About Fun House
We opened Fun House in Convention Hall on the Asbury Park boardwalk in the summer of 2010, before Hurricane Sandy, before Asbury’s big Come Back. The concept was Fun through the eye of Design with equal parts quirky and Japanese “kawaii.”
In the 1970s the Asbury Park souvenir market had disappeared but after two summers on the boardwalk we could no longer ignore visitors’ requests. Tillie, Tillie, Tillie. Oh yeah, and Greetings From Asbury Park.
Summer 2013 Fun House introduced two t-shirt designs - Tillie and Greetings From Asbury Park - in two colors. Gene comes from a printing background and Scott had years of experience in fashion so it was a natural fit. Designs by us, printed in-house on quality shirts. T-shirts you buy on vacation but actually want to wear… we think of them as Souvenirs For Locals.
We then commissioned Porkchop, already a well-known Asbury Park artist, to draw a new, original design based on ceramic work in Convention Hall. After Two Fish we reached out to artists James Vance with his repetitive numbers and our own Mike Woods with a new architecture series… which was a natural segue to establish Cultivar.t.
Tokidoki means “sometimes”… Italian artist Simone Legno always channels his inner kawaii spirit to bring us a world populated by Unicorns, Mermicornos, and Cactus Friends. The artistry and attention to detail spawn awe and adoration.