Kitties and Batties!
The Hello Kitty celebration ended for me at the Bats & Cats Masquerade, hosted by the super BubblePunch
team... but what a EPIC, FABULOUS last party, it was!
I arrived at Royal/T Cafe at around 8pm after work that night and the line was already insanely long!!! Wow!!! An indication of how the cafe would be constantly crowded throughout the night!!! It was a little scary.
Inside, some of us relished the opportunity to move around and talk as the crowd slowly trickled in. I got my drink on before I worked to help moderated the line for the Hello Kitty photo booth. People sure got restless every time Hello Kitty went on a break...
I got the 'Black Cat' drink, by the way. It was really yummy.
After a couple of hours, I was relieved of duty and was allowed to prance around the crowd to take some photos. I ran into so many familiar faces that night! I'm so happy they all made it (and made it in inside, for that matter...). I was on my feet and talking every minute to so many people that my voice was GONE by the end of the night... and for that rest of the weekend. That's how you party, people. Ha.
Seriously, Michelle and True Mee did an amazing job putting the whole shebang together. I can't imagine organizing anything to that extent (okay, so I did it ONCE and I learned my lesson, that's for sure XD)-- over 1000 people attended! Big kudos to them and all the people that helped them out.
Checking on my friends, waiting in line-- they were troopers for waiting it out for so long.
When Missy and Lisa finally made it in, things got a little silly...
Check out the rest of my photos on flickr!
Don't forget to check out Bubble Punch.com
for official photos and links to blogs and photo galleries!
Labels: bubblepunch, event, hello kitty, three apples
Got my Gyaru On
Photo by HI HI CARO!
Went to ZIPPERCUT
's Japanology Hello Kitty/Gyaru chapter briefly last Wednesday night! Felt a little strange in my attempt to emulate the gyaru style
-- good enough for the first (last??) attempt, I suppose? Unfortunately, I didn't get to stay long and take as many photos that night.
The event was already well on its way by the time I got there. The hair stylists and make-up aritsts were busy making girls look pretty. I sat in at the beginning of the gyaru lecture by the guest speaker. I wished my headache/ill feelings didn't overcome me so I could have sat through the whole slideshow lecture... this is one of those Japanese subcultures that has always interested me, but I've never taken the time to delve into its full history. It's a strange dynamic of Japanese women attempting to take back some 'power' in a society where women were expected to be subservient. In a way, they are taking what was expected of them and turning it against the social standards! I've always found Japan's extreme rebellions quite interesting... but somehow, it all goes back to a large, fashion movement.
Small collection of photos HERE!
Labels: event, gyaru, hello kitty, japanology, royal-t, zippercut
Hello Kitty's weight is equal to Three Apples!
I went to the Meet the Artist reception for the Three Apples art exhibit at Royal-T Cafe and it was way cool!
I decided to get there a little early in the afternoon since events were scheduled throughout the whole day. I wanted to avoid having to line up to get in later that night. Fortunately, one of the artist, Angry Woebot, was already well on his way in his live painting session. I even watched Peekabo Monster put the last touches on his painting. It was amazing to watch Camilla d'Errico start a piece and finish it live. She is so precise with her brush strokes... I was incredibly impressed by her process! She didn't even make one mistake- and if she did, she hid it really well. I was pretty inspired by the end of the night by all the creativity. Close to the end of the night, they brought out a final canvas where all the artists made a mark. Mostly doodles, but still cool to have a single canvas with so many different artists (such as Gary Basseman!) creating graffiti on it.
The line to the Sanrio store inside the cafe was tremendous. There was also a long line for screen printing your own Hello Kitty shirts with designs from the artists. I didn't have the patience to get in line for it so I passed up on getting a Lady Gaga Hello Kitty shirt, unfortunately! Ha!
The exhibit was constantly full of people and more streamed in as the night went on. My friends, the girls of Bubble Punch
kept me company on and off in between their work duties. They will be hosting the Hello Kitty Goth Party this Friday the 13th! It's going to be amazing and fun.
The enthusiasm for Hello Kitty has been tremendous.
It's fun to look at the vintage merchandise on display and hear girls exclaiming: "I used to have that!"
It made me realize how Sanrio really has been a part of people's childhood then and even now. She is a simple icon that each generation seem to relate to, no matter how much she has aged. Good job, Hello Kitty! Here's to another 35 years!
More photos at my Meet the Artists flickr set!
Labels: art, bubblepunch, event, hello kitty, royal-t, sanrio, three apples
SOLD OUT OF DOOM!
If you heard that dim uproar in the horizon, don't worry... it's just the nerd community crying out in horror and despair because the San Diego Comic Con
just sold out its 4-day passes. Pretty nuts, right? They sold them earlier this time and a lot of people missed out (but a lot didn't, that's for sure...). I guess raising the price to $100 a pop wouldn't really deter the more hardcore SDCC lovers.
As for me, I am hoping they will approve me of a professional badge again, but I won't know till later! So who knows if I'll be at SDCC this year. Deep down inside, I am quite saddened at how difficult this convention is becoming. Not to mention the insanity with trying to book a hotel for a reasonable price without having to sneak in ten of your friends in order to afford it.
I will try to focus on other things for now though before I really freak out about the SDCC reckoning.
This next couple of weeks are going to be fun! Tomorrow, the Meet the Artist Reception
is happening at Royal-T for the Hello Kitty Three Apples exhibition! There will be live painting from the artists, t-shirt screen printing, and toy releases!
Sunday, November 8 is HARRY POTTER DAY AT DISNEYLAND
!!! I am EXTREMELY excited about this event. I have my Slytherin outfit all planned out, and I'm decorating myself with all sorts of Harry Potter... things!
My main goal is take photos of all the participating Wizards that will be flying in on their brooms, but there will be a game called the Coin Quest and I think I will have to make my friends participate with me. I'm sure we will fail miserably. I know for sure my HP knowledge isn't up to par, but it should be fun.
The next week will be full of Hello Kitty events:
November 11, Gyaru Beauty Parlor
, part of JAPANOLOGY, bought to us by the awesome ZIPPERCUT!
November 14, Bats and Cats Masquerade
, bought to us by the ladies of BUBBLEPUNCH!
November 15, Hello Kitty inspired Fashion Show... which I haven't quite pinpointed who is organizing this one, but I am sure I will find out soon.
Come out to these events if you can... it should be full of geeky fun, for sure!
Labels: disneyland, event, harry potter day at disneyland, hello kitty
Three Apples : Happy Birthday, Hello Kitty!
Sanrio celebrates Hello Kitty's 35th birthday with an ongoing celebration centralized around Royal-T Cafe in Culver City, California. Several parties are going on throughout the rest of this month and next month; check their website
for the schedule and details!
Last night, thanks to the ladies of Bubble Punch
, I got to attend the opening VIP party! The night didn't start off too well as we stood in line for almost over an hour, waiting to be allowed inside. They had invited too many people and the fire marshals declared the venue at over capacity. They had to stop letting people in...! Fortunately, our heroine, Steph came to our rescue and we were able to go in earlier than we had imagined!
The wait was completely worth it, to be honest. Not only was Royal-T decked to the bones with Hello Kitty decorations and paraphernalia, the crowd was awesome, amazing artwork, great music, free food, and... OPEN BAR, BABY! There was also a bit of a celebrity hubbub at the event (attendees included Paris Hilton, Kimora Lee Simmons, Dave Navarro, Yoshiki from X Japan etc.), but personally... I was too busy loving on all the Hello Kitty toys and merchandise...!!! My inner-twelve years old was in heaven!!! There was even a trailer home with a Hello Kitty theme; including a soft, pink, fluffy bed!
Labels: event, hello kitty, sanrio
A B O U T - U S
We are self-proclaimed girl-GEEKS who needed a place to write about it! We don't really do anything special with our lives, but we do enjoy the occasional comic book or fantasy film. Also, the occasional pie. With ice cream. Yeah. Ice cream.
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