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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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:iconartistladysmith:
artistladysmith Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2015
:wave: thanks again.... really artistladysmith.deviantart.com…
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Astalo Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
No problem. :)
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:iconmr-freddman:
Mr-Freddman Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
English:

I thank you for the llama

Finnish:

kiitoslaama
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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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Mr-Freddman Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Thank for the correction lad
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windsormagistus Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
kiitti favesta :)
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Astalo Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Olihan se oikein mielenkiintoiselta vaikuttava kelloprojekti. Meinasitko suuntautua jatkossa enemmänkin dieselpunkin suuntaan? :)
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windsormagistus Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
no en pelkästään siihen suuntaan, mutta kylä tuo oman designin ajausmaailma on viime aikoina pyöriny aika paljon sillä suunnalla, kyllä olis tarkotus tehdä ihan perinteisiä klassisiakin malleja, ja ehkä jotain militaria tyylisiä juttuja -mahdollisesti. inspiraatioita ja ideoita kun tunnetusti tulee ja menee aina miten sattuu :D
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Astalo Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Ok. Siinä tyylissä on kieltämättä paljon hyvää ja sekaan voi kätevästi yhdistellä yksityiskohtia sekä materiaaleja vaikka art decostakin ja niin edelleen. Dieselpunk/militaria-aiheet vaikuttavat tyylillisesti jotenkin käytännöllisemmiltä kuin varsinainen steampunk, missä on niin paljon erilaisia kliseitä ja teatraalisuutta.
Yleensäkin kaikki työt missä voi sekoittaa ideoita useammastakin eri tyyligenrestä ovat usein tosi kiinnostavia.

Meinasin jossakin välissä tehdä itsekin kokeiluja missä yhdistyisi esimerkiksi perinteisiä viikinki/kalevala-aiheita höyrypunkkiin, mutta saa nyt nähdä milloin se tapahtuu, koska oma inspiraationi on ollut vähän kadoksissa viime talvesta saakka..
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