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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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.

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!

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!

Transformation Sequence Commence!

We hope you guys are breaking out any of your magical girl outfits, dust them off, send them to the cleaners…
but most importantly, practice your transformation sequences!!!

If you need somewhere to go next Friday, be it for art, music, booze, or CUTE GIRLS, you need to come to Sweet Street’s Magical Girls at Meltdown Comics on 4/1/11 from 7pm – 11pm!

in case you need the info (write it down, rsvp!)

Mark it on your calendars ladies, gents, and magical sidekicks:

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 awesomely magical girl inspired outfits! We have awesome prizes for our top three!
Food Trucks: Jogasaki Truck (SUSHI BURRITO!!)The Sweets Truck

We have awesome gifts for our top 3 (1st, 2nd, 3rd place) contest winners!

Are some of you perhaps stumped for the cosplay contest? Do you need a little inspiration? We’ll we’ve got some inspiration for you.

Some people think that Mahou Shoujo is just a little girls genre. How very wrong indeed you are! Mahou Shoujo (Magical Girls) is a genre of anime and manga that is so popular, it stretches across a wide audience.

You have the classic:

Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon (Pretty Soilders Sailor Moon)

What girl or girlfriend doesn’t know about Sailor Moon? Which one was your favourite? You know someone who does! Dress up as your favourite version, there are plenty of variations and characters from Sailor Moon you can pick from! Not all of them are women, and not all of them are even human!

The CLAMP Power House:

Umi, Hikaru, and Fuu!

If you’ve ever read manga or watched anime, then you’ve come across the ladies of CLAMP! And if there’s anything from CLAMP you’ve definitely heard of, it’s the kick ass trio known as MKR (Magic Knights Rayearth).

CLAMP is a manga/anime giant! They have a distinctive story/art look. The appeal of their manga/anime has crossed both genders, and MKR is no exception.

If you like armor or swords, MKR is the way to go!

RELEASE!!

Adding to the CLAMP awesomeness, you’ve definitely heard of Sakura Kinomoto! Though you may recognize her in the TSUBASA Chronicles with her fellow castmates, she was the most popular magical girl of CLAMP history: Card Captor Sakura!

Besides Sakura’s own amazing outfits, there are plenty Clow Cards to choose from. Drawn in CLAMP’s legendary style, I dare anybody to call the Clow Card character art, less than amazing. And lets not forget Yue, or the many male characters of this series.

But those were mostly geared at girls, we hear you say. Well let us introduce:

Honey FLASH!

This sexy girl known as CUTIE HONEY!

Cutie Honey was definitely not drawn to appeal to girls, but men. Her happily sexualized outfit and character is iconic of the Magical Girls genre, as wel las her nude transformation scene.

She is one of key examples of how not girls-only, the Magical Girls genre can be.

And if Cutie Honey is still a little too vanilla for you, Let us expand your horizons.

Meet Sayuka, of Beat Angel Escalayer!

Echhi? :O

Who?

Beat Angel Escalayer is a eroge (erotic game) turned anime. Yes, it is Magical Girls for the 18+. And when we say 18+, we mean specifically geared at 18+ males.

It’s an erotic version of the Magical Girls genre, but holds true with glittering transformation sequences and all things needed.

If you don’t already feel inspired to make an outfit for the event by now, you can try watching anime with in anime! That’s right, the meta magical girl.

I give you Stardust Witch Meruru! She’s the favourite magical girl character of the main character in ‘My Little Sister Can’t Be This Cute!”:

The reason why Magical Girls is a huge genre is because of it’s widely cast net. There is a huge database of Magical Girls and cross over genre list available on Wikipedia for your choosing.

Well we hope you’re uber amped now! And if you’re not into sugary cute kawaii, don’t worry! We’ve got your Magical Girls Villian’s inspiration coming up tomorrow!

#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