Reactor-88 (aka Ryan Crippen) is a web designer/digital artist located in Los Angeles. He enjoys spending time with his wife, hanging out with friends, playing with his dogs, and riding his dirt bike & mountain bikes. He caught the vinyl art toy bug back in 2005 while on a mission to get back into traditional painting. His Spade-Skull and Totem toy designs are highly sought after by toy collectors and he has been a fixture in custom toy shows in the U.S. and abroad.
Frequently Asked Questions:
- Q: Where did the name “Reactor-88” come from? Is it your grafitti/street name?
A: I appreciate street art, but I have never been a grafitti artist. The name Reactor-88 spawned from a time when I was searching for a name for my portfolio website. The reactor part came from an abstract 3D digital art piece I created with a what I dubbed a mini reactor. Eighty-eight was an arbitrary addition just because it sounded too plain by itself- the number has no greater meaning other than it looks cool (like an infinity symbol) and sounded good together.
- Q: How do you paint such clean, crisp lines? Do you use masks and stencils?
A: All of my linework is done by hand- no stencils or masks. I’m very patient and have many years of practice behind my artwork- I’ll attribute most of it to that. I do have some tricks I use to keep my hands steady- like no coffee.
- Q: Are you Native American/Tribal Indian?
A: Nope- I’m a Hapa (half Japanese / half Caucasian). My “Totem” artwork came about from my love of totem poles and the various faces and symbolic design patterns that adorn them. I wanted to create my own stylized representations to celebrate their original style in my own way, but to not offend a culture that has been treated so poorly throughout American history. PLEASE NOTE: in no way is my Totem art culturally accurate nor should it be mistaken for authentic tribal Indian artwork, per The Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990.