Armstrong "Arms" Akimbo is Freaky Fingers Side Show's resident Strong Man.
Where else COULD he have ended up, given his name???
Armstrong has hair in very select areas which just don't happen to include his head.
His mustache is fake fur to which I've applied Elmer's glue -- to give it its stiffness and to create the handlebar shape.
In addition to the stitched arm & armpit hair, you may notice the chest hair patterning.
This patterning may or may not have been inspired by the chest hair growth patterns of 1 or more of the males in my family.
And those chest hair patterns may or may not have the nickname, "Jingle Bell Man".
I can neither confirm nor deny.
But it just shows ta go ya: Just about anything can serve as inspiration.
Above, Left: Remember when I showed you this WIP? Now you're seeing the FP (Finished Product).
My Inner Engineer had fun coming up with this new spin on what a "finger puppet" can be.
Above, Right: Here's a detail of the barbell, which is made from felted wool balls and a wooden stick colored with a silver Sharpie. The funny thing is, considering how STRONG Arms is: I store him lying down, so as not to stress the arm that's holding the weight.
Thanks in part to his popularity at Freaky Fingers, Armstrong has been able to take advantage of many lucrative endorsement deals. (Strong AND rich ... and he's single, Ladies!)
He's proud of his Fiber-Os box, as it shows his massive back with its stitched-in shoulder blades.
Before settling down with the side show, Arms circumnavigated the globe for various weight-lifting competitions and sweat rag conventions.
(Photographed with a flea market globe and a card from a Mexican Bingo game.)
Couldn't resist taking a shot of Armstrong with his hero, Charles Atlas, in one of that muscle man's classic ads. They're both wearing animal prints... awww....
I made a YouTube music video with Arms and Charles; click on the link to see the silliness.
The challenge in making the video was that I had to do everything in one take. With my left hand occupied with operating Arms, this meant my right hand had to operate Charles and the other props AND turn on the stereo and the camera.
Needless to say, I had to practice a few times.
Making life easier: the recent purchase of a tripod.
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The concept & design of this puppet and its stories are the property of Megan E. Jeffery.
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