When I had finished painting Kitson (on left) I thought “WOW YOU ARE ONE FUGLY MOTHAFUCKA” and was super embarrassed of him because really folks, he was some garbage paint job, lol. Now I am more embarrassed to know that someone on Ebay thought that this is a look worth replicating on recast dolls and is selling this as makeup option B. Egad! Come on folks, don’t perpetuate garbage, make something nicer & different lah!
Anyway, I’m not going to discuss the problems regarding copying a recognisable image without obtaining proper permission (which they haven’t obtained) I just wanna talk about Kitson and why he looked the way he did, so next time somebody wants to replicate his looks exactly they at least have some sort of an idea about what it is they are drawing or why they are using chains and shit. Kitson was the unfortunate kid who got turned into an undead creature and was later poached and forced to fight in illegal arenas as a zombie slave (you can read a bit about him here: https://thatvenitu.wordpress.com/2015/03/01/silence/). The nicks and slashes across his face were primarily from those endless fights. Most of the time he is feral and uncontrollable, especially when he smells blood or living flesh, that is why his handlers put him in chains/restraints. Despite appearing/behaving like a monster, Kitson’s humanity sometimes resurfaces, he feels remorse and anguish when he realises what he has done, that is why he sometimes sheds tears when no one is watching and hence the dirt stained tear tracks on his cheeks.
In the past few weeks, I’ve received many questions asking where to buy this doll. Reading some of these messages, it is disconcerting to me how many have fallen into the trap of purchasing a cheaper illegal copy of this doll, when they have genuinely thought they were buying the real version.
If you are not aware already, this doll is called the Venitu and it was sculpted by a South Korean sculptor Cho H.S. who goes by “5th Motif” studio. The master sculpt of the doll was then made possible to be retailed as resin ball jointed units by another South Korean doll casting/maker studio known as Dollshecraft.com. Up until now, Dollshecraft does not have distributors, they do not sell their products on Ebay or through any other electronic market places. Dollshecraft only sells their products through their official website which is http://www.dollshecraft.com. Each legitimate copy of this doll will come with a certificate of authenticity.
It will also come in a box with dark grey foam cutouts that look like this:
The box should have obvious signs or stickers that indicate it originated from South Korea, and it should have Dollshecraft’s office address which matches their website info:
So if you are buying this doll from any other website, especially from companies that originate in China, they are most likely to be illegal copies. All of these companies purport to sell good quality products with 99.99% accuracy matching the original. But seriously, what salesman would say their product is of inferior quality? And okay, they may have photos that they claim to represent their doll, but you are buying a sight unseen when you shop online, those pictures could have come from anywhere really. So, just be careful. Don’t easily believe anyone’s words at face value.
Also, as I mentioned above, each legit unit of the Venitu will have a certificate of authenticity. If you are buying from somebody secondhand and want to make sure it is a legit copy, I would ask to see this certificate AND THEN also contact Dollshecraft or 5th Motif (who keeps a detailed record of each unit issued and to what address they were sent to originally) to verify if the certificate issued matches the history of the purchaser. If your seller claims they have also obtained it secondhand, then I would ask for secondary evidence (proof of transaction, or screen caps) that can satisfactorily prove the doll had originated from a legitimate source.