Friday, August 29, 2008

CRAZY4CULT 2: Andrew Wilson

A quick update today, since I'm in the process of moving.

Andrew Wilson's Crazy4Cult 2 poster blows my mind. I'm planning on buying a print for my new apartment and I've been drooling over it every day for the last week. You can pick up a print yourself for $35 at (along with similar posters by Chris Lee and Scott Campbell).

I'll be making a full post on Crazy4Cult 2, which happened last week at Gallery 1988, once I'm settled into my new place. In the meantime, take a look at the above link and see how many cult movie characters you can identify. Personally, I'm hoping the print comes with a legend of some kind, as I've only managed to recognise about half of the featured characters.

In other news, I've upgraded the blog's template to Blogspot's new modular-styled version, which meant that a lot of my previous modifications were lost in translation. The most notable was my inability to transfer Extreme Tracking's code over, so there's a large chunk of hit data missing between August 13th and the 27th. After futzing with it for a couple of weeks, I ended up switching over to Google Analytics, and I couldn't be happier. If you run a blog or website yourself, I highly recommend Google Analytics. I haven't tried SiteMeter so I can't compare the two, but between Google Analytics and Extreme Tracking, Google Analytics has the edge in every instance.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Soopa Coin-Up Bros.


Now this is how you do a blank figure ripe for customisation. Erick Scarecrow molded the 7" Soopa Coin-Up Bros. sculpt and offered up a limited edition vinyl run for sale for the paltry sum of $30 through Esc-Toy (sadly no longer available through official channels, but UrbanRetro is selling the white edition for £22.99 while supplies last). The blank comes packaged with a hoard of stickers for the screen, marquee and cabinet.

The Soopa Show was held in April at Concrete Jungle in NYC and the pieces on display were impressive, to say the least. Click on any of the images below to bask in the glory of full-size.

"Archadic", Andrew Scribner

"Centipox", Brandy Anderson

"One-Armed Bandit", Bucky Lastard

"Battleship", Diego Paz

"Game Over", Doktor A

"Dug Rush", Dynomight NYC

"Toy Break", George Gaspar

"Soopa Koopa", Jared Deal

"Cock Blocker", Jude Buffum

"Chicano-Up Bros", Marka 27

"Bello Bello Beeeeh!", Massa Mas

"Soopa Boombu, The Vinyl Toy Killer", Matt Beers

"Keep Your Day Job", Steff Bomb

More photos over at Vinyl Toy Freaks and Esc-Toy's Flickr stream.

I Am A Bad Blogger

Sorry, folks. I know my last post was two years (two years?!) ago, but life has had a habit of intruding. In my defense, I have a couple of really good excuses for neglecting this blog - namely, that I was in China for a year and all user-maintained blog websites, Blogspot included, are blocked behind half a dozen firewalls there - but now that I'm back I have a backlog of over a hundred cool art and music projects to catch up on.

Strangely, in the last three months, I've been getting increased traffic from all over the world, for reasons unbeknownst to me. It might just be search-engine spiders, but I'm not complaining. What I AM complaining about is that none of the visitors (assuming they are biological visitors) have left any comments! It's a thankless job, blogging about the underground\low-brow\avant-garde art scene, but I'd be mighty encouraged if people were responsive to what I was posting about. If you stop by, say hi! Tell me which posts were interesting and which didn't do much for you. Give me a head's-up on cool things you've stumbled across.

I'm also looking for co-bloggers. I'm going to try and increase my update frequency to at least once a day, but even that doesn't get the Cabinet up to the output I'd envisioned for it. If you think you have similar sensibilities and you'd like to take a crack at posting here, drop me a line.