Last week, our worldview was forever changed when anthropologist/Hello Kitty expert Christine R. Yano told the L.A. Times that our favorite cat is actually not a cat at all, but a girl. More specifically, “she’s a cartoon character. She is a little girl. She is a friend. But she is not a cat. She’s never depicted on all fours. She walks and sits like a two-legged creature.” Just when we thought we’d gotten a straight answer, a PR rep from Hello Kitty’s parent company Sanrio countered Yano’s claimed and said the organization “never said she was a human.” So what is she then, a nebulous nothing-species?
Sanrio says Hello Kitty is the personification of a cat in the same way that Mickey Mouse is neither a human nor an ordinary mouse. “Hello Kitty was done in the motif of a cat,” the company said. “It’s going too far to say that Hello Kitty is not a cat.” These conflicting answers are very suspicious. If Hello Kitty is this sketchy in the explanation of what she even is, then what other lies is she living? As it turns out, Hello Kitty has a whole complicated backstory that most of us have heard nothing about. If there’s nothing to hide, why wasn’t she more transparent about her past? The story of her origin is full of holes. Here are 15 facts about Hello Kitty that most of us never knew. They may make you question what kind of scheme Hello Kitty may be running after all. Keep reading »
This new limited edition Leica camera combines Hello Kitty and the Playboy bunny, because wh0 doesn’t want a twee cartoon cat adorned with those famous bunny ears? I mean, they both have major birthdays this year (Hello Kitty turns 40 and Playboy turns 60), so I guess that’s as good an excuse to pair them off as any. And go figure, it’s Playboy who is going for the younger woman. Keep reading »
It’s not so unusual to have a stockpile of Hello Kitty-themed waffle irons, toasters, tattoos, and toe socks, but apparently some fans want to take it a step further. These questionably creepy contacts are oversized for anime-like effect and offer the stunning design of Hello Kitty heads swirling around the pupil, with the option of either hearts of flowers floating amongst them. Nope, not terrifying at all. While these aren’t the first Hello Kitty contacts to hit the market (previous designs were far more scary-looking), they are the first to be anti-radiation. Um, yay? There are eight different color options being sold by Fall In Eyez and I.Candy. Personally, I’m holding out for somebody to put Chococat on my eyewear. [InventorSpot]
Hello Kitty was born in 1974, and since then, the beloved Sanrio character has only grown in popularity, as evidenced by the plethora of travel options that will fulfill every Hello Kitty lover’s fantasy. To read while you travel: Christine R. Yano’s cultural exploration Pink Globalization: Hello Kitty’s Trek across the Pacific and to bookmark: Hello Kitty Hell, where you will find the most bizarre Hello Kitty items you can imagine (out of more than 50,000!), from ice cubes to bullets to tooth crowns. New products abound, though; my Google Alert for Hello Kitty is constantly pinging with items like a Hello Kitty surge protector. Can’t get away? You can create your own Hello Kitty home decor with these rub-on Hello Kitty wall graphics. Note: these tips are not necessarily listed in geographic proximity, but are some ideas for how to get your Hello Kitty on around the world. Keep reading »
Listen, I know, sometimes we just want to be cute. Cute is fine, but in my estimation, this dress goes over the cliff from cute to infantilizing. This “Kawaii Not?” dress from Modcloth puts a Hello Kitty face on your boobs, and just seems like an adult-man repeller. But what do you think?