Arlo’s gift for Randy Spizers 30th birthday was a Munny Vinyl toy, which as always looks amazing! Quoting Arlo:
A few years ago Randy’s girlfriend, Gabrielle, gave me a new Munny vinyl toy and asked if I would paint it for Randy’s birthday. Of course I said that I would. Nevermind the fact that Randy was a seminal figure in the history of rollerblading, Randy and I have had a long and close personal relationship and I was all too happy to paint something for a friend. So, I put the Munny in my closet where it sat for the next three years.
A couple of months ago Gabrielle mentioned to me that Randy’s 30th (!!) birthday was coming up. She was trying to get ideas for the party. As soon as I heard it I knew I had to finish Randy’s Munny before his birthday. About a week before the birthday dinner was scheduled (and about three years after I first received the toy!) I finally pulled out the Munny and got to painting.
My relationship with Randy has spanned many years and many different incarnations. The early years were well documented. It was the mid-nineties and rollerblading was booming. I was at Senate and Brian Konoske introduced us to a young skating phenom from his neighborhood named Randy Spizer. By the time we met Randy he had already been nicknamed Roadhouse by the local skateboarders. Randy was an extremely excitable young boy with amazing talent and great style. He was very marketable and at Senate we were very good at marketing. Randy became the face of the sport and one of the first super stars. I have always said that Randy was the first modern rollerblader. The rest of us, from the generation that came before Randy, all came from other sports. Randy was the first pure-bred rollerblader.