While I only went to one live concert, it was my most memorable concert experience yet, since it also coincidentally fell on my birth month. Perfume, a Japanese techno dance pop trio, had just made their US debut in 2014 of November. Since it was their first American tour, everything about it was special and highly anticipated that even fans from all over the globe would flock in LA to see them live.
What I made for this challenge is simply a tribute to Perfume and the global fandom who had made the whole experience worthwhile. This collage sits atop my workstation and spans about 4x5 feet in measurement.
Basically, the scrapbook-like collage is an accumulation of the 3-day event for Perfume. Each pic shares a small story about what transpired during those days.
The two-day fan meetups were held prior to the Sunday night concert in LA, and each fan event we attended, we receive a colored wristband for it (Img.2). First day was Japan Day where me and the organizers had a small meet and explored Little Tokyo and getting into the Japanese culture. We took plenty of pictures around the area with the banner, one of which taken near a karaoke corner (center pic and Img.5). I actually made the banner from a lyric flyer that I designed. We also found a couple of LiveNation flyers distributed around the restaurants in Little Tokyo. The next day was Izakaya Night where I met with tons more people, plenty of them international fans across the globe. Izakaya is basically a food and drink night party in Japanese culture. There we poured out beer, chatted and enjoyed watching live performances of the fans. The larger part of my corkboard collection is thanks to the Japanese who got some anniversary postcards from Tokyo Tower Records (see Img.3). The lyric flyers are by two American graphic designers whom I admire for their work. They are respectively used for Los Angeles (Img.1) and the later New York performace (Img.5). Clipped with the LA lyric flyer are the contact cards from the Japanese people whom I've met during that Saturday night.
To commerate meeting with the international fans that night, I also brought and shared my craft-of-trade with the crowd, a set of crocheted dolls modeled on Perfume with one of their Spice single's costume. It made me a bit glad that they got passed around and received well among the people.
LONG-SHOT OF COLLAGE:
But the best part of it is definitely the concert day, Novemer 9. Fans gathered as early as 3AM to wait near the Palladium (shocking, yes!). The concert was not until 7PM so during that wait, people were distributing tons of Perfume-related goods. Some of them official goods from Japan and most are fan-made to celebrate Perfume's live. In its entirety, everything there was nothing short of awesome. My banner also made a reappearance near the food and drinks booth sponsored by the organizers and donators. All the food and drinks are labeled with the sticker that has a unique QR code linking to the fanpage for the 3-day event organized by a small group of LA fans. Luckily, I still got to keeThe two poster frames and the laser-cut piece were from American fans that I got acquainted with through the online fanpage. It's unbelievable to think that people from different walks of life could gather in one place to enjoy the same taste in music. Because of that, I created a unique set of bookmarks by crafting the codes with the girls' hairstyles as frames. Each scan links respectively to the Perfume LA fanpage, the TicketMaster concert page and Facebook group, all the websites that made this enjoyment possible.
The concert itself was extremely fun and lively, the place packed to a T that we were in all sorts of tired and bliss. It was a completely different world when Perfume performed on-stage and interacted with fans during their MC segments about their stay in Los Angeles. Even OK GO, whom they have collaborate with a few months early, supported the girls in the VIP section. The night couldn't have ended well with a great encore and a greater after-party (although I was too busy enjoying the concert that I absolutely forgot to take pictures.)
POSTER & TICKET:
Like any concert-goer, I kept my ticket with a small poster of the group and I look at it all the time, remembering all the fun times I had with these wonderful people and with Perfume. For now, I have this wall to look up to in hopes of seeing them again here in the US for their future World Tours.