One of core tenets of Fig-lab's mandate is to introduce talented Japanese figure makers and character creators to the rest of the outside world. To this end, Fig-lab has the distinguished pleasure of coordinating with Simeon and the good folks at Card Hacks to wrangle some talented Japanese Artists to participate in their much accoladed Art Hustle series.
For Series 1 we introduced the Sofubi kingpin Mori Katsura of REALXHEAD and character artist extraordinaire Ayako Takagi of Uamou fame. We would be amiss if we didn't give a shout out to some of the other talented Japanese artists who found their way into the inaugural edition including : Yukinori Dehara, Chanmen, Gargamel, and Katope. (ok - Fig-lab's own datadub got a slot in Series 1 as well)
With Series 2 - we were mandated to cast a wide net across Japan and hauled in the DevilRobots, Mad Barbarians, T9G, Kaijin, Itokin Park, Touma, Skulltoys, Art Denka & Goccodo to the deck.
For the Series 3 - we rounded up BLObPUS, Hariken (the Green Boy), Mori Chack of Gloomy Bear fame, rising star illustrator Konatsu and Ryu Akashi, president of the seminal Medicom Toy company.
Here is a sampling of the new Series 3 special cards.
For those who don't know…
The Art Hustle is a boutique trading card series featuring Contemporary Artists & Art. Uniquely presented on trading cards, this curated series is very much a collaborative effort with the participating artists.
The Art Hustle exhibits an international group currently working in a variety of disciplines including street art, toy art, kaiju, illustration, painting, sculpture, aerosol art, tattoo art, digital art, film, photography and more.
Included in the classic wax packs are Artist Profile Cards and Art Cards; all with interesting facts on the backs that you don’t want to miss. Artist-customized cards have been randomly inserted into packs, so you have the chance to pull an actual original piece of artwork. Signature Cards and Special Inserts have also been included; All contributing to a unique art-discovery experience.
The Art Hustle is a new frontier in Art and Trading Cards, and a hell of a lot of fun.
For more info visit the Art Hustle website.