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Updated: 2018-03-06T12:34:42.054-08:00


TGIF! B-Kaws from Necessaries Toy Foundation - Bootlegging a Bootlegger!!


News flash from Spanky Stokes ---A very interesting solicitation email came our way this morning. Not only was it interesting in what it contained, but it was even more interesting (to us anyway) about who it was from. "B-KAWZ: APPROPRIATING THE APPROPRIATOR" is a new vinyl figure from Necessaries Toy FoundationWith this new release, they are pretty much doing what artist Kaws already does... taking a classic character, putting XX's on the eyes as well as minimal additional sculpted elements, and calling it their own. Now, Kaws does nothing for us in that sense... not very creative - although a few of his designs are great - nothing in recent memory is very original... that's why after seeing this "bootleg" or "tribute" to Kaws is actually kinda cool.and......uncovered some flashback photos from 2006 in the studio in the back of  Meltdown Comics!xo julie b![...]

Gallery Shout-out - Cat Art Show Los Angeles


"Love and Allergies" by Luke ChuehAdmission is free!!!  If you haven’t had a chance to check out the show, well then there’s no time like the present!Specifically this Saturday: Feb 1st, 2014, our good friend and collaborator, Luke Chueh will be signing limited edition 7 color silk screen prints of his Cat Art Show Los Angeles piece, "Love and Allergies."The signing starts at 2:00 pm.  And even more good news, you don't have to live in LA to buy them - you can email the Cat Art Show LA to place an order. Artist Shepard Fairey, his wife Amanda, and artist Heather Mattoon at the opening night reception.  "Radical Cat" by Shepard Fairey.  Images courtesy of Cat Art Show Los AngelesThe show also includes over 70 other artists, some of whom are Tracey Emin, Gary Baseman, FAILE, Shepard Fairey and Ray Caesar.  Purrrrty great lineup if you ask me! "Morris The Cat" by Jill Greenberg Studio and The Cat Art Show LA Gallery.  Images courtesy of Cat Art Show LA“All in all, art featured in Cat Art Show Los Angeles is a contemporary examination of the psychology, inspiration, and physical impact of cats in our lives.”  - catartshowla.comKatherine Streeter // Cat Art Show LAMEOW-ZA!     [...]

Brian McCarty x Pretty in Plastic - War-Toys Touring Exhibition and Book Signing


We love when we see our friends and clients do great things. It's projects like Brian McCarty's War-Toys that make us love what we do. After creating the limited edition toy for his book we continued to keep an eye on the project as it went viral through articles and interviews on CNN, Wired, ABC News, Huffington Post, Hi Fructose, and more. As a result of Brian's hard work War-Toys is going Global with a touring exhibition starting in 2015:"I’m very pleased to announce a partnership that will help further the educational goals of the project. Beginning in 2015 and continuing through 2020, the NEA-funded Mid-America Arts Alliance will present a traveling exhibition of War-Toys photographs, drawings, and artifacts curated by Catinca Tabacaru. The exhibition titled War-Toys: Israel, West Bank, Gaza Strip will tour various institutions and museums throughout the US. I’ll keep you posted as dates and venues are solidified over the coming year."We couldn't be more happy for Brian and everyone involved in this project. We will be sure to announce all of the tour dates once they are released.Brian McCarty will be at the LA Art Book Fair on Friday, January 31st between 12pm-2pm signing copies of War-Toys: Isreal, West Bank, Gaza Strip at the SCB Distributors' table. The event is free and open to the public so you should stop the by The Geffen at MOCA and congratulate him on his touring exhibition![...]

Munky King Announces the Winter Wanderland Edition of Mr. Pumfrey - Available Now


Munky King announces the release of the latest colorway of Doktor A's Mr. Pumfrey and his Astounding Mechanised Perambulator. The Winter Waderland colorway features a sleek and minimalist glossy white finish with silver and turquoise accents. This rare edition of 100 is available now at www.MunkyKing.comThis wonderful character is the concoction of monster mastermind Doktor A and produced by the fabulous folks over at Munky King. Mr. Pumfrey stands 8 inches tall and is removable from his perambulating base, which features clear lenses housing it's gears as well as a ton of other delightful gadgetry details. Sculpted by Dave Pressler and Pretty in Plastic![...]

ST.ART x Buff Monster x Pretty In Plastic at the Basel Castle


For our special Art Basel project this year we hooked up with our awesome and talented friend Brandon Koppel and ST.ART Initiative.ST.ART Initiative is a consumer electronics company specializing in exclusive wearable art by creatively utilizing limited run artist designed works from the most talented artists and brands in the world. Partial proceeds of each limited run artist/brand designed case will be donated to charity.The Installation was part of their launch at Basel along with an extremely limited line of iphone cases. Their first run consisted of cases from Greg Mike, L'Amour Supreme, Nosego, Madsteez and The Overthrow. You can purchase on executed this mega iPhone with digital renderings, CNC milling, hand sculpting and fine finishing work for a pristine paintable surface. (Peep some process shots below!)The Basel Castle event was blowing up and Buff was able to get enough painting in before the rain started, but no worries... he finished up the next day.The finished piece just arrived back to our shop for a high gloss coating and will be for sale!! Stay tuned...Thanks again to Brandon, Joe, Nils, Rooster, Buff Monster, and everyone involved. We can't wait to work on future projects.Nils, Julie B., Brandon, Joe...and some behind the scene process shots......ready to ship to Basel![...]

Pink Rager: Highlights of the 20 Rangers for 20 Years Custom Toy Show


Pink Ranger was a hit!The Power Rangers 20th Anniversary art exhibition and pop-up shop took place this past weekend at Toy Art Gallery in Los Angeles. Curated by Sweet Streets, the Power Rangers exhibition, 20 Rangers for 20 Years, highlighted popular artists and designers from around the world and their one-of-a-kind painted 31” Ranger statues.We were honored to have our "Pink Rager" in the center of it all. Julie B. worked hard sculpting the Pretty in Plastic contribution by modifying and manipulating the boy ranger into the final diva we presented.The whole Pretty In Plastic Crew went to represent at the opening last Saturday since Julie B. was at Art Basel. We were honored to be among a roster of other AMAZING friends and artists. Thank you to TAG, Sweet Streets, and The Power Rangers! Pretty in Plastic TeamBehind the Scenes Action...Maybe we'll see more of the Pink Ranger in the future??? ;) [...]

Art Basel 2013 Wrapup


I am sure you all know about Art Basel Miami Beach took place this past weekend from December 5th - 8th. With over 250 galleries, 50,000 visitors, and amazing weather - it's no wonder why this event has become the premier destination for art lovers. Instagram was flooded with pics of artwork, installations, and parties.Julie B roamed the streets of Miami discovering the best that Art Basel had to offer and here are our official picks:FriendsWithYou installation at the Mandarin was amazing - especially with the pimped out ice cream truckJona Cerwinske live painting a car Amazing Animals by Enrique GomezChocolates by Peter Anton Eugenio Merino Sculptures by Patricia PiccininiEaster Egg by Jeff KoonsA nice little Banksy spoof...More Highlights...Benjamin Alejandro...Desire Obtain Cherish...Rabi from Cyrcle and Desire Obtain CherishThanks Miami:)[...]

20 Rangers for 20 Years - Custom Power Rangers Exhibit


The Power Rangers 20th Anniversary art exhibition and pop-up shop will open this weekend at Toy Art Gallery in Los Angeles. Curated by Sweet Streets, the Power Rangers exhibition, 20 Rangers for 20 Years, will highlight popular artists and designers from around the world and their one-of-a-kind painted 31” Ranger statues.The exhibition will take place this weekend, Dec. 7th-8th, starting off with a launch event at Toy Art Gallery on Saturday, Dec. 7th from 7-10 p.m. The event will feature music by Iheartcomix DJs Franki Chan and $U$PECT as well as Asian-fusion food by the Jogasaki Sushi Burrito food truck. Each customized Ranger statue will be available for purchase on-site at Toy Art Gallery and online at during the event and throughout the weekend. A percentage of the proceeds from all artwork sales will be donated to the Challengers Boys & Girls Club.20 Rangers for 20 Years will feature hand painted Ranger statues from not only Pretty in Plastic but also: 64 Colors, Ardabus Rubber, Bei Badgirl, Cope2, CRASH, Frank Kozik, Indie 184, Jim Mahfood, Josh Mayhem, Jryu, Kano, Lamour Supreme, Malcolm Stuart, Martin Hsu, Martin Ontiveros, Mathew Curan, MEGGS, Mikie Graham, Olek, Scott Tolleson, Shojono Tomo, Superdeux, TADO, Simone Legno of Tokidoki, and more.Julie B. worked hard sculpting the Pretty in Plastic contribution and wanted to share a little sneak peak of what to expect this weekend...Aside from a crew of custom Power Rangers there will also be a mural inspired by the heroes. It's going to be a great night filled with art and "Go Go Power Ranger" chants. We will see you this Saturday at TAG Gallery on Melrose.[...]

TGIF! Onch Movement for Hello Kitty collection Launch!


We want to congratulate our friend Onch Movement on launching his incredible collection with Sanrio, “Onch Movement for Hello Kitty”! Onch has been constantly creating quirky, adorable, kitschy collections, and this one is no different. He’s also going to have a launch party and trunk show this coming Saturday at JapanLA on Melrose, and we can’t wait to be there! There’s so many incredible items in the collection but check out my personal favorite- this unbelievably cute necklace!!(Shout out to Onch for featuring Daniel, Hello Kitty’s bf!)We hope you guys can make it to Onch’s event. There’s never been a dull moment when he throws his parties, and we wish it was Saturday already! xoxo Emi(All images courtesy of: Onch Movement)[...]

East LA Classic Trophy for Nike


 (Photos Courtesy of @axisphotography) We are so excited to share this amazing project we had the honor of working on! Pretty In Plastic participated in the creation of the trophy for the East Los Angeles Classic with OptimistLA for Nike. For those of you wondering what exactly the Classic is all about (and no, it’s not “just a homecoming game”!)... The Classic is s the homecoming football game for both James A. Garfield High School and Theodore Roosevelt High School, which are among the first high schools to be established in East LA. This event also happens to be one of the most highly acclaimed and attended high school football games west of the Mississippi, and boasts a history from 1925. The event gathers 25,000+ attendees,  and gathers alumni from all over the world. Needless to say, we were beyond honored to be able to be a part of this amazing event. Though both teams brought their A-game, in the end the Bulldogs were the ones to take the trophy home. A very big congratulations to Garfield Senior High on their 4th winning streak! (Photos Courtesy of @axisphotography) [...]

TEASER! Basel Castle!


TEASER! We can barely wait for Miami Art Basel! 
Buffmonster is going to be painting a one of kind installation that we created with ST.ART initiative at the Basel Castle! You can get your tickets for the event at !!

More info and pictures to come....



Today, Pretty In Plastic will like to introduce you to our friend...the ridiculously talented sculptor Juan Balandran, aka Red Rooster. Red Rooster is a Los Angeles based sculptor, who is known for his bronze sculptures inspired by German Expressionism and Film Noir. He is currently working on designing a sculpture of Alvaro Martin for the Fallas Festival, which is held in Valencia, Spain, every March (You can learn more about this event in his video). Red Rooster plans to travel to Valencia for 3 months to work on his project, and he needs your support! Rooster is offering various incentives for the campaign, such as original artwork (some of it exclusive to the campaign!) and personal classes! You can learn more about Red Rooster’s campaign and contribute on his indiegogo page. learn more about Juan Balandran and his work, you can visit this page: We hope you can help our friend make his dreams come true! <3[...]

"WISH LIST" at Gabba Gallery ...another chance to get yourself an Autograph book!


The guys at Intellectual Properties are a part of a show this coming Saturday! We hope you can all make it!  The few remaining AUTOGRAPH books from DesignerCon will be available.“WISH LIST” will be held at Gabba Gallery, an amazing gallery featuring up and coming as well as established artists. “WISH LIST” is a pay and carry show, and we are anxious to go and check out Intellectual Properties’ project. “WISH LIST” 7pm - 11pm3126 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CADaniel and Ryan showing off the goods at DesignerConLimited edition autograph book in collaboration with Intellectual Property PrintsCheck out this rad pic of Paul Frank signing one of the books! (Photo courtesy of Lee Joseph)We hope everyone who was at DesignerCon 2013 had as much of an amazing time as we did! xo Emi[...]

DCon 2013 Newsflash


DesignerCon 2013Candied Bacon Collab with Mr. Toast! Pretty in Plastic collaborates with Mr.Toast for DCon! This collaboration is a Limited Edition of Shaky Bacon in multicolored variations - Most are translucent, a few are opaque, one is glow in the dark!!! Mr. Toast will be at DCon 2013 - Booth 602Autograph Book Collab with Intellectual Property PrintsThis project is an Autograph Book to be purchased at DCON.  The Autograph Book covers were made by Pretty in Plastic in a Design Collaboration with Intellectual Property Prints.  They will be available for Purchase at the Intellectual Property Print booth 522 at DCON.                       [...]

From The Desk of Brian McCarty!!! - Pretty in Plastic - Toy Soldier


November 5th - 26th, the cutting-edge Peanut Underground Art Projects in NYC will host a preview exhibition of WAR-TOYS: Israel, West Bank, Gaza Strip. The show, curated by Catinca Tabacaru / Tinca Art, will feature a selection of recent work alongside the children’s drawings that served as art direction and inspiration. An installation of ambient sounds from the region will accompany the images and provide an opportunity to further understand the experiences of the children.I'll be in NYC for the opening event on Tuesday, November 5th from 6-9pm. There will also be an intimate artist's talk and book signing at the gallery on the evening of Saturday, November 9th from 6-9pm. Space is limited, so get there early!Brian McCarty's War-Toys book is being released on November 12th! Follow the link to check out this amazing project and special limited edition toy soldier created by Pretty in Plastic!  [...]

Luke Chueh's Target Wins "Best Vinyl" at the Designer Toy Awards!


The votes have been tallied and the verdict is in: Luke Chueh's piece "Target" has won "Best Vinyl" at The Designer Toy Awards!The best part? This was all made possible by YOU. Sure, Pretty in Plastic's Julie B. worked with Chueh to sculpt the piece, and the folks at Munky King are great producers, but YOU turned out to vote for Chueh for the category of "Best Vinyl". We'd love to give each one of you a trophy if we could.But since we can't, we can at least let you know about this rad new color-way of "Target: Self-Medicated", a variation on Chueh's winning piece that will be dropping soon. This limited edition piece will be available at Designer Con 2013 at the Pasadena Convention Center November 9th-10th. Be sure to congratulate Luke in person by swinging by Booth #818 at the event![...]

Brian McCarty's War Toys Release - Special Collab!!!


Pretty in Plastic is thrilled to announce the release of Brian McCarty's War-Toys: Israel, West Bank, Gaza Strip. McCarty's book features over 75 stunning photographs and illustrations of accounts of war recreated with children's toys. It also includes an introduction in English, Arabic, and Hebrew, as well as essays by renowned expressive therapy experts Dr. Judith Rubin and Dr. Julia Byers, and a narrative account of the production of the series.source: Brian McCartysource: Brian McCartyPretty in Plastic has collaborated with McCarty to offer a special limited edition of his book that includes a expertly modeled recreation of the original war-toy soldier, cast by Pretty in Plastic. To learn more about McCarty's fascinating project and to purchase your own limited edition copy, check out the War-Toy blog and store.The original war-toy figure alongside Pretty in Plastic's metal recreationAll photos courtesy of Brian McCarty[...]

Two Bit Circus Event STEAM Carnival at Brewery Art Walk 2013 Featuring Dodecahedron Created by Pretty in Plastic


Two Bit Circus  is a think tank and talent magnet that dedicates its efforts in building products at the crossroads of amusement and education!!  STEAM Carnival is a new, modern take on the traveling circus. The Carnival combines technological extravaganza with contests, prizes, tasty food, live entertainment, and a midway loaded with challenging games and physical interactive experiences.The Dodecahedron Project created at Pretty in Plastic is a project to promote Two Bit Circus and STEAM Carnival.  The Dodecahedron symbolizes the convergence of Science, Tecnology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) in one tangible object.  We are happy and proud to be part of this amazing project!!!Join Two Bit Circus for STEM Carnival at Brewery Art Walk this Saturday & Sunday, October 12 - 13, 2013.  For more info click here[...]

Clara Venice x Pretty in Plastic = Music x Fashion x Design x Art


Photo Credit: Clara VenicePretty in Plastic is thrilled to announce that we have teamed up with musician Clara Venice to create a one of a kind piece for Clara's debut EP release, "Love Riddle". Each heart-shaped piece of jewelry, designed and created here at Pretty in Plastic with the help of designer Scott Hiers of Lunch, Inc. is not only a pretty piece of neck candy, but also a USB drive that host's Clara's album. It also includes art from four of Clara's favorite visual artists: Nathan Jurevicius, Alex McLeod, Ken Ogawa, and Luke Painter.Photo Credit: Clara VeniceClara Venice's EP "Love Riddle" is the FIRST EVER album to be distributed like this! She'll be kicking off the album release in style with a party and show in Toronto on October 3rd featuring new songs, new projections, and a ton of other fabulous features. If you happen to be in Toronto, we really advise against missing this event! You can buy tickets and find more information here. Be sure to also check out Clara's website for more from this up and coming artist! photo credit: Clara Venicexoxo pip[...]

TGIF! Happy Labor Day weekend! It's a HOT one...



something coming soon...with ONCH MOVEMENT! <3

DTA Announces New Board Members!


Pretty in Plastic is thrilled to announce that the new board members for The Designer Toy Awards have been unveiled and that our very own Julie B. will be joining their prestigious ranks as a member of this art and toy community. To read more about the new board members, check out The Designer Toy Awards blog post.

And...It's not too late for YOU to vote for your favorite blog, collection, toy store, online toy store, and "fan favorite". Just head over to DTA's voting site, sign in and register, and click away!

"Random Acts of Sadness" at Corey Helford Circa! Presenting "Jack" Luke Chueh x Julie B. with Pretty in Plastic


Jackalope is our most recent collaboration with Luke Chueh <3Sculpted and created by Julie B. with Pretty In Plastic.We are ecstatic to have worked with Luke!!  Check out a special glimpse into the process.This Master Original of Jack will be debuted at Luke's upcoming solo show "Random Acts of Sadness" at the CHGCirca Gallery.  The show opens at CHGCirca Gallery in Culver City tomorrow night, August 10th, 2013. Reception will be held from 7-10pm.  So be sure to stop by, meet Luke and Julie B., and check out the fantastic work!                          [...]

Julie B. Julius Custom for Paul Frank Show at TAG - More Photos


Paul Frank Julius Art Show, a set on Flickr.[...]

Tracy Tubera x Dr. Pepper


source: Vinyl PulseThe folks behind Dr. Pepper have presented a unique challenge to a collection of eight of the best creatives in the game. Designers from fields such as clothing design, music, and skateboarding were presented with the task of creating a one of a kind collaboration based off of the Dr. Pepper can.source: Vinyl PulseOne of these competitors was Graphic Artist Tracy Tubera, who's design is shown above. Tubera first designed a sketch of his character, which was then turned into a 3d model, and lastly turned into a one-of-a-kind resin figure, with the help of Pretty In Plastic.Pretty in Plastic's process shotsThe best part about this collaboration is that Tracy Tubera's character is available for you to win! For more information on the giveaway, click here.Source: Vinyl Pulse[...]

Paul Frank Show at TAG!


Tomorrow night at the Toy Art Gallery at 7571 in Los Angeles the Paul Frank: Julius Toy Art Show & Pop Up Shop will be kicking off their two week exhibit of over 50 Julius the Monkey custom vinyls created by a gambit of amazing artists, including our Julie B!  Julie B.'s Julius Custom - WORK IN PROGRESSPHOTOS OF FINISHED PIECE COMING SOON ;)Curated by the rad folks over at Sweet Streets, the show's kicking off August 3rd at 7pm. In addition to all of the fantastic art, there will be live music by DJ Doll Skills and hot dogs from food truck Let's be Frank.Julie B.'s Julius Custom - WORK IN PROGRESS - not only do they perform a balancing act...these little monkeys also BREAKDANCE!!!All art on display will be available for purchase at the venue and online. Additionally, the show will feature a Paul Frank pop up shop where you may purchase all manner of Paul Frank swag. More info is available from the Toy Art Gallery here.We hope to see you there!xoxo Pretty in Plasticand Julie B.[...]