Hello Kitty Con 2014 Tips and Highlights

I consider myself lucky to attend the press preview for the first ever official Hello Kitty Con 2014 because it is sold out! Whoever has a ticket, get ready for sensory overload! I was there for about two hours and didn’t get a chance to see everything (and it was not crowded, mind you). What I did see and experience was pretty awesome. I imagine it will be packed the next few days.

Here are my tips to make the most of your time:

  1. Read Hello Kitty Con’s website’s event info link thoroughly. There’s a lot of information there that will help you prioritize your day.
  2. Arrive early for signings. I was lucky to get a coveted personalized drawing by Yuko Yamaguchi, the lead (and third) designer for Hello Kitty. I was too late to get autographs from the other artists (which were in the Super Supermarket area), who were signing drawings of My Melody, Pompompurin, Chococat, and Hello Kitty.
  3. Free PERMANENT tattoos for Hello Kitty superfans! You must be 18 and have a valid I.D. I did not do this, but if you choose to, it’s something you should sign up for right away.
  4. Bring a canvas tote bag for freebies and purchases and carry your wallet, keys, and other valuables in a crossbody purse. Most places will have a plastic bag with purchase, but I found the canvas tote bag I brought very helpful. Spam is heavy!
  5. If you love exclusive or limited edition items like I do, check out this link for the Hello Kitty Friendship Station Pop-Up Shop, and plan accordingly. It can be easy to browse too much in a shop, and end up spending more than you wanted. Certain items, like the Hello Kitty bobblehead and the vinyl bow figure say “one per person,” so those are ones that are more likely to be worth more in the future.
  6. Bring more than one credit card. Also bring cash. But a second credit card is something I learned the hard way. Because my credit card has fraud protection, I couldn’t use it on my third (and most important) transaction. It was denied. Luckily, I had a backup and was able to use that for the purchase AND to get out of the parking garage!
  7. Parking: I parked at Aiso Street Parking Garage. It’s run by the city, so the price is really reasonable. It’s a quick five minute walk to the event.

More photos can be found on my instagram feed, but here are some highlights:

Hello Kitty Con Birthday Cake Artwork

A giant cake for a big star! Happy 40th birthday, Hello Kitty!

 

Temporary Tattoo, paper kitty headband, official guide book, and post card

Temporary Tattoo, paper kitty headband, official guide book, and post card

 

Yes, I bought one of these! Limited Edition Spam musubi kit Hello Kitty Con exclusive!

Yes, I bought one of these! Limited Edition Spam musubi kit Hello Kitty Con exclusive!

So excited I was speechless and all smiles as i watched her draw right in front of me! Head artist for Hello Kitty Yuko Yamaguchi!

So excited I was speechless and all smiles as i watched her draw right in front of me! Head artist for Hello Kitty Yuko Yamaguchi!

#hellokittycon #hellokittycon2014 #fashion #models #hellokitty #dresses #dtla #art #beautiful #hot #couture A video posted by Westside Mommy (@westsidemommy) on

Relevant Links

More photos and videos on Westside Mommy’s Instagram Feed

Hello Kitty Con Event website