PEABE: the name of piece is "el barto loco" its pretty much bart simpson 20 years after the show has ended. he started wrestling in little farm circuits throughout the midwest and eventually ended up in mexico where he took his high flying abilities and became a luchador.
TRE: how did the custom gig come about? what was the genesis?
PEABE: got really into vinyl a few years ago when i first saw a michael lau figure. then rotofugi opened up in chicago and it all went crazy from there. i started making figures and around the same time kirby and whitney at rotofugi introduced the idea of customizing existing figures. im sure i tell them this too much, but they revitalized my want to paint again.
TRE: how did your custom concept come about?
PEABE: ive been real obssessed lately with finding a teal/aqua luchador mask and failing, so the idea was still in my head and i figured why not go with that for the bart concept. ive also really liked luchador costumes but never really liked the colors, so i figured i would do my own.
TRE: besides wondering why you'd be looking for a teal/aqua luchador mask - im trying to imagine him diving from the ropes shouting EAT MY SHORTS! ... are you a Simpsons-fan?
PEABE: i am/was a HUGE fan of the earlier simpsons seasons. the first 7 or 8 seasons, but ill be honest and say that i havent been a big fan of the current episodes. they have their moments, but they dont pull me as much as the earlier writing did.
TRE: i'd haveta agree with you on the writing bit tho ... if you were a Simpsons-character, who would you wanna be and why?
PEABE: id be a ralph wiggums neighbor so i could sit back and laugh at all the dumb stuff he does and experiences.
TRE: enuff with the nose-picking! LOL - why do you think the Simpsons-character skin is yellow?
PEABE: they're asian, its just not been revealed yet.
TRE: do you think Bart is a pain-in-da-ass or is he just misunderstood?
PEABE: he's misunderstood man. he's just being himself and happens to be a pain in the ass in the process. i was that kid getting myself and friend into trouble, he's a cool cat in my book. he should hang out with ralph more though.
TRE: cheers for your time and trouble, Peabe! and in closing, maybe you could tell the folks here, WHO IS PEABE?
PEABE: my name is peabe and im from chicago. by day im a graphic designer and by night im a trying to be painter. used to do graff back in the day and wasnt all that great so i stuck to pencil, ink and paint. you can check out some of my work at: www.pea-be.com. also, if you 're in chicago in august drop by rotofugi for the BFF show. a great show with 10 of chicago's coolest art geeks. thanks for the interview andy! peace!
TOYSREVIL: peace out! :))))
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