Interview: Jermaine Rogers x Kidrobot

World-famous artist Jermaine Rogers and Kidrobot’s Creative Director, Galen McKamy, dropped by the madelife studio last week and recorded a short interview with our Creative Director, Angelo Keely.  Listen to the full show to hear about Galen and Jermaine’s professional relationship, Kidrobot’s approach to working with artists, why Jermaine thinks all art is product, and Jermaine’s Spring 2014 launch of a new Kidrobot toy and apparel capsule.

“Jermaine Rogers (born October 14, 1972 in Houston, Texas) is an artist and designer in the field of modern rock/pop poster art, also known as ‘gigposter’ art, as well as serigraph and fine art production. Rogers began his career in Houston, Texas as a member of the 1990s Texas poster-art scene, which featured fellow artists Frank Kozik, Uncle Charlie, and Lindsey Kuhn.[1] Since 1995, Rogers has designed posters for a wide variety of musical acts, including Radiohead, Neil Young, Tool, Deftones, Tori Amos, David Bowie, Morrissey, The Cure, Mars Volta, Public Enemy, Them Crooked Vultures, and literally hundreds of others.[2][3] His work is viewed as influential in the modern resurgence of the art form, “continuously crafting images that push boundaries, whether social, cultural, or aesthetic”.[4] His work is cataloged among the permanent collections of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio as well as the Experience Music Project in Seattle, Washington. His work has been featured in various media, including print, television, and feature film. Rogers currently divides his time between Brooklyn, NY and Houston, TX. USA.” (Wikipedia)

“Kidrobot is a producer and retailer of designer toys founded in 2002 by Paul Budnitz, specializing in artist-created toys and imports from Japan, Hong Kong, and Europe. Kidrobot also makes Kidrobot Mascots, which are figures of their main logo. These figures are usually nicknamed KR (Kidrobot’s common nickname) and the number of the Mascot. For example, the first Mascot was KR1. Some figures also have names; for example, KR1 was called Brooklyn. There are 20 Mascots so far, the newest of which being KR20: kidolaf by the beast brothers. Kidrobot is owned by Wild Brain, and not affiliated with Giant Robot, the magazine of Asian American pop culture, or the retail stores of the same name. In August 2008, Kidrobot collaborated with jewelry designer, Tarina Tarantino, to launch a limited edition jewelry line, kidrobot by Tarina Tarantino.” (Wikipedia)