iNO is a young artist with a clear passion for street culture! He may not talk much but he makes sure his artwork does. He has designed the fantastic mural @ Technopolis, Gazi, which I admit is one of my favorite urban art projects!

Hello, glad to have you in EyeCandies. Firstly, what does your nickname iNO stand for?

I would rather not reveal.

When did you start realizing that art was what you wanted to go for and what were your first steps?

Graffiti saved my life.


You have designed and painted a lot of walls in this grey city. How does it feel to work in the street and what themes do you choose to show publicly?

I don’t like people watch me when I draw.

About themes, there is no menu, depends on my mood and spot.

Have you ever had any weird incident during your urban art adventures? Would you care to share?

Once upon a time i was chased for trying to paint somewhere, after some years I was paid to paint that spot.

Where do you search for inspiration?


Talk to us about your last group exhibition “No Money Just Honey” at a.antonopoulou art gallery.

I liked the theme, I liked the gallery and I needed some honey.

What else can we find you doing in your spare time – other than painting?

Gym, bikes, girls, have fun.

Who would you choose to work with in a hypothetical street art project and why?

Since we talk hypothetical, I would choose MC Escher because he’s elusive.

Describe your current mood with a link (image, video, song, anything)

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And last but not least, is there anything we should look forward to? Any future plans?

I plan to travel as much I can.

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I’ve met Antigoni Chryssanthopoulou aka inogitna via the meet market sessions but only realized the variety and depth of her artistic expressions after a close look through of her inspiring portfolio. So get ready to get swept away by amazing visuals and fantastic urban photography explorations!

Hello Antigoni and welcome to the EC Blog! How and when did you start actively working as a graphic designer?

Hello Aphrodite; thank you for having me at EyeCandies!

I started working in 1993, right after my studies at VAKALO School of Art and Design. My first job was at the Creative Department of certain Advertising Company at Kolonaki, Athens, where I remained for approximately 1.5 year. For the next 8 years I worked mainly as free lancer and I cooperated with various advertising and publishing firms, design studios and individuals. Because I love traveling, I used to be away from my home city for approximately 3-4 months per year. The fact that, when returning home, I always  looked for new job assignments and for interesting projects was rather beneficial for me, because this way I became experienced in many graphic design sectors. During the last 8 years I am devoted to my work, but I still travel whenever I have some time.
I currently work as Art Director at a small advertising company and at the same time I undertake various projects as free lancer. I also work a lot with photography, which is my second major passion, and has become one more creative outlet for my artistic visions.
Talk to us about the inspiring custom design work you did for Cruel Candy.

Cruel Candy is a very dear friend of mine. I was thrilled when she asked me to design her identity. I believe that I have the talent to “catch” the deepest personal core of any of my clients and to push it forward in my design, while at the same time the information given is communicated with clarity, in order to outreach the target group, but also the largest possible audience (well – this is the goal of graphic design after all!). Especially in this particular assignment, and exactly because I know this person very well and I care for her, I became rather obsessed! For one full month my mind was full of thoughts and ideas, which succeeded one another, without having the faintest clue as for the final outcome. I used to search indefinitely for my material on the internet, in books, everywhere, without having made any draft. Finally, I made the Cruel Candy illustration in one night, almost impulsively, within one hour only. When I looked at the image I knew that this was totally Cruel Candy! I sent it to her right away and we decided that, yes, we go on with it!

Who is your favorite designer / artist / crafter and why?

This is a very difficult question. Really, at this moment I am not in a position to pinpoint just one. I could mention several reknowned illustrators, designers, architects, etc, whom I admire and who have certainly influenced me deeply. However, because I always like seeing new things, I am interested in various creative communities and internet portfolios – especially behance.

I can just mention ONLY VERY FEW of the persons that I have marked out at certain points in time, because they inspire me and because I am happy to be in dialog with them.

(Of course I love a lot of greek artists and designers, but I can’t name them all.........!!!)
What was your latest most challenging and exciting project?

I could refer to my Berlin Pieces series of photographs. It is neither the latest nor the most challenging, but it is an example of what I described above, meaning the images of spots that nobody “sees”. I took these pictures last Christmas in Berlin. They show interior window panes at the building of Tacheles arthouse, at Oranienburger street. Very small details, among the numerous graffiti and collages, which cover the whole building top down. The light was great (it had just snowed) and it beautifully diffused through the windows. This is what gives the impression that the outcome has been processed on the computer, while it is not! These pictures are exactly as I shot them, without any further intervention, for example color adjustments or whatsoever.

Describe your current mood by using a link (image, video etc)
Any future plans you’d like to share with us? Or anything else you’d like to add?

I would like to add something. I love art in general. I understand that graphic design is a lot more disciplined; it does not provide the art’s freedom of expression, because it serves a very concrete goal. However, graphic design fascinates me, because the things that a graphic designer makes come to direct contact with the broader public on a daily basis – and they are also of usage.
What I mean is that it is not necessary to visit a gallery to see them; the whole city becomes a large gallery, open to all, a gallery full of posters, magazines, books, brochures, labels, packages, illustrations – whatever we design. Most of the times people do not know who has designed all these things, which of course is blow against our human vanity, but … it doesn’t matter! That’s life!   :D

As far as it concerns the future, I am open to any new cooperation and adventure to come!

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I only recently discovered Constantinos Chaidalis and I was stunned from his work right from the first moment. A graphic and motion designer with a fresh and inspiring approach to design and a refreshing portfolio. I suggest you take a look at his 2010 motion reel which is a montage of his most recent and favorite projects.

Hey Costa and welcome to EyeCandies! Can you remember when did you first start realizing that design was what you wanted to do?

Hi there! Nice to meet you! I guess I was always one of those creative kids back at school…you should have seen my desk and notebooks…all drawn up and messed up with sketches!

I guess in the beginning I started drawing and think of myself as a painter. Then I started experimenting with software and materials and discovered the world of design… I really am quite messed up when it comes to telling someone what I do though… still questioning everything!

Most of your illustration work has a distinctive surreal touch that makes your work even more appealing. Can you describe your style, the visual communication techniques you use?

I guess my style is just changing all the time. I find myself liking different stuff from time to time. but as long as I am in an experimental mood things keep changing and evolving. Illustrating is a very personal process for me, I tend to treat subjects as problems that need solving, stories that need to be told in a new language. As a communication method I think I just personally express on any given subject.

I always try to put myself in the position of someone that will see the final product and make things “legible” by everyone. Then I try playing around with it, twisting stuff.

Where do you seek for inspiration?

I am very obsessed with some things. I get easily obsessed. When I can, I just use those things as inspiration. I sometimes also find ideas in music. I try to give a look to fit the song. Fortunately I usually got many backburners so I know where to start from ..

Graphic Design and Motion Design. What are the differences and the basic elements of these 2 different fields?

Hmmm Graphic design is creating one frame, a monument. An object that can communicate a certain piece of information. Motion design is 25 frames per second that make a moving image. They are really different mediums and completely identical at the same time. You just need to twist your head a little bit more in motion design, just to get things to pop out the way you want. The part I really like in any form of design is art direction. I think all other aspects of design become technicalities when you got solid art direction and concept.
What was your latest most exciting project and why?

I think it must have been designing an interactive video for a children’s theatrical play directed by Xenia Kalogeropoulou. Really hard work for a long time. Nice people, and on top working on something that I had never worked before!

Who could ask for more?

What would you advice a young designer who is now making his/her first steps in the design scene?

Paper, pen, scissors, rock!

How do you see art and design evolving in Greece?

I really think that design in Greece is on it’s first steps. Surely evolving…but slowly.

Every step, first step they say…

Share your top 5 favorite artists/designers

Frida Kahlo, Mathew Barney, Jake and Dinos Chapman,Stefan Zagmeister and hort..

What can we find you doing when you’re not creating/working?

I am really into photography, and videogames lately!

I also like traditional bookbinding and listening to music.

And last but not least, is there anything we should look forward to? Any future plans you’d like to share?

I have some ideas for a short film I wrote during this summer. But it is quite early to reveal anything.

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I discovered TOYSREVIL when I was searching the internet for a themed post I did on Designer Toys a while back. Blogging about toys and pop culture, Andy keeps his readers and toy fans constantly updated with everything going on in this colorful, playful and creative field! Today he talks about his passion for toys and blogging and shares useful tips and advice!

Hello Andy and welcome to EyeCandies. I sense you have a special relationship with toys! Talk to us about your passion and when did you decide to start blogging about it?

Thank you for having me! I started as a toy-collector, first and foremost. My early forays into toy-addiction started with the 1/6th-scale hobby. I had relished in casual-streetwear styled figures (as opposed to military themed 1/6) and delved deep into it, specifically kitbashing figures and creating characters and backstories or them.

The first incarnation of TOYSREVIL was via my own hobby website, where I posted images and little character write-ups of my figures and collection. I had then discovered Medicom Toy's BE@RBRICKS and Kubricks, around the same time as designer vinyls, specifically Michael Lau's early work ~ for whom I will always credit as THE person who got me started on designer art toys. (Said website has since fallen pray to internet-domain-name-limbo, along with my dotcom.).

I remember starting out toy-collecting, and having the hardest of time searching for information about a product. My best educator (back in the day) was actually Ebay, via sellers' description of items! Then I discovered Vinyl Pulse, and the seed of a notion about blogging about toys grew from there as well.

My primary aim back then, and till now, was to be able to provide information about toys, for folks who are interested in finding out more about them.

The earlier incarnation of the current blogspot was more of a personal blog. I had slipped out of toy-collecting for a short period of time (when the addiction to toys grew out of hand financially), and it was not until a year afters that I started blogging about toys, and has since fallen back into toy-addiction, but this time not of purchasing them, but of reporting about them hahaha.

In a nutshell, the decision to blog about toys, was to me, a progression of my passion, and wanting share that with others in the hobby.

TOYSREVIL: What inspired your blog’s name?

"TOYSREVIL" is actually a online nick I conjured up, for which I had used in the blog, hence "TOYSREVIL's I LIke Toys". I have since dropped the "I Like Toys" and moved forward with TOYSREVIL.

Official Snakeoil-Sales-Line:  "Tis oft said about the inherent evil of "influence". But none so alluring as the all-consuming passion lured and set-upon thee mortal desires by plastic or vinyl in the form of toys and action figures. And if influence is evil? Then Toys-Are-Evil. In my waking dreams, they are my masters and i am but a humble servant to serve."

Contrary to what a few folks have asked of me, TOYSREVIL was never a riff off "Toys-R-Us" on the on-set hahahaha
How easy is to keep up with the constantly evolving world of designer toys and what are your criteria when it comes to choosing your next blog post?

The daily posts on TOYSREVIL are queued up and generally based on editorial content, featuring a diverse variety of news, from toys to pop culture-related notions, like anime or specific geek-related movies and it's ilk. Basically I post what I like and enjoy, and hope like-minded readers would too. One thing to note, TOYSREVIL and the blog, is just me. So what I post about may well be limited to what I can physically publish by the end of the blog-day.

The existence of the TOYSREVIL blog relies on two primary factors: What I discover, and what I receive. In the earlier days of blogging, I would have more time to surf the web, to cast a wider net for news and interests. The sense of discovery was what kept my passion burning. I had started on the www a bit late in my life (via work instead of pleasure, actually) and have played catch-up ever since.

When I started to blog about toys, I had actually cold-emailed a whole bunch of folks, from designers to producers, to introduce myself and my blog. Most have replied and some remain the staunchest of supporters ever since, and visa versa.  Through the years, it is because of these online-relationships, that keep the effort enriching. But there are a select few who had never responded, even til now.

As the days go by, more folks begin to send me information. And as a basic gesture of thanks, said info would be queued up sooner to be published. You take the trouble to email me? That is the least I can do. Sometimes this works, sometimes it does not. As well the timeliness of the news plays a factor.

Content is key. A couple of images with no text or explanation will not a good blogpost make. Additional information of the product or event are always more than welcomed.
What are your views concerning blogging? What would you advice a new starter?

Blog about what you like, and know. With time and deeper understand of the product, the more you have to say and blog about.

You can choose either to be bulletin-board style of blogging ~ which is basically cut-and-paste press releases ~ or engage your readers via your own voice, with a decent measure of opinions and knowledge. Or a mix of both.

These are a few blogging pet-peeves:

01. Credit or link your sources. News did not pop out of the sky and neither did it magically appear on your blog.

02. Do not  "steal". In this cowboy-town-age of the internet, people swipe images and remove watermarks, lift content and information and use as their own. It is deplorable, but seems folks are doing it, and not many people care either which way.

Once you start advertising and earning from your blog-ads, you are stealing from others to feed yourself.

But then again, having said all these, what us content-platforms do, at the end of the day, is publish cannibalized news from the content-providers anyways. So how much of a difference you can make, is up to you.

What blogs/sites do you visit on a daily basis and who are your favorite toy designers?

This is a loaded question, for which my answers can only truly be: "Not as much as I'd like to" and "Too many to name".

Surfing the web is a luxury now (for me), as opposed to researching for content for a blog-post. These days, it has become more task-driven with blog-post in mind. As for "favs", there are far too many to name, I insist! You'd be able to read the "lurve" for particular artists on my blog :)
Maintaining high blog traffic can be a real headache. Do you have any tips to share?

There is no defined way, I reckon. You will never truly know the reading patterns of folks who pop on over to your blog. Of course you can try, based on your blog-stats, but the reality is, folks' preferences change with any given day, and all that remains the same, is YOU, the blogger.

You can only control the content you put out, but you cannot control the readers, who they themselves have different needs, and which can be catered to by a myriad of other websites.

The stress of maintaining relevancy and currentness, by far outweighs the need to produce specifically for high blog traffic. The need to maintain sanity amongst all of these, is paramount to the longevity of the existence to your blog. I may not have thought like this a few years back, but this is what I try to maintain these days hahaha

Ironically, the highest blog-hits in past years, were due to my posts on non-toy related products. If I were to cater to them, the TOYSREVIL-blog may well have turned into another blog altogether! But evolution is needed to survive the internet-age.

So what makes you special? What makes you different? What makes you unique unto yourself that it will entice the readers to come, and remain with you, for as long as you blog?

How would you describe the ‘typical’ designer toy collector?

- Has a healthy knowledge of the toy, and who it's designer is. (As is the basic M.O. in the art toy world).
- Knows a decent history of the toy and make. And initial Value as well.
- Has and is able to gain access to products.

All "logistical" attributes, rather than characteristics, I'm afraid. As in this age, it no longer is about "Who", but rather the "Level" in which the toy-collectors let the hobby perpetrate their lives. You could be a hardcore-collector, or you could be a "toy-tourist", but the connecting trait for everyone, is the passion for the hobby.
Can you describe an average working day of yours?

I am based in Singapore, and run on +8 GMT. I used to work on U.S.-time, but that has left me with zero local interaction with local folks I share my island-country with, and a vampire-like existence while bashing computer-keys! Now I am trying to restore my body-clock back to Singapore-time, in a desperate attempt to enjoy the sunlight that filters into my desktop within my workspace.


- Wake up.
- Fire up the computer and check emails and online-happenings (which determines the basic start of the day and it's pace to come)
- Brush my teeth and wash my face (yes, I view the monitor with crusty-ied eyes)
- Coffee. Must. Have. Coffee.
- Web-admin (Depending on workload).
- Research and Prep.
- Publish before 7pm (Daily internet lag begins around that time and might last until 10 or 11pm ~ a more recent reality-malady)
- Bang table, kick chairs and curse under my breathe while foolishly battling said internet-lag when I know I should go watch television or do something else instead of killing my brain-cells while battling the internet-lag.
- A Roundup all the day's posts with a Daily/Nightly Dateline at 12 midnight (In an attempt to develop a sense of structured functionality)
- Research some more for the next day's posts.
- Throw all scheduled-plans out the window if I find something interesting online worth loosing sleep over to blog about hahaha


Publishing is a snap. It is the "Research and Prep" that might take up between 7 to 10 hours a day on average.

These days, I am lucky if I get five to six hours of sleep.

Thank you very much for participating in EC Andy! Would you like to add anything else?

Thanks again for having me! A sincere thanks and shout-out to one and all who have supported the TOYSREVIL-blog (and myself) thru the years! I know who you are, you know who you are. And have a Great Toy-Day, y'all!

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