We will be vending all weekend, well, my lovely assistant will be vending all weekend while I carouse by the pool, seek creatures, and bask in the zillions of pieces of art, craft, design and style that is the world of Tiki Oasis. All weekend, a complete takeover of a hotel, bar, and pool, with dozens of parties and bands going on all night in the suites after the seminars, tutorials, performances and rum tastings are over. Baby Doe and Otto von Stroheim have a real cultural phenomenon here.
Join us in the vending room where we will have some amazing tiki, kustom kulture, and pop-art books from Last Gasp Publishing, a selection of Monster Tiki Mugs from Boo-Tiki, the hot t-shirt action of burlesque/punk born Popular Naughty, AND a rare Limited Edition Mug from neo-legendary Las Vegas tiki nightclub The Golden Tiki. This mug will guarantee admission to their penthouse soirees on Friday and Saturday nights.
Here’s a teaser of one of the rare mugs from Boo-Tiki!
Dumping merch at Comic Con. Only THIS year it’s not just Popular Naughty, Danger Factory, and Royal Armageddon… it is also some PHENOMENAL TIKI MUGS and some new books from Last Gasp, America’s Premier Publisher of the Free-est Fucking Speech Around. Here is a preview of the Tiki Mugs.
Man, it LOOKS like we are a world-class pop metropolitan, what with Comic Con followed up by this coolness. It’s not. San Diego is still a frat-brat, binge-drinking, bro-town. We just have these breaks to cultivate our culture and talent (that ultimately heads north to LA or SF).
We will be VENDING the Danger Factory and Popular Naughty collections here over the weekend while we alternate our drooling over kustom kars and hula girls. Come see our pop subversive streetwear!
Geeks rule the world, well not the ENTIRE world, just the fun bits. We have the reins of pop culture and if we keep doing it right with loads of vim and tons of vigor, we can slowly transform the world into a cool, loving, super-colorful, exciting place. We CAN have our jetpacks. Get to work team geek!
How do I start. Holy Cthulhu this was a whirlwind of a show. THIS is the year I start taking the clothing line thing seriously and build the shop and promote and sell my patoot off. I lucked into discovering the beautifully opinionated pleasure of Comic Book Girl 19s online existance and immediately looked into becoming a sponsor. Perfect timing! I had an extra room in this big live/work loftspace I operate called Industry Showroom in downtown San Diego and they had no tickets or room to crash in. Boom! We put together a punk rock, Comic Con summer camp and I brought down CBG19 to help work our booth (and boost her profile). Her lovely, bearded assistant Tyson (the robot/videographer/editor/loved one) came with and we had all the makings of a good show.
Here is her take on it.
(On a horrible note; your Danger Factory host- me, Rex Edhlund, is in there but- WOW do I look like crap in this thing. Remember, zero sleep, I had massive responsibilities with outside parties this year, I am building a clothing line, I do marketing, I promote geek stuff, I run Industry Showroom and use these as lame excuses to eat crappily ever after. Ugh, I look like a ripe grape and can’t bear it. My vanity has taken a hit. Frackit! Midlife crisis starting…NOW!)
Our big collaborative booth creative mess was pretty much the island of misfit toys for us locals and luminaries that couldn’t get their own big space. Well, I had the booth but I like to be sharing. So, Danger Factory hosted Comic Book Girl 19 and shared the booth with Platt College and Nerdular. Both of which I will have more to say about later.
I have never owned a slide rule. I suspect that that simple fact excludes me from purebred nerd-dom. But why guess?
Over at Slackpropagation, A Web Journal about Machine Learning, Music, and other Mischief, they did a statistical sample of data using a developer portal at Twitter to look at over 26 million tweets. They found the following nerdy/geeky words and looked at whether they were also associated with “geek” or “nerd”.
On about 90% of these I agree. How “punk” got on the Nerd side I don’t know, ALL my music geek friends are into punk. Microsoft landing on the Geek side is also odd. But hey, this isn’t cancer research, it’s a frickin’ data whim.
Aah, but other than that it seems kinda bullseyeish, even the sad bits like “loneliness”, “autistic”, and “smartypants”. The full dose of info is fascinating. They took it pretty seriously. For example:
“Both are dedicated to their subjects, and sometimes socially awkward. The distinction is that geeks are fans of their subjects, and nerds are practitioners of them. A computer geek might read Wired and tap the Silicon Valley rumor-mill for leads on the next hot-new-thing, while a computer nerd might read CLRS and keep an eye out for clever new ways of applying Dijkstra’s algorithm. Note that, while not synonyms, they are not necessarily distinct either: many geeks are also nerds (and vice versa).”
There you go. Self categorize at your leisure.
A more thorough explanation of how they created this infographic can be found at their website. (http://slackprop.wordpress.com/2013/06/03/on-geek-versus-nerd/)
Popular Naughty is a streetwear company that specializes in that kinda dive bar, burlesque club, vintage, punk rock in yer frackin’ face designs We are toying with bringing the online shop here. Hey, if it is good enough for Miss Mia Vixen, it should be good enough for anyone.
Sexy, manly, adventurey, swarthy, international adventure and espionage-y task team DANGER 5 is finally making it’s Hitler hunting way into the poposhpere of US geeks.
This remarkable blend of sci fi, Thunderbirds, Flint, Helm, and Sid and Marty Kroft is perfect in every way. The sound, the lines, the poor dubbing… all skillfully dated and brilliant. Oh, and don’t get me started on the supreme hotness of Natasa Ristic.
Enjoy this uber campy Danger 5 intro reel.
Claire does get a bit mouthy…. for a broad. Eagle headed Colonels don’t have the time for such nonsense.
Just sayin’. Yeah it is super important that she is also a geek, that’s what gets her to THIS site, but the facts are she is pretty much a perfect creature. These pics are an example.. no make up, no prep time, now warning. Just, “Hey Justine! We have two minutes, can you throw these on so I can maybe get a pic for a postcard?” Snap, snap, click, click, oy and here they are- a super pretty girl with every nerd’s dream qualities. She even does improv now with Comic Book Live!The very same troupe that OG Geek Chris Gore is in.
You will see lots more of her, hang tight. And SOMEBODY needs to book her for a Cosplay shoot. Maybe we should do a Kickstarter campaign for that. We need that.Oh, and the shirt she is wearing is the Vintage Destroyer. from Popular Naughty.
So I went to Comikaze 2012 last weekend, partially to run up some display stuff and maybe help out a bit for the cast and crew of Bad Kids Go To Hell, my new fave indie cult hit; and also to see if it would be worth getting a booth for Popular Naughty.
I would have to say it is a good booth idea. The show itself is kinda old school Comic Con… easy to see it all, a very casual atmosphere to speak with the artists and creators, tons of super geek chic shopping options, and a reasonable load of panels to see. It did have a shortage of actual COMICS, but I am sure that will grow. Stan Lee IS one of the show’s owners now.
I LOVED that they had an pre-show concert. Pop art and alternative music have always been delightful bedfellows, so Peter Murphy was a perfect choice. Here are a few pics.
Now get this. Adrianne Curry, one of the show’s organizers, Stan, and Peter took the stage and Stan Lee and Bauhaus singer Peter Murphy sang a duet of That Old Black Magic.
Wow, the voice of legendary post punk goth group Bauhaus kneeling to the Nerd King.
A very cool alien salesman by the makeup peeps from Face Off.
Bad Kid Go TO Hell co-writer Matthew Spradlin had a casual victim/zombie relationship with a couple of roaming zombies.
There was also the cute geek factor.
Here is Bad Kids Go To Hell actress Amanda Alch lookin’ all retro megahoot.
Yes, I DO have a thing for redheads. Here is the ubercute Alana from Face Off.
Danger Factory, where geeks rule, weird is cool, and we swim in the exotic cocktail of music, art, and the world.