Amigurumi Comic Video artista Andy Aguilar di Dope Fiends

dope fiends amigurumi Amigurumi Comic Video Artist Andy Aguilar of the Dope Fiends

I am absolutely (at least momentarily) infatuated with Andy Aguilar of the Dope Fiends who takes amigurumi characters and displays them in comic book and video animation format to create a cool new form of crochet art entertainment. Truth be told, I am not really all that into the content but I just love the style and format of this cutting-edge art and I especially love the way that it defies so many stereotypes about crochet.

Note to the easily offended: This artist uses some foul language and talks about sex and drugs.

Breaking the Crochet Stereotypes

The main thing that I love about what this artist is doing is that his work succinctly defies just about every stereotype there is about knitting and crocheting so that’s what I’m going to talk about first. As crafters, most of us know that the stereotypes no longer hold true, but they’re still out there and I’m thrilled when I see them being busted up.

This artist:

  • Is a guy. Sì, there are male knitters and crocheters. They’re growing in number. Crochet is increasingly popular with teenage boys. There are amazing crocheters in the fiber arts world (such as Nathan Vincent). But crochet and knitting are still seen as girlsactivities among the general public and I love that this artist says no. Plus he’s not just a male using amigurumi in his arthe’s a male talking about distinctly “maschio” topics in a male voice and male medium and using amigurumi in his art. Impressionante.
  • Is youthful. I don’t actually know how young this guy is but what I do know is that he’s talking about young topics (music, drugs). His amigurumi characters are wearing bling and baggy clothes. Many crocheters these days are young but theold lady crochetstereotype still exists and this helps bust it up and show that crochet is a democratic craft.
  • Is geeky / techy. I love geek crochet. Ciò che amo nerdJERK has done with videogioco uncinetto. I love some of the geekery on KnitHacker and CRAFT. And I love that amigurumi is turned into comic books and video animation here. Crochet and high tech are not mutually exclusive. In questi giorni, they can easily go hand in hand. This artist shows that.

OK, More About This Artist

Andy Aguilar was profiled by Adrian Gomez of the Albuquerque Journal earlier this month because of his participation in Albuquerque’s ComicCon. That’s where I first learned about him. The article explains that Aguilar has a a degree in media production technology and was trying to work in the film and TV industry but found it both difficult and unsatisfying. He started his comic book, Dope Fiends, in 2004 as a creative outlet where he could share a story in visual format but didn’t begin posting photos for it online (to Flickr) until 2008. Dope Fiends now has its own site with an active YouTube vlog. There is also Dope Fiends music that can be previewed and purchased on The Dope Friends website.

About The Crochet Art

I’ll be perfectly honest in saying that I’m not one hundred percent sure whether these amigurumi characters are knit or crochet. To me it looks like a majority of them are crochet but some of them are knit. I’m terrible at telling the difference, especially when it’s not in person, especially in amigurumi. I’m always open to hearing your thoughts on this so that I can convey accurate crochet information and learn more myself about identifying the work. Che ha detto, I’m fairly certain that at least some of these creatures are crocheted. The Albuquerque Journal article explains that Aguilar does all of the work himself. He makes the amigurumi dolls (which stand about one foot tall each). He also sews their clothing, makes their props, writes the story and does the video shooting and editing.

A Favorite Moment

In one of the videos they say, “our intention is to tell a tale in the graphic form of amigurumiand I think that they do that in a fun way. In episode 2 of their Vlog they debut a music video warning ofmature contentprimarily because of the busty amigurumi girls. I literally laughed out loud during a sexy scene when the male voice says to the girl amigurumi, “how’d you get so sexy girl? You’re made out of yarn and you’re not even real.It’s totally ridiculous which is probably why I love it.

Connecting to The Crochet and Amigurumi Community

My favorite of the videos so far is Vlog 3 because this is where the videos reach out to spread the word about the larger crochet amigurumi community. We’re pointed to some great sources, several of which I didn’t already know about, compreso Croshame e GourmetAmigurumi.

Altri artisti simili di Crochet

In addition to the two folks mentioned about, Andy Aguilar’s ami art reminds me of these artists:

Howie Woo of Woo Works

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Ami Artist Vanessa Chan

patricia waller crochet art Amigurumi Comic Video Artist Andy Aguilar of the Dope Fiends

Patricia Wallersomething about the darkness of Andy’s characters reminds me of this creepy cute crochet artist

pinit fg en rect gray 28 Amigurumi Comic Video Artist Andy Aguilar of the Dope Fiends

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