Pickled Punks &
Are they Real or
are they from the
Paul was born in
Cleveland Ohio, but now hangs out in California. He
credits his talent to his parents, Betty and George and was
and grew up idolizing Dick Smith and Ray Harryhausen,
film in college and kicked around for awhile after, then went into
construction. In the beginning film became an interest for
him. After first seeing Ray Harryhausen,
sculpting clay figures to create stop-motion animation.
At the age of 10 Paul went to a drive-in movie swap-meet
paid .50 cents went in a mobile trailer and seen a real
"Pickled Punk" for the first time. "That was 10 packs of gum
back then" he said. It made a real impact on him, at the
age of 15 or 16 years old, he made a latex 2-headed baby.
After making his first plaster mold in clay he cast a
"Rubber Bouncer" not know what it was called at the time.
Paul remember the film developer that printed his
photographs asking his parents if it was "Real?"
Paul have been interested in the "Unusual" all of his life.
He has been inspired by images from the Mutter Museum and
such people as Mark Frierson and other gaff makers
creations...He says "I love it all".
Paul said "After so many years of working my day job, It is
wonderful to have fulfilled my dream to sculpt and have
people appreciate my work. The best thing is finding others
who have similar interests, It makes me feel a connection".
I've always worried that my "Bio" may have read, "a guy that
never fulfilled his dreams. but now....even if it's for 15
minutes, I'll always have good memories".
Paul said when
he goes to that great midway in the sky, "There isn't going
to be a box, I'm going to be cremated and......you
guessed it....put in a jar."
never die they just go on exhibition!
Paul's creations are life like, just like the guy who ask
his parents if it was "Real?"
They look as if the were born alive, so step right this way,
you are about to see wonders from the Paul Sugiuchi
posted here with the permission and courtesy of Paul Sugiuchi
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