I Am A Teenage Girl From Japan Who Likes Weird Things

10 January 2012

Dear Diary,

Like many teenage girls in Japan, I love all things graphic, bright, and cartoony. Yesterday, I went on a crazy shopping spree at Target and was reminded how much I like cartoon-inspired objects. In particular, I was struck by a mug in the shape of a whale (which happened to be in my favorite color aqua). It titillated me because I find it both revolting and completely necessary. At first I thought it was too cheesy and disgusting to buy, but then I thought to myself that if I saw it at Cerealart, I’d totally want it. This mug cost me $3.99 and it was worth every penny. I liked it so much I bought one for myself and one for a new friend (who threw it in the garbage as soon as I left her apartment. Probably). Can you imagine not being filled with joy whilst drinking from this ridiculous mug?

Target has some other weird/cute stuff right now, including this cookie jar. That mama elephant looks like she’s about to eat her baby.

This candy jar terrifies me. Thus, I want it.

I’m a fan of Takashi Murakami and Yoshitomo Nara, which probably explains why I like these weird, subversive cartoony objects so much. In fact, I have both these Nara pieces in my apartment:

Cute Clock.

Cute puppy in a teacup.

If you aren’t familiar with Cerealart, you should check them out. They sell all sorts of glamourous artist editions and a ton of fun objects (including those below) made by artists whose actual work is too expensive for, like, anyone to afford.

I like this adorable brass tooth by David Shrigley.

Also, I need this sign by Maurizio Cattelan:

Keith Haring coasters. Gimme.

If I smoked I’d totally want this ashtray by Yoshitomo Nara.

I guess the moral of the story is that I love weird cartoony objects. And so should you.


8 Comment

  1. well I love, love MATRYOSHKAS and I could have them all over my home if the husband would let me… 🙁
    Happy weird stuff hunting!!

  2. Kimberly says:

    The open mouthed whale candy jar stopped me in my tracks at Target a couple of weeks ago. It’s so weird. So amusing. So must be in my life.

  3. Catherine Soria says:

    Too kyuto

  4. Thank you for introducing me to such “weird” things. Love them!

  5. Carly says:

    I love David Shrigley so so much. I carry one of his books around with me at all times, but his items are always one million dollars (each).

  6. Lauren says:

    Your new mug is my favorite thing in this post. Adorbs. I mean, maybe if the brass tooth wasn’t $1200 it be my fave. Alas, it is $1200 and your mug is $3.99.

  7. Elisa says:

    I would like the brass tooth to be a chair somehow.

  8. Jessica Vahle says:

    Could you please tell me the maker of the whale mug? Target no longer sells it and i am hoping i can buy it from whoever distributes them. I cant seem to buy one from ANYWHERE. Its for my best friend. Thank you!

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