Gimme Gimme Pillow Toast returns: Medical punk, face masks and the soul of Taipei
You know the town's about to get weirder when Denver's Japanese-street-fashion-obsessed couple Andrew Novick and Janene Hurst bring back their Gimme Gimme Pillow Toast pop-up shop, which is filled to the rafters of Mod Livin's upstair gallery with Asian pop goods you won't find anywhere else in these parts. And that's a good thing, especially for people who like to dress up, from cosplayers to Halloween-season revelers.
For this year's shop, an amalgam of Gothic Lolita wear, non sequitur-emblazoned t-shirts, kawaii paraphernalia and other pop-culture oddities, Andrew and Janene traveled to Taipei, bringing back a little of that city's particular pop flavor, from Relax Bear iPhone cases, which sport cute little ears to the ubiquitous face masks that Taiwanese scooter-riders don to fight pollution. Those masks -- which picture characters of every stripe from manga girls to Hello Kitty -- in particular fit the Gimme Gimme Pillow Toast theme of the season: Medical Punk, a style that plays doctor in all the worst ways: with hospital uniforms, seriously Gothic makeup, spiky hair, bloody bandages and, yep, face masks.
Andrew Novick at Gimme Gimme Pillow Toast, against a backdrop of face masks and other Asian pop goodies from Taipei.
The Halloween-worthy trend will show up in spades later this month, when Gimme Gimme Pillow Toast hosts first a Medical Punk Fashion Show at Mod Livin' on October 15, and second a Medical Punk Dance Party in RiNo on October 29 And the pop-up? It'll be open right through January, serving all your wackier holiday shopping needs.
In Taipei, wearing the mask appears to be a matter of life and death. GGPT's limited-edition designer tees come in their own designer tubes.