Monday, August 31, 2009

Monthly Round-up. August 2009

written by Ed Mascot

And so another month in the life of the KawaiiPunk Blog comes to end. A month that saw us meet a big eyed cubist, help a needy nerd, see a kawaii lifebuoy, and rejoice in a pixelated mascot. Along the way we were treated to the fantastic works of Small Potatoes, Buttermilk Biscuits, Pogipal, and Apple Noggin to name a few. It also saw the introduction of the brand new Kawaii Games section with a spot the difference puzzle. Did you manage to spot them all?

Spot the difference. How many did you find?
Fantastic! There were six differences! Feel free to give yourself a pat on the back if you managed to get them all, because we’re not going to be giving away free t-shirts any time soon :) Be sure to come back next month for another fantastic prizeless puzzle!

See you all again soon.
Your host with the most,
Ed Mascot :)

Friday, August 28, 2009

Budclicks! Listen Up In Style!

written by Stereo Mascot

As the resident expert on all things musical at the KawaiiPunk Blog I’m always on the lookout for the coolest gadgets and gizmos to kawaiify my listening experiences. In fact, barely a day goes by when I’m not trying to expand and improve upon my audacious audio adventures! It's just what I do :) Anyway... it was while on one of my many quests for polyphonic perfection that I discovered these…

These amazingly cute little critters go by the name of Budclicks, and are a must for any kawaii fan with a passion for sweet sounds and sharp styles! They come in all sorts of designs, including Spongebob Squarepants, and simply click on to your existing earphones to give them a cute and kawaii makeover! Sweet, simple and stylish! Not unlike myself :)

Happy listening,
Stereo Mascot :)

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Pixel Power!

Readers' Art

Dear Tiny Mascot,

I noticed in your bio that you’re a firm believer in the old adage of good things coming in small packages. As an out and out retro video game freak I have to say I couldn’t agree more! Bigger is not better! To me there is nothing more satisfying than seeing a computer game character realised using as little pixels as possible, and I’m sure most of today’s gamers would agree with me! After all, who do you imagine the average teenage boy alone in his bedroom would rather play with? Lara Croft or Jet Set Willy? I rest my case! Anyway, to celebrate our mutual appreciation of all things small I created this…

Pixelated Tiny Mascot
It’s a pixelated version of yourself that, at its smallest resolution, can be displayed at a mere 15 x 25 pixels! Mind boggling, isn’t it?

Your fellow saviour of the small,
Stuart Watson. Aged 37.

Tiny Mascot replies...

WOW! Thanks Stuart! That’s so cool! Your mastery of pixel art is truly astounding! Not so sure about your Lara Croft argument though!

Keep those tiny treasures coming,
Tiny Mascot :)

Monday, August 24, 2009

Apple Noggin! Plush Perfection!

written by Sweet Mascot

Great news readers! I think I may have discovered the cutest shop in the world! I found it over at Etsy while I was looking for a present to buy myself for no particular reason! What? A girl can’t treat herself now and again? Anyway… from the moment I saw these adorable slices of handmade handicrafts I knew I had to spread the word about this amazing store. So here goes…

Apple Noggin at Etsy
This, my partners in prettiness, is Apple Noggin! Sweet, isn’t it? At Apple Noggin you can shop for rings, necklaces, earrings, and some of the cutest plush pins I’ve ever seen! And talk about choice! As a seasoned shopper and expert on all things cute you can believe me when I say you won’t know where to start with this one, let alone stop! It’s even got t-shirts! Why not head on over and have a look for yourself?

Making the world a sweeter place,
Sweet Mascot :)

Friday, August 21, 2009

Spot the Difference! Hypno Macsot!

written by Puzzle Mascot

OK everyone, time for something new, and I’m not just talking about myself! At the KawaiiPunk Blog we promise to bring you the best kawaii shops, crafts, designers and goodies the world has to offer, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun along the way. Today I proudly introduce you all to the latest addition to the KawaiiPunk Blog… Kawaii Games!

Spot the difference!
We all know the Hypno Mascot is an expert at manipulating minds, but today it looks like he’s the one that’s being manipulated! And it’s not just his mind that’s changed! Can you spot how many differences have been made to everyone’s favourite mesmerising mascot? The answer will be revealed in this month’s monthly round-up!

Happy hunting,
Puzzle Mascot :)

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Kawaii Wallpapers at KawaiiPunk

written by Ed Mascot

Hello readers. I just wanted to let you all know that we’ve uploaded some brand new desktop wallpapers over at Fans of the Cute, Sneaky, and Disco Mascots will be pleased to hear that my distinguished colleagues now have their own kawaii wallpapers to brighten up your tired old computers and laptops.

Kawaii Wallpapers at KawaiiPunk
There’s also plenty of other wallpapers featuring my fellow KawaiiPunk Mascots, although strangely there is none featuring myself. I can only assume that this is a security measure intended to prevent the internet from crashing once and for all due to my immense popularity. After all, what other explanation could there be? Hopefully this situation will be remedied in the future as mankind manages to tame the internet. Apologies in the meantime for my unfortunate wallpaper absence.

Keeping it kawaii,
Ed Mascot :)

Monday, August 17, 2009

Rare Vinyl Toys. Toy-Tastic!

written by Junior Mascot

It’s often said that kids prefer to play with the boxes toys come in rather than the toys themselves. This is of course nonsense! The reason kids end up playing with boxes is because the grown-ups are usually the ones that get their hands on the toys first, particularly dads! Don’t believe me? Just visit any family at Christmas and you’ll see a parade of bewildered children watch in disbelief as their father knocks himself out playing with their hard earned presents! If we can learn one thing from all this it’s that everyone loves a good toy, which brings me to this…

Rare Vinyl Toys
This folks is the fantastic Rare Vinyl Toys shop. A shop that specialises in bringing its customers the coolest, cutest, and craziest designer vinyl toys available. Among its vast selection of characters you’ll find works from Amos, Kidrobot, STRANGEco, Tokidoki, and more. A lot of the toys in stock are, as the shop name suggests, exceptionally rare, so if you’ve been having trouble finding that particular toy to complete your collection, or if you’ve been thinking of starting a new one, then Rare Vinyl Toys is a great store to visit! Just remember to keep dad out the way when your toys arrive, unless you like playing with empty boxes :)

Your top toy tipster,
Junior Mascot :)

Friday, August 14, 2009

Kawaiification! The Quest Continues!

Readers' Emails

Dear Sir/Madam,

I’m just getting in touch to let you all know how things are proceeding with my new kawaiifying project. (RE. Kawaiification!) You will be happy to hear that I continue to be as excited about the project as I was in my last correspondence. Indeed I have to say this new hobby of mine has provided a much greater pleasure and satisfaction than any of my experiences as a judge, although that isn’t saying much! Believe me, by the time you’ve “sent down” your 100th crim, the novelty has well and truly worn off :)

Having said that I do find myself wishing there were more hours in the day to devote to my electrifying new pastime. Just yesterday I happened upon an abandoned toaster in a roadside ditch that was crying out for some big eyes and a smiley face! Unfortunately however I was without my camera, and I doubt it will be there when I return - it was a real beauty! Anyway… no point bemoaning what could have been, here’s one of my latest efforts at kawaiification for your viewing pleasure…

Kawaiified Lifebuoy
It’s a lifebuoy! I know, sometimes I even amaze myself! An inanimate object brought to life through the wonder of kawaiification - fantastic! I hope this email finds you in good health, and I will be sure to keep in touch in future. Keep up the good work and thank you for providing a space for kawaiifiers everywhere.

Yours sincerely,
Mr. Justice Smithering Smythe (retired)

Ed Mascot replies...

Great stuff your honour! It’s always good to hear from you, no to mention see your amazing creations! This is without a doubt your best effort yet, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds!

Looking forward to hearing from you again,
Ed Mascot :)

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Pogipal. Cute and Crafty!

written by Lovestruck Mascot

When it comes to spotting loveliness I like to think you beautiful readers know who to trust. That’s me, in case you haven’t guessed :) Today I’d like to introduce you all to a truly lovely shop over at Etsy that has some of the dreamiest designs I’ve seen in a long time, so get ready to feel your heart skip a beat…

Pogipal Shop at Etsy
Gorgeous, isn’t it? This slice of crafty cuteness goes by the name of Pogipal and, as you can see, has some seriously cute characters in store. Majestic mermaids, rocking robots, pretty penguins, happy hula girls, and even cool kokeshi dolls - all absolutely adorable! The shop itself sells magnets, pendants and prints, and, as if that wasn’t enough to get your kawaii senses tingling, the designer responsible for these cute creations used to work on the kawaii-tastic Powerpuff Girls! Believe me, it doesn’t get much cuter than that :)

Always happy to spread some love,
Lovestruck Mascot :)

Monday, August 10, 2009

A Nerd in Need!

Ask a Mascot

Dear Robot Mascot,

I was wondering if you could help me with a problem I’m having. You see, I’m a complete geek. I live in a world of DVD boxsets, vintage comic books, and unopened action figures. What’s more I’ve never had a girlfriend and, very probably, never will. But enough about my idyllic private life, here’s my problem…

While posting on one of my favourite sci-fi forums, I got into a raging flame war with some clown that calls himself TrekkBoy403. I know, he’s spelt Trek wrong! What a doofus! Anyway, this ignoramus reckons that robots don’t, and never will, have a sense of humour. He says that Asimov’s first law of robotics precludes robots from making jokes because humour, empirically, has to have a “victim.” Ergo, a robot will never make a funny because it may cause a human “harm.” Crazy, huh? Clearly this buffoon is as ignorant of the dynamics of joke telling as he is of the complexities of artificial intelligence, not to mention the underlying resilience and consequent sublimation of human emotions regarding the cerebral processing of humorous anecdotes and situations. Please help me prove this fool wrong so I can put this matter to bed, once and for all!

Yours sincerely,

Robot Mascot replies...

Rest easy HanFan709, you are indeed correct! It is possible for robots to have a sense of humour, and tell jokes! What’s more, I’m going to prove it. Here’s my personal favourite top 5 hilarious jokes to rub in the face of TrekkBoy403…

1. Q. What’s brown and sticky? A. A stick!

2. Q. What do puddings fly in? A. Jelly-copters!

3. Q. Who’s the king of the hankies? A. The hanky-chief!

4. Q. How do you restrain pigs? A. Ham-cuffs!

5. Q. Where do Americans dance? A. San Frandisco!

And if these corkers aren’t enough to show that misguided sour puss the error of his ways, let him take a look at this. It’s a bunch of robots having a right good laugh at mankind’s pitiful potato preparations…

Hope all this helps you out HanFan709. Be sure to get in touch again if you ever have any more robot related problems. What? It might happen!

Your friendly friend of the geeks,
Robot Mascot :)

Friday, August 7, 2009

Beautiful Buttermilk Biscuits

written by Cute Mascot

Hello everyone. As the newest mascot here at KawaiiPunk, I thought I’d better make my first post something really special. So that’s exactly what I’m going to do :) For my blog debut I’ve chosen to tell you all about one of my favourite shops in the whole wide world. It’s a super cute sensation of a shop that goes by the adorable name of Buttermilk Biscuits…

Buttermilk Biscuits at Zazzle
Pretty, isn’t it? At Buttermilk Biscuits you can shop for t-shirts, cards, mugs, buttons, bags, stickers, and much, much more besides! All adorned with some truly beautiful artwork! It’s got cute mermaids, cuddly koalas, huggable penguins, adorable bunnies, it’s even got a couple of cute elephants! And that’s only the beginning! Believe me, if it’s sweet styles and plentiful prettiness you’re after then this is definitely the shop for you :)

Making the world a cuter place,
Cute Mascot :)

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Big Eyed Cubism

Readers' Art

Dear Cubist Mascot,

As an art student I’m always looking for new and exciting styles to keep my creative appetite satiated. Recently I came across your post about Big Eyed Art and have to say I found it both refreshing and invigorating. Unfortunately, while reading the piece, I couldn’t help but notice that you, although clearly a fan of big eyes, have in actuality a pair of the smallest eyes I have ever seen in my entire life. In fact, they look more like full stops than eyes, if you ask me! Anyway, to cut a long story short I thought I’d make you this…

Big Eyed Cubist Mascot
It’s a picture of yourself with big eyes saying “Woohoo! Look at my big eyes.” I put some snow capped mountains in the background to express your sense of wide eyed wonder at your new found ocular exaggerations! It’s a powerful piece, although I’m sure you can see that for yourself - even with your pitifully small eyes! No offence!

Thanks again for your inspiring posts,
Cornelius P Hankerton. Aged 19.

Cubist Mascot replies...

Thank you Cornelius for your kind words about my post. It’s always nice to be appreciated. And thank you for your artwork. I’ve always wondered what I’d look like with big eyes, and now I know. I’d look like a big old nerd!

Keep up the fine work,
Cubist Mascot :)

Monday, August 3, 2009

Small Potatoes. Culinary Cuteness!

written by Junior Mascot

Everybody knows that cupcakes and kawaii go great together, but that doesn’t mean they’re the only food than can look cute. Not by a long shot! In fact sometimes, like the tale of the ugly duckling, it’s the overlooked plain foods that can look the cutest! Don’t believe me? Then take a look at this…

Small Potatoes at CafePress
This readers is the fantastically cute Small Potatoes shop. Yes, you did read that correctly! A shop that has taken the humble spud as a starting point and transformed it into a cavalcade of cute characters. It’s got skiers, golfers, policemen, chefs, astronauts, it’s even got a biker potato! It’s a veritable kawaii-tastic snack-fest! Why not head on over and feast on some tasty tattie t-shirts for yourself! Go on, you know you want to!

See you all again for seconds,
Junior Mascot :)

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Horoscopes for August 2009

written by Mystic Mascot

Ahhhh… the mists are clearing once again. Your futures appear before me like a welcome and trusted friend… or something like that. Basically I’m going to tell you what’s going to happen to you in the next month, so listen up…

Aries Mar 21 - Apr 20
A work colleague will gleefully tell you all about their summer holiday. Practice smiling and nodding to survive this ordeal!
Lucky hat: Fez

Taurus Apr 21 - May 21
An apple a day keeps the doctor away. A bottle of cider a day however… not so much! Best remember this to avoid embarrassment!
Lucky hat: Deerstalker

Gemini May 22 - Jun 22
Confusion and misunderstandings are rife this month. Be sure to plan everything meticulously if you want to survive!
Lucky hat: Thinking Cap

Cancer Jun 23 - Jul 23
A spot of impulsive D.I.Y. will result in a hefty repair bill. Best not to bother and save yourself some cash.
Lucky hat: Hardhat

Leo Jul 24 - Aug 23
Food will play an important part in your life this month, so remember to eat some! I suggest three times a day, everyday!
Lucky hat: Fedora

Virgo Aug 24 - Sep 23
Planning ahead will go disastrously wrong for you this month, despite your best efforts. Try plotting instead!
Lucky hat: Beret

Libra Sep 24 - Oct 23
Avoid reading horoscopes this month if you want to survive unscathed… WOOPS! Looks like four weeks bad luck for you!
Lucky hat: N/A

Scorpio Oct 24 - Nov 22
A severe bout of clumsiness is headed your way this month and, unfortunately, there’s nothing you can do to stop it! Sorry!
Lucky hat: Crash Helmet

Sagittarius Nov 23 - Dec 21
A chronically clumsy individual will wreak havoc in your house. Avoid Scorpions wearing crash helmets and you should be fine.
Lucky hat: Baseball Cap

Capricorn Dec 22 - Jan 20
An impulsive purchase on a shopping trip will turn out to be a fashion disaster. Remember to keep all your receipts!
Lucky hat: Trilby

Aquarius Jan 21 - Feb 19
A culinary experiment has the potential to end in tears. Avoid excessive use of onions and you should be OK.
Lucky hat: Bobble Hat

Pisces Feb 20 - Mar 20
Great news! At long last something will actually happen in your life this month! Bad news! I’ve no idea what it is! Sorry!
Lucky hat: Pork Pie

Ahhhh… the mists return and the trusted friend departs. Basically I’m off is what I’m trying to say. See you all again next month,
Mystic Mascot :)