The only problem with artist Huck Gee's plastic toys, says Plastic Chapel owner Dea Webb, is that she can't keep them in stock. Luckily for Gee fans, the artist will be in town today to sign and sell his new book, The Art of Huck Gee. Gee's art, Webb explains, is sort of "a graffiti take on Japanese pop art." The San Francisco artist creates a variety of limited-edition plastic toys (often featuring the popular Skullhead image he designed) as well as illustrations. His "Skullhead Project" in 2005 brought together fashion and figurines: Designers like Marc Jacobs and Jil Sander dressed Gee's Skullhead toy in their runway duds.
The newly released book is a full-color retrospective of Gee's always-fascinating work. "I don't think he's ever come to Denver before, and who knows if he'll ever come back again?" says Webb. "Now would be the time to meet him and get him to sign your book." The book, $35, will come with a special, limited-edition white cover that is only available on this tour. And if his book sells as fast as his toys, you'll want to get a copy soon.
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