Friday, July 31, 2009
Well folks it looks like another month has come and gone. Where does the time go? This month we found out how to keep cool in summer, were treated to a custom kawaii car, found out how to live life as a punk, and learned all about big eyed art. Oh yeah… and Mishief made me look like a complete fool - twice! Thankfully, as ever, we got to meet some great kawaii designers and crafters along the way. The Fancys, Vincent Low, Fashion Candy, and Toxiferous, to name a few! What a month!
See you all again soon for more kawaii capers.
Your host with the most,
Ed Mascot :)
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
At KawaiiPunk we’re well known for bringing our readers the cutest shops and stores the world has to offer, or at least I hope we are :) Today I’d like to tell you all about a shop that has some of the cutest, not to mention coolest, designs that I’ve seen in a long time. It’s called Toxiferous, and if you like your kawaii served with a healthy dose of fun then this is the shop for you…
The Toxiferous store at Zazzle specialises in cute cartoon graphics that are guaranteed to put a smile on anyone’s face, even the Fierce Mascot! It’s packed with original designs adorning everything from t-shirts and ties to mugs and mousepads, all laced with a great sense of humour - even the product descriptions are fun! Be sure to check out Captain Breadbeard and the unforgettable Toilet Rainbow if it’s smiles you’re after :)
Keeping it cool,
Demon Mascot :)
Monday, July 27, 2009
OK readers, get ready for some kawaii art. What? We can’t have some culture here at KawaiiPunk? Today I’m going to tell you about the cutest of all the artistic movements, the “big eyed kids, animals, and stuff” movement. Popularised throughout the 1950s and 60s the “big eyed” (sometimes referred to as “sad eyes” or “waif”) style of painting could be found above the mantelpiece of many a discerning art lovers’ home.
The style itself was characterised, unsurprisingly, by the big eyed nature of its subjects, though that’s not to say there wasn’t diversity within the movement. Offshoots and subgenres were plentiful in the big eyed school of art. Harlequin, pity kitty, and pity puppy to name just a few! Styles of painting also differed within the movement. American and British exponents of the style, such as Margaret Keane and Dallas Simpson, were famed for their melancholic approach to big eyed art, as you can see here…
In contrast their continental European counterparts favoured a more joyful and humorous approach to big eyed art. Cheeky child street urchins were the name of the game. Unfortunately, due mainly to not signing their works, many of these European artists have been unfairly forgotten in the world of big eyes. Thankfully however their masterpieces can still be found from time to time if you know where to look. Here’s a couple from my own private collection…
As the 1960s came to an end the popularity of big eyed paintings started to wane, although their influence could still be seen in the popular crazes of string art and macramé that came to define the décor of many a seventies living room - but that’s another story! If you’d like to get your hands on some big eyed art, then I suggest a visit to Etsy’s vintage section… ah Etsy, is there anything you can’t do?
Your most cultured culture vulture,
Cubist Mascot :)
Saturday, July 25, 2009
That’s right folks, for one week only you can save 15% on all KawaiiPunk tees at our super cool RedBubble store. And… if you go kawaii crazy and buy five or more t-shirts, you can get free shipping as well! How cool is that?
To qualify for this offer simply head on over and start shopping! No codes, no coupons, no questions asked! Just pick a tee and the discount is applied automatically! Offer ends Thursday July 30, 23:59 US Pacific Time. Just thought you’d like to know :)
Your friendly kawaii cash advisor,
Money Mascot :)
Friday, July 24, 2009
It’s been brought to my attention that Mondays post (RE. Kawaiification!) contained a glaring, not to mention wholly unfair, error regarding Lady Gaga. I would like to point out this error was due, in it’s entirety, to the shameful shenanigans of one Mischief Mascot, and in no way can reflect upon my sterling and accomplished record as editor of this blog. I have spoken to Mischief about this regrettable incident and, as you can see, I think he’s got the message…
I would like to issue a wholehearted and sincere apology to Lady Gaga and her many fans for describing her as a “children’s entertainer who sings - kind of like a rambunctious clown.” This, I fully admit, was a gross misrepresentation of this talented young woman who is rightfully a role model to many a young girl. Thankfully the Stereo Mascot, our resident music expert, was on hand to point out the error of this statement. It is now apparent to me that Lady Gaga can dance as well! I hope the previous omission of this fact did not cause too much distress.
Ed Mascot :)
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Get ready for a treat readers! Today we’re taking a trip to kawaii paradise, and you won’t even need a passport! In fact, you won’t even have to leave your home! Just switch off your phone, cancel any appointments, make yourself comfortable, and settle in for a journey to kawaii shopping heaven! Ready? Here goes! This, my fellow kawaii connoisseurs, is Modes4U…
Modes4U is a kawaii shop that has a truly fantastic range of products and brands, all just waiting for you to come along and snap them up! Akuma Neko, Boso Gang, Hello Kitty, Mimori, Minmie, Monster Dolls, Q-Lia, San-X Mamegoma, San-X Rilakkuma, Tenshi Neko, they’re all right there! It’s got clothes, accessories, bags, stationery, stickers, dolls, hobby and crafting supplies, it’s even got cute candy and snacks! It really is the perfect place to relax and spend some quality shopping time. In fact, I’m heading over there right now. Feel free to join me!
See you all soon,
Sweet Mascot :)
P.S. Don’t forget to check out Mode4U’s FaceBook page for stock updates and special offers. Believe me, you’ll love it :)
Monday, July 20, 2009
I’ve never been one to keep up with the latest trends and fashions. I don’t watch TV, haven’t got a radio, have never read a newspaper, and have no idea what Lady Gaga is. In fact, I’ll freely admit that I don’t have a clue about anything! I used to work as a High Court judge, if you’re wondering!
Anyway, since my retirement I’ve been trying to catch up on all that I’ve missed via the fabulous world of the interweb, or whatever it’s called, and have found it to be an incredible and wondrous place - I can’t believe nobody knows about it! It was there that I was first introduced to yourselves to the concept of kawaii. With all this spare time on my hands, and being in desperate need of a way to fill it, I’ve decided I’m going to popularise the kawaii cause via a process I like to call kawaiification! Here’s my first attempt…
As you can see I have kawaiified a duck by drawing a big eye on it. I’m looking to expand beyond ducks for future kawaiifying projects, but thought you might like to see the results of my initial tentative steps into this new and exciting pastime. I reckon it could really take off - like the hula hoop or something!
Mr. Justice Smithering Smythe (retired)
Wow! Thanks your honour! It’s great to hear from such a well respected figure in society, and what a great idea too! I think your process of kawaiification could be the next big thing!
Thanks for sharing,
Ed Mascot :)
P.S. I’m reliably informed by the Mischief Mascot that Lady Gaga is a children’s entertainer who sings - kind of like a rambunctious clown!
Friday, July 17, 2009
Ahhh… the mists are clearing. I can see rainbow sprinkles, chihuahuas, an octopus, a portable fish tank, an ice cream sundae, and lots and lots of glitter! No, my crystal ball isn’t broken! Today I’m looking into the kawaii-tastic world of Fashion Candy’s resin jewellery, and loving every detail of it. Here, have a look for yourselves…
Fashion Candy is an amazingly cute and crafty shop at Etsy that is just packed with all things sparkling and shiny. From pendants and bracelets to rings and earrings, if it’s shimmering sweetness you’re after then this is the shop for you. And it’s not just jewellery either! The Fashion Candy shop also sells prints featuring an awesome array of cute and colourful characters. Believe me, this shop is definitely worth a look!
See you all again soon,
Mystic Mascot :)
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Dear Punk Mascot,
As an incredibly hip, trendy, and with-it young girl around town, I always like to keep up to date with the latest fashions. Recently I’ve been going for the 80’s revival look - baggy t-shirts, leg warmers, neon colours, and bright plastic sunglasses. All my friends say I look absolutely ridiculous but, compliments aside, I think it’s time for a change! I’ve decided that punk is going to be my next sartorial inspiration and was wondering if you could give me some pointers to get me started.
Congratulations Jacqui, you’ve just made the best decision of your life! Being a punk is a rich and rewarding fashion and lifestyle choice, if done correctly that is! Here’s my top 5 tips for living life as a punk:
1. Get a mohican! Everybody looks good with a mohawk. Just look at the Ed Mascot. He’s got one, and he’s a complete nerd!
2. Do it yourself! Don’t be afraid to customize your own clothes. Safety pins and permanent markers are your friends!
3. Mix it up! Forget the boring rules and regulations of other trends and fashions, this is punk! Red and green can be seen!
4. Start pogoing! Master the art of jumping up and down if you want to fit in. In punk circles this is called dancing!
5. Have fun! Don’t listen to the old schoolers who tell you punk was all about politics and class - YAWN!!! These killjoys are just jealous of your youth. Let them get on with collecting their pensions and boring people while you go out and enjoy yourself. Here’s The Dickies singing the Banana Splits theme to get you in the mood…
And don’t forget Jacqui, if you’re still stuck for inspiration, you could always head over to the KawaiiPunk Zazzle shop and pick up one of my tees. Just a suggestion :)
Always happy to help,
Punk Mascot :)
Monday, July 13, 2009
If there’s one thing that unites all the KawaiiPunk Mascots, and let’s face it, there probably is only one thing, it’s that we all share a love of vector graphics. Even the Grumpy Mascot, although he’d never admit it! So, on behalf of all the mascots here, and in celebration of vector appreciation, I’d like you meet our good friend Vincent…
Vincent Low Y H (aka lowvincentyh) is a self taught 2D vector based illustrator that we first met at RedBubble. His cute character designs and unique style made him an immediate hit with all of us here at KawaiiPunk. The illustrations featured here are from Vincent’s t-shirt collection, but his shop also sells artwork on cards, calendars, and prints! And what’s more… this isn’t his only shop! He’s also got a great selection of gifts at Zazzle, so there really is no excuse to not treat yourself!
Hope you all enjoy the vector delights,
Cubist Mascot :)
Friday, July 10, 2009
Dear Grumpy Mascot,
For many years now I’ve worked in the exciting and innovative world of custom automotive design - you know, making flashy cars that go up and down and stuff! Anyway… in all my time as a tricked out trickster I have never yet failed to put a smile on the face of my many and varied clients. Recently a good friend of mine told me about yourself and your chronic case of grumpiness so, in an attempt to cheer you up and rid you of your unfortunate disposition, I created this…
I call it The Grumpy Mobile! And, even if I do say so myself, I consider it to be my finest work to date!
Love to hear your thoughts,
Olly “The Oil Slick” Jones. Aged 43.
Quite possibly the worst car I have ever seen in my entire life!
Thanks for nothing,
Grumpy Mascot :(
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
When it comes to music and cuteness there’s only one mascot you readers will ever need to look to, and that’s me! If it’s sweet sounds and cute creations you’re after, I’m your mascot! Today I’d like to introduce you all to some friends of mine who have managed to combine the worlds of kawaii and music perfectly, creating some of the coolest goodies and gifts you’ll ever see along the way! Please welcome to the stage… The Fancy’s...
The Fancy’s are an extremely cute bunch of Japanese comedian bears illustrated by the very talented Inomi and Inollica. Their Etsy shop sells postcards, t-shirts, buttons, phone charms, books and even their kawaii pop-tastic music. Which reminds me, if you head over to The Fancy’s MySpace page you can hear them right now! How cool is that?
Keeping it cool,
Stereo Mascot :)
Monday, July 6, 2009
Finding the best way to keep cool in hot weather has always been a highly debatable topic. We all know we’re supposed to drink plenty of liquids but, unfortunately, no one has ever definitively tackled the hot versus cold drink dilemma, which got me thinking… If the people who swear that hot drinks keep you cooler are right, then surely the same should apply to hot and/or spicy foods. To put my new theory to the test, I thought I’d have a go at eating these beauties…
Yes, as the sun’s shone down and turned us all in to lobsters, I’ve been busy tucking into tins and tins of Mr. Wasabi peanuts, and loving it! I’ve found these red hot corkers to be the perfect snack for scorching summer days. I’ve even bought some for my friends, one of whom hasn’t been able to feel their tongue for 24 hours! Now, if that isn’t cool, I don’t know what is! Mr. Wasabi peanuts are available to buy in shops, although I couldn’t be bothered to find out which ones :)
Enjoy the hot and spicy summer,
Freak Mascot :)
Friday, July 3, 2009
Well readers, it’s time for another slice of shameless self promotion, but don’t blame me! If Ed Mascot had got his act together and put an ounce of planning into this blog, I wouldn’t have to keep trying to sell you things all the time! Having said that, I probably would anyway, what with being the Money Mascot and all! Anyway, let’s get on with the show…
KawaiiPunk Zazzle store - a kawaii shop filled with cards, buttons, keyrings, mugs, mousepads, skateboards and t-shirts, t-shirts, t-shirts! Customizable t-shirts too! Just pick your favourite design, choose a shirt type and your set to go! Girls, guys, kids and toddlers - this shop's got something for everyone! Everyone that likes KawaiiPunk that is :)
Keep on shopping,
Money Mascot :)
P.S. As always… if you send us a pic of yourself with your KawaiiPunk purchase we’ll post it here for all to see! Come on… what could be embarrassing about that?
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Ahhhh… the mists clear and the paths reveal themselves. Your fates are once again in my hands. Take heed and listen to my words of wisdom if you want to survive the next four weeks, and remember… I am never wrong…
Aries Mar 21 - Apr 20
An unwanted invite to an unappealing event will present itself to you this month. Start thinking of excuses now!
Lucky colour: Brown
Taurus Apr 21 - May 21
A vacant looking man will stare at you in a supermarket queue. Mildly unnerving, but you’ll get over it.
Lucky colour: Light Blue
Gemini May 22 - Jun 22
A sporting event will cause your favourite TV show to be postponed. I’m getting the name… Wimbledon!
Lucky colour: Dusty Orange
Cancer Jun 23 - Jul 23
Great news! A holiday in the sun will lead to a lifelong romance. Not such great news for your current partner, obviously!
Lucky colour: Sunburnt Red
Leo Jul 24 - Aug 23
An impulsive menu choice will lead to hefty dry cleaning bill! Stick to what you like and you should be fine!
Lucky colour: Salmon Pink
Virgo Aug 24 - Sep 23
A trip to the hairdressers will go disastrously wrong. Now’s a good time to buy a crash helmet!
Lucky colour: Anything but Platinum Blonde
Libra Sep 24 - Oct 23
A trip to a casino will have life changing consequences! Be prepared to tighten your belt for the foreseeable future!
Lucky colour: Musty Beige
Scorpio Oct 24 - Nov 22
A new pair of shoes will quickly lead to a new pair of blisters! Buying some plasters would be a good idea!
Lucky colour: Mouldy Green
Sagittarius Nov 23 - Dec 21
Squalor, filth, and disappointment are rife this month. Avoid music festivals and you should survive unscathed!
Lucky colour: Sunshine Yellow
Capricorn Dec 22 - Jan 20
A case of mistaken identity will have hilarious results, though sadly not for you! Best make yourself a name badge!
Lucky colour: Rusty Copper
Aquarius Jan 21 - Feb 19
A slip of the tongue will cause you great embarrassment! Probably best if you don’t say anything for the next four weeks!
Lucky colour: Tarnished Silver
Pisces Feb 20 - Mar 20
Once again life’s fortunes will pass you by this month. But never mind, I’m sure something will happen in August!
Lucky colour: N/A
Ahhhh… the mists return and the paths recede for another month. I bid you farewell and wish you good fortune until we meet again,
Mystic Mascot :)