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Oct 28, 2016

Reactor-88’s Custom Corner – Ian Ziobrowski

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Welcome to the October 2016 edition of Reactor-88's Custom Corner. This month we’re featuring the creator of Nugglife, Ian Ziobrowski.

What’s your name?

I'm Ian Ziobrowski, and I'm the founder of Nugglife which is a lifestyle brand circling around art and premium clothing.  The company started off in the custom toy designer industry and it centered around just a few connoisseurs -

NUGGS, THUGZ, and Crook Ed the Cop- characters that live the American Dream without society standards.  During the evolution of this series my business partner and I started developing premium cut n sew clothing inspired by the true hustlers, connecting the art and clothing at once.  

Where are you located?

Bayside, New York

Day job or full-time artist?

Nugglife is my full-time job!

How long have you been customizing/painting toys?

I've been customizing toys since 2008.

Any random things you want people to know about you?

I skateboarded for like 12 years.  Back then I dreamt of going professional, but all the injuries and blowing out my knee made me realize that I needed to chill.  So I pursed art.  I snowboard these days though, which gives me that feeling of being free on a board.   Some other randoms things... I throw down in the kitchen and BBQing is my shit. I do it all year round, hail/snow/sleet or rain and I take it seriously!


Anything specific you’d like people to know about your toy work (style, influences, special techniques, etc.)?

Every project booked I try and take a different approach on, expanding my ideas and making pieces come to life in ways that I thought wouldn't be possible.  Most of my new works for 2016-2017 are more sculpture based and kinda separate from the toy "theme".  I introduced magnets into my resin sets and custom pieces in 2015 which is something I haven't seen before in the custom toy scene.  Now I've expanded into a new series of swappable character heads and accessories.  I'll be dropping the Nugglife Resin Magnetic Character sets for December this year. Stay tuned!


Do you take commissions?

Yes I do, all year round…non-stop [email protected]

Best way(s) for people to contact you/see your work/social links ?

www.nugglifeny.com/IG: @nugglife /fb: nugglife/twitter: @ianziobrowski
























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