Royal/T is a crazy art gallery/restaurant/store in Culver City. They call it L.A.'s first cosplay café. The space has been hosting a series of Hello Kitty events and artwork for the past few weeks, and it peaked last night with a Hello Kitty '80s Goth party.
My girlfriend Stepho and our friends Kimmy, Carré and Jhoana are obsessed with Hello Kitty and just about anything similarly cute and/or kitty-based, so we all got dressed up and headed to Culver City (my "costume" was typically creative: a black suit). We got there at 8:30 to find easily 300 people in a slow-moving line that wrapped around the whole building. In a particularly lucky turn of events (especially for Friday the 13th), my heroic friend Rob Vogel, whose beautiful girlfriend Amanda Jones was DJ'ing the event, called just as we were about to split to tell us that he could get us in. Station.
The inside of this Hello Kitty party was like a microscopic Comic-Con populated only by cute girls and cosplayers. Everybody there was 100% into Hello Kitty and Gothic Lolita or harajuku fashions, and some people managed to fuse it with the 1980s goth theme of the evening. There was some excellent Hello Kitty-based artwork on display but the people and their outfits were just as creative and fun to see. So much giggling, screaming and other outbursts of cuteness and intense glee -- it was really hard to be sardonic in there. I had an amazing time.
A couple of girls definitely stood out. They handed me a flyer/sticker that read, "Are you CUTE?! Or NAST?!"
Something about that phrase just blew a hole in my head and I had to Tweet and txt and otherwise transmit those words to everybody I could think of. I learned these girls are called Princess Sparkle Dynamite and Magical Rainbow Explosion (for when they feel CUTE!) or Anal Stained Steph and Jelly Jizz Jeanie (for when they feel NAST!). I urge you to learn more about them and their insane lives at cuteornast.com.
I wish I had more and better pictures of the attendees but I felt weird just asking strangers if I could take their photos and put them on a blog they'd never read. But there was an event photographer on-site so hopefully we will see some more pix soon