Hello Kitty Con

I’m not sure where to start. There’s simply too much awesome.

Hello Kitty Con was one of the most happiness-inducing events I’ve been to. It was an incredibly crowded event, yet everyone seemed positive and just plain happy to be there. The majority of these photos are from Hello Kitty Con 2014 and some are from the Hello! Exhibition at the Japanese American National Museum.

Hello Kitty Entrance

Hello Kitty Con badge and programOkay, brace yourself for EVERYTHING Hello KItty. Here goes…

So this year is Hello Kitty’s 40th birthday. Can you believe it? Hello Kitty is such a timeless icon, it’s hard to believe there was even a beginning to her. And this was the first Hello Kitty convention in the world… No big deal.

Hello Kitty's 40th birthday cake

HELLO KITTY DECOR

The decor for this event was out of this world. My eyes wouldn’t stop moving. Giant Hello Kitty Tea Cup

Hello Kitty street art wall decor  This Hello Kitty Topiary belongs in my front yard.

Hello Kitty topiary

Hello Kitty Picnic wall decorHello Kitty Hot Air balloon wall decorHello Kitty bicycling wall decorInside Hello Kitty ConDo you remember getting those super special bags whenever you purchased something from the Sanrio store?  With that little trinket attached to it? I remember how ecstatic I’d be every time a birthday rolled around and I saw one of those special gift bags. It never mattered what was inside because everything from Sanrio is the best thing ever.

History of Sanrio gift bags

HELLO KITTY DIORAMAS

One of my favorite things (and there were many) were these Hello Kitty dioramas. They were so detailed, I could stare at them for hours.

Hello Kitty sushi restaurant diorama

Hello Kitty bakery diorama at HK conHello Kitty kitchen diorama at HK con

Hello Kitty bedroom diorama

HELLO KITTY TOYS

There were toys I never knew existed… like this Dr. Hello Kitty set. I would’ve loved to have this instead of my Operation board game.

Hello Kitty toys at HK con

Hello Kitty toys and trinkets at the Hello! exhibit

VINTAGE HELLO KITTY

Treasured trinkets and accoutrements from the days when Hello Kitty wore her palette of primary colors full time. Such nostalgia.

Vintage Hello Kitty at HK con Vintage Hello Kitty picnic basket at HK con

This brought be back to the day when my G-MA would take me to the Sanrio store in Monterey Park and spoil me all sorts of goodies. I still have the My Melody stamp set she bought me back in the 80s.

Vintage Hello Kitty at HK con

HELLO KITTY TATTOOS

There was a never ending line for FREE Hello Kitty tattoos.  You read correctly. FREE. These were just a handful of the designs available.

Hello Kitty tattoos FREE at HK con

And the tattoos weren’t done by just anybody. One of the artists was the talented Dan Smith. You may remember him from Kat Von D’s reality TV show LA Ink.

Dan Smith at HK con

HELLO KITTY FASHION

I’m not talking about t shirts and jammies.  This was over the top, amazing Hello Kitty couture… gowns made of Hello Kitty plushes and pencil pouches.

Hello Kitty fashion at HK con

Hello Kitty couture at the Hello! exhibitHello Kitty couture gown at the Hello! exhibit

HELLO KITTY FOOD

Sustenance was definitely necessary at this convention. We started the day with Hello Kitty Yoplait yogurt. If you feel like you’re missing out, don’t feel too bad. These little cups of goodness are available at Target.

Hello Kitty Yoplait yogurtAnd here we have the cutest food truck you’ve ever laid your eyes on. HELLO KITTY CAFE.

Hello Kitty Cafe at HK conThe donuts went so fast! I cringed every time something got crossed off the menu.

Hello Kitty Cafe Menu at HK conEnded up purchasing 3 bottles of Hello Kitty water and a box of mini cakes just so I could get the adorable reusable tote bag.  Don’t judge me.Hello Kitty Cafe special edition tote and water bottles

HELLO KITTY ROCK & ROLL

One of my first internships was at a tiny boutique agency and one of our big accounts was Fender Musical Instruments. This Hello Kitty Fender Squire guitar brings me back to my humble beginnings as a perfectly happy unpaid intern who was just ecstatic to have the chance to be around products like this.

Hello Kitty Fender Squire guitarRoller derby anyone? These gorgeous Hello Kitty roller skates by Moxi are so legit.

Hello Kitty Moxi Roller Skates

 

HELLO KITTY ART

Lastly, my absolute favorite… art inspired by Hello Kitty.

STILL LIFE 2 by DABS MYLA - Acrylic on Wood

STILL LIFE 2 by DABS MYLA – Acrylic on Wood

EAT CAKES, YOU KITTY

EAT CAKES, YOU KITTY by BRANDI MILNE – Acrylic on Wood

Crazy for this Hello Kitty submarine. Look, there’s Keroppi!

Hello Kitty Submarine artThese sparkly things…

HELLO KITTY IN BLOOM by Michael Courville - Mixed Media

HELLO KITTY IN BLOOM by Michael Courville – Mixed Media

Swarovski crystals go so well with Hello Kitty.  These luscious candy gems look so delish. Hello Kitty Swarovski crystals

GUIDE BY CELL by KEVIN EARL TAYLOR -  Oil

GUIDE BY CELL by KEVIN EARL TAYLOR – Oil

So obsessed with art work by Gary Baseman.Hello Kitty art by Gary BasemanAnd Junko Mizuno

Hello Kitty art by Junko Mizuno

We concluded the Hello! Exhibit with this enormous sculpture of Hello Kitty as Cleopatra. It was pretty epic and representative of how Hello Kitty is global.

Giant Hello Kitty Cleopatra sculpture

As you can see, Hello Kitty is quite the muse. Hope that brought you some inspiration for the week. Or at least some happy thoughts. <3

1 Comment
  • Loanemu
    October 14, 2015

    How did you manage to make a blog thats as smart as it is sleek? I mean, its like an Aston Martin smart and sexy at the same time.

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