It’s almost been 1 month since Press Paws! Where has the time gone? Here is an event recap made by our friend Raio Mitsuno.
Last month, my friends held a charity art show called Press Paws, which they founded with the mission to save animals with the power of art and video games. The event was a big success, with lots of people coming out and having a great time. I was asked to shoot the event, and later asked to put together a recap video. There was a lot more to the event than what is captured in these two minutes, but at the very least, I wanted to show how much fun this event was.
Press Paws is proud to announce that the show was an absolute success! We were able to raise over $7000 for What’s up Dog in just one day! That doesn’t even include the money we raised to put on the show through Indiegogo!
We will be making some of the art pieces available to purchase online therefore you will still have a chance to contribute so stay tuned!
You can also buy these 2 prints through Nucleus and a portion of the proceeds will go to What’s Up Dog!
The show will take place at Gallery Nucleus on Saturday February 9th from 2pm – 8pm
The show is ONE DAY only!
There will be no online sales. You must come in person to purchase.
The art will be sold FIRST COME FIRST SERVE. If there is a specific piece you want to buy, we would recommend you come at 2pm.
Free giveaway while supplies last at the door courtesy of AKSYS games
Pet adoption with What’s Up Dog! LA
Seoul Sausage food truck will be parked up front for you to get your eat on. Check out their site for their menu and pricing.
Free beverages at the Operation Smoochy Lounge while supplies last
Demo the game Operation Smoochy with Special Guest Smoochy himself!
Merchandise Sales – Press Paws Goods, Meat Bun Shirts, and Lacey Micallef Pins and Rings
Raffle giveaway every hour
Preferred Method – Cash
Secondary Method – Debit or Credit Cards (The card reader charges a fee, which means less for the animals!)
Artwork will have a “Buy It Now” price where you can secure your purchase immediately or you can take your chance at bidding through our silent auction.
Once someone makes a “Buy It Now”, the bids will be considered “lost”.
Silent Auction will allow everyone a fair chance at the piece for a lower price. You will let a Press Paws representative know your highest bid and will be notified after the event if you are the winner.
ART PICK UP
Artwork will not be available to take home until 7:45pm on the night of the event.
If you are unable to take your purchase home with you on the day of, we can either arrange for it to be shipped to you (shipping charges will apply) OR you can pick it up free of charge from Nucleus at a later time
OTHER WAYS TO CONTRIBUTE
You may purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win prizes hourly.
FOR THOSE OUT OF STATE AND PEOPLE WHO CAN’T MAKE IT TO THE SHOW
We’re sorry we couldn’t make this show more accessible to everyone!! We are a very small group and this time around it was beyond our resources to set up an all-inclusive online bidding/purchase system. We really appreciate your understanding and support regardless, and hope to be able to make things more accessible down the road as we work to try and make this show into an annual event.
We are currently still looking at options to make some of these originals available as prints. We will keep you posted on this as we get closer to coming up with a solution.Thank you very much for understanding!
After 6 months of non-stop planning, Press Paws is finally happening! As we have mentioned before, we are absolutely overwhelmed with the amount of love and support we have received from all the artists, the fans, friends and family. Many people have told us, “Video Games, Animals, Art, Charity? This is the formula for AWESOME!” All the hardship we went through to get here has been absolutely worth it because of everyone’s enthusiasm.
My name is Sakura Minamida, one of the founders of Press Paws and I wanted to share a little story with you on why we started Press Paws in the first place. I can sit here and talk about all the details on who we are, what relevance we have in the gaming industry, how we got started, the planning process, what’s our favorite game, etc, but that is not the core of the project. Amelia, Amber, Laurie and I all have many different reasons on why Press Paws is important to us. But ultimately, it really came down to one thing:
I have 2 kids – Rambo is a Boston Terrier who is 5 and Halo a Boston Terrier mix that is turning 4 this July. They mean the world to me and my husband. They have been through all the curve balls life throws at you and brought me and my husband closer than ever. Call it corny if you will but they are our guardian angels.
Rambo is the first child and when I met him, it was love at first sight but I will admit – I was an absolutely ignorant pet buyer – I bought him from a pet shop. Although I will never regret this decision because Rambo means absolutely everything to me, I learned quickly first hand the downfall of purchasing from a pet store. He came home with Giardia that didn’t clear his system for months, was in and out of the hospital over the first 6 months, and even grew a tumor by the time he was 1 years old. The pet store’s response to all this was to exchange him for a new one like something disposable. Watching my pup suffer his first year and how little care they had for these animals crushed me. This was when I declared war on Pet Stores forever.
The very fact that dogs in shelters and rescues get passed up to put money in the wallets of these corporations who uses puppy mills sickened me to the core. I aggressively started researching about rescues which I should have done earlier and committed to rescuing the next pup I get.
Then came Halo, a Boston Terrier Mix from a rescue called Smashface Rescue. Kyle from Smashface told me that Halo was abandoned 3 times before she hit the age of 5 months. Halo’s latest parents got a divorce so they no longer wanted her. I never understood this – why would one do this to their own child? Halo had 3 names in the past: Lil’Kim (yes really), Keiko, then Ladybug. She had major trust issues. It took her about 2 years to really trust us and was completely independent because I truly believe she thought we wouldn’t keep her around so she didn’t want to get attached. Now that we have gained her trust she cuddles and kisses us every moment she gets and always follows my husband getting ready every morning before he heads to work like a little shadow. All the hardship was worth it when we gained her full trust.
Getting a dog from a rescue is extremely rewarding and I will not down play the fact that it can sometimes be challenging working with a dog that has emotional scars, but the reward is worth it! Many dogs in rescues have experienced much much worse and more traumatic experiences that we can’t even fathom and makes me question the human race. But these dogs – regardless of how much they go through they have such optimism in their eyes. It has that sparkle that they will eventually get their happy ending. It kills me that many are not so lucky.
These rescues are the unsung heroes. They give these animals that have been treated like “trash”, “target for abuse”, or “an old fad” and spend 24/7 of their lives to find the right family who will not discard them like their last owners did. If it wasn’t for the dedicated efforts of rescues like What’s Up Dog LA and Smashface Rescue, Halo the most sweetest and quirkiest pup I have ever met may have been taken to a pound and euthanized like millions do every year. Our vet always refers to Halo as the “lucky princess”.
Fast forward to 2012, the pet store I bought Rambo from has all been shut down. More people are educated about rescuing animals but it’s far from over. I still wanted to find my part in what I can do to help these animals. I wanted to use the tools I knew the most to help these animals.
I’ve been in the video game industry for over 10 years now. As a fan – all my life. I also had a gut instinct that the video game community was the right people to reach out to because some of the most amazing and influential people I have met have been from the gaming industry. You guys all proved me right I am hoping we can continue to grow Press Paws so we can do this every year and make a bigger impact!
Press Paws is one day. The rescues – they do this every day. Let’s show what us gamers can do!
We have 8 days left till the show and things are all starting to come together!! This also means you ONLY HAVE 8 DAYS LEFT to contribute to Indiegogo as well! We are sold out on the 1st dibs to the art but we opened up another perk to get 2nd dibs on the art! You will get early access to all the pieces before everyone and it will also allow you to purchase something if you are out of town!
Please remember! Any contributions made now will go straight to the What’s Up Dog LA!
We were recently featured in an article from Penny Arcade! We revealed 3 exclusive pieces during that interview. You can read the article here!
This last weekend, we got to meet these 8 most sweetest and most loving animals we have ever met. When we heard some of their stories – what people say are true, animals are the most forgiving and regardless of what has happened to them in the past, you look into their eyes and they are just beaming with optimism.
This is exactly why Press Paws was formed. To give these animals the 2nd chances they deserve.
Not only do we want to raise money for these rescues that give these animals second chances – we want to find these pups forever homes. We all wanted to take them home after we met them!
SUPER COMBO THANKS to Lisa Scarci for these beautiful geek photos!
If you are interested in giving one of them a forever home (you already know you have video games in common), please contact WUDLA HERE.
Want to help in other ways? We have also hit our goal on our Indiegogo Campaign so anything moving forward will be donated to What’s Up Dog LA!
WE DID IT! We made our goal of $3000 with 25 days to spare! THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR ALL THE SUPPORT AND CONTRIBUTIONS!
The show isn’t even here yet and we are overwhelmed with the amount of love we have been receiving. Everyone has been reaching out to us to help where they can and we could not have done it without you all!
We have put together a SPECIAL THANKS page on our site for those who have contributed to make this campaign success so far! We know this list is just going to continue growing