This weekend, Unbeige went to check out the opening of Giant Robot New York, the magazine’s first retail outpost on the East Coast. They threw a party from 6-10 pm to celebrate, but we missed out on the festivities because we had to haul-ass to Chelsea for an opening at 7 pm (which we couldn’t even cover because the “artists” were “afraid” of cameras). All sweaty and tired, we thought the GR store would have been packed, so we decided to go the nearest bar to drink our night away instead.
First published as a photocopied ‘n stapled zine in 1994 by Eric Nakamura and Martin Wong, Giant Robot covers everything from “movie stars, musicians, and skateboarders to toys, technology, and history” with an Asian-American twist. The design itself has evolved throughout the years but has always remained fresh and energetic. Covers have been designed by everyone from KAWS to Takashi Murakami to Geoff McFetridge, and content has covered everything from Thai horror movie posters to pharmacy labels in Cambodia to Japanese concentration camp art.
The store has a little bit of everything–books, toys, shirts, posters–it’s an impressive collection with something for everyone (we were tempted by several things but remembered the cable bill was due, damn you Time Warner!!).
Make sure you check out the store if you’re in the neighborhood. Just promise to ignore us while we stare longingly at all the great stuff from outside. Giant Robot New York is located at 437 E. 9th St. (bet. 1st & A).