25 Mar 2011

Nak – Nak and her Servants, Beauty in the Making by Arwassa

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Have you ever wonder, how custom toys end up looking like they do? how much time and effort does it take to insert a little piece of the artist soul in to a small piece of vinyl? If you’re a customizer or an artist you may already know the ups and downs of playing with sculpey, epoxy, resin and all the other stuff that comes with the trade. But for those of you that only have admired from a distance, and with every show and blog post continue to grow curious about the process, I would like to present you with a little window, so you can get a general idea of how this magic happens.

Meet Arwassa her real name is Yolanda Perez a talented artist and designer from Valencia, Spain. She studied painting in her youth and graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts of San Carlos. After studying different artistic techniques, found her vocation and style in the vector art and sculpture.

Preparing for sculpt – cutting the symbiote blank toy

How and when did you begun customizing?
ARWASSA: I began doing art toys tree years ago but I used to make plushes for myself and my friends and I customized action figures before.

Sculpting legs,hair and face features with epoxy

Which part of the customizing process did you enjoyed the most?
ARWASSA: I enjoyed the most when the modeling was finished and I applied the primer. All the shapes looked clean.

Final sculpt with primer – Clean Lines

Airbrushing the sculped piece with acrylics

What keeps you inspired?
ARWASSA: My own imaginary world and stories.

Nak – Nak and her Servants – Done, read her Story

Through her artwork and short stories Arwassa explores the girly world, full of evil and sweet faces, sensitive and voracious women. She has always been fascinated by the creation of complex and conflicting characters. Her girls are a mix of little funny girls and dangerous tyrants governing in a liquid and dreamlike world. Nobody could guess if they are benevolent or evil beings. As if they were gods, seduce, play and devour all with impunity.

Nak – Nak and her Servants is part of – For the Love of Vinyl – custom show, you can find this piece and other great customs at Dragatomi.

15 Mar 2011

– For the Love of Vinyl – Show Opening at Dragatomi

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This past Saturday March 12th was the opening of our first custom show – For the Love of Vinyl – hosted by Sacramento based toy store – gallery Dragatomi.

We would like to thank all the people who came in to support the show and their favorite artists, by attending opening night and witnessing by themselves the care and effort that took to make each and everyone one of these pieces unique.

From a creepy Stroll Trap to a cute Jack Lumber these customs are the representation of a very unique vision, gathered together to celebrate their passion for customizing. Some of the pieces sold immediately after the doors opened, but If you’re interested in snatching one of these pieces for yourself then,you’re in luck because they are still some wonderful customs available at Dragatomi’s website. Including works by Jeff Lamm, Artdenka, Paul Shih, Jeremiah Ketner and more.

If you live near Sacramento, please stop by to see these wonderful customs,you may end up with a friend, a monster or two ^_^

photos thanks to SpankyStokes

10 Mar 2011

They’re coming… Round 2

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Yesterday we posted Round 1

Now here’s Round 2 for your viewing pleasure ^_^

Work in Progress by Emily Bee

Work in Progress by Paul Shih

Work in Progress by Frank Mysterio

Work in Progress by Warm’nFuzzy

Work in Progress by Arata – Jeremiah’s Ketner oldest son ^_^


Excited? we sure are! and we can’t wait to show you what these artists think about customizing.

Don’t forget – –  Opening Night is this –  Saturday, March 12th 2011 From 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm – – See you There!


2317 J Street,
Sacramento CA 95816
Sign up for show preview at www.dragatomi.com

09 Mar 2011

They’re Coming…

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Are you ready?

You better be! cause we are bringing  you some wonderful customs from artists from around the globe. Passionate artists that make themselves known by the dedication they put int heir work, you may already recognize some names, others have kept underground for a while but everyone is equal here when sharing our love for toys.

I’m sure by now everyone is curious to see what the hype is about, well in the upcoming days we are sharing with you interviews so you can see what makes them tick and some behind the scenes photos of their work.

If you’re curious and can’t wait to see what I’m talking about? well I have good news for you, if you’re around Sacramento this weekend you may want to stop by Dragatomi because the show opens this Saturday!

– –  Opening Night –  Saturday, March 12th 2011 From 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm – –

Here’s just a taste of things to come.

Work in Progress by LouLou & TummieWork in Progress by LouLou & Tummie

Work in Progress by PodgyPanda

Work in Progress by John Spanky

Work in Progress by Dolly Oblong

2317 J Street,
Sacramento CA 95816
Sign up for show preview at www.dragatomi.com

10 Jun 2010


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Hello there,

Welcome to our site   – For The Love of Vinyl –

Is a labor of love a collaborative celebration of doing what you love, the way you want to, and how ever you want to do it, in this case the artists and designers have had the opportunity to create their unique vision freely allowing them to use the technique, materials and theme of their choosing on their toy.

Why? you might ask
Well…  the honest answer is  “Cuz we’re Crazy for Toys” So If you are crazy too might as well join us and if you’re not, don’t you worry because you’re welcome to join the celebration, don’t be shy come in to admire, discover and explore your secret love for designer toys.