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“Bunnies & Bows” Opening Video!

19 May

Hey everyone! My awesome friends over at One Bus Productions have finished editing the video and interviews taken at the “Bunnies & Bows” opening on May 7th!

Check out this awesome video, featuring shots of the amazing party at JapanLA, and candid interviews with:

Video and interviews taken at the “Bunnies & Bows” exhibition opening, featuring a look at the awesome party, and interviews with:

Designer of Chubby Bunny and curator of Bunnies & Bows, Michelle Nguyen

Bunnies & Bows artists:
Misha
Yume Ninja
Jim Mahfood
Onch

and musician Kerli

Shot and edited by One Bus Productions: Tim Chang & Rayne Vasquez

I totally got teary-eyed watching this… and I must have been excited because my voice was super high o.o

**Chubby Bunny accessories that were available at this show are now available online here!
** ARTWORK FROM THIS SHOW IS STILL AVAILABLE FOR SALE! Check here!

Thanks again to everyone who supported me to make this event truly amazing!

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Bunnies & Bows Event Report

9 May

Saturday was such a wonderful success! We’re so happy that so many of our friends and fans were able to attend the big bash!

Just lil' ol me posing outside of JapanLA! I purchased the skirt and altered an existing corset then dyed them both to match!

The event opened up to a warm dusk, with early patrons getting their dinner from the Jogasaki Burrito truck and getting first dibs at the new Chubby Bunny products! We had live models sporting Chubby Bunny rhinestoned tees and lots of accessories scattered throughout their hair. Thanks to Yume Ninja for doing makeup!

Bunnies & Bows artist Misha (left) takes a look at some products

Chubby Bunny model looking cute as a button!

Chubby Bunny model Sandy looking cute as a button!

We were so happy to have a totally packed house with lots of supporters, fans, artists, and fabulously dressed guests totally filling up JapanLA!

Guests viewing the Bunnies & Bows art gallery

Awesome friends posing behind the Chubby Bunny merch table!

Musician Kerli stopped by for a bit to help judge the costume contest! Seen here wearing our Rosy Garden Lolita headpiece!

Lil' Rae Cakes was selling these adorable bow-decorated cakes at the event, too! SO delish!

The gallery got super packed too! You can spot a Sparkly Stephiee & a Yume Ninja here..! ❤

It was SUCH an amazing night!! Thank you to all of our artists, sponsors, helpers, friends, fans, and everyone’s mother’s who were taken to the party as a Mother’s Day surprise… you all are awesome!! ❤

You can see all of the official photos on our Flickr account here!
Many thanks to Eron Rauch for photographing for the night!

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Meet “Bunnies & Bows” artist: Jim Mahfood: Exactly What Meeting Your 16-Year-Old Crush Is Like

30 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!

Jim Mahfood

Yes, in this photo Jim is posing victoriously by a Nissan decorated with his amazing artwork. I would punch a kangaroo for this thing.

Jim Mahfood’s work is heavily influenced by graffiti art, draws in heavy pronounced lines, and he is definitely a badass.

I am going to launch into a really long story, but it’s REALLY IMPORTANT TO MY DEVELOPMENT so just read it and don’t get discouraged by all the nerdy words leaking out.

Generation X: Underground! Still said to be Marvel's most "subversive" comic ever. I still have my copy!!

I have a lot to thank Jim for, and it goes back to when I was the tender age of 16 (I guess 16 year olds are more mature now, or something, but I was 16 at an all-girls Catholic school in Pittsburgh so.. YEAH.). I regularly read comics, you know, the regular ones that are not from Japan, and was pretty mainstream about it, reading a pretty regular cycle of all the X-men titles (that’s like… 10 titles right there, damn you marvel), Spiderman, the Flash, and a smattering of Manga once I got that figured out.  I was a huge fan of the X-Men spinoff series, called “Generation X” where they took all the new young mutants introduced by the Phalanx story arc (getting in to nerd territory here, so just hold on a bit), threw in Jubilee for nostalgia, and created a team. A team led by BANSHEE (ahahhaha. god this is still so funny to me) and THE WHITE QUEEN (RIDICULOUS CHOICES. Marvel made them in the 90s).

ANYWAY, I would regularly skip lunch so I could use my lunch money to buy comics after school, down the street at Phantom of the Attic, (which is still there! Booyah!), and I remember the day I saw the cover for “Generation X

Reggae star Ziggy Marley, son of Bob Marley, is part of a joint effort with co-writer Joe Casey and artist Jim Mahfood to produce a pot-powered superhero coming to stores on – you guessed it – April 20 of 2011

UNDERGROUND.” I was SO CONFUSED because (and take a look at it in the sidebar there), there were only three colors and the inside was black and white!! I was just like, “Wait, is this a new comic that ripped off the “Gen X name or…?” I was mega curious so I grabbed it off the shelf and was thereby introduced into the world of INDIE COMICS and WHAT THEY LOOKED LIKE. I promptly stopped trying to imitate Humberto Ramos (I was a HUGE fan of Impulse, despite the turnover of writers.. damn you for leaving Mark Waid) when sketching and immediately tried to draw exactly like Jim. For like, an entire year or two. All of the notes to my friends, day dream doodles in my notebooks.. they all tried to emulate Jim’s awesome blocky style he used in the Generation X Underground comic. I went on to collect Jim’s other work “Grrl Scouts,” which I really loved. Thinking back on it, I MUST have been in love with the art, because I seriously had NO IDEA WHAT WEED WAS when I was 16. Yeah man, THAT sheltered. (Major plot point in Grrl scouts had to do with the selling of marijuana. Womp womp).

Okay, huge tangent. THE POINT IS! Jim is a badass mofo, who introduced me to “Not the mainstream” when it came to sequential art. This is a big deal!

Well, I stopped reading American comics for a while after I entered college– that’s when I hit my huge manga-nerd stage–  and I forgot about Mahfood’s work until I moved to Japan in about 2005, and there, met a girl from the Bronx who had packed her entire collection of Grrl Scouts with her! We totally bonded over Jim’s work (is this getting creepy yet? I feel like it’s getting creepy), and through that ice breaker, we eventually became super close friends.

Enough about me and how Jim’s art has changed my life. ABOUT JIM.

I moved to LA and after I became friends with Jamie of JapanLA, she mentioned that Jim USED TO BE HER NEIGHBOR. WTFFFFF. I met him in person a few times, and he was a super nice guy, and luckily, was not completely creeped out by my fangirling. He does a lot of live painting around LA and elsewhere, and if you have a chance you should totes check it out. Super inspiring stuff, guys!

On to Jim’s Bio.. which is totally impressive…

If you watch NBC's "Community" at all, you know who Kickpuncher is. Jim illustrated the comic for it. I REALLY NEED TO GET MY HANDS ON THIS ASAP!

Jim Mahfood aka Food One is a freelance artist working professionally in the fields of illustration, advertising, comic books, murals, fine art, animation, live art in nightclubs, and custom body-painting. He has worked for every major comic book company and his illustrations have appeared in such publications as Playboy, Spin, Spectrum Illustration Annual, Star Wars Gamer, URB, the Hollywood Reporter, BPM, the Phoenix New Times, Mad Magazine, Heavy Metal, and more. Highlights of his career include illustrating director Kevin Smith’s “Clerks” comics, handling the art chores on the entire ad campaign for Colt 45 malt liquor in 2007-08, painting the murals on Comedy Central’s “Sarah Silverman Show”, illustrating the “Kickpuncher” comic book that was included in the Season 1 DVD of NBC’s hit show, “Community”, illustrating and art directing reggae legend Ziggy Marley’s “MarijuanaMan” project, and providing custom car art for Nissan’s new “Juke” Artist Series (that’s what the photo at the top is of!).

The work he created for the show is amazing! Take a look! I am HONORED!

Mizz Chubbs & The Demon Hare Crew
Mixed Media
10″ x 16″
$600

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: 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: San Smith: Blast from the Pink Past!

27 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!

San Smith

It would seem that my otaku past has a way with catching up with me. Dianne Garcia and I are nerd friends from the past, but San Smith and I also come from the way-back-when time machine! We first met for the simple reason that we both REALLY liked Miwako, a character from the

A wedding invite San drew on commission for fellow nerd friend Ginny, aka G-Chan!

series Paradise Kiss (BEFORE IT WAS EVER AN ANIME, SUCKAS!), making us O.G. Ai Yazawa fans <3. After a few months of constant back and forth comments and emails on Livejournal, the fate of our real lives stepped in and we lost touch for over  almost 8 years (Basically, San deleted her Livejournal account and since we are nerds and didn’t know any other pertinent info about each other, that was the end of that). However, we got back in touch when one day when I recieved a comment on my blag from SAN. I immediately emailed her asking, in an almost too-crazy way, “HEY HEY ARE YOU SAN? MIWAKO SAN? SAN FROM OUR NERD YEARS?” Thank goodness it was her, and not some other girl, because the email would have been creepy as hell if it was for a stranger.

San often does cute illustrations of herself for her outfit-of-the-day posts!

We got back in touch with each other via each others’ blogs, and she even came to visit me in LA when she was trying out to, become a 6%DOKIDOKI model during the Sweet Streets 2 Gallery opening event (and succeeded!). San is such a sweet girl, and I was very glad to see her IRL again. I’m only sad it wasn’t during a slower time of the year when I wasn’t running an event and had not too too much time to hang out 😦

ANYWAY! enough reminiscing! San is now a successful freelance illustrator! She has a really smooth illustrative style, and currently resides in Atlanta, home to many of my east coast nerd friends of yore ❤

Her bio from her site:

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.

Now that the Bunnies & Bows show is so close, I have FINAL images for many of my artists! Check out her in-progress shot of her work, and then her final product below!

In-progress shot of her conceptualizing her ideas for the piece

“All wrapped up”
Medium: Digital print
Size: 8.5×11″
Price: $75.00

Can’t wait to see it in person! ❤

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: Michelle Romo: Heck Yeah, Cute Times!

24 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!

Michelle Romo

Michelle Romo is the mind behind Crowded Teeth, a super cute brand that focuses on 2d shape-oriented character art! Her extensive line of products produced through Loungefly includes wallets, bags, socks, T-shirts, and a whole lot more!

Michelle's gallery at JapanLA is chock full of cute! Even the walls are decorated!

I was first exposed to Michelle’s awesome artwork when I saw her come in to JapanLA to drop off her artwork for the Hello Kitty Three Apples exhibition that (JapanLA owner Jamie curated the show). She was immediately super friendly and easy to talk to, and I was really impressed to meet the Crowded Teeth designer in person, since I have often seen her products on sale practically everywhere!

Michelle often does 3d art, like these little guys playing instruments!

Michelle often does 3d art, like these little guys playing instruments!

Michelle is very modest, and always willing to help others! She talked about her art style with me right away, even though I had just met her (I feel like she was giving me trade secrets!) and I’m so pleased that we are still friends today, always bumping into each other at the same art show openings 🙂 She’s been a big inspiration to me, since her art style resonates very strongly with the illustrative quality of my own work, and she has been so patient and nice to me, giving me advice on art styles, tools, and being jaw-some.

She recently opened a solo show at JapanLA, full of awesome cuteness! Many of her works have already sold, but you should come down and check out the installation, which will be up until May 2nd! I snapped a few pics when I went for the opening party a few weeks ago! =D

Here’s info on her background from her site!

Michelle's collection of rings she made for the event! I made sure to grab a white bunnymonster looking one ❤

Michelle Romo is a self-taught illustrator and designer who is fueled by cookies and naps. She got her first computer when she was 16 and she hasn’t stopped working since. 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. When she isn’t working she spends her time eating good food, hugging her friends, playing video games, and crafting. She currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband Jason and their two cats, Hurts and Morgan.

Here’s her in-progress photo of her work! I’m sure the final product is going to be SO MUCH MORE amazing than this! Michelle always adds surprising elements to her work like interesting framing, hidden characters, and 3d pieces!

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: 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!