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

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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.

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!

Love is Relaxing

Success! We’d love the thank everyone who made it out to JapanLA‘s new location for the San-X Rilakkuma Valentine’s Day Party!

We saw many new and familiar faces! We hope you all had as much fun as we did, and hope that everyone had their chance to party, browse goods, and make personalized Rilakkuma Valetine’s Day cards with Rilakkuma!

On Saturday, February 12, to celebrate love and a new bigger store in style! JapanLA recently relocated around the corner from Fuller at Melrose Ave, to a bigger, more visible location right on Melrose Ave! So how could we not let Rilakkuma and his San-X friends throw a love-themed party for everyone?!

Special Lil' Rae Cakeballs in the Rilakkuma Theme!

As always, Rilakkuma showered his fans and friends with gifts, exclusive items at the store, and his guest appearance for the evenings festivities. Our friend Jenny Rae of Lil’ Rae Cakes even made special Rilakkuma cake balls for the morning events.

You can bet that they were devoured with in seconds.

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Sanrio & Loungefly’s “I <3 Nerds" Post-Event Report!

Thank you to everyone who came out and made the “I ❤ Nerds” event the nerdiest, dorkiest, glasses-fest we have EVER seen! We were so pleased that Sanrio fans of all ages dressed up in Nerdy attire to party with Sanrio, Loungefly, and other nerd-lovers. We were once again honored to be asked by Sanrio to throw their themed parties this year, and man oh man, this one took the cake! With over 1,000 nerdy fans in attendance, this was THE ONE PARTY TO RULE THEM ALL! (No, the nerd-references don’t stop there. They just keep getting worse as this post goes on!)

This Hello Kitty Nerd outfit made its debut at this party! We ❤ Nerd Kitty!

Glittery masked nerds! So cute!

8 Bit Weapon and ComputeHer definitely had some loyal fans at this event, as they mixed and played their chip tunes for fans live, with an interactive display of nostalgic 8-bit graphics moving behind them.

Michelle Sternberger of ComputeHer, getting ready to perform!

The Yuki Shundo Dance crew really brought down the house with their amazing dance set of video game-inspired moves. Everyone in the crowd really lost it when they head the Zelda music go on.. or maybe that was just us??

These nerds can DANCE!

And thanks to DJ Dave Tada who brought us some pretty sweet nerd music in between all of the amazing performances!

Or course, the costumes were super epic and we were so pleased that everyone went all out to try and win the prize for NERDIEST!

# The little boy and mom team won 3rd place: A Hello Kitty sewing machine! Trevor (far right), owner of Loungefly poses with the winners!

# One of the 2nd place winners! HE DANCED for his prize: an electric scooter!

# First place winner brought a working ROBOT with him. OF COURSE HE WINS! He won a Hello Kitty beach cruiser bicycle!

Thanks for all of your awesome costumes, comments, and continuing support!

Yume Ninja (left) and Chubby Bunny (right) make nerdy announcement. (Dressed like Trekkies, nyuknyuk)

 

If you’d like to see more pictures and event reports from this night, check out the links below:
Brand X (LA Times’ Arts Mag)

LA Weekly Article and Photos

Guest of  a Guest Report and Photo Gallery

Sanrio’s Official Photos

LookBookLA

Chrissa Villanueva’s Photos

Hello Kitty Nerds fans reaching up for the generous free swag from Loungefly! Lougnefly LOVES their fans!

If you have photos from your gallery you’d like to share with us, leave us a comment so we can add yours too!

Rilakkuma is coming to town!

In preparation for Rilakkuma’s State-side arrival; we here at Bubble Punch hopped on over to our friends at JapanLA to help deck out the store in Christmas  style!

Jamie was kind enough to invite us over as her little Christmas elves to do a little bit of decorating before the weekend hit 🙂 We were happy to don our Santa’s Little Helper caps and scotch tape and do some old fashion decorating! Candy canes and old-school garland can never steer you wrong when it comes to simple and cost-effective holiday decor!

Japan LA Winter Wonderland

More shots in our Flickr (check the sidebar!)

Hand-cut snowflakes are an affordable and fun way to add some cute christmas cheer to the decor as well! Relearning how to do these properly was interesting, too.. hah...

Have you all thought about what you’re wearing to Saturday’s Rilakkuma Christmas Pancake Party? Remember there will be a contest with prizes for the best Christmas themed outfit!

And, if you missed it, there will be gift bags for the first 100 JapanLA customers who purchase official San-X merchandise specifically released to JapanLA for this event! Don’t miss out as JapanLA will be one of very few hand-selected US based retailers authorized to sell authentic San-X goodies!

For more information on this event please visit:

www.JapanLA.com or refer to our previous post: HERE!

As always, we at Bubble Punch look forward to seeing you all soon! We encourage everyone to break out their creativity caps and wow us with your Christmas outfits!

See you this Saturday!