Monday, December 27, 2010

Quarter Pipe

In the eighties and early nineties I used to make skate obstacles all the time. Launch ramps, quarter pipes, wall ramps, boxes, rails, and half pipes. My backyard was a mini skatepark. In Japan it’s pretty much impossible due to space and cost issues. I think it would cost three or four times to make one there. Anyway, since I was going to be in the states for nearly a month, I thought I’d try and make one again to pass some of the time. A day and a half later, my quarter pipe was done. The most challenging part I think was deciding on the transition and coping placement. In the end I went with a 7 foot transition (radius). Unfortunately, by the time it was finished my muscles were too sore to shred it. Just got a few pivots and sweepers in. And then it snowed. Now I’m waiting for a sunny day.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Kaiju & Beyond

Gargamel's Kaiju & Beyond show at Rotofugi was one of their biggest events in the states. The show featured over 100 custom figures and art pieces by Kiyoka and Naoya of Gargamel, Bwana Spoons, David Horvath and Sun-Min, Le Merde, Scrappers, and myself. Kiyoka and I attended the opening and were very excited to talk toys with all the kaiju geeks. Thanks to everyone who came out to the show. And a special thanks to Kirby and Whitney of Rotofugi.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Las Vegas

A few pics from our trip to Vegas a couple weeks ago.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Cometdebris Custom Burgerbuns

For the Funbuns show at Super7, opening today. (See previous post).

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Nogawa Park

Nogawa Park is huge, with lots of green, trees, and a river running through it. It features facilities for barbecuing, sports, and even has a small skate park. And just a short drive from home. Bwana and I visited the other day, took a little walk along the river, and did a little skating.

Randall's Magic Scrap Yard

Some pics from Bwana's show at Thrash Out. Show runs through the 19th.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Randall's Magic Scrap Yard

Randall's Magic Scrap Yard, an art and toy show by Bwana Spoons, is coming to Thrash Out this weekend. Bwana will be bringing a good number of paintings and custom figures, and will be debuting two new Gargamel figures, Randall the Bear, and Boris the Bee. In addition to Bwana's work, he has invited some of his friends to customize his Randall figure (Cometdebris has one figure in the event!), and these will also be on display. Opening reception is November 14th from 3:00 to 8:00. Show runs through the 19th. Thrash Out is located at Koenji Station. See you there!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Burgerbuns Funbuns Custom Show

I just finished painting my custom Le Merde Burgerbuns figure. It was a lot of fun. Looking forward to seeing some of the others included in this event.

More info from Super7's blog:

Seattle superstar Le Merde is launching the first painted version of his new mascot-scale vinyl figure, Burgerbuns, with a custom figure art show! Funbuns features custom painted Burgerbuns vinyl figures by the one and only Le Merde and his artsy friends. Opening Saturday, November 20th, 6pm, at thew new Super7 Store, 1427 Haight St, San Francisco.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Bwana Spoons + Cometdebris

Cometdebris has teamed up with Portland artist Bwana Spoons for a second round of collaboration custom figures. Each of these figures were painted by both Bwana and Koji and feature detailed sprays, splatters, and brushwork. A range of figures will be available from minis to middles, and standard sizes. Preview them in the Cometdebris Online Store, new pictures added daily.

On sale November 6th at 9:00 PM PST (November 7th at 1:00 PM Japan time) at www.cometdebris.com

Friday, October 29, 2010

Cometdebris Halloween

Custom Halloween inspired Tokoji Seijin figures. On sale October 30th, at 11:59 PM PST (October 31st, 3:59 PM Japan Time).

Preview them in the ONLINE STORE.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Cometdebris Halloween

We'll be releasing three custom Halloween version Tokoji Seijin figures on the Cometdebris Website. On sale October 30th, at 11:59 PM PST (October 31st, 3:39 PM Japan Time). Preview them in the ONLINE STORE.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Tokoji Show At Grass Hut

This month at Grass Hut! All new Cometdebris custom Tokoji Seijin figures, as well as Tokoji nature photographs. Show opens October 7th. Grass Hut, Portland.

GRASS HUT

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Shirakaba Lake Ruins

I have this image of Shirakaba Lake being a bustling resort area during the 80s, with lots of hotels lining the artificial lake, souvenir shops, and small restaurants. Of the dozen or so hotels in the area, fewer than half of them remain open. And the ones that didn't make it stand there rotting through the years. It's amazing how they allow them to stay there, only boarding up a few windows and doors. Looking through some of the windows, you can still see the lobbies and coffee shops exactly the way there were the day the doors shut for good.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Frogs On Glass

Saw these silhouettes on the window of a supermarket near Tateshina, Nagano Prefecture. At first glance, I thought they were stickers that some kids might have placed there. Closer inspection revealed that they were small frogs. I guess they were attracted to the warmth.

Downhill In Tateshina

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Short downhill run through the forest in Tateshina, Nagano Prefecture.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

New Tokoji Seijin

Very excited about how this turned out. The yellow vinyl is nice and bright. September 4, 11:00 AM PST.

www.cometdebris.com

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Cometdebris TV

Tortoise. Prepare Your Coffin. I love driving to Tortoise. Perfect for road trips or smooth flowing country roads.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

New Tokoji Seijin

We are very excited to announce the release of a new Tokoji Seijin. This version is cast in bright yellow vinyl, with green, red, and black sprays, and gold eyes and teeth. The yellow vinyl looks amazing up close. On sale September 4th at 11:00 AM PST (September 5th at 3:00 AM Japan Time). www.cometdebris.com

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Enoshima

Some pics of last week's trip to Enoshima. Enoshima is a tiny island about an hour or so from Tokyo. It's very hilly, and the view from the top is pretty nice. Lots and lots of cats there too.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Lake Hamana

Some pics from last weekend at Lake Hamana, Shizuoka Prefecture. Got to go out on the lake, do some hiking, see fireworks, relax in hot springs, and eat some good food.