Holy Mother Of God. As if 2020 is a year that anyone really wants to memorialize for eternity, a company calling itself Dot Com Product has created a Covid-19 themed ornament with that you can personalize and add to your Holiday Tree. Unreal. According to the description (unedited by me): “Each ornament is complemented with 2020 memorabilia including adorable Santa Hat Persons Wearing Masks, Hand Sanitizer, Toilet Paper, and the Year 2020” (with a Covid Germ representing the First Zero). Kill me.
You can order these crazy things with up to seven individual masked-heads (depending on how many people in your family survived the year, I suppose), and you can also add a pet. You have to personalize the ornaments yourself though (a black sharpie is recommended). If this looks like the bad taste / white elephant gift you need to own, you can read more about them, and place an order, at This Link.
In this age of downloading all music purchases from the Internet, it’s easy to forget how much fun it can be to browse the weird, music-related shit that can be found in a good, old fashioned record store. I was wandering aimlessly in Rough Trade Records of Wiliamsburg, Brooklyn when I spotted this neato- thing that exists: a Residents Classic Eyeball Limited Edition Bobblehead! Yes, I just typed that.
The backstory, for those not in-the-know, is condensed as follows: The Residents are an American art collective best known for their avant-garde music and multimedia works. Since their first official release, Meet the Residents (1974), the group has released over sixty albums, numerous music videos and short films, three CD-ROM projects, and ten DVDs. Throughout its existence, the individual members have ostensibly attempted to operate under anonymity, preferring instead to have attention focused on their art output. In public, the group appears silent and costumed, often wearing eyeball helmets, top hats and tails — a long-lasting costume now recognized as its signature iconography. This figure, fabricated of high quality polyresin, and standing 7.5-inches tall, is available in an edition of just 1,000 hand-numbered units. You can get yours for just $26.99.
Yes, it Exists: Hello Kitty Pink Hot Chocolate (just add hot water!) is a thing that you can buy! With 100% positive on-line reviews from what you know are satisfied customers, the ‘delicious’ taste is described as “like a rich hot cocoa with a subtle hint of coconut.” Sounds yummy to me! Each 1.25 once envelope sells individually for just $1.99, so there no big commitment involved if it ends up not being your thing. But seriously, how can you not love Pink Hot Chocolate?
Available froth Hello Kitty Pop Up at Cost Plus World Market. Visit This Link or a participating Cost Plus World Market near you (through January 2020) to purchase!
A couple of weeks ago I attended a fun launch party for the Haring Glass collection; an officially-licensed line of smoking and lifestyle accessories bearing artwork by the late Keith Haring. Everyone left the festivities with a gift bag that included a few branded items from the collection, a T-Shirt, and this bag of CBD-infused dog treats, or Edibites, whose packaging features Haring’s iconic image of a Barking Dog. Apparently these taste like Pizza, for when you want to share a slice with that special dog in your life.
Find out more about Edibites by Pet.Releaf, and buy them online for your pet, at This Link!
It’s a Hello Kitty world, and we just live in it. Cost Plus World Market on 6th Avenue between 18th and 19th Streets in Manhattan just re-imagined itself as a Hello Kitty Pop Up wonderland, where Hello Kitty-themed items spread out across the entire merchandise floor, save for a very narrow perimeter of the store, where you can still find throw pillows and scented candle with the Cost Plus brand attached. There are also many step-and-repeat-style Hello Kitty selfie stations scattered throughout the store, so expect to start seeing this marketing nightmare ‘Pop Up’ all over Instagram.
The red sauce, whose label boasts that it is made from “fresh, ripe tomatoes from Napoli, Italy,” sells for $6.99 per 19.6-ounce jar. They also sell Hello KItty-shaped dry pasta, but I am saving that for another post.
The Hello Kitty Pop Up at Cost Plus World Market will be open through the Holiday Season into January 2020!
Public Enemy — Kings of Hip Hop and inductees to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame — are now an Action Figure Play Set, that you can own! Featuring four of the central members from the 1980s; Terminator X, Chuck D, Flavor Flav and Professor Griff, imagine the fun urban adventures you could have with these guys! The highly-detailed figures were designed by comic book artist Ed Piskor, who wrote and illustrated Hip Hop Family Tree, a series of educational and historical comics which document the early history of hip hop culture. Available for just $60 (what a bargain) from Press-Pop Toys, Inc.
You are not hallucinating; this is an officially licensed King Diamond Action Figure that you can own! Created by Super7, the best description I could find of this awesome collectible, including the priceless headline, was found Right Here:
PREPARE FOR HEAVY METAL ACTION
Who said rock stars can’t also be action heroes? With this King Diamond ReAction Action Figure, you can add the famous Danish musician to all your wild adventures. Have him save the day with his impressive vocal range, or with his powerful Dark Metal ballads. Either way, he’s a perfect piece to add to your collection.
You can find King Diamond on various sites around the web for prices ranging from $19.99 to $24.99, so do some creative Googling and get a bargain!
On Saturday March 9th, 2019, I was fortunate to attend the wildly-anticipated Barbie 60th Anniversary Pop-Up Experience; a one-day only celebration of Barbie’s life and legacy marking the occasion of her 60th Birthday, so to speak. The free event, which had non-ticket holders queuing up for a quarter mile along Broadway in SoHo, was set up like an interactive Barbie museum. As much as the push-and-shove of instagramming hoards hindered me from getting any really great photos of this very fun and memorable event, I came away with some choice photo documentation, such the photos you see here. No Barbie Pop Up would be complete without a lifesize recreation of her famous Dream House, and this one did not disappoint.
Not only are Barbie’s kitchen appliances a delightful shade of Shocking Pink, but, apparently, she eats pink food as well. Behold: the Pink Glitter Roasting Chicken hiding in her oven!
It’s great see Barbie Rocking the Pink at 60. You go, girl!
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Here’s a fun item that I spotted at the recent National Stationery Show / New York Now Gift Show: Officially Licensed Kiss Rollerball Pens! Kiss‘ bassist and mouthpiece Gene Simmons may be an arrogant blowhard, but he also really knows audience. The Kiss Army of fans are nothing if not a fiercely loyal legion who will purchase virtually anything that has the Kiss name it. And now at last the time of the Official Kiss Pen has come!
This design is called the Rock Poster!
This one is called 1978!
Each pen comes with its own colorful case, to keep it safe and in pristine condition between uses! Please take note that the Spaceman character is fully represented by both guitarists Ace FrehleyandTommy Thayer!
And since these pens and accessories are all officially licensed, you can enjoy them with no fear of litigation!
Find a retailer in your area at This Link!
Kiss Writing Instrument Designs Are (Left to Right): Rock Poster, Heavy Metal and 1978