Who is Huck Gee?
Huck Gee is a contemporary artist, illustrator, designer and toy maker based in San Francisco, California.
Huck is a driving force in the world of ‘Art Toys’ and is known for crafting small runs of handmade figures that sell out instantly online to a global clientele. His production toy designs have brought him international acclaim and are highly prized. Huck’s artwork has been exhibited in galleries worldwide, he has consigned pieces for Christie’s Auction House and has a design in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in NYC.
Huck is also renowned for designing Gymkhana legend Ken Block's logo.
In addition, he has journeyed on numerous international signing tours, has had his art published in an ungodly amount of books and magazines, designed jewelry, clothing, fiberglass installations, occasionally illustrates prints and released his first signature wheel upon the automotive world in 2015. Huck enjoys contributing to his local car community and supports and maintains close relationships with Bay Area performance shops, wheel manufacturers and race teams.
BattleTails, Huck's first video game venture launched in August, 2015 on IOS with Android to follow shortly.
Huck maintains a studio in San Francisco and when not busy planning world domination, he spends his free time playing with his kids and pretending to be a racecar driver. Not necessarily at the same time.
What are these amazing toys?
Designer Toys come in many different shapes, sizes and styles. They have evolved under many different names: Hong Kong Vinyl, Urban Vinyl, Japanese Vinyl, Custom, Designer, Resin, or Art Toys. They may be whimsical, realistic, dark, sexy or cute, sometimes hand crafted, sometimes limited, small run factory manufactured, but no matter their differing style they are all created by hard working, passionate creators who are obsessed with small scale sculptural and artistic design.
Here's what Wikipedia has to say about Designer Toys in general:
Designer toys are toys and other collectibles produced in limited editions (as few as 10 or as many as 2000 pieces) and created by artists and designers. Designer toys are made of variety of materials; ABS plastic and vinyl are most common, although wood, metal, and resin are occasionally used. The term also encompasses plush, cloth and latex dolls. Creators of designer toys usually have backgrounds in graphic design, illustration or self-described low brow art; some are classically trained in art and design, while others are self-taught. Designer toys first appeared in the 1990s and are still in production today.
Even before I discovered the wonderful world of Art Toy Design I was collecting figures that sparked my imagination. Everything from Spawn to Kubricks and vintage Robotech mechs. I hunted for these in stores that dotted the Bay Area. I travelled by train and bus to remarkable little niche stores that specialized in this stuff back when the internet was in it's infancy. Finding the majority of these toys actually meant walking in and seeing them in person. And amongst these stores there was one real treasure, the magical Kimono My House: the elusive toy importer and store found on top of a multi story warehouse in Emeryville. My first time visiting this place is a cherished memory. Of climbing a dark staircase in a remote warehouse district, stepping out onto the roof, blinded by the sunlight, peering through the glare and finding a giant Ultraman statue standing over a sign pointing to a tiny rooftop store crammed floor to ceiling with absolutely ridiculous and rare Japanese toys. The logistics of how this place stays in business still boggles my mind.
Since then I have been fortunate to watch my hobby explode into a career. I have toured the globe. I have had children. I have expanded my talents. I have watched artists strive and far too many companies soar and fail. And now, after over a decade and a half in the industry, I have reached a turning point. It is time for me to take my craft in a bold new direction.
My vision is to design and manufacture all of my creations here on the West Coast. To utilize the talent that grows in my own backyard. To cut out the unnecessary complexity of manufacturing abroad and focus on hand crafted exceptional quality goods here in the US.
Be it resin, vinyl, wood, metal or plastic, I believe in communicating experiences and stories through the natural rhythm and balance of design. I seek to craft beautiful products and distribute them directly to my fans and collectors worldwide. I wish to give everyone the chance to step foot in an elusive rooftop toy gallery. Or experience the first time that the elegant shapes and lines of a complex design speak their name.
And, like many of my peers I am invested in this community. I wish to see this movement and the hard working artists that comprise it continue to grow and flourish. With this in mind I have dedicated a line of upcoming releases specifically for our community: for the customizers, the mold makers, the artists. Great things are coming.
I am hungry, my sleeves are rolled and the gloves are off.
- Huck Gee (February 9th, 2015)