Monday, December 27, 2010
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
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.