Sweet Tooth: Super Sweet Group Show Report

Last Saturday, Munky King was the place to be. Their opening reception for Crowded Teeth’s ‘Super Sweet Group Show’ was poppin’.

Sweet Streets, in collaboration with Crowded Teeth curated an amazing group show with artists such as: Luke Chueh, Eimi, Miso, Martin Hsu, NICO, Mizna Wada, Angry Woebots, among many talented artists.

All of the art was inspired by the works of Crowded Teeth. Of course, we had a little hand in pushing the magic into the world wide web.

The show was a collection of coloful, magical, and cute that only Crowded Teeth could inspire.

We don’t know what was the best part, the art, the magical Crowded Teeth Cupcakes, or the awesome food from Lomo Arigato!

photo by Shannon Cottrell

We do however, want to thank everyone who came out to support this amazing show, and a big thanks to Saporro, who sponsored the event.

If you’re interested in seeing more of the art, the show is running at Munky King until September 7, 2011. So what are you waiting for? Get your booties down there.

If you’re unable to make it, but want to purchase some of the gorgeous artwork, it is all available on the Munky King website.

Thanks again everyone for supporting the show, and we hope to see you at the next event!

More Pictures?

Check out our flickr set
LAWEEKLY.com Slide Show by Shannon Cottrell

Spellbound at Perfectasy

Where can you find Unicorns, Mermaids, cute Lolitas, and deliciously realistic food-themed jewlery? At Onch Movement’s Perfectasy opening party of course!

Our friend Onch (OnchMovement.com) threw a fantastic opening reception for his month long pop-up shop at Royal/t cafe in Culver City, CA.

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8 Bits of Satisfaction

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).

iam8bit's newly renovated offices. Look for the giant "8" on West Sunset Blvd in Silverlake!

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).

The crowd and the world's largest "arcade cabinet" in honor of Galaga's 30th anniversary!

Check out pics of the artwork, superfun installations, peeps and report after the jump!

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A Super Sweet Group Show!

Munky King & SWEET STREETS, with the help of Bubble Punch are inviting you to a  ‘A super sweet group show inspired by the fanciful world of Crowded Teeth.

So sweet, they make your teeth hurt, the Crowded Teeth characters are everything from pirate ghosts, toaster ovens, to animal friends who love adventure! Crowded Teeth transforms Munky King gallery into a new level of cavity induced awesome, August 20 – September 7, 2011.

Eimi x Microu

Bubble Punch is lending a helping hand, by helping our friends at Munky King and Sweet Streets through a whimsical opening reception on August 20th, 7pm – 10pm at the Munky King store! So mark it down on your calendars!

DJ Colby.1 will be spinning some awesome tunes, and we’ll be graced by the deliciousness of Lomo Arigato.

Curious about the show?
You can see some previews of the artwork via the facebook page! http://on.fb.me/nZT6Cn

Karen Hsiao (Miso)

So RSVP at the facebook event page!

And we’ll see you there for some sweet times.

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