Book Review: THE ART OF COOLRAIN
Received my package for THE ART OF COOLRAIN yesterday, and it is a handsome tome showcasing the art and toys of Korean artist known as "Coolrain" - featuring 264 pages of toy-ness to rock any collector's socks off!
BOOK DECRIPTION: "The first artbook that includes all of the Coolrain’s figures for past 12 years, is published. Various collaborative works since 2004, with domestic and oversea artists and brands such as Nike, NBA, Converse, Reebok, RedBull BC-ONE, STRATOS, Dream team, Nike Brazil team and Vans are listed. "
Publishing by 9blocks, the book can currently be purchased online here (for SG$53.65 / US$40 excluding shipping). Item ships worldwide from South Korea, and I'd recommend folks to "group purchase" to perhaps save on shipping? Or get your friendly retailer to bring a few in ~ *cough-cough* :)
Also note that there are a total of FOUR different covers to the book to be had (*The cover will be selected randomly from A to D type).
Meanwhile, here are more snaps to gawk at, and go get your issue quick!
I've been a personal fan of his works since the early days of his hand-made shoes/sneakers (which still eludes me till this day ggrrrr), and of his "Monsterz Crew" - which paralleled the aesthetics of my other idol, Michael Lau, and he came of his own with his own sense of aesthetics and style, especially with collaborations, like the "Dunkeys" - standing out from the pack of urban 1/6th at the time, and even now.
And I am able to relive all these toy-memories, in this book, and I am thankful, and grateful :)
One day, I truly hope to own a 1/6th-scaled figure or three from the auteur based in Korea, where my collection will be complete :)
[ More images HERE on Facebook ]
About Coolrain: "Coolrain has started his career as an animator and has built his own design world with the art toy. The first time he started to receive attention from the public was from the collaborative work he performed with NIKE Korea. Coolrain figure has the young generation spirit and culture in it. His own creativity and characteristics that target the young generation, made him start working as a figure artist in Korea. After that time, Coolrain is interacting with the public continuously in various ways through designing character products and participating in fashion work and visual work." (www.coolrainstudio.com)