The Vader Project

100 helmets traveled through 8 exhibitions, 3 countries and 1 groundbreaking auction to live on in a beautiful full-color catalog.

The Vader Project is a reimagining of the iconic Darth Vader helmet curated by Dov Kelemer and Sarah Jo Marks of DKE Toys ( Kelemer and Marks gathered close to 100 of the hottest underground and pop surrealist painters, artists, and designers to participate. For this unique project each artist was given a 1:1 scale authentic prop replica of the actual Darth Vader helmet used in the STAR WARS™ films. The helmets served as a blank canvas for each artist to paint, design, mash up, and customize.

Artists involved with the project include:

Josh Agle (Shag)
 Troy Alders   Kii Arens   Attaboy   Anthony Ausgang   Axis   Aye Jay   
Gary Baseman
   Andrew Bell   Tim Biskup    Mark Bodnar   BXH HIKARU    Andrew Brandou   
Buff Monster
   Mister Cartoon  Chino   mr clement   Robbie Conal   CRASH   Steven Daily   
   Dehara   DGPH  Cam de Leon   Devilrobots   Yoko d'Holbachie   Bob Dob   
Tristan Eaton & Azk One - Thunderdog Studios
   Marc Ecko   Eelus   Ron English   
   David Flores   Brian Flynn - Hybrid Design   Paul Frank   Gargamel  Huck Gee   
Fawn Gehweiler   Mike Giant   Girls Drawin Girls  Dan Goodsell  Gris Grimly   
Joe Hahn   Haze XXL   Jesse Hernandez    Derek Hess  Itokin Park   Jeremyville   kaNO  
Mori Katsura- RealxHead 
  Sun-MinKim & David Horvath   Jim Koch   
Frank Kozik   David S. Krys - DSK Designs   Peter Kuper   Wade Lageose - Lageose Design   
Joe Ledbetter 
     Simone Legno - Tokidoki  Mad  Mad Barbarians   Madtwiinz    Marka27   Mars-1   
Bill McMullen
   Melvins  Mori Chack   Brian Morris   Nanospore   Niagara   
Mitch O’Connell
   olive47   Martin Ontiveros   Estevan Oriol   Alex Pardee   The Pizz   
   PlaysKewl   Dave Pressler    Ragnar    Jermaine Rogers   
Erick Scarecrow  Secret Base J. Otto Seibold   Sket-One   Shawn Smith   Winston Smith   
Jeff Soto   Damon Soule  Bwana Spoons   Jophen Stein   Suckadelic  T9G    Gary Taxali   
Cameron Tiede
  Touma   UrbanMedium  Usugrow   Michelle Valigura   VanBeater   
Amanda Visell

If you are interested in owning a customized Darth Vader helmet from this unique collection please contact DKE Toys directly at 818-765-3500.

Full color, auction catalogs featuring all 100 helmets, artist bios, show info and more are still available.

The Vader Project Exhibitions:

May 24-28, 2007
Star Wars Celebration IV
Los Angeles Convention Center
Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

July 13-15, 2007
Star Wars Celebration Europe
ExCel Exhibition Center
London, England

July 25-29, 2007
San Diego Comic-Con
San Diego Convention Center
San Diego, California, U.S.A.

July 19-21 2008
Star Wars Celebration Japan
Makuhari-Messe Convention Center
Tokyo, Japan

February 4, 2009
Lucasfilm Annual Employee Meeting
Marin County Civic Center
San Rafael, California, U.S.A.

Feb 28-May 3, 2009
Andy Warhol Museum
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

June 11-20, 2010
Freeman’s Los Angeles Auction Preview
Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

July 5-9, 2010
The Vader Project Auction Exhibition
Freeman’s Auction House
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

July 10, 2010
The Vader Project Auction
Freeman’s Auction House
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.


Hi-res images available upon request.


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For press, photos and more see the links below:

press release: The Vader Project

press release: The Vader Project Los Angeles Auction Preview

press release: The Vader Project at
The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

press release: The Vader Project heads to Tokyo, Japan

press release: The Vader Project at
Los Angeles Convention Center : May 16, 2007 Coverage

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