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Vegas: Zappos Fandom Friday 2016-03-25

On Friday, March 25th I was lucky enough to participate in Zappos Fandom Friday event! Zappos, for those not in the know, is an online retailer based in my quaint little home town of Las Vegas, Nevada. On top of being a successful company that ranks as one of the best in country to work for,  Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh has taken a very active role in helping to revitalise downtown Las Vegas, leading the way in it’s resurgence as a popular tourist & local hipster destination. And yes, if you read the Wired article I linked there, it’s true; there is a giant praying mantis that shoot fire in Downtown Vegas, located in front of the Downtown Container Park. Thanks, Tony.
As a participating artist/vendor at the event, I got to hang out in their lobby area and partake in all the nerdy goodness afoot! There were many super talented artists, groovy vendors, cosplayers, banging DJs, and even some llamas. 
Yes, llamas.
Gosh they’re cute! 
And really, it was a very cool event to attend. If I’m not mistaken, this was the first ever Fandom Friday thanks in no small part to Rogue Toys! Rogue Toys partnered with Zappos to get the gears rolling on this event and I’m so grateful they did. It’s always great seeing new opportunities and events pop up for the artistic community in this city! And what a fun event this was; there were dancing storm troopers, amazing cosplay, fantastic original art, live performances by Decaying Tigers, arcades games free to play, food trucks, and fun and games for all involved!
I came out with some limited edition Batman Vs. Superman prints in honour of the new movie. Have you seen it? Antho and I had already watched it by the time I went to the event, but I made sure not to give away any spoilers…but I didn’t really get much opportunity as almost everyone I asked about the movie admitted to being less than excited to see it…womp womp. 

Even so, I managed to sell a few of the prints. ^_^ I’m thinking of putting them up on Etsy, but I have a few Superhero events left here in town first so I’ll see how they do. The nice thing about prints is once they’re made you have them, so even if I didn’t sell out of them at the event I’m glad to have gone! 
How often do you get to encounter random llamas or dancing Storm Troopers, after all?
This is going to be an image heavy post, so be forewarned ye of sluggish internet!!

Also, if you see yourself or anyone you know and want me to include their name or remove photos, please contact me ASAP and I’ll be happy to oblige! 

This fella was super friendly and was proud to be releasing the 8th issue of his comic soon! Right on! If you signed up for his mailing list you got a free digital copy, too. 🙂

Hopeless Savage Art had some cool stencil work! I like the Riddler Batman and Daredevils a lot.

Her original paintings were really neat! ^_^ She was pretty friendly, too. I love the Deadpool theme going on, and isn’t this melted crayon painting with pixelated heart super cute? I love the colors! 

I didn’t see the artist here, so I hope they don’t mind too much that I’m sharing their work~ it’s AMAZING! Look at all the detail! How cool. I tried to ask everyone before taking photos but if you’re the creator of these paintings and want me to take them down or include your name, please just let me know!

This lovely lady was so talented! I love her images! Look at that sassy ass Snape. Guuuurl! I ended up taking home a Groot magnet and a Dwight magnet for Antho. I couldn’t resist, I loved the Office and Dwight is one of my favourites. 

“We both know it’s not an airplane.” 
Best. bib. ever!

This trooper was getting DOWN!!!

DECAYING TIGERS!!
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The lovely ladies of VAGINA, or Very Awesome Girls Into Nerdy Activites. Naturally. Head’s out of the gutters, folks. 😉

Again, I had a total blast and was really glad to have gone. I met a lot of really cool people and got to see some amazing art and cosplay! I definitely recommend going if you ever get the chance!
XOXO
Nau

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Vegas: We are the Music Makers Open Mic Night

Every Monday night We are the Music Makers open mic night that takes over The Beat coffeeshop in Downtown Las Vegas.  Hosted by our good friend Diego, you’re guaranteed a wide cross section of the many music talents inhabiting our city. From tie-dye clad Hamlet rapping newbies to seasoned pros belting out covers of classic bluesy tunes there’s something for everyone, and all are welcome. 
It’s pretty groovy. The coffee and grub aren’t half bad, either. If you’re of a particularly stoney mindset, give the Slap & Tickle sandwich a try; peanut butter & homemade jam with smoked bacon and pickled jalapeños on simple white bread. It’s an unholy medley of sweet, smokey, savoury and your forever tainted childhood. 
Antho and I rolled out with our light show, 710 Visuals, illuminating the event’s proceedings. We had a lot of fun and the music was ever-so-delightfully coffee house chic, which means I felt like whipping out a sketchbook and doodling most of the evening. Next time, sketchy, next time.
We’re definitely going to be doing more of these in coming weeks!
I’m looking forward to it. ^_^
Have you ever been to an Open mic night?
Did you perform?
I don’t think I’d ever be brave enough ^^;;
Drawing is kind of a quiet, solitary thing, compared to music, isn’t it?
But then again, Bob Ross made a career on his happy little trees, so there is potential there.
Anyway…if you’re local, you should certainly give it a shot!
Everyone’s very friendly and accepting, so don’t be shy. 
Hope you have a happy little day!
Thanks for stopping by! 
XOXO Nau

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Candy Warpop & 710 Visuals performance 11/2015

Candy Warpop recently put on a righteous show at 11th Street Records in Downtown Vegas and invited us to throw light at them. We happily obliged, and here’s some of the results!
Josh, their guitarist, was a bit under the weather but still managed to do an excellent job of it. He even threw in a pretty rad solo later on!
“Exterminating Angel”

“Transcendence”

“Mecca 888”

“Sunday in Hell”

Josh’s solo, as promised!

“Pigs” by Candy Warpop.

“Wild Boy”

“White Rabbit”, cover of the song by Jefferson Airplane.

“March of the Pigs”, NIN cover.

All around great night an an excellent show!
Hope you enjoyed the photos & videos, thanks for stopping by!

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An ode to the weirdos of Fremont Street

Fremont Street in Downtown Las Vegas attracts all sorts of people. 
All sorts.
From this bearded lady…

To these Italian plumbers and their reptilian friend…

The body painted nudists and your Super heroes/Super villains…
To this chick with her blow up doll…
To this drunken Santa…
Cupid and this patriot…
To this super casual dude and his pet.
Oh, yes…
Fremont street.
I recommend visiting if you’re ever in Vegas. 
Cheaper booze than the strip and free entertainment!
The people watching is hard to beat.

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Las Vegas: Candy Warpop & 710 Visuals at the Beauty Bar 2015-10-18

Antho and I went out to the lovely Beauty Bar in Downtown Las Vegas recently to do visuals with the badass band Candy Warpop. Jonas on bass, Amy on vocals, Josh on guitar and Anisa on drums, these guys always put on a great show and we’re always happy to throw some extra-sensory fun into the mix!
They’re all multitalented and ambitious individuals, so it’s incredibly inspiring to work with them. 


It was an excellent evening as always! The show was well received and we had a lot of fun!