Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Ozomahtli - Hernandez Original Toy and interview up on Vinyl Pulse

Here's the Link

Here's the Interview

Your work is deeply rooted in ancient cultures such as Aztec and Mayan -- does Ozomathli come from one specific culture or is it a mix? How do you approach the balance between cultural accuracy and compelling toy design ?

Ozomahtli literally means "Monkey" in Nahuatl the language of the Aztec people. My work generally reflects the Aztec culture, but I'm definitely influenced by the Mayan as well. I try to make art that will spread knowledge, and also inspire other people, in much the same way as my canvas work.

Ozomathli makes its own way with a seated pose. Did you make this choice to convey the sense of regality ? Was he seated from the jump -- throughout the design process ?

Yes as you can see in the original design he has always been sitting. I think the crown gives him a lot of regality, and also puts fear in any potential enemies. I wanted to put him in an original pose that was natural for a monkey.

While you've done several platform toys (FLCL Canti, Kaniza, and Dunny), this will be your first original vinyl figure. Making that jump is a considerable challenge -- did you consider resin as an alternative to relying on a company to do vinyl ?

I'm very excited to finally have my first original vinyl piece come out. It's been a long time coming. I've had deals with a lot of companies that fell through the cracks, for various reasons over the last 4 years or so. No I never considered resin for this design, but am looking into doing some short run resins in the near future, so keep an eye out.

[We'd like to congratulate Jesse on Ozomahtli and thank him for slogging through the interview in the wee hours of the morning!]

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Vinyl Addiction - Officially drops today

What up everyone I'm very excited to announce "Vinyl Addiction" the new TV show I've been workin on for over a year now for MYXtv. This is the first segment to introduce the show to everyone featuring an interview with "Minigods" creator and insanely talented artist Marka27. Don't forget to check out the website vinyladdiction.tv we have 2 other exclusive interviews from the first episode with Biddies creator Roy Miles, and legendary DJ and art collector Linkin Park's own Joe Hahn.

Vinyl addiction is a behind the scenes in depth view of the Designer toy world, with information packed Artist interviews , Art shows, profiles of our favorite stores, and a sneak peak into the Art collections of some well known celebrities you may not have known were hard core Art collectors.

We’ve got interviews coming up with the likes of Greg Craola Simkins, Marka27, Huck Gee, Frank Kozik, Brian Flynn, Gallery 1988, Munky King, MAD, Kano, DJ Qbert, Joe Hahn, and many more.

I hope you enjoy the show, feel free to let us know what you think.

Any companies interested in sponsoring the show or advertising on air give us a shout or if you have something you’d like featured feel free to contact me at immortalstudios@hotmail.com


Don't forget to peep the link on VinylPulse!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Fan gets Jaguar Dunny Tattoo

Just recently I was sent some pics of this Jaguar Warrior Dunny Tattooed on the arm of VIK ROKIT aka ROBOLORD. Apparently he's a very dedicated fan , thats dope man! Big Props too you I'm honored! Thanks for the Pics!!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Sold Out!!!

What up! I just got back from the whirlwind of a signing tour, I Had a great time meeting everyone who came out, in all the cities. I hope you had as much fun as I did. The Tour was a big success and the dunny is sold out everywhere! Big shots out to All the Kidrobot staff in each city, and all the collectors who came out to score the Piece.

New York:
Props to all the folks that came out in the semi cold NY weather. hahahha IT wasn't to bad out there. Shoutz out to My Homie Kano for coming through OG style, Dave cortez and the homies from INU Art, and The Big guy Paul Budnitz for making it out to say hello. Also Flygirl/store Manager Jenny , and her crew did a dope job out there.

You guys held it down , it was dope meeting everyone out there. I have to say Miami may have been the most hardcore, since I was so late thanks to that Piece of crap "American Airlines" that could not put a working plane on the ground for us. I swear to god they made us deplane and reboard 3 times. So I didnt make it to the Signing until 8:40pm way after the original time scheduled, but most the people stuck around, and for that I was very impressed. Big ups Miami! And the crew there kicked Ass, Big Ben was in the house, very cool guy, Mrs. PHI you go girl, it was real cool meeting you , and chillin at that well researched Thai spot, gonna have to do that again! Don't be a stalker now... lol

Los Angeles:
LA always represents shouts to all the new homies and collectors out there, I always love comin down to LA. Big ups to GINO at dvwarehouse.com thanks for everything brotha, and for dropping me off in style, I have to say that may have been the pimpest entrance so far. Shoutz out to my man Jack Muramatsu from Vinylpulse.com showed up and we grubbed down afterwards at a dope Japanese spot with my primo Andre. Good times fo sho! Big ups To my man Ace for comin through and hookin me up! You da man son, lil Cooper that gave me an impromptu interview on the spot, that was fun, keep doin your thing lil dude! My homie from Valentine's in SD was first in Line good lookin out dog! hahaha congrats on that chase!

A big F.U.to LAX and the Random search/Frisking, of all my personal sh!t while I was trying to catch up with my homie Yujiro who happened to be passing through the security area at the same time as me, good to see you again bro, sorry I couldnt talk...lol Luckily I'm used to that sort of thing having grown up in the face of Police Harrassment and racism. Nothing new to me. Which also makes me want to thank the Oakland Airport, where I don't get discriminated on, Big Ups Oaktown!

San Francisco :
What can I say it was good to be back in the BAY, and the hometown people came through for sure. The Manager Carrina and the staff were awesome, thanks so much for everything, the endless supply of Redbull, and hooking up my lil shorties. I'll def have to come through again soon, you guys rule! I had the whole familia chillin with me, and we shot some footage for a Vinyladdiction segment too (vinyladdiction.tv) Know about it! It was really good to see everyone out here. Big ups to Dragatomi (Ray and Joanne) Kyle and Yvonne, Holly and Magnus, Joe from Savage Style, Old School Jaime De Galeria delaRaza , my boy Dino Ignacio for comin through, Str8-Laced producer Pete Songsiri and Emil, my main man, camera man extraordinaire and only other latino at TFC Big Joe Perry, and intern turned Field Producer Dave Nip , Special shoutz out to my boy Metatron1050 aka Francis Ramos for coming out and shooting photos of the event for me, thanks brotha good lookin out!!

Thanks to Joanna , Meryl, Gabe, Nichole, Delphine!, Fumi, and everyone else at Kidrobot for helpin put this all together. It was dope, lets do it again soon!!

Mexica Tiahui - Aho Mitakuye Oyasin

Jesse Hernandez

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Signing tour begins tonight in NYC

From Vinylpulse Post

As the designer of the newest Dunny from Kidrobot, Jesse Hernandez is taking part in a four city signing tour for the release of his Jaguar Warrior Dunny. The first stop takes place at Kidrobot NY (03.04), then going down south to Kidrobot MIA (03.05), back to the West Coast he goes to the Kidrobot LA (03.06) store, and then ending up back home at Kidrobot SF (03.07). All signings begin at 6 PM and end at promptly at 8 PM. So be sure to pick up your very own Jaguar Dunny from your local retailers this Thursday and for those close to a Kidrobot store, get yours signed by the man behind the design. Also don’t forget that 1 out of every 12 Dunny’s comes a special super rare variant!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Hernandez Dunny up On Juxtapoz

Here's the link to go peep it out

Thanks to Katie over at Jux!

Interview On Spanky Stokes.com

Interview on Spankystokes.com

Thanks to the good folks Joanne and Ray from Dragatomi, It was a lotta fun choppin it up with you guys! Click the link or the Picture to peep the full interview on their site.


(Click Image to go to Interview)