Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Monday, October 26, 2009


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Sunday, October 25, 2009

Seaweed Chips

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Friday, October 23, 2009

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Vegas Baby!

She’s cute. She’s memorable. She should be permanently inked on your body. It is her birthday after all, and we couldn’t think of a more fitting tribute.

Hello Kitty is turning 35 on October 21, and in honor of the occasion, Last Chance Tattoo is celebrating with $35 Hello Kitty tattoos. “Everyone does different things for different holidays,” says Last Chance Tattoo artist Rachael Snyder, aka Rachael Scumbag. “People do Shark Week tattoos and $13 tattoos on Friday the 13th,” she says.

A Las Vegas native, Snyder has been tattooing for two-and-a-half years. She did her apprenticeship at Last Chance and has been there since. Her area of expertise lies in more traditional style tattoo work as well as color.

So what’s the deal with the Hello Kitty phenomenon anyway? Besides being friggin’ adorable to some and obnoxious to others, the cartoon cat’s impact on pop culture is undeniable. From her beginnings in Japan on a plastic change purse, merchandise with Hello Kitty and her friends has grown to a billion-dollar industry. There are Hello Kitty lunchboxes, dolls, school supplies, clothes, bedding, toasters and Hello Kitty contact lenses. There’s even a Hello Kitty Fender guitar, diamond jewelry, a Hello Kitty jet plane and a theme

Hello Kitty Tattoo Day

Soon, there’ll be a few more Las Vegans branded with the famous cartoon, too.

From noon to 10 p.m. on Wednesday, anyone looking to immortalize the Kitty can head on down to Last Chance Tattoo. All of Last Chance’s artists will be available for tattooing, though it’s only specifically Hello Kitty designs that will be done for the $35 special (sorry Keroppi fans). Though the shop will have five sheets of Hello Kitty images to choose from, Snyder says clients can bring their own image for inking as long as it’s not too elaborate (that means no $35 full-sleeve of Hello Kitty goodness).

So does Snyder herself have a soft spot for Hello Kitty? “I’m an Asian female, so it’s from birth,” jokes Snyder. And yes, she bears the mark of the cat; Snyder has three Hello Kitty tattoos.


Saturday, October 17, 2009

Cute on the inside

Cat gut your tongue? Hello Kitty is once again getting into the spirit of Halloween horror by getting all ghoulish and creepy, this time with the assistance of edgy designer Dr Romanelli. The "Anatomy" series features the iconic mouthless cute cat character showing off her internal organs - which as it happens, are extremely cute. A pretty bow on the spleen? You didn't ask for it but you'll get and like it!

The Hello Kitty figurines are produced by MediCom Toy Incorporated, known to figurine fanciers for their Bearbrick line. In 2008 MediCom and Dr Romanelli hooked up to produce a transparent Bearbrick (or Be@rbrick, for purists) model with exposed teeth, brain, organs and circulatory system. Nice.

Getting back to the "Anatomy" Hello Kitty designs, you can choose from regular style or an interesting antiqued version with a finish resembling aged ivory. This style is meant to look like a netsuke; a polished and sculpted toggle worn by Japanese citizens and samurai on their kimono sashes from the 17th century on - robes have no pockets, y'see. One wonders what those old timers would think of these Hello Kitty figurines... maybe they'd speak with their swords.

Anyway, look for both ghoulish "Anatomy" design Hello Kitty figurines on Japanese store shelves lately. Ho ho horrible!


Tuesday, October 13, 2009