So we've had a long relationship established with Mike "NEMO" Mendez where we have been acting as the official and exclusive retailer of his tiki-themed custom toys and carvings. But honestly, that arrangement is kind of difficult when NEMO's pieces sell essentially before leaving his studio!
I think I might have to make him sign a contract or something...
NEMO rocks and we, of course, fully support his artwork, no matter who buys it or where they buy it from! NEMO's been banging on a material called balsafoam, which he finds fun to work with. He's been gearing up for a full-on tiki assault by honing his skills on the balsafoam, while simultaneously collecting nice blocks of wood at his studio. Next step in the NEMO Tiki Assault is goin' big: chainsaws and chisels! Expect to see some real, traditional wood tiki carvings from NEMO in the near future. Turns out the various balsafoam tiki carvings that NEMO's been working on have been studies for more ambitious pieces he plans to carve out of wood.
This latest carving is Tiki #6: a 6-inch carving from balsafoam. Already in the hands of the new owner! Stay tuned to our NEMO section for more products from Mike Mendez, including a series of 4-inch collectible vinyl tikis based on Mimoco's Vimobot platform!