Our 20th artist of the show is Ryan McClure aka Rocketboy who resides in the Windy City of Chicago, IL.
Rocketboy has always been in loved with art since he was a child, but never pursued it as a career. He attended college and received a degree in Industrial Psychology. After college, he went on and pursued a career as a semi-achieved independent professional wrestler, where he traveled throughout the U.S., entering competitions. Shortly after a 10 year period in shows, wrestling events with the WWE and a few surgical operations, he decided to retire from the scene and return to his creative outlet with his paintbrush.
At the first introduction into the custom toy scene, Rocketboy fell in love instantly and was engrossed by all the talent surrounding him. Needless to say, once he picked up that paintbrush and tried out a blank of his own, he has never stopped. The custom toy scene is a huge part of his life. Never being professionally taught, he was constantly developing his skills and learning new tricks from other customizers on the scene. People like Fuller, Ashley Peterson, Mike Malo and many others were his mentors and gave him tips and techniques.
Rocketboy has been in a few galleries in Chicago, the CTU Project Bear show online and a Qee show in NYC. His inspirations come from comic books (since he is kind of a fanboy) and whatever else is going on in his life at the moment.
Check out Rocketboy at the following sites: