I love Coney Island. It’s strange, a little gritty, and full of rich history. Coney Island USA is a nonprofit art organization whose mission is to Defend the Honor of American Popular Culture. It was a joy to work on this concept rebrand.
If you go visit Coney Island, you can not go far without seeing this character. Originally, he was the grinning mascot of the 1897 Steeplechase Park and continues to be the symbol of Coney Island.
This is my Funny Face iteration. Four years ago I saw this unnerving smile for the first time and I can still remember thinking, “This guy is so strange. I want to draw him!”