Do you like Uglydolls? I sure do, and I enjoy telling you about UGLYDOLL things that you can own, such as Pillows and Good Luck Totems. Thumbtack Press — a virtual gallery showcasing art prints from popular contemporary artists, as well as up-and-comers, at super affordable prices — has recently secured the exclusive worldwide licensing rights to UGLYDOLL art, and I couldn’t wait to tell you all about it. Because Uglydolls are awesome.
UGLYDOLL art prints feature your favorite Uglydolls hanging out in everyday places such as the supermarket and the park, having fun and living life the Uglydoll way! You want to own these prints! Prices start at just $19.99 (such a bargain!) for 14″ by 14″ prints, and Thumbtack also offers framing as well as canvas stretched prints, so you can decorate to fit your style.
I love me some Uglydolls and I also love to nap. If I needed a pillow on which to rest my head, a pillow that looked like an Uglydoll would surely comfort me in my sleep. Uglydoll manufacturer, Pretty Ugly has just announced four new Uglypillow designs modeled after Uglydoll characters Nandy Bear, Pointy Max, Uglydog and Uppy. Each 14″ x 14″ Uglypillow will retail for $25.00 with Free Shipping for US orders. Yay! To purchase/pre-order visit This Link. Pillows will ship after May 9, 2011.
Geoffrey and I went out on an ambitious urban art crawl yesterday and saw many amazing things. One of our many pit stops included Future Primitive, new works by Tokyo-based artist Haroshi on exhibit now at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery. This is the artist’s debut solo exhibition in the United States and first solo gallery show outside of Japan. In Future Primitive, Haroshi introduces unique, full-scale, three-dimensional, wooden sculptures made from used skateboard decks – all inspired by the city of New York. Haroshi’s work reflects his unique perspective as a artist of Japanese heritage and a passionate skater from his early teens to present, in that his technical approach to sculpture combines the influence of time-honored traditional methods of his homeland with the spirit of innovation and technology inherent in its contemporary culture. Hiroshi’s meticulous process and unusual medium create sculptures that are truly beautiful and not like anything else you will see in a NYC art gallery.
Moose Head and Fire Hydrant
As a medium, skate decks differ from natural wood in that they are a processed material. Their size, shape and contours vary according to manufacturing brand and model. With his personal experience and vast knowledge, Haroshi is able to determine which skateboards fit together seamlessly. After a careful selection process, Haroshi stacks his chosen decks into layers, cuts mosaic pieces, assembles them into a desired shape and meticulously carves each form by hand with skilled precision.
He achieves a colorful, striped pattern by stacking the boards with keen attention to the exposed rails (outer edges) rather than applying paint. Haroshi occasionally incorporates naturally broken boards in their original shattered form, creating textural contrast between smooth silhouette and splintered, raw edge. He also re-purposes discarded grip tape as a tool to sand and finish the surface before applying a final seal.
Recently commissioned by NIKE CEO Mark Parker, Haroshi re-created a pair of SB Dunksneakers (above) with incredible detail and accuracy, made from decks used by several different NIKE pro-skaters. This work is be featured in the Future Primitive exhibit.
Future Primitive runs through May 14, 2011 at the Jonathan Levine Gallery, located at 529 West 20th Street, 9th Floor (West of 10th Avenue) in New York. Gallery Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 AM to 6 PM.
“Peaco Is Shy” (My Ugly Doll Peaco Especially Enjoyed This Piece)
Do you like Ugly Dolls? I sure do. I have a little Ugly Doll clip-on called Peaco attached to my bag at all times, so I can carry it with me wherever I go. Because Ugly Dolls are awesome. Earlier today, I was scoping out the new toys on Plastic and Plush Dot Com and came across something called Lucky Uckys “Pocket Sized Lucky Spirit Guides” – which strike me as something that surely many people would be interested in owning. Because, Pocket Sized Spirit Guides: who doesn’t need those, especially here in NYC? Apparently there will be 60 total figures in the series, or so I am led to believe by the packaging pictured above. I want them.