Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Who the Hell is Huck Gee?

Remember the name Huck Gee. He's an up and coming local artist who is making quite an impact in the "Urban Vinyl" toy scene. He's one of the uber hip artists I was referring to earlier that has made Kidrobot's Dunny figures so successful. If you can find his 2" Dunnys on eBay, they are going for a super premium equal to several times retail price. He's at it again with his upcoming Don'yoku 8" Dunny Yakuza complete with dragon tatoos and traditional Japanese steam bath undies. Completely and utterly cool. If you're real smart and listen to me now, you can go to the Kidrobot San Francisco store on Haight Street tomorrow (Thursday, December 1st) from 6-8pm and not only meet Huck Gee, but get him to sign the $39 Don'yoku Dunny being released. Then you can sell it to the poor bastard that doesn't live in San Francisco on eBay for like $250 on Friday. Seriously. Not kidding.

The story behind Don'yoku? From Kidrobot: "In a time long lost there lived a successful merchant by the name of Don’yoku. Successful being an understatement and the term merchant used very loosely. He was rumored to be one of the country’s highest ranking Yakuza. The proprietor of several acclaimed Geisha houses, it was said that Don’yoku’s real trade was his ability to balance his dealings with both the Yakuza and the country’s politicians, using each to keep the other in check.During his long reign the few that dared cross him were quick to learn the error of their ways. The next morning they would wake to find their entire household had been slaughtered while they had slept. Servants and family alike, no one was spared except the individual that had crossed Don’yoku. The only evidence that was left behind was a shuriken with the number Ni (2) engraved upon it. Some believed that the Ni represented the second chance the individual had been given. Others believed that it was a marker left by the infamous Nimaime ninja clan. Although no one dared finger Don’yoku for these horrendous retributions, the ’massacre while you sleep’ eventually became known as "The Don’ni".After a long life of success Don’yoku retired to lead a humble life in the country. How humble is left to speculation, for many of the land’s highest ranking Yakuza, politicians, and Geisha were often seen traveling the lonely road to his small estate on lake Kuroi Kiri".

Check out his Custom one-off Munny Samurai figure on display at the Minna Gallery in San Francisco. How cool is that? Badddd-Assssss!!! I want one! Huck, put this one in mass production!!!

Below: Some of Huck Gee's earlier 2" Dunnys.

A bit about Huck Gee from his website:
"Huck moved to San Francisco in the early 90's to pursue the venerable life of a b-boy. Maintaining day jobs that expanded his artistic vocabulary; he spent his nights testing his skills, and his weekends searching for inspiration. Graphic design by day, graffiti by night, studying Miyamoto Musashi on the weekends. He later culled his skills as an illustrator, allowing him to explore more commercial art styles and delve into the alluring world of Japanese pop art.
Huck recently completed a series of figures for Barneys New York which feature the designs of Marc Jacobs, Dries Van Noten, Jil Sander, Rick Owens, and Duckie Brown. He is currently working on numerous toy designs with Kidrobot, including figures for DJ Qbert and N*E*R*D, and has additional figures in production with Toy2R and Wheaty Wheat Studios. The coming year brings a full schedule as he also plans a world gallery tour with stops in England, Los Angeles, Tokyo, and Hong Kong. Mr. Gee's clients have included Kidrobot, Yokohama Tires, Toy2R, Wheaty Wheat, Monkey Business, MTV, Sanrio, WB, LiquidMercury, and ToysRus. Huck presently resides in Northern California pretending to be a race car driver.


As I read a bit more about Huck, I kept on seeing logos to SaveHuck! Curious, I opened up the link to his sad, but true story. In a nutshell, Huck may get deported back to England after living in the United States for 24 years for an incident that occured 14 years ago involving a little weed. Read his story and contribute to his legal defense fund.

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