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Tiny stud earrings of Steve Buscemi, Bernie Sanders, Jack Torrance & other oddballs

Bernie Sanders stud earrings
FEEL THE BERN! Bernie Sanders stud earrings
Now your ears can also “Feel the Bern,” thanks to Seattle artist, Thais Marchese. Marchese makes some of the strangest, coolest studs for your ears (like the ones of Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, above) that I’ve seen in a long time.
Jack Nicholson as
Jack Nicholson as “Jack Torrance” from The Shining
Steve Buscemi stud earrings
Steve Buscemi
Marchese uses images of pop culture heroes like Steve Buscemi, Jack Nicholson (as Jack Torrance, both above), and director Wes Anderson, and like many of us, it appears that Ms. Marchese is quite a devotee of Anderson, as many of her studs feature colorful characters from Anderson’s many films, such as Margot and Richie Tenenbaum from The Royal Tenenbaums, and runaway teens Sam Shakusky and Suzy Bishop from Moonrise Kingdom.

Each pair will run you nine bucks and can be obtained over at Marchese’s shop, Sleepy Mountain. A small price to pay to have Steve Buscemi quite literally in your ear.
More images of the other tiny studs in Marchese’s shop after the jump…...

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Paintings by legendarily vapid billboard ‘starlet’ Angelyne
07:42 am

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Last week in Hollywood there was a party at the Museum of Digital Art (MODA) kicking off an exhibition featuring paintings by the curious person known as Angelyne, who made a weird splash in the 1980s with her self-consciously tacky persona, her obsession with the color pink, her mediocre musical career, her quite obviously artificially enhanced décolletage, and her ubiquitous billboards (ubiquitous at least in Los Angeles).

Wikipedia lists no year of birth for Angelyne, but her current age is probably around 60. If you’re too young to remember Angelyne’s first go-round with the arbitrary fame machine, well, you didn’t miss very much. It’s said that a picture is worth a thousand words, so I figure it’s best to just leave you with these snapshots of the MODA event and a couple related shots (which include a few glimpses at her paintings, which are exactly what you would expect Angelyne to paint).




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Are these demented Killer Clown Pranks taking things a bit TOO FAR?
11:08 am

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Killer Clowns

Here’s a new installment—episode 6 to be exact—of the notorious Killer Clown Pranks by DM Pranks Productions. They’re really upping the ante with this one. Everything takes place in Las Vegas and it’s scary as shit. But I have to wonder to myself when one of these pranks is going to take a a wrong turn and end very badly. Someone, at some point, is going to pull out a gun and fire, right?

Still, I find these videos strangely addictive. The Killer Clowns are the Blue Man Group of… killer clowns. I could watch these for 24 hours at a time and never get bored. They’re extraordinarily WEIRD. See for yourself.

via Daily Dot

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New York City BAD BOYS: Intimate photos of Punks, Poets and Provocateurs, 1977-1982

Johnny Thunders, 1978
Johnny Thunders 1978

From interviews with William Burroughs and Richard Hell, to in-depth revelations and photographs of the people who helped shape popular culture and music, a new book from photographer Marcia Resnick, Punks, Poets and Provocateurs: New York City BAD BOYS * 1977 - 1982 transports you back to a time when there were no rules. A time before many of Resnick’s subjects too quickly burned out like the bright lights they were.

For example, here’s an evocative excerpt (and an image) of David Byrne from Punks, Poets and Provocateurs in which Byrne “predicts the future” back in 1977. It was taken from an interview Byrne did with Traveler’s Digest in which he made a total of 46 predictions about the future. The following ten turned out to be rather unfortunately, spot-on.
David Byrne
David Byrne, late 70s, early 80s

In the future, half of us will be “mentally ill”

In the future, water will be expensive

In the future, everyone’s house will be like a little fortress

In the future, there will be mini-wars going on everywhere

In the future, people will constantly be having plastic surgery

altering their features many times during their lifetime

In the future there will be many mass suicides

In the future there will be starving people everywhere

In the future, the crippled, retarded and helpless will be killed

In the future, there will be so much going on nobody will be able to keep track of it

William Burroughs and photographer, Marcia Resnick
William Burroughs and photographer, Marcia Resnick

Resnick (who very much reminds me of a real-life punk rock version of ass-kicking journalist Lois Lane) and her lucky lens were able to capture powerful and often poignant images of the most legendary bad boy rule breakers (as well as a few girls) from the past. I spoke to Victor Bockris, the author of Punks, Poets and Provocateurs and asked him to share his thoughts on Resnick when it came her uncanny ability to capture this hedonistic period in time on film. A time that would drastically change with the arrival of the AIDS epidemic.

DM: Can you give DM’s readers any first-hand insight into Marcia’s expertise when it came to capturing the compelling and emotionally charged images that are featured in Punks, Poets and Provocateurs?

Victor Bockris: Marcia worked on this project over a period of five years so there were many sessions. What they shared in common was the way Marcia turned every session into a game of fantasy seduction. As she writes, she dressed provocatively with a girlish flair, which included a splash of Lolita. Despite the fact that punk was the first rock movement in which the girls were equal to the boys, punk rockers were particularly drawn to the Lolita Syndrome. This is not to suggest that Marcia was anything but a fine artist. It was her ability to keep her sessions on edge with displays of coy sexuality that drew from her subjects such light in the case of Josef Beuys, or dark in the case Belushi responses. I once noticed that in all the pictures the moments she intuitively captured are moments of tenderness she evoked. There’s a lot of trembling in her work. She was one of the most remarkable girls in that truly remarkable scene. And she played it to the hilt.
John Belushi, 1981
John Belushi, 1981. This was Belushi’s last photo session before his death on March 5th, 1982

Despite the notoriety of many of Resnick’s subjects, it was her ability to draw tenderness from her “bad boys” that allowed for such familiar faces such as Mick Jagger and Johnny Thunders, to be viewed freshly. Bockris’ (as well as Resnick’s) encyclopedic details of the past make for an addictive page-turning read. While reading it (something I’ve done several times already), you may also feel like the world that existed during that all too brief six-year period might disappear before your eyes if you close its pages.

The 272 pages of hedonistic gratification that is Punks, Poets and Provocateurs will be available in November. Pre-orders are happening now. Many images that were graciously provided for your perusal by Marcia Resnick (as well as a old-school interview I dug up with glam metal pioneer and NYC club promoter, Tommy Gunn) follow.
Arthur “Killer” Kane of the New York Dolls
Brian Eno
Brian Eno, 1978
H.R. of Bad Brains
More punks, poets and provocateurs after the jump…

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Saturday Morning Cartoons: Questionable ‘fan art’ of ABBA’s Agnetha Fältskog

“Saturday Morning Cartoons” is a new weekend ritual/feature here at Dangerous Minds. Each week I’ll select a few handpicked—some “troubled,” some quite lovely—drawings, sketches and portraits of your favorite pop idols and movie stars.

This week it’s ABBA’s Agnetha Fältskog. ABBA has always had millions upon millions of hardcore fans and throughout the span of their career and beyond, people have drawn and sketched portraits of the Swedish band. The Internet boasts rather a lot of ABBA fan art, if you’re looking for it.

I have nothing against the brunette, Frida, she’s great, but this week, let’s take a closer look at the blonde… sexy yet innocent-seeming Agnetha Fältskog. Here are a few of my favorites. I hope they brighten your weekend.

Agnetha Portraits - Saturday Morgen Cartoons
Agnetha Portraits - Saturday Morgen Cartoons 2
Agnetha Portraits - Saturday Morgen Cartoons 3
Agnetha Portraits - Saturday Morgen Cartoons
Agnetha Portraits - Saturday Morgen Cartoons
Agnetha Portraits - Saturday Morgen Cartoons


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This latex Woody Allen mask will be the most horrifying thing you’ll see all day
08:19 am

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Woody Allen

I found this completely by accident yesterday searching for something that wasn’t even Woody Allen-related. What in the name of Silence of the Lambs did I stumble upon? Apparently this latex Woody mask was sold on eBay back in 2007. I-I, I have no words…

This is as hellish as it gets, mi’ frenz.

I can’t find much background information on it, but you can click on this link and maybe you’ll have better luck than me.

All I can say is, if you’re able to get your hands on one these for Halloween, you’ll definitely be the creepiest-creepster creeping around your burg. Ugh.

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Sexy fantasy pin-ups of Jason, Freddy, and Michael Myers

Jason Voorhees, Freddy Kreuger, and Michael Myers: the three most popular horror icons of the past 40 years… now homoerotic super-hunks thanks to British artist Karl Von Frankenstein.

These portraits are so wrong and so, so right.

Beyond mere erotic art, these lowbrow images conjure a stylistic bouillabaisse of Ghanaian movie posters, Tom of Finland heroes, and tacky ‘80s Miami trash colors. 

Karl Von Frankenstein’s Facebook page has more of his work, but only his Jason, Freddy, Michael Myers, and Street Trash pieces fit this sexy beefcake style. Here’s hoping we see a lot more of this in the future—Pinhead, Leatherface, and Jigsaw are begging for this treatment.


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Rare photos of Debbie Harry as a child and a teenager
10:38 am

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Debbie Harry

Let me preface this by saying that when I say “rare” I mean “not widely-seen” images of Debbie Harry. Let’s face it, if it’s already on the Internet… it ain’t rare.

Admittedly, I secretly love looking at those “before they were famous” photos of rockstars and movie stars because they’re always so damned awkward! I find comfort in knowing “Hey, they were once just like one of us!”

However, this is not the case for Blondie frontwoman Debbie Harry. Apparently, she was always perfect.

A young Debbie Harry reading a book, early 1950s

Debbie at the beach

Debbie looks to be around in the 10th grade here

Debbie in a marching band or cheerleading outfit


Debbie Harry’s senior photo from the Hawthorne High School yearbook, 1963

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Wendy O Williams, Bozo the Clown, and more in National Lampoon’s ‘Mad as Hell’

Sometime during the mid-‘80s, I stopped buying MAD every month and begun habitually picking up National Lampoon. Both publications were in decline at the time, though in my teens I hadn’t the perspective to know that. I think I was probably flattering myself that the more collegiate content of the Lampoon was more my speed, but in any case, in 1985, I picked up an issue of the Lampoon that I would hang onto for decades to follow.

It was dated November, 1985 and titled “The Mad as Hell Issue.” Apart from a handful of fucked-up cartoons, it featured none of the magazine’s usual content, and instead was an open forum for celebrities of varying degrees of fame from the worlds of show business, publishing, music, et al, to vent about what irked them, and none were written by contemporary NL staffers, though some past names from the publication’s masthead were included. It can easily be found on eBay and Amazon, and naturally it’s part of the CD Rom release of every issue in the magazine’s entire history. Editor Matty Simmons introduced the issue thusly:

This issue of the National Lampoon is completely different from any other issue of the magazine published in its more-than-fifteen-year history. It has, first of all, basically been written by guest contributors, most of whom are not humorists. Second, much of what appears on these pages is not intended to be humorous. In many cases, the text is an expression of absolute anger, or, at least, pique. Other “mad as hell” pieces are indeed written humorously. It’s a mixture. And it’s a fascinating first for this or possibly any other national magazine.

You will read reflections here from governors and mayors and actors and authors and rock stars and directors and other celebrities, and some from people who are not celebrities. They’re just “mad,” and, we think, they express that anger interestingly. Why have we done this?

Maybe because there is so much to be mad about these days. Maybe because we’re all so well informed, so exposed to so many things because of television, we’ve learned to react — good or bad— more than we ever have before. It’s healthy to be “mad as hell” about things you think are wrong. Apathy is a dangerous lack of a state of mind.

Why this departure from an editorial policy which is always all-humor and usually mostly fiction? Because we think it’s an idea that works, and innovation is mostly what we’re about.

And anyway, we took a vote of the entire staff. There was one vote for doing the issue, and nineteen votes against it.

So I won.

The issue included exceptionally thoughtful long-form essays by columnist Jeff Greenfield and filmmaker John Waters, whose piece would be reprinted in Crackpot. There were “Jesus wept” length contributions from actor Mickey Rooney (“People aren’t mad enough about improving things—about themselves or our country.”) and Broadway luminary Hal Prince (“I’m madder than hell at all this trivia!”). The great clown Larry Harmon, who created the extraordinarily famous and durable character Bozo, contributed a piece about the travails of his 1984 in-character presidential run.

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Plasmatics singer Wendy O Williams offered a photo essay about dickheads who grab their junk:

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Charles Bukowski and some other unexpected National Lampoon contributors after the jump…

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The last known photographs of Jim Morrison in Paris, dated June 28, 1971
07:25 am

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Jim Morrison

Jim Morrison died on July 3, 1971 at age 27. The official cause of death on his death certificate was “heart failure.” No autopsy was performed.

Here are the last known photographs of the lizard king taken on June 28, 1971 during a day trip to Saint-Leu-d’Esserent. Morrison is joined by Pamela Courson, and their friend, Alain Ronay. One might assume that Morrison was fat, bearded and bloated due to drugs and alcohol abuse at this point, but he looks trim, clean-shaven and relatively healthy here for a man about to expire.

Photos by Alain Ronay.




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