Of course, given that the art-toy movement is still hanging fire in Minneapolis compared to, say, Tokyo, Hazelmyer may be ahead of the art world's curve. (At up to $2,000 a pop, the artist-created Qees might not be flying off the shelves anyway). "It's hard to convince people in Minneapolis that this is huge everywhere else," Hazelmyer admits. "I always say, in 10 years, everyone's going to know who these guys are."
Hell, he might be sitting on the next Madballs.