Sunday, December 10, 2017

Mall Knockoff Toys

The other night, my fiancée & went Christmas shopping at the Hamilton Mall in NJ. It's the first time I've been in a mall in... I don't even know how long!

Although the mall wasn't empty, there didn't seem like there was a lot of shoppers for the holiday season. It's evidence of the impact online shopping has had on brick-and-mortar stores, and malls, in particular.

Anyway, I was in one store, called Unique Gifts or something, with all kinds of useless crap to buy. I walked buy the toy racks and was pulled in against my will by the hilarious selection of cheap knockoff toys from China & other east Asian countries.

I have a soft spot for knockoffs & bootleg toys, mostly because of the ridiculous "Engrish" and horrible graphic design. I've had many years of experience designing toys, games, & their packaging- so it's amusing how bad some of the products & graphics on the packages can be.

Here are some of my favorites, I had to get photos of the funniest ones:

This was the first one that caught my eye: 
"Super Dino Force", Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles combined with Jurassic Park dinosaurs.

 
 This one cracked me up- "Street Fighter: Man Wrestle"
Featuring Super MAN!

 
Low-budget Justice League: "Super Justice Force". 
The only weapon they need is the katana blade.
"Ultimate Fighter Hero" complete with Luchador mask, and ladder, chainsaw, & spiked bat accessories for ultra-violent play!

 
 "Universal Hero"
A ninja Capt. America ripoff with Wolverine Claws

  
No, this is not a Transformer, it is a "Universal Super Change Robot"!

 
Finally, an archery set with a knife & Native American stereotype thrown in for good measure.

Friday, December 08, 2017

"4D Gem" by Paul Micarelli

I have been processing my large archive of abstract imagery recently. I want to share them online and create prints for exhibits & sale.

"4D Gem" is a rare multi-dimensional jewel, of infinite detail.

by Paul Micarelli

 "4D Gem"
by Paul Micarelli

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The Monkey Buddha Bazaar:
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Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Quantum Mandala #2


I have an app called Forge of Neon that allows you to make these awesome 3D designs made of light points & trails.

As I was making one of these designs, it reminded me of a combination of patterns of quantum energy & a spiritual mandala. So, I decided to make a series of "Quantum Mandala" designs in both looping animated GIF format & as a video.

On the fundamental level, Reality is an infinite sea of pulsations of patterned energy. This is an attempt to visualize the beauty & intricacy of these ubiquitous energy patterns that form our world.

Monday, December 04, 2017

Big Paul's '69 Camaro


Recently, I came across an article on HotRod.com that my Dad had showed me recently.


Big Paul loves cars, and especially classic muscle cars. He was reunited with his old 1969 orange Z28 Camaro, that he sold in the late 1970's, around the time I was born.

I remember seeing it in old photos, and he was finally able to get back behind the wheel after he met the current owner, Steve Shauger. They are now friends, and have visited each other on a few occasions.