November 09, 2018
Staring up in 1995 making wallets for his friends so that they could all have something fresh to wear, Paul Frank is known for his simple, adorable characters and is now bringing his fun design onto a Dunny! Inspired by a sock monkey his grandmother has mad when he was a child, Paul enjoyed the idea of such creativity that made people smile.
“Julius is like the center of a flower and his friends are the petals. He is the voice of reason, the rock that all of his friends can lean on. He is everyone’s friend. Besides being an all-around good guy, he can be anything! Firefighter, doctor, lounge singer, hot dog vendor, burger flipper, pancake maker, lawyer, astronaut, whatever the job calls for, Julius is your man….errr monkey.”
What are you currently working on in the Art World?
It’s a strange time as we are working to sell the Paul Frank brand and instead I am focusing my time and energy to my new brand in music!
Did you always want to be an artist?
Well, it started out as just wanting to do something cool, something different. I developed an interest in wanting to be an artist when I asked my mom for a sewing machine and figured that with my success with wallets and my fun with music, art was next and I was off to art school. I have always considered myself more of a designer than an artist though. I enjoy making figures, phones etc and the art is the decoration.
What message/advice do you have for artists?
Don’t follow one thing to much, Make it you.
What does Designer Con mean to you/why do you go?
I see it as a place where like minded/creative people come together who have an interest in the things that I do. It’s a perfect fit!
What does Kidrobot mean to you?
I always enjoyed seeing the stores. When I was there it reminded me of my love for Japanese stores and designs and that was always cool.
What has art done for you as a person?
I know it sounds generic but it gave me the ability to express myself. Art was a place where I could show my creativity and be accepted for it because other people liked it too. I have always wanted to bring something to the community that stirred the mind or made someone smile. You know when you put on that one pair of fancy shoes? That pair of shoes that make you feel extra special that day, I wanted to create that for people.
What are three things that fans don’t know about you or your art?
Celebrate art and creativity with the new Kidrobot Designer Con Dunny Mini Series available at the DCON booth #2010 and online at www.Kidrobot.com on Friday, November 16th at 10am MST.
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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