with Pollock and Abstract Expressionism. In the new work, he merges his distinct style with color field and stain painting. “I like to connect with every movement in 20th-century art,” Scharf explains. “I make new hybrids, taking it all in and putting it in a blender.”

Inner and Outer Space Installation View

Drip Faces

Scharf is very enthusiastic about his new “sloppy style” that characterizes the major paintings in the exhibition. Rows of faces disintegrate into colorful drips reminiscent of both New York School painting and the serial imagery of minimal art. In these new works, Scharf is striving to create clear and simple forms that resonate with meaning. He feels liberated and excited, adding that “it is so much fun.”

Inner and Outer Space Installation View

Like his artistic colleagues from his early years in New York, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring, Scharf studied cartoons as a way to intensify figurative expression. He makes use of cartoon faces to express emotion with abstract power.

TV Bax Installation View

In the past, Kenny found many of the items integrated into his art in the garbage,and even today he still stops his car when he finds plastic toys and TV sets thrown away on the street. These discarded plastic objects have inspired the two other bodies of work featured in the show, one being   TV Bax.

TV Bax Red and Green

The TV Bax are painted on the plastic backs of discarded television sets. Like the toys, the TV backs have a disconcerting anthropomorphic quality. Scharf wonders if their anonymous designers created these plastic covers, which are different for every model, to resemble a face.

TV Bax Red

TV Bax Red Detail
TV Bax, Detail

Scharf finds these thrown-away toys and TV backs to be poignant objects, resonant with emotion. “Each of these objects carries a story,” Scharf explains. He thinks about how people might have struggled and sacrificed to buy these toys and TVs, and about the intense relationship that children and families have with them. Scharf resurrects the lives of these inanimate objects in his work. He also notes that garbage keeps changing with technology. The backs of TV sets used to have large protruding “noses.” Now they are flatter and more similar to a canvas.

TV Bax Purple and Blue

TV Bax Sky with Clouds

Toy Assemblage

Another new collection, his Assemblage Vivant Tableaux Plastiques, inspired by the Nouveau Realistes, are constructed from his stock of recycled plastic toys. These wall sculptures, which mix assorted toy parts with Scharf’s whimsical animated faces, are my favorite items in the exhibit.

Toy Assemblage

Toy Assemblage Installation View
Installation View
Toy Assemblage

Toy Assemblage Detail
Assemblage Vivant Tableaux Plastiques, Detail

Toy Assemblage

Toy Assemblage

Since his childhood, Scharf has been fascinated by outer space. Space travel and the portrayal of infinite space have long been central themes. In his life and in his work, he tries to eliminate boundaries and borders. As he pursues his dialogue with the great painters of the New York School, he is increasingly preoccupied with the inner space of painting. His exploration of inner space creates a dynamic tension with his passion for outer space. With his characteristic exuberance and his moral voice, Scharf reformulates his unique combination of Pollock and Pop to create a vibrant new body of work.

Kenny Scharf Signage

Kenny Scharf’s Inner and Outer Space will be on Exhibit Through December 22nd, 2017 at Deitch Projects, Located at 18 Wooster Street (Just North of Canal) in NYC.

Kenny Scharf and Friend
Kenny Scharf and Friend at the Exhibit’s Opening Reception.

Inner and Outer Space Installation View

Pink Thing of The Day: Pink Remote Control Cars for Girls!

Remote Control Cars

This Weeks Pink Thing of The Day is a Guest Post Contributed By Jen Dukson

Gone are the times when girls were supposed to sit tight and play with their Barbies! Nowadays, parents understand that our tastes and likes are not defined by our gender, but by our personality — a girl with a strong personality must have a Pink Remote Controlled Car!

Why pink? Because Pink is the color of joy, and it takes a stand in this world filled with dark, pretentious colors. Pink is an innocent color, and when you see it on an RC rally car or a monster truck, you know that toy is tons of fun.

However, kids still need adult protection and that’s why I can only recommend RC vehicles suited for beginners. Big trucks and fast RC cars are indeed amazing and come with lots of features but they can also be dangerous for small children. Still, if your girl is mature enough to understand responsibilities, you should browse the list with Best RC Trucks for Sale – Top 10 Reviews. When your baby girl grows up, she can lease a car, for further info click here.

On the other hand, if your small girl likes cars and wants to be a driver someday, one of the two models below will definitely make her day!

#1: 1:16 R/C Assortment 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302- M. Vehicle
Ford Mustang Boss

A beautiful pink RC car for a beautiful girl who is just learning how to drive! This car is mostly recommended for small children (under 7 years old). The car doesn’t come with lots of features and because it is a small version (1/16th scale) you shouldn’t let your child drive it outside. Still, it is a lot of fun to drive it inside and works on a wide range of surfaces. Even more, it comes with a sticker sheet so your little girl can get creative on her brand new car’s design.

I like it for the gorgeous design and because it is quite durable in spite of the small size and plastic body. Still, make sure to not leave it around toddlers – they love putting everything in their mouths!

#2: Traxxas 58034-1-PINK 1/10-Scale 2WD Short Course Racing Truck

Traxxas 58034-1-PINK
The Traxxas truck is bigger than the first option (1/10 scale) and it comes with a lot more features and power. While it’s not one of those remote control drift cars, it is impressive when you drive it outside, on rough terrain. It is also quite fast and comes in several color versions, but we’re only covering pink RC cars today. It is also equipped with a NiMH battery that can be recharged and the Titan 12-Turn 550 Modified motor for increased power.

This cute truck is every racer girl’s dream came true as it looks bad ass and it behaves just like a real racing truck! Even more, if your girl is passionate about engineering, this is the perfect RC car for her as many elements resemble a true car’s inner design.

Both cars are a good fit for beginners as well, but for an adult, I would recommend the Traxxas. The control system is easy to understand but it’s also ingenious and fit for someone who understands how radio control works.  In any case, RC driving is a fun activity that will help parents bond with kids while the young ones develop their creativity and sense of competition.

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Author Jen Dukson has a passion for geeky toys, especially drones. During the weekends, she loves to visit parks with her pet and play fetch.

Yes, It Exists: Divine Fashion Dolls

Divine Dolls Gold Outfit
All Photos By Gail

The Goldberg Company (those responsible for the original 1978 Dolly Parton doll) fashioned an impressive set of four Divine character dolls in 1984. While the full line was on shelves in time for Christmas, most never made it under the tree. Most units were left unsold, even after being discounted as much as 90%. Goldberg was banking on Divine’s disco career creating the necessary interest to sustain the line, but it was an appeal that did not translate in the toy department.

Divine Dolls Full Set

It appeared that American girls under 12 were not ready for this kind of Barbie, which is unfortunate given Goldberg’s future plans to add six more figures to the line.

Divine Doll In Pacakging

Upcoming fictionalized Divine characters included Astronaut Divine, Party Girl Divine, Divine as Shirley Temple, President Divine, Waitress Divine (Dawn Davenport) and Surf’s Up Divine.

Divine Dolls

Photographed as Part of the Lost Merchandise of the Dreamlanders Exhibit at La MaMa Galleria in NYC.