This past Friday, November 14th, we introduced Brooklyn to "New Maps of the Abyss," a fantastical show with art legends, Skinner and Arik Roper. To help celebrate this event, we released a brand new print from each artist. Both prints feature the art from original pieces in the show and both are simply too sick to pass up.

For this show, Skinner chose to honor the demons of his past, namely the Dungeons and Dragons creatures that fuelled his imagination as a child. For the print release, he chose one of the rarest demons of them all, the Orcus. Measuring 17" x 22", this print is an edition of 25, so they won't last long!



Giclee on Velvet Fine Art Rag with 260gsm/19 mil
Signed, Edition of 25
17" x 22"


"It is probable that this creature is one of the most powerful and strongest of all demons. If he so much as slaps with his open hand the blow causes 1-4 hit points of damage. His terrible fists can deliver blows of 3-13 hit points...Additionally his tail has a virulent poison sting...Orcus furthermore is able to summon certain of the undead, for he is their prince."
- Dungeons and Dragons Manual

We are also stoked to now have copies of Skinners "Forbidden Activities for Neglected Children" 36 page coloring and activity book!



Full of intricate demons awaiting your coloring skills, hyper metal imagery to make you feel like a baddass and helpful words of encouragement like "Clean up your room, ya bum," this activity book is unlike anything you had as a kid. Every single page is a masterpiece and for only $10, it's a total steal. We can't say enough good things about this little slice of heathenistic heaven.

Also in honor of "New Maps of the Abyss," we released a print from Arik Roper. The image is taken from his "When the Mind is Open the Tower will Appear" painting and is an edition of 25, each print measuring 17 x 22 inches.



Giclee on Velvet Fine Art Rag with 260gsm/19 mil
Signed, Edition of 25
17" x 22"


Featuring a mythical landscape, half lush and half desolate, this print is subtle yet demanding. With only the backside of a dragon visible, this awesome print hints at the old days of fantasy art, without being too overt about it.

We are also thrilled to have copies of "Mushroom Magick," a gorgeous field guide to identifying the most special mushrooms Mother Earth has to offer!



"Mushrooms fascinate some, and freak others out. "Mushroom Magick: A Visionary Field Guide" is an art book introducing viewers to the wonderful world of these fleshy fungi, which are as widely varied as they are interesting and beautiful. With particular emphasis on the psychedelic varieties, each mushroom species has its own listing as well as a watercolor painting to give viewers an idea of how to identify these mysterious mushroom types. "Mushroom Magick" is a fine read for the curious, the mushroom lover, or for the experimental."
-Midwest Book Review

On the evening of November 8th, our buddy Wizard Skull brought the term "Re-Animator" to a whole new level, introducing us to some seriously whacky new pieces, in tandem with the Comic Arts Brooklyn festival. Taking real animation cels from some of the most beloved cartoons from your childhood (the Smurfs, He Man, the Care Bears and more), Wizard Skull has reimagined these familiar images into hilarious new scenes, chock full of mutant hybrids, sexual overtones and general strangeness. In honor of the show, we produced two new awesome products from Mister Skull, a "United States of America Freedom Fries" giclee print and a mask set of the same title. We are so proud to release these online!


Giclee on Velvet Fine Art Rag with 260gsm/19 mil
Signed, Edition of 50
17" x 22"


Calling all Patriots! This giclee print, "United States of America Freedom Fries," measures 17 x 22 inches and is a signed and numbered edition of 50! 

Using the image from this giclee, we have also created an awesome costume. Now you, too, can be Sexy Ronald, repping this glorious country and all its speedo splendour!





ZINEFRIENDS
It's a Zine Fest!

April 27th 1 to 8pm

This sunday, April 27th between 1-8 pm, Wizard Skull and Killer Acid present a Zine festival titled ZINE FRIENDS. All ten all-star zinefriends will come sell some awesome home-made zines prints and paper mischief.

These ten artists have been rocking out hard on the local scene for quite some time and we are excited to have them all here at once! The Zinefriends are:

Lale Westvind,Retard Riot, Heather Benjamin, Lala Albert, Killer Acid, Matt Crabe, Caca Pasa, Alabaster Pizzo, Chris Uphues, WIzard Skull

At the end of the evening we will have live music sets by Dima Drjuchin and Tom Chesire from West End Motel.


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Sean Starwars
May The Fourth Be With You
May 3rd and 4th

We're hosting a have a Star Wars themed weekend!
Get ready for a live woodcut workshop by Sean Satrwars on the 3rd and the next day...May the Fourth be With You! We will be hosting a costume contest, as well as an evening of Star Wars stand-up comedy. So don't be shy, call your Leia and get your Skywalker suit out of the closet because it's time to shine. Darth Vaders, we're talking to you too!


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Jessicka Addams, Lindsey Way, Lori Nelson
Opening event Friday May 9th, 7 to 11pm

Don't miss our next show opening on May 9th with three girl power artists: Jessicka Addams, Lindsey Way and Lori Nelson!
Jessicka is known for combining her fascination with Goth culture, all things John Waters, religious iconography, and cats. Lindsey gathers inspiration from artists like Mary Blair, Henry Darger and Georges Melies. Lori thinks of paintings almost as film-stills from really good and horrible movies that a lot of people feel strongly about for various reasons.
This show is bound to be phenomenal and especially exciting for those of you looking for some awesome female artists to fall in love with!


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Tiny Trifecta
4th Annual Group Show!

Opening event Saturday June 14th

Get your tents out of the storage and pack your sleeping bag for our Tiny Trifecta! Yes, it is right around the corner (you can even camp out next to our new Roebling wall treasures, come check 'em out!)

Once again Tara McPherson will be curating the Tiny Trifecta!! All of your favorite Cotton Candy Machine artists and more, together for one of the most exciting art shows of the year! These talented artists will create three tiny pieces of $100 art.

Jessicka Addams, Esao Andrews, Apak, John Baizley, Dilek Baykara, Melinda Beck, Andrew Bell, Cory Benhatzel, Heather Benjamin, Robert Bowen, Jon Burgerman, Iain Burke, Zoe Byland, You Byun, Scott C, Luke Chueh, Ciou, Dave Correia, Troy Coulterman, Lana Crooks, Steven Daily, Gabi de la Merced, Kelly Denato, Camilla d'Errico, Dima Drjuchin, Jason Edmiston, Emroca, Brian Ewing, Shepard Fairey, P-Jay Fidler, AJ Fosik, Erik Foss, Gris Grimly, Michael Hacker, Kelley Hagemes, Thomas Han, Thomas Hooper, Seldon Hunt, Jeremy Hush, Charlie Immer, Jordin Isip, Joka, Nathan Jurevicius, Aya Kakeda, Lyejm Kallas-Lewis, Ian Kuali'i, Kozyndan, Grace Lang, Henry Lewis, Farron Loathing, Tina Lugo, David Mack, Sean Mahan, Jim Mahfood, Malojo, Sara Antoinette Martin, Megan Massacre, Marco Mazzoni, Jim McKenzie, Tara McPherson, Ronnie Ray Mendez, Brandi Milne, Junko Mizuno, Moki, Tomi Monstre, Michael Motorcycle, Lori Nelson, Saelee Oh, Shaunna Peterson, Anthony Pontius, Matt Ritchie, Greg Rivera, Jermaine Rogers, Paul Romano, Arik Roper, Martina Russo, KRK Ryden, Mark Ryden, Jay Ryan, Victoria Salvador, Isabel Samaras, Erik Mark Sandberg, Scarecrowoven, Jon Schnepp, Skinner, Amy Sol, Allison Sommers, Jeff Soto, Bwana Spoons, Amar Stewart, Diana Sudyka, Fefe Talavera, Yosuke Ueno, Jonathan Wayshak, Elizabeth Winnel, Martin Wittfooth and Chet Zar.

In an effort to create a smoother and more efficient experience for everyone, pre-registration to purchase the art will begin at 4pm the day of the opening at Cotton Candy Machine. We will be proceeding in order of those waiting. Limit of 2 pieces of art per person, first come first served. Initial sales are in person only the day of the event, remaining unsold pieces will go online the following week. Thank you!


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CCM x SF
Opening event Friday July 11th, 7 to 11pm

On July 11th the Cotton Candy Machine and Stranger Factory are teaming up to create a collaborative crossover exhibition, one big awesome event taking place simultaneously both at Stranger Factory Gallery in Albuquerque, NM and at Cotton Candy Machine in Brooklyn, NY on the same evening. All artworks by each artist will be split up evenly between both galleries, so no matter which location you attend you will experience the exhibition, each with a different perspective. Sweet!

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Camilla D'Errico and Hikari Shimoda
Opening Event Friday October 10th
7pm - 11pm

For October 10th till November 9th we decided to bring you two artists that like seeking for the reflection of what is hidden inside:
Camilla d'Errico who finds joy in angst - in shape and in form, in color and in texture – and in the embodiment of passion, along with Hikari Shimoda who paints a world where cuteness and horror coexist, and fantasy meets reality.



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Arik Roper and Skinner
Opening Event Friday November 14th
7pm - 11pm

You saw them on our Roebling wall, now prepare yourselves to see them inside our magical space beginning on November 14th.
Arik Roper and his famous universe of strange and familiar fantasy, horror, surreal, and psychedelic imagery, alongside with Skinner and his psycho social mayhem fueled by a calculated chaotic mind.
It IS as good as it sounds.

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Charlie Immer and Glenn Barr
Opening Event Friday December 12th
7pm to 11pm

Don’t let the winter stop you from coming to our show on December 12th through January 4th, It's going to be a fantastic collaboration of the two successful fellas Charlie Immer and Glenn Barr.
You saw them in HiFructose and MAD, now it's time to see them with your own eyes.




As you can see, we have some fantastic stuff lined up for the next few months. We couldn't be more excited to be showing such prolific artists, prooving how completely cool today's art world really is.

NYCC 2013 Success

Sean Leonard
Thu 10.17.13

 Thank you NYCC!!

What a year! New York Comic Con 2013 was awesome! 





Tara McPherson was back at NYCC for her first time in two years! Huge thanks to all of the fans and collectors who came by the booth and hung out! Thank you to all of the new fans and collectors it was wonderful to meet so many new faces! Great costumes, great cos-play, good robots, gruesome rockstars and all the artists you need to know in one place. NYCC was done right from The Block to Artist Alley and it just makes us even more excited for next year!





We had the opportunity to do something extra special in the Block at NYCC this year. We got to set up panels on stage and have 5 amazing artists paint live as they prepared these original paintings for the Roebling Wall! Thanks to everyone who posted photos of the works in progress! Make sure to sure the #RoeblingWall so that we can see all of your pics! The biggest thanks to Dima Drjuchin, Arik Roper, Skinner, Bwana Spoons and Jeremyville for painting these and each doing such a special thing for Cotton Candy Machine, NYCC, our neighborhood Williamsburg, and then helping us make Brooklyn sweeter. You all rule!

Make sure to check out the Event Page Here
Tag yourself on our FaceBook Page here

Come visit these paintings on the Roebling Wall at Cotton Candy Machine.

Cotton Candy Machine
235 South 1st Street,
Brooklyn, NY 11211

Located in Williamsburg near the Bedford & Lorimer L,
Metropolitan G, and Marcy JMZ Subway stops.
Store Hours • Noon to 8pm Tuesday to Sunday •

Thanks again! 
Sean




Recap of Tender Times by Scott C.

Sean Leonard
Sat 06.02.12
What an amazing month it has been. Tender Times by Scott C. has been such a treat to show here at Cotton Candy Machine. Check out this video and some pictures from the event. Thank you to Nate Denver's Neck for the song. Make sure to check out the event page here to see the rest of the photo's from the evening.










Tender Times by Scott C

Sean Leonard
Wed 05.09.12

Tender Times


"Pollens"

We are so excited to have Scott C. here at Cotton Candy Machine for his first solo show in Brooklyn! Scott's paintings have appeared in galleries and publications around the world. He lives here in Brooklyn now, SO we are couldn't be happier to put on this show with him on his home turf.


"Candy Stripes" and "Little Guy Three Spirits"

These all new paintings depicting incredibly tender moments are full of Scott's iconic style and incredibly clever humor. In these Tender Times a giant scary monster makes for the best place to enjoy Storytime.


"Storytime"

Scott's imagination laid out in these paintings brings us to a place where rainbows are a meeting place for friends or they make for an irresistible treat.


"The Four"

"Eating Wafers" and "The Treat"

"Unwanted Gift"

"The Offering"

From an Unwanted Gift to The Offering Scott was able to create so many new images and share so many new ideas in this show full of Tender Times.

Click any of the images in this post for a direct link to the original work. To see the rest of the work available in the show click here.

For any questions about purchasing please email sean@thecottoncandymachine.com

There will also be a pre-sale Friday May 11th from 3 to 5pm EST from our Online Store.

Join us for the opening event of Tender Times by Scott C.

Tender Times
Opening Event Friday May 11th
7 to 11pm

Cotton Candy Machiine
235 South 1st Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211



"The Duel"

Skinner Videos!!

Sean Leonard
Wed 05.09.12

Skinner enters the Smut Cave




Skinner's solo show The Undermining Satanic Energies Of An Incongruent Suburban Sickness was amazing. Having Skinner and Kristie in town with us was such a treat. In just a few long days and nights Skinner transformed the Cotton Candy Machine into a dream scape perfect for the housing of his new work. Skinners trip with the Spelunker in the Smut Cave turned out to be an unforgettable interview. Our good friend Marcus R Brooks captured the action here at the boutique and put together two videos. One a timelapse of Skinner painting the murals and installation here in the boutique. The second video is an interview where we get to hear about influences, inspiration, Marvel Comics, growing up in a small town, coming to Brooklyn and what secret projects he might be working on. How do you feel about that!? Sit back and enjoy the wonderfully wicked visuals, words of wisdom and to top it off Skinner even made the songs used in both of these videos. Give it a second listen because this is the only place you can find these dope new dance tracks. Enjoy and share.

Interview


Timelapse


Event Video




The very next day after Tara's show at Merry Karnowsky Gallery in Hollywood California we headed on a tour through South East Asia. After 18 hours of air time we finally landed in the Philippines.



Vinyl on Vinyl 2 Year Anniversary!

This was Tara McPherson's second time to Manila and you can read about her first trip here on Tara's blog! Our friends at Vinyl on Vinyl in Makati were celebrating their 2 Year Anniversary and invited Tara out for the celebration and a show.







For the 2nd Anniversary of Vinyl on Vinyl, Tara McPherson had original, graphite on paper drawings for the main pieces in the exhibition. On top of the quickly SOLD OUT drawings VoV was fully stocked with Rock Poster, Art Prints and Gicless all signed and numbered ready to go home with eager fans.




For the Designer Toy World there was an even more exciting focal point. Vinyl on Vinyl work with Tara to create "Lucius and his first Mustache Finger" and bring to life this huge sturdy 13' resin sculpt. They did an excellent job on these pieces! Each one is hand painted in the classic color way from the original Gig Poster Tara created for the Melvins. Just like in the poster Lucius is not alone and comes with 3 of Tara's iconic mountains. Packaged in a giant wooden box with the title screen printed on the outside and die cut foam inserts for each piece on the inside. To finish off the set each comes with a signed and numbered Giclee of the Lucius art work. Limited to only 35 pieces world wide this collaboration was a beautiful success!





Along with the event at Vinyl on Vinyl, Tara was asked by Fully Booked to do a couple Q&A's at the local College and University. The first was held at De La Salle College of St Benilde and was open to all students. It got packed quick as everyone gathered in the Cinema room just before Tara took the stage. After a quick introduction Tara moved into the Q&A. There was a large verity of MMA majors in the audience witch raised a range of different questions. Good luck to all of you students and like Tara said "Work your ass off!" Thank you to everyone who came out!





The second Fully Booked Q&A was held at the University of the Philippines Diliman at their U.P. College of Fine Arts. The Students and Faculty of this program are amazing. Here more the students are studying a fine arts major so Tara was a real sweet treat for this crowd. It is beautiful to see how all the way across the world these young growing artist respect and appreciate Tara's work so much. Thank you to Florentina Colayco, the Dean of the College! Thank you to all of the students and teachers that came out. Thank you Elle for your cute caricature of Tara!!



After I pulled off a few statue impressions and Tara did another photo shoot we got to go play around the City! Manila is crazy busy and there is so much going on all of the time! The streets and the traffic are unlike any place I have ever been. It moves like a million fish trying to swim through crowded creeks. There is very little regard for traffic signs or lane markers. It's like a wild free for all of cars jumping a leaping ahead for a clear shot down the path. I'm sure there are traffic laws in Manila but it seems driving is more fun here ignoring them. It's all fun and games until you get stuck in total gridlock for hours.







If you get the chance to check out Manila make sure to stop by The Collective in Makati and there you will find all kinds galleries, shops lots of great food and our good friends and incredible hosts Vinyl on Vinyl! Thank you Fully Booked and to Gabby, Pia and the whole team from VoV for the amazing show and wonderful week!



Singapore is hot enought to melt Superman.

It was on to Singapore which is a super futuristic city island amusement park country. I loved it and you must go there!



This huge Melting Superman sculpture was at the Singapore Art Museum and is titled “No One Can Save Us”. I got a real kick out of this piece and talked about it with almost everyone I met while we were there. This amazing multilevel conversation piece was created by artists Eric Foenander and Steve Lawler (aka Mojoko). You can recognize the character from a block away. Most of him has melted away already and you can still tell who this hero is. I think they nailed it with using Superman's iconic colors and pose and needing nothing more. If global warming makes it any hotter in Singapore not even the "man of steal" can save them. The piece was part of the exhibition: The Singapore Show: Future Proof.


CCM Pop up in Singapore with

Darkroom Army! 




Darkroom Army X Tara Mcpherson from darkroomarmy on Vimeo.



Inspired by the global urban art and analogue photography scene, Darkroom Army aims to create revolutionary analogue photographic equipment, whilst merging art with analogue cameras. So in conjunction with the release of the McPherson x Darkroom Army FED 5B LOVE BLOWS analog camera, we had a the first Cotton Candy Machine Pop up shop in Singapore.










Jackson Aw and the rest of the crew at Darkroom Army were such great hosts! The events at the Pop up were great! We met so many great collectors and fans. I can't believe how many toys have made it out there!



Darkroom Army also had Tara kick off their Lecture series.



 

At a crazy toy flea market in the old mall I saw some more Original Fake Kaws pieces. They were Fakes!


FLAPSLAP!



FLAPSLAP is different than what most Google searches or Urban Dictionarys will tell you. This FLAPSLSAP is a modern Designer Toy art Gallery / Collection run and owned by Jeffrey Koh. He gave us gum in Singapore!  We broke the law!




It was really a great time in Singapore. Thank you again everyone at Darkroom Army! Big thank you to everyone who came out to the events and the lecture! We hope to come back soon!

Cambodia



Cambodia has the of the coolest old Temple cities I have ever seen. Angkor Wat is a massive Temple that is surrounded by a mote and at it's prime housed a Million person strong civilizations. Walking around learning and thinking about these old cultures was my favorite part of this whole trip. Bayon Temple was built by a King who put his face on everything he could and had it carved all over his temple.




Cambodia and our stay there was truly more special than my words can do justice. So I hope you don't mind a million photos!. Tara and I were fully equipped with Mini Diana cameras (by Lomography) and all different kinds of 35mm film. All of the photos in this Cambodia section are from the film we shot. Enjoy.


















Thank you Nichole "The Baroness" and Carlos East the Beast Brother for all of your help and suggestions in Cambodia! See you back on the East Cost!



Thank you again to everyone who helped us in one way or anther on this tour of South East Asia Nations. Thank you Vinyl on Vinyl and Fully Booked, thank you Darkroom Army, PEEK!, FLAPSLAP, Singapore Swatch Watches and thank you Buddha! It was amazing! I hope to see you all again! Come to Brooklyn now and visit us!

See you at the Boutique.
Sean

What a Year it has been.

Sean Leonard
Sat 12.31.11
Thank you 2011

This year has been amazing to say the least.  When this year started I was running the Zerofriends Pop-up store in LA.  Now at the end of 2011 we've traveled the World and come back to Brooklyn to open the Cotton Candy Machine Boutique.  Working makes me happy.  I can honestly say I've never been happier in my entire life.



After we blew up and Rock'd out Zerofriends LA with the Cella Gallery, Tara and I headed on the very first Cotton Candy Machine Pop up Store tour!  We got on a plane with the mission of Making Brazil Sweeter by setting up mini Cotton Candy Machine Boutiques all over this wild wonderful Country. 




We started our Brazilian tour in SãO PAULO with Choque Cultural!  Huge thank you to Baixo, Mariana and Eduardo!  We set up in the new Project Side of Choque's space. It was sweet.  The art scene in Sao Paulo is very strong and they are very aware of what is going on and see what is important. I think they truly have a grasp of what is going on in these movements that are happening right now. I like what they are doing and most of all it is a pleasure to see them very time I get to. Hope to see you again soon! Then it was on to Rio de Janeiro witch it is like some kind of heaven on earth.  While in Rio we teamed up with La Cucaracha in Ipanema. Hope to talk to you soon Maxx! Next on the tour we headed North up the coast to Belo Horizonte were we where hosted so well by Quina Galleria's Ayrton and Rodrigo.  The last stop on the tour was in Recife for Porto Musical.  It took us almost a full month of traveling through Brazil to pull this all off. Mission Accomplished! We had 4 amazing events and made lots of new friends. Hope to see you ALL again some day! We love you Brazil and we will be back as soon as we can.

Before we could even plant our feet back in Brooklyn it was off to Austin Texas for SXSW and FlatStock 29.



Thank you as always to everyone at the American Poster Institute and we'll see you again in March Austin for FlatStock 33!  I'm going to eat veggie dogs from Frank that is for sure! (Dog plug)

We got back to Brooklyn with just enough time to lay down the last few coats of paint on the walls and fill the new Tee shirt racks with Apparel.  We were ready to open the doors.

April 9th 2011 we opened the Cotton Candy Machine Boutique in Brooklyn with our Grand Opening show the Tiny TrifectaTara McPherson put together this show with a group of her Contemporaries.  The Tiny Trifecta was +100 Artists all doing $100 tiny pieces of Art Celebrating the 100 day of the year. It was a huge success to say the least. Thank you again to all that helped make it so special. You can see more of the photos and videos here  Tiny Trifecta 

"Ladies and gentleman, I present to you the Grand Opening event for the Cotton Candy Machine... the TINY TRIFECTA!! When thinking of what to do for the first exhibition, I wanted it to be something magical, shiny and glorious, and what better way to make magic happen than to get 100 of my favorite artists together for a fun show!" - Tara

Featuring the art of Jessicka Addams, Esao Andrews, Jim Avignon, John Baizley, Shawn Barber, Gary Baseman, Andrew Bell, Leia Bell, Bongoût, Robert Bowen, Beast Brothers, Mike Budai, Casey Burns, Scott C, Joe Capobianco, Marcos Chin, Colin Christian, Sas Christian, Ciou, Becky Cloonan, David Cook, Dave Cooper, Jessi Cornett, Dave Correia, Molly Crabapple, Lana Crooks, Steven Daily, Daniel Danger, Camilla d’Errico, Stephan Doitschinoff, Dana Glover, Dan Grzeca, Brian Ewing, Natalia Fabia, PJay Fidler, Justin Hampton, Kevin Hayes, Mark Heggie, Hero, Boris Hoppek, Jim Houser, Seldon Hunt, Jeremy Hush, Jordin Isip, Jeremyville, Aya Kakeda, Audrey Kawasaki, Lindsey Kuhn, Henry Lewis, Travis Louie, Lola, David Mack, Jim Mahfood, Steven Manale, Sara Antoinette Martin, Angie Mason, Dan May, Tara McPherson, Mike Mignola, Brandi Milne, Junko Mizuno, Buff Monster, Tomi Monstre, Michael Motorcycle, Kathie Olivas, Alex Pardee, Marion Peck, Brandt Peters, Joshua Petker, Nathan Pickett, Anthony Pontius, Little Friends Of Printmaking, Arabella Proffer, Noah Rice, Nathan Rice, Martha Rich, Jermaine Rogers, Paul Romano, Arik Roper, Martina Secondo Russo, Frank Russo, Jay Ryan, Mark Ryden, Isabel Samaras, Jon Schnepp, Mike Shinoda, Rafael Silveira, Greg Simkins, Skinner, Morgan Slade, Timba Smits, Shawn Smith, Jeff Soto, Nathan Spoor, Tofu Squirrel, Diana Sudyka, Fefe Talavera, Jill Thompson, Adam Wallacavage, Jonathan Wayshack, Eric White, Elizabeth Winnel, Martin Wittfooth, Chet Zar.







Tiny Trifecta coverage on CCM, MTV, Hi-Fructose 1, Hi-Fructose 2, Juxtapoz, Clutter

The line up for the rest of the year was no different.  For our second event we had Paper View a show with Zerofriends.  It was like bringing the family back together for this one. Alex Pardee and Dave Correia came out from the San Francisco Bay for the opening. It's always my favorite time of everytime to have these guys around.  Along with work from Alex and Dave we have pieces from Skinner and Robert Bowen. We've been carrying Zerofriends since our second month open. I don't think we will ever stop. 




Paper View coverage on CCM, Hi-Fructose, Juxtapoz, Eyesuckink, PlaywithKnives, Creep Machine,

Love and respect to one of my best friends on the Planet Darren Scott from Zerofriends! I'll see you soon! We are having Alex Pardee and Zerofriends back for another show this June 2012. I can't wait.

May felt like my Birthday all month. Miss Van was in New York for her Solo show at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery so we invited her over for a Book Signing at the new Boutique. She is a very sweet and it's easy to see why everyone adores her work so much.



Miss Van coverage on CCM,  Hi-Fructose,  Jonathan LeVineMichael Michael MotorcycleTokyoBunnie,


Rock IT To Me kicked off our very first Rock Poster show.  Leia Bell, Brian Ewing, Michael Motorcycle, Little Friends of Printmaking, Jermaine Rogers and Kissie face Jay Ryan.  Thank you to all of the Poster Collectors both old and new for all of the support! 





Rock It To Me coverage on CCM, Inside the Rock Poster Frame, IHCS,

During our month of Rock It to Me.  The Melvins came to Brooklyn for 2 SOLD OUT nights in a row at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. We had the band over for an event we called Meet the Melvins. The guys in the band are amazing and this was a very rare opportunity to meet these Rock legends. Everyone who made it out will probably never forget it...Thanks to all the photos and videos!



Meet the Melvins coverage on CCM, BrooklynVegan, Culture.wnyc, Planet Chocko Zine,

July was full of Rock Posters, Art Prints, Original Paintings and Danger. We only had one Solo Show this year and it was with Daniel Danger. If you have seen his work you probably will never for get what it looks like. If you have not seen it yet just take a look here. He is unbelievably talented and truly a Dangerous man. Keep up the good work Daniel, all of it. 




Daniel Danger coverage on CCM, Arrested Motion, OMG Posters, Throw Up the Horns, Inside the Rock Poster Frame

Summer time was sweet with our Buff Monster and Jeremyville Sprout up!  I can say this was the sweetest the Boutique looked all year! These two have such a strong work ethic it was no problem for them to fill it to the ceiling. Buff created a small army of new Customs and Jeremyville brought larger than life prints of the Apocalypse. Mission accomplished in Making Brooklyn Sweeter.





Buff Monster and Jeremyville coverage on CCM, Buff Monster, JeremyvilleClutter,  KidrobotDaily duJourVinyl PulsePlastic and PlushHandlebar,  According2GUrban Vinyl Daily,   ILoveMegatoysrevil, LivingProof,  SpankyStokes 2K,  Curatedmag,  Tottglobal, Rocketpunch, The wonderful life,

This is a good time to thank Tristan Eaton and Thunderdog studios.  They have been a huge support and help.  Thank you Rob for being the kind of guy who can do anything any time. You guys have a tight crew.

After the Reign of Pink came a Dark Storm. Six Artists from Shirts and Destroy made things a bit darker at Cotton Candy Machine.





Exquisite Corpse coverage on CCM,  BrooklynVegan, Saved Tattoo, FlavorpillMeditationsinatrament, Stephanie Tamez,  Heartbeatmedia,  Tattoo Artist Mag,  SwallowsnDaggers,

A super good friend and all around talented artist Anthony Pontius helped put this show together with all Brooklyn Based Shirts and Destroy Artists. Daniel Albrigo, Ryan Begley, David Cook, Thomas Hooper, Seldon Hunt and Anthony Pontius and the Exquisite Corpse. Over the course of two months each artist collaborated on 12 originals. Each artist creating 2 Heads, 2 Torsos and 2 Legs completing a Corpse blindly. The skill and creativity these artist put into these pieces of art is outstanding. With this strong body of work coupled with Shirts and Prints from each artist the show was a success. Big thank you to artist Ryan Begley owner of Shirts and Destroy for making this possible! Make sure to check out the Tee Shirt Dungeon it's super close to the Cotton Candy Machine!

The weather in New York during October is perfect. I love every bit of it, the colors, the nerds, the freaks.  The leaves start to change,  the city floods with people for NYCC and you have Halloween! We topped all that off with events featuring Circus Posterus, Lulubell Toys and the Amazing Scott C.




Circus Posterus coverage on CCM, Circus Posterus, Vinyl Pulse, Kidrobot, Toys Are Sanity, VinylGoddess, Frequency

The same weekend as New York Comic Con we had the opening event for our Circus Posterus show with Brandt Peters, Kathie Olivas, Travis Louie and Chris Ryniak.  The show was full of Sketches, Resin Sculptures and Prints from each artist. With each artist having such a rich and deep body of work their collectors knew how precious these pieces were. Now they have all found happy homes.  Big thank you to Kathie and Brandt for all of your help putting this one together! 

One night after the next! Same weekend The Lulubell Toy Bodega opened up shop at the Cotton Candy Machine. They had been busy orchestrating the event from all over the world. And when we opened up that night the boutique was full of brand new Toys all in the exclusive Cotton Candy Machine color ways.





Lulubell coverage on CCM, SpankyStokes, Vinyl Pulse, Toysrevil, Cherryvinyl

Along with the new CCM color ways in all of these toys, we released the 6" Resin Masters of George a Character by Tara McPherson. Thank you to Lulubell Amy out in Arizona, Lulubell Luke out in Japan and Julie B of Pretty in Plastic for the amazing show! Keep an eye out for the George Vinyl coming soon!  I can't wait to see what we can pull off this year! Check out Photos and Video from the show here.

To finish off our October here at the Boutique we had a Book Signing with Scott C. for his new book Amazing Everything.



Scott C coverage on CCM, PyramidcarFrequency

Scott C. lives right here in Brooklyn and he is loved all over the world. This was a chance to celebrate his new book and show off his amazingness. We are having Scott C. back for a Show this year so make sure you come check it out! More details soon!

November was time for a Rock Poster Show.





Slow Jams and Dedications coverage on CCM, Hero, Burlesque, Gigposters

Slow Jams and Dedications was our Rock Poster show with Hero Design, Burlesque of North America and Mike King. We always love a good Rock Poster Show and so do the Collectors. Each of the Artist brought some old classics and some freshly screened prints. This wont be our last Rock Poster show!



Tee Shirt Party coverage on CCM, Sara Land, The Blot Says, Inside New York

November was a full month too.  We had a One Night Tee Shirt Party with Sara Antoinette Martin introducing her new Tee shirt line Skelecore! Sara has been a long time friend of the Cotton Candy Machine and she actually took almost every photo in this blog.  It has been awesome to see her continue to grow as an artist. Keep up the good work! Thank you Sara!




Zombie Ice Baby coverage on CCMMishka, SpankyStokesKHFC,  

We had a very exciting Toy release and Collaboration between Shig x Tara McPherson. Tara was asked to do her own color way of the Ugly Four Eyes Nag Nag Nag. Her creation was the Zombie Ice Baby. Only 12 were ever made.  Shig sold 5 from Japan and we got to sell 5 of them through the Boutique.  It might be the coolest toy ever made.

Then to end out the out the year we had our Holiday Group Show! We released brand new prints from 5 of our favorite Artist! Esao Andrews, Travis Louie, Jeremy Hush, Paul Pope and Tara McPherson.




Holiday Group Show coverage on CCMHi-Fructose, Juxtapoz, Circus PosterusSpankyStokes, Creep Machine, Branded Arts

That was our year at the Cotton Candy Machine!! Thank you so much to all of you who have made it possible our Family, Friends, Artist, Collectors and Fans. Of course none of this could have happened with out the amazing people in our life. 2012 is going to be even better! Hope to see you in Brooklyn!

Shotgun

Hopefully it is not too cold out tomorrow.



Our Friend and head of Zerofriends, Alex Pardee is in town from the Bay Area of San Francisco and he has been busy with Chloe Rice putting together a Zine and they did it in just 24 hours. It is so freezing out they decided to put together a Zine and give it away for free, because It's FUCKING FREEZINE!



Alex Pardee and Chloe Rice will be posted up in front of the Cotton Candy Machine tomorrow, Thursday December 22nd from 12pm to 2pm giving away copies of their band new FREEZINE! This is a rare opportunity to meet one of my favorite artist Alex and his partner in crime Chloe and to top it off you get to snag this super limited Zine. It was made in New York and will be given away here too. Just hours after the Zine was finished and put together they will be on the sidewalk ready to share it with the first people who show up. There are only 100 copies printed and they have every intention to give them all away for Free.





In addition to the FREEZINE they will be giving away, Cotton Candy Machine is packed full of Alex's own line of Zerofriends Shirts, Prints, Books and his older Zines! The previous Zine release from Alex Pardee was a collaboration with SKINNER where they took on their alter egos as The Butcher Kings and used it as a chance to Butcher their childhood memories. I can't wait to see what Alex and Chloe have pulled together for this newest release. 

I hope you can make it by tomorrow!

Alex Pardee and Chloe Rice present
It's Fucking Free Zine
Thursday December 22nd
12 noon to 2pm
Giving away their new Zine

Cotton Candy Machine
235 South 1st Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211

Talk to you soon!
Shotgun

It was Amazing

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We had our good friend Scott C. over for a book signing at Cotton Candy Machine. His new book Amazing Everything, published by Insight Editions was just released and so we had a party here! The book is full of Scott's fun and playful watercolor paintings from the past few years. Jack Black wrote the forward for "Amazing Everything" and it sets the mood for the art you are about to see. I think we all agree with Jack when he said "Scott C. reigns supreme!" Scott had a killer Book signing at 111 Minna in SF you can check that here. He continues to travel exhibiting his work and speaking at conferences all over the US. Keep an eye out to see if he is traveling to your part of the world because you wouldn't want to miss it. Scott is every bit as Amazing as his art.


"Zombie in Love" by Kelly DiPucchio, pictures by Scott C and "Amazing Everyting"


Scott C. sketching away in his new books! 


Mummy, Me and Scott C. 






Mummy and I fell in love kinda.


Meghan (Miami), Scott C. (Amazing), Sean (Me), Tara (Love), Jessi (Boutique)

You can see the rest of the pictures form that night here

Thanks to everyone who came out! We have a Show with Scott C. next May!! His show is on my birthday and I couldn't ask for a better present than to have a party at the boutique with one of my favorite artist on Google Earth.  It will be More Amazing.

Talk to you all soon!
Shotgun

San Diego Comic Con 2011

Sean Leonard
Sun 07.31.11

One more SDCC has come and gone...



Let me start with the biggest difference for ME this year at the Con. I was asked to host the First Annual Designer Toy Awards at Munky King's Black Ball.  I still worked the Zerofriends booth with the gang. I still told Alex's stories.  I still met a ton of new people. But the DTA's added something different. I had gone to that same party, Monky King's "Black Ball" every year that I could in the past. Most of the time as a +1 because my name wouldn't have been on that list. This year I got to introduce, on stage, during an awards show, DTA Board Members and Toy Gods Frank Kozik, Ron English and my sexy girlfriend Tara.... just to name a few. SDCC 2011 has been my favorite year yet and I can't wait for the next.
*This is not me winning a DTA, this is me acting crazy holding one.


We rented a Volvo C70 Convertible for the trip! San Diego weather was perfect with the top down.


FLASH BACK: ZEROFRIENDS booth SDCC 2010


ZEROFRIENDS booth SDCC 2011 not much has changed….


BUT First.. Tara and I headed to Temecula to print some new Cotton Candy Machine shirts for a Comic Con release. Coming soon online.




SKELETON HEART

Fine Jersey Mens Tee
$29.99

GEORGE'S HALLOWEEN NIGHT

Sheer Jersey Womens Tee
$29.99


Then it was off to Costa Mesa were we got to visit a Chandelier by Adam Wallacavage!


Things I did in the Volvo C70 Convertabile.
-Went to New Port Beach Costa Mesa
-Got some sun *Might cause cancer.
-Put the Top down everywhere we went.
-Filmed the top transforming into the trunk *Hard Top Convertible
-Drove responsibly fast.
-Cried just a bit when I dropped her off.


Now back to SDCC!! Tara McPherson brought The Cotton Candy Machine Booth and it was looking great. Big shout out to Sara Martin for running the Booth, also to the Cella Gallery, Shannon and Mattew Currie Holmes for rocking out all weekend long.


We have been here before....


Alex Pardee was killing at the ZEROFRIENDS booth as usual. Sketching for never ending lines of eager fans and friends.


This was Brian's first Con and fist time working the booth with Alex Pardee and  ZEROFRIENDS. He made A LOT of friends.


Gizmo in the house!


Shirts I have never seen. Thank you loyal friends


This girl was playing "Baby Doll from Sucker Punch if she had been in a Lacrosse accident the day before," she should have won an award. Check this out, Her Dad was a perfect High Roller (Jon Hamm), you can tell by his pants.


Now on to the awards….. The 2011 First Annual Designer Toy Awards presented by Clutter, Munky King and the actual Awards were designed by Pete Fowler and Pretty in Plastic!


Josh from Clutter and I getting high.


John Stokes of Spanky Stokes helped to present a DTA. 


Skinner and I happened to wear the same shirt for the Awards.


Tara and I.


The Loyal Candy-Fructose.  John, Me and Attaboy!


The CCM crew for the week. Joe, Debbie, Tara, Sara and Me


After the DTA's it was all just fun with ZEROFRIENDS. Some how these mustaches just kept being attracted to the booth. 


Alex released his first set of Hand Painted Awful / Resilient books during the Con.





Jon and Holly see you soon! Buff and Stephanie I'll see you in Brooklyn this week! Mark your Calendar Buff Monster and Jeremyville August 5th at the Cotton Candy Machine!


I went through security...

 and got on a plane with a sword on my back! 


SDCC is the Most influential Event of the Year. It won a DTA for this same topic. I'll miss you Comic Con and all of you friends that come with it. Thank you and we'll meet again next year.

Thank you to everyone for the photos and the fun time. Talk to you soon.
Shotgun Sean



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