The King of Popaganda, Ron English is unleashing an all new creation on the world, Charlie “Grin.” The “Grin” designer vinyl figure is inspired by one of the most popular comic strip characters of all time, the loveable loser and star of Peanuts, Charlie Brown. The Blot grew up on Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang, so you would think this pop culture version of the class cartoon character would be right up my alley. And it would be too if it didn’t freak me out so much. Just staring at the figure’s skull exposed through it’s devilish grin gives me the heebie jeebies.
English is best known for his twisting of “carefully created corporate iconographies so that they are turned upside down, and are used against the very corporation they are meant to represent.” (link) If you’ve never seen his work with McDonalds’ Ronald McDonald or Disney’s Mickey Mouse then head here to English’s official website and check out more of his amazing work.
Charlie “Grin,” produced by Made by Monsters and Ron English, is a 7 inch vinyl figure which is set to be released on January 13th at a private art show and toy release party at Garageworks Gallery in Hong Kong. After that the figure should be available in stores worldwide for the suggested retail price of around $100.