October 18, 2012
Hello Kitty is celebrating the third anniversary of her 35th birthday with an art compilation book, Hello Kitty, Hello Art! Dozens of artists from around the world are featured including Gary Baseman, kaNO, Jeremyville, and Tara McPherson. The book is 200 full color pages of Hello Kitty and her Sanrio pals My Melody, Keroppi, Badtz-Maru, Little Twin Stars, and Chococat.
In a recent interview with Cool Hunting, Gary Baseman said this about the brand behind the favorite feline: “Sanrio seems to have a natural ability to remain young and playful as its own characters, embracing fully current trends in fashion, product design, and art.” kaNO’s piece, a 48″ x 30″ acrylic on wood titled “Hello Mello,” is a snarky depiction of Hello Kitty’s musical rabbit friend, My Melody. “Music is such a huge part of my creative process and I felt [My Melody] would give me a lot to play with.”