Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Can you believe I actually spent the entire 90s without seeing an entire episode of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer?” Yet, when I was asked to paint a set of some of the central characters, I actually knew quite a lot about the show. I must’ve picked up all these Buffy knowledge over the years from reading about it in myriad periodicals…that’s the only explanation. Another one is that maybe I binge watch it in my sleep. Who knows what one does during their slumber? It’s not unusual for me to find cookie crumbs in my bed when I wake up in the morning.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Few Years Later…

I haven’t had to paint any Stefon dolls for a while because the NBC Store was selling a reproduction of them. It freed up my schedule drastically and I get to paint something other than that Ed Hardy shirt over and over again. But I couldn’t say no when I was asked to paint a large Stefon along with some classic SNL characters, ones I more or less grew up watching. It’s too bad the Church Lady didn’t make it into the final cut…that would’ve really finished me off for sure! However, I’m not complaining about what I had to paint.

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What a line up! There’s Stefon, of course but then we have Chris Farley as Matt Foley the motivational speaker who “lives in a van down by the river,” Will Ferrell as the “more cowbells” guy, Dan Aykroyd as Irwin Mainway and his Bag O’ Glass, Bill Murray as Nick the Lounge Singer, Tim Meadows as Ladies Man, and my favorite, Adam Sandler as Opera Man.

Details:

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Speaking of Stefons…it was a shock to look up while watching the new episode of “The Mindy Project” to see my little guy sitting on Seth Meyers’ desk.

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I can retire now, right?

Telenovela

It’s not every day I do a giant set of 8…especially if there are two sets to work on at the same time! Luckily it’s a set featuring a new sitcom called “Telenovela” starring Eva Langoria that’s all about bright colors and bling and muy delicioso abs and many funny moments all on the set of a Spanish soap opera. I once had a student who would spend his after school art class in my room reading out loud the exploits of Juan-Carlo and Carlotta that he’d painstakingly transcribed in English off shows he watched with his Chinese grandma on Telemundo. It used to drive me nuts, but what else is one to do in an after school art class once they’re done with their assignments? Watching “Telenovela” now reminds me fondly of that particular student and lazy afternoons watching Telemundo with my own Chinese grandma.

Here are Set A and Set B of the core cast of “Telenovela” with several slight differences.

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Some details:

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SetB

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Availability

Just letting everyone know that I’m still currently sourcing materials for a very very limited edition of Pink Flamingos. As for the other sets, there will also be a limited number scheduled to be painted in August. Check back for more deets then! Thank you so much for your interest and inquiries! All my work are hand made in my little sweatshop, so it’s not humanly possible for me to make more than a few of these dolls at a time.

In the meanwhile, here’s a little video made by the outrageous Emi of The Pygmy Hippo Shoppe (sadly, she’s also sold out but check out her other fabulous wares!):

Female Trouble

What to do when you have too many ideas for a set of dolls? You paint TWO versions of it!

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Version 1 is a customer version of “Female Trouble,” a John Waters treat featuring pre-accident Dawn Davenport and Aunt Ida. We had to throw in John Waters as the last doll, just because.

Female Trouble

Version 2 is a full set of most of the cast featuring a post-accident Dawn Davenport in that outrageous gold and blue leopard print dress and mohawk, Donald and Donna Dasher, Aunt Ida again (boy, John Waters enjoys squeezing his plus-size actresses into form fitting outfits, doesn’t he?), and of course, little Taffy Davenport. I was still tossing up weather or not to recreate Dawn’s scarred face toward the very end. I couldn’t resist doing something different. Same with the mohawk, which was the most fun I’ve had in a long time.

Spring Breakers

So there’s a difference between spring breaks and spring vacations. Spring breaks involve booze and bikinis and the words coming out of your mouth between downing shots are “Whoo!”s and “Bluuuurgh!” (okay, that one’s more of a vomiting noise than an actual word). Spring vacations are car trips with the family to Palm Springs visiting our snowbird neighbors who had a sprawling home in a gated community for the aged and that my brother and I were always the only ones in the communal pool and dinner was served at 4PM. Bedtime was at 9PM and there were a few days spent at Disney World and Dad lets us steal sips out of his beer at the EPCOT Center. I saw what I’d missed when I watched “Spring Breakers” a couple years ago and figured that with my distaste of balaclavas and greasy men with grillz and (shudder) corn rolls, I preferred my spring vacations.

Spring Breakers

This mini set features Alien, the local rapper/drug dealer; spring breakers Cotty, Brit, and Candy all suited up for a crime spree.

Some details:

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Patriot

Well! This was a delight! I was asked to paint two sets of “Patriot,” a new Amazon Prime show that’s been described as “Daniel Craig’s James Bond meets Broadway’s Once. Call it…folk-spionage.” I was able to watch the pilot episode before diving into the project and this is what happened:

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Quite a quirky show! Can’t wait to see it once it premiers!

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Here are the top 5 TV shows I’m always eager for the premiere:

  1. Broad City
  2. Archer
  3. Bob’s Burger
  4. Penny Dreadful

The fifth used to be Grimm, but I’m bumping it down to #6 so that spot can rightfully go to…

The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. It’s just a nice, joyous show that could’ve been all kinds of horrible, given the subject matter, but it’s not, and a great show to watch when you’re standing at your work table for long stretches with stacks of dolls to paint. Here’s my little homage to season one as I hop from one foot to another and counting the hours till season two premiers!

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(From large to small) Kimmy Schmidt looking chipper, Titus Andromedon with his Pinot Noir, Lillian Kaushtupper; Kimmy and Titus’ landlady, Jacqueline White with her pooch, and her surly stepdaughter Xanthippe Lannister Voorhees.

Some details:

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Mad Max: Fury Road

When you’re stuck in your house day in and day out painting, you tend to enjoy all of your cinematic outings be it good or bad—especially if it’s followed by a visit to Yogurtland right afterwards. The Hubs is the perfect person to see a movie with because he’s not the type to debate the movie to death afterwards. We’d just fill our cup to the brim with fro-yo and toppings and scarf it down while lost in our own thoughts.

Now and then, though, I’d love to discuss a movie, especially if it’s a rip-roaring epic like Mad Max: Fury Road. Since the Hubs is not apt to talk about it, I had to take find another outlet, and here they are:

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Large to small: Imperator Furiosa, Max Rockatansky, Immortan Joe, Nux, and the Splendid Angharad. This is my post apocalyptic name: Torque Ballista.

Some details:

Immortan Joe and his crazy ass outfit:

Immortan Joe

Imperator Furiosa and her sensible ensemble and the arm apparatus she’s rigged up:

Imperator Furiosa

Nux the War Boy:

Nux

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