9 Questions With Simone Legno

28 Aug 2015 by Arissa Ha

You might not know him by name, but we’re sure you’ve seen his tokidoki creations around. We spoke to Simone Legno about his works, his fave Singaporean food and the inspiration behind the STGCC x tokidoki Unicorno.

#1 Tokidoki seems heavily influenced by the Japanese culture. What’s the reason behind it?

I think it is hard to explain my love for this wonderful country and it is something called “Japanisme” (a term coined to describe the craze for things Japanese). It’s something I feel on the inside and I am totally astonished for everything that comes from Japan; from the beauty of their tradition to the super pop flashy aspects of the modern cities. I love the kindness, politeness, seriousness of the Japanese people. Even so, they can be quite funny, playful and extremely creative. 

I think what awoke this feeling in me was probably due to the invasion of Japanese animation and shows into the Italian TV during the ’80s. As a little boy, I was amazed with the characters and stories of the animation. Through this, I could experience the normal lifestyle of the Japanese people – what they ate, their houses, the neighbourhoods, trains, cherry blossoms, student uniforms, rice balls, the beautiful writings, etc. As a little kid, I was hooked  and developed a huge curiosity, genuine love and admiration for this amazingly different world.

Tokidoki is the diary of my life, an artistic style that has been influenced by all of my trips and experiences I’ve had during my life. The influence came from the street art of Los Angeles where I’ve lived for about 12 years. In addition, the strong punk rock iconography that came a decade ago when I was in a punk rock band as a teenager is also noticeable in my art.

#2 What can we expect from tokidoki in the new future?

There are many things in my industry that I cannot announce before we have an official marketing strategy. However, there are a few things I can share and they are the releases of new sneakers with Onitsuka Tiger, more Art toys with Karl Lagerfeld, caps with New Era, Snoopy and the Peanuts and cool projects like slot machines that will be in the best casinos in the world, including Marina Bay Sands. Other than collaborations, we are also focusing on a new set of characters for the tokidoki brand and looking to expand the brand internationally, mainly in Asia. We’re planning to start opening our first Asian flagship stores in China and Korea in 2016.

#3 What would be a dream project for you to work on?

I would love to work with an airline and decorate an airplane. [Editor: Hey Singapore Airlines, are you reading this?]


#4 Which tokidoki character is your favorite to design and why?

Out of the hundreds that I’ve designed, it is very hard to choose because many of them are really special and unique for what they represent. If I must choose, I would say SANDy the Cactus Girl. The world can be cold and scary and so she zips herself in a cactus suit to protect herself from the scary things of this world. I love her because she has become iconic and she reminds me my little daughter.

#5 You have been a supporter of the Singapore Toys Games and Comics Convention (STGCC) since it started. What keeps you coming back?

I think it is the warm welcome of the fans that have been growing every year and I can’t disappoint them after so many years! From a business view-point, I definitively think that Singapore is a “must go” city in the world.

#6 What have you observed about the crowd, exhibitors and artists at STGCC over the years?

I feel that the crowd is very enthusiastic and they receive people from abroad like stars. With regard to the artists, you can see an Asian influence with a lot more of cute/kawaii kind of artwork, as compared to the western shows I do (San Diego, New York). In the USA, it is more entertainment and super hero driven.

#7 What do you love most about Singapore? 

It has to definitely be the globalisation and coexistence of so many different cultures in just one city, along with her modernity, functionality and safety.

STGCC x tokidoki Unicorno

#8 Tell us a little bit more about the STGCC x tokidoki Unicorno and what’s your inspiration behind it?

I wanted to create the SG50 colorful Unicorno to complement the beautiful creative mix of diverse cultures I’ve experienced in Singapore. I incorporated the Merlion and the National Flag so it could be unmistakably recognized as a Singaporean tokidoki.

#9 We heard that the STGCC x tokidoki Unicorno packaging features Unicorno slurping some wanton mee. Is that your fave local dish? (If not, what is your favourite local dish?).

In so many years, thanks to my close local friends, I’ve tried a lot of recipes including crocodile and turtle soups. I think I love the classic chicken rice!

Catch Simone Legno and purchase the limited edition STGCC x tokidoki Unicorno at STGCC next weekend (12 to 13 Sep)! We’re giving away free passes to STGCC so click here to find out how you can win them. 

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Entertainment News Recap

25 Aug 2015 by Venetia Sng

Be your idol’s house guest, more music videos and is this boy band gona split forever? We have the juiciest entertainment news for you right here!

HyunA cracks her whip for ‘Because I’m The Best’

We think this is HyunA’s boldest solo release so far! With even more appeal (is that even possible?!) and swagger, this sex kitten is here to tell you not to mess with her cause she is badass as hell. BTOB’s Ilhoon adds on to the overflowing eye candy with his shirtless appearance and may we say that they look mighty cute together as well.

Jennifer Lawrence is Forbe’s Highest Paid Actress for 2015

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You would be laughing to the bank like J.Law here if you were earning as much as her, US$52 million for the past year to be exact. The Hunger Games star has the trilogy to thank, the films have since grossed US$2.3billion worldwide! How many zeros is that again? 

CL to debut in America soon

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YG Entertainment really likes to keep us waiting don’t they? Every Blackjack has been anticipating CL’s official American debut for what seems like forever, and is it finally happening soon? A YG Entertainment rep told Korean media OSEN, “CL’s American debut is likely to be in September, but it hasn’t been finalised.” Can they just finalise it already?! We don’t think we can wait any longer, on second thoughts, we will just keep Doctor Pepper on repeat then.

G-Dragon invites you to stay at his home

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If you haven’t heard already, 5 lucky fans will get a once-in-a-lifetime chance of staying at G-Dragon’s second home in Hongdae, Korea! Out of the 5, only 1 fan will be picked from Southeast Asia to meet the home owner and will be brought around by GD himself personally! Find out how you can be the lucky one here.

One Direction members to go their own directions

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Ever since reports surfaced that the popular British boy band members are heading their separate ways, fans from all around the world have been left devastated. But don’t worry ladies (and lads if there are any), it’s only temporary, or so they say.

“Ok so lots of rumours going round. We are not splitting up, but we will be taking a well earned break at some point next year,” Niall Horan, a member of the four-piece boyband, wrote to his 23 million followers on Twitter. “Don’t worry though, we still have lots we want to achieve!” the 21-year-old said.

Let’s just pray that they will get back together after the break!

Watch this space for more entertainment news and celebrity gossips! 

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One Direction Heading for Splitsville?

24 Aug 2015 by Venetia Sng

Britain’s top boy band at the moment One Direction is set to break up in March 2016! It was reported that the idols – Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan – will part company for a year to focus on solo projects. First Zayn Malik leaves 1D and now this! Our world is falling apart.

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A source told British media The Sun: “The guys have been together for five years, which is an incredible run for any boy band. They fully deserve to have at least a year to work on their own projects. There is absolutely no bad blood between them and they are all 100 per cent behind the decision. It is definitely not a split and they fully intend to get back together at some time in the future.”

According to British media Telegraph, the band will not be touring their fifth album, which is set to be released at the end of the year.

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We really hope that they are only parting ways for a year but if their solo careers go well, they might just stick to that. Let’s hope for the best and continue support the boys! #OneDirectionForever

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Spend A Night At G-Dragon's Place

20 Aug 2015 by Arissa Ha

No, really. Five lucky fans will get a once-in-a-lifetime chance of staying at G-Dragon’s second home in Hongdae, Korea! 

In a collaboration with Airbnb, G-Dragon’s second home –the Dukyang studio – will be transformed into a special Airbnb listing. One fan each from China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea and Southeast Asia will be meeting G-Dragon himself and get a tour of this very intimate space before settling into a sleepover. The Korean superstar will also be showing his guests his fave spots in Seoul, and treat them to an unforgettable experience at the YG Cafeteria. 

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Check out www.airbnb.com.sg/gdragon for more information, and to take part in the competition! 


Entertainment News Recap

18 Aug 2015 by Venetia Sng

Music videos were dropped, more break up news and who is whose brother now? We bring you the latest entertainment news you missed last week!

YoonA and Lee Seung Gi splits

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Korean media outlet Star News revealed that Lee Seung Gi and YoonA are no longer a couple. The couple have parted ways after 1 year and 9 months of dating due to their busy schedules. They couldn’t help but drifted apart the past year as they both have had various acting roles and music comeback preparations.

SM Entertainment quickly responded with this statement, “After confirming with her, we have learned it’s true she and Lee Seung Gi have recently broken up. They have decided to remain good friends.”

Though we are pretty upset that one of our favourite couples has split, there isn’t anyone to blame here but their hectic schedules. Fighting!

Frozen’s Elsa & Anna have a secret little brother

If you were unaware if it, Disney fans have many theories about how the movies’ characters and plot-lines often interlink with each other by spotting “Easter Eggs”. #NowYouKnow


Now Chris Buck, the director of Frozen and Tarzan, has fuelled fan theories by saying Anna and Elsa’s parents never died, but were in fact shipwrecked on an island, where they gave birth to Tarzan. In an interview, Buck said that although they’re not officially linked, in his mind he sees Tarzan as being Anna and Elsa’s brother. SAY WHAT!


“Of course Anna and Elsa’s parents didn’t die. Yes, there was a shipwreck, but they were at sea a little bit longer than we think they were because the mother was pregnant, and she gave birth on the boat, to a little boy. They get shipwrecked, and somehow they really washed way far away from the Scandinavian waters, and they end up in the jungle. They end up building a tree house and a leopard kills them, so their baby boy is raised by gorillas.”

Chris Buck

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Well, we don’t see a lot of similarities from the side-by-side comparison of the parents from screen-caps of Frozen and Tarzan but since it came from director, we’ll accept it!

Diplo’s track ‘Doctor Pepper’ feat. CL drops MV

2NE1’s CL, Diplo, Riff Raff, and OG Maco have finally released the official music video for their collaboration track ‘Doctor Pepper’. The collaboration was dropped earlier this year in May, giving us a first glimpse of CL’s American solo debut. But we’re less than impressed with the (IMHO) poorly produced MV, maybe we’re just too used to the mind blowing and visually captivating MVs produced by the K-pop industry. 

Though the video turned out to be meh, this song is turning out to be a successful collaboration! The track is at the number 10 spot on Billboard’s ‘Last 24 Hours’ chart, which reflects ‘the most shared songs on Twitter over the last 24 hours’. We can’t wait for CL’s solo debut already!

Cast photo of Star Wars standalone film ‘Rogue One’ released


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Lucasfilm announced that their first film in the new standalone Star Wars series, Rogue One, directed by Godzilla director Gareth Edwards, has started principal photography. It tells the story of resistance fighters who have united to steal plans to the dreaded Death Star. The film is slated for a December 16, 2016 release.

Rogue One takes place before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope and will be a departure from the saga films but have elements that are familiar to the Star Wars universe. It goes into new territory, exploring the galactic struggle from a ground-war perspective while maintaining that essential Star Wars feel that fans have come to know. Gareth is such an innovative director and I’m so excited to be working with him and the extraordinary ensemble cast he’s selected for ‘Rogue One.’”

Producer Kathleen Kennedy

The filmmakers have assembled a stellar cast, including Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen, Forest Whitaker, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk and Riz Ahmed. If you take a closer look, it looks like Donnie Yen’s character is blind, but do not judge a book by its cover, we’re sure he’ll kick some serious ass with that stick he’s holding.

Girls’ Generation unleash ‘Lion Heart’ MV

It’s what we’ve all been waiting for! Girls’ Generation finally release the first part of their album ‘Lion Heart’ and the MV for the title track. The lovely ladies looking gorgeous with the old retro glamour and look out for that thigh split – we can’t stop listening to this catchy track!

And teases us further with ‘You Think’

The girls have also dropped their MV teaser for their second title track, ‘You Think’! This track is the total opposite of ‘Lion Heart’, they are going for the more dance kind of feel. Is it me or does it look a bit like ‘I Got A Boy’?

Watch this space for more entertainment news and celebrity gossips! 

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