AMAZIAN OF THE WEEK! Hello Kitty Turns 35

November 2nd, 2009 | 2 comments | Posted by Jen

hello kitty coin purseThe very first Hello Kitty merch, Coin Purse, 1974

Name: Hello Kitty (née Kitty White)

Born: November 1, 1974

Occupation: Icon

Known for: Presiding over a $5 billion dollar empire, pioneering kawaii style, having no mouth, that fucking red bow, serving as Japan’s tourism ambassador, being everyone’s favorite pussy–from children to club kids to celebrities to haters–and decorating everything from guns to bongs to maxi pads to vibrators.

What explains Hello Kitty’s enduring popularity?

Brian Bremner and Ken Belson, authors of Hello Kitty: The Remarkable Story of Sanrio and the Billion Dollar Feline Phenomenon maintain Kitty is the ultimate fantasy object:

…Hello Kitty somehow touches upon an archetype, one of the unconscious human desires just about everyone shares…She is like a mirror, reflecting back any desires or feelings you project upon the character.

Lady Gaga in Hello Kitty DressWhen Bowheads Collide: Lady Gaga in a Hello Kitty dress

[Time: Hello Kitty Is 35 Years Old!]
[Weird Asia News: Hello Kitty: The Funny, The Weird, And The Horrifying]
[Pop Cult: What Is This Thing Called Hello Kitty?]

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2 Responses to “AMAZIAN OF THE WEEK! Hello Kitty Turns 35”

  1. Simon says:

    The Hello Kitty assault rifle says, “I’m not afraid to show my sensitive side while I quickly dispose of my enemies. Meow!”

  2. johnminh says:

    I would celebrate by wearing these: http://www.kittyhell.com/2009/03/03/hello-kitty-low-rise-mens-underwear/

    but my saggy ass would make hello kitty form a mouth just to frown.

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