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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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:iconkorneliasus:
KorneliaSus Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014
Amazing gallery and fantastic works :)
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Astalo Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks also for so many faves. :thumbsup:
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KorneliaSus Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014
:)
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KorneliaSus Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014
Thanks for the fav :)
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Astalo Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
You are very welcome. I liked that ornamental style from your jewelry projects.
Thanks also you for following my gallery. :)
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HanArtz Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Student General Artist
Omg all your peaces are gr8! :D LOVE IT!! 
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Astalo Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks for the compliments.
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Jack-Jukes Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the llama, Astalo.  Backatcha...
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Jack-Jukes Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Impressive breadth of work, you seem unlimited in your grasp of so many materials and venues. 

+Watch.
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Astalo Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Nice to hear it and thanks for adding me to your watch-list.
Metal have been my favourite material for many years now, but it's always nice change to work with some other mediums once in a while.
I kinda miss my school years when we made all kind of objects also from stone and clay, because i don't have that kind of tools and machinery in my own workshop.

Lol.. Only stone projects what i can make in nowadays are borders for to my garden perennials and other things like that.. There is few pictures also from them in my scraps section.
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