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Art Talk – Ed ‘Edderson’ Lezama of ‘Triple Bummer’ and ‘Lift it Down’

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American artist Ed Edderson grew up living in a world full of pop art and culture – an uncle owning an RPG/comic shop, grandparents who both collected and a mother who did nothing but encourage him. Creating a man whose whole life is an expression of creativity – music, sculpture, digital art, traditional art, resin work and clothing.

As Ed simply states,

Making things for me is a compulsion…. I might as well try and see what it all becomes.

Coming to Art Whore’s attention thanks to his since retired Art Toy brand ‘Toxic Moss’, Ed has recently created his new solo venture ‘Triple Bummer’ as well as the ‘Lift it Down’ moniker for works he creates with his partner Laura Maria Ramirez Giraldo. Aside from these ventures, Ed has also collaborated with Shithouse Mouse, LATFO.com, Dain Marx from ‘ Buzzard Guts’ and countless others.

(Picture below of the Ed Edderson X Shithouse Mouse resin figure)

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With lots in the work as always with Ed, now is the perfect time to get to know the man and his many creations, by reading the ‘Art Talk’ below – it’s a doozy, trust us….

Basics/Getting to Know

Name + D.O.B?

Eddy “Edderson” Lezama.
1/30/87

City, State n Country you currently call home?

Athens, GA. USA

City, State n Country your from?

Hollywood, FL. USA

Describe a memory from some stages of yr life ….basically trying to piece together your pivotal moments. Concerts, art, action-figures, romance, school, crime… ANYTHING man!

* age 5 – beginnings:

Some of my earliest memories are of catching tadpoles and lizards with the other kids in my neighborhood in South Florida. My mom had me when she was very young, and I lived with her and my Grandparents.
It was pretty much slam dunk straight into a life of weirdness.
My uncle owned a comic/RPG shop called “Dragon’s Lair Games” while I was growing up, and I was fortunate enough to spend a lot of time there reading comics and playing with and painting lead figurines that probably melted my brain into what it is now.
Aside from that, I had a serious obsession with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and The Simpsons. I had pretty much all of the toys, the bedsheets, etc.
After that came the Toxic Crusaders and I decend into Troma Entertainment as a tiny child. I still think Lloyd Kaufman is one of the world’s true great creative geniuses.
I didn’t have any siblings as a kid, but I did have a handful of awesome cousins. Our personalities played off of each other growing up.
Grandma collects chicken and Troll items, and My Grandpa collects gnomes, faeries, elves and all sorts of weird stuff.
“False Idols” have surrounded me since birth.
I also met an Ewok when I was 5.

(Picture below of Ed meeting an Ewok)

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* age 10 – continuations:

At this point in my life I would still occasionally hang out at my Uncle’s Game Shop, but I also played a rather unhealthy amount of video games.
I drew pictures when I wasn’t playing video games, and I made my own toys out of clay and wire. I used non drying clay though… so they weren’t very permanent at all.
When I was 9 or 10 I was playing indoor/outdoor tag at my Grandma’s house and when I went to run out the front door I missed the knob and broke my hand through one of the glass panels. I went into a panic and quickly pulled my arm out, but when I did this I sliced my hand and inner wrist to holy hell. This was the first time I thought I was going to die. I still haven’t seen that much of my own blood since.
I think ever since that moment, when I see gore in movies….I just find it utterly hilarious.
Something switched in me at that moment.
What else?
The Power Rangers played a pretty heavy part from 5 up to 10 as well. I loved the costumes so much. Especially the villians. Kaiju in general was pretty hypnotizing to me.
I had a few Gundam model kits back in these days. Those things were quite fun.

* age 15 – getting serious:

At age 15 I was heavy into Skateboarding, Punk and Ska…. As I should have been.
I went to all of the shows I possibly could.
Your basic little weirdo rebel. I was kind of a little shit.
I worshipped the internet, and I started dating girls.
I never skipped school much, but I was sent to the bad kid’s portable orrr “internal suspension” fairly often. I hated highschool.
My Mom and I went to San Francisco and I explored designer toy stores for the first time.
I went to Kid Robot, Munky King and a couple of others, and I bought my first “Real” designer toy: Sick Boy Billy by Little Chop Design & Headlock Studio.
The toy world opened up to a new level after this.
I also traveled to Australia with my Mom and took an Oz Experience bus/Rental Car adventure from Sydney, through Melbourne, and up into Adelaide.
It was quite a mindfuck.
Around this age I started playing in sketchy punk bands that never really went anywhere, and hung out with friends all the time listening to the next crazy band any of us had discovered.
Skateboarding VHS’s were an important part of the teen years as well.
ManDown by Tiltmode Army, Jump off a Building by Toy Machine, The End by Birdhouse, CKY2K, and 411 Video Magazine were constantly in the VCR
I believe this chunk of life helped truly begin the path to what I am now.

(Picture below of Ed at 15)

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* age 20 – young adult:

At this point I had moved away from South Florida and was traveling with my then girlfriend in a Mercury Villager mini van. We quit our jobs and took our last couple paychecks and traveled around the eastern US for a bit before settling in Athens, GA where I have lived on and off since.
I also did a group show to benefit MS research in Long Beach around this time. My friend Neal Breton set it up. You should check him out. he’s awesome.
I started smoking weed reguarly around this time. I opened up some new portal in my brain.
Lot’s of travel.
Never stayed in one place too long, so creation was fairly sporadic.
I worked at a weird retail store in Athens called The Junkman’s Daughter’s Brother for most of my early 20’s.
It’s been around since 1986 or so…. it was all just clutter…. Weird candy, crazy cat lady toys, cardboard cutouts, tapestries, smoking devices…. you know… one of those strange, extended head shops that somehow has clung to life through the age of the Internet.
It closed in 2014, but recently reopened in a new building.
Interesting times were those.

(Picture below of Ed aged 23)

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* age 25 – adult mode:

My friends and I had gone through multiple “Punk Houses” at this point. All we wanted to do was play shows and let others do the same at our houses. Copious amounts of alcohol and sketchy punk music was the norm.
The Fuzzlers (One of Ed’s many bands – AW) were playing multiple times a week at this point.
4 nights a week my friends and I would host shows in our living rooms. When we weren’t doing that, we were making costumes, props, or trying to record or create new bands.
This was a pretty intense and active time.
I started dabbling in mold making around this time.

* age 30 – fully formed:

I have yet to make it to 30.
Give me one more year.

Personal motto(s)?

“Do what you can with what you have”
“Don’t you try to Gooch me”

Favorite band(s)?

My favorite bands of whenever are Adam Ant, Ace of Base, Devo, Against All Authority, Arab On Radar, The Residents, Wall of Voodoo, Osker, The Planet Smashers, Fiona Apple, Yip Yip, Coachwhips…. The list changes, but these are at the top right now.
My favorite current bands are The Coneheads, Doomsday Student, Cop City/Chill Pillars, Windhand,  Guerilla Toss, Mr Clit and the Pink Cigarettes, Violently High, and a bunch others but I don’t wat to flood this interview.

(Pictures below of some art by Ed)

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Favorite TV show(s)?

I don’t watch a whole lot of TV these days, but shows that are currently on that I pay attention to are: Rick and Morty and Game of Thrones.
My favorite shows from back in the day are All the original Nicktoons, The Simpsons, Superjail, Breaking Bad, … oh and I need to namedrop The Big Lez Show…. it’s a youtube animation show that is beyond hilarious. Australian as well.

Favorite sport(s) + teams?

Not a ballgames guy.

Favorite movie(s)?

Mars Attacks, Run Ronnie Run, Office Space, Original Star Wars Trilogy, Drop Dead Fred, Shawshank Redemption, Fistfull of Quarters, Training Day, Fantastic Planet, The Thing, The Toxic Avenger.

Favorite books and comics?

I enjoy most of Carl Hiassen’s books. They’re all weird and Florida based.
Different Seasons by Stephen king is one that has stuck with me quite a while.
The Me Nobody Knows: Children’s Voices from the Ghetto.
Orc Stain by James Stokoe.
Monster Truck by Shaky Kane.
Black Hole by Charles Burns.
Stink Helmet by Otto Splotch.
The Maxx by Sam Kieth.
Scud: The Disposable Assassin by Rob Schrab & Dan Harmon

Art Questions

Why the name ‘Triple Bummer’?

TripleBummer is a character that I draw on stickers pretty much 24/7. It’s something I started doing when I was in a really weird headspace.
People react to it in a really positive way despite it being a depressed 3 headed thing, so I decided to use it as my main face of operation.
I thought it had a nice ring to it, and it just felt right as a sigil of sorts.

What happened to your old art brand ‘Toxic Moss Toys’?

I felt like I was slacking a little bit with Toxic Moss Toys, and that the name kind of pigeonholed me a little bit. I was splashing everything with an iridescent bright green ink….. I kind of feel like I outgrew the name.
I feel like Toxic Moss Toys was what I was doing before I really had any grasp of toy casting, and I was just haphazardly shooting at different things.
Also I can put everything I make under the TripleBummer umbrella…. and not just toys.
It was a “Rebranding” …. I guess…

(Picture below of some resin toys by Ed)

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Favorite other artist(s)?

Dain Marx from Buzzard Guts Toys has been a long time buddy and co collaborator.
Shithouse Mouse is a rad street art beast in South Florida.
Peter Goral of Killer Bootlegs releases flawless pieces.
Neal Breton is a really great painter currently living in SLO California.
Souther Salazar is a big inspiration to make art no matter what is around you.
Eleanor Davis is a really great illustrator and story teller.
Joseph Harmon makes some incredible things that will disorient and bewilder you.
Laura Maria Ramirez Giraldo creates entire other worlds you can easily become lost in.
Bwana Spoons is a dude that keeps goin in the direction of cool every day.
DJ from LATFO.com is a rogue anthropologist of sorts.
AHOLSNIFFSGLUE is a raw Miami street artist that’s been goin at it a while.
Doug from Hemlock Bootlegs is a pretty wild guy.
Brian Chippendale from the band Lightning Bolt is an insane creator.
Kristen Ferrell paints disturbing images of anthropomorphic creatures and beasts.
Brandon Brains of Fart Museum does some sweet bootlegs.

Worst aspect of the contemporary art-hustle?

Feeling like you have to make fan art in order to sell anything.

Best aspect of the contemporary art-hustle?

It’s really nice when you can brighten someones day AND make a little money from a creation all your own.
Being able to create in general is a seriously amazing gift.

(Picture below of some screen printed t’s from Ed)

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Do you consider what you are making to be ‘art’, ‘design’, re-hashed crap?

I consider what I do to be creation.
All of those are just different names for creation.
I guess it would fall somewhere between art and design if we want to get technical.

When and why did you first start making ‘art’ (drawings, paintings, anything)?

I’ve been drawing ever since I got my first pack of crayons. Ever since I can remember.
It’s one of the most pure ways of stopping the constant anxiety of existence.
I used to draw these little creatures that were just heads, arms and legs.
No body… Sometimes not even a face.

(Pictures below of the creatures Ed drew as a child)

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What did you draw and make as a pre-teen child?

Monsters.
All ….. Monsters.

What did you draw and make as a teen?

I was really into Todd Mcfarlane as an early teen and tried to form my own version of his hyper detailed inks on a lot of early work.
I grew out of that and realized that I had a more pleasurable experience by just going stream of conscious and seeing what organically happened.
I made a multitude of weird acrylic paintings as a teen…. and I customized a lot of KidRobot Munnys.
Aside from that, I would draw a lot of Nicktoons and my Highschool teachers being sodomized by various animals.

Any pivotal artistic moment/influence?

Comics, Cartoons, early 90’s Toy Lines, and anything with a rough, hand made edge to it is what influences me mainly.
Rob Schrab and Souther Salazar are big influences on me because they make what they can with what they have around them.
Watching Troma movies at an early age left me appreciating something that looks like a human made it instead of condemning it and hoping for more CGI.
Also…. Prometheus and Bob from the animation variety show “Kablam” …. that rocked my world. Try finding info on the creator…. he’s like a ghost.
My Grandparents are big collectors……. The things that they have around their house surely shaped my world.
When I was a kid, my mom was a flight attendant… so I was fortunate enough to travel quite a bit as a child…. I now how an unstoppable urge to be all over the place.
When I was really really small… I used to think that puppets were prisoners of the puppeters and that the rods that moved their arms were handcuffs…. I had a couple nightmares about a world where all these puppet creatures are basically harvested… and abused. I don’t know if thats a pivotal moment… but I just remembered it and it’s weird.
I have a vague memory of my Uncle Freddy giving me a large box of really really nice watercolor pencils when I was like 5 or 6 years old. I used those for a while…… and then I’m not sure what happened to them.
Making things for me is a compulsion…. I might as well try and see what it all becomes.

Why + when did you decide to go in on the art hustle?

When friends started asking me if they could buy the weird creations I was making….. that changed my life a bit, and I realized that maybe I actually could generate some form of income from the things I enjoy doing.
When I was in my early 20’s my friend Neal Breton invited me out to Long Beach California to participate in an art show. I had a great time there, made some money, and realized that this is surely what I want and should be doing. Thanks again, Neal.
I love making things. i’m not gonna stop

(Pictures below of some art by Ed)

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Describe the process of producing your art…

* Your sketches + comics?

Most of my sketches and comics are stream of consciousness. I try to do most of them as quickly as possible.
My comics often contain some aspect of collage as well. I use old comics/national geographics…. and really just any item with a cool texture. Most of my comics are B/W so Often times if something looks kinda good collaged…. once you scan it B/W it ends up looking even better.

* Your paintings?

A lot of my paintings are spur of the moment as well.
I typically make an abstract mark of some sort…. and then work a rough outline around it… then accent the piece with whatever i can find.

* Your digial art?

I’m actually not super tech savvy. I use MS Paint a lot…. and Gimp.
I’ve been trying to play around with animation more again. It’s fun stuff.

* Your screen prints – often done on t shirts?

A lot of my screens are made with this mod podge hobo method I probably shouldn’t be using…. because coating and burning a screen is probably easier.
I draw an image… and then trace it onto a homemade screen…. typically on a knitting loop or hot glued to a picture frame….. then I fill in the negative space with mod podge, dry it with a hair dryer, and then screen print with it.

You also create art with Laura Maria Ramirez Giraldo as  ‘Lift it Down’…

* What role do you each play in ‘Lift it Down’?

We both play off of each others work and criticism.
Inspiration shoots back and forth.

(Picture below of Ed and Laura)

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* What is ‘Lift it Down’?

It’s the collaborative results of Laura Maria and I.
It’s a Creation Duo or Collective of Two.

* What release do you both get from collaborating, that you don’t get working independently?

Working alone can get…. well…. lonely. A sense of camaraderie is often a very good thing to have when creating things. Another mind full of ideas and chaos ready to explode out into the universe.

(Pictures below of some ‘Lift it Down’ works)

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Toy Questions

Describe the process of producing your sculptural creations? – from original sculpt, moulding, production, to finally holding that sweet sweet resin in your hands… (dot point all o.k.)

I typically make some form of a basic skeleton with tinfoil if I’m going for a completely original sculpt.
Then I’ll apply sculpy over the foil and start making a simple form.
Next I use various items I have laying around to sculpt away and shape.
Then I bake the piece…. if I have any additional details to add I’ll do that and rebake…. Otherwise I go into the mold making process.
I use Amazing Mold Rubber because I can get 40% off the “sticker price” at hobby lobby with the daily coupon. Gotta save that money! Also it’s a really good silicone for small scale moldmaking.
I’ll hot glue my sculpt to a piece of cardboard.
I try to make a decent pour spout, but I’m still getting the hang of venting airbubbles out competely.
Then make a box around the sculpt with cardboard and hot glue.
I try to get as close as I can to the sculpt and I fill in whatever space I can with clay or hot glue. Gotta save that silicone!
Then I put a very thin layer of lube on the sculpt for release.
Next I mix and pour the silicone from as high as I can manage … to prevent air bubbles.
I then let it sit for a day.
These days I usually just do one part molds.
Ungk was a two part mold, but I think I could have ended up with the same result by doing a one part and just making sure I cut the mold open right.
After I let it cure, I cut into the mold very carefully and pull out the original.
Then I do a test casting and hope that everything comes out fine. If it does, then I celebrate and cast until the mold breaks.
If it doesn’t work then I get pissed off and free some profanities from my mouth.
Painting my Toys is a really fun part of the process for me, but I know that there are blank purists out there so I have to stop myself from painting each individual piece.
I use acrylic, cel vinyl, and spraypaint on most of my painted toys. Then I clear coat them with a high gloss.
I typically bag and header card my toys, but I’m going the distance with the mumbleets and I’m packaging them in magical transport tubes made of 100% recycled content. Gotta save that planet!
If I’m doing a bootleg, it’s the above process…. except I only sculpt very small bits and pieces.

(Some pictures below showing Ed’s resin work process)

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What are the back narratives to some of your sculptural creations such as:

* UNGK?

Ungk is the skunk ape of Methane Mountain.
He’s a close relative of Bigfoot and the Yeti.
He smells like farts, and has a bad attitude.

* Oogle?

The Oogle is your standard homebum ex trainkid ex junkie guy with tattoos on his face.
I made the oogle as a collaboration of sorts with DJ from LATFO.com
We both kind of just slacked on doing any kind of official release.
So I sold some at DCON… and then I have a few hangin about that I’m gonna semi silently release/giveaway

(Picture below of the ‘Oogle’ figure from Ed x ‘LATFO’)

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* God’s Brother?

God’s brother is a crackhead.
God made crack for the US Government and tested it on his brother first.
The Fuzzlers discovered this and are trying to get the word out.

(Pictures below of the ‘God’s Brother figure from Ed)

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* The Mumbleets?

The Mumbleets are a kind of pest of sorts….
All throughout the galaxy, leaders are doing anything they can to rid their planets of Mumbleets.
A portal to the Blueniverse opened in my house, and every now and then Mumbleets coming pouring out of it. They communicate through their butts. It’s very odd to see.
Though they are considered pests elsewhere in the galaxy…. I kind of like them, and I think that there’s more to them than these other societies are giving them credit for.

(Pictures below of some of the ‘Mumbleets’ from Ed)

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What was it like collaborating with ole Shit House Mouse on his self-named resin creation in late 2015?

He’s an old friend from FL…. I asked if he was interested in me producing a figure… he said yeah…. So I made 20 and gave him half of them.
We’re releasing them soon. I promise.
SHM: If you’re reading this…… get to work, man.

Highs and lows of your 2014 Designer Con experience?

Highs were meeting some of my favorite toymakers out there, and being able to pick up wild exclusives that you can find nowhere else. It was also a very good thing promotion wise.
Lows were coming back down on money. I didn’t sell all I thought I could, but I didn’t put as much as I could have into production before hand, and that’s a mistake I won’t make again.

What is the behind the scenes tale of the ‘Toxic Moss Toys: UNGK’ video commercial?

Jordan St Martin Reyes filmed that commercial. He does some really great videos.
We basically just tied a bunch of ungks to fishing line and stuck them in trees, and then had my little sister come out and say some weird things and sniff the toy.
Then Jordan did a bunch of crazy back and forth from a vcr and computer.
It looks amazing.

(Pictures below of some cartoons by Ed)

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Plans to venture into other sculptual mediums aside resin – such as soft vinyl and rubber?

I would love to make some Sofubi figures, but I just don’t have funds for production like  that at the moment.
Perhaps I could work out a deal with someone. We’ll see.
I do some soft sculpture as well. So perhaps I’ll go smaller than I typically do for puppets and such.

I know you and Dain Marx from ‘ Buzzard Guts’ are firm friends:

* how did you and Dain come to connect?

Dain and I met through playing house shows in Athens, and a mutual interest in toys/scifi/weird stuff.

* any plans to fomally collaborate art wise?

We have a toy coming out in a few months, but I’m gonna keep quiet about it.

* i know you and Dain have also made sweet sweet music together – care to elaborate for those reading at home?

Dain and I were in a couple of bands together.
We did Walmart the Band for a minute, where we each played various intruments while wearing walmart employee attire. Side Leg was another band that we did for a moment, but we couldn’t keep a drummer, so that’s on the backburner for now.
I’ve been recording some of the songs though…. Perhaps they’ll see the light of day.

(Pictures below of an UNGK resin figure from Ed, painted by Dain)

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Are art-toys for the kids?

If they have very generous parents.

Is the rise of ‘art’ toys an indication of the changing nature of ‘art’? OR just a bunch of nerds with too much $$$ and time?

I think that it’s past due time that toys are accepted as a legitimate artform. They’re the best of all fields…. Sculpture, paint, design, storytelling.
Toys are an important part of art and pop culture.

Thoughts on the rise of resin as an artistic medium?

I think resin is the punk rock of sculpture.

What does your family make of the whole perpetual adolescence/Peter Pan aspect of toy art + toy collecting?

Honestly….. I was lucky enough to be brought up in a family where all that matters is that I’m doing what makes me happy.
They’re happy that I’m happy and experiencing the world.

What role did toys play in your childhood?

Toys played a large roll in my childhood.
I’d spend hours with my cousins and friends just running action figures around on the floor or outside in the dirt, explosion sounds emitting from our mouths and arguing on which way the story would go next.
I’d eagerly await the next Ninja Turtles villain toy, Or the next Mcfarlane toys release.
I’d mail off cereal box proofs for tiny, crudely painted exclusives.

What are the top 3 toys you own + why? – And please provide some pics of them!

I’ll give 6.
In no particular order:
Mexican Bootleg Bart Simpson.
He’s some kind of weird PVC….. and He’s like 15 inches tall.

(Picture below of Ed’s Bootleg Bart)

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Mexican Bootleg ET.
He’s a creep.

(Picture below of Ed’s Bootleg ET)

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Krampus by Krotpong.
Big, Rad and Creepy

(Picture below of Ed’s Krampus)

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King Joe Edition Dempagon by Longneck.
He’s so adorable and clumsy looking.

(Picture below of Ed’s Dempagon)

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Sloth n Moth by Bwana Spoons.
He’s so chill.

(Picture below of Ed’s Sloth n Moth)

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Sick boy Billy by Little Chop Design X HeadlockStudios.
My first “Designer” toy.

(Picture below of Ed’s Sick Boy figure)

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Thoughts on ‘The Sucklord’ and his current role in the pop art scene?

I think that he’s done a lot to bring resin casting and bootlegs into the spotlight.
He’s definitley a positive entity.
I’m sure most of today’s resin artists would agree.

Music Questions

Please explain your involvement with ‘Gumball Machine Records’ ? – “A promotional label that provides handmade trinkets with free MP3 download codes of local Athens music.”

I didn’t do too much for Gumball Machine.
I gave Dain a capsule machine of mine to add to his collection, and The Fuzzlers were on one of the comps. Oh … and I did some mini comix.
Aside from that, it was all Dain and Hana Hay.

You play guitar and sing in ‘The Fuzzlers’…

Yeah…. We play minute long punk songs and throw garbage bags full of stuffed animals into the crowd.

* best gig any why?

Oh man….. I’d say that our Florida Supercon shows were some of my favorite memories. We did a tour down to Miami from Athens for Florida Supercon. We all got free passes to the event, and we just acted like our lanyard badges were VIP … so we’d just flash them to the apathetic door guy and walk in in costume like we were supposed to be there.
We got a lot of free pizza and beer, and I got to hang out with Lloyd Kaufman of Troma Entertainment… one of my Heroes.
Some kid did a backflip off of the stage while we were playing, and another was running around with a tuba.
We also sold out of the baby shirts we made on a whim.
The infamous Ishdent’s House show was another great one from one of those FL tours.
Our friend’s mom went out of town and he threw a House Show so we could play another FL date we needed. Someone in a green man suit was doing sideways run dances on the floor during the show, and I got mouth checked by the Mic too many times to count.
Any show we’ve played with Mr Clit and the Pink Cigarettes is something to celebrate.
Shark Tank Tallahassee FL shows were always wild.

(Pictures below of Ed and his bands live)

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* worst on the road experience ever and why?

Ehhh….. Luckily most experiences on the road have been pretty decent.
The Hi-Tone in Memphis was probably our lamest show. The crowd was completely not into anything from out of town, and our monster wrangler Isaac was threatened against a wall by a pregnant woman and her friends for jumping on their table…….. …

* best on the road experience and why?

Just being on the road in the van with your friends. All experiencing the same awesome views and weird culture shock together. It’s great.
I really like eating food. So all the different meals along the road are nice to have.
Super Happy Fun Land in Houston Texas is a great Mindfuck of a place. It’s a giant warehouse with murals and a giant wall of Raggedy Anne Dolls. They have a huge Cabbage Patch Kids statues and an art gallery in the front. A family lives there… and runs a Pizza Truck called Flakeys.

What release do you get from music that you don’t get from your other art?

I can Drink a lot, be loud and crazy and be applauded instead of condemned.

Odds n Ends

Please describe your experiences growing up in the USA?

I’ve never been incredibly patriotic, but I do think that this is a very physically beautiful country. It’s beautiful in many different ways if you’re incredibly rich.
I know I have a lot of freedoms here that you don’t find many places, but there’s also a lot to fear and despise here….. The militarized police force is terrifying.
This country is an incredible melting pot of culture and I’ve been lucky in my life to experience as much as I have.
My experience growing up in the USA has been positive.
It’s pretty easy to go to jail or be killed by a cop here, and we have our corrupt politicians and Earth raping corporations, but we’ll see what happens in due time.

Who was your 1st crush and why?

I’m pretty sure my first crush was Whazzat Kangaroo from Zoobilee Zoo.

(Pictures below of Ed’s first crush – Stevie Vallance as Whazzat Kangaroo)

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Does sex change everything?

Yes.

Please describe your latest dream in detail…

The last dream that I can vividly remember is one of my Grandpa wearing a flesh colored wool body suit, running around stabbing people with a knife.

Have you ever tried psychedelics of any sort? And what was the experience like?

Oh…dear….. If the Family ever reads this……
Indeed I have. Many times.
My first time was LSD when I was a teen. It changed my life. It was the first drug I ever tried, and it completely shattered any rigid thought processes I had. I truly believe it made my mind much more elastic and durable… permanently.
Mushrooms for the same reasons.

Of everything you have done what would you most like to be remembered for and why?

I hope that maybe one day ….. long after all humans have been wiped from the face of the planet…. that some alien race will come down…. find a stash of my toys… and let them then become idols for a new galactic adventure.

Drugs – waste of time or gateway to the universe?

The gateway to all good and evil.
The gateway to what is and isn’t.

Please describe what you think the American Psyche/Zeitgeist is today?

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Which 1990’s era cartoon, would you most like to see in a tribute sex toy, and why?

Gerald from Hey Arnold would be a great Dildo.

(Picture below of Ed’s Hey Arnold inspired dildo)

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Who would win in a fight and why: a redneck on his way home from the pub Vs. A gang of teen art punks out on the town?

This all depends on what weapons each person was carrying.
If the redneck wasn’t carrying a fully automatic…. then most likely the art punks would win.

(Picture below of the epic battle!)

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The Future

Any collaborations on the horizon?

I’m slowly but surely working on something for MCA Evil Design right now.

Any major projects you want to hype?

All of em’!
Mumbleets will be out for sale by the time you read this!
They’re pests to other planets, but I think they’re kind of cool…. I just can’t care for them all….. adopt a pair?
They’ll arrive safely to you in a Mumbleet transportation tube.
Teletrollbies are out and about….. They scatter through the woods near my house any time I take a hike…. but I’m fairly decent at capturing them.
If you’re interested….. I’ve got some.
Shithouse Mouse will release soon. SERIOUSLY.
In addition to the TRIPLEBUMMER store, Laura Maria and I are opening the LIFTITDOWN store. The liftitdown store will have a little bit of everything:
Original creations/trinkets, Vintage items, Weird things we discover while thrifting, stickers, Exclusive Toys and more!
Aside from that….. Support your Independent Toy Makers.
It’s an interesting life.

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