Covering The Toy and Art World One Post at a Time

SCOTT KINNEBREW

image_2UVD: Would you mind telling us a little background about yourself (i.e. where you’re from, when you started designing, etc)?

Scott: Well, i grew up in Dallas, TX which artistically was a great place to grow up.  It all started the first time I picked up a crayon, and from that point it was all pen/marker/pencil on paper until I moved to Austin in ’94. 

Once I moved to Austin I took a few design and animation classes and within a year or so I started designing posters and flyers for nightclubs and bars.  This was what I continued to do while trying to develop a music career, which was easy since I got to make posters for the all the gigs I played.  At least the work was constant and I got some recognition from the local event rag a few different years in their “Best of Austin” awards each year, but really it was just a way to keep creative outside of the music.28075-header hipsterbookworm

UVD: What attracted you to the world of designer toys and what made you start customizing?

Scott:  That music career I talked about, I walked away from it at SXSW  2010. That Christmas my kids gave me some Target exclusive Star Wars mini Mighty Muggs, and though I had been traveling all over the globe for the few years previous I saw and was aware that designer toys existed and I avoided them like the plague. 

I’ve been collecting toys on and off my whole life, but more seriously since the mid ‘90s.  My collection isn’t really a collection, it just a bunch of stuff from Stars Wars, Spawn, and other pop culture things I am into. 

My first three customs I did were Mighty Muggs and I actually still have all of them. They weren’t very good, but they were a lot of fun, so I got hooked quick.

In March of 2011 I did 13 customs and entered them in the Kid Robot World Munny World competition, and I ended up winning the James Brown Award. Each one of those pieces belongs to collectors now, so that was a pretty welcoming event.Tusken-Rabbit

UVD: Are there any artists that inspire you and your work?

Scott: I figured out there was more to art than what you saw in museums when I started skateboarding around ‘85.  I fell in love with the work of Jim Phillips, Bernie Tostenson and Pushead. So deck, t-shirts, posters, those really drove me creatively.  I used to try and draw like Pushead.  I redid the Gastunk drawing of his over and over trying to get it right, but I never did.  Thrasher was my art magazine, my music guide, and my skateboarding bible during those days.

In the ‘90s I worked in a place in Austin called Planet K and we carried a ton of art books and counter culture stuff.  All of the art stuff we carried got me into Coop, Kozik and Robert Williams.  I was a fan of this stuff, but then life and music got in the way and following and keeping up with anyone’s work seemed impossible.

As far as designer toys go I was actually a fan before I started doing any real shows.  Three artist I was following early on were Jason Chalker, Rsin and Matt A* I really dig the work from all of these guys.539105_10151951020595543_38556643_n

UVD:  Besides making custom toys what are some of your other hobbies?

Scott:  Cooking, tattoos, old school video games, beer, BBQing.

UVD: When did you start casting your own resin toys? And is there any tips that you have for folks that may just be starting that process?

Scott:  2011 and it started with the Haunted Stump and the Fat Head Demon. Tips? YouTube is a great resource and honestly just make the choice now and use Smooth On products. They also have a lot of good videos on their website too. Try reaching out to the artists you like.  Most are pretty approachable, just be careful of who you work with.

UVD: You have a bunch of great releases planned for NYCC 2013. One of my personal favorites is Boba T. Would you mind telling us a bit of the creative process on coming up with a character like this?

Scott:  Honestly it’s more about the ideas I can remember.  I think about new creations all the time, but most come to light and then disappear as quickly as they appear because life seems to get in the way more often than not.image_3

UVD: Recently you created some pretty awesome custom lamps using many toys for the Vinyl Thoughts 4 art show. What gave you that inspiration? And did you face any interesting challenges making that work?

Scott:  I remember growing up people having sculpture lamps in the homes; owls and cowboys, that kind of stuff. Challenges? Not really. I learned how to wire a circuit in the 8th grade in Coach Troyer’s building technology class. I also work with electricity in my regular job. So wiring a lamp is nothing. Deciding what figures to base them on was probably the hardest part. image

The first one I did was based on the Cre8tive Peeples platform and was just a random idea more than anything.  It went up to the SubUrban Vinyl re-opening Show and sold right away so I thought I would try some more.  The Keep Watch Labbit Lamp I did will actually be at NYCC in booth #208.  

UVD: Is there any figure/Platform you have never customized that you would like to?

Scott:  Yes. I’d like to do a big piece like a mega money. I also have this thing now for customizing rarer pieces. I’d really like to get my hands on one of the Miss November 1978 Playboy pieces

UVD: Everyone knows a lot of your work is inspired by Star Wars. If you had to pick a favorite character who would it be?

Scott:  Vader, but I also dig on Stormtroopers.  Fett is a badass,  and I also dig on the Emperor’s guard.  I guess at the end of the day I dig helmets.kinnebrew GID

UVD: Do you have a personal favorite piece that you have done? Or is this like asking you to pick a favorite child?

Scott:  Nah, the Labbit Lamp I mentioned earlier is one of them for sure.  “Sith Proof” which was as piece I did for my KidRobot show last year is one too, but I have no idea who owns it now.  I just hope it has a good home.Sith Proof

UVD: I realize that I have asked specifically about some of your designs, are there some that I did not ask about that you wish to take a moment to talk about?

Scott:  Not specifically.  I tend to think I change pretty drastically based on what I’m working on or for.  Creations for me are really just fun at the end of the day.  This whole thing is just fun.  I have a real job, I think most of us do, and it’s one that allows me to be a little creative from time to time, but toys and sculpture keep me happy.image_4

UVD: Are there any future projects that you wish to discuss for the reader to keep their eyes open for in the future?

Scott:  I previewed a piece at Vinyl Thoughts 4 to see how people would react to it.   It was a Pocahontas doll from Disney that I had customized, and I actually have the whole series so I’m working on customizing them all.  I’m calling them the “7 princesses of the apocalypse”  I’m hoping to have them done in the first quarter of 2014.image_5UVD: What would your encouragements/suggestions be for artists/designers that are either just starting out or who are trying to get themselves noticed?

Scott:  Don’t take this scene too seriously.  Also, if you aren’t creating for yourself and because you enjoy it…don’t waste your time.  There’s a lot of drama and haters around, and they like to pop up and destroy your drive.  You’ve got to either come with a very thick skin, or the ability to just not care about what you’ll hear.  I make for me, and if people like it great, if they don’t I just added something I love to my own collection.

UVD: Thank you for taking the time to talk to us. Are there any parting words you wish to say to the reader?

Scott:  Thanks to UVD and to everyone else who liked a post, or shared a photo, or hipped a friend onto my works.  Your support means more to me that I’ll ever be able to express.  With that said, go support an artist and buy something.  It doesn’t have to be from me, but someone.  It’s that support that keeps us creating.

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