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Mikko Anttonen
Artist | Professional | Artisan Crafts
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
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: - (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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DragonNomNom Featured By Owner 4 days ago  New Deviant Hobbyist
Hello there! I'm new to the smith world and am taking some lessons from a master smith. Could you give me any pointers? Thanks and love the page! 
Astalo Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Professional Artisan Crafter
I'm more like self-taught metal artist and not very traditional blacksmith etc. I don't also know other than few Finnish colleagues so it's usually quite difficult to talk from this trade in english, but there is some international online communities and associations for blacksmiths and knife makers, where you can maybe find some help. - -

It's probably very  inspiring to talk with many other metal workers from all over the world and those places are full of all kind of useful tips.
DragonNomNom Featured By Owner 3 days ago  New Deviant Hobbyist
Well thanks some much! You were a help in many ways! Have a great day!
RavenStagDesign Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Astalo Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks also for you. :thumbsup:
artistladysmith Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2015
:wave: thanks again.... really…
Astalo Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
No problem. :)
Mr-Freddman Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015  Student Traditional Artist

I thank you for the llama


Astalo Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
You are very welcome. :)
Actual finnish phrase is: "kiitos laamasta" or "kiitokset laamasta"
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