GREAT SCOTT! The Nike MAG Release Party!

SEPT 8, 2011 — Last night, the world waited in bated breath for… the FUTURE.

Marty McFly contemplates the original MAG shoes, in Back to the Future II.

In the totally awesome movie trilogy Back to the Future, Michael J. Fox’s character Marty McFly travels to the year 2015, and wears the Nike MAG shoe, which was often called “The Greatest Shoe Never Made.” Well no longer! NIKE says about the MAG shoes: It came alive, lit up and formed to Marty’s foot. The 2011 NIKE MAG shoe was designed to be a precise replica of the original from Back to the Future II. The aesthetic is an exact match, down to the contours of the upper, the glowing LED panel and the electroluminescent NIKE in the strap. The 2011 NIKE MAG illuminates with the pinch of the “ear” of the high top, glowing for five hours per charge.

Not only are these an almost inconceivable tangible creation of every 80s’ kids’ wet dreams, but these shoes were also made with a greater purpose in mind:

1500 pairs of the 2011 NIKE MAG will be auctioned on eBay with all net proceeds going directly to The Michael J. Fox Foundation. Each day for the duration of the ten-day auction, one hundred and fifty pairs of the 2011 NIKE MAG shoes will be made available via eBay’s Fashion Vault. The auction starts September 8, 8:30PM PST, and will end September 18. Thanks to a previous 50 million dollar match given to the Michael J. Fox Foundation, all donations will be matched, effectively doubling the contributions from the auction.

With a worthy cause, an amazingly kickass shoe, and the supporting background of over 25 years of Back to the Future fandom, you can bet that Bubble Punch was on the scene to report on the opening party so that EVERYONE could experience this incredible event.

The slogan of the event was “IT’S ABOUT TIME,” referring to the overlying theme that the effort of the Nike AG was focused supporting research to provide a future without Parkinson’s disease.

The release party was held at the Monteblan theater in Hollywood, with a huge crowd of fans lined up down and around for blocks.Unfortunately, we heard that most people in line did not make it in :(

Front of the theater, with Back to the Future playing on the screens.

Of COURSE the time traveling DeLorean was there! Bubble Punch's Chubby Bunny was able to attend the event, thanks to our buddy Jessica (right) who is an awesome friend.

Upon entering, a huge wall full of Nike MAGs was displayed in a darkly lit plexiglass case that stretched to the cieling, with only the lights of the MAGs shining through. (Don't worry, they light them up properly later, and we have photos!)

WAY TOO MANY photos after the jump, including presentations by Joel McHale, Christopher Lloyd, Tinker Hatfield, and more!

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Deliciousness in All Forms: LA Street Food Fest Preview & IOTA Cafe Review

On Thursday night, July 7th, we were invited to the media preview for LA Street Food Fest, which turned out to be so much more than just tons of delicious bites from vendors who will be participating in the big event on July 16th.

The event was hosted by the minds behind the LA Street Food Fest, Marcus Beer & Shawna Dawson (also of Sauce LA), as they MCed the night introducing the people and food involved in the upcoming Food Fest.

Held at the soon-to-be-open IOTA Cafe in Koreatown (They open sometime next week, we hear!) the newly finished space was abuzz with food bloggers and journalists, trying out the amazing dishes which will be served at the LA Street Food Fest from the Mighty Boba Truck, Glowfish Truck, and IOTA Cafe’s special items.

You might need to wipe the drool off your keyboards after looking at these photos. You have been warned!

Mighty Boba Truck was a first for us, and we were surprised to find out that they serve MUCH more than just boba teas! Founded by three childhood friends, Mighty Boba serves a delicious selection of Taiwanese food such as Taiwanese sweet sausage, Marinated Tofu steak, Sweet Butter Toast and Island Pork Chops. AND BUTTERMILK POPCORN CHICKEN. Yes. You heard me correctly. It is amazing. Thanks to Frances and Luca for being sweethearts and chatting with us about their food!

Mighty Boba Truck's Popcorn Chicken! A Taiwanese street food staple, this is their number one seller. It's slightly spicy, and deliciously crunchy. This was one of our favorite bites at tonight's event.

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Mighty Harajuku, L.A. Loves You!

Bubble Punch is proud to announce that MIGHTY HARAJUKU is coming to Los Angeles this weekend April 16 – 17, 2011!!

Japan has seen more than it’s fair share of tragedies lately. It’s definitely hit close to home for us here at Bubble Punch. This tragedy has effected many of our friends here, in Japan, and internationally. It was one of the driving forces in helping Sweet Streets and JapanLA with the #PrayForJapan charity art show last month.

Even recently, North East Japan was again rocked with a massive earthquake, following last month’s magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami. It further displaced and devastated the North East coast of Japan.

So what IS the  MIGHTY HARAJUKU PROJECT?:

If you’ve ever seen the street style that has come out of Japan, then you have probably heard of Harajuku.

Mighty Harajuku was an inspirational idea born from 6%DokiDoki designer, Sebastian Masuda.

Image from ElectricAlice.com

It is a call to the free-thinking youth of Japan, and the world, to come together and gather necessities for North East Japan. This effort is supported with the core idea of giving Japan it’s much-needed emotional support.

Though North East Japan has been physically devastated, it’s safe to say that all of Japan, if not those of us who have been inspired by Japan (especially Harajuku fashion), have been wounded by these tragedies. Mighty Harajuku carries the idea that this tragedy, that in every neighborhood: they are not defeated, they don’t have to go through it alone, and that they are not going to let this tragedy put a momentary halt on their lives or self-expression.

6%DokiDoki is making a pit-stop in Los Angeles this weekend, with a charity event, and parade to raise awareness and funds. All of the funds raised will be donated to the Earthquake Disaster Relief Fund at the Japanese Consulate in Los Angeles.

Space15Twenty is selling $5.00 MIGHTY HARAJUKU PROJECT charity buttons April 13, 2011. All proceeds will be donated to Japan Red Cross.

On Sunday, April 17, 2011, Bubble Punch will be helping 6%DokiDoki and Sweet Streets at the Space15Twenty flea market. We are accepting donated kawaii goods (in the vein of Harajuku) to be sold for charity. There will also be baked goods on sale, with proceeds going to charity.

Please come out and show your support! This is a FREE all ages event!

For more information, please check out the: Facebook Event Page

☆ Print your fashion walk posters here!
(courtesy Electric Alice)
http://bit.ly/fcoeU8

Saturday, April 16th: 7pm – 10pm

“To Japan: from LA with Love”
@ Space15Twenty
1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028

7pm-8pm: Photos with Yuka & Vani!
8pm-10pm: “Rashomon” Film Screening!

☆ Photos are $1.00 each to Japanese Red Cross Society, or FREE with a MIGHTY HARAJUKU button purchase!

☆ Purchase MIGHTY HARAJUKU buttons here!
http://www.space15twenty.com/

 

Sunday, April 17th: 11am-4pm

6%DOKIDOKI Fan Day
@ Space15Twenty Yard Sale
1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Meet 6%DOKIDOKI at Space15Twenty’s Yard Sale! SWEET STREETS & Bubble Punch will host a 6%DOKIDOKI pop-up shop at our charity booth! We will sell exclusive 6%DOKIDOKI items and buttons, while SWEET STREETS will raise funds for the Japanese Red Cross Society. We invite fans to contribute baked goods for us to sell for charity. Items donated will be sold by our team! To contribute to our booth, email info@sweetstreetsla.com

“WE VOW TO MIGHTY HARAJUKU!”

☆ Sponsors:

SWEET STREETS
http://sweetstreetsla.com/

6%DOKIDOKI
http://www.dokidoki6.com/

TokyoFashion.com
http://tokyofashion.com/

Space15Twenty
http://www.space15twenty.com/

Bubble Punch:
http://bubblepunch.com/

Dave Tada Photography
http://tadatime.com/

See you guys this weekend!

Glitter and Bubbles: Magical Girls Exhibition Opening

On April 1, 2011, we transformed into our magical personas and invited everyone to celebrate the opening of Magical Girls, curated by Sweet Streets.

Magic Level Up!

With the help of our team,  Meltdown Comics gallery space was refashioned into a sparkling setting, fit for a Magical Girls themed show. It was completed with a “Mickey Mouse Pink” stage for the musical guests.

Thanks to the hard work of Caro (Sweet Streets), wonderful “Magical Girls” inspired art from various international artists were made available for display. Renowned artists such as Camilla D’errico and Junko Mizuno were participants. Talented artists from Shibuya Girls Pop were also featured, all of them from Japan. Here’s a peek at a few of our favorite pieces:

 

Akira Ebihara

 

Miss Kika

 

NICO

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The Dark Side of Magic

As promised, we’re bringing you more inspiration for Friday’s Magical Girls event at Meltdown Comics!

Again, if you haven’t RSVP’d or want more information about the event:

Mark it on your calendars! We’re One day away:

Magical Girls Reception – Free Public Event
Date: Friday, April 1, 2011
Time: 7PM to 11PM
Where: Meltdown Comics  Sunset Blvd. Hollywood, CA (Sunset Blvd at Spaulding ?)

RSVP or Share via Facebook Events Page (RSVP is not mandatory)

Live Paintings
Live PerformancesThe Aprils and The Lady Spade
Cosplay Contest: Our special guest judge TAVUCHI (owner/creator of SPANK!) will be judging all of your awesome magical girl inspired outfits! We have awesome prizes for our top three!
Food Trucks!!

COSPLAY CONTEST RULES:

Some of you have been waiting for this, and you’ll be happy to hear our rules are simple.

1. You can dress up as any magical girl character! Whether from a series, of an original magical character of your own design!
3. We do urge that you keep in mind this is an all ages public event, so don’t show up as a nude transformation scene!)
4. Our special guest judge, TAVUCHI, will be judging contestants based on magical cuteness.
5. We will be awarding 3 prizes: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize!
6. All three prizes include different a gift bag that includes (but is not limited to): gift from Meltdown Comics, SPANK!, TokyoPOP, and our wonderful sponsors!

Now onto inspiration.
This time, we’re focusing on villains and bad girls also known as Dark Magical Girls. That’s right, not all Magical Girls are sweetness and goodness. There is plenty of magic to be had on the dark side as well. And, there are girls that prove, you don’t have to be goody-two-shoes to be the Magical heroine.

Ultimate Rebellious Magical Girls: Panty & Stocking

Panty & Stocking from ‘Panty & Stocking with Garter Belt’ are definitely Magical Girls, just not your typical ones. Panty (blonde) is addicted to sex, while Stocking (violet & pink hair) is a champion consumer of sweets. They are both kicked out of Heaven, as they were angels, and are now forced to kill monsters to gain coins that would allow them to return.

Complete with transformation and costume changes, even if there are stripper poles involved, there is no way you can’t love this edgy slap-stick Magical Girl Duo.

Jubei Chan & Her Heart Shaped Eye Patch

Though she can be confused with an Action Girl, Jubei-Chan is definitely a Magical Girl. Jiyu Nanohana is given a heart-shaped eye patch that turns her into the reincarnation of Yagyu Jubei (yes, that Jubei). Once transformed, Jiyu/Jubei pretty much lives up to the hyper-fictionalized super ninja legend. Try that for goody-goody.

Enter the Dark Versions, plenty of Magical Girl series have good girls gone bad. Sailor Moon R had this happen when Chibiusa was brainwashed and became Black Lady. Her costume then becomes darker if not sexier.

And to finish off this inspiration post, we have Princess Kraehe from Princess Tutu. She is the alter-ego of Rue, friend of our heroine.

As you’ll notice, Dark Magical Girls tend to be much more sensual as a direct opposite of the bubbly cute Magical Girl trope. So you really can’t say that there isn’t a magical girl out there for you. Whether she’s spunky and cute, shy, bubbly, dark, sexy, or just an all around bad bitch, she exists.

Well we hope you all feel confident in your outfit choices for Friday! See you there.

ALSO, don’t forget that on Saturday, our awesome bands guest The Aprils & The Lady Spade, will be having a special J-Pop listening party and signing at JapanLA!

J Pop Listening Party at JAPANLA on 4/2/11

For more information please check out the Facebook Events Page!

Pandatone Gloomy Bear will also be present to take pictures with fans, we know we’re already excited to meet him! Mori Chak, creator of Gloomy Bear, has also collaborated with The bands and Sweet Streets artist EIMI to creat two special, limited edition posters for the event! If you’re a Gloomy Lover or a music lover, please come on down!

And if you’re confused as to why Gloomy would be there, you need to check out ‘Pan Da’ by the Aprils!

See you guys soon, Magical Weekend is closing in!

#PrayForJapan Event Recap

Last Saturday, it was an amazing night of generous hearts and breathtaking artwork. We are so proud to have been a part of hosting this event that was solely for the purpose of raising money for the earthquake and tsunami victims in Japan.

Caro of Sweet Streets curated the event, JapanLA generously offered to give the work a physical home, and Bubble Punch was called in to arrange the logistics of the event and coordinate volunteers,and organize the raffle, drink situation, DJ, and donation sale table. To plan and execute a show of this magnitude within a week was an amazing feat, made possible by Caro, for having many sleepness nights gathering artwork, the artists themselves for producing and shipping their amazing pieces in time, the generous donations of products to be used in the raffle and for the donation sale table, and the kind heartedness of friends and strangers alike who donated their time to setup and execute the show both on Friday and Saturday.

Caro, of Sweet Streets, speaks with an artist.

We're so happy for all of the donations that made the raffle a huge success!

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The space got pretty crowded! Photo by DrunkRockers!

Jamie, owner of JapanLA, and Luke Chueh, artist who also contributed work for charity, posing with a Bubble Punch flyer! (This is pretty cute because we didn't even tell them to pose with it haha!) (Photo by Dave Tada)

DJ R-Rated was so generous! (we've worked with him at other events, hosted by Munky King) He stepped in just an hour before the show opened to offer his DJ services and start rockin! (Photo by Dave Tada)

Todd and Misha volunteered their time on Thursday to help with set up, donated artwork for the show AND got their hands on this AMAZING Colin Christian piece!

For a complete look at the artwork that was for sale at this event, visit Sweet Streets’ website!

We are so proud and happy that the event was so successful, and also that we were able raise over $11,000 during this event, (art sales are still ongoing at this time!), to donate to the Red Cross in order to aid relief efforts in Japan.

Thank you, thank you, thank you, to everyone who had a hand in this. No gesture was too great nor too small, and without everyone’s kind hearts this event would not have been possible. Everyone put the goal of raising money for the Red Cross in the forefront of their mind, sacrificing time, artwork, money, and (we know about this) a lot of sleep. This is what a labor of love truly is!

The rest of our photos are on our flickr!

Links!

Caro’s Photos on Facebook

DrunkRockers.com Photos

Orlando Welsh’s Photos

#PrayForJapan” Art Fundraiser Exhibition + Volunteers Needed!!

THANK YOU FOR ALL OF YOUR HELP GUYS!

We now have all the artwork & volunteers settled! Hope to see you all Saturday at JAPANLA!

We are greatly saddened by the catastrophic events in Japan, and are turning our efforts to charity to help those in need. We are assisting our friends at SWEETS STREETS for a fund raising event, this Saturday March 19th, in Los Angeles. Searching for volunteers local to the event! Details below!

Opening Reception: Saturday, March 19, 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Location: JapanLA, 7320 1/2 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA

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SWEET STREETS is hosting a “#PrayForJapan” Art Fundraiser in response to the recent earthquake in Japan. 100% of art sales will be donated to the American Red Cross and those close to us. Please contact us at info@sweetstreetsla.com to inquire. An opening reception will be held on Saturday March 19, 2011 from 7pm-10pm.

If you would prefer to donate money, we recommed donating to the American Red Cross. There are a lot of unreliable donation requests online now, and not enough info from Japan yet. Visit http://bit.ly/eZJDoJ to donate directly (or text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10).

Now accepting artwork! Artwork Submissions are now closed! Thank you all for your generous Donations!
PLEASE NOTE: 100% PROCEEDS WILL BE DONATED TO THE RED CROSS.

What we really need is a donation of your TIME! =D

☆ We need volunteers!
This exhibition would not be possible without your help. We are accepting volunteers to set up, hang artwork, and spread the word.

We need volunteers for:

1) Friday, March 18th:
(We are ESPECIALLY shorthanded this day!! TONS of art coming in all at once and not enough hands to help!)
Artwork hanging and show setup.
Shifts:
11:30AM – 2:30PM (5 people)
2:30PM – 5:30PM (5 people)
5:30PM – 7:00PM (5 people)

2)  Saturday March 19th: Event greeters, door security, watching store, art selling. Shift:
6PM – 10PM (10 people)

If you can assist during any of these shifts, please let us know!

1.  Day/shift you can work
2.  Your full name
3. Cellphone # and email address you can be reached at

You can email us at bubblepunch@gmail.com! We need allt he help we can get to make this a success!

 

We hope to see you at this event!

#PrayforJapan