LOCATIONS: Charlotte, NC; Baltimore, MD; Brooklyn, NY; Montclair, NJ;
Philadelphia, PA; Blacksburg, VA; Winston-Salem, NC; Columbia, SC
The Noise & Toys “One Night Only” pop-up events are designed to provide the new as well as the experienced art and toy collectors with a more intimate setting (ie: favorite music venue, bar, gallery) than would be possible at a big convention. Each evening features an eclectic mix of noisy bands, plus curated designer art-toy artists for you to peruse. This is the place to meet and hang with your favorite artist to see what they are up to between conventions. Our unique boutique approach allows everyone to engage with and discover fresh local and traveling artists while introducing these art-toymakers to wider audiences looking to discover something new.
“What was once the dominion of large toy companies has, in recent years, become a medium for independent artists who mold, cast and package plastic and resin collectibles — sometimes using repurposed parts of other toys — to celebrate the niche obsessions of their youth.” (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/23/style/bootleg-toys-action-figures.html)
“Designer toys, whether oversize or pocket-size, are typically made from materials like resin, vinyl or wood. Some are original designs by urban artists, but most have pop-culture roots, which has led to brisk business for the figures at fan conventions like Comic-Con International and at specialty shops where they are sold.” (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/29/business/smallbusiness/funko-kidrobot-designer-toys-collectibles.html)
Although still considered a niche interest, the designer art-toy market has experienced a recent surge that can be seen in many different instances. What may have formerly been known as an underground scene, is now getting world-wide recognition and distribution. Independent toy companies like Kidrobot, Funko, Super7, and DKE Toys have become very recognizable names at Comic Cons and trade show conventions built upon this niche collector market. Big annual event such as Five Points Festival in Brooklyn NY, Designer Con in CA, and *Assembly Required in Asheville NC just to name a few, have emerged as the premier events for the designer and bootleg toy underground. Now top media outlets like The New York Times and industry outlets such as Clutter Magazine, and The Toy Chronicle (UK) are introducing well known designer art-toy artist like the Sucklord, Killer Bootlegs, Dogman Toys, Frank Kosik, Ron English, and so many others to a world-wide audience. We’ve even seen Hollywood crushing on the toy scene more recently with shows like “The Goldbergs” that feature toys made by formerly unknown artists like “Dead Greedy” in episodes due to creator Adam F. Goldberg’s own fascination with this underground pop art phenomenon that drives him to collect. All this lends credence to reports that this niche designer toy underground is “fast-growing” into something worth paying attention too. Whether a true toy/art collector, or the occasional purchaser of these funky artistic conversation pieces, many have discovered for themselves: “That feeling when you come across something new, unexpected, shocking, offbeat. A raw reaction that drives you to keep exploring and discovering – it’s pure childlike wonder that you can experience over and over.” (https://www.kidrobot.com/pages/about-us)
The Noise & Toys Spring tour will feature headlining performances from Athens GA’s doom-noise duo RAT BABIES (http://www.mrblankisdead.com/rat-babies/) who have partnered up with MR BLANK TOYS to tour the east coast making stops in NC, SC, VA, MD, NJ, PA, and NY! After extensive touring for 13 years Rat Babies recently wrote and recorded a new album at famed Rancho De La Luna studios in Joshua Tree CA with David Catching and Jon Russo (Earthlings?, Eagles of Death Metal, Desert Sessions, Queens of the Stone Age, etc). Now they are ready to hit the road in support of the album release. Mr Blank Toys (http://www.mrblankisdead.com/mr-blank-toys/), a current nominee for the 2019 Designer Toy Awards, produces limited edition custom hand-made Designer and Bootleg Art-Toy resin figures inspired by the nostalgia for the 80’s, 90’s, and today.
We have also enlist local and national toy artists who will join us at destinations on the tour including: Remakes Plethora, Two Percent Toys, ThrowAway ToyZ, Spider Mike Designs, Basement Puke, Resin Rookie, NJDirtyGardener, Sop-Art Studio, Rriverabovo_art, GorillaBugs, Playful Gorilla, Denizens Plush, Kiers Customs, Retrogimmick, Resin Underworld, FigureFettish, Magitarius, Banshee_Toys, Kim Ew Art.
As well as a noisy mix of bands/musicians including: Malhond, NUSS, Pale Stag, Floral Print, Evil Kim Evil, Shinner, Subtle Skies, Canyon, Worst Ones, Erin Incoherent, Moyogash, Magnificent Birds Of Prey, Dover & The Elevators, Trebuchet, Jesus And The Groupies, Killspirit, Space Coke, Pray For Triangle Zero… and more.