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World's First Ever Hello Kitty Convention Landing In Los Angeles

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Hello Kitty fans: if you've ever wanted to be immersed in the world of a beloved Japanese cat, now here's your chance. The world's first ever official Hello Kitty Con will be held at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA from October 30 to November 2 in celebration of the cat's 40th anniversary.

It seems like a pretty fun four-day event with workshops on HK nail art and bouquet-making, and a market with limited edition Sanrio products from around the world. (Perhaps you can finally get all of the Keroppi plush dolls of your dreams.) There will be also a retrospective on classic kitty products (including the first HK coin purse ever made on display), arcade games, and yes, plenty of cosplay. (Let your inner nerd squeal.)

But one of the most interesting aspects of this Hello Kitty Con is the fact that they're bringing out real tattoo artists (like famous artist Mario DESA) to "ink lifelong memories on Sanrio Superfans," according to the event's website. It's so crazy it just might work.

Tickets are $30 a day for adults ages 13 and over, and $20 a day for children ages 6 to 12. Children 5 and under can go in for free. More information about the event can be found here.