>> It doesn't take much to pull me out of a illin' state. Even if I'm still sort of house-bound and can't quite stomach all the things that are good in life (namely bacon, bread and pasta). Doraemon to the rescueeeeee! Last week when I dropped by Eternal Youth Gallery in Dalston to see Gary Card's masking tape creatures imagined from his own Abandoned Amusement Park Attraction, I also came across Anna Ryon's hand painted Doraemon tee. Judging by the reaction to my Instagram pic (a helpful and highly reponsive barometer, no?), seems like I'm not the only one who has much love for Doraemon. Except nobody wants the properly printed and sanitised look and feel of Doraemon's official merchandise. Too shiny and pristine for my liking. Better then that Ryon, who is also a photographer/student of anthropology and sociology, put paintbrush to garment and did her own painted spin on this veritable anime icon. She's labelled her painted pieces Massive Crush and whilst for now, she's just casually painting on ready made and found clothing (which she'll be selling on Etsy soon), she plans on collaborating with a friend to work on their own silhouettes to use as canvas.
For now, I have my very own Doraemon two piece, courtesy of Ryon, and can hark back to the days when mama Lau would dress me and my sisters up in matching two-piece sweatshirts and tracksuit bottoms or tees n' shorts festooned with totally not legit Sanrio, Doraemon, Dragonball and Sailor Moon characters, that fell off the back of a truck in Ladies Market in Hong Kong. I declare that summer isn't over yet until I've cycled around London on a reconditioned Mamachari bike, wearing my Massive Crush stash and a big goofy grin.