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For most of us collectors, geeks, and movie watchers, we know who the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man is. His hilariously terrifying first appearance in the 1984 Ghostbusters movie is epic. Stay Puft has become a pop culture icon that has appeared almost everywhere. I consider Mr. Stay Puft and Slimer to be the Mickey and Minnie Mouse of the Ghostbuster brand.
Alex Solis’ interpretation of the Stay Puft monster is quite amazing. He softened the character by making him a baby. It makes him seem less threatening than the original mascot. Yet when you look at Baby Stay Puft’s face, the destructive potential seems much more infinite. I would love to see this version in a Ghostbusters movie or cartoon. I think it would wreak havoc.
Baby Stay Puft looks like a homunculus baby deity that appears to have more destructive power than the original. The actual product has a good weight to it. The plastic is durable, thick, and slightly pliable, and the detail, the paint, and coloration are quite impressive. I love having the “glow in the dark” version; it gives an ectoplasmic, psychokinetic feel to the piece. Alex Solis’ pop culture artwork is worth every penny, and I reached out for an interview to talk about his work.
Like most artists, Solis always has a pen or pencil in his hand, doodling, creating, but like most artists, he also wanted to eat. Solis focused on Design and Web development in school. Once he learned to code and design, he found it useful with his art, creating what can only be described as a singular style.
His interpretation of pop culture has helped create some iconic versions of some already iconic characters. His Mighty Jaxx Baby Terror Baby Puft, from Ghostbusters is what attracted and captured me. I couldn’t resist, hunting down and acquiring one of my own, at an expense I rather not divulge, I found the “Glow in the Dark Version.”
Alex Solis resides in the Midwest, where he works full time on his own brand Oddworx. It allows him an opportunity to spend most of his time with his wife, two kids, and his English Bulldog. For you readers that are artists, isn’t that what we all dream of? To be able to work on our craft, be creative, and still be able to provide for one’s self, family, and pets?
With no further ado, let’s get to the questions:
Tell us about yourself.
I’m Alex Solis, known as alexmdc on social media aside from art, I’m currently a fulltime independent artist, and one of the main focuses is my brand oddworx.com. I’ve been creating designer toys for about five years now.
What’s the earliest age you remember drawing or being fascinated by art and the creation of art?
My earliest memory creating art was me creating endless drawings of the TMNT, I grew up in a very humble family and in a way it sorta replaced me not having many toys. I became addicted to art without even knowing so, at one point I stopped asking my parents for toys, instead I would ask for blank paper.
Your coding and designing skills paid the bills. Would you say as an artist you are at or past the threshold of having a “day” job?
I went to school for Graphic Design and web development, I sorta steered that way because I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to make a living with my art alone, I felt like graphic design was the next best thing, since I really wanted to make art and design my career one way or another, even tho I have always continued to create my own personal artwork always. All that I have learned has helped me tons now, and I apply it to my own products and work, so it essentially became full circle.
Were there any artists in your family tree?
My brother does tattoos in Mexico; aside from that, no one that I know has dedicated their life to art as a career.
Do you have a favorite artist or artists you collect or admire?
I mainly collect my own figures as I’m making them, and love to exchange figures whenever I can. I don’t have a favorite in particular.
Off subject, I love Bulldogs, my favorite dog was a French Bull Dog named Diva, and she was amazing. What is your dog’s name?
My dog’s name is Charlie. He’s an English Bulldog – I try to post pics here and there on his Instagram https://www.instagram.com/charlieandricky/
What other talents do you possess?
I’m also a b-boy, been dancing for about 20 years now! I’ve slowed down a bit with competing since art keeps me very busy.
Are you a collector? What else do you collect?
I collect all kinds of art, I do try to grab a piece from artists that I feel inspired by or just look really cool whenever I can, especially if I meet the artists and can do trades, it becomes something more valuable for me.
Do you have a favorite thing you geek out on? (Pop Culture, Old School, the 70’s, 80’s, Movie, books, comics, toys, music?)
80s Pop Culture had a big play in me creating art as a kid, so there is a place for it in my heart and it’s always exciting to be able to create something 80s/90s pop culture.
Making toys has been an amazing experience for me, and I have found a new level of love and respect for designer toys, holding a physical figure you designed and created is a unique experience.
Do you have any celebrity clients?
Here and there I get projects from celebrities. Recently I created album cover art for Tekashi 69, which if you guys know of him, he’s brought so much drama to his name, but on the upside, my work has been seen millions of times more and a level of exposure that I never really imagined.
Is there one celebrity you would love to create a piece for?
No one specific, but would love for my work to eventually become a household name, maybe through a cartoon, toys, or who knows, but that’s one of my goals! 😀 For the moment, it is important to continue to just focus and create!
What inspires you?
My kids motivate me! And everything that happens around me and moves me, I try to create a lot of my work based on my life and what happens around us that moves me.
I love your Icons Unmasked series. Is there anything else you are working on that you would like to share with us?
I’m currently working on a few toy projects! And working with a few big brands like Hello Kitty, Angry Birds, and One Piece! Can’t share too much but will share as I can on instagram.com/alexmdc
Thank you, Alex, for participating, and I would like to cordially invite you to join www.gemr.com and show off your art collection, and your latest work!
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