May 21, 2019

Shoko Nakazawa — Beasts In The Lower East at myplasticheart (5.31)

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Shoko Nakazawa will open Beasts in the Lower East, her first NYC solo show, at myplasticheart on Friday (5.31) from 7 to 10 PM. Byron is front and center as the star of the show with paintings, customs, production editions, exclusives and more all featuring Shoko's signature character.   In fact, look for a Byron retrospective showcasing his production editions from 2014 to 2018. 

Shoko will be making the trip all the way from Japan and will be live painting (8-9 PM) during the opening and signing from 9 to 10 PM.  mph will be handing out numbered line tickets starting at 1 PM EDT at the store to determine the order for the line which will start forming at 6:30 PM. As they say, the early bird gets the Byron.

Her solo is a great way to kick off the Five Points Festival weekend (6.1 - 6.2) where she will be signing and sketching at the Little Hut [#334] on Saturday (6.1) from 2 to 3 PM and at myplasticheart [#336] on Sunday (6.2) from 2 to 3 PM.

Shoko Nakazawa || Beasts In The Lower East
Opening: Friday, May 31st 2019 (7 to 10 PM)

myplasticheart
210 Forsyth St.
New York NY 10002
646.290.6866

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May 14, 2019

Greg 'Craola' Simkins To Open 'Let The Outside In' at KP Projects (5.18)

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Greg 'Craola' Simkins returns to KP Projects for his new solo, Let The Outside In, opening on Saturday May 18th from 7 to 10 PM.   The cleverly named show, plays on the artist's imaginary world known as The Outside, home to all manners of fantastical creatures whose very existence challenges that which most of us accept as reality.  Rather than be trapped by our everyday existence, Simkins encourages us to let the boundless fascination and imagination of our childhoods back inside. 

From the expansive and immersive title piece, Let the Outside In, which truly is a window into Simkins' wondrous world at a gaze-filling 60 x 96 inches to Six the artist's latest still life—a particular passion of his—the new collection highlights the pop surreal creativity, imagination and tremendous painting talent that we all have been spoiled by and come to expect.  A definite 'add' to your SoCal calendar, the gallery requires an RSVP by email to [email protected]  to attend the opening. Be sure to mention you're RSVPing for the Craola opening.

Greg 'Craola' Simkins || Let The Outside In
Opening: Saturday, May 18th (7 to 10 PM)
RSVP Required 

KP Projects
633 N. La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
323.933.4408

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Mar 30, 2019

Jay222 Opens 'Mad Monster Party' at Woot Bear (3.30)

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East Bay-based Jay222 (Jason Sawyer) opens his Mad Monster Party solo at Woot Bear tonight (3.30) from 6 to 9 PM. The expansive show features 80+ monsters, many one-of-a-kind hand-painted creations.  For more info see Woot Bear's a full preview with pricing.

Jay222 || Mad Monster Party
Opening: Saturday, March 30th 2019 (6-9 PM)

Woot Bear
1512 Haight St
San Francisco CA 94117
415.487.9000

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Mar 27, 2019

QUICCS — 'Code Red' Solo at myplasticheart (4.27.19)

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myplasticheart has just announced—technically, teased—that they will be presenting QUICCS' Code Red solo with an opening on Saturday, April 27th 2019.  Expect art, toys, exclusive editions and more from the man behind TEQ63 who will be making the trip for the opening.

QUICCS || Code Red
Opening: Saturday, April 27th 2019

myplasticheart
210 Forsyth St.
New York NY 10002
646.290.6866

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Mar 15, 2019

Steven Harrington — 'Magic Hour' Solo Show (4.13)

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LA-based artist Steven Harrington will open his Magic Hour solo show on Saturday, April 13th 2019 at a yet to be announced  Downtown Los Angeles location. The new collection will include original paintings, drawings, and sculptures featuring his eccentric, playful characters and colorful compositions. 

In recent years Harrington has expanded his reach beyond the canvas with several notable collaborations. Timed to the opening of the new show, Nike will release a new footwear and apparel capsule featuring his designs, the latest project in their ongoing collaboration.  From large scale sculptures to collectibles, the artist also released several art toys in 2018 including  his first Gotcha art toys with Toy Qube and the AAPE by B*APE crossover figure.

To RSVP for the Magic Hour opening, drop a line to [email protected] and be sure to include full names in the request.

Steven Harrington || Magic Hour
Opening: Saturday, April 13th 2019 (6:30 - 10:30 PM)
Downtown Los Angeles

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Mar 14, 2019

Horrible Adorables — 'Dynamos and Whirligigs' at PIQ Hudson Yards (3.15)

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Horrible Adorables—Jordan Elise Perme and Chris Lee—will open their Dynamos and Whirligigs solo show at the brand-new PIQ Hudson Yards on Friday (3.15, 5-7 PM) as part of the store's grand opening festivities. For this new collection the artists have turned their plush skills to all matters of wondrous conveyances including Pufferballons, Ring Rollers, Bug Riders and more.  Come out for the charming art and be sure to meet Jordan and Chris who will be in attendance.

Horrible Adorables || Dynamos and Whirligigs
Opening: Friday, March 15th 2019 (5- 7 PM)

PIQ
Hudson Yards (4th floor)
20 Hudson Yards
New York, NYC 10001

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Mar 12, 2019

Amanda Louise Spayd x Chris Ryniak — Bindlewood Big Top & Dust Bunnies Circus (3.12)

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Amanda Louise Spayd and Chris Ryniak will present their Bindlewood Big Top & Dust Bunnies Circus tonight, Tuesday March 12th, at 6 PM PDT, on Bindlewood.com.  Perhaps best thought of as an online show/themed release, both artists have created original, one-of-a-kind pieces as well as a smaller number of toy and print editions.  Check out the full catalog to see what's available with full details including pricing.  This is a live sale, so pieces will disappear quickly.  Stay sharp.

Fully embracing the circus theme, both artists have created several unique pieces featuring their characters as big top performers working their magic on vintage style wooden circus pedestals or in one case, atop a wooden ball.

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Mar 08, 2019

Enamel Market Comes to Frank & Son (3.9)

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If you live in or around LA, you've almost certainly been to Frank & Son in City of Industry—a twice a week, permanent mini comic-con in a dedicated warehouse. It's the perfect place for comics, cards, toys and this weekend…pins. 

Enamel Market is coming to LA's favorite collectible show this Saturday (3.9) from 9 AM to 5 PM.  Located within the Frank and Son venue, Enamel Market features 45 artists + pin makers and their wearable art.  The event features free admission, free parking, and a free Sket One x Enamel Market pin for the first 100 attendees with the special free ticket. Head on over to Event Brite to get the free pin ticket and show up early to be one of the first 100 to claim the Sket One pin.

Enamel Market
Saturday, March 9th 2019 (9AM to 5 PM)

Frank & Son Collectible Show
19649 San Jose Avenue
City of Industry, CA 91748

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Feb 19, 2019

Luke Chueh — 'Between Black and White' at Rotofugi (3.2)

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Luke Chueh will open his new solo, Between Black and White, at Rotofugi Gallery in Chicago on Saturday, March 2nd 2019 (7-10 PM).  The show features a new collection of paintings on watercolor paper done in… black and white.  From the pieces Luke has posted on IG and the ones he shared on a recent episode of Toy Geeks: Behind the Counter, Chicago is in for a compelling show.  Expect  novel visions of his bears, Luke's new look rabbits—representing the business side of his world—and more. Luke will be signing at the show from 7 to 8:30 PM. Hit the jump for a preview of the new paintings.

Luke Chueh ||Between Black and White
Opening: Saturday, March 2nd 2019 (7- 10 PM)

Rotofugi
2780 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago IL 60614

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Jan 08, 2019

KAWS:Holiday Taipei (1.19 - 1.27)

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KAWS:Holiday floats on with the artist's Companion voyaging from Korea (Summer '18) to Taipei for an exhibition at the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall organzied by AllRightsReserved and JFJ Productions.  Anchored by a giant 36 meter (~118 feet) long Companion inflatable, the event should be quite the treat for the city.

In addition to original artwork, KAWS:Holiday will feature a limited-edition collection produced by AllRightsReserved featuring several items including a KAWS:Holiday toyin a laid-back, seated position (7", 3 colorways, $199).  The collection will also feature a ceramic plate set (4 plates, $130), Tee Shirts (5 designs, $50 each) and Tote Bags (3 designs, $50).

The exhibition items will be available at the venue on 1.19 at 6 PM Taipei time. International online orders will be accepted at DDT Store on the 19th at 3 AM PSTClot will open orders in China on the 19th at 3 AM PST as well.

Hit the jump for photos of the giant inflatable (at a test site) and the KAWS:Holiday Taipei collection.

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Dec 31, 2018

2petalrose – ‘Crouching Shogun, Hidden Ninja’ at Woot Bear (1.12)

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2petalrose will open Crouching Shogun, Hidden Ninja at  San Francisco’s Woot Bear on Saturday January 12th 2018.   The exhibition will feature customs of his Kid Katana figure from a talented artist lineup.  2petalrose has also created several special pieces for the show including the brand-new Shogun Air Service (Who Dares Dies) in the debut Jungle Ops Edition.  Brought to life by the sculpting talents of Oasim Karmieh, the new sculpt is based on 2petalrose’s previous Hondo figure.

Before he introduced us to the deadly and beautiful Maiko, 2petalrose was all about the bullet action with his Kombat Kings figures including his first release—an SAS trooper.  It’s fun to see things come all the way around to where they started.

2petalrose || Crouching Shogun, Hidden Ninja
Opening: Saturday January 12th 2018 (6-9 PM)

Woot Bear
1512 Haight St
San Francisco CA 94117
415.487.9000

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Dec 06, 2018

Find Stocking Stuffers at Enamel Market (12.8)

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Enamel Market returns on Saturday (12.8) from 11AM to 5 PM in Glendale at 3DRetro (parking lot).  Just in time for holiday shopping, the event is the perfect place to find stocking stuffers—pins, patches, and more—from a wide variety of indie artists and brands.  As always, the first 100 attendees will get a free Enamel Market pin.  Also, 3DRetro will be releasing the Lava Edition of the Jurassic Park Dilophosaurus Spitter vinyl toy by Joe Ledbetter starting at 11 AM with a signing from 6 to 9 PM.

Enamel Market
Saturday December 8th 2018 (11 AM – 5 PM)

3DRetro (Parking Lot)
1851 S. Victory Blvd.
Glendale, CA 91201

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Dec 04, 2018

Elena Kazi- LMNTAL + BMBOX for ‘Gift Wrapped’ (12.8)

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Athens-based DJ/Artist Elena Kazi has sent a few of  her jammin’ toys across the Atlantic for Clutter’s Gift Wrapped, their  cash + carry holiday show, opening on Saturday (12.8).  First, a blast from the past.

Originally released back in 2016, LMNTAL is the urban beat bot with all the moves, including a fierce battle mode.  The clever design incorporates a microphone (head), spray cans (arms), turntable (chest) and record arm (weapon).  The Gift Wrapped LMNTAL has some custom touches from the green deco to the mini album — the BBoy classic It’s Just Begun (1972) by the Jimmy Castor bunch. While it’s been awhile, we’d certainly welcome a new LMNTAL edition.

Kazi has also sent over a heavily customized NYC version of her BMBOX resin with miles and miles of 80’s style.  Bubble lettering, animal print and flashy color panels mark a generation of genre-defining Hip Hop and the lifestyle that flowed with it.

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Paradise x Teresa Chiba — Exclusive Inu Harigon Yukimi

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Paradise Toys has just updated their online store with exclusive toys, original art and more from Teresa Chiba’s Inu Harigon Attack 2 solo which opened at the gallery on November 30th.  There are several exclusive Inu Harigon toys available including the Yukimi Edition in clear glitter with blue, gold and pink spray.  The Inu Harigon Yukimi is available for $66.67 from Paradise’s web shop.  If you’re in the mood for browsing, check out all the show items.

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Dec 01, 2018

T9G — ‘Artifacts’ Solo at Dot Dot Dot Gallery in HK (12.12)

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T9G will open his new Artifacts solo on Wednesday December 12th at Dot Dot Dot Gallery in Hong Kong.  For this special exhibition, T9G will unfold his kaiju vision with thirty new sculptures and related sketches.  From the teaser image,  we’re expecting a family tree of sorts including Rangeas’ ancestors and more—presented in an unearthed history, fossil-style presentation.

If you’ll be in town for Toy Soul (12.14 – 12.16), this is a must-do.   If not, Vinyl Pulse will be on-hand at the opening to bring you coverage of the new collection.  Hit the jump for WIP pics.

T9G || Artifacts
Opening: Wednesday December 12th 2018 (6 to 8 PM)

Wah Shing Industrial Centre
Room 613 6/F
Shing Yip Street No.11-13
Kwun Tong, Kowloon, HK

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Andrea Kang & John Bond — Tiny Universe at Woot Bear (12.1)

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Andrea Kang and John Bond will open their 2-person show, Tiny Universe,  tonight (12.1, 6-9 PM) at Woot Bear in San Francisco.  The collection of new work will feature original paintings from both artists as well as several Wish Maker figures from Andrea Kang.   Both artists have complimentary styles, reflecting curiosity in their characters and sparking it for viewers.

Andrea Kang and John Bond || Tiny Universe
Opening: Saturday December 1st 2018 (6-9 PM)

Woot Bear
1512 Haight St
San Francisco CA 94117
415.487.9000

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Oct 20, 2018

Enter Flat Bonnie’s Plush Tiki Swamp at ‘Assemblages’ (10.20)

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For Giant Robot 2’s Assemblages four-person show, Flat Bonnie has turned a portion of the gallery into a self-described ‘tiki swamp’. One inhabited by plush  swamp creatures, axolotl and wall-hanging tiki gods.  From small to big to giant, blue to pink, there’s plenty to choose from. Opening tonight (10.20, 6:30 – 10 PM), the show also features the work of Taehoon Kim,Taylor Lee, and Arthur Fong.  Hit the jump for more of Flat Bonnie’s swampy plush.

Assemblages
Opening: Saturday October 20th 2018 (6:30 – 10 PM)

Giant Robot 2
2062 Sawtelle Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90062

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Oct 05, 2018

Unbox Glow Show Lights Up Harajuku on Saturday

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Unbox kicks of their snazzy travelling Glow Show with tonight’s (Saturday 10.6 Japan time) event at Milkboy Gallery in Harajuku, Tokyo.  As you might guess by the name, the show celebrates toys that come to life in the dark – both glow-in-the-dark and black light reactive figures.

Unbox has revealed a pirate’s haul of special Glow Show editions from Christopher Ulrich, John Kenn Mortensen, Kenny Wong, Milkboy, Retroband, Taku Obata, Tetsunori Tawaraya, Too NatthapongZiqi and more.  Toys will be sold on a first-come, first-serve  basis rather than lottery-based.  Customers are limited to three toys and no more than one of any particular toy per trip through the line.

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After tonight’s Japan stop, the Unbox Glow Show packs up and heads to final two stops: October 27 at Freight Gallery in San Antonio Texas and October 27th at the Bangkok Art & Culture Centre in Bangkok.

Hit the jump for a preview gallery.  Many of these figures will be available  at the remaining stops, while some are specific to tonight’s event.

Unbox Glow Show Japan
Opening: Saturday, October 6th (6 to 9 PM)

Harajuku Milkboy B1F Gallery
Jingumae 6-29-3 B1F
Shibuya-Ku
Tokyo

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Oct 02, 2018

Sket One x Enamel Market Artist Series Pins (10.6)

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Saturday’s Enamel Market—pins, patches, toys and more—is your chance to pick up the event’s first Artist Series pins with Sket One. Featuring Sket’s popular Ripple character, the pins will be released in three editions – White, Red, and GID.

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The GID pin will be available from Sket’s booth while Special Ed Toys will have the White and Red.  They are limited to 50 pieces per edition and will be available for $10 each.  If you’re a pin fanatic,  Enamel Market is the place to be this Saturday at the 3DRetro parking lot in Glendale.

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Enamel Market
Saturday October 6th 2018 (11 AM – 5 PM)

3DRetro (Parking Lot)
1851 S. Victory Blvd.
Glendale, CA 91201

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Sep 29, 2018

Sket One Opening for Sneaker Lab Artist Series LA (10.11)

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Sket One will open a pop-up solo at Sneaker Lab’s DTLA location on Thursday, October 11th (7-10 PM).  Part of Sneaker Lab’s Artist Series, the show will offer focused burst of Sket’s art as well as the very first chance to win a 8” Jinro Dunny—a production Dunny collaboration between HiteJinro, Sket and Kidrobot.  You must be present to win. Every opportunity is key, as the only way to get this super-limited Dunny is to win it, it will not be available for purchase.  

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Sneaker Lab Artist Series Los Angeles 002: Sket One
Thursday, October 11th (7-10 PM)

Sneaker Lab
721 S. Los Angeles St.
Los Angeles, CA 90014

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Sep 27, 2018

Josh Mayhem Opens ‘Cuteness in the Wind’ at PIQ (9.29)

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For his Cuteness in the Wind solo opening at PIQ Grand Central on Saturday evening (9.29), Josh Mayhem has transformed toys known for their cute appeal with his signature windswept or ‘blown away’ aesthetic. He’s used wire, rainbow hues of paint, and other materials, to create custom art pieces from well-known toys including Hello Kitty, Unicorno and Donutella.  In addition to sales at the event, the customs will be available for purchase online at 5:15PM EDT on opening night (9.29) from PIQgifts.com.

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Josh Mayhem || Cuteness in the Wind
Opening: Saturday September 29th, 2018 (5 –7 PM)

PIQ Grand Central Terminal
87 E 42nd St Suite 8 (near 42nd St. ramp)
New York, NY 10017
212.867.0969

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Sep 24, 2018

Enamel Market Returns for All Your Pin Needs (10.6)

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After a very successful debut, Enamel Market is returning on October 6th 2018 at the 3D Retro Parking lot.  Come on out to browse pins, patches and toys from talented indie artists and small brands. 

Enamel Market
Saturday October 6th (11 AM – 5 PM)

3D Retro
1851 S. Victory Blvd.
Glendale, CA 91201

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Sep 21, 2018

Show Me The Munny 2018 Opens Tonight at BAIT Denver (9.21)

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Kidrobot’s annual Show Me The Munny group exhibition opens tonight (Friday 9.21) at BAIT Denver from 7 to 10 PM.  This year’s collection of custom Munnys will feature Denver-area artists (nice!), many of which specialize in big street murals.  If you’re nearby, drop by and check it out.

Pat Milbery, Mike Graves, Anna Charney, Scott Knecht (BigFoot), Rather Severe, Zach Yarrington, MDMN, DINKC, ESIC, Robin Munro, RUMTUM, DF Crew, JPOartPSYBE, Hollis + Lana, Jeramiah Clark from Landmark Tattoo and Mr. Mars.

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Show Me The Munny 2018
Opening: Friday September 21st 2018 (7-10 PM)

BAIT Denver
1962 Blake St. Suite 100
Denver, CO 80202

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Sep 18, 2018

Bigfoot Opens ‘Mountain Gods & Forest Demons’ at Woot Bear (9.22)

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Bay Area Artist Bigfoot will bring his ecocentric art to Woot Bear for the opening of Mountain Gods & Forest Demons on Saturday (9.22, 6-9 PM). Bigfoot will have several several paintings for the show including fun shape-cut pieces of his namesake character. 

A veteran of the art scene, Bigfoot is probably best known in the art toy world for his Bigfoot vinyls including the OG ones from StrangeCo and more recently from Dragatomi, many of which are available from his online store.

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Bigfoot||Mountain Gods & Forest Demons
Opening: Saturday, September 22nd 2018 (6-9 PM)

Woot Bear
1512 Haight St
San Francisco CA 94117
415.487.9000

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Aug 20, 2018

Nerviswr3k – Drone Blank Show at DesignerCon

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Nerviswr3k (Gabriel Rivas) has announced the first-ever Drone Show featuring 40+ artists showcasing their talents on his recently introduced Drone DIY blank. The show will open at DesignerCon 2018 (11.16-11.18) in the WeAreNotToys booth [#1213] with a lineup with a talented roster which includes Kyle Kirwan, Nugglife, Tasha Zimich, RobotsWillKill, Betso, RSIN, Miss Zukie, Leecifer, Nemo, Valleydweller, The Bots, Wetworks, TaskOne, JC Rivera, Drilone, Mike Die, Jay222, and Nerviswr3k.  See the flier above for the full roster.

While Nerviswr3k has been using the Dron e Blank as the basis of much of his work for awhile now, this is the first time he’s offered it and promoted it as a product onto itself.  If you’d like to get your hands on one, he’s taking pre-orders now ($25 including shipping)  to be fulfilled after DesignerCon.  Order by DM via his Instagram.

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