Interview Is Up At TokyoDriveMagazine

I’m pretty stoked that my interview is online over at TokyoDriveMagazine.com. If you have a few moments hit the link and check it out.

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The Art of Maisto and Bburago

we are back from another successful trip to hong kong. the mood amongst customers was positive, given the state of the economy, and we are placing our outlook at level orange – cautious optimism. while there we are always ready, camera in hand, to take some photos that we hope you might find interesting.

this next grouping of photos are snapshots of what is used to decorate the offices and showroom in hong kong. we hear from many people that the maisto/bburago showroom is one of the finest – not just product lay-out, but everything that goes into the look, the feel, and the style of the headquarters. some of the following is what gives it that feel.

first up – blackie. blackie is a famous photographer from germany that is used a lot by our distributor for their ad layouts. a couple of years ago he showed the bosses some pictures he had put together using our products – they are outrageous, cool, and most definitely blog-worthy…

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these two pieces were printed on a canvas material and stretched over a wood frame, giving it a hand-pained look. maybe 36″ by 48″

this next group is a little on the more esoteric side. when we were going through the Bburago facility, they had all sorts of interesting artwork – much of it incorporating actual die-cast pieces. it was all arranged in formation, then painted, usually a very bright color, framed. next.

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hope you enjoy the look inside our headquarters.

Some people…

we all see it everyday, people taking art that doesn’t belong to them and posting it on a blog or using it as a picture on a website, but hey when it happens to us…Maisto, we don’t like it and we don’t take it lightly. Especially when they blatantly use the exact same artwork, with a minor, very minor change.

this work was created by me for the front of a Maisto Outlaws t-shirt, you’ll see the original artwork first, then the fake/copy version after sporting some new verbage about “staying true”. how does one “stay true”, when you steal someone else’s artwork? a question for you all to ponder. down with the fakes!!!!

I would post the link to their page, but i don’t want to give them any kind of recognition or spike in traffic. if you want to look it up, just google it. don’t mess with the bull buddy…