The very first UGLY, Wage, began as a drawing that David Horvath put on the bottom of his letters to Sun-Min Kim. They had gone to school together and fallen for each other hard, but Sun-Min had to go back to Korea. In the letters they exchanged from Korea to Los Angeles, Wage was affixed on the bottom like a heart.
UGLYDOLL, Wage + Babo
One day David received a package from Sun-Min in which Wage had come to life: Sun-Min had sewed Wage as a plush doll. As David tells the story, he took the Wage plush doll to his friend Eric Nakamura at Giant Robot to show it off, and Eric thought he was pitching Wage as a product. Giant Robot got 20 of them and people bought them and loved them. Wage was a sensation. Soon other UGLYS came into the picture, like Babo and Ox, and now there is a veritable coterie of UGLYS in the UGLYVERSE.
UGLYDOLL, Wage Knows
But Wage is the first and, in many ways, the mascot of the UGLYS. Our prints capture his personality on the street, suspiciously wandering around in the dark, hanging out with Babo, and pondering the various profundities of Ramen.
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