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Rock icons, cult-favorite designers, street art fanatics and Sanriophiles flocked to Known Gallery on Saturday to ring in the launch of HELLO KITTY, HELLO ART!—a new book inspired by everyone's favorite Japanese bobtail cat with a red bow.
The night featured a gallery exhibition of Hello Kitty-fied paintings, prints, installations and media by artists like Shepard Fairey, RISK, 64 Colors, Kenton Parker Adam Wallacavage and POSE, the book's cover artist. Favorites included RISK's Hello Kitty/Rolling Stones mash-up and POSE's post-it wall.
Regarding the private bash's guest list, we spotted all of Royal/T's former patrons, including jewelry designer Onch of Onch Movement. Our friends from Joyrich were also in the house, as were a bevy of creatively dressed characters. Then
Nikki Sixx of Mötley Crüe showed up with his signature hair and a blonde babe in tow. (Update: Per a rock-savvy commenter, that's actually Billy Idol's guitarist Steve Stevens.) Who knew he was a Hello Kitty fan?
· Sanrio [Official Site]
· Behold Joyrich's Poptastic Wonderland on Melrose [Racked]
· Catch the Final Days of Royal/T and Onch Movement in Culver [Racked]