Hello Kitty Con 2014 Preview

Supahcute Hello Kitty Con Friendship Stage

Last night I attended the media preview of Hello Kitty Con 2014, and it was amazing! If you were able to get tickets, you’re in for an experience of a lifetime.

Supahcute Hello Kitty Con Display

Taking place at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Hello Kitty Con 2014 is paradise for any Hello Kitty collector.

Supahcute Hello Kitty Con Food Display

Hello Kitty Friendship Village, the convention’s main floor, is full of awesome installations and displays. Just look at this Hello Kitty food display!

Supahcute Hello Kitty Con Cute Display

And this display is just ridiculously cute!

Supahcute Hello Kitty Con Shrubbery

Seriously? Even the shrubbery is supahcute.

Supahcute Hello Kitty Con Mural

The Art Scene features work by artists Dabs Myla, Pose, and Globe Poster, and there are plenty of places for fun photo ops.

Supahcute Hello Kitty Con Tattoo Options

There’s a Hello Kitty Tattoo Shop where you can get real tattoos on a first come, first served basis. Here are some of the available designs.

Supahcute Hello Kitty Vintage Shoppe

I spent most of my time at Sanrio Vintage Shoppe because I’m old and Hello Kitty represents my childhood.

Supahcute Hello Kitty Vintage

At some point in my life, I had that jewelry box! (Of course I broke it because I’m clumsy.) Sanrio Vintage Shoppe has authentic vintage items available for sale.

Supahcute Hello Kitty Con Friendship Station

Hello Kitty Friendship Station Pop-Up Shop is another section that will be dangerous to your wallet. This section futures a huge selection of exclusives and other Hello Kitty goods.

Supahcute Hello Kitty Con Friendship Station Exclusives

I think I’m too old for charm necklaces but this is the best thing ever.

Supahcute Hello Kitty Con Mighty Fine

Try not to spend all of your paycheck at Super SuperMarket. I actually didn’t spend any money during the preview, but I will be back on Sunday for this burger sweater by Mighty Fine.

Supahcute Hello Kitty Con Spam Musubi

And I may need this Spam musubi maker just because.

Hello Kitty Con 2014 Supahcute

Be sure to stop by Upper Deck’s booth to get a free customized trading card. This was my favorite photo opp of the night. Even more photos from preview night are available at my Flickr.

Countdown to Designer Con 2014!


We’re about a week and a half away from Designer Con, and this is about the time we start feeling like this. All of us at The Stoop booth #1013 are in nonstop prep mode!


Some of you may have already seen my new BurgerCorn icon – artwork by Orbital Ox and design by Vanessa Ramirez. BurgerCorn will be appearing on a variety of goodies like buttons, bottle openers, and magnets.

Burgercorn Sculpts

I also wanted to share a sneak preview of something new that will be launching at Designer Con. The BurgerCorn collaboration by Orbital Ox and Vanessa Ramirez will only be available at booth #1013! More details to come!

Sneak Preview of The Dubious Expedition

Shing Yin Khor x Shana Kohnstamm

Shing Yin Khor x Shana Kohnstamm

The Dubious Expedition, curated by the dynamic art duo Shing Yin Khor and Leslie Levings, opens this Saturday October at Leanna Lin’s Wonderland. Of course the show looks amazing, and you can see more preview images here. If you’re not already on the “art preview email list”, you can sign up here directly: http://eepurl.com/iMCnj

Yeti and Friends

Yeti and Friends

Yeti and Friends

Yeti and Friends

Renee French

Renee French

Valency Genis

Valency Genis

The opening event takes place on October 25 from 6-10pm. Dress up in a nautical theme and enter to win the Halloween costume contest! They’ll have goodie bags, treats, and music at this family-friendly opening event.

Giant Robot Presents Mari Inukai ‘Marilla Blue and Orange’

Mari Inukai Marilla Blue and Orange

On October 25, Giant Robot presents Mari Inukai‘s solo exhibition ‘Marilla Orange and Blue.’ The Marilla Blue and Orange exhibition melds two worlds of Mari Inukai. Her expressionistic portraiture is now blurring and stepping into her other world, the imaginary.

Mari Inukai kumao

Her fictional characters, a team of illustrative creatures, which are part of her canon, appear as headdresses for her portraiture subjects. Facial expressions continue to appear pensive, yet inviting us to wonder.

Mari Inukai Ringo Philosophy

Inukai’s pencil drawings continue in the same direction. ‘Marilla Blue and Orange’ will include oil paintings and pencil drawings; you can preview more of the works here.


‘Marilla Blue and Orange’ opens on Saturday, October 25 with a reception from 6:30-1opm. The show will run through November 12.

The Dubious Expedition at Leanna Lin’s Wonderland on Oct. 25

Dubious Expedition

On October 25, Shing Yin Khor and Leslie Levings present The Dubious Expedition “A group exhibit of the glorious, curious treasures from the lost ship HMS Chimera” at Leanna Lin’s Wonderland. This group exhibition features El Dodo Albino, Renee French, Valency Genis, Shing Yin Khor, Shana Kohnstamm, Leslie Levings, Lyla Warren, Lauren Wong, & Yeti and Friends.

Shing Yin Khor Rainforest Leafbug

Shing Yin Khor

Leslie Levings Larval Specimen Pair

Leslie Levings

Lyla Warren Urchins

Lyla Warren

Shana Kohnstamm Sputnik Sweetheart Anenomes

Shana Kohnstamm

The opening reception takes place on Saturday, October 25 (6:30-10pm), and festivities include a costume contest, goodie bags, and music from DJ Steven Lam and DJ Patrick Adley. Sign up for the preview list here.

Jerrod Maruyama ‘A Hipster’s Life For Me’


Save the date! On Saturday, November 8, WonderGround Gallery will debut ‘A Hipster Life For Me’ – the next piece in Jerrod Maruyama‘s Hipster Mickey series. This latest image finds Mickey hanging out in the queue for Disneyland’s Pirate of The Caribbean attraction and looking too-cool with his Mint Julep.

The piece will be available as a limited edition canvas, deluxe print, and a variety of merchandise. Jerrod will be at WonderGround on Saturday, November 8 from 11am – 1pm for the final signing of the year!