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Japan Day 6: Osaka nostalgia and Eimi’s Art Show!

15 Aug

The next day I was pretty sleepy and groggy, but managed to human-up and get out to lunch with Caro to meet up with Nico and Chikuwaemil! They are both fantastic artists, and such nice people. It was Caro and my first time meeting them in person, though we had worked together before on a few projects for about half a year or so.  They both live in rather far out places of Osaka, and were so nice to come into central Osaka to come and meet us!

We went down to eat at the Dig Me Out Cafe, which was right below our cafe, and also the venue where the art exhibition we were in town for was set up! Eimi was the main artist for this show, but she had just finished hanging that morning and ran off to a meeting so she wasn’t able to join us for lunch.

Left to right: Me, NICO, Chikuwaemil, and Caro

Emi’s exhibition was already hung by the time we got to the cafe for lunch so we looked around and signed her guestbook!

Nico signing the guestbook.

Someone had gotten Emi this really cute panda bouquet!

We walked around Shinsaibashi a bit and looked at some stores before Nico had to leave to get some work done. Chikuwaemil and Caro stayed together and shopped some more, but I took a mini siesta back at the hotel because I wasn’t feeling so hot. When I awoke from my mini-nap, Caro and Chikuwa were in the middle of something, so I just took a quick walk around the Shinsaibashi and Namba area to visit all of my old stomping grounds quickly.

A view from the famous Doutonbori bridge. TONS of signs light up the sky at night. Thank god it was a nice cool and overcast day for once so I didn't die of heat exhaustion. This is the spot where I used to hang out with my current boyfriend and drink beers and eat a hot meat bun while talking about stuff late into the night. Ahhh, romance.

Another view of the signs next to the Dotonbori river.

After that, it was time for Eimi’s Exhibition’s opening party so I scooted back to the hotel and met up with Caro, Chikuwaemil and Emi there 🙂

Left to right: Eimi, Miho (one of Chikuwa's artist friends), and Chikuwaemil!

Info on the show

2 visitors to the gallery. I loved this girl's little pink horns and the eyeballs on her sailor jacket!

My friends that I was hanging out with the night before showed up too, and we all chatted and made new friends throughout the night and talked art. I took a ton more photos, which you can see here!

Around 10:30 or so we were super tuckered out, so Caro and I headed back to our hotel room to sleep forever and ever, and pack up to head back to Tokyo again the next day! (whirlwind trip, no?) We had a fashion show to attend back in Tokyo the following day, so our stay in Osaka was very short (though I came back for epic adventures once that was done).

In the morning Eimi was nice enough to meet us for a quick breakfast before we hopped on the bullet train back.

Eimi was SO CUTE and drew us both pictures! You can see her on the left flipping through one of her books and the adooorable sketch here!

After that we said our goodbyes and got on our train heading back northeast! The art show was really fun and I’m glad we were able to schlep down for one day to see it!

Here’s a quick extra picture of Caro’s apple juice bottle she bought on the train…

The girl says "I'm helping my mom with chores!" in the first box. Then in the second box.. uhh... sheep.

You can see the rest of the photos I didn’t post on my blog here! Be back tomorrow for an EXTREEEME update on the HARAJUKU KAWAII!! fashion show hosted by ASOBISYSTEM and some BEARBRICKS info about their massive display up in the PARCO department store in Shibuya!

‘Till next time!

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Meet “Bunnies & Bows” artist: Onch: Rainbow Prince of LA

29 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!

Onch

Onch's "Meatlace" product, inspired by Lady Gaga's meat outfit! (Don't worry, it's just plastic!)

You may already know Onch from his stint on the reality show Paris’ My New BFF season 1 and 2, or from his super over-the-top food-themed jewelry line “Onch Movement,” for which my event production company helped throw a massively SWEET shindig for a few months ago…!

But, when I met Onch, he was just a cute-fashion lover the same as myself as he was sitting in JapanLA

Onch's amazing icecream cone necklace! I waaant ❤

chatting with the owner, Jamie, as I came in to do a photo session. Onch has a great passion for fashion, and more importantly, an amazingly energetic outlook on life, as well as business. I really respect Onch’s ability to “sell” cute, as well as BE cute and be himself, without worrying too much if people think he’s being strange or not. He knows what it’s like to be different, but instead of trying to blend in to be like everyone else, embraces his uniqueness and doesn’t worry about the “haters.” Lord knows I totally see eye to eye with him on this. I know strangers stare (or scream and take photos of me like I’m a rabid beast about to kill their babies), and that it’s a tough thing when growing up to not just try to be “normal” just so other people will stop bothering you.

Onch's works for the #PrayForJapan Exhibition in March.

And yet, here we all are, still being “weird,” creative, and loving it, embracing others who are like us and enjoy being unique!

So to Onch, I salute him for making a career of it, and also to being a totally sweet friend! I’m glad to have met him and I hope everyone who attends the party can, too!

His artwork matches his personality, and is super cute, glittery, and looks like candy! Check out some shots of his finished work!

Onch's completed super-glittery piece!

Name: Lucky dead bunny
Material: acrylic on wood, epoxy coating
Size 8.5″ x 11″
Price: $350

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.

“PrayForJapan” Art Fundraiser! THIS Saturday 11/19/11

14 Mar

I’ve been very quiet this weekend, due to the events in Japan. Having lived there for a number of years, I have been frantic getting information on friends living there in different parts of Japan, and completely devastated by the news coming out of the country. I’ve been functioning in a half-awake state, but am slowly snapping out of it–

If you wish to get up to date info on the status in Japan, I urge you to stay away from “drama-hungry” news, and stick to the basics.

BBC Automatic refreshing of news.  One woman’s horse was found via one update, and identified by one reader as belonging to  a woman interviewed in a different bbc story via these updates…
CNN (live updates and constant video, including some translations of NHK news)
Reuters Automatic Refreshing- good multiple sources here with filtered reader contributions.
NHK Livestream (Translated in English)

In Japan, one of my friend’s coworkers in Tokyo immediately packed up his van with donations and supplies and headed to Sendai, where he is still currently trying to get through the broken roads to people who need supplies. Brave and terrifying… I am beyond words for how I feel after all of this, but certainly it’s nothing compared to those caught in the turmoil of the disaster there.

Locally, I’m so proud of my friends who have all banded together to create the #PrayForJapan Art Fundraiser Exhibition this weekend. I will be participating and donating the service of my event production company, Bubble Punch, and also donating Chubby Bunny bows to be used in a charity raffle at the event.

Below is info for the event, and also information on how YOU can help make this event a positive and great fundraiser to help those in Japan!

I usually try to keep Chubby Bunny & Bubble Punch stuff separate, but it’s impossible not to include everyone and everything in this great event for a great cause:

Opening Reception: Saturday, March 19, 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Location: JapanLA, 7320 1/2 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA

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SWEET STREETS is hosting a “#PrayForJapan” Art Fundraiser in response to the recent earthquake in Japan. 100% of art sales will be donated to the American Red Cross and those close to us. Please contact us at info@sweetstreetsla.com to inquire. An opening reception will be held on Saturday March 19, 2011 from 7pm-10pm.

If you would prefer to donate money, we recommed donating to the American Red Cross. There are a lot of unreliable donation requests online now, and not enough info from Japan yet. Visit http://bit.ly/eZJDoJ to donate directly (or text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10).

Now accepting artwork! Artwork Submissions are now closed! Thank you all for your generous Donations!
PLEASE NOTE: 100% PROCEEDS WILL BE DONATED TO THE RED CROSS.

What we really need is a donation of your TIME! =D

☆ We need volunteers!
This exhibition would not be possible without your help. We are accepting volunteers to set up, hang artwork, and spread the word.

We need volunteers for:

1) Friday, March 18th:
(We are ESPECIALLY shorthanded this day!! TONS of art coming in all at once and not enough hands to help!)
Artwork hanging and show setup.
Shifts:
11:30AM – 2:30PM (5 people)
2:30PM – 5:30PM (5 people)
5:30PM – 7:00PM (5 people)

2)  Saturday March 19th: Event greeters, door security, watching store, art selling. Shift:
6PM – 10PM (10 people)

If you can assist during any of these shifts, please let us know!

1.  Day/shift you can work
2.  Your full name
3. Cellphone # and email address you can be reached at

You can email us at bubblepunch@gmail.com! We need allt he help we can get to make this a success!

We hope to see you at this event!

#PrayforJapan