WELCOME to the "Wanna Bes" page!

"Wanna Bes" were first established in the Fall of 2009, with a crude sketch of the "Bird Wanna Be Elephant" and the inspiring words that helped lead to "Wanna Bes" being born, 'Elephant Envy'.

Now there are OVER 40 "Wanna Bes" that make up the series, with new additions being added every now and then. This page has the most of the series (some I've neglected photograph yet), sketches and/or final versions of the many commissions that have been created along the way (which there are many I forgot to take pictures of the final piece and sketches are among stacks of loose sketches awaiting to be scanned. all in due time.)


-North Massaro

       COMISSION DETAILS: Are you interested in having two, of your or someone close to you's, favorite animals (or 
animal/dinosaur) made into a "Wanna Bes"? Or your pets and their 'inner' animal?  

If it is a pet you are looking to have "Wanna Bes"-tized please send the following 

Name of pet(s)

Animal/Dinosaur(s) to have pet(s) "Wanna Bes"-tized with

             PICTURES! There's really no limit to how many to send. Please make sure to include a close up portrait, a full body profile, and any other photos you'd like to share

Below are the ORIGINALS, the "Wanna Bes" that were created and launched this wonderful series onto your walls and into your hearts. There were about 15 of them that made up the original series.  


  "Wanna Bes" have gone through quite the series of transformations since they were first created. They started off extremely basic, then became (in my opinion) overly detailed and were all given smiles regardless if it looked good or not, and finally to where they are today- looking fairly basic, but I would describe it as a polished look to the original versions.


                             2009                                                                                          2011                                                                            2013 to Current


Here you can see all sorts of "Wanna Bes". They're a bit mixed up, timeline wise. Old with new, new with old. You get it. Different versions of some. There's no such thing as an identical piece; since, they're all done freehand, each of "Wanna Bes" is different even if it's something you don't notice immediately. Have fun.

***You're probably saying, "What gives?! You said over 40 different combinations, I'm not seeing 40." Welp, you're not wrong. Truth be told, I haven't loaded all of them onto the website. In fact, there are some that I haven't even photographed yet, because I end up selling them and forget to take a picture before hand. Listen, I'm not great at remembering to take photos; probably because I suck at taking photos. Have you seen some of the photos on this website?! Over half are likely to be blurry as hell, which I am indeed sorry about. Still boggles my mind how shakey my hands are, yet I can do ALL THIS(referring to the art). ANYWAYS, check back soon, I promise more will make their way on here. Thank you and enjoy all that is - NORTHTASTIC. Cheers.***

"Wanna Bes" copyrighted 2009-2018.