1. What was your favorite toy you created while studying toy design at Otis College of Art and Design?
I did a spin off of Tickle Me Elmo called “A Nightmare on Elmo Street” where instead of pushing his belly to make him laugh you pulled the skin off his face (revealing his skull and brain) and pushed his brain to make him laugh and shake. We had to sew the whole thing up and everything… I still have it around here somewhere.
2. Was there a quintessential moment in your career as an artist where you felt like all of your hard work had paid off? If so, what was it?
There’s been a few of them, but the most recent was when walking through Times Square and seeing my Kidrobot x Swatch watch 30 feet tall on the side of a building. That def set me back a bit… gonna be hard to top that.
3. When it’s down to the wire on a project you’re working on, what do you do to motivate yourself to reach your goal?
Usually shut off all distractions, throw on some headphones and get to work… it also requires lots of Redbull and no sleep.
4. Do you have a crazy collection of toys? If so, is there one toy in particular that stands out that you really like? Or one that you wish you had in your collection?
I’ve got a pretty healthy collection. Mainly stuff from friends or a few things that I couldn’t live without. I’ve been collecting toys most of my life, but really only have the designer vinyl stuff on display.
5. You’ve been a very strong force in the designer toy world for a long time, what do you find to be exciting at the moment in the art world, or more specifically the vinyl toy world?
Hmmm. That’s a tough one. I think I still tend to go for the graf based stuff, but every now and then something grabs my eye that I gotta get. I actually don’t pay that much attention to what’s going on other than a few blogs and things my friends are working on.