BALANCE TOYS FOR KIDS. CHINESE DRAGON TOYS.
Balance Toys For Kids
- Earliest European example was 16th century French, although most widely known in the Orient. Swinging weight is usually above or below toy. Many popular paper-mache, roly-poly toys, circa 1900, were counterweighted with pebbles or buckshot.
- 4Kids Entertainment (commonly known as 4Kids) is a Worldwide International American film and television production company. It is known for English-dubbing Japanese anime, specializing in the acquisition, production and licensing of children's entertainment around the United States.
- The Sport Ju-Jutsu system for kids is designed to stimulate movement and to encourage the kids natural joy of moving their bodies. The kids train all exercises from Sport Ju-Jutsu but many academys leave out punches and kicks for their youngest athlethes.
Inspiration for the Kid Dragon came from a series of paintings artist Sam Flores created for a recent solo exhibition at Subliminal Projects Gallery here in Los Angeles. The show was summarized best by art writer and curator Lainya Magana:
"In his show Ego, Addiction, and Other Bedtime Stories, Sam Flores tackles what is perhaps one of the most pervasive themes in human existence: the struggle between light and dark. Through color and contrast, Flores addresses those parts of our selves that seek to hide behind the protective mask of acceptance while our inner demons claw at us from the inside. 'There is a constant war being waged in the fight for balance,' says Flores,'to determine which side of us, good or bad, will win out in any given moment.' Yet despite the eternal conflict, Flores never hesitates to remind us of the potential for beauty to shine through - even in our darkest hours."
The themes of the exhibition are well reflected in the vinyl Kid Dragon, commissioned by Upper Playground in continued celebration of their 10th anniversary and produced by TheLOYALsubjects.
Shooting the figure, I looked to Flores' Asian influences and the dark undertones of the character. The last neon light of a rainy Chinatown became the setting for Kid Dragon and his search for peace. The tone of the location changed dramatically as the night passed. The otherworldly color faded into muted tones, and the scene constantly evolved as timers switched off sections of light. Ultimately, I felt that the most powerful image came from seeing the character seemingly pounced upon in the dark. The blue glow becomes the last vestige of a manufactured world meant to entice.
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A few years back, my boys jumped on the skateboard craze. I remembered having what amounted to a flimsy piece of plywood attached to a rollerskate as a kid...and the only helmets worn back then were by kids with seizure disorders (big ben would have been quite comfortable in that era).
So after getting all the gear, finding skateparks and watching these kids, I was convinced that I could regain my youthful form, bought the board in this picture for myself and dropped into a skatepark pool from an eight foot ramp. It was thrilling and must have been quite a sight for the children to see a forty year old grey headed six-foot-four-inch 200+ pound man flying around on this skateboard.
I'm feeling cocky now after this first successful run and decide to go again with less satisfactory results. I flew gracefully down the ramp only to be greeted at the bottom with enough of a bobble to lose my balance and the board literally shot out from under my feet into the air directly above my now flying body...as I came crashing down in the most elegant back-buster form in what seemed like slow motion, I could see the board hovering well above me beginning its decent back to earth as well...I managed to dodge the falling board whose loud crash was only silenced by the outrageous laughter of my boys.
I gradually picked myself up when the air finally re-entered my body, picked up the board, casually walked toward my vehicle trying to not reveal unbelievable pain I was experiencing to the onlooking hip skaterboys. When I got home and saw the horrific black and purple bruise that went from ass to the back of my knee I knew my skateboarding career was forever over.
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