What I like about this vinyl toy from Thomas Han is not just the amazing paint job and really nice gradient but also the removable masks to reveal more amazing designs. And we even share the same name (well, a part of my website’s name), Pusher!
To find out more about the Pusher characters we asked Thomas Han himself for the lowdown.
Tell us about the Pushers.
The Pushers are basically an ongoing theme and set of characters in my paintings. Basically they are what they are… Pushers. They’re pusher men. They push ideas, thoughts, and actions that you do everyday. There is the animal, there’s a spirit, there’s a monster and there’s a pirate. All four of those pushers are extensions of everybody’s subconscious. There’s debauchery, the monstrous side of you, the spiritual side of you, and there’s the animalistic side of humans. They are a manifestation of all that.
Everybody has a facade. Everybody’s portraying themselves in different scenarios, in different times, with their different personalities they have inside themselves. Sometimes you feel mad, sometimes you feel sad, sometimes you feel happy — basically you wear the mask.
Tell us about the paint job.
For every toy, I try to add a little bit of graphic design to ’em with a bit of an actual scenery feel. I always try to do something different than what people are coming out with. So it’s fresh and kind of new. I created the design and had this awesome graffiti writer called SANO put on the design with the spray and the line work. The factory replicated it really well. It’s really clean — kind of like pinstriping. It’s not actually pinstriping but it was definitely influenced by it. I like to step out of my element and do something different.
I wish I found out about this toy a couple of years ago since they are very limited, the only hope of owning them now is to pay a premium price. Maybe I’ll just get the blank or the Pusher DIY version which retails for $40.00 and do the designing and painting myself, which unfortunately, I have no experience whatsover. ^^;
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