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June 15, 2016

The Collection with Huck Gee - Part 6 Ben Goretsky of Designer Con

Talking Points Why would Huck pass up a free trip to Bejing? The hardships of finding the right assistant. The different mindset of the entrepreneur. The trouble spot of handling everything by yourself. Wabi Sabi. News on the JPK collab with huck. Huck enters the broach game with his IP made by someone else. Creating the custom bear body for the Luke Chueh show. Gold Life update. Leaving a thumbprint of skill versus a thumbprint of laziness. Booth strategies for walking Designer Con. When and where does promotion start for a convention. Planning the growth of an event on your own terms. Figuring out a new space and getting your name on the Jerk Off List (industry term). The return of artist signings to Designer Con. Why crowds kill artist panels. The draw of accessible exclusives. Tapping into your consumer mind to create what you want to buy. The genesis and rise of Promoting your store and filling a hole in the market you already work in. Why you would open a toy store in the middle of its recession. Avoiding rent. Digging in and making your store look incredible. Balancing out the booths at Designer Con. Key points Ben looks for in an application. Using your story telling skills to draw people in and be discovered. The importance of being in the booth to meet your fans and meet your peers. Getting offline and into life. Is Designer Con a year long project? The hidden costs in running Designer Con. Emerging trends from the perspective of a business man and collector. The worldwide expansion of toy production in the US Market. Ben really sweats deciding what toy to save from his house. A real DeLorean deal. What makes Back To The Future an evergreen property? Amber Alerts and Food Trucks.


Posted by: Your Ninja Blogger Gavriel Discordia

WeLoveFine Teams Up with Patricio Oliver to Benefit Orlando Victims & Families

Patricio Oliver (PO!) has submitted a beautiful shirt design to WeLoveFine. WLF is currently selling these shirts with a portion of the sales to benefit the victims of the Orlando shooting and their families. Click here to buy a shirt and support the cause: Men's shirts and Women's shirts.

Dissected Bear Head Kickstarter - The Ninja Review Is In

Your Ninja Blogger Gavriel Discordia here with a review of the Luke Chueh x Clutter - Dissected Bear Head. A very successful Kickstarter project that was launched last year and is reaching supporters everyday this month.

 I got in my support rewards just recently and was impressed above expectations, which were damn high considering Luke and Clutter don't do anything badly. They are both way too established to put out shoddy work and the good people at Unbox Industries do not disappoint.

The paint job on the OG Version of Dissected Bear Head includes teeth whiter than the skull itself, which is a slight cream color. Includes a nice dusting with a fine black power and clear paint solution giving the deeper recesses of the skulls molded details a 'dirty' look.

 Everything about these items is well done. The sculpts, the paints, the impressed logos on the bottoms of all the items. The 'Kenner' Blue KS Exclusive is rotocast vinyl and has the perfect shade of blue. It really reminds me of the original Kenner test pull Star Wars figures.

Even the Blood Pool add-on is a soft vinyl with logos molded into the middle of the pool surface. Another bit of high-quality I was not expecting. 

Along with the frame-able signed hard stock print and the 3 stickers included as Tier Bonuses, the full experience was total awesome sauce. I will regret not obtaining a Glow version with Glow Blood Pool, but it was a very pricey add-on and I didn't jump on it for that reason. I'm willing to bet the edition size on the glow version was very low and will be very hard to come by after market.

Either way, there is everything to be pleased with if you backed this release. We have no idea what the edition sizes were for these colorways. And I have no clue yet when, the excess production of the OG Dissected Bear Heads will be made available for sale, or on what website they will be available.

Guess we have to wait and see...

For the Masses Podcast by Suburban Vinyl's Rob Lumino Launches on Blindbox Network

For the Masses illustration by Xavier Alvarez aka @inprimewetrust
Rob Lumino (owner of the recently closed Suburban Vinyl art toy shop in NJ) is an industrious guy. Like me, he has always held down a few jobs at the same time, launched new ventures while running other ventures. He knows a thing or 2 about a thing or 2, and frankly, if I were as smart as he is, business-wise, Tenacious would probably go the same way as Suburban Vinyl. But no, Tenacious soldiers on into insolvency and Rob Lumino has already leveled up to the next great renaissance in art toys: podcasting!

Here's his quote on For the Masses, his new podcast on the Blindbox Network:

With Suburban Vinyl closing its brick and mortar, I needed something to do. So to make a long story short, I decided to do a podcast focusing on artists and try to bring them into view as much as their artwork is.
As I was deciding this, GM over at the BlindBox Network, and host of the Blind Box Podcast, asked me if I'd like to host a podcast.

Well great minds think alike and psychopaths do also.

So somewhere in between there is GM and I. (Or me and GM. This ain't a grammar podcast who cares.)

So debuting this week is For The Masses!!! ChrisRWK is our first guest and it's an hour of me getting Chris to talk about his life to this point and he's just beginning!!!

I'd like to also thank our sponsor for this first episode, Boundless Brooklyn (

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 During his time running Suburban Vinyl, Rob has met and done business with nearly every working artist in the lowbrow art & art toy scene. It's no surprise that his first guest is someone with a bit of clout: Chris of Robots Will Kill, possibly the most notorious graffiti art / underground art crew in NYC.

Tune in to Rob's new show. I guarantee it'll be a show less about abstract speculation, and more about getting to know the people that make this whole scene vibrant and fun. Follow @forthemassespodcast on Instagram for updates!