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Mikko Anttonen
Artist | Professional | Artisan Crafts
Finland
Current Residence: Simpele, Finland
Favourite style of art: Surrealism and fantasy art. (I like also some digital paintings and 3D-renderings.)
Favourite cartoon character: Lobo, Ghost rider, Wolverine, Slaine, Nemesis, Ren & Stimpy, Samurai Jack and Nick Knatterton..
Personal Quote: When it`s too loud, you`re too old
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Hi!  My name is Mikko Anttonen (A.K.A. "Freaky Mike") and I work as a traditional blacksmith and jewelry artist in one small village in the eastern part of Finland. I'm pretty mad on science fiction- & fantasy art/literature, historical times and metal music as well.. I have always liked drawing and making objects from metal, wood and other natural materials.

Link to my personal web gallery: www.saunalahti.fi/~wfan - (Text is mainly in Finnish..)

I drew a lot, when I was a kid.. In my teenage years that went to the backround, but after 2002 I got extremely interested it again, and draw and paint a lot of scifi- and fantasy themed works etc. (Mainly in Wacom tablet and Photoshop.)
I have made all kind of metalworks for hobby over ten years and I started finally my own business in 2007. My workshop is situated in one over hundred years old  barn house in our farmyard  and it's called "Taidetakomo Astalo" so I decide to use it also my nick in here. (Astalo is really a finnish name for temporary striking weapon.)

Many people have asked, that do i sell my metal works in online or make some commissions in there, but i have to say no for all of them.
I have already so much work to do in our farm/forests and my little company, that i don't have any meaningful reasons to expand my "business" to outside Finland.. I started to post my works here, because it's quite interesting to hear some feedback and comments also from around the world, and not only from my local circles and customers.

Sorry about typos.. English is not my native language. :)

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catiecurrandesigns Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014  New member Professional Artisan Crafter
thanks for the faves!
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Astalo Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
No problem. Thanks also you for the fave and watch.
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catiecurrandesigns Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014  New member Professional Artisan Crafter
you're welcome! i love supporting fellow metalsmiths!
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selectedgrub Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014
Your website.
Simply awesome stuff.
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Astalo Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Very nice to hear it and thanks for the badge. I have seen your metal works many times in Brass goggles messageboard and that mix of aluminium, brass and copper look always very good.
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jneice Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Wonderful stuff
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Astalo Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks for the compliments.
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randomasusual Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Your work is spectacular! I am in awe. :D
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Astalo Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Very nice to hear it and thanks for adding me to your watch list.

You have also quite interesting and unique clock recycling ideas. :)
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KorneliaSus Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014
Amazing gallery and fantastic works :)
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