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This is one of the 4 best Gong-Yoshi Acid Eater marbles ever created, and it was made during Mike's Sept-Oct/2013 trip to Japan where he hung out with Yoshi at his studio for a week and they created 5 marbles and several pendants together. They worked 12 hour days on the torch most of the time with SOOO much work going into these masterpiece creations from these two absolute masters of glass and marbles. I think it could be said that these are the two most popular and successful marble artists in the world right now, so creations like this between the two of them are as legendary as they come. Collaborations that are made when the artists are in studio together, as opposed to sending halves or pieces back and forth in the mail, are soooo much better. This approach allows the artists to A) spend lots of time discussing and mapping out their strategy for a particular piece, and B) have the ability to pass the marble back and forth during its creation so they can each work on different designs and different layers many times during the process. The end results from two masters are clearly on a whole different level from anything you've ever seen before in a marble.
This marble features a triple hitter three-eyed crazy acid eater on the Gongsta's side, and a very complex, many layered opal design by Yoshi on the other side, with multiple dot layers by BOTH artists bringing it all together around the equator. I tried to capture the layers and complexity of this one in the pics of course, but it's just really hard to grasp it all in these 2D images, as the marble has SO much depth to it and the layers just look mind numbingly awesome in hand!! The red bearded triple-eyed face is SO nicely done, with lots of colors and texture all around the face, and it's easily my favorite Acid Eater face out of the 4 Acid Eater collabs they made. That tongue! Ha haa! Each of the eyes is unique. I love how those four flame style dots by Yoshi wrap up around the Acid Eater, uber-awesome. And that's just the START, as you proceed to turn the marble around and see Yoshi's work!! The interplay between Yoshi's dot work and Mike's is just beyond words. The colors are perfect, the complqq+exity makes you stare at it for time on end, and after it's all said and done, all you can do is sigh and smile. This is one for the ages, a true ultimate masterpiece from the world's best!! Signed by both artists with the date, 9.2013.
I also shot two videos of this marble, make sure you view them. The videos are nice, but I wasn't able to edit them, so please ignore the squeaky glove, the too fast spinning, the blurriness at the end...which all would have been edited out.