Editors Note: I didn’t think I was going to be able to make it out to the Hello Kitty: Three Apples event over at Royal/T last week, so I asked my fellow Angeleno blogger Robert Vidaure who runs the blog Nerdski to fill in for me.
Last Thursday I got invited by Bobby to attend the special press event opening of Three Apples, an exhibition celebrating 35 years of Hello Kitty. It all went down over at Royal/T, a gorgeous art and cafe spot in Culver City. At first I wasn’t sure what to expect but when I finally got through the doors I was totally overwhelmed by all the Hello Kittyness. As soon as I walked in I was greeted with a massive movable Friends With You installation that you could actually get in and give it a try.
After a quick meet up with the Kitsune Noir boy himself I took a personal tour of the gallery and snapped a bunch of pictures of all the amazing art. From Buff Monster to Baseman, to TokiDoki to Kozik I was really impressed with all the interesting interpretations of Hello Kitty. It was a little hectic with all the press, and someone mentioned Paris Hilton and Dave Navarro were roaming around, so I enjoyed what I could. I ate a little bit of finger food, kicked back some pink champagne and then headed out.
I was a little bitter about not getting there early enough on Thursday to get a goodie bag, so my girlfriend and I decided to try our luck again on Saturday. I’m not sure who dragged who but we somehow found ourselves standing in line early in the morning waiting to get back in and experience the Hello Kitty madness once again. Even though we still didn’t make the first 100 cut we decided to make our own goodie bag and buy a bunch of Hello Kitty 35th Anniversary exclusives. With our pockets empty I decided to take a few more pictures while enjoying a piece of Hello Kitty birthday cake.
It was definitely a fun filled Hello Kitty weekend, and if you haven’t had a chance to check it out yet you should go November 1st for Hello Kitty’s official birthday party. You’ll most likely see me there.
I can’t believe I haven’t seen this until, but it’s the true. It’s hard to describe this, so I’ll let Wikipedia do the hard work for me:
Destino is a short animated cartoon released in 2003 by The Walt Disney Company. Destino is unique in that its production originally began in 1945, 58 years before its eventual completion. The project was a collaboration between American animator Walt Disney and Spanish painter Salvador Dalí, and features music written by Mexican songwriter Armando Dominguez.
Watching this video it feels like it should be a sequel to Fantasia, an other-worldly and trippy movie that everyone should absolutely should see. And in fact, the whole thing was put together by the folks who worked on Fantasia 2000, so it sort of makes sense. I never thought of Dalí’s work being animated before, but when you watch this it absolutely makes sense. More of them fine art fancy painters should have gotten into cartoons!
Los Angeles based Julian Callos is one of those artists that I really wish I could emulate. His style seems simple, with lots of human figures floating around in these abstract environments. But it’s these environments which really impress me. They seem to made up of all kinds of washes and textures and look exactly like a dream would. He’s also really great with colors, sticking with a muted palette for most parts but then using splashes of colors to catch your attention. Really beautiful stuff.
Nifty bikes are always fun to come by and this plywood and carbon fiber is a real gem. It was created by designer Gary Galego who wanted to create a unique mixture for this bike but still give it a light frame and make it easy to ride. I think it’s really rad looking, the detailing in all of the joints is absolutely beautiful and the paleness of the wood looks amazing against the deep blackness of the metal parts. You can read a bit more about Gary and the bike by clicking here.
Earlier today I was thinking about the iTunes icon and how it really doesn’t make sense anymore. When iTunes was released in 2001, everyone on earth used CDs, that was the standard for music. Cut to now, nearly 9 years later, a world that has mostly digital files or has regressed back to the good ol’ days of vinyl. But when you look down at your dock (or toolbar) you see a little blue music note over a… CD.
Since 2006 the iTunes icon has been relatively unchanged, but as music becomes more and more digital, it’s begun to lose it’s validity as an icon. I’ve started to think that it might make more sense for Apple to change it’s icon from something so grounded in the physical world to something more ethereal like a music symbol. They did it on the iPhone, which makes a lot of sense, so why not for the largest digital music player?
If I had to guess they’ll eventually go toward something with just the music note, much like the iPhone version. This way the symbol is unified between all systems, OS’s and devices. When something like this will happen, I dunno, but my guess would be in the next couple years, especially with the mythical Apple tablet supposedly coming out early next year.