June 17, 2019
Kidrobot sat down for an interview with Travis Cain. Travis Cain is a Creative Director and artist working in New York City. He’s also the artist behind the famed Kidrobot frenemy toy mini figure series, BFFS, now in series 5. Kidrobot got some background details on Travis as a toy artist and touched base on the recently released BFFS Mini Series 5. Read this Q&A with Travis Cain for some info behind the BFFs Love Hurts projects and find out what his favorite BFFS and Kidrobot art toys are.
I’ve been making stuff since I was a kid – but I’ve been making things that people actually want to buy since about 2000.
I approach art with the eye of a graphic designer – so my style is simple, graphic and bold. I like playing with the unexpected by taking objects out of context or elevating simple things by making them beautiful.
I grew up in the 70’s and 80’s – so I was heavily influenced by Star Wars, comics and 80’s music album covers.
Passing on my love of art and good design to my kids.
I am a Creative Director at Kiehl’s Since 1851 in NYC. In this job I’ve been lucky to collaborate on great projects with artists like KAWS, Jeremyville, Kenny Scharf, Tristan Eaton, HAZE, Friends With You, and Craig and Karl among many others. It’s been great.
Pop culture, comics, music, travel, my kids…
I had certainly heard about KidRobot and Paul Budnitz prior to this, but in 2005 I was working at a design firm that was in the Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial along with KidRobot. KR asked everyone in the show to submit ideas for Dunnys to be sold at the museum gift shop. I came up with a bunch of ideas. The 2 that got produced were CHEEZE and RIBEYE, my first project with KidRobot.
I have tons of 3” figures from various collections, I have several 8” Dunnys. My favorite Kidrobot piece I have is Kronk’s Nutter the Squirrel – it’s a really cool piece with many great details. One that I missed out on that I wish I had is Doze Green’s Ganesh figure.
Yes! I have pieces by KAWS, Takashi Murakami, FAILE, Kozik, Tristan Eaton, Doze Green, Jeremyville, BuffMonster, SUPER7, James Jarvis, Friends With You, Dave Flores, Taku Obata, Kenny Scharf…
They are bffs even though their relationship will eventually lead to one of them being killed. Sometimes love hurts :)
The idea for the series all started with a tree stump and an axe…I thought what if they were friends instead of enemies? I wanted to make cute characters that had a little bit of an edge to them.
I really love the lollipop with the tooth from series 4. I’ve made 3 iterations of the tooth with sweets characters!
I would have to say Doh!nald & The World. My own small form of protest against the worst president our country has ever had to endure.
I think about what objects are naturally enemies / opposites – but I also want to make characters that people would want to own and that are fun.
I love the quote by one of the founders of Kiehl’s – Aaron Morse: “Do what you love, put your heart into it and you will be rewarded.“
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April 23, 2020
Q & A with Toy Designer One-Eyed Girl AKA Kasey Tararuj on release of The Rejects - Dark Chocolate Edition on Kidrobot.com. "I’ve been paralyzed and in a wheelchair for almost 20 years and I spent so much of that time creating all this weird, emotional art to help deal with it. I got to a point where that got old and making these silly characters was way more therapeutic than trying to put my feelings into a painting. So now I make my little guys to make myself laugh or smile and hope that it does the same for others." -One-Eyed Girl AKA Kasey Tararuj
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April 10, 2020
A few years ago, a member of the Kidrobot team met architect and Locknesters founder Fleet Hower at a trade show. At this show, Locknesters was introducing BEAR, their first three-dimensional puzzle bear figure...
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April 06, 2020
Fleet Hower of LOCKNESTERS has temporarily converted their New York-based studio from the production of art decor items like the Puzzle Dunny to the production of face shield visors for health care workers due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
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