2014 Fall & Winter Event Calendar

Chloe Thomas
Thu 10.16.14

Maniac Pumpkin Carvers

Pumpkin Exhibition and Carving Workshop
Friday, October 17th and Sunday, October 19th

Maniac Pumpkin Carvers
is a full creative art studio that specializes in elaborate pumpkin art. Maniac takes pumpkin carving to new levels of creativity and skill, providing unique and stunning carved pumpkins for parties, events, and occasions of all kinds.

Maniac Pumpkin Carvers started out as a labor of love but quickly spiraled into something that is so much more. Founders, Marc Evan and Chris Soria, have been collaborating creatively for over 20 years, creating all manner of artistic wonders. Their pumpkins have been displayed at MOMA, the Whitney Museum, and they continue to elevate the art of pumpkin carving every year. Winner of Food Network's Halloween Wars, they have made numerous television appearances, sharing their skills and talent with viewers worldwide.

Outside of the Fall season, Marc Evan and Chris Soria are fine artists and active muralists with public art throughout NYC.

For more info on this awesome crew of carvers, check out their website, facebook page, instagram and twitter!

Please join us on Friday, October 17th from 7 - 11 pm for a Maniac Pumpkin exhibit!

Then, join us again on Sunday, October 19th from 2 - 6 pm for a carving class!
Tickets for the class are $125 and all the materials will be provided, including pumpkins!

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Screens 'N' Spokes

Take a Stand Against Multiple Sclerosis!
October 18th - 19th

Screens 'N' Spokes is an art show, a bike team, and a group of folks taking a stand against Multiple Sclerosis. Founded in 2007 by Sam Verrill and Jess Harris, the effort has raised over $350,000 to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS). It has also rallied an entourage of artists, musicians, cyclists, and people living with MS from across the US and abroad to bring new energy and enthusiasm to the cause.

Indie rock posters? Bikes? Screens 'N' Spokes unites them to create a fundraiser for the people. Over the past eight years, more than 50 artists have created original screenprints for Screens 'N' Spokes. All artwork is donated by the artists pro bono and then sold to benefit the NMSS. Many of the artists have been touched by MS in some way, and want to pay tribute to their loved ones living with the disease.

For Screens ‘N’ Spokes’ first show in Brooklyn at Cotton Candy Machine, they will be showcasing over 30 prints by artists like Cricket Press, strawberryluna, Bobby Dixon, Greg Pizzoli, Two Arms Inc.and Mat Daly. Two brand new prints by Jay Ryan and Rich Kelly will also be premiered.

Opening Event Saturday October 18th

7pm - 11pm


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The Fairy Queen

A One-Night-Only Benefit Drag Extravaganza
Thursday, October 30th

Thursday, October 30, 2014
7:30pm and 10pm Shows
at The Cotton Candy Machine
235 South 1st St, Brooklyn (located near the Bedford L Subway – just one stop from Manhattan)

Come, all ye sassy songsters and fabulous queens, for a night of revelry – our first-ever Halloween benefit celebration with music, dancing, champagne, raffle prizes, glitter, and more! Costumes and masks are encouraged.

Featuring: Jacob Ashworth (Violin), Jonathan Blalock (Tenor), Sara Couden (Contralto), Jean Laurenz (Trumpet), Jamilyn Manning-White (Soprano), Arash Noori (Theorbo), Claudia Rosenthal (Soprano), Daniel Schlosberg (Harpsichord), John Taylor Ward (Baritone), Jude Ziliak (Violin), and more performers to be announced.

CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

$20 Rude Mechanical in advance (general admission)
$25 Rude Mechanical at the door (general admission & standing)
$50 Lover (reserved seat & drink ticket)
$100 Fairy Royalty (reserved seat, drink & raffle tickets, fairy waiter)

If you can't join us this time, please consider making a tax deductible donation online with your credit card. You can also write us a check made out to our fiscal sponsor, "Fractured Atlas," and send it to Heartbeat Opera, 676 President St #2, Brooklyn, NY 11215.

More info: www.heartbeatopera.org
Email: heartbeatopera@gmail.com

See you there!
Cheers,
Ethan Heard and Louisa Proske, Co-Artistic Directors
Jacob Ashworth and Daniel Schlosberg, Co-Music Directors
Alyssa Simmons, Benefit Producer

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Re-Animator by Wizard Skull

November 8th - November 20th

Wizard Skull is an artist living in Brooklyn NY. You may have come across his work on one of the hundreds of skateboards he has designed for companies all over the world, or seen his Sexy Ronald drawing wheat pasted all over Brooklyn. The images he has created are constantly going viral and spreading across the world, from street vendors bootlegging his art in Bangkok to sell it on tee's, to junior high kids in the Midwest using it for their band flyers. You can see more of his work at his website or follow him on Twitter or Instagram.

"Re-Animator" Animation cels from your favorite childhood cartoons are no longer safe. Wizard Skull got his hands on the actual animation cels used to create cartoons such as The Smurfs, He-Man, Garfield, Alvin and the Chipmunks, and more. Now he is adding his own unique twist to these cels, putting in new characters and bringing them back to life with an entire new meaning.


Opening Event Saturday November 8th
7pm to 11pm


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Arik Roper and Skinner

November 14th - December 7th

Arik Roper was born in 1973 in New York City, grew up in Richmond, Virginia, then returned to New York to attend the School of Visual Arts from 1991-1995. Since then he has built a universe of strange and familiar fantasy, horror, surreal, and psychedelic imagery. After starting out creating record and cd covers for a variety of bands, and various gigs in the commercial art world, he has continued onward and into more diverse areas of poster design and graphic illustration, and animation.

Skinner is a self-taught artist living in Oakland, California who has meticulously crafted a balance of extraordinary mural work, bizarre and antagonistic installations while maintaining a prolific commercial career. Influenced by 80’s pop culture, human struggle, myths and violence, dungeons and dragons and the heavy metal gods, Skinner’s mind is one of psycho social mayhem fueled by a calculated chaos. Skinner has and continues to bring his own very specific weird art to anywhere in the world that can handle it. Skinner’s work has been celebrated in various publications including Blisss, Juxtapoz, Hi Fructose and Beautiful/Decay as well as numerous European publications.

Opening Event Friday November 14th
7pm - 11pm


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Apocrypha by Lucas Ruggeri

November 22nd - December 6th

Lucas Ruggeri is an illustrator and fine artist born and raised in Brooklyn. Later relocating to Savannah, Georgia he graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in 2008. His work draws it's technique from antquitade printmaking, pen, and ink drawings Albrecht Durer and Gustave Doré while simutaniously taking on fantastic and pictoral narratives. Ruggeri's labyrinthine illustrations defy spatial and proportional conventions; depictions of anthropomorphic creatures and cadaverous figures are amongst the many inhabitants of his behemothic yet contemplative landscapes. Ruggeri has been featured in Juxtapoz, has had exhibitions across the United States, as
well as Europe, Africa, and Australia. Simutaniously he also does covers and art for bands such as Kylesa, Cough, and Black Tusk.

Heavy mythological influences have inspired the name of the show, Apocrypha. Defined as "statements or claims that are of dubious authenticity," the word's origin is the Medieval Latin adjective apocryphus, meaning "secret, or non-canonical." You can follow and see more of Ruggreri's work on his
website as well as his Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Opening Event Saturday November 22nd
7pm to 11pm

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Fuck You I'm Batman by Dima Drjuchin

December 6th - December 12th

Dimitri (Dima) Drjuchin is an artist/musician who was born in Moscow, but grew up making images and sounds in New York City. Drjuchin’s art is a hyperdimensional machine that invokes creatures who come bounding forward with affection and recklessness. These are not the Icons of the Byzantine Church—they are the new Incarnated Symbols of the Multiverse. Drjuchin allows us a glimpse into a fractulated moment of cultural hypnagogic modality and an opportunity to alter our perspectives of reality.
You can also follow Dima's body of work on his Tumblr and Twitter.

Opening Event Saturday December 6th
7pm to 11pm


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Charlie Immer & Paul Pope

December 12th - January 4th, 2014

Charlie Immer is a fine artist and an illustrator. His work has been shown across the nation and has appeared in HiFructose Magazine. Charlie holds a BFA in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design.

Paul Pope is a cartoonist living and working in New York City. His work combines the precision and romance of the European artists he studies with the energy and page design of the manga tradition. Pope has made a name for himself internationally as an artist and designer. He has been working primarily in comics since the early '90s, creating amazing award winning comics such as 100%, Heavy Liquid, and Batman: Year 100.

Opening Event Friday December 12th
7pm to 11pm


Photo from Sweet Streets LA

Based in Nagano, Japan, Hikari Shimoda first studied illustration at the prestigious Kyoto Saga University of Art and Aoyama Juku School before beginning her career as a contemporary artist in 2008. Shimoda’s artwork paints a world where cuteness and horror coexist, and fantasy meets reality. She credits the Japanese pop culture she grew up with as the main source of inspiration of her Lowbrow “Irasuto” style, which means artwork made by people inspired by anime and manga. There are often children putting on heroic costumes such as Superman and “shojo” or magical girls, an anime sub-genre of young girls who use magic. Through depicting children especially, Shimoda reveals the problems people in today’s society struggle with from within. Children possess a simple existence because their identity is ambiguous which provides her with an original point of view.

Hikari's next show at CCM begins soon on October 10th to November 9th where she will be featured with Camilla d'Errico. Be sure to check it out!




How would you describe your style and what "Irasuto" is to you?


Cute and pop subjects you can see in my pieces first are important key items to understand the themes of my art. There are various aspects in this world today, and it's difficult to reveal the essential qualities of things just by depicting those serious aspects as they are. Therefore I need manga-like characters and cute colors or subjects as a "common language" to represent serious aspects of this world. Definition of "Irasuto" today is manga-like artwork that artists paint freely as they please, so it's different from "illustration" that has specific orders of client. In other words "Irasuto" is articulate, so "Irasuto" has a strong influence on young people who face various problems in the world, and also have great potential for the future.



Your work often revolves around children. What were your main influences growing up?

The reason I use children as my subject is based on my childhood experiences. My parents had been both working and in a sense I had been a lonely little girl because I hadn't seen my mother in my house during the daytime. In addition, I think children are "plain existence," so they can be a motif to represent human being itself. What I've been influenced by are animations by Hayao Miyazaki and his comic book "Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind." I'm still being strongly influenced by them.






Photos from Sweet Streets & Hi Fructose.

Can you tell us about the work you plan to feature at Cotton Candy Machine's show soon?


I will show 10 water color pieces, 4 collage pieces, and 1 oil painting from my "Children of this Planet" series.

How has it been being featured all around the world?

Every experience is brand-new.


Photo from Sweet Streets & Hi Fructose.

Do you have anything you dream of doing in the future?


I would like to collaborate with new projects like fashion and music.

Again, thanks so much to Caro from Sweet Streets LA and Hikari Shimoda for making this interview happen. Keep checking the event page for updates and new images of the art that will be in the show. You can follow and see more of Hikari's work and show schedule on her website and facebook page.


Fourth Annual Tiny Trifecta

Anna Kovach
Sun 07.20.14

The Fourth Annual Tiny Trifecta group show was a smashing success, once again curated by Tara McPherson! Over 90 artists created 3 small pieces of work for the exhibition for the amazing price of $100 each. The show ran from June 14th to July 6th. Thank you so much to everybody that came out and to all of the fantastic artists who participated:

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, Ron English, Emroca, Brian Ewing, Shepard Fairey, P-Jay Fidler, AJ Fosik, Erik Foss, Gris Grimly, Michael Hacker, Kelley Hagemes, Thomas Hooper, Seldon Hunt, Jeremy Hush, Charlie Immer, Jordin Isip, JK5, JoKa, Nathan Jurevicius, Lyejm Kallas-Lewis, Ian Kuali'i, Kozyndan, Grace Lang, Henry Lewis, Farron Loathing, Lola, Tina Lugo, David Mack, Sean Mahan, Malojo, Steven Manale, 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, Paul Romano, Arik Roper, Martina Russo, KRK Ryden, Mark Ryden, Jay Ryan, Victoria Salvador, Isabel Samaras, Erik Mark Sandberg, Scarecrowoven, Jon Schnepp, Shawnimals, Skinner, Amy Sol, Allison Sommers, Amar Stewart, Diana Sudyka, L'Amour Supreme, Yosuke Ueno, Jonathan Wayshak, Elizabeth Winnel, Martin Wittfooth, Wizardskull and Chet Zar.



As always, Sean hung the entire show, which is a seriously impressive feat considering there were almost 300 pieces! While we were setting up, the line was continuing to expand. This show always brings out a special kind of collector.. those who are willing to show up as early as possible to score the right piece. We can always expect some campers, people down to spend days and nights in front of the gallery, which is really fun for us, as we get to know the collectors! There is nothing nicer than spending some time with the folks taking home our art. These amazing collectors kept our enthusiasm up and made the opening feel extra special, like we were spending time with old friends.



For such amazing work going at such a great price, people come from all over to be here for the show. The first person to get in line, our buddy Dan from San Diego, waited a total of 99 hours to get the first pick! Now, THAT is commitment!

  

The opening started at 7PM and pieces started selling instantly! Some of the first to go were pieces by Shepard Fairey, Mark Ryden, John Baizley, Lori Nelson and Esao Andrews.






We had lots of happy visitors to the gallery. For some, this was their first time seeing original artwork by these prominent low brow and pop surrealism artists! As an added bonus, we printed mini giclees of Tara's trifecta to use as tickets. Since her originals featured goldleaf, these little prints were quite literally the "Golden Tickets" of the art world. For those of you who missed the event, these awesome little giclees are available on our webstore!











We hope to see you soon at our next opening! Check our events page for all the latest news on upcoming shows and events here at The Cotton Candy Machine!

We also have still have some great pieces available from the show. Each is $100! What a steal! Head over to our Original Art section to score work from Emroca, Steven Daily, Michael Hacker, JK5, Dilek Baykara, Melinda Beck, Robert Bowen, Victoria Salvador, Martina Russo, Greg Rivera, Fefe Talavera, Jon Schnepp, Erik Mark Sandberg, Anthony Pontius, Shaunna Peterson, Henry Lewis and Tomi Monstre!

Here are a few of the remaining pieces. Simply click the image to take a closer look!


  Thanks again to everybody that came to see the show. We can't wait to see you all again next year, but hopefully even sooner!

Cotton Candy Cave

Nick Fiore
Thu 03.20.14
If you've been to one of the opening events here at the Cotton Candy Machine in the past six months, there's a good chance I've asked to take your picture. I'm Nick, the photographer/videographer of all things Cotton Candy Machine. When I'm not filming the openings, artwork, and insanely talented artists who come through CCM each month, I like to host a little web series called Smut Cave, in which I explore weird things on the internet with a twisted journalistic eye.




As luck would have it, many of the artists involved with Cotton Candy Machine have the sort of maniacal sensibilities I like to showcase on Smut Cave, and thanks to the support of the good people at this fine art boutique, I've been able to interview some of them in person on the show.

This glorious union, of Smut Cave and Cotton Candy Machine, has allowed for some VERY candid and VERY strange artist interviews, which I am pleased to share with you in all of their NSFW glory. HUGE thanks to everyone at Cotton Candy Machine who made this madness possible:

1. SKINNER - The first victim to wander from CCM down into the Smut Cave, Skinner really set the stage with a mock-satanic ceremony complete with bloodletting:




2. DIMA DRJUCHIN - Dima's Smut Cave interview actually took place before he had any shows CCM, but his greatness secured his place within the canon of legendary Cotton Candy Artists. Be sure to watch through to the climactic sci-fi laser battle:




3. ALEX PARDEE - One of the most well-known artists to ever grace the Smut Cave, Alex was exceedingly generous both in his interview and in bringing out the costumes and makeup that would help define this psychedelic vision:




4. NICK GAZIN - Although Nick has yet to show his work at Cotton Candy Machine, his prolific presence in the New York art scene and broad-spanning body of work (including illustrations for pretty much every band you've ever listened to) made him a necessary addition to the Smut Cave:




For better or worse, these artists bared the core of their souls and hit me with a number of surprising responses through each and every interview. None of this would be possible without the cooperation of Cotton Candy Machine; a collaborative effort so powerful that the host of Smut Cave is the same guy asking to take your picture at the next opening event. Come say hi at our next event, and tell 'em the Spelunker sent ya! Or don't, that's actually really creepy....
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!

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Freak Store Caracas Venezuela

Sean Leonard
Fri 11.04.11

I love South America! 3.0




Tara McPherson and I were invited to go do a few toys events in Venezuela. After this trip I can accurately say I love South America. We got to enjoy this adventure with fellow Brooklynites (Both from England) Andrew Bell and Jon Burgerman. The events were all put together by Mario of Freak Store and the entire trip was hosted so well. When we first got to the hotel Mario told us "You will be taken care of while you are here," he said "you can just leave your wallets in your rooms.... In fact it's probably safer that way." It made us all laugh because it is TRUE. There is no secret that Caracas is pretty sketchy in parts. Luckily everywhere they took us was beautiful and safe and I never once felt in any danger. Well, It's no more dangerous than Brooklyn.



Freak Store is a Art Toy Store in Caracas. They have been killing it down south. Always on top of the newest hottest releases and getting their collectors what they need. After having the opportunity to see and experience the events it was obvious that they are making people happy. Their big event I Love Munny 3.0 is a huge success and it was all smiles from ear to ear. This event is an open invitation show where artists customize a Kidrobot Munny. The work created for these shows has been recognized world wide and truly celebrates the Art of Customizing. Andrew, Jon, Tara and I got to guest judge for the event too. It was hard to pick the winners but it was fun!










Make sure to check out the rest of the photos from the I Love Munny 3.0. There is also video from the event on E! Congratulations to the winners!  Keep it up and I can't wait to see what I Love Munny 4.0 has to offer!  The next day was the event at Freak Store.






The excitement from all of the collectors was wonderful. Freak Store was full of all kinds of Designer Toys. They had loaded up on Prints, Books and Shirts from the Cotton Candy Machine too so there was something for everyone!   DIY toys were the most popular becuase you could get a doodle from each of the artists. The signing had a huge line so Andrew, Jon and Tara stayed for an extra 2 hours so that no one would be left out. Thank you all again for the support!

Next was the Workshop. The day started off with a fun filled talk from each of the special Guests. After getting a little more familiar with Tara, Andrew and Jon this was a chance for all of the attendees to customize their own Kidrobot Munny. Everything from paints, brushes and scupty were provided even the Munny was ready at each seat. After hearing each of the Artists speak it was easy to be inspired and get to work on creating there own little monster. Big props to Mario and Freak Store for teaming up with Kidrobot on such a special idea.  Andrew is a Custom master so it was very fun to watch and learn from his skills.





Everyone there was able to take some time and create a new little creature of there own surrounded by inspiration and encouragement. Tara McPherson sculpted a horn and painted a new Custom Metal Unicorn Munny.  It was a really fun day! Thank you to everyone who came out for the event!  Keep Creating!



Once all of the events where finished we got to head to the hills and see what Venezuela was like a little ways out of Caracas. 





The whole trip was a wonderful experience. Getting to see a new part of the world with the love of my life Tara. Meeting a TON of new people that are excited about toys, just like me. Having the opportunity to watch first had how talented Andrew Bell is at his craft and sharing his "Creatures In My Head." Laughing non stop with Jon Burgermam. I wirite, "Dear Jon, We'll always have the waterfall." Jon says "I think I miss you." That reminds me! You must check out Jon's band Anxieteam. Jon also wrote a nice little Blog Entry "Crackers in Caracas" about the trip too! Thank you Mario and everyone a Freak Store for putting this trip together.




"I think I miss you too"
Talk to you soon.
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