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Interview for Vinylmation World Blog

February 22, 2012

7 Questions with Vinylmation Custom Artist Howie Green

It's another edition of the 7 Questions series. This week we bring you the internationally renowned Howie Green. After looking at his portfolio and bio, we were impressed and we are sure you are going to be too. In his bio it says "Howie Green has won over 45 awards for his creative services for national and regional clients including: Coca-Cola, L.L. Bean, AT&T, Hewlett Packard, Texas Instruments, PBS, Tom Peters and CBS TV." With a portfolio like that, he still has time to create custom Vinylmations, and we have to say they are amazing. Below are the 7 Questions we asked Howie.

1. We saw your Custom Vinylmations on the Internet, what was your first Custom Vinylmation?

I got the green thumb one from whatever series that was and I thought it was so dumb I painted right over it and made a metallic silver Mickey Robot.

2. What is the hardest part of creating a custom Vinylmation?

The boring part is the prep work. By messing up a couple early ones I found that I have to prepare the surface by sanding and cleaning and getting a couple nice smooth coats of primer applied. Other that that the 3" size is a challenge. I love doing the 9" ones because the larger size give me lots more flexibility with my design and materials plus they are easier to see up close. No magnifying glasses required, lol.

3. What inspired you to create the Pop Art that you have created?

My early influences were Disney and Warhol and the Beatles and Yellow Submarine and Peter Max and the San Francisco poster guys like Victor Moscosso. All that stuff was going on when I was in art school and I loved the visuals from that era so I started working in that style to try to get a better understanding of it. I was lucky enough to get to work with Peter Max on a number of projects in the early 1990s and now when I run into him at gallery openings he calls me "one of his guys," which makes me smile.

4. What is your favorite Custom Vinylmation you have done, so far?

Oh I don't know that I have a favorite. It's always the last one I just did. I'm working on a glow in the dark one now that I'm loving a lot. I may keep it for myself. Its all made out of little dots of different color paints, inspired by the overpriced Electrical Parade Dragon 9" one. I love that one but would never pay the price they are asking so I thought I could make my ownâ but make it better by using glow in the dark paints.

5. What is next on your list of Vinylmation Customs?

I have to finish up about 10 3" pieces I have started. I'm working on a large series of album cover painting commissions so that is occupying most of my time at the moment

6. Do you consider yourself more of a Collector or a Customizer?

Oh I'm both. I had collected toys my whole life to the point where my house looked like Santa's workshop. I sold off almost all of them 10 years ago. Then along came the Vinylmations and all the other cool Kidrobot style toys and I just had to have a few thousand. Like any collector my motto is why have 1 when you can have 100? But since I'm an artist and a toy junkie and the whole area of custom art toys is perfect for my artistic endeavors. My custom toys have become a major part of my portfolio.

7. Where can Vinylmation fans find you and keep up with your work?

You can see lots more of my toys on my website and I update my Flickr photo stream and my Facebook pages regularly.

http://www.hgd.com
http://www.facebook.com/howie.green.artist
http://www.flickr.com/photos/howie-green

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