May 7, 2013

Tic Top 5: Interview with Tanin Tumth

Welcome to Tic Top 5 where we ask an artist or specialist the hard hitting questions (not really they're actual quite easy). Todays artist is Thailand based Tanin Tumth who is an Art Director, Sculpter and Owner of Ministry of Kongz.

Not starting out like most sculptors and owners of their own toy company, Tanin was an Architect but his love for Thai Mythical Creatures and Japanese Kaiju Monsters turned him to creating creatures that are usual a combination of object, mythical creatures and pop-culture monsters.

Known for his most recognised creation in the Kaiju community 'Kruzilla', we thought it fitting to asked Tanin to answer the Tic Top 5 for today:
  1. How did you start in the industry of creating & customizing?
     love King Kong and Godzilla since I was a kid, also to the ultra kaiju monsters. I grew up till One day I walking around night market in Bangkok seeking for secondhand rubber toys… I just thought that "How about King Kong or Godzilla if they rebirth in Bangkok?" The Idea waked me up to start making Monster Toy.

  2. What was the first toy or item you customized or created?
    My first monster is called "KOBZILLA"; hybridized between Godzilla and Frog ("KOB" in Thai), by clay sculpt and resin casting.
  3. What influences you?
    The legendary toys like King Kong, Godzilla, and Ultra Kaiju monsters, both reals and bootlegs, so much inspired and waked my childhood up forever.

  4. What are your weapons of choice?
    My Sketch Books, recording everything in my head.

  5. If you could collaborate with anyone (living or dead) who would it be?Mr.Toriyama Akira, the man who created Dr.Slump.

If you'd like to get in touch or know more about the Tanin Tumth here's his links:
Coming back tomorrow to see who's next in the Tic Top 5 hot seat.