Thursday, September 29, 2011

MCA's Studio :: Part I

Location: Westport, MA
Space: MCA's Studio Space
September 2011

The first phrase we uttered when walking into MCA’s studio space was “toy palace” and when you scroll through the photos you’ll find out why. Not only does he have a large collection, but it is also one of a knowledgeable collector, including early KAWS and James Jarvis pieces as well as pieces from Japanese designers like Pop Soda. There’s no wonder MCA would be knowledgeable about the designer toy world - he’s released over 70 toys so far with Hong Kong-based company, Toy2R, and a handful with other companies. MCA never seems to be at a loss when it comes to creating interesting characters. Being in a room where his toys and artwork line the walls might make you feel like you need to pinch yourself to see if you’re deep in a psychedelic dream where your friends are a pack of wizards and purple elephants.

Lucky for us (and for you!), MCA opened up his head and spilled the beans on a couple of upcoming projects he’s working on. Having started out making music zines back in the 90s, MCA is no stranger to rocking out with the best of them and when Roctober music magazine asked him to draw a cover featuring the likenesses of a plethora of music stars, he happily agreed. Out of the drawings we saw, Alvin and The Chipmunks and Joan Jett were amongst our favorites. MCA will also be cranking out some more tees with online store and gallery Neon Forest. We had a sneak peek at the characters and colorways and have to say they were impressive. Lastly, anyone who has been following MCA’s blog will be familiar with Fleabaines, the Magical Mountain Man (and of course his evil, bizzaro alter-ego Bainefleas). Keep an eye out for Fleabaines along with MCA at NYCC at the Plastic City booth in October! Stay tuned for Part II which will feature more images of MCA’s studio as well as more information about the projects he’s been working on!

We asked MCA to choose which picture he liked best for the intro and amazingly this is the one he picked.

MCA works as a gravestone cutter, a trade he learned from his grandfather, and incorporates this skill into his artwork.

MCA's amazingly creative and fun kids (Amelia is holding up a tshirt she designed and screenprinted)

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