December 2009 - Artist/Designer Allen Wen | AW177
So the Most Wanted Messageboard Artist Series dunnys have shipped and pulls have been posted by those who ordered them! Go check out the fun here!
I wrote this on my Flickr, but will add it to my blog as well.
“I met this cool kid named Gershwin while doing a sales transaction with him at ToyQube way back in the spring/summer time. He mentioned to me that he would be interested in getting some type of custom from me, but wasn’t sure what he wanted. Being that he just graduated high school, he didn’t have the funds for a custom toy, so he wanted a painting. He commissioned a painting of any of my artwork and due to other projects popping up, his commission was ‘kinda’ place on the back burner (sorry dude!). I recently learned that Gershwin joined the National Guard, so that he can make something of himself and earn enough money to go to college. What an inspiration he is to me, it’s not often you meet someone straight out of high school who is willing to do what it takes to make a better person of themselves! He leaves for boot camp early next year, so wanted to give him some inspiration before he goes…
Bear in mind doing paintings is not really my thing, but I tried to do the best I can. This painting is called “Army Samurai”, I tried to take elements from a soldier and combine it with the elements of a samurai.
Breakdown of the various elements:
– gas mask represents breathing clean air, exhaling whatever ills/troubles you and breathing in ‘clean’ life.
– Chinese opera mask to ward off evil and colored in USA colors of red, white and blue.
– demon decor on helmet also to ward off evil.
– yin yang represents balance.
– kanji symbols represent power (left one) and courage (right one).
– AK-47s represent go and kick some ass!
– Japanese rays represent…well just thought they would look cool!
I used paint markers, metallic flake paint and spray paint to create this 8″x10″ wood board painting.
Gershwin, I hope you like this painting and give you inspiration to do your best, be like swift, stealthy and honorable like the samurai, kick ass like the soldier and be all you can be! Enjoy bro!”
I’ve been asked by a few members of the KR forum about buying some of my artist proof “Year of the Dragon” dunnys, however, according to the rules of the series, we are only allowed to produce 3 AP dunnys. Therefore, whoever messaged me when I mentioned this a few weeks ago, are on my list and the first 3 people will be asked if they want my AP. If one says no, then I’ll ask the next and so on.
Each AP will come w/ a small circular piece of art that I’m not sure what to do on it yet; pricing has yet to be determined as well.
I plan on making these early next year, as I have other commitments to attend to first, I want to wait till Manne sends them out to the buyers, as well as celebrating Xmas!
So keep up w/ my blog for more information! Thanks for all the support!
I’ve gotten a lot of great feedback regarding my “Koi” Mad*L custom, and wanted to know what it took to get it into a production piece. After speaking w/ MAD, he told me that it took a lot of money and effort to make it into a production piece, so was wondering if there were any stores out there that would like to collaborate and make my “Koi” Mad*L into a production piece. This is a pic of it:
Anyone interested?? Please hit me up! Thanks!
Happened to be browsing through Collect3D.com and found an article regarding my “Koi Dragon” custom labbit!
“AW177 aka Allen Wen is and artist and designer based in Queen, NYC and he’s recently created this amazing Koi Dragon custom Labbit. The 5-inch Labbit, commissioned by a friend, is based on ancient Japanese forklore and AW177 has outdone himself with the accuracy and vibrancy with which he has reproduced the story”
Big props to my man John “Spanky” Stokes for putting up my “Koi Dragon” custom labbit up on his website!
Nice little review of the Messageboard Artist Series on VinylPulse.com:
Most Wanted is a unique and ambitious project – a blind-boxed Dunny series with a twist. The figures were designed and hand-done by noted customizers chosen from the Kidrobot Message board. Think about that, a blind-boxed series done completely by hand.
Organized by mANNEe, the home-spun DIY series features designs by AW177, DEL730, DFed, Draifet, FAS, Flying Fortress, Gawein, Grimsheep, Igor Ventura, Luihz Unreal, Lysol, Mike Die, Nikejerk, RSIN ,Sergio Mancini, timselF, Wuz One
Most Wanted has been sold out for a spell via pre-order. As the ship date approaches collectors are anxious to check out the real McCoys. Many people are curious if the final hand-done figures could live up to the high-standards set with the strong vector-art shown on the series poster and insert handouts. After seeing some of the finished pieces at DesignerCon (above), the answer is a resounding yes.