For those of you who know who / what Dragatomi is, you know that we are an online retailer for some of the coolest Designer toys. However.... we are pleased to announce that we will be opening a store in Sacramento soon! We will be receiving the keys to our new place located in Sacramento's Midtown area in a couple of weeks, then renovations begin. We are anticipating to be open either by late May or Early June. We couldn't have picked a better location in Sacramento to open our store. Midtown is home to many art galleries, trendy urban boutiques, and great eateries! It just felt that was where we needed to be.
We are real excited and can hardly wait until we are fully open for business! During this process we will still be available to order from online. We will keep everyone updated and maybe even post a few pictures.
That pesky Mr. Demon is at it again! Shawnimals Ninjatown Micro Plush returns... Series 1.5 is an updated version of the 2.5-inch mirco plush series (now 100% embroidered) while Series 2 features features 12 all new characters to collect and hang wherever you want them!
Now available at Dragatomi, Ninjatown 1.5 and 2.0. Get them now before before their gone again.
Good Morning, Happy Sunday. The Sweet Surrender Exhibit at Gallery 1988 is San Francisco will be running until March 28. It features works from Mia, Krista Huot, Camilla d'Errico, Jennifer Tong, Allison Torneros. This is you last week to check out all the amazing pieces before they are whisked away to their new owners. Joanne and I were able to go out to the opening reception and meet some of the artist.
It's been a few days since I last checked in. This weekend was 2nd Saturday Art Walk in Sacramento. What's that you ask? Well on the second Saturday of each month, rain or shine, galleries in Sacramento around the J st. area stay open for an Art Walk late into the evening. People walk from gallery to gallery, viewing, experiencing and discovering local art galleries and meeting artists. In addition to art galleries most of the local clothing boutiques close late and offer live music and DJ's spinning in front of the stores.
One of these stores is Havoc Urban Boutique at 918 24th St. off of J St. We were lucky enough to meet it's owners Mary and Ricky. They were super cool and even though we just met them, they treated us like their Havoc family. Their store was very nice which features an art gallery in front which showcases works from local artists including a large custom piece from international known artist David Garibaldi. The rest of the store was a non-stop collection of the freshest threads from underground and independently owned brands. So when in Sac Town, don't forget to stop by the Havoc Boutique and get fitted with the latest gear.
Busy busy busy..... That's what our weekend spent in San Francisco was. One of our stops was to pick up a Jaguar Dunny and see Big J for the his signing. The afternoon on Haight was interesting. We met a ton of people in line and on the street. From die hard Jesse fans to a monkey and giant banana walking around. The turn out was great and everyone was nice with all the Dunny's selling out was just what I would have expected for our hometown artist.
Big J arrived just on time with his family and there were applause from the fans in line as he entered the store. After all the Dunnys were signed, Jesse stayed to customize some Munnys and make a few sketches for another line that formed and stayed past the 8pm end listed for the signing. Actually after we left we drove by again almost 10pm and saw he was still there doing customs. I don't know about you but that is what I call showing love for your fans and is just one of the reasons why Jesse Hernandez is a fan favorite. Thanks again Jesse for the custom sketch.
I'm also happy to say that we were lucky enough to get a Chase Panther figure and it's proudly displaying in our case now.
Look who's here. It's Marshall. After WonderCon he decided to stay and hang out in Cali. He's very limited so he won't be around for long. Marshall loves to see the sights, he is currently available in out store. You can pick him up and show him around your town.
This weekend we'll be taking Marshall around San Francisco and showing him the sights. Stop by later and see where we end up.
This past weekend, as most of you know was the 2009 WonderCon held in San Francisco, CA. Dragatomi was there to attend and to see all the new and exciting things that this event had to offer.
One exiting event for us that we could not pass up was a chance to sit and talk with Jesse Hernandez and to get to know a little more about him and his upcoming projects. He also talked to us regarding his new Jaguar Warrior 8" Dunny due to be released this week @ Kidrobot stores this week March 5th and is limited to 1500 pieces.
Here's what he had to say:
Tell us a little about yourself and where you're from:
My name is Jesse Hernandez and I represent East Bay California, I'm a father of 3, an artist, animator, toy designer, and a host of a future TV show called vinyl addiction.
Is there anyone who really inspires you in the vinyl toy and/or art world? And do you have any of their pieces?
-Yes, I have lots of their stuff and I do have a new Craola piece thanks to StrangeCo.... HOLLA!
Tell us about your new Jaguar Warrior Dunny:
I'm real excited about the new Jaguar Warrior Dunny. I did the design back in 2006. I started doing customs a while back. The whole thing was when I started getting into vinyl, as an artist I found it really to be some dope stuff. There was alot of things people hadn't seen before. There were some new fresh designs. I wanted to get involved and the easiest way at the time was through customs. Everyone would see what you had to offer. The character is based on alot of designs I would do in my customs and painting artwork. The Jaguar Knights are part of the old school - There were two orders of warriors in the Aztec culture - They were the Eagle Knights and the Jaguar Knights. So hopefully, I can rock an eagle knight pretty soon.
What are my chances of getting one of the chase figures?
The chase figures are 1 in 10 - but they told me is that there are about 125 out there.
Can you tell me the chase colorway?
Panther - that's all I can say.
Do you have any future projects planned? If so, what?
We're doing a new show called vinyl addiction which is a behind the scenes with other artists, underground artists, artists in general. So far we've got Marka27, Huck Gee,Frank Kozik, Brian Flynn of Super 7, Joe Hahn of Linkin Park, and Dj Qbert.
For other projects, I have a new toy coming out with Bic Plastics - it's still in production. The sculpt is finished. It will be hopefully dropping this year at SDCC. There will be a few exclusive colorways and one main colorway.
What is your full name and/or nickname?
Where were you born?
Who taught you the most in life?
Trial and Error and actually my Lady played a big part in everything.
Who is your current Favorite band?
Mos Def, De La Sol, Cypress Hill - You know I gotta be bumpin the Cypress Hill
What is your favorite movie?
Tombstone - "I'm you're huckleberry"
What is your favorite food?
Who would win in a fight Pirates or Ninjas?
Ninjas - They would woop ass all day because the pirates wouldn't see them.
-Interviewed by Joanne@Dragatomi.com-
Shortly after we finished our interview, he wanted to send a shout out and promote "The Nutshack" who was also at WonderCon.