Alex Pardee and Upper Playground have teamed up to create a Walrus figure set for release in early February. The figure features Alex Pardee’s signature characters, along with his interpretation of the Upper Playground Walrus. The vinyl figure is in its early stages of development. One of the first steps in the creation of a figure is a wax rendering and pictures of one of the early prototypes.
Alex Pardee’s unique style is one conceived through watching years of horror movies, writing graffiti and listening to gangster rap. His pieces are often brought to life by translating random shapes and colors into signs of torment and absurdity. By juxtaposing these two conflicting moods, Alex makes his works more personal to his viewers, forcing them to project their own feelings and emotions onto each character in his twisted universe. Alex Pardee’s devotion to his art has gained the attention of Warner Bros., Reprise Records, Freeze Management, Hurley International, KidRobot, Twenty Twenty Skateboards, and more. In 2004, he was tapped by the gold-selling rock group The Used to design the artwork for their album, “In Love and Death.” Alex’s designs were not only applied to record, but also the band’s merchandise, website, marketing campaign, and the music video for the single “All That I’ve Got.” More recently, Alex has been working with Def Jux recording artist CAGE, as well as STREET DRUM CORPS, TOP-R, EL-P, and high-fashion designer Dr. Romanelli.