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“Trump’s Kool-Aid Tasting” Goes to the White House

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With the mid-term election looming, Joey Skaggs decided it was time to draw more attention to the need for Americans to vote. So Skaggs and volunteers wearing Trump masks and holding signs underscoring Trump’s positions took Skaggs’ mobile Kool-Aid Tasting Stand from where it was on exhibition at the Center for Contemporary Political Art in Washington DC, to the White House.

  • This was a faux pro-Trump parade illustrating and satirizing what Trump represents to the American people.

    More details and photos here:
    https://joeyskaggs.com/works/trumps-kool-aid-tasting

    Honest Political Ad!

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    Gil Fulbright, aka Phillip Mamouf-Wifarts, is at it again…


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    Delusional in DC. Skaggs is Taking Trump’s Kool-Aid to the Streets

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    Trump’s Kool-Aid Tasting

    October 28, 2018, at 2:00 pm, join Joey Skaggs for “Trump’s Kool-Aid Tasting,” a mobile art event, starting at the new Center for Contemporary Political Art at 916 G Street NW. Trump look-alikes will parade with Skaggs’ “Trump Kool-Aid Stand”.

    This is a faux Pro-Trump parade, illustrating and satirizing what Trump represents to the American People. The performance aims to counter voter apathy and motivate people to turn out for the 2018 midterm election. Signs and Trump masks will be available.

    Details are here.

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    ART OF THE PRANK Movie Screening

    At 5:00 pm, following the art event, there will be a special screening of ART OF THE PRANK back at the Center for Contemporary Political Art followed by a Q&A with Skaggs. Space is limited so an RSVP is required. Please contact us here to reserve a space.

    Meet the Man Who Invented the Roach Hormone Miracle Cure!

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    ART OF THE PRANK movie Blu-rays with 38 minutes of never before seen Extras and DVDs are now available!

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    Banksy Shreds His Own Art at Auction

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    Banksy pulls confetti stunt with/at auction house to shock art buyers.


    Banksy painting ‘self-destructs’ moments after being sold for $1.4 million at auction
    CNN
    by Andreas Preuss
    October 6, 2018

    For an artist that’s known for his stunts, this could be Banksy’s most perfect art world prank.

    After the gavel fell Friday at Sotheby’s auction house in London, Banksy’s Girl with Balloon was reduced to shreds — another apparent act in the disruptive career of the anonymous British graffiti artist.

    The iconic image of a girl reaching out for a red, heart-shaped balloon, sold for $1.4 million and moments later, a shredder hidden inside the “artist’s frame” started its work, according to a news release from Sotheby’s and the art “self-destructed.”

    Banksy summed up the stunt with this quote on his Instagram account – “Going, going, gone…” and a posted picture showed stunned onlookers as the shredded art emerges from the bottom of the frame. (more…)

    “Hippie Bus Tour to Queens” Remembered 50 Years Later

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    Fifty years ago, artist/activist Joey Skaggs took sixty hippies on a sight-seeing bus tour to suburban Queens. He called this satirical performance his “cultural exchange tour”.

    Read his story here on Artsy.net

    Here’s a preview…


    When Pranks Become Works of Art
    Artsy.net
    September 19, 2018

    Fifty years ago, on a beautiful Sunday morning—September 22, 1968—I stood welcoming my guests onto a rented Greyhound sightseeing bus on the corner of St. Mark’s and 2nd Avenue in New York City. While the rock band the Group Image loaded their equipment into the luggage area on the side of the bus, writer Paul Krassner quipped hilariously about our upcoming odyssey. The 60-seat Greyhound bus was soon to be completely filled with long-haired, beaded, camera-toting hippies—some friends, some total strangers. The plan was to visit the borough of Queens in an ironic reversal, mocking the tour buses that relentlessly came to Greenwich Village and the Lower East Side to gawk at the hippies. It was my cultural exchange tour. We were excited. We felt like pirates on a galleon. After Howard Smith wrote up my plan in his weekly Village Voice column, artist Yayoi Kusama asked if she could come paint polka dots on a troupe of naked dancers when we stopped at a local head shop on Queens Boulevard, where the Group Image would play.

    I was young, but already known for my provocative art. In 1966, on Easter Sunday, I had dragged a decayed skeleton of Jesus Christ on a 10-foot-tall cross to Tompkins Square Park on the Lower East Side, to protest man’s inhumanity to man. I took the sculpture out again on Easter in 1967, this time to a Central Park “Be In.” This notoriety may have led to a visit by a neatly dressed, middle-aged black man who rang the buzzer of my loft on East 2nd Street, between Bowery and Second Avenue. He said he had come to buy a ticket for his daughter to ride on my bus to Queens. It seemed highly unlikely, so I told him I wasn’t charging for the sightseeing tour. It was completely free.

    He reached in his pocket, pulled out a $5 bill, and insisted that I take it. I told him I didn’t want it, but he literally forced it on me. He then pulled out a badge and said I was busted for illegally operating a tour guide business without a license.

    Read the rest of this article here.

    Whaling with the Captain Boomer Collective

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    Belgium based, Captain Boomer Collective, builds installations that border reality with fictional constructs. Their latest stunt is a beached 15-metre sperm whale looks to have managed to swim up the Manzanares River before coming to an abrupt halt by the arches of the Madrid’s oldest bridge. According to The Guardian the Collective says “The beached whale is a gigantic metaphor for the disruption of our ecological system. People feel their bond with nature is disturbed. The game between fiction and reality reinforces this feeling of disturbance.” As part of the installation, “scientists” from the fictional organization, the North Sea Whale Association, take samples of skin, make autopsies and dissections in front of the public and interact with crowds while remaining in character.

    The statue was previously showcased in other European locations such as Paris, the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, and Belgium.


    ‘A riddle from the deep’: hyper-real whale found beached in Madrid
    by Sam Jones
    The Guardian
    September 14, 2018

    After sightings in London and Paris, whale is now making waves in Spanish capital

    Photograph: Anadolu/Getty Images

    Call me Ishmael. Or, better still, Spanish whale.

    Madrid awoke on Friday morning to find that a 15-metre sperm whale had managed to swim up the Manzanares River before coming to an abrupt halt by the arches of the city’s oldest bridge.

    The intrepid mammal turned out to be the hyper-real model – previously sighted as far afield as London, Paris and Antwerp – that a Belgian art collective is using to shock people into thinking about the environment.

    The installation, by the Segovia Bridge, comes complete with a team of actors dressed as rescuers, who hose down the beached creature.

    Photograph: Anadolu/Getty Images

    Madrid’s city council said the whale, which will remain stranded until Sunday, was intended to act as a catalyst. “It’s meant to get people thinking, through art, about the kind of city they want to live in and what sort of part they can play in looking after the environment,” it said in a statement.

    Captain Boomer, the collective behind the work, said it was aiming for something a little more primordial: “A dumb question from the sea to man. A riddle from the deep … The beached whale is a gigantic metaphor for the disruption of our ecological system. People feel their bond with nature is disturbed. The game between fiction and reality reinforces this feeling of disturbance.”

    Madrileños appeared to be taking the cetacean incursion as a badge of honour. One tongue-in-cheek Twitter user regarded its arrival as further proof of the capital’s excellent water. “A sperm whale has come to die in the Manzanares,” they wrote. “WHAT MORE DO YOU NEED?”

    Back-to-School Bulletproof Vests

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    LA based street artist Plastic Jesus shop-drops back-to-school bullet proof vests.


    Artist Infiltrates Back-to-School Shopping Displays with Bulletproof Vests
    Zachary Small
    Hyperallergic.com
    September 4, 2018

    Plastic Jesus has replaced a handful of shopping displays with child-sized bulletproof vests as a satirization of Trump’s America.

    image courtesy Plastic Jesus

    If you’ve strolled through the clothing sections of a Los Angeles superstore in the past week, then it’s possible that you’ve seen a strange new item on sale. Across the city, the street artist known as Plastic Jesus has planted child-sized bulletproof vests in the displays of popular back-to-school shopping destinations like Target and Macy’s.

    “WAKE THE FUCK UP,” remarked the artist in an email correspondence with Hyperallergic. “We all have the power in us to change society and make the world a better place. It’s no one else’s responsibility, only yours.”

    image courtesy Plastic Jesus

    Plastic Jesus is probably best-known for his exceptional trolling of President Donald Trump in Hollywood back in July 2016. It was then that Plastic Jesus constructed a tiny concrete wall around Trump’s star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, which quickly became a site of public defacement after the reality television host’s win in the presidential election. Just two weeks ago, the city of West Hollywood unanimously voted to remove Trump’s star from the Walk of Fame. (The decision ultimately lies in the hands of the Los Angeles City Council and the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, who reportedly have no plans to remove it anytime soon.)

    Porn Hub Caption Writer

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    This post may not be suitable for everyone. Please proceed at your own risk!

    “Deaf people love porn too and it’s my job to make sure they enjoy it on every level.”


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    PornHub Caption Writer – Mini-Mocks from Comedy Central

    h/t Digg

    John Wilcock, RIP

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    Lost another friend from long ago…

    Update: Nice link from Rich Gedney of an article by Michael O’Connell in It’s All Journalism about John Wilcock (includes a 2017 audio interview):
    It’s All Journalism: Underground Press Pioneer John Wilcock, 91, Dies


    John Wilcock, Pioneer of the Underground Press, Dies at 91
    by Robert D. McFadden
    The New York Times
    September 13, 2018

    John Wilcock, a British journalist and travel writer who played a major role in the emergence of the alternative press at The Village Voice, The East Village Other and the Underground Press Syndicate, died on Thursday at a care facility in Ojai, Calif. He was 91.

    He died after several strokes, said his biographer, Ethan Persoff.

    In the 1960s and early ’70s, a freewheeling age of psychedelic drugs and antiwar protests, Mr. Wilcock led two lives. He was both the author of many “$5 a day” travel books and a driving force behind underground publications that, spurning traditional journalism, attacked political, social and cultural norms with bawdy language and comic-book imagery, all of it financed by sexually explicit advertising.

    In a 1973 profile, The New York Times called Mr. Wilcock “an influential man nobody knows,” an “oracle of the nitty-gritty of inexpensive, traditional tourism” and “an apostle and chronicler of the radical underground” — although, the article noted, he looked “a bit too scruffy for a best-selling travel writer and far too straight for an underground celebrity.”

    Mr. Wilcock had worked for news organizations in Britain, Canada and the United States, including The Times, and was the first news editor of The Village Voice before he helped found The East Village Other in 1965. The paper was named for Carl Jung’s definition of “the other” as “one who is outside society.”

    The Other, known as EVO to its devotees, was one of the nation’s first underground newspapers. Published biweekly in New York until it folded in 1972, it had a circulation of 60,000 at its peak.

    Read the rest of the article here.

    NeSpoon’s Doilies

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    Doilies writ large.


    Street art with a difference: Artist creates spectacular wall-art doilies
    by Paulina Alexandra
    TheFirstNews.com
    August 16, 2018

    A Polish woman is taking the street art world by storm with her astonishing murals of doilies.

    NeSpoon in Pont-l’Abbe, France, 2016. NeSpoon.

    NeSpoon is nine years-old and paints murals. Actually, NeSpoon is in her thirties and has a teenage daughter but after a decade in the corporate world she wanted a clean state.

    She changed her hair, took a name from The Matrix (‘there is no spoon’) and embarked on an international career as a fully-fledged street artist.

    The Warsaw native is known all over the world now for her intricate doily designs which she renders in ceramic, material and painted form.

    Her enormous murals of the delicate lace-work designs have seen her travel to Georgia, Hong Kong and as far away as the remote Western Australian desert.

    Portugal, 2014. NeSpoon.

    Berlin, 2017. NeSpoon.

    Read the rest of this article here.

    “Indecline” Ups the Ante with Naked Trump on a Billboard

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    Activists Indecline hoist up naked Trump. Let’s hope this clown doesn’t get away with murder.


    Billboard pairs naked Trump clown statue with John Wayne Gacy quote
    by Emily Van de Riet
    CBS46.com
    August 17, 2018

    LOS ANGELES, California (Meredith) — A billboard in Los Angeles is stirring up controversy after displaying a statue of President Donald Trump as a naked clown.

    The billboard reads, “A clown can get away with murder” in all capital letters. This quote is attributed to serial killer John Wayne Gacy, who infamously dressed up as a clown when he killed his victims.

    The American activist group Indecline is responsible for creating the billboard. In a statement to CNN, Indecline said the message of the billboard is that American core values are being lost in the current political climate.

    The group also said the use of the John Wayne Gacy quote was inspired by Trump’s own statement at a campaign rally in January 2016. At the Iowa rally, the then-presidential candidate said, “I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters.”

    Indecline said Trump was correct about the loyalty of his base, and that such unconditional support is part of the problem.

    Read the rest of this article here.

    Better Than Breaking Your Ankle in a Pothole

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    Chicago Artist Jim Bachor has a solution for road maintenance.


    Artist Who Filled New York Pothole with Trump’s Face Sees Artwork Removed by City
    by Zachary Small
    hyperallergic.com
    August 8, 2018

    Some people have a face for movies. Others have a face for potholes.

    In Chicago, Jim Bachor is known for beautifying the city’s dilapidated streets by filling its concrete craters with beautifully crafted mosaics of flower bouquets. There, passersby are so enthusiastic about Bachor’s street art that he has all but gained official approval from authorities to continue his work. In 2014, the city’s Transportation Department even told the Chicago Tribune that “Mr. Bachor and his art are proof that even the coldest, harshest winter can not darken the spirits of Chicagoans.”

    images by Jim Bachor

    But Chicago is not New York. Our streets are danker. Our potholes are bigger. And our Department of Transportation is crueler. (Shout out to the MTA!) Appropriately, then, Bachor decided to debut a new series of mosaics for this concrete bunghole where dreams are made up called “Vermin of New York.” The compilation includes dead rats, cockroaches, and pigeons — oh! — and President Donald Trump’s face.

    image by Jim Bachor

    “I assume most New Yorkers hate him,” Bachor replied to Hyperallergic’s request for comment.

    Some people have a face for movies. Some people have a face for television. some people have a face for radio. Others, apparently, have a face for potholes.

    Speaking with the New York Post, Bachor added that “it could be seen in both ways — one that you’re honoring our president or that you get to drive over Trump.”

    Read the rest of the article here.

    Trump’s National Guard

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    Russia sends it’s finest to guard Trump’s Hollywood star. Thanks Linda and Harold.


    ‘Russian’ soldiers stand guard at Trump’s Walk of Fame star
    by Melkorka Licea
    NY Post
    July 28, 2018

    Two ‘Russian’ guards have been standing careful watch over President Trump’s shattered star along the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

    The satirical Soviets were first spotted Wednesday, after the star was shattered by Austin Clay, who turned himself in and is facing felony vandalism charges.

    9gag.com

    “Well played, California,” @thepaperword chimed in.

    Funnyman Jimmy Kimmel aired footage of the stone-faced duo on his Thursday show.

    “That’s what comrades do for other comrades,” he quipped.

    Trump has been dogged by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election, and most recently, criticized by his deferential treatment of strongman Vladimir Putin at the Helsinki summit.

    “I wonder if trump actually ‘gets’ the satire here, or the irony,” wondered @dennisp101155.

    Clay is the second person to wreck the star since Trump became president. Cops busted a man who took a pickax and a sledgehammer to the star last October.

    The most recent vandalism sparked a series of protests and demonstrations, and even a knock-down brawl Thursday night.