Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Tara Be Rappin' Good!

So I got one of the coolest packages I ever received in the mail yesterday.......

What an awesome thing to get on a rainy day! I still can't believe it. Actually, scratch that, I gotta believe......

This wonderful assortment was from the incredibly awesome and talented Rodney Alan Greenblat! The visual stylist of "Parappa the Rapper"!

I've recently got in touch with him and he's the nicest guy in the world. Just look at that plush! He told me its from a rare promo for the PSP release of the game and this was only distributed in Japan. Hes 10 inches tall and so incredibly well made! Look at that awesome tag with Rodney art!

He also threw in some promo PSP rubber keychains, these were given out in 2008 promoting the PSP release at Comic con. Being there, I've already snagged one but now I got two in the package!

The last thing in the batch is this really cool promo PSP skin and his thank you note from his company. I wish I had a PSP to put this skin on.

This gift means so much, seriously, more than he'll realize. Rodney is a huge inspiration and one of my favorites!

I also sent him this paint up of Parappa, which he enjoyed. I did make some doodles Ive done right after receiving this package but I'll wait to upload them.

I plan to make some original pieces and a tribute for Rodney! So be sure to keep a look out for that in upcoming posts.

Rodney has a wonderful website with a ton of great items, books, games and more! Including signed prints! I'm going to get this one when I have the chance.

Get the games too if you haven't played them yet!

He has also done other design work for Umjammer Lammy. *We look alike right? Same droopy eyes too.* Another great nostalgic game for me.

Besides video game design he pretty much does a bit of everything. Though, being an American artist he is most famous in Japan. Parappa even got his own anime! In case anyone who hasn't heard of him here in the states, Id like to showcase him and let you all get a feel of his work.

He has done multiple childrens books like the one above "Thunder Bunny".

Along with amazing paintings, his work is so lively and innocent. You really have to stop and look to really grasp every detail.

Rodney currently resides in New York, as an abstract painter. He has had many gallery shows around the area. He is truly inspiring and I suggest you all to check out his site: Whimsy Load for more art, galleries, info and he also has an amazing shop full of many of his products and art! Id buy it all if I could! Go check it out!

Thanks a million, Rodney! I adore my lovely package!

More soon.



Nicol3 said...

Girl, you ain't rappin' Good-- Dat's some COOL mode shiz right there. AWESOME!

Sabrina Alberghetti said...

so SO amazing...and well deserved hun!!

Sabrina Alberghetti said...

so SO amazing...and totally well deserved hun!

Tara Billinger said...

Nicol3-Youre so right! I need to rap better to get my gold beanie!

Sabrina-Hell yeah! ;D This inspired me to do an art set of parappa and um jammer lammy!

Rocky O said...

Wahhh! So jealous! So amazing! SO AWESOME!!!

Indeed, that artwork is super fun, whimsicle and exciting! I super love his website. Thanks so much for sharing Tara! You're so lucky ;)

Tony Mora said...

I always wanted the Parapa day.

Tara Billinger said...

Rocky-O: People really should take a look at his artwork. Its phenomenal. I'm glad I could lead you over to his site!

Tony Mora: Its actually on ebay for 400 dollars. If I had the money.......

Having toast everyday with Parappa's face should be in everyones daily routine.

curiositycore said...

Kick, Punch. It's all in the mind...