Saturday, January 25, 2014

Nail Spam PT2

More nail spam!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Four Belly Dinner!

I met up with Pepa, Alex, Rachel and Ken for a dinner at Four Belly in Boystown. I wanted some takoyaki and posted it online, and Pepa knew of a place that sold some! The atmosphere was lovely, and it is a nice dinner spot either with your pals or a lover, and the takoyaki was awesome. 8)

I know I will definitely find myself here again when I need a takoyaki and/or ramen fix!

Need to work on the side from sticking up like that. 
Pepa at dinner!
 I had my takoyaki and a big bowl of Kara Miso ramen. It was so good. 
たこやきとからみそラーメンを食べた。美味しかった
cute piggy!
かわいいぶたちゃん





Pepa's sexy outfit!


I was a bit tired, but happy that I got to spend some time with her.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

WCG's Spotlight


Interview: Shigetomo Of MGX Factory





Shigetomo is a Japanese illustrator and designer, residing in Osaka, Japan. He likes to collect inspiration for his illustrations from Facebook and also collects vintage pictures books. In his drawn world, he creates big, alien eyed girls called Monster Girls with frowns on their faces, accompanied with cats or rabbits also with frowns and angry looking eyes. His colour scheme is centered on pastels and also polka dots he also takes inspiration from cats, rabbits, and mushrooms.
 He was inspired by graffiti design and typography. Shigetomo also has a café, inspired by East Germany.  He has created prints and also clothes with his work on them for sale. His design products range from t shirts, bags, prints for soap dispensers, and even has an iPhone app available to Japanese iPhone holders. He and his wife also design dolls, both having different from each other. He enjoys solo rides on his bike.

Book spotlight in a British book

Interview

Lisha: Good evening,  Shigetomo. It has been a while since we have talked. I have some (interview) questions for you if you have some time.
Shigetomo: Good evening!
L: I would like to know your inspiration for your works.
S: What sort of inspiration do you want to talk about?
L: Any type of inspiration from you is fine. Art, books, anything.
S: You mean, that… What I got inspiration from? I got it from old picture books and young fashion. And cat and rabbit, etc.
MGX shirt
L: Cat and rabbit? I don’t know if I know of them… (thinking they were specific characters or not) Real animals? (Your animals) look like cute stuffed animal toys.
S: Yes, real cats and rabbits. They are adorable! A lot of ideas come when I see them!
L: That’s interesting! Your drawn girls look kind of like the cats too. What do you think about Graffiti style? Some of your old art has a bit of the same feeling to it. Was it your inspiration before?
S: Graffiti is an interesting art that tested all kinds of typographies.
L: I think the world needs a bit of Monster Girl Graffiti in it! Who are some of your favorite artists?
S: Anime, Sci fi movies, Manga… I watched a lot of them. I like Evelin, Mark Ryden, Rita Ackermann and more. I like old European picture books. Especially Kuhn, Werner, and Klemke.
L: Thank you for the list! I like Rita’s work! Why are the girls “Monster Girls”?
S: Monster Girls are mysterious, strange emotion girls. Just look like they are mad or upset. Also, Monster Girls are made from mushrooms. They are mushroom people.
L: Interesting! I didn't know they were from mushrooms. So, What do you do when you do not feel very
creative? And were there any mentors for you, or do you have one now?
S:  I like mushrooms. I will read a book of mushrooms and fungi when ideas do not come to me. When you are in a café talking to friends is also a good idea to have ideas come to me.
I currently do not have a mentor. Before, I worked at a graphic design firm, but illustration was self taught.
L: Thank you for the interview! I really appreciate it!

You can also download the Monster Girl messenger app for your Android phone to send a cute note to a friend!
MGX App





Originally published for Columbia College Chicago, Winter 2013

 (Thank you to Hidenori Onishi for helping with the translation.
Photos courtesy of MGX and Yamamoto Shigetomo)

Thursday, January 9, 2014

MA*RS Global Site UP!

Hello Gals! 
Great news has fallen upon all the MA*RS lovers out there!



 MA*RS has an official global online site with store links now up and running!
For all the gals who are in love with the very feminine, sexy cute touch that MA*RS offers, 
you can now access their merchandise and view behind the scenes photographs
of your beloved brand through their link:


Happy Shopping!



Monday, January 6, 2014

ThrowBack!

I like to peek into my folders and look over pictures of times past. I had some footage from an old gal meet back in 2010 of three of us plus Galaxxy dancing parapara. My, have we all changed our style since four years ago!



I do hope the time comes to have a reunion or something if it is possible. 


I also have been thinking of revamping that white wig (now a soft purple). I am not sure what to do with it besides at least make it look decent. Sort of wish I didn't cut the bangs on it either. -_-;


Thursday, January 2, 2014

Goodbye 2013, Hello 2014!

This year, who do you want to thank? 
I saw this question being posed on Mixi, so here goes!The people I want to thank the most for 2013 are my x, my roommates, Golds Infinity staff,  My friends (gal and non gals). And of course my mom and my family for always being there. Thank you so much! I had a lot of opportunities this year, a lot of growing up and learning!
Its definitely time to start writing that long list of resolutions!



Also, pics from the Futuristic themed party my roommates and I threw.