April O’Neil and Raphael signed one of my art pieces!

TMNT teenage mutant ninja turtles april o'neil judith hoag custom backlit nes nintendo platinumfungi TMNT teenage mutant ninja turtles raph raphael kenn troum scott custom backlit nes nintendo platinumfungi

I’m incredibly honored that two of the celebrities from the TMNT world recently autographed the ‘Backlit TMNT 30th Anniversary NES:) This is an art piece that I made with Custom Nes Guy back in 2014 to honor the ninja turtles turning 30 years old.  It has now been autographed by four celebrities, and there are plans to get even more. The owner of this one-of-a-kind art piece, Jared Guynes, has told me that he will eventually get Kevin Eastman’s autograph on it as well!

To know that one of my art pieces has crossed paths with these celebrities is a bit surreal. TMNT was very influential during my childhood – I had the toys, the video games, the t-shirts, and more.  I watched the cartoon show religiously, and can still remember being in the theater when I saw the first two movies (I never saw the third movie, thankfully). They definitely helped inspire my creativity and interest in art and design, so to me it’s such an honor to now have a little connection with that world. It brings a big smile to my face every time I think about it.

As many of you probably know, Judith Hoag is the actress who played April O’Neil in the original 1990 TMNT movie. From what I understand it’s VERY rare for her to come to any TMNT event these days, so it’s even that much more of an honor that she signed it. Interestingly, according to IMDb she said that she wasn’t satisfied with the way the 1990 TMNT movie turned out – probably the reason she doesn’t attend many Turtles events. I’m very glad she made an exception. Another interesting thing is that she has a role in the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows. It looks like she’s playing the role of some type of business professional…maybe a reporter? It’ll be fun to see her return to the franchise, even if it is just for a small role.

While many people will probably recognize Judith (April), most probably aren’t familiar with stunt man and martial artist, Kenn Scott. He was the main suit performer for Raphael in TMNT II: The Secret of the Ooze, and both the stunt suit double for Raphael and one of the Foot Clan soldiers in the original TMNT movie. Fyi, if you go to search for him, for a time he went by the name “Kenn Troum” and is credited as such in much of his film career.

A big thank you to them both for the great work they did for the TMNT universe, and for taking some time to autograph the NES! It truly is an honor.

Also, a big thanks to Jared Guynes for hosting that TMNT event and getting some photos!

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