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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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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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C-pink Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014
Thanks for the llama!! Sorry for the delayed reply!
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Astalo Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
No problem.
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Spyderwitch Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014
Your work is amazing!! you're very talented. Such a shame you won't sell outside Finland.
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Astalo Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks for the compliments. My farm and forests take so much time in nowadays, that this small "side business" is only going to decrease a little bit more in every year.
Also the demand for unique metal works is always rising in this country, so it's not very good idea to expand abroad if I already have to refuse over half of the commission inquiries even in my local area.. :roll:
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Kizzarina Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the :llama: :D
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Astalo Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you in return for adding me to your watch-list. :)
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thepakle Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014
Monttu auki jäin katselemaan käsityötaitojesi hedelmiä. Teet kauniita esineitä!
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