My *fave* event from Three Apples was Saturday, November 7, 2009 — Hello Kitty Meet the Artists Day! This was by far the best day! Obviously my opinion but I have very good reason why I loved this day soOoOo much! @_@
I had been working a lot (everyday for the past several weeks) but I always looked forward to Saturdays! I did not enjoy the waking up early part — I had to be down in Culver City by 9:30am on a weekend… I am not exactly a “morning person.” The good part: being able to choose an original art piece from Buff Monster‘s Series 2 panels!
As you may already know, Buff Monster is an amazing contemporary artist who created a painting and prints for the Three Apples show along with a series of 35 10″x10″ wooden panels. His series was so popular that a second series followed. This series was released on the Artists Day and since I missed out on the first series, I kind of gave in to peer pressure and bought a panel! Very hard not to buy one when Bellerina and Jordan and Jamie and Jenna and Jill and Christian and etc… bought one… And also, I met Buff Monster and he is so cool and cute and nice and cute and funny and cute and really smart and cute and loves Hello Kitty… And did I mention he is cute!? n_~ Seriously, he is a really talented artist and I wanted to show my love and support!
Can you guess which one is mine!?
I actually spent a lot of the morning taking orders for these panels. During this time, I got to meet some new Hello Kitty buddies who collect art! I met Adrienne and Jolene — they both helped me to pick out the panel. I also met Robyn — yes, her name is spelled just like Robyn, the pop singer — remember Do You Know (What It Takes) from back in the day!? (I still have that cd single somewhere…) n_n
Ok, I guess right now would be a good time to share why exactly the Artists Day was the best for me. I started off meeting some really awesome people — and it really seemed genuine… I felt that throughout the whole entire day! I also saw the amazing Three Apples crew — Supa Jill, Supa Dave, Christian, Susan, Jamie, Vance… And you know I adore all of them (like to the 7645272934568th degree)! n_n
More original artwork released that day by Plasticgod — another super popular artist! How popular, you ask? Popular enough to make several series of these adorable 4″x4″ Kitties! So far, there are: Series 1 (19 designs), Series 2 (24 designs), Goth Series (9 designs), Series 3 (27 designs)! Each of the designs are limited editions of only 35! Oh My Kittiness!!! That sure are A LOT of Kitties!!! @_@ Which are your *faves*!? For me, there are just waaay too many kawaii Kitties to even pick out a handful! o_O
My photo does not do Plasticgod any justice *sorry* so please look at JapanLA’s site for all the juicy details!
These 16 10″x10″ panels by Chase were also released!
Peekaboo Monster got his live painting on… Btw, there are still a limited amount of his “Kitty Got Space Swag” prints available! Very dope title, huh? My buddy Taft (left) was there to make sure the artists had everything they needed…
You can spot Angry Woebots signing Dorothy‘s Three Apples Art Book off to the left…
Wowowow, right!? I would imagine it being pretty difficult to paint in front a of an audience…
I got to meet fellow Hello Kitty Junkie AND Graphic Designer *Sabrina*
Bellerina & Co.
The super awesome silkscreen t-shirt thingy… This was complete awesome-ness! You paid $20 cash and you received a t-shirt with up to three screens printed on it! Here are the six designs you could choose from:
Line of peeps who waited (up to two hours!?) in order to get their one of a kind silkscreened Three Apples t-shirt…
Some sample screens to test the ink and pressure… The red scared me… o_O
Jenna and I were super excited about the available designs! Photo by: Sarah M Golonka Btw, that is Plasticgod in the black hat behind Jenna! n_~
That is my t-shirt!!! I was in love with 64 Colors, Buff Monster and Crowded Teeth! Actually, I really liked Plasticgod‘s Lady GaGa design too — that would have been the fourth screen if I could have!
I saw Jeanne! How is she always this cute!? @_@
I got a photo with the kawaii lolita girls! @_@ I am pretty sure that the panda-hat-wearing Julie is THE KAWAII-EST doll ever! Yes — doll! n_n She is always, I mean *ALWAYS* freaking’ adorable!
So happy I got to meet Pop (such a hottie) and Ash (super cool guy) — they bought a few Buff Monster panels for their Sahbu Shabu restaurant which is scheduled to be open soon! ;P
And it was a real pleasure to meet the artists who had works up on display! I was soooo happy! You know how you feel at the end of the school year when you go around to all your friends with your yearbook and have them sign it!? Kinda silly, right? But I promise it was SOOO MUCH FUN!!! If you do not believe me, ask Bellerina and Jenna and Dorothy and Angela!? ;D
I <3 *Mari*!!! Photo by: Sarah M Golonka
Ahhh I *love* Luke Chueh! <3 The only way to not love his work is to be blind! o_O His “Hello, Kitty” print is still available… n_n
Simone and Buff Monster! @_@
Check out the canvas filled with Three Apples artists’ signature styles! Can you spot a few artists!? I was kinda sad when I studied this because I noticed Crowded Teeth had been there — but I did not get to meet her! :'(
Many props to the artists who participated in the live painting sessions: Peekaboo Monster (right), Angry Woebots (middle) and Camilla d’Erricco (left). <3 <3 <3 These were silently auctioned off during the night…
My fellow Hello Kitty Junkie Mimi came down from the Bay Area with her husband! It was so amazing to meet her in person — I just wish she came earlier! n_n
The amazing Misha!
Misha‘s “Hello Venus” is one of my *faves* from the show — hard not to have a few *faves* since so much of the artwork was a-maaazing! n_~ She obviously knows about Art History and Botticelli and The Birth of Venus — she should totally be an Art History professor! Seriously, wouldn’t that be interesting? I know I would not have fallen asleep as much as I did back in the day when I was in school!
After I talked to Misha, I have to move “Hello Bast” into my *faves* category too! I just really love that she incorporated other Sanrio characters in this piece… Can you spot Kuromi? Keroppi? My Melody? Who else!? n_~
My new friends Stephanie and Robyn! They are both kawaii, neh? n_n
I *heart* Simone and I told him! I am just sad that I forgot to tell him I was wearing the über kawaii pink puffy sleeved Donutella Kitty t-shirt! o_O I must have been too excited!!!
Camilla d’Erricco <3 She was incredibly sweet! And her painting was one of my *faves* from the show… Like I get anxious because I did not buy her “Hello My Kitty Land” print and it is still available! What to do… What to do!? o_O
This was what she created during her live painting session… It was auctioned off and I know the girlie who won it! *jelly*
Hmmm… I am probably leaving out a lot (although it does not feel like it)… If you have not already, please read Bellerina’s 3 Apples – Day 6 “Artists Party” because she is awesome! n_n
For images of most of the artwork, please view Three Apples Art Exhibit — looks like all the photos are up. For the official Sarah M Golonka photos of Three Apples Artists Day >>> CLICK HERE!!! If you would like to purchase any Three Apples artwork, you can do so through JapanLA!