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Art and Career
Sket One created and ran Unitee in the 1990s – a shirt design company while looking for full-time work as a designer. He eventually landed his current position as Creative Director for one of the leading sports marketing firms, the Silverman Group. He has also worked as Associate Creative Director for Bad Juju Games/2Advanced Studios.
Sket’s career moved forward with his inclusion in the first series of Dunny blind-boxed mini-figures in 2004, produced by at the time little known Kidrobot. Sket made and continues to make the most of the newfound exposure by designing figures for several designer vinyl companies including Kidrobot, Wheaty Wheat, Red Magic and Kaching Brands. Collectors became familiar with Sket’s art through his toys.
While Sket first made his name in designer toys with production figures such as his Dunnys featured in at least four series produced by Kidrobot, he experimented in the growing popularity of the custom toy. Customs are one-off hand-painted versions of existing toys. One of Sket’s first customs, the "Cover My Soul Dunny" remixed paint company Sherwin-Williams’ paint can splash logo by turning the ‘ball’ into the Death Star, a symbol of the evil empire. Beyond the strong 3D imagery of paint pouring out of a can and onto the toy, the Star Wars reference invited viewers to discover meaning on their own terms.
From the fully functional “Operation” Munny based on the interactive surgery game of the same name to his inspired melding of an imperial speeder with the imagery and symbols of legendary daredevil, Evel Knievel. His recent “product” customs transforming several different toys into well-known food item containers from Hershey syrup to Tropicana Orange juice jugs.
His work, both custom toys and original 2D pieces, have been shown in numerous galleries across the country including his inclusion in the Beyond the Cel show (September, 2007) at the Mesa Arts Center in Arizona. This museum show featured the work of artists who have made a name for themselves incorporating cartoon imagery into their fine art.
Away from customs, general production pieces also were created, including self-designed and limited release figures such as vegetable-based Eggster and Buckeye Rot and Stay Puft Marshmallow Man-esque Ripple. More corporate toys were also designed by Sket, including a figure for the 3" Trexi series promoting Coca Cola in 2008.
Original Toys Produced
Selected Solo Shows
- Rewind, Kidrobot Miami, 2009
- You Asked For It, London and Birmingham, UK, 2008
- Snake Eyes, CiRCA, Toronto, 2008
- Night and Day, My Plastic Heart, New York, 2007
- Authentic Happiness, Channel 1 Gallery, New Haven CT, 2006
- Playjorizm, Kidrobot, 2004
- Being Labelled Trouble, Kidrobot NYC, 2004
- "Video Interview". CT News Channel 8. December 2009.
- "(Archived) Interview "Barbie can't touch this"". Boston Globe. December 2006.
- "Interview". La Famiglia Magazine. 2008.
- "Ford Flex Feature". Vinyl Pulse. March 2008.
- "Grind King Trucks feature". Clutter Magazine. September 2007.
- "News Feature". Crispy Whips. December 2010.
- "Kidrobot Profile". Kidrobot. 2010.
- "Interview". Vinyl Pulse. May 2005.
- "Interview". Stay True Video Magazine. 2010.
- "Kidrobot's Photo of the "Cover Your Soul Dunny"". Kidrobot. 2004.
- "Interview". Life in a Bungalo. March 2007.
- "Sket-One Mayonnaise Golden Ticket Dunny". Vinyl Pulse. September 2010.
- "Beyond the Cel show review". Vinyl Pulse. September 2007.
- "Trexi "A Better Tomorrow" series". Trexi.com.sg. 2008.
- Dot Dot Dash, ISBN 978-3-89955-161-7, pages 186, 189, 194, 195, 201-203, 214-215
- Full Vinyl:Designer Toys, Urban Figures and More, ISBN 0-06-089338-9
- I Am Plastic 1, ISBN 0-8109-5846-5
- I Am Plastic Too, ISBN 978-0-8109-8887-3
- "Buckeye Rot". Vinyl Creep. 2008.
- "Ripple". Vinyl Creep. 2007.
- "Oil". Vinyl Creep. 2007.
- "Sket Bots". Vinyl Creep. 2007.
- "Eggster". Vinyl Creep. 2005.
- "Kidrobot's Flickr re Rewind show". Kidrobot. 2009.
- "Sket One – You Asked For it for All Tomorrow’s Parties". Vinyl Pulse. October 2008.
- "Snake Eyes at Circa". Vinyl Pulse. May 2008.
- "Night & Day Artwork". My Plastic Heart. 2007.
- "Kidrobot's Flickr Coverage of "Being Labelled Trouble"". Kidrobot. 2004.