Upcoming Events at CCM!

Perri MacKenzie
Sat 10.03.15

Hi all, Perri the blue haired intern here to inform you about the awesome events coming soon to The Cotton Candy Machine!

The gallery's callender is jam-packed from now through December with an incredible lineup of painters, performers, illustrators, paper folders, and even you all, our readers and patrons! With the likes of Ramiro Davaro-Comas, Iain Burke, Wizard Skull, Heartbeat Opera, Junko Mizuno, and a huge submission show, the next few months will be chalked full of amazing artistic endeavors that you won't want to miss out on!

The first upcoming show at CCM is Ramiro Davaro-Comas' brilliant Pushing Wood show, featuring great work! These pieces are perfect for a wide array of people, from art collectors to skateboarders.

Ramiro Davaro-Comas
Pushing Wood
October 10th to October 25th

Pushing Wood is the newest collection of paintings by Ramiro Davaro-Comas. This series is a conglomeration of brightly colored wild and mischievous skateboarders pushing wood through grainy worlds. It is full of Donkey Long boarding, pulling skate cakes, Ninja Kicks, hand plants, Batman&Robin, Cops on Rollerblades, scooter wars and much much more. With over 25 wooden panels at an awesomely affordable price, it’s going to be an epic one with lots of laughs!

We will be giving FREE T-SHIRTS with any art purchase!! So come to the opening!!!
Ramiro Davaro-Comas is an Argentine/American artist living in Brooklyn. He has been painting since he was a child, and his work is heavily influenced by his travels, street life, comic books, South American/European Muralism, skateboarding culture and animation. Davaro-Comas works within his own vocabulary of characters, symbols and iconography, creating fantastical worlds in which his characters float and loom about, and seem to always be on the search. His work has an underlying social narrative that prods its viewer to ask questions and create their own story line to his images
Opening Event Saturday October 10th 7 to 11pm

The next events we're hosting are two book signings and building parties for Iain Burke's Paper Monsters book! This is the 4th installment of this sweet paper-made series of activity books! Some of you might remember a similar show we held a few months back for the Paper Bots book full of foldable robots designed by Dima Drjuchin. If you loved making paper robots then, this is another great, creative and hands-on event that your kids are going to beg you to bring them to!

Iain Burke's Paper Monsters! Book Signing and Building Party
Saturday, October 10th and Sunday, October 11th

Paper Monsters-- the 4th in a series of books is a title that everyone will love. Each of the 20 unique monster designs are pre-cut, scored and perforated so anyone can simply punch them out and fold them up with easy-to-follow instructions. Whether you're a fan of things that go bump in the night or not, you'll find these scary creatures too cute to scream at. They instantly become awesome 3D objects to play with and display. Paper Monsters deftly combines paper craft with advanced paper engineering so no nightmares with glue, tape or tools ever happen! Best of all, they won't keep you up at night, unless you're playing with them...Paper Monsters make great companions for ages 7 to 101 and they'd never hurt a fly. Punch out, Fold up and...Voila! Instant Scary Freaks.

Paper Monsters include:
Hairy the Werewolf—He's gonna need a change of clothes in a minute . . .
Mujo Mushi—Coming to a city near you: ultimate destruction
Rügnør the Troll—Water is not the only thing under a bridge
Ursüla—Trust us you don't want to swipe right for this one!

We are so excited to share this new book with you, created by Papermade and illustrated by our dear friend, Iain Burke! Perfect for kids and adults alike, this interactive book promises spooky fun, just in time for Halloween! Please join us on the evening of Saturday, October 10th from 7 - 11pm to celebrate the art for this awesome project, then again on Sunday the 11th from 4- 6 pm to build some monsters!

Up next, Cotton Candy Machine will be featuring a new show by Wizard Skull, a well known CCM artist full of crazy fun and twisted versions of your favorite cartoon characters.

Wizard Skull: Cel Fee
Once Again, No Animation Cel is Safe from Wizard Skull!
Saturday October 24th - November 8th

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 Instagram.
Day 20. 30 animation cels in 30days. Acrylic on Original Fantastic Four animation cels 11
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 Fantastic Four, the Simpsons, He-Man, Loony Tunes, Duck Tales 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 October 24th 7pm to 11pm

Following the Wizard Skull opening, the next events coming to The Cotton Candy Machine are amazing, artistic drag performance nights/p artes hosted by Heartbeat Opera and Miss Handel! We held their Fairy Queen event last year and it was a blast!

Miss Handel and Heartbeat Opera
Heartbeat Opera's Second Annual Benefit Drag Extravaganza
Thursday, October 29th and Friday, October 30th

Join us for Heartbeat’s second annual Benefit Drag Extravaganza held at CCM! Part pageant, all party, this year’s delectable celebration (mis)handles George Frideric Handel. Don your powdery wigs, your dazzling masks, and prepare ye for beauty marks, coloraturas, fans, cocktails, raffle prizes, a costume contest, and so much more! Let us handle your Halloween revelries…

Photo from Heartbeat Opera's Fairy Queen event with us last year

We're hosting two shows each night - 7:00 & 9:30pm on Thursday, October 29 & Friday, October 30, 2015
$20 - Chorister (in advance)
$25 - Chorister (at the door)
$75 - Diva (VIP seat, drink ticket)
$150 - Impresario (VIP seat, free drinks, private waiter, raffle tickets)
More info: www.heartbeatopera.org
Email: heartbeatopera@gmail.com

Next up on the list is Junko Mizuno, who will be having a solo show opening November 13th.

Junko Mizuno
November 13th to November 29th, 2015

Junko Mizuno is a Japanse artist born in Tokyo. Currently residing in San Francisco, she is constantly working on new comics, paintings,illustrations, and designs for products ranging from toys to clothing. In 1996, Junko Mizuno self-produced a photocopy booklet called "MINA animal DX" which brought her to the attention of the publishing industry in Japan. Soon after, she debuted as a professional comic artist and illustrator. In 2007, she started showing her work in galleries in US and Europe. Junko's next exhibition will be here in Brooklyn at The Cotton Candy Machine! Junko has show with us in all five of the Tiny Trifecta shows and with David M. Cook in March 2014. We can't wait to have her back!

Be sure to keep up with this crazy talented woman on instagram @junko_mizuno_art and twitter @junko_mizuno to stay up to date with the millions of things she's involved with.
So what was the witch eating...? Oysters!! 😋😋😋 #witch #oysters
そして魔女が食べていたのは...? 牡蠣でした!牡蠣大好き!
Junko Mizuno November 13th to November 29th, 2015 Opening Event Friday November 13th 7 to 11pm

Last but not least, we are hosting our second ever Brooklyn Biennial Submissional kicking off in December.
The last time we did this Cotton Candy Machine was introduced to Dima Drjuchin, Allison Sommers, Tina Lugo, Emroca, Cory Benhatzel, Sean Mahan, JoKa, Ronnie Ray Mendez, Hanna Jaeun, Amar Stewart, Wizard Skull, Gabi de la Merced, which are a group of people who have genuinely impacted the gallery since. This year we are so excited to do it again. If you are interested in submitting your work for consideration, head to the submission page!

Brooklyn Biennial Submissional
2nd Biennial Group Show!
December 11th to December 31st, 2015

We are thrilled to host the Second Biennial Submissional at CCM! We have already received an overwhelming amount of inquiries and excited emails regarding this show, so we are now officially opening up submissions! For those of you that remember our first Brooklyn Submissional in 2013, this show is going to be a bit different, showcasing many more artists with works filling the entire space! We are hoping to include work from as many artists as possible, so we'll most likely show one piece per artist. While our first submission show was only open to artists who had never shown with us before, this show is open to absolutely everybody. We are looking for unique work with a strong personal voice.

We would also like to take this opportunity to announce that the December 2015 Brooklyn Biennial will sadly be Cotton Candy Machine’s final show in our space at 235 South 1st street. While CCM will continue to exist online and will curate shows from time to time, we will no longer have this physical store-front. If you’ve ever wanted to show with us, this is your chance!
Photo from our last Biennial Submission Show taken by Nick Fiore

In order to keep this entire process organized and keep the submissions consistent, we are asking artists to apply through a platform website that will provide specific uploading size and image instructions. Because there is a fee for us to use this platform site, we are asking for a submission fee of $25 from all the artists that wish to apply. This fee will also go towards promotion and supplies for setting up such a large show. We want this to be the best and biggest show possible! Even if you have already been in touch with us regarding this show or your work, we would like all artists to apply this way. We really appreciate the interest and excitement you have all expressed so far. We can’t wait to see more. Thank you again, everybody!

Submissions are open from September 1st through October 30th.
Opening Event Friday December 11th 7 to 11pm

Stay tuned for information on the signed artist prints from these upcoming shows, as always there will be new ones posted on the site and available in store for purchase.

Alright everyone, that's the next few months or so all laid out for you. Make sure to stay updated on these events by following @thecottoncandymachine on instagram!

Hope to see your lovely faces at these awesome upcoming shows!

The Art Knight Episodes 3 through 5!

Perri MacKenzie
Sat 09.26.15

As many patrons of The Cotton Candy Machine know, Sean Leonard highly enjoys discussing art with anyone and everyone. Something he's darn good at too! Enthusiasticly researching exciting shows and events around the world on a daily basis, Sean is an ideal person to talk to for those interested in contemporary art, especially if you're an artist, a collector or a fan. Cotton Candy Machine has been an outstanding platform for Sean to promote and celebrate the artwork he loves, and now he's spreading that globally! He now has his very own Art News webshow! Nicknamed the “Art Knight”, Sean delivers great information on all things current in the contemporary art scene. Episodes of his webseries include him reporting on shows, interviewing artists, visiting studios and celebrating great artistic endeavours and projects of wonderful inspiring artists, collectors, and currators. For years, sports fans have had ESPN reports, and now art lovers have The Art Knight!

Check out the show on Youtube!

Covered in episode 3:

FAILE "Wishing On You", 44th and Broadway, New York, NY
The LoMan Arts Festival, Lower Manhattan, New York, NY
Hanksy's Dump, Lower East Side, New York, NY
Tristan Eaton Murals, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY
Cleon Peterson "Poison", Library Street Collective, Detroit, MI
David M. Cook BONETHROWER, Kingswell, Los Feliz, CA
La Luz De Jesus Coaster Show, La Luz De Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Conrad Roset "Pale", Spoke Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA
The Lonely Island Presents "Bay Area Toile" by Matt Ritchie, Athens B. Gallery, Oakland, CA
Forest for the Trees Mural Festival, Portland, OR
Hellion Gallery Sculpture Garden, The Portland Museum, Portland, OR
Mars-1 "Mars Molecule Project", Burning Man, Northern AZ
Ella & Pitr "Lilith and Olaf", Klepp municipality, Norway

Episode 4 covers:
Lori Nelson "Coming of Age" and Moki "No Place To Hide", Cotton Candy Machine, Brooklyn, NY
Stephen Doitschinoff "Three-PLanet Lifestyle", Jonathan Levine Gallery (23rd Street Location), New York, NY
OPUS HYPNAGOGIA: Sacred Spaces of the Visionary and Vernacular, Morbid Anatomy Museum, Brooklyn, NY
The Gilded Age, Thinkspace Gallery, Culver City, CA
Thinkspace x StolenSpace "LAX/LHR", StolenSpace Gallery, London, UK
Vision Art Festival, Crans-Montana, Canton Valais, Switzerland
NuArt Festival, Stavager, Norway
Jason deCaires Taylor "Ocean Atlas", Nassau, Bahamas

Episode 5 part 1 includes info on:
Brian Sparrow "Underworld", The Cotton Candy Machine, Brooklyn, NY
Lori Nelson "Coming of Age", The Cotton Candy Machine, Brooklyn, NY
Moki "No Place to Hide", The Cotton Candy Machine, Brooklyn, NY
Shepard Fairey "On Our Hands", Jacob Lewis Gallery, New York, NY
Shepard Fairey "Natural Springs" Mural, Jersey City, NJ
Joel Rea "Beasts of Arcadia", Jonathan Levine Gallery, New York, NY
"Brotherhood" curated by Yasha Young, Jonathan Levine Gallery, New York, NY
Eric White "New Works", Serge Serokko Gallery, San Francisco, CA
"Brooklyn Biennial Submissional", The Cotton Candy Machine, Brooklyn, NY

Episode 5 part 2 focuses on the artist Stephan Doitschinoff and the opening of his first solo show "Three-Planet Lifestyle" at The Johnothan Levine Gallery in Chelsea.
For this series of paintings, drawings and sculptures, Doitschinoff was inspired by the teachings of Estonian writer and activist Kalle Lasn. As the founder and editor of Ad Busters, a publication dedicated to advance a new social activist movement for the information age, Lasn blames consumer culture for transforming humanity into a selfish species on the verge of ecological crisis. In 2006, the World Wildlife Fund confirmed his concerns in the Living Planet Report, outlining how mankind will need at least two planets’ worth of resources by 2050.

Tara's Summer Update

Tara McPherson
Sat 09.26.15

Hello! Hope everyone has been enjoying themselves immensely this summer. I went camping in the woods for the first time and it was just so fun. Though I was pretty scared a bear was going to just walk up at any moment. But no bears, yay!

I have had some amazing opportunities to work on really fun stuff lately (a really big one to be announced soon!) which makes me feel pretty damn lucky to get to do what I do. Even though it's been a bit of a challenge these days due to some neck/back issues I have, I still feel like I'm accomplishing great things, albeit slowly. I'm happy to be able focus on quality, and not be so stressed on the quantity. It's not such a bad thing to have life slow down for a bit!

So... I am taking the time now to be good to me, so I can be good to eveyone that I care about... Family, friends, and fans.

I just wanted to say thank you to everyone for being awesome and supportive, it really means a lot to me!

xo Tara

Faith No More / Refused

I got the opportunity to work with the ever awesome Faith No More on a poster for their Madison Square Garden show with Refused... What a dream job! These posters are available through the Secret Serpets website. Pictured here is the metallic variant edition!

18" x 24"
4 Color Silkscreen

$40 - Signed and Numbered Edition of 135
$100 - Signed and Numbered Variant Edition of 35

Purchase details here at Secret Serpents.

Lightning Bolts In My Chest

From my life size painting for the Juxtapoz 20th Anniversary exhibition at Jonathan LeVine Gallery in NYC, we bring you this beautiful giclee published in house at Cotton Candy Machine.

Created, exhibited, and printed in New York City!

Giclee on Extra Thick Somerset Velvet
Deckled Edges, 505gsm/36 mil
11" x 23"
Signed and Numbered Edition of 100

Purchase details here.

I Know It By Heart

I recently had a solo exibition at Dorothy Circus Gallery in Rome with new oil paintings and works on paper. I finally put everything online! You can see the show here. I also updated my drawings section too.

A little about the theme of the show from my Hi-Fructose interview... 'This exhibition is called ‘I Know It By Heart’, and the paintings ended up taking an adventure towards visual manifestations, literally things coming out of their eyes, with aurora, rays of viruses, smoke, water, electricity, or even a lack of visual contact with eyes covered or a glance away from the viewer. Each show I create definitely has it’s own theme but also I feel like every show is connected and is an evolution from one another, carrying on with themes but diverging onto a different path. I think the title relates to the paintings as a whole in a way where the characters are doing things that come naturally to them, where they don’t need to think, they are just acting instinctively.'

There are only a few pieces still available, if you are interested please contact Dorothy Circus Gallery.


• I am about to begin creating the art for a super fun board game called Dreamwell!! This will be a collaboration between myself and Action Phase Games. Stay tuned for lots of updates, as I'll be posting the entire process via instagram!

• Totally stoked listening to these musicians lately... Sharon Van Etten, Red Fang, Run The Jewels, Father John Misty, Sly and the Family Stone, Metz, Arial Pink, King Tuff!

• As always thank you for your love and support!!!

xo Tara

The Art Knight! The Art News!

Grace Lang
Fri 08.28.15

As many Cotton Candy Machine followers know, Sean Leonard loves to talk about art. And he’s darn good at it too! Actively seeking exciting shows and events around the world, Sean is the perfect tour guide for those interested in contemporary art, whether that means you are a creator, a collector or a fan. Cotton Candy Machine has been an incredible platform for Sean to promote and celebrate art, but now it’s time to take things global! It’s time for the Art News! Dubbed the “Art Knight” back in 2013 (a well deserved title, earned after chasing down an art thief and truly saving the day) Sean promises to explore all avenues of the contemporary art scene. He’ll be reporting on shows, interviewing artists, visiting studios and celebrating artistic milestones of the people who inspire us all. For years, foodies have had Anthony Bourdain. Now us art lovers finally have our very own Art Knight!

Check out the Art News on Youtube!

We released Episode 2 this week and are already preparing episode 3! Covering a ton of awesome shows with his usual charisma, Sean lets us know what is happening on both coasts and even invites us to check out Banksy's "Dismaland," arguably one of the most exciting large-scale art projects ever.

Covered in Episode 2:
Last Rites Gallery Presents Transfigure, Last Rites Gallery, New York, NY.
Mishka Brooklyn Presents Grace Lang, Mishka 350 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY.
DEVOLUTION, Fifty24SF, San Francisco, CA.
Dan Quintana "Diffused", Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco, CA.
Alexandra Manukyan "Oracle of Extinction", Copro Gallery, Santa Monica, CA.
SUMMER SOIRÉE Group Show, Copro Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Nick Gazin "Demented Brain In Constant Pain", Mishka LA, Los Angeles, CA
Art The Jewels: Run The Jewels and Nick Gazin Tribute Show, San Francisco/Los Angeles, CA.
Banksy "Dismaland" Theme Park, Weston-super-Mare, England

In case you missed the first episode, we've got it right here for you! Filmed in two segments, Episode 1 features the news and an awesome studio visit with our friend, Dima! The first segment is chock full of information on some really exciting art shows happening all over the country! Even if you follow the galleries and blogs mentioned, this episode is bound to show you someone new.

Watch the first segment!

We decided to film the first episode just in time to celebrate our current show, "VISION QUEST!" by Dima Drjuchin with a studio visit and interview. Diving into his career as a fine artist, an illustrator and a musician, Dima talks a bit about the process behind creating a solo show, as well as much much more!

Covered in Episode 1:
Dima Drjuchin "Vision Quest", Cotton Candy Machine, Brooklyn, NY.
"Infra:REAL" Jonathan Levine Gallery, New York, NY.
"Bad Dads" Wes Anderson Tribute Show, Spoke Arts at Joseph Gross Gallery, New York, NY
FAILE "Savage/Sacred Young Minds", Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY.
Erika Sanada "Fighting Spirit", Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
Jessica Hess "More is More", Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco, CA.
Deedee Cheriel "Natural Resource", KP Projects/Merry Karnowsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
Brandt Peters & Mutant Vinyl Hardcore "Candy Gore", Stranger Factory, Albuquerque, NM.
"Invisible Collage" curated by ThinkSpace Gallery, Fort Wayne Museum, Fort Wayne, IN.

Watch the studio visit!

If you like what Sean is doing, we encourage you to follow the page, check us out on social media and share with all your friends! We are so excited about this new venture and hope you all are too!

Follow the Art Knight on Facebook!

Subscribe to our Youtube channel!

Dima Drjuchin: VISION QUEST!

Greg Barris
Fri 08.07.15

Dima Drjuchin's art is alive and constantly evolving, it is a separate reality from our own. His new show 'VISION QUEST!' is more personal than in the past, while his previous pieces were steeped in pure fantasy, in his new work Drjuchin has drawn himself into multiple pieces at varies ages as well as imagery of his wife Jeanette Converse and dog Glitter.

Drjuchin's multi disciplined life is also reflected in references to music and cassette technology hinting at his simultaneous work recording a new 4 track analog album. "I used to record myself on a 4 track as a kid, so I think it also ties into affection towards my childhood and discovering music inside and outside of myself by becoming a musician." His album and show both use the moniker 'VISION QUEST!' which is a reference to Drjuchin's use of music and art as a form of meditation and a journey inward. These paintings seem more contemplative, all the works being based on drawings from Drjuchin's sketchbook and planned on wood panels with pencil before hand, "which i've never really done before, I find the results are a lot better. I can work and rework shapes until they are right, it's almost shameful that it took me this long to do this."

This is a Vision Quest in a true sense, an experiment in ritual and solitude in search of a new reality and to invoke a vision from a guardian spirit, which in this case is Dima himself in different stages and forms as well as the Cosmic Serpent which can be seen in old and new art by Drjuchin. The serpent literally representing change, transformation and ultimately duality. Treat yourself to a Vision Quest of your own and see this show at The Cotton Candy Machine in Brooklyn NY.

Dima lives and works in Brookyn NY. This is his fifth solo show, his first with The Cotton Candy Machine. Please join us at the opening reception on August 14th at 7pm-11pm. Special after party performance of songs from Vision Quest! at the Tiger Lounge right around the corner at 11!

The Tiger Lounge is located at 272 Grand Street. Just follow the stares down by the Midway Bar.

Opening Event Friday August 14th
7 to 11pm

Right now, Tara, Sean and Ronan are probably throwing coins in the Trevi Fountain. Yes, they are in Rome! Tara had her first solo show, "I Know It By Heart," open on June 11th at the Dorothy Circus Gallery and we couldn't be more excited! Tara McPherson was first introduced to the Italian audience by Dorothy Circus Gallery in 2009, during the “Inside Nostalghia” group show, made in collaboration with the Jonathan LeVine Gallery. Tara McPherson has been more recently exhibited in Italy in 2013 for “Lacrima Aquarium”: an institutional group exhibition curated by Alexandra Mazzanti (Dorothy Circus Gallery), which exhibited works by 33 international artists, inspired by the theme of Water, in the charming and exclusive location of the “Acquario Romano”. Now, back again, she is having her own show and exhibiting works that demonstrate her unbelievable talent and vision. 

From Tara, "When I was creating this painting I was thinking about particle physics and string theory, how these tiny subatomic particles are theorized to dance and not truly exist in one location. As well as the power we have with our thoughts and vision, I think it’s a fun idea to create a physical manifestation of thought… literally something coming out of one’s body, head or eyes. I tried to create a woman who was the goddess of sorts for this idea...

...The paintings ended up taking an adventure towards visual manifestations, literally things coming out of their eyes, with aurora, rays of viruses, smoke, water, electricity, or even a lack of visual contact with eyes covered or a glance away from the viewer. I think the title relates to the paintings as a whole in a way where the characters are doing things that come naturally to them, where they don’t need to think, they are just acting instinctively.”

Tara's solo show has also been featured in publications such as Hi-Fructose and Juxtapoz among many more. Hi-Fructose comments, "With every new body of work that Tara McPherson (HF Collected Edition 3) creates, there is a common theme and evolution to the next. Her upcoming show at Dorothy Circus gallery, “I Know It By Heart,” carries on her exploration of ethereal imagery – portraits of young girls caught in a magical moment, but not without also recognizing the negative forces in nature. These include allusions to disease, destruction, and deterioration. There is a balance between what is visually beautiful and, possibly, emotionally discomforting for the artist." - Caro

Along with having an incredible exhibition, Tara was able to meet up with friend and renowned artist, Joe Sorren, who traveled from Florence to see Tara's show. 

We are also so excited to see Tara paint her first mural! Her theme is water and it is part of a city wide mural project called Spray For Your Rights to promote social activism. 

It sounds like the trip has been a success and I think Ronan would agree! Complimenti, Tara!

On Saturday June 6th, Cotton Candy Machine opened its doors to the biggest show of the year again- Tiny Trifecta. We were so excited to showcase over 100 artists at this year's Tiny Trifecta and the turn out was even more amazing! The variety of artists offered something for everyone and excitment was buzzing over each $100 piece.

As always, this show was curated by Tara McPherson and featured some of the coolest artists working today:

Killer Acid, Rachel Adler, Esao Andrews, Apak, John Baizley, Dilek Baykara, Melinda Beck, Andrew Bell, Andrei Bouzikov, Jon Burgerman, Iain Burke, Zoe Byland, You Byun, Scott C, Deedee Cheriel, Luke Chueh, Ciou, David M Cook, Troy Coulterman, Lana Crooks, Ramiro Davaro-Comas, Gabi de la Merced, Kelly Denato, Camilla d’Errico, Dima Drjuchin, Jason Edminston, Brian Ewing, Natalia Fabia, Ian Ferguson, Eric Fortune, AJ Fosik, Mab Graves, Michael Hacker, Kelley Hagemes, Chad Halbert, Seldon Hunt, Jeremy Hush, Joka, Lyejm Kallas-Lewis, Aya Kakeda, Andrea Kang, Andy Kehoe, Boy Kong, Kraken, Ian Kuali’i, Brad Kunkle, Grace Lang, Jesse LeDoux, Tim Lee, Henry Lewis, Kristen Liu, Farron Loathing, Lola, Travis Louie, Tina Lugo, Sean Mahan, Jean Paul Mallozzi, Malojo, Steven Manale, Sara Antoinette Martin, Megan Massacre, Dan May, Marco Mazzoni, Jim McKenzie, Caitlin McCormack, Brandi Milne, Junko Mizuno, Moki, Heiko Müller, Yoh Nagao, Lori Nelson, Joohee Park, Shaunna Peterson, London Police, Anthony Pontius, Arabella Proffer, Martha Rich, Matt Ritchie, Paul Romano, Arik Roper, Lucas Ruggieri, Jay Ryan, Isabel Samaras, Skinner, Allison Sommers, Amy Sol, Brian Sparrow, Beau Stanton, Diana Sudyka, Chris Uphues, Adam Wallacavage, Elizabeth Winnel, Wizard Skull, Yoskay Yamamoto & Lauren YS

Ronan was clearly very excited... and the feeling was contagious!!

Even more amazing was the dedication and enthusiasm of all those who waited in line to buy their own favorite Tiny Trifecta piece. We loved seeing family, friends and new friends gather together all excited to be a part of this fantastic night. Without this community, Tiny Trifecta wouldn't be what it is. 

"For this years mini print numbering pre registration at 4pm everyone got one of these three prints by Esao Andrews! It turns out the first three collectors in line had Esao's original paintings as their first pick. Now everyone who registered in line scored one of these mini Giclee prints for free. It's been a wonderful few years since Esao used a corner of Tara's studio to work and paint for a show, to now when people are camping in front of the same space open at CCM to buy his art inside for this show. Unbelievable!"
-Sean Leonard
These prints are now available for purchase in the shop!

Speaking of the first three in line.. here they are! Now, THOSE are some happy campers, huh? Thank you so much, Joe, Paul and Dan for keeping the excitement up and being some of the most dedicated collectors out there!

One of the biggest added bonuses of the event was a special visit from our friend, Daniel Danger. We were lucky enough to hold a pop-up show of Danger's amazing work and showcase it through the whole weekend. Naturally, his pieces were a hit and his embellished clayboard screen prints sold out fast. Having his art up in the shop during the Tiny Trifecta was an amazing addition to our show and everyone who came would definitely agree.

We were also very thrilled to show pieces by French duo, Malojo and Ciou. The two experiment with the integration of fantasy and horror. Their intricate detail and design of these mysteriously wondrous characters leave people wanting to see more- making them a hit last Saturday!

Also at Tiny Trifecta was Lana Crooks and her faux specimens. Using materials as simple as wool, Crooks brings these little creatures to life in the most breathtaking way. They were such a joy to see in person!

Philadelphia-based painter, Joka, also was on display last Saturday and we couldn't have been more happy about it. JoKa, often known for his pieces that take a distorted view of reality, shows here a beautiful pointalism painting created using solely toothpicks. 

We were so happy to have Megan Massacre in the show! Megan Massacre is a renowned tattoo artist based in New York City and has been featured in shows such as America's Worst Tattoos and NY Ink. Not only could the lucky buyers take home one of Megan Massacre's drawings but they could have Megan herself tattoo it inside Cotton Candy Machine!

And for those of you who could not make it to the event, you are in luck! There are some incredible pieces left over and they are all available for purchase on our website!

Thank you to all the artists and everyone who came out to Tiny Trifecta this year and a special shoutout to Beau Stanton for this amazing mural, making the perfect backdrop for our Tiny Trifecta pieces!  Also thank you to Hi-Fructose and Beautiful Bizarre Magazine for your wonderful coverage on the event! Each and every one of you made it such a special and memorable night. 

Lauren YS: Devil's Jelly

Grace Lang
Tue 04.28.15
I began drooling over Lauren YS’s work on instagram a while ago. She’s one of those artists you start following after seeing just a single image, knowing right off the bat that there’s bound to be more and soon finding yourself in one of those wonderful instagram vortexes of the constant double-tap. She’s that good. So, I couldn’t hide my excitement when we began corresponding about a solo show here at Cotton Candy Machine. Through our email exchange, I learned that Lauren is not only a phenomenal artist, but she’s also a truly awesome person, which made coordinating her show, “Devil’s Jelly,” an absolute pleasure. When we finally met face to face, all my feelings were validated. In the days leading up to her show’s opening, Lauren was incredibly hands-on, helping Sean hang the show and creating a massive mural to compliment the work. Bringing this already brilliant show to the next level, she even opted to hand embellish every single one of her prints! How sick is that?!

The Smoosh Sisters Eat Jellyfish Salad
By Lauren YS

Devil's Knots
By Lauren YS

Originally from Colorado, Lauren works full time as an artist out of Oakland, California, focusing her time on murals, freelance illustrations and gallery shows. She refers to her work as “seek[ing] to translate chaos into visual terms, combining graphic and painterly styles to populate various dream-worlds of her making.” After graduating from Stanford, Lauren spent a summer working with the artist Nychos in Vienna, assisting him on countless mural projects and learning spray paint techniques that helped transform her work from sketchbook pages to the sides of builidngs. The residency culminated in a solo show at his gallery, Rabbit Eye Movement, proving that Lauren had found a place as an artist both on the streets and in a gallery setting. This ability to move flawlessly between various mediums and scales made us even more stoked to host her show, knowing that we could expect to see her paint some walls while in Brooklyn, even one inside the shop!

Lauren's amazing in-store mural, completed (with help from Sean) in 2 days!

In addition to her awesome mural inside Cotton Candy Machine, Lauren also kicked ass on a nearby drop-down gate! Located in front of a tattoo shop on Roebling between Grand and South 1st, Lauren created the beauty entirely in spray paint and incredibly quickly. So many colors!

She even helped me get my spray paint game on by collaborating on a piece with me. I felt honored to place one of my beasts atop one of her lovely lady heads and was beyond stoked to learn some of her tricks. I will be eternally grateful to Lauren for teaching me some moves and for creating my new-found love of mural making!

As most CCM fans know, we have a special penchat for artwork featuring strong females. We were, afterall, founded by one! With her other-worldy ladies dominating each painting, Lauren's work certainly falls into this category, while still existing in its very own realm that transcends specific categories. Like all the best artists, Lauren has a visual language entirely her own, one that is fueled by a fantastic imagination and years of serious dedication. Perhaps part of that identifiable style comes from her hyper colorful palette, but that’s not entirely it, as Lauren’s voice comes loudly through in her black and white ink drawings as well. For me, it is the sheer strangeness of her imagery that pushed Lauren to the top of my list. She paints girls entangled with all sorts of creatures, tentacles and jellyfish strings invading the empty spaces and spilling ambiguous goo. Her glowing girls appear to have been captured from another galaxy or possibly the darkest depths of the ocean. Either way, they appear tough and in control, even with their heads split open or gaping holes in their torsos.

Feed Your Head So It Can Feed You
By Lauren YS

The opening was a huge success, but luckily, some originals are still up for grabs! Here are a few of the remaining pieces, but feel free to head over to the event page to see what else we've got!

All Hail Snail King
By Lauren YS
Goauche, Watercolor, Ink and Acrylic on Paper, Framed
Image 13 x 16 Inches, 17.5 x 20.5 Inches Framed

Somewhere to Stay
By Lauren YS
Goauche, Watercolor, Ink and Acrylic on Paper, Framed
Image 13 x 16 Inches, 17.5 x 20.5 Inches Framed

Reaper Coach
By Lauren YS
Goauche, Watercolor, Ink and Acrylic on Paper, Framed
Image 13 x 16 Inches, 17.5 x 20.5 Inches Framed

Devil Head
By Lauren YS
Goauche, Watercolor, Ink and Acrylic on Paper, Framed
6 x 8 Inches

Monkey Head
By Lauren YS
Goauche, Watercolor, Ink and Acrylic on Paper, Framed
Image 13 x 16 Inches, 17.5 x 20.5 Inches Framed

Skull Head
By Lauren YS
Goauche, Watercolor, Ink and Acrylic on Paper, Framed
Image 13 x 16 Inches, 17.5 x 20.5 Inches Framed

While in Hawaii this past February for the mural festival, POW WOW, Lauren collaborated with another one of our favorites, Boy Kong, to create five incredible ink drawings, all of which became part of her show. Other than reaffirming both artist's personal skills, these pieces demonstrate an amazing ability to work together. Instead of feeling like two artists' work smooshed together, as many collaborative attempts do, these drawings appear to have come from a single hand, with two different voices, each taking a turn. The two artists' imaginations and styles merge together effortlessly, creating glorious hybrids that seem to exist on the threshold between their respective worlds.

Gator Seppuku
By Lauren YS & Boy Kong
Ink on Paper, Framed
18.25 x 15.25 Inches

Bunny Cupid
By Lauren YS & Boy Kong
Ink on Paper, Framed
18.25 x 15.25 Inches

Tiger Knot
By Lauren YS & Boy Kong
Ink on Paper, Framed
18.25 x 15.25 Inches

And for those of you looking for some sweet merch rather than an original, you are in luck! We produced two editions of prints, both from new work in the show. All of the prints are signed and numbered. AND in order to fully capture the UV glow of Lauren's original paintings, she hand embellished every print with bits of neon pink, making them even more special.

Everyone's Dreaming About Monkeys
Giclee Print on Velvet Fine Art Rag 260gsm/19 mil
8.5" x 11"
Edition of 25
Signed and Numbered

The Smoosh Sisters Eat Jellyfish Salad
Hand Embellished Giclee Print on Velvet Fine Art Rag 260gsm/19 mil
17" x 20"
Edition of 25
Signed and Numbered

Do you, like many of us New Yorkers, struggle to find new wall space for prints? Not to worry... we have t-shirts too! Taken from the same "Smoosh Sisters" painting as the print, this single color silkscreened tee is wearable art! The front of the shirt features a string of characters that, half gibberish and half Japanese curse words, shows a bit of Lauren's silly side. Same goes for the shirt's back, which features a letter written to her twin sister.... in a dream. Talk about illustrating her dreamworlds, huh!

Thank you so much to everybody that came out to make this evening special. We wouldn't be here without you! And thank you to Lauren for being such a wonderful guest and a true inspiration. Come back soon!

Lauren YS
Devil's Jelly
April 18th to May 3rd

Opening Event Saturday April 18th
7pm to 11pm

Tina Lugo
and David Cook brought the house down this past friday, marking four years of The Cotton Candy Machine's existence as a gallery, with fitting magnitude. The show filled Cotton Candy with countless people yearning to take a look at what Lugo and Cook brought to the table with their shows "Sleep Sex" and "Seeing Machines", respectively. Their focuses and divergent styles complemented each other in a blissfully offbeat sort of way that was well recieved by those who stopped in to check it out. If you did not get a chance to make it to this opening, do not fret, for these bodies of work will stay up for the next month.

Inculcated by waves of Saturday morning cartoons, characters portrayed in comic book literature, and videogame culture, Tina Lugo became instantly infatuated with the bright colors of the animated world. As she grew up, the social and sexual undertones of these cartoons unbridled themselves from the confines of her childhood memory. Tina began to realize that the sexual and often tongue-in- cheek humor she expressed had stemmed from what she had watched on early 90’s television and only fueled her passion to uncover the subversive and controversial qualities in the pop culture of yesteryear. The use of enamel and plexiglas in her work is to suggest that the smooth, hyper-gloss finishing of a world that allures us will always be beneath a transparent barrier we can touch but never enter-a replication of the voyeuristic qualities we all posses. Her style references and pays homage to her variety of modern influences which include: Takashi Murakami, Toshio Saeki, Hanna Barbera, Japanese animation, and Henry Darger. Lugo was born and raised in the Bronx where she still resides. She studied at the School of Visual Arts where she obtained her BFA and worked with fellow artist, Nicolas Touron.

For "Sleep Sex", Tina has focused her brush on twisted bedroom scenes. Half fantasy and half nightmare, these new paintings instantly evoke a raw emotional response from everyone who comes across them. Whether it's a stifled giggle or a gutteral shudder, your body can't help but react to Tina's dark and sometimes silly imagery.

Here's Tina working and her installation piece for "Sleep Sex", definitely something to come check out in person.

David M. Cook is the architect of a mischievous microcosm. Amicable and unassuming, he hardly seems the “type” to consistently and skillfully crank out such a lewd labyrinth of work, but the cheeky hedonism comes all too naturally. Based in Brooklyn but originally from Louisville, Kentucky, David (who also answers to Bonethrower) uses no shortage of fine lines to design a world that is equal parts modern mysticism and memento mori—at the end of the day, it all sinks in like a psychotropic drug. David has been in Los Angeles working away and we are so excited to have him back here on the East Coast! His iconic Robot Skulls has evolved over the years to take on new meaning and shape. "Seeing Machines" is the perfect amalgamation of his vision.

What better way to acknowledge this milestone than by pairing beloved veteran artist at Cotton Candy, Cook, with especially impressive newcomer to Cotton Candy, Lugo, in order to conceive a culmination of amorous erotica and precision memento mori? Something old, something new...but what do we have that's borrowed or blue? MERCH! We have merch. Except you don't have to give anything back, it's yours to keep. Lugo and Cook both have giclee prints available for purchase, as well as some pretty sweet additions to your wardrobe. The smaller giclees, Cosmos and Backdoor Pussycat, are editions of 20, while the larger Seeing Machine and A.D.I.D.A.S. are editions of 25. Get them while you can!


Giclee on Velvet Fine Art Rag with 260gsm/19 mil
Signed and Numbered Edition of 20
7" x 5"

Backdoor Pussycat

Giclee on Velvet Fine Art Rag with 260gsm/19 mil
Signed and Numbered Edition of 20
8.5" x 11"

Seeing Machines
Giclee on Velvet Fine Art Rag with 260gsm/19 mil
Signed and Numbered Edition of 25
16" x 22"

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

There are also still some original pieces from these exceptional creators available for purchase. Get one (or two, or 5, or all of them) while you still can. For instance, Stella and Harley, Patti and Robert, Sean and Tara, and Maggie and Ricardo are a gang that is fleetingly available. Or perhaps you want to snag Forever My Pillow Princess or What Came in the Night before it's too late!

Stella and Harley
Prismacolor Marker, Pen and Cut Paper, Framed
25.5 x 33.5 Inches

Patti and Robert
Prismacolor Marker, Pen and Cut Paper, Framed
25.5 x 33.5 Inches

Sean and Tara
Prismacolor Marker, Pen and Cut Paper, Framed
21 x 25.5 Inches

Maggie and Ricardo

Prismacolor Marker, Pen and Cut Paper, Framed
25.5 x 33.5 Inches

Forever My Pillow Princess
Acrylic on Plexi with Japanese Paper, Framed
11.5 x 14.5 Inches

What Came in the Night

Acrylic on Plexi with Japanese Paper, Framed
11.5 x 14.5 Inches

Again, if you missed out on the opening, no worries! Tina and David will have their work up until May 3rd, so get on over here! Thank you so much to everyone who supported us for this event, and thank you to all who have supported The Cotton Candy Machine for the past four years.

"J.M. Barrie wrote, ‘there’s almost nothing that has such a keen sense of fun as a fallen leaf’. To that I would add, ‘except perhaps a JOE’. He is a glad heart, a ripple water, oh well fancy, sentient red balloon, a fairy and hiding… a little itchy at the shoulders were his wings used to be, a cloud of glitter, a lingering golden gleam." - Donna H. Baxter, Joe Sorren Painting + Sculpture 2004 - 2010

On the evening of March 27th 2015, Cotton Candy Machine had the honor of opening a truly extraordinary exhibition. A month long event, finally culminating in an amazing art show, "Momentary" is one of the gallery's biggest events, if not, the biggest event we have hosted thus far. We all went through a unique experience, watching as Joe turned the Cotton Candy Machine into his own public painting studio. One in which the artist invited us to visit, watch and learn. By livestreaming through both his own website and ours, countless people all over the globe were able to follow Joe's progress. Day after day we were graced with the presence and development of the world he has created, along with all whimiscal characters that live inside it.

Four Stages of "Residence"

The Momentary exhibition became the higlight that welcomed in a new spring and was an exciting way to end March. The event was filled with eyes in awe as people spoke about Joe's aptitude, effort and keen imagination. Walking in, you could literally smell the oil in the recent paint strokes applied to that final canvas. Up close one might see how these peices resemble childlike memories, detailed yet blurred and soft neutral tones layered upon colorful undertones. They are glimmering canvases capturing moments of what reality means in Sorren's masterly painted universe. Expressive and sometimes distant faces, all speaking to you in pure emotion, are grounded in the landscapes that infallibly tell their own stories.

Six Stages of "Break (3)"

Six Stages of "3 Minutes Before (Approx.)

Excitingly enough, almost all of Joe Sorren's peices were sold out in an incredibly short amount of time. Many of the pieces went to collectors that witnessed the work's entire creation! For Sorren's fans, this was especially exciting, as the pieces were much smaller and done quicker than the work the artist typically shows. This means that the pieces were priced amazingly and people who previously believed they would only ever own his prints were able to get their very own originals. As an artist who creates massive paintings, often over the course of YEARS, Joe considers these pieces to be oil sketches, imbuing them with an inarguable sense of authenticity, like the heavily painted pages of an explorer's dream journal. For Joe, this was an experiment in working under major time constraints, while still maintaining his preferred method of layering, mutating and allowing the pieces themselves to dictate their own direction. Watching Joe paint is like watching a master in conversation with him self and with the paint on his brush. The paint tells him what is there and, catching that glimpse of a hidden form, Joe works organically to bring forth the image he sees in the paint strokes.

"Momentary" is one of the few remaining pieces!

"A thread of illustration runs through the work that seems to become thinner and thinner as the narritive becomes more and more convoluted and obscure. The content or Imagery of Joe's work is wholly unique. Joe lets us into a world inhabited by creaters that seem to have their own histroy, and into places that are fantastic, but seem plausible." - Jud Bergeron, Joe Sorren Painting + Sculpture 2004 - 2010

"Break (4)" is one more of the remaining pieces!

"Frost" is still up for grabs!

"I’ve never quite been able to wrap my head around the way Joe works. Most artists have a plan. In fact, almost anyone who does anything starts with a plan. But not my Joe. Joe fills his brush with color, places it on the canvas , and lets it whip and whirl about at will. He’s like a human Hadron Collider, smashing ‘millions and HUNDREDS’ of paint molecules together with speed and randomness until at last his Joe – God particle divines light, movement, and emotion into masterpiece. Honestly, his progress is a tad imitating -last process, really, then mad and surprise. He’s like a savant, without the idiot part. The truth is, he’s awesome with awesome – sauce on top, and frankly, if I didn’t like him so much, I would hate him immensely out of jealousy over his talent." - Donna H. Baxter, Joe Sorren Painting + Sculpture 2004 - 2010

Thank you so much to everybody that came out for the opening, that popped into the shop during the month, watched online from far away and that helped us celebrate this momentous event! You all made this special month even more special.

Joe Sorren: Momentary

Grace Lang
Fri 02.27.15

Day Paintings by Joe Sorren
March 6th to March 27th

"Imbued with storybook-like imagery, Joe Sorren’s paintings tell tales of imaginative, surreal happenings, often through a childlike gaze. His paintings transmit the similar sort of tender emotion you experience when a child tells you her secret; Sorren’s characters, though they appear naive, convey complex, emotional themes." -Nastia Voynovskaya, Hi Fructose Magazine

We couldn't be more excited to host our second ever Artist in Residence here at the Cotton Candy Machine. The master painter, Joe Sorren, will be spending the month of March with us, painting in the shop and live streaming as he works. Many of us are used to following an artist's progress on the internet, making us somehow feel that we are present for the work's creation. This residence marks an incredibly unique opportunity to TRULY be present as a painting comes to life. For one month, the shop will not only be a place to come see finished works of art, but it will also be an artist's studio, a place where stories are told with a stroke of paint and altered completely with another. So, please come by the gallery this March as Joe invites us all into his strange and beautiful world.

Join us for the Welcoming Party to celebrate the beginning of the Artist Residency Friday March 6th from 7 to 11pm.

Interruption by Joe Sorren

"I remember the first time I saw a Joe Sorren piece in person, and the painting was Interruption. I knew of Joe's work obviously, but there was something so amazingly unique, so of his own world that it just stood out in a room of other artwork that was not Joe's. And I think that is the allure here; an artist that has created a universe for his characters and stories to live in, a dense world that especially in Interruption makes you look over and over again to take in every detail. Joe is an original spirit." - Evan Pricco, Editor-in-Chief, Juxtapoz Magazine

Visit to experience Daily Live Painting in Joe Sorren's Open Studio Artist Residency inside Cotton Candy Machine Tuesday to Sunday throughout the month. He will also be live streaming as he works! Watch the LiveStream at JoeSorren.com.

Here are some progress photos of the pieces Joe has prepared to work on here! Joe does quite a lot of reworking as he paints, so there is no guarentee that a piece will end up looking the way you imagined.

"off-kilter, peculiar, dreamy, somewhat haunting and immensely beautiful...
joe sorren is out there on his own creating a dizzying world, an other-worldly world
a world that i would very much love to inhabit...joe sorren is a unique visionary artist with very few peers..." - Long Gone John, Art Collector

Exhibition of completed works opens March 27th.
Make sure to follow @joesorren and watch his LiveStream as he prepares for his trip!

Please contact Grace at info@thecottoncandymachine.com to be included in the online preview or for general questions about this awesome month long event!

Babes in Deathland

Grace Lang
Fri 02.20.15

Babes in Deathland

Opening Event Saturday February 21st
7pm to 11pm

Tomorrow evening, my very first solo show is opening at the Cotton Candy Machine and I may just explode with excitement. Not only will this be the first time I've ever shown a full body of work, but it will be hanging on walls that have previously held work by many of my heroes. I could not think of a more ideal place to host my first show. The combination of CCM's amazing in-store atmosphere and our wonderful fan base all over the world has made preparing for this event truly fantastic. Since we first announced the show, I've only encountered positive encouragement and support, which made creating the work even more fun for me. I am eternally thankful to Sean for helping me develop my work with some really excellent practical advice and for generating  so much enthusiasm about my babes. I am also super grateful to Tara for inspiring me to paint powerful babes. I can't wait for everybody to come with me to Deathland, a place where you fight your demons, find your strength and stand tall like the baddass warrior you truly are.

We've got a story for you!

Tonight, from 7-11 pm, we will be hosting a solo show for a wonderfully fun and colorful Brooklyn-based artist, Chris Uphues. Showcasing his new original paintings, as well as installation pieces and tons of sweet merch, this show will absolutely bring a smile to your face. Utilizing familair images like cartoon hearts and bees, his work is accessible while still being rather prolific. As a veteran street artist, his original paintings often mimic the overlapped nature of wheatpaste art, showing just how well his work can transition from one setting to another. He is a street artist, a fine artist and so much more.

Some of the awesome original paintings for tonight's opening!



Chris Uphues’ art has now gone from wheat paste and street art to a huge collaboration that landed him in Times Square. "LOFT x Chris Uphues" marks the first ever artist collaboration for LOFT! With limited edition tee shirts and huge installations in their flag ship store and the nice slogan LOVELOFT, “LOFT X Chris Uphues” couldn’t be more perfect for the season.

With his iconic hearts all over NYC, Chris has become a real staple in the street art scene. Whether you are walking through Williamsburg or downtown Manhattan, you can't miss the colors, sweet expressions and general good vibes coming from his work. His collaboration with LOFT truly marks an amazing transition is his carreer, showing just how adaptable his artistic voice truly. Remarkably, this collaboration did not push Chris to alter his work or voice but, rather, to push his preexisting personal world into a new venue. From street to store, the work remains ultimately Chris's and we couldn't be happier for him.

Some of Chris's eye-catching street art.

These massive collaborations can take an artist’s work to levels and places that are other wise unobtainable. Millions of tourists will get to see and enjoy his installation in Times Square, Noho and Chicago. There is a fine artist behind these wonderful heart characters and we are hosting his first Cotton Candy Machine solo show here tonight!

I’d like to invite you to come and meet Chris Uphues.
"Small Gift" Solo Show Opening Event Friday February 13th
7pm to 11pm

February Fun!

Grace Lang
Fri 01.23.15
It's been a pretty cold winter here in Brooklyn, so we are very pleased that February has some HOT STUFF in store for us! First thing's first - It's sale time! Starting this evening, we've made the HEARTHOLE promo code live on our website! This means you get 15% all online orders if you use the code! How sweet is that?!

Whether your hearthole is open or full, Tara McPherson's prints are pretty darn perfect for this holiday. Combining sweet motifs like hearts and stars with the darkness of a punched-out hole in your chest, much of Tara's work conveys love as it really is: beautiful and charming, but also a little bit vicious. A majority of her pieces focus on singular female characters, reminding us all that you don't need another person to feel the love!

The Love Space Gives is as Deep as the Oceans
13.75" x 14"

The Healer
Mini Giclee on Acid Free Velvet Cotton Rag
8.5" x 11"

Laughing Through the Chaos of it All
13" x 15 3/4"

Dima Drjuchin's Paperbot Book Signing and Building Party!

Saturday, February 7th

Paper Bots is made up of 20 ultra-cool robot designs that can turn anyone on!
Each bot is pre-cut and scored so you can simply punch them out and fold them up with easy-to-follow instructions right on the page. You’ll instantly feel teleported to a bold new futurescape with these fun 3-D objects. Paper shuffling? A thing of the past—these bots will happily perform your dull, repetitive tasks on command. Paper Bots cleverly combine paper crafting with advanced paper engineering so no glue, tape, or tools are ever needed! Paper Bots make great drones for ages 7 to 101…and they may actually serve humankind after all—lets just hope its not on a plate.

Our friend, Dima Drjuchin, designed the characters for this interactive book!

Please join us on Saturday, February 7th from 4 - 6 pm to celebrate the book release. Dima will be signing copies and helping all of us to build these funny little paper friends!

As soon as we got copies of this awesome book in the shop, the CCM crew had a killer time building all 20 bots. To generate even more excitement about the party, we've been giving these little guys away to everyone who comes into the shop and mentions our instagram post. It's been wonderful watching the bots go to loving homes. But one is simply enough.. look at how great they all look together!

This event is going to be a lot of fun for kids and grown-ups alike! We hope to see you there!

Chris Uphues: Small Gift

Friday, February 13th

Chris Uphues’ passion for knickknacks and pop imagery appeals in a very personal and visceral way, like “rummaging in the junk drawer of the soul.” In addition to his fine art painting practice, Uphues is also well versed in design, street art and ‘zines, with a singular style that translates across genres, and inspires and feeds back into his multifarious practice. Uphues sources influence from stickers, charms, keychains and a variety of imagery he calls “incidental graphics”; the smiley faces, hearts, hippie flowers and slot machine cherries that pervade our shared visual language. More often than not, these images populate Uphues’ works in swarms, creating all-over patterns of puffy mushrooms, doe-eyed hearts and melting smiley faces that democratize the pop references, past and present.

Grace Lang: Babes in Deathland

Saturday, February 21st

Yep, this is MY very first solo show ever! There are not enough words out there for me to convey just how stoked I am. I've worked at the Cotton Candy Machine for over a year now and find inspiration here every single day, both by personally being around all the incredible work and by witnessing how it affects other people. Getting to know the artists that we show with has pushed me and my work tremendously. Now, I am so honored to be one of those artists!

In Babes in Deathland, I am exploring both familiar and undiscovered territory through new paintings and sculptures​. The demons that have appeared throughout my work for the past couple of years have now met their match in the babes that wade through rivers of goo in order to combat them.​ Continually preoccupied with the concept of personal “demons,” my work reflects the internal struggles that plague us all, creating visual manifestations of those dark little thoughts that are at once frightening and sort of funny. Much of my work stems from the belief that these personal demons are not necessarily enemies but, rather, aspects of ourselves that can be utilized for good. Often depicted in moments of triumph, my babes display their battle wounds proudly, allowing scars to stay fresh and dripping, even assimilating slain monsters into their armor. The babes serve as a reminder that with each painful experience, our armor grows and we become the warriors of our own worlds.

Although I am still working hard on all the pieces for this show, here are some fun in-progress photos of what you can expect to see!

We will also be doing a print release for this show, so stay tuned for more info! I sincerely hope to see you all there!

Bunnycutlet Presents: 7 Artists

Grace Lang
Fri 01.09.15
New year, new artists! For our very first opening of 2015, we will be showing 7 incredible artists, most of which are brand new to the gallery and all of which have created unique personal worlds in their work..worlds that we are thrilled to enter.  We asked our friend, Liz Artinian, artist and founder of Bunnycutlet gallery, to be our guest curator and she rocked it out of the park. Just in case you aren't familiar with some of these artists, here's a little info on each of them, with examples of their work, some older and some for this show. Get stoked!

Kelly Denato lives and works in Brooklyn, NY with a closet full of ghosts and a tragically non-existent dog. She first showed with us this past summer, as part of our Fourth Annual Tiny Trifecta! Her paintings are at once dainty and tough. The use of ribbons and waves of hair, softly layered onto textured backgrounds, cause her orb-like characters to flow delicatley through the pieces, allowing bits of darkness to peak through the transparent forms. As Liz writes on the Bunnycutlet website, "her subjects are visceral; darkness and disappointment are represented with joy and innocence, allowing the viewer to simultaneously experience Denato’s emotional duality in one tumultuous image."

Ian “Hydeon” Ferguson is a contemporary graphic artist, designer, and silk screen printer living and working in New York City. He was born in National City, CA in 1985 and grew up in San Diego. He received his BS in Graphic Design from the Art Institute of California – San Diego in 2006. He has lived and worked in Seattle and Chicago before moving to New York City in 2014. His work is imaginative and explores a variety of surreal manifestations from his life experience in relation to his environment. He often deploys narrative depictions from lucid dreams, metaphysical curiosities, architecture, nature, and cities. Ferguson primarily works in Indian ink as well as gouache, acrylic, and mixed media. His creative approach stems from conduits of Americana folk art, street art, fine art, and elements of graphic design.

Ryan Heshka was born in Manitoba, Canada, and grew up in Winnipeg. Fueled by long prairie winters, he spent a lot of his childhood drawing, building cardboard cities and making super 8 films. Early influences that persist to this day include antiquated comics and pulp magazines, natural history, graphic design and music, movies and animation. Formally trained in interior design, he is self-taught as an artist. His illustrations (represented by Kate Larkworthy) has appeared in Vanity Fair, Playboy, Wall Street Journal, Esquire, the New York Times, Smart Money, and on the cover and interiors of BLAB!. He has been selected to appear in American Illustration, Society of Illustrators, and Communication Arts. In addition to gallery shows across North America and Europe, he is currently working on picture book projects for children as well as adults. He lives in Vancouver, B.C., Canada with his wife Marinda and cat Louis.

Christy Karacas is an artist, director and writer, best known for co-creating Superjail!, one of the most brilliant shows to come out in recent years. Violent, intricate and always bizzarre, Christy's personal artwork is certainly within the same realm as the show's aesthetic, focusing on panned out visions of obscene riotous beings (often robots vs. cats instead of prisoners vs. more prisoners), but unlike Superjail!, these large pencil drawings are strickly black and white. Compulsively detailed to an extreme degree, the pieces get more and more impressive the closer you look. They communicate a hilarious frenzy of violence that will be familiar to fans of the show, but while embodying only a single "frame."

Kristen Liu Wong is a Brooklyn- based artist from San Francisco who studied Illustration at Pratt Institute. With a color pallette reminiscent of a California beach Barbie and imagery pulled straight from a neurotic nightmare, Kristen's work packs a lot of punch. Like all of our favorite artists, a quick look through her portfolio shows a young artist with a highly developed mini universe. Focused both on people and places, her paintings invite narrative interpretations. The scenes, which often seem to show the moment right before something big happens, are unsettling in the most beautiful way. Clearly a bit obsessed with patterns, Kristen embraces seemingly "feminine" elements and pushes them into a strange and dark place where masked weirdos watch you through the windows and you don't even mind.

Jean-Paul Mallozzi was born and raised in Queens NYC, and received a scholarship to attend the Rhode Island School Of Design (RISD). He graduated with B.F.A in Illustration. His works have been exhibited in galleries and museums nationally and internationally including Los Angeles, New York, and London. Jean-Paul's work balances the fine line of combining highly rendered figures with abstract areas of color. While emotions are amorphous, they evoke a color and a vibration that physically resonates within people. The incorporation of iridescence and animal familiars takes the figures out of the mundane and into a world where a veil between realities is pulled away.

Joohee Park A.K.A Sticky Monger  is a visual artist based in New york who recently finished her MFA in Digital Arts of Pratt Institutes. After getting BFA in Information graphic design from Ewha University in Korea, She has been working in a various art and design fields extending her visual experience. Joohee is most well known for being an artist who obsessively likes to play with sticky vinyl cutouts based on her hand illustration. Next week we will be posting an interview with this prolific artist, so stay tuned!

Opening Event Friday January 16th
7pm to 11pm

If you happen to follow the amazing Dima Drjuchin on instagram, you are most likely familiar with his affinity for Batman. His sketchbooks are filled with hilarious doodles, depicting the masked vigilante in various reincarnations, all distinct but all totally Dima. Now for the very first time, Dima has brought his love for Batman to a whole new level, creating 50 acrylic paintings for the first ever "Fuck You I'm Batman" art show, opening Friday, December 12th at 7 pm. Yes, you read it right.. FIFTY paintings!

Being the radical dude that he is, Dima took some time out of his busy schedule to answer my questions about the upcoming show. Thanks, Dima. You rule! So, here we go...

What is the origin of “Fuck You I’m Batman?”

Around 2007 I started drawing Batman in my sketchbook while doodling. He kind of became a go-to subject when I was at a loss for something to draw. One time I drew one and wrote "fuck you I'm Batman" underneath and thought it was funny. So I turned the idea into a design that my buddy Greg Barris and I use as part of our sticker campaign around NY and LA. It grew from there into tshirts and different versions of the sticker. It kinda died down for us in the last few years. In the last few months I started drawing batman again in my sketchbook when doodling and I kept going with it. So that set off a brain storm to make it a show, the show that Fuck You I'm Batman never got, and it would be fun to relaunch the shirts, make an updated version of the sticker and do a bunch of small paintings.

You did an insane amount of paintings for this show, all with a different looking Batman. Do you consider all of them distinct characters or different versions of the same dude?

I'm not sure what they are. I'm not sure what kind of narrative they exist in. I think they're a little bit of both, if that makes any sense. It's in the same sense that we've grown up with several different versions ofBatman, from comic books, tv shows, movies, video games, etc... there is no one definitive Batman. All are different versions of the same trope. The story is often rewritten, the design of him changes frequently, you can't point to one batman and say that's him. So I think these are kind of in the same realm as that idea, but more in the microcosm of my world. Maybe each one is it's own mini reboot of the same character.

Did you approach this project differently than you might for a show with a less defined theme?

It's a very different show for me then what I usually do. for one, this is a mass volume of small pieces. This was partly an exercise in working on a smaller scale. I've started doing smaller pieces in the past year, since I started to show with CCM actually, and i wanted to get better at it. What better way than to assigned an obscene amount of works to produce? Also since theres a very defined theme for the show it was easy to just settle in and just have fun with redesigning ol' bat. It wasn't that much different then when I was just doodling him. It was just to a bigger scale, and more defined form. Plus since Batman has such a rich history it was easy to play around with a lot of his familiar tropes. It was fun to plug all of them into my style.

It has been almost exactly a year since your first show with us. Do you feel like your work has changed since then?

Most definitely. I had a major shift in the way i work with my first show at CCM. I always try to keep evolving and keep things moving, but the last year has been a pretty significant change. I'm excited about what has happened so far and I'm stoked on where it will go.

What is the first thing you remember drawing obsessively as a kid?

I know I used to draw Garfield a lot as a kid. I had a Garfield stuffed animal, and I noticed a lot of my drawings of him are in the same pose as my toy, so I think I drew him from life haha. Come to think of it I still draw animals sitting in the same position. I literally just realized that right now... When I was 10-12 I drew the Ninja Turtle a lot, and my early teens is when I got into metal so I drew a lot of skulls and evil shit.

Batman has been revamped so many times in comics and movies. Do you have a favorite version?

I really like the Lego Batman in the Lego Movie. Will Arnett as Batman makes all the sense to me. But in all seriousness, I don't really have a favorite. I really loved the Dark Knight movies, despite whatever flaws people have picked them apart for, it was a great tone for the character, and the movies were so much fun to watch over and over. I remain optimistic about Affleck.

Do you think there is a big difference between a super hero and a vigilante?

I feel like when you call some one a "super hero" you're implying that they have a super power, like superman or spider-man. Vigilante is a human being without extraordinary powers. They just have to will to do it.

If you could have any super power, what would you choose?

Flight would be fun, though i don't know what sense that makes since i'm not a big fan of heights. Though maybe if I had the gift of flight I would no longer contextualize height with danger since up and down would be not that much different then the way I perceive left and right or front and back.

Do you think you will ever be done with the “Fuck You I’m Batman” concept?

I think I got a lot of it out of my system this go around. But never say never. Unless DC says never... then I'll probably stop for good.

If you could do any art project, no matter how big or expensive, what would you do?

I would to build a gaint Lil' Goof pyramid on the moon. I would settle on building it on Earth too... I guess...

We still have one Lil' Goof available online! Sweet!

We will be printing and releasing special edition "Fuck You I'm Batman" giclee prints the night of the opening, so stay tuned!
We are also super stoked to have some awesome "Fuck You I'm Batman" silkscreened t-shirts, available in red, purple and black!

To see more of Dima's astounding art, check out his website and instagram!

Opening Event Friday December 12th
7pm to 11pm

Sweet Releases from Grace Lang

Grace Lang
Fri 11.28.14
As many of you already know, part of our mission here at CCM is to bring affordable art to the masses because, afterall, don't we all deserve some extra beauty in our lives? This is why we always carry a huge range of products, big, small and everything in between. Inspired by this mentality, I wanted to create some cool, cheap art products. As a young artist, getting my work "out there" is tremendously important, so I figured that two small accessories (perfect for your favorite hoodie or your beloved winter coat) would be an awesome way to do this. Now, it is with a ton of pride and excitement that I announce the release of my two brand new products, now available both in the shop and online! Both the pin and the patch are just $7, making them fit everybody's price range. If you are looking for a small holiday gift for your favorite monster loving weirdo, look no further!

SHHHH 1" Enamel Pin

Gobble Gobble Embroidered Patch
2.5 x 4 Inches

I cannot say enough nice things about the Cotton Candy Machine and what it has done for my life, but one of the biggest reasons I feel so thankful for this place is the support I've gotten from my fellow artists and art fans. From the bottom of my heart, thank you all!

You can see more of work on my website and instagram!

If you would like to know a little bit about the thoughts behind my work, check out this interview I just did with Art in New York!

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!

Launched at the beginning of this sweltering NYC summer, the Roebling Art Fair has quickly become a sizzling hit!

As a prominent gallery and boutique, we've been trying to branch out in the local community by inviting a variety of several artists to have a booth along our beautiful and ever changing wall on Roebling Avenue.

From 12pm to 8pm on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the summer and fall, Roebling will be taken over by talented and creative artists eager to show off their outrageous pieces of art!

Our amazing weekend artists have been selling everything from prints, to paintings, to shirts, even to unique pieces created out of carefully cut vinyl!

Take a look at some of the gorgeous talents we've already had throughout the past weeks!


True to our name, we'll also be giving away FREE cotton candy during the event!
So bring your sweet tooth, gather your friends and family, and enjoy the weekend with us!

If you or someone you know creates rad and interesting works, send us an email at info@thecottoncandymachine.com!

We're always looking for artists, food vendors, and others to be featured at our weekend art fair.
Booths are only $50, and contributors keep all of the profits!
It is an excellent way to get your art out there and become a part of the ever-expanding Cotton Candy Machine family!

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.


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!


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!


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!


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!


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.


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.


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.

On Saturday April 5th, we opened a magnificent show by French artists Ciou and Malojo, and local artist/musician Dima Drjuchin. This fanciful exhibit features insanely intricate originals as well as beautiful wall paintings from each artist. These colorful and imaginative works are the perfect pieces to usher in the Spring season. The opening reception was super fun, so thank you to everybody who made it out! Just in case you missed it, here are some awesome photos of the work!

Incredible, huh? Well, internet people, you are in luck! We still have quite a few of these originals left for sale! Check it out!

Not in the market for an original? We have other options! Malojo brought us some great prints of the piece pictured above, Tritone. Click here to check it out! Ciou brought some goregous prints as well! We have lithographs of Brain Beach Party and Mister Wallace Magician Company, as well as silkscreens of Modern Circus, the original of which is still available for purchase here. All prints are signed with love by the artists.

This original piece is also still available. Click here for more information!

But that's not all! Ciou brought us a bunch of specially signed copies of her new (and first!) art book, as well as her illustrated Chat Siamois, written by Guillaume Bianco. She did a special little doodle in every one!

Malojo brought us his first art book, Tales of the Uncute, too and each one is signed! What's even cooler is that Malojo produced this book him self! Rad!

For those of you that could not make it out the event, here are some of our favorite shots from the night. Head over the event page to see more!

And as always, the crowd was amazing, colorful and fun. It seems only right considering the colorful whackiness present in each artists' work!

More photos here!
This exhibit will only be up until May 4th, so don't miss your chance to come and fall in love with some seriously cool visionaries. Again, thank you so much to all the people that made this night so wonderful. We hope to see you ALL at our next opening on May 9th!

Cotton Candy Fan Art

Grace Lang
Sun 04.13.14
Canicienta is a 20 year old artist from Mexico City, who has a serious love for Cotton Candy. She even says the sugary treat saved her life at a time when her sugar levels were dangerously low! She says that Tara McPherson and the work we showcase here at CCM have been a major influence since she entered the world of illustration.

Carnicienta is so into our sugary namesake that she actually made a Cotton Candy Costume! How SWEET is that?!

Thank you so much for sharing your work with us! Keep it up!

Buff Monster Fan Art

Grace Lang
Sun 04.06.14
Check out this awesome piece of fan art from one of our young fans, Nathan, who lives in New York and loves Buff Monster's Melty Misfits. Nathan, you already rule and we can't wait to see how your art progresses! Thank you for sending us this photo and keep drawing!

It would be a massive understatement to say that the opening of our David Cook / Junko Mizuno show was a great success. It was mind-blowing! The work was incredible, the crowd was super awesome, and we had a case of delicious wine donated by Brix Wine Shop in the East Village. Thank you to everybody that made it out! It was an excellent evening. After creating a ton of new pieces for the show (most of which have already sold!) and journeying to the East Coast, Junko took some time out of her busy schedule to answer a few questions. Thank you, Junko!

1. Can you remember the first time you felt inspired to make a piece of art?

No, I can't remember that because I was already drawing when I was two. I just naturally started making art and I don't know when and how it happened.

2. Do you doodle or keep sketchbooks?

Before I start sketching for a painting, I doodle on random pieces of paper to put the ideas in my head together but I usually throw them away once the final sketch is done.

3. You are well known for your comics as well as your paintings. Is your thought/working process very different for these two distinct art forms?

Kind of different and kind of similar. For a comic, I first come up with ideas, write them down as a script, make it into a storyboard then sketch and ink. For a painting I also start coming up with ideas first, doodle to put them together, then sketch and paint.

4. Were you pulling from any new inspiration or influences while making work for your show at the Cotton Candy Machine?

Since it's my first full show in NY, I decided to make it like an introduction to my world and I've put a lot of elements that often appear in my work. So the show is kind of inspired and influenced by my own art.

5. Is there any medium that you have not worked with that you would like to try?

I have a lot of things I'd love to try!! Sculpture (I've done it a little in my past, though), collage art, embroidery, etc, etc... I really wish I had ten more bodies!

6. Are there any artists working right now that you would like to collaborate with? If so, who?

I love Thu Tran who does amazing food-themed art! I recently got to talk with her via email. It would be great if I could do something
with her in the future!

7. What would be an ideal art project that you have not yet done?

Indoor theme park / museum is my dream project! I'm thinking about doing it after I turn 60 or so.

Oh man, we can't wait to see THAT!

To see more sweet photos from the opening, click here! All available originals from this stellar show are up in our shop now, so head on over and take a look!

Fan Art Part Five

Grace Lang
Sun 03.09.14
This week's fan art post comes from Aaron Tompkins, who is a rad painter and big time CCM fan. Here is what he has to say:

"It is inspiring me to see the art being shown at Cotton Candy Machine. An awesome diversity, but every artist is "A class" and all masters of there own styles. I aspire to have that connection with my artwork.

My favorite Cotton Candy machine artists are Alex Pardee, Tara Mcpherson & Bwana Spoons. These artists have created fully realized worlds that the viewer gets a window into. This is what i aspire to do... To create another dimension, have a direct connection to it and help it to grow to it's full potential."

We can see hints of all the artists he cites as inspiration, but this piece is still totally his own. The colors are very Bwana Spoons!  You definitely are creating a window into your own radical dimension, Aaron. Keep it up and thank you for sending us your work!

Fan Art Part Three and Four

Grace Lang
Sat 03.01.14
There has been so much going on at the Cotton Candy Machine lately that we fell behind with our fan art posts! Since we missed last week, we are posting two this week! The first piece comes from Erica Perjatel, who has been inspired by Tara's work for years. Here is what she has to say about the Cotton Candy Machine:

"I cannot remember when it was that I stumbled across Tara's work, but I know it was before Cotton Candy Machine opened because I was super excited that Tara was opening a gallery that I could visit...I remember her artwork being the first that I said to myself "wow, this girl is making art that I truly like, with content that is similar to what I like to paint or draw, that I would want hang in my home"...I even think that it was finding Tara's work years ago that led to me Juxtapoz and High Fructose magazines..which now has led me to so many favorite artists. I follow Cotton Candy Machine on facebook and...I think its awesome that it's a space that anyone can walk into off the street and see some amazing quality art, instead of some pretentious gallery that's intimidating."

Thanks so much for sending us your work, Erica! This piece totally reminds us of Tara's amazing Cosmic Serpent painting from her most recent solo show, Wandering Luminations. Wonderful!

The second piece comes from Alejandro Giraldo, who says he found our gallery while looking fot Tara's artwork.

He says, "It (the Cotton Candy Machine) has inspired me, not only in the way of creating, but in the way of working with other people to create things from group projects to exhibitions. It has opened my eyes to new talents and new ways of seeing art. I must have to say, that I find in Tara´s work a lot of melancholy and it touches deeply in my heart, it´s a big source of inspiration for my own work."

This piece is too sweet, Alejandro! Thank you for sending it our way! This awesome duo brings to mind Tara's Kitty Wiggle and Bunny Wiggle! Perhaps even a little Ace and Ion?

Thank you both for the beautiful work and keep it up!

Tara McPherson Gig Posters

Grace Lang
Tue 02.18.14
Do you like music? Do you like art? YOU ARE IN LUCK! We just released a ton of Tara McPherson's earliest gigposters on our website! Many of Tara's popular characters and motifs find their roots in her early poster art, so owning one is a pretty amazing opportunity.

Click Here to Check Out All Our Rock Posters!!

Take, for instance, this 2002 poster for the Blackheart Procession...

Tara McPherson fans are all familiar with her heartless girl, but did you know this poster marks her first appearence ever?! Comissioned by the Knitting Factory in Hollywood, the poster not only features rockin' indie bands, but also has special significance to the artist. Can you think of a better reason for adding it to your collection?

Black Heart Procession, Ilya, Pleaseeasaur
By Tara McPherson
11" x 17"
Edition of 300
Signed and numbered.

Purchase Info Here!

Another amazing poster that has a special place in Tara's heart is this one she did for the Stitches, the Fakes, and the New Detectives back in 2002.

She cites herself as the client for this poster, as she used to play bass in the New Detectives. How cool is that? Featuring three awesome bands and some tasty looking shrimp, this poster is a must for Tara's collectors and fans. She says of it, "I think this was my first decent poster," making it basically a piece of contemporary art history.

The Stitches, The Fakes, The New Detectives
By Tara McPherson
11" x 17"
Edition of 300
Signed and numbered.

Purchase Info Here!

We do not have many remaining prints for most of these awesome posters and once they are gone, they are gone forever, so act fast!!

Fan Art Part Deux

Grace Lang
Sun 02.16.14
This week's awesome fan art post comes from Kellie Huskisson, a UK artist and big Tara McPherson fan. This piece was made for a "tributes" book, which featured Kellie's favorite female artists, musicians and characters. Here is what Kellie has to say about Tara and the Cotton Candy Machine:

"I was first introduced to her work around 2005 when i first started university and picked up a book on rock poster art. Amongst the hundereds of artists in the book, her work was some that really stood out to me, her use of colour and gorgeous clean line work really drew me in. Through my years in art college i looked into more of her work, her characters and methods. She has become one of my all time favourite artists so of course i had to include her in my series of awesome ladies!

Being from the UK, i had yearned to be able to make a trip to CCM at some point. What could be better than a boutique dedicated to one of my favourite artists and also featured other artists i was a big fan of? I was able to do this during a trip to NYC back in 2012 and it didn't disappoint. A sweet, individual space that hosts some of the best artists in my opinion. And lovely staff too! I hope i can make it back some time soon."

We hope you can too, Kellie! Thank you for the fantastic piece and continue to rock!

Our First Fan Art Post!

Grace Lang
Sun 02.09.14
Our first Fan Art post comes from the awesome 17 year old Andrea Antomattei, who lives in Queens with her chihuahua and grandmother.

Andrea was first exposed to Tara McPherson's work through the movie Juno, in which Tara's art was prominently featured, decorating the title character's bedroom.

She says, "the way you (Tara) created your own style, the way you made the colors so unique, and the way you were able to give a strong message just took my artist heart away. Once I knew who you were and heard that you had a store in Brooklyn I remember waking up my grandmother at 11:00 at night and begging her to take me. She yelled at me I spanish. But I went ... My curiosity ran wild and it felt like I was knowing the secrets of becoming a great artist. Since then, I knew that I wanted to be just like you. To have my own business, my own artwork up in New York, and to inspire other people ... Your work will always be in a special place in my heart , not only for your amazing talent but for helping to understand heart breaks"

Thank you for reaching out, Andrea! Your work is wonderful and we are so happy that our gallery inspires you. Keep it up!

Hey fans! Are you inspired by Tara McPherson or one of the other artists we feature? Perhaps just Cotton Candy? Show us! We want to see your art!

Every Sunday, we will be posting a new piece of awesome fan art on the Cotton Candy Machine blog. How cool is that? Please send your images to info@thecottoncandymachine.com with "Fan Art" as the subject and tell us a little bit about how the Cotton Candy Machine inspires you!

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! 

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!



Tara McPherson
Sun 05.29.11
Oh boy little puppies are cute.

Mr. Wiggles goes to find Tara

Sean Leonard
Sat 04.16.11


Mr. Wiggles set out one thursday evening to find his favorite person, Tara McPherson.

He was in Williamsburg Brooklyn, as he is quite a bit these days.

Then he got the tweet. "TODAY at Urban Outfitters on 5th Ave in NYC I'm hosting a Kidrobot Munny Sketch event from 6-8pm!!..." from @TaraMcPherson

Down into the subway to catch a train. 

Everyone at the Bedford stop looks like a hipster, even Mr. Wiggles. 

The train was so fast it made him blurry.

Only 29 blocks to go! Heading to Grand Central Station!! 


He was an Up Town Balloon in no time. 

Mr. Wiggles stopped to do his best Billy Joel impression.  

Then carried on to go find Tara.

Inside the Urban Outfitters there was a line of people with Kidrobot toys.

They were waiting to let Tara sketch on each one. 

There was Munny, Bub, Raffy, Trikky, Kracka, Foomi Raffy, and Rooz...

and Magic Love Hello Kitty.  It was a Vinyl Toy Party. 

And in the end he found his good friend and she was happy to see him.





· All Content Copyright Cotton Candy Machine Inc. 2015 · Site by Rocket Society · Store Location · Contact · FAQs ·