Thank you to everyone who participated in the CY2020 HOF process, from the initial stump thread to the final voting! Due to the closeness of the membership's voting results, the committee has decided to induct four sets this year. Congratulations to all those who were nominated, and I’m pleased to welcome the HOF class of CY2020:
Dr. Nutz’s Sex Wax
The Sex Wax set is a tribute to my wife. She is also the inspiration for the design elements. She has long held a love for the ocean, the beach, and especially Hawaii. She calls it her happy place. While on a 2016 family beach vacation, I came a across a surf shop with one of the famous sex wax stickers on display. Of course there are many similarities between the humorous play on words from this brand and my house of nutz custom chip designs. Mr. Zoggs became Dr. Nutz and the rest of the inlay took care of itself.
The other side of the inlay was more personal to our trips to Hawaii. The turtle being the centerpiece to Hawaiian culture and one of our favorite animals on earth. Hence it was put on the $1 chip. The colors are meant to represent the ocean and the brown is a nod to the color a turtle often appears from above the water's edge.
The mold chosen from CPC is the H-mold, an inevitable choice for a set based around Hawaii.
- The $100 chip is the highest denomination and thus needed a pineapple, my wife's favorite Hawaiian food. The colors here are both tropical and terrestrial.
- The $20 chip is the famous Hawaiian hibiscus. The colors are actually matched to a T-shirt that I wore during our honeymoon in Maui. (Light blue and orange version)
- The frac is a meant to represent a "woody" longboard in the Hawaiian surf culture. The yellows and browns symbolizing wood.
- The $5 rounds out the set and is a non traditional chocolate color highlighted with tropical colors. These colors often found on iconic Hawaiian art. The set wouldn't be complete without the sun of course.
The Sex Wax inlay was color matched by J5 design to accompany the edge chips' colors. The color fading already a staple of the surfboard wax's common representations of their logo. The $20 gave me some concern when moving from blue to orange, as the transition looks gray. An alternate was made to avoid disappointment.
As some inspirations often are, this design was lightning in a bottle - the whole set being 90% designed conceptually in about an hour. The concept then collected dust in my brain until a trip to Hawaii in 2018. While there the Hawaiian icons were chosen and the mockups finished. Little did I know, that I was about to receive a cancer diagnosis that almost sunk the set from actually being made. A mere 3 weeks later, I found a mass in my groin that was identified later as an aggressive lymphoma. I did ultimately decide to have the chips made and the order was placed while receiving chemotherapy. They were shipped from CPC, amazingly, while we celebrated the end of chemo in, of all places, Hawaii.
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