June 22, 2018
June is LGBTQ PRIDE month and celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan. As you browse the web or step into a mall or turn on the TV or listen to music in 2018, you might not realize how much of a different world it is today than it was a decade ago. In 2018’s America, not only is style an “anything goes” mentality but everywhere you go you now see brands and companies “proudly” displaying rainbow and inclusive support for the LGBTQ community. Creating products to celebrate individuality and freedom to be who you are. Its fashionable now to be on the “right” side of history, for companies to support all PEOPLE. Its incredible to be in a time where the people are standing up and saying all lives matter and should be respected no mater what gender, race, ethnicity, ability, sexuality or any other factors that make us different. It’s also important for us to realize that it’s not like this everywhere and that people around the world are still fighting for their lives. It’s our responsibility to stand up.
If you are new to the art toy scene or unfamiliar with Kidrobot’s history you might not know much about Kidrobot’s progressive and transformative past. While it might be fashionable for an organization to be supportive of LGBTQ people and embrace diversity now, it’s important to realize that it is still fairly new for large corporations to be an advocate for diversity. I personally chose to join the Kidrobot team years ago because Kidrobot has always been on the front lines for progress and weren’t afraid to be at the forefront of art, culture and change. When many businesses were not embracing diversity, culture and projects that challenged mainstream thoughts because it was too “risky”, Kidrobot was pioneering projects that celebrated art, diversity and culture. Kidrobot was built on questioning the status quo and supporting art, artists and projects that rocked. It definitely wasn’t the most profitable way to build a brand but to Kidrobot it was the only way. This outlook contributed to me and many others becoming proud bots!
With New York Pride taking over NYC this weekend, we thought it would be fun to showcase a few of the many LGBTQ friendly projects that Kidrobot has been a part of throughout the years. Here are a few:
Collect all three Vladonna DIY Alternative Fashion Dolls now exclusively at Kidrobot.com!
Kidrobot is PROUD to support the LGBTQ community by getting behind projects that make us PROUD! Let’s celebrate pop art, people and let LOOOVVVEE grow!! Check out some of the current Kidrobot art toys we picked just for LGBTQ Pride Month with the PRIDE Collection at Kidrobot.com!
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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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