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 Trifecta
. Tara 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
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
, 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 LeVine
, Michael Michael Motorcycle
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
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
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
, Clutter, Kidrobot
, Daily duJour
, Vinyl Pulse
, Plastic and Plush
, Handlebar, According2G
, Urban Vinyl Daily, ILoveMega, toysrevil, 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
, 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
, Toys Are Sanity
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
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
, 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 CCM
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 CCM
, Circus Posterus
, 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!
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