Archive | April, 2011

Meet “Bunnies & Bows” artist: Yume Ninja: Chameleon of Creativity

23 Apr

All of the artists I chosen for the Bunnies & Bows event have influenced me on a creative, professional, or personal level in some way.  I’ll be introducing some of the artists who have been sending me in their progress shots for the Bunnies & Bows gallery (debut & opening party May 7!) here!

Yume Ninja

Yume Ninja, also known as True Mee, has been one of my closest friends since I’ve moved to Los Angeles. We share many similar interests, mainly centered on our mutual love of artistic expression in fashionable ways.

Past work from Yume Ninja

One of the first photoshoots Yume Ninja & I did together. We realized how creepy it is when we wear the same hair, makeup and clothes, because even we coldn't tell eachother apart in some of the photos from this set!

Yume Ninja has helped me with every aspect of my life: emotionally, professionally, creatively, practically… all the categories that are possible, basically!  She is an artist who expresses herself through her fashion, modeling, and artwork. Her ability to change her fashion styles and makeup and hair looks have given her the nickname “chameleon” among our friends, which has stuck through her adoption of the word in her own bio page on her website, ninjasovereign.com.

True Mee encouraged me to participate in photoshoots with her ever since we’ve met, which has not only been an invaluable learning experience for me but we’ve been lax in doing photographic projects together lately. 😦  Mainly, we are both totally engrossed in our co-owned event production company Bubble Punch, which has been becoming more and more successful since its inception in fall of 2009!

As a pen and paper artist, True Mee has been developing her style for a few years now, and has begun exhibiting in art shows as of last year. I’m proud to have her in my show as an up-and-coming artist, true friend, and kickass business partner.

True Mee is creating 2 new works for the Bunnies & Bows shows! The preview photos below show her concepts of “Bunner-ella” and “Bunny Boudoir!” The final product is sure to be really amazing!

For all purchase inquiries, you can contact me at iamchubbybunny (at) gmail (dot ) com! Stay tuned for more artists’ previews for the Bunnies & Bows show!

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Meet “Bunnies & Bows” artist: Dianne Garcia: A Nerd By Any Other Name

21 Apr

All of the artists I have chosen for the Bunnies & Bows event have influenced me on a creative, professional, or personal level in some way.  I’ll be introducing some of the artists who have been sending me in their progress shots for the Bunnies & Bows gallery (debut & opening party May 7!) here!

Dianne Garcia

 

WARNING: I refuse to explain every nerdy term in this post, so if you don’t know whuzzup, go to the Google! haha

Dianne as Sakura from Street Fighter!

For me, Dianne was one of those people that you hear about long before you actually meet them in person. Mainly, this is we are nerds. The first I ever heard of Dianne was back in the Livejournal days of 2002-ish, when everyone who cosplayed was always clicking about the internet looking for people who had good cosplay from series’ they liked. I was living in Pennsylvania, attending Penn State, being an otaku, and kept coming up on photos of Diane dresses ad Nana from the same-titled popular manga series by Ai Yazawa.

Diann'es work she made for a Charity art exhibition benefiting the Lisa Nguyen scholarship fund, created after the passing of our friend.

We chatted here and there via LiveJournal comments and when I finally moved to LA, we met in 2008!

Dianne is a kickass person. She’s an incredibly hard worker- always putting in OT at LA Weekly as a graphic artist, is an amazingly loyal friend, and also runs DefectiveGeeks.com with a group of her other nerdy gal pals. Embracing the fact that we are weird, like “nerdy” things, and are pretty much unashamed about our obsession with cartoon characters, this is what makes people like Dianne (and me) totally awesome, haha.

Dianne rarely exhibits her awesome work, so I am very pleased to have given her the impetus to create a new piece for the Bunnies & Bows shows. A talented artist with a soft and muted style, I hope you all watch her as she continues to do more work in the future! Here’s a progress photo of what she’s got so far…!

About the show, Dianne says, “Michelle is one if the hardest working artist I know. I am honored to be a part of celebrating her accomplishments. Bunnies and bows: truly, what more do I need to create artwork for a friend?”

I can’t wait to see her final finished piece!

For all purchase inquiries, you can contact me at iamchubbybunny (at) gmail (dot ) com! Stay tuned for more artists’ previews for the Bunnies & Bows show!

Meet the Artist: Misha: Swan-neck beauty of LA

19 Apr

All of the artists I chosen for the Bunnies & Bows event have influenced me on a creative, professional, or personal level in some way.  I’ll be introducing some of the artists who have been sending me in their progress shots for the Bunnies & Bows gallery (debut & opening party May 7!) here!

Misha

Misha’s a no-nonsense artist from Los Angeles, whose attitude is immediately apparent from her Facebook name, which she lists as “Misha Noneofyobusiness.”  Misha is a unique spirit, sporting face tattooes in a cute style, by using sweet colors and usually wearing bright makeup. Besides putting art down on paper, Misha is also a very talented and experienced tattoo artist, and currently works at Zulu Tattoo. Misha is a super sweet girl , with an amazing smile, and the kindest of hearts! I’m very very excited for her to be joining “Bunnies & Bows!”

Her work usually features big-eyed femmes, with craning and arching necks. Some of my favorite works of Misha’s are ones where she use her amazing flocking techniques.

Misha’s official bio:
Misha’s art is a fusion of Japanese Anime, Hindu and Buddhist religious imagery, and traditional tattoo design. Her favorite subjects to paint are mermaids, pin-ups, geishas, and monsters; preferable a mix of at least two of them at once. She also enjoys the dichotomy of having a monster look cute and sweet. Her paintings and drawings are not based in reality, but instead she creates a world where even monsters are cute and the world is a happy place, seeing the people not as they are, but as cartoon characters.

Some of Mishas past work.

For “Bunnies & Bows,” Misha is working on an EPIC piece, complete with.. DUH DUH DUHHHH flocking! I’m so excited to see her completed work! It’s looking PRETTY AWESOME!

Mishas progress photo of her work so far!

Meet “Bunnies & Bows” artist, Bei Badgirl: She’s not all that bad, really!

17 Apr

All of the artists I have chosen have influenced me on a creative, professional, or personal level in some way.  I’ll be introducing some of the artists who have been sending me in their progress shots for the Bunnies & Bows gallery (debut & opening party May 7!) here!

Bei Badgirl

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Bei's "Sailor Slut" piece

Bei Badgirl is a modern day Pebbles Flintsone if Pebbles would have a) grown up in Australia b) stuck with her art c) didn’t grow up in the stone age. Okay, so maybe the only thing Bei REALLY has in common with Pebbles is that she has massive stone-age looking hair and often wears little bones in her hair and on her clothes and shoes!

Beis "Red Apple Dessert Pie (Sugar Frosted)" piece she did for the Sanrio 50th Anniversary show.

I first met Bei Barbarian (okay, time to use as many alliterations as I can with her name in one post), when she came to Los Angeles for Sweet Streets in 2010 (her first time to the States!). She has wicked personal style, and to-die-for art! Her art style is highly graphic, and usually features ultra sexy girls, who always remind me of Bei Baby herself! All of her recent pieces have been giant cut outs of her girls, and the little props and friends they interact with.

Bei is a really amazing artist, who is hoping to move to the U.S. soon! Here’s her bio info she provided!

Bei Badgirl is a recent graduate of the University of Sydney and has been exhibiting internationally. Inspired by all that glitters, her ultra-girly work explores the notions of sex and excess, obsession, indulgence, and the concept of falling in love with imaginary things.

Blending her daily routines and sugar-sweet addictions, her work is an overflow of all that is criminally dear to her. She currently lives and works in her underwater

Beis "Panty & Stocking" piece she created for the Magical Girls Exhibition at Meltdown Comics in April 2011

palace in the kingdom of Atlantica and enjoys baking, watching cartoons, and bringing sailors to their doom in her free time.

Below is a preview of Bei’s piece she is working on the for the upcoming “Bunnies & Bows” show! I can’t wait to see how it comes out! My only regret is that she can’t make it out to LA for the debut of her work! BOO! Australia, move closer to the U.S. please.

Beis progress photo of her "Bunnies & Bows" piece!

For all purchase inquiries, you can contact me at iamchubbybunny (at) gmail (dot ) com! Stay tuned for more artists’ previews for the Bunnies & Bows show! 

Meet “Bunnies & Bows” artist, Aimee Steinberger: Triple threat… TO MY HEART!

12 Apr

Those who come to the events I host with Bubble Punch are sure to recognize these awesome artists when they see their work! As I mentioned before, all of the artists I chose have influenced me on a creative, professional, or personal level in some way.  I’ll be introducing some of the artists who have been sending me in their progress shots for the Bunnies & Bows gallery (debut & opening party May 7!) here!

Aimee Steinberger

Aimee Steinberger

Piece from "Kaguya Hime" series Aimee did, in her gallery exhibition in Santa Monica last year.

Aimee is one of those people that, as soon as you meet them, you can instantly sense their inner awesome. For me, I was able to immediately tell that Aimee was a very different person from many other people I’d met in my life. And true to intuition, Aimee’s her skills, positive outlook, professionalism, love of life, and blatant embracing of nerd culture. Some of the things you might not know about her from her resume one her website is that:

1) If you are ever sad, or feeling discouraged, she will take you to a rose garden, sit you down in some grass, and commiserate with you and make you somehow feel better without seeming to do any talking at all.

2) Knows more about flowers, especially roses, than anyone I know. But I guess most people I know hate/accidentally kill plants Hmm.

3) Makes amazing beautiful historical gowns FOR FUN. And I envy her sososososmuch for her talent with crafting things!

Aimee MADE THIS Marie Antoinette costume, based on the Rose oF Versailles, a Takarazuka theater production. Jaw dropping to the floor forever to this day.

She is SUCH a talented seamstress, rose caretaker, friend, curry-maker, and that is ON TOP of her insanely jawdropping resume!

Aimee is one of the artists I put in my show because of her triple-threat of awesomeness. We share a love of sewing, girly girly things, and the ever-useful ability of switching on our “professional mode” when called upon.

I have always counted myself lucky to know Aimee, and even luckier that she counts ME as someone to call her friend too. She is able to embrace her girlyness and otaku-ness, and at the same time, balance that with having an incredibly professional attitude when it comes to work. The careful balance of these two things is something I’ve always worked with, and it’s always so great to meet another person who is able to be successful professionally without giving up their “socially weird” side…!

Aimee is an animator, and a kickass one at that. She grew up in Charleston, South Carolina, and is an alumni of California Institute of the Arts with a BFA in Character Animation. She currently works as an animation artist, and is currently Assistant Director on the new series of Napoleon Dynamite and Futurama!, and has previously worked on Sit Down Shut Up, the Simpsons, and for Warner Brothers and for Disney. She is an award winning fan costumer (Yes.. COSPLAYER!), and writes and illustrates for various Japanese fashion, doll and manga publications. You can find Aimee’s full resume here.

Episode of Futurama that Aimee Assistant Directed. I LOVE THIS SHOW.

Suffice to say, Aimee is a jack of all trades, and someone who I think I am very lucky to call friend. As we speak she’s packing up to go to CHINA right now and be fabulous and probably take a ton of very awesome cosplay photos! This is our nerdom. It runs deep! Ok, fangirling aside, she is such a nice and positive person, and you’ll just have to meet her at the show!

She was kind enough to send this to me before she packed up for her global tour… a preview of her Bunnies & Bows piece! She’s such a sweetheart and drew it inspired after.. well.. you can guess… haha.

The piece so far is ADORABLE and I cannot wait to see more!

For all purchase inquiries, you can contact me at iamchubbybunny (at) gmail (dot ) com! Stay tuned for more artists’ previews for the Bunnies & Bows show!

Meet “Bunnies & Bows” artist, Luke Chueh: Serious Cute.

12 Apr

Those who come to the events I host with Bubble Punch are sure to recognize these awesome artists when they see their work! As I mentioned before, all of the artists I chose have influenced me on a creative, professional, or personal level in some way.  I’ll be introducing some of the artists who have been sending me in their progress shots for the Bunnies & Bows gallery (debuting May 7!) here! Our first artist is the super sweet Luke Chueh!

LUKE CHUEH

(Luke’s Twitter)

Luke Chueh is an incredible artist whose work I was exposed to almost as soon as moved to Los Angeles at the end of 2007. His cute and macabre artwork is really prevalent around LA and nationwide. I remember seeing his bear and rabbit characters all around, especially on Melrose, in LA. You can check out more of his work, and snarky comments to the world at http://www.lukechueh.com!

Here’s a more detailed look at his background! Info from lukechueh.com!

Luke's work for the cover of band Fall Out Boy's "Folie à Deux" album cover.

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Born in Philadelphia, but raised in Fresno, Luke Chueh (pronounced CHU) studied graphic design at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obipso where he earned a BS in Art & Design (Graphic Design concentration). He was employed by the Ernie Ball Company, working in-house as designer/illustrator where he created several award winning designs and was featured in the design annuals of Communication Arts and Print Magazine. Meanwhile, he also created, produced, wrote, designed, edited and published “E.X.P.”, a ‘zine dedicated to the”Intelligent Dance Music (IDM)” genre.

In 2003, Chueh moved to Los Angeles to further pursue a career in design. However, a lack of employment opportunities left him resorting to painting as a way to keep busy (a hobby he picked up while attending Cal Poly). He got his start when the Los Angeles underground art show, Cannibal Flower, invited him to show at their monthly events. Since then Chueh has quickly worked his way up the ranks of the LA art scene, establishing himself as an artist not to be ignored. Employing minimal color schemes, simple animal characters, and a seemingly endless list of ill-fated situations, Chueh stylistically balances cute with brute, walking the fine line between comedy and tragedy. Chueh’s

Luke's BLACK IN WHITE figure, produced by our pals at MUNKY KING

work has been featured in galleries around the world, and some of his paintings have also been reinterpreted into vinyl toys.

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I knew Luke in passing as a successful artist, and friend of a friend, but really got to know him better at San Diego Comiccon 2010, when my event production company, Bubble Punchworked in conjunction with Munky King, to assist them with their big Comiccon bash and artist signings at their booth in the con. Luke was also brought down to Comiccon by Munky King to debut his Black in White figure, so we were all working there at the same time. We were all crashing in the same hotel and eating all our meals together like a funny family on a vacation! We all had such a great time working with Munky King and all the artists! Luke has really made a name for himself in the ar tworld and is very inspirational to those trying to make it in the “independent” art scene. On top of being a successful artist, he’s also a totally sweet guy! I’m very honored that he agreed to be in the Bunnies & Bows show!!

He sent me a progress photo of what he had done so far for the show… CHECK IT OUT!!!!

Bunnies & Bows... Luke's got something cute yet disturbing going ON with this one...! Awesome!

Can’t wait to see the finished product, Luke! I’m so curious as to what the expression will end up like.. Luke’s characters always look so sinister… I love it! I love speculating on how it might come out.. 🙂

If you’d like a more in depth look into his current work and where he’s heading, and what he’s inspired by, you can check out this amazing interview of Luke by Liz Ohanesian of LA Weekly, with photos by Shannon Cottrell!

For all purchase inquiries, you can contact me at iamchubbybunny (at) gmail (dot ) com! Stay tuned for more artists’ previews for the Bunnies & Bows show!

Born in Philadelphia, but raised in Fresno, Luke Chueh (pronounced CHU) studied graphic design at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obipso where he earned a BS in Art & Design (Graphic Design concentration). He was employed by the Ernie Ball Company, working in-house as designer/illustrator where he created several award winning designs and was featured in the design annuals of Communication Arts and Print Magazine. Meanwhile, he also created, produced, wrote, designed, edited and published “E.X.P.”, a ‘zine dedicated to the “Intelligent Dance Music (IDM)” genre.

Born in Philadelphia, but raised in Fresno, Luke Chueh (pronounced CHU) studied graphic design at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obipso where he earned a BS in Art & Design (Graphic Design concentration). He was employed by the Ernie Ball Company, working in-house as designer/illustrator where he created several award winning designs and was featured in the design annuals of Communication Arts and Print Magazine. Meanwhile, he also created, produced, wrote, designed, edited and published “E.X.P.”, a ‘zine dedicated to the “Intelligent Dance Music (IDM)” genre.

In 2003, Chueh moved to Los Angeles to further pursue a career in design. However, a lack of employment opportunities left him resorting to painting as a way to keep busy (a hobby he picked up while attending Cal Poly). He got his start when the Los Angeles underground art show, Cannibal Flower, invited him to show at their monthly events. Since then Chueh has quickly worked his way up the ranks of the LA art scene, establishing himself as an artist not to be ignored. Employing minimal color schemes, simple animal characters, and a seemingly endless list of ill-fated situations, Chueh stylistically balances cute with brute, walking the fine line between comedy and tragedy. Chueh’s work has been featured in galleries around the world, and some of his paitnings have also been reinterpreted into vinyl toys.

Chubby Bunny Presents: Bunnies & Bows: Art Exhibition & Chubby Bunny Fashion Event!

4 Apr

CHUBBY BUNNY presents:

“Bunnies & Bows: Art Exhibition & Fashion Event”

Exhibition:  May 7 – May 19, 2011


Location:
JapanLA
7320 1/2 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046

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Chubby Bunny is proud to announce our very first curated group art exhibition and fashion event!

Chubby Bunny will debuting our new line of accessories and super limited shirts and dresses at this event!

Artists will be creating new work for the show based on the theme of “Bunnies & Bows,” each bringing their own unique outlook to the canvas for this fantastic show. This exhibition features a group of artists handpicked not only for their extraordinary talent, but for their incredible influence on myself and my work as I have grown as a fashion designer, artist and business owner in the past few years. It is a great honor to be able to exhibit their work together so others may be as inspired by them as I have. A full list of participating artists, including bios, can be found below.

Of course, along with art, we will also be showcasing Chubby Bunny fashion during this exhibit. I will be exhibiting a last-look retrospective of my previous work, both fashion and art related. After this show, many of these pieces will be permanently dismantled or sold, so it will be your last chance to see some of my (perhaps in)famous past work!

To celebrate this incredible mixed media exhibition, there will be an opening party on May 7th, 2011, from 7 – 10pm at JapanLA! I will also be debuting my new line of Chubby Bunny accessories and hand-made one of-a-kind shirts and dresses at the event, which will be available for purchase at a special discounted rate for one night only! Below is a list of event happenings!

  • Handcrafted window installation: Designed and installed by Chubby Bunny, JapanLA’s storefront windows will feature creative original work.
  • Live models!
  • Costume contest: We encourage guests to dress up in BUNNIES AND BOW-themed costumes! There will be prizes awarded to the  most creative attendees who use the theme and their own originality in their outfits. Both men and women of all ages are encouraged to participate in the costume event! Prizes include gifts from Chubby Bunny, Sugarpill Makeup, and more…!
  • Cake Balls: Lil’ Rae Cakes will also be present selling her infamous cake balls, with specially commissioned ones just for this event!
  • Live DJ: Spinning for the night will be provided by the ever-awesome DJ R-Rated.
  • Party Snaps: Event photography by Eron Rauch
  • Kirin Beer: Complimentary refreshments by Kirin
  • Jogasaki Food Truck: Delicious sushi-style burritos for purchase!

Bunnies & Bows is not only a showcase of new work from art and fashion, but is also an enormous, party-sized THANK YOU to all of the people who have influenced, supported, and inspired me along the way. Everyone involved is a dear friend who has helped or influenced me in my work. We hope you can all come celebrate on this inspiring night!

Media Contact: iamchubbybunny@gmail.com

P.S. This also happens to be on the Chubby Bunny’s birthday weekend 🙂

Artist roster:
Aimee Steinberger
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Artwork preview for Bunnies & Bows
Aimee Steinberger is an animation artist currently working as Assistant Director on Napoleon Dynamite and Futurama. She has previously worked on The Simpsons and various animation projects for Warner Bros. and Walt Disney Animation. Aimee wrote and illustrated a book about her trip to Japan, called, Japan Ai: A Tall Girl’s Adventures in Japan.

Akira Ebihara
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Residing in Tokyo, Akira Ebihara became a freelance illustrator in 2004. She primarily draws illustrations for magazine covers, women’s magazines, books, and commercial media for women ranging from teens to adults. Her illustrations have been highlighted in international design and magazines. Akira began exhibiting overseas in 2010 with SWEET STREETS.

Bei Badgirl
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Artwork Preview for Bunnies & Bows
Bei Badgirl is a recent graduate of the University of Sydney and has been exhibiting internationally. Inspired by all that glitters, her ultra-girly work explores the notions of sex and excess, obsession, indulgence, and the concept of falling in love with imaginary things. Blending her daily routines and sugar-sweet addictions, her work is an overflow of all that is criminally dear to her. She currently lives and works in her underwater palace in the kingdom of Atlantica and enjoys baking, watching cartoons, and bringing sailors to their doom in her free time.

Dianne Garcia
Twitter
Artwork Preview for Bunnies & Bows
A full time graphic designer for the LA Weekly magazine, part time blogger and a space pirate, she is excited to practice the finer side of art and draw inspiration from a friend. She has lived in Southern California for 15 years and studied Fine Arts at USC. Dianne will one day tell her tales of space pirate adventures through illustration and comic books, but for now, she dreams of food, kittens, and zombies.

Eimi
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Eimi illustrates cute girls who are always bright and happy. Sometimes they feel like doing mischief and feel anxiety about eating too much, expressing the many emotions of girls. Eimi evokes this emotion with a glaring pop style that she calls “pink science.” Her artwork is a combination of mixed media, using mainly acrylic, watercolors, and paper collage in a monochromatic palette.

Jim Mahfood
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Jim Mahfood, aka Food One, has worked for every major comic book company. He has illustrated Kevin Smith’s “Clerks” comics, done art for the entire ad campaign for Colt 45 malt liquor in 2007, painted the murals on Comedy Central’s “Sarah Silverman Show”, illustrated the “Kickpuncher” comic book that was included in the Season 1 DVD of NBC’s  “Community”, & is currently illustrating & art directing reggae legend Ziggy Marley’s “MarijuanaMan” project.

Kayo Tamaishi
Kayo Tamaishi was born in 1980 and raised in Yokohama, Japan. It was here that she studied art with Setsu Nagasawa, a prominent Japanese fashion illustrator. Kayo’s girls are cute and fashionable, always celebrating femininity. As an artist, she hopes to spread happiness with each piece that she creates.

Kevin Marburg
Oakland, California artist Kevin Marburg has appeared in numerous art shows and books for his early work as a skateboard artist. He is more recently known for creating many award-winning video game covers for Electronic Arts.

Luke Chueh
Twitter
Artwork preview for Bunnies & Bows
Born in Philadelphia, but tragically raised in Fresno, Luke Chueh (pronounced CHU) attended California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obipso, where he earned a BS in Art & Design (Graphic Design concentration). An award-winning designer, Luke has been featured in the design annuals of Communication Arts and Print Magazine. Employing minimal color schemes, simple animal characters, and a seemingly endless list of ill-fated situations, Chueh stylistically balances cute with brute, walking the fine line between comedy and tragedy.

Martin Hsu
Twitter
Martin often dreams of running through fields of shimmery bows with giant unicorn bunnies. When he’s not daydreaming, he makes pictures with crayons and painting with his hands.

Michelle Romo
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Michelle Romo is a self-taught illustrator and designer who is fueled by cookies and naps. Her influences include Mid-Century, Japanese, and Scandinavian design and pretty much anything cute. Michelle created her line, Crowded Teeth, in 2004 and continues to create characters and products under that name. She currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband Jason and their two cats, Hurts and Morgan.

Misha
Twitter
Artwork Preview for Bunnies & Bows
Misha’s art is a fusion of Japanese Anime, Hindu and Buddhist religious imagery, and traditional tattoo design. Her favorite subjects to paint are mermaids, pin-ups, geishas, and monsters; preferable a mix of at least two of them at once. She also enjoys the dichotomy of having a monster look cute and sweet. Her paintings and drawings are not based in reality, but instead she creates a world where even monsters are cute and the world is a happy place, seeing the people not as they are, but as cartoon characters.

Miss Kika
Twitter
Miss Kika is originally from San Francisco, and now resides in Seoul, South Korea,  and works full-time as a freelance illustrator.  She graduated from Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida in 2006 with her BFA in illustration, and enjoys girly 1980’s cartoons, strawberry tea, and all things that sparkle or come topped with icing.

NICO
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NICO began illustrating at a young age professionally in 2001.  Her modern pop artwork is gaining international popularity, having designed many CD albums, characters, magazine designs for Vogue Nippon, GQ, Loreal, Mattel, and Paperchase stationary. She is based in Japan, UK, and exhibits worldwide.

Onch
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Onch is a jewelry designer, artist, and TV personality, most known for his memorable appearance on Paris Hilton’s My New BFF, where Onch melted the hearts of audiences around the world with his bubbly genuine self. Onch’s Creations has also been featured on top television shows such as Fox News, The Soup, Tyra Banks Show, Jimmy Kimmel, Style Network’s The DISH, VH1 Best Week Ever, Jay Leno, and VH1’s Rock of Love.

San Smith
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San Smith is a professional illustrator residing in Atlanta, Georgia. Her style is inspired by her interest in animation, comic books and vintage toys. When San isn’t drawing, she enjoys hula hooping, riding bicycles, photography and chasing her Chihuahua around the house. Her influences include Jamie Hernandez, Dan DeCarlo, Tara McPherson, and Bruce Timm.

Yuki Takahashi
Yuki Takahashi’s artwork came to the attention of Tokyo art fans when she designed the back cover of Japanese art magazine “Design No Genba [The Scene Of The Design]” in the Liquitex illustration contest in 2008. She is a traditional illustrator working with a variety of medium such as acrylic gouache, watercolor, and colored pencils to make her artwork colorful and pop. She is a recipient of the CWC Chance-Ten Finalist Award.

Yume Ninja
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Yume Ninja is the commander of gothicorns and ruler of ninjas in the kingdom of blood, darkness, & glitter. Yume is a chameleon, venturing into various realms of self-expressionism. Her belief that beauty and perfection comes from constantly evolving one’s skills and self-expression is a constant theme in her range of artwork. Her form, art, and presentation is a constantly evolving collection of her own inspirations by video games, the macabre, classical art, fashion, mythology, anime/manga, and literature.

Shannon Shea
Originally from Oroville, California, Shannon graduated with a BFA in Electronic Art from California State University of Chico before moving to Shiga, Japan for three wonderful years of fun and cultural immersion. Shea currently resides in Portland, Oregon, and is working with adults with developmental disabilities at Project Grow, creating art and filming various projects. Shea finds inspiration in all things cute, pastel and ’80s.

SPONSORS: JapanLA, Sugarpill, Lil’ Rae Cakes, Kirin, Bubble Punch, Kerli

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Onch is a jewelry designer, artist, and TV personality, most known for his memorable appearance on Paris Hilton’s My New BFF, where Onch melted the hearts of audiences around the world with his bubbly genuine self. Onch’s Creations has also been featured on top television shows such as Fox News, The Soup, Tyra Banks Show, Jimmy Kimmel, Style Network’s The DISH, VH1 Best Week Ever, Jay Leno, and VH1’s Rock of Love.