On Thursday, August 11, the newly renovated iam8bit offices opened their doors to a crowd of game-loving self proclaimed nerd-sters to celebrate the opening of their SUPER iam8bit show and the release of their artbook of the same name. In classic iam8bit style, the fans turned out in hordes for this amazing event.
Not only is iam8bit famous for their retro gaming-inspired art shows, but they are also the brains behind the production of high profile geek-events such as the Street Fighter video game release parties, and the Scott Pilgrim party (like, MONTHS before the movie was event released to theaters).
Their new offices are a little deceiving, with a decent sized front “store” space where one can buy art, prints, their book, and a collection of carefully selected or commissioned nerdy items (video game mascot hats, official “Nerdy is Sexy” Tees, & iam8bit headphones, just to name a few). As you walk towards the back, a door leads to a huge warehouse-like space, where fans were checking out the awesome art and amazing installations, challenging themselves to beat the top store of Galaga, watching live art paintings, and boppin’ to the music spun by our buddy DJ R-Rated (he’s spun at multiple Bubble Punch events before <3).
Check out pics of the artwork, superfun installations, peeps and report after the jump!
We were also pretty pleased to meet and chat with artist Dave Crosland, better known as King Gum, who did the kickass art for the official iam8bit event poster, contributed a sweet piece to the show, and also did a live painting during the opening party!
Did we mention there was a HUGE Galaga setup? If you were the top ranked scorer at the end of the night, YOU WOULD WIN the arcade cabinet, which was custom painted for the event!! A huge line up ensued, and many tested their mettle…!
A staircase lead to their back “porch” area, which had a few curiousities of its own.
It was a great party, as expected of our bros at iam8bit. We are really excited to see what other gallery shows these guys have lined up after this, as their space, energy, and awesome nerdiness never disappoints. Well done, guys!
The artwork will be on display until September 10th, and is free to the public!
As always, you can check out our plethora of photos from the night on our Flickr.
2147 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026
Supporting sopnsors: Galaga, Namco, forty seven communications, Blik Wall Graphics, Coba Aguas Frescas.