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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!

    **Use coupon code “ABRACADABRA” to magically get $5.00 off of each disc purchased.**

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    Pulp Fiction is All We Have

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    From ElaraPictures on Instagram, a hilarious Mash-up of Brett Kavanaugh’s Senate testimony on September 28 2018 With Samuel Jackson in Pulp Fiction.


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    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?”

    Alan Abel, RIP

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    Better check the coffin!


    Alan Abel, Hoaxer Extraordinaire, Is (on Good Authority) Dead at 94
    by Margalit Fox
    The New York Times
    Sept. 17, 2018

    Credit Larry Stoddard/Associated Press

    Alan Abel, a professional hoaxer who for more than half a century gleefully hoodwinked the American public — not least of all by making himself the subject of an earnest news obituary in The New York Times in 1980 — apparently actually did die, on Friday, at his home in Southbury, Conn. He was 94.

    His daughter, Jenny Abel, said the cause was complications of cancer and heart failure.

    Mr. Abel’s putative 1980 death, orchestrated with his characteristic military precision and involving a dozen accomplices, had been confirmed to The Times by several rigorously rehearsed confederates. One masqueraded as the grieving widow. Another posed as an undertaker, answering fact-checking calls from the newspaper on a dedicated phone line that Mr. Abel had installed, complete with its own directory-information business listing.

    After the obituary was published, Mr. Abel, symbolically rising from the grave, held a gleeful news conference, and a much-abashed Times ran a retraction.

    This time around, Mr. Abel’s death was additionally confirmed by the Regional Hospice and Palliative Care in Connecticut, which said it had tended to him in his last days, and Carpino Funeral Home in Southbury, which said it was overseeing the arrangements.

    Read the rest of this article here.

    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.)

    Trump’s Military Parade Revisited

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    Don’t postpone it, just cancel Trump’s Military Parade. It’s already been done!

    Saving U.S. taxpayers at least $92 million and a lot of embarrassment, artist Joey Skaggs’ 33rd Annual April Fools’ Day Parade featured Donald Trump’s Military Extravaganza, with the world’s largest display of American military might ever! Trump pedaled a 9 foot nuclear missile craddled in a sling shot mounted on a tricycle. Masked Donald Trump look-alikes followed with a HUGE arsenal of toy weapons. They were joined by North Korean “Rocket Man” Kim Jong Un and Russian President Vladimir Putin look-alikes as they marched down Fifth Avenue and took a knee in front of Trump Tower.

    Parade coverage on WNBC (Watch the video):

    “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.

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    “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.

    Anonymous Art Donor at Colorado Capitol

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    Seems no one wants to pay for a Trump portrait. Thanks Jim.


    Prankster puts Putin’s portrait in Trump’s place in Colorado
    AP
    July 28, 2018

    The Colorado Capitol’s wall of presidential portraits is missing one — President Donald Trump.

    KUSA-TV reports the group that collects private donations for the portraits hasn’t received a single dollar needed to hang Trump’s picture.

    But on Thursday, a prankster placed a portrait of Russian President Vladimir Putin on an easel below the blank space on the wall where Trump’s portrait would go.

    Putin’s portrait was removed by a tour guide, but not before state Sen. Steve Fenberg, D-Boulder, tweeted a picture.

    The presidential portraits cost about $10,000 and are paid for through donations.

    Jay Seller of the Colorado Citizens for Culture, the group that collects the donations, says it took about four months to collect the money for the portraits of former presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush.

    Prickly Putin Penis Parable Presented on Wall Street

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    Say that three times fast. It’s a mouthful. Thanks Erin


    Pussy Riot Stages Protest at World Cup Final

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    Pussy Riot World Cup field invasion protests Russian dictatorship.


    Pussy Riot claims on-field protest at World Cup final
    by James Ellingworth
    AP
    June 15, 2018

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian protest group Pussy Riot has claimed responsibility for four people who ran onto the field and disrupted the World Cup final.

    The punk band says in a statement posted on their Twitter feed Sunday that the disruption was a protest.

    The four people who charged onto the field in the 52nd minute simultaneously in what appeared to be old-fashioned police uniforms were tackled to the ground by stewards. Croatia defender Dejan Lovren pushed a male protester, helping a steward to detain him.

    Before being hauled away, one woman managed to reach the center of the field and share a double high-five with France forward Kylian Mbappe, who had a shot saved a minute earlier.

    “Hello everyone from the Luzhniki field, it’s great here,” the group said on Twitter , and released a statement calling for the freeing of political prisoners, an end to “illegal arrests” of protesters and to “allow political competition” in Russia.

    Their statement also referenced the case of Oleg Sentsov, a vocal opponent of Russia’s annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, who was sentenced in 2015 to 20 years for conspiracy to commit terror acts. He denies the charges and has been on a hunger strike since mid-May.

    The balaclava-clad women of Pussy Riot, a Russian punk rock group, rose to global prominence with their daring outdoor performances critical of Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2012 that sent two members to prison for nearly two years. Putin was watching the game alongside his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron and FIFA president Gianni Infantino.

    FIFA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

    The protest was briefly shown on international TV broadcasts, even though FIFA policy is usually to cut away from field invasions.