This Saturday, June 8th. I’ll be showing my art and have my work for sale at the Welcome To My Nightmare VIII show. Lots of artists and bands. Be there, or be whatever.
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Posted in art, Babalon Babes, cartoon, comics, comics and illustrations, Exhibits, music, Only in NYC, Psycho Bunny, Uncategorized, underground/alternative/subculture, tagged 2013, art, comics, don pedros, illustration, june 2013, local nyc bands, local punk bands nyc bands, michele witchipoo, michele witchipoo artwork, michele witchipoo drawing, michele witchipoo illustration, music, nyc punk, Welcome To My Nightmare, williamsburg, williamsburg brooklyn on June 4, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in art, Exhibits, Illustration, music, Psycho Bunny, Uncategorized, underground/alternative/subculture, witchesbrewpress releases, tagged acrylic painting, alternative art, Amy Chace, art, art auction, comics, G.G. Alllen, gg allen, illustration, joe simko, joey steel, justin melkmann, Kucinskis Christine, letter from gg allen, local NYC punk bands, may 2013, michele witchipoo, michele witchipoo artwork, michele witchipoo painting, music, nyc, nyc events, painting, Paul Benincasa, phil lentz, Psycho Bunny, punk, punk island, Punk Island 2013, punk rock, Rev. Wodka, underground art, underground comics, williamsburg, williamsburg brooklyn, Wodka on May 20, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
This past Friday was the benefit for Punk Island, taking place in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. There were bands which afterwards was an art auction. Local artists donated artwork to raise money for Punk Island 2013.
So not only have I not managed to make it to any of the Punk Island shows, I almost didn’t make it to this event. You see, I was exhausted and ready to call it a night. Yet my friend convinced me to go. Plus I had flyers to pick up and promote for the Welcome To My Nightmare show next month. Missed the bands but arrived just in time for the auction.
I had donated a mixed medium painting created seven months ago titled Rev. Wodka. The acrylic and glitter painting was originally on sale at my Esty site, but I figured it would would be better off at the auction. In theme with all things Punk. So off went Rev. Wodka, who found a new home that night. I also included an old mini issue of my comic Psycho Bunny.
There were lots of awesome artists who donated their time and talent to this benefit. There were original signed and numbered concert poster prints by Joe Simko, who did illustrations for bands like The Misfits and GWAR. Original concert photography was also donated to the cause. The best was saved for last, when Justin Melkmann, comic book artist and member of the band WW9 donated a personal letter from G.G. Allen to the auction.
Here’s a few other photos from that night. Can’t say I know of the exact date of Punk Island itself, but it’s usually free and takes place during the summer on Governor’s Island. Best bet is to do a search for info regarding the exact time date and location for the event.
Posted in art, Babalon Babes, cartoon, comics and illustrations, Exhibits, Illustration, music, Only in NYC, Psycho Bunny, Uncategorized, underground/alternative/subculture, tagged art, brooklyn, don pedros, illustration, june 2013, local nyc bands, local NYC ounk bands, michele witchipoo, michele witchipoo artwork, michele witchipoo drawing, michele witchipoo illustration, michele witchipoo painting, music, nyc, underground art on May 16, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Welcome To My Nighmare VIII. I’ll be here showing my work and selling my comics. Don’t miss it.
Posted in art, Illustration, music, pop culture, Uncategorized, underground/alternative/subculture, tagged Aladdin Sane, art, Bowie, David Bowie, David Bowie watercolor painting, glam rock, glitter watercolor, illustration, michele witchipoo, michele witchipoo artwork, michele witchipoo painting, music, watercolor, Ziggy Stardust on March 21, 2013 | 1 Comment »
Two weeks ago I had plans to do this Bowie sketch. Then came news of his new album going to number one in the UK. (http://www.nme.com/news/david-bowie/69250) So perhaps after being subjected to auto tune pop music crap, there might be hope for the human race. Perhaps not. We’ll see.
I really haven’t sat down and listened to the new Bowie release. Don’t matter. I will always be a fan of his seminar work such as Ziggy Stardust, his Heroes era, and right up to Scary Monsters. While I’m not that much of a Bowie fanatic, no one can deny his influence.
Here’s a quick watercolor piece done this morning. Basic glitter watercolor. It’s not my best, but it’s not my worse either. This painting looks a lot better in person. The scan didn’t do it justice. Now I’ll quietly curse myself for not being a teen or a young adult during the Glam Rock era. Meanwhile the song “Panic In Detroit” runs through my head.
Posted in alcohol, Animal Kingdom, art, life, magick, music, Only in NYC, pop culture, spiritual, Uncategorized, underground/alternative/subculture, tagged art, black cat, cat, cats, digital photography, dust angel, East Village, enchantments, Evangelical Holy Drums, fine art photography, gottscheer hall, Hi-5, Hi-5 bar and gallery, Hi-5 Ridgewood, Hi-5 Ridgewood Queens, live, live music nyc, local bands, local nyc bands, magick, michele witchipoo, music, music photography, nyc, nyc scenes, photography, post punk, punk, Ridgewood, Ridgewood Queens, superfunfacepunch on October 1, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
Since early this year, I’ve been working on my photography. Taking one step beyond the beloved Instagram, I like to take the photo imperfections, and blend them into the process.
It all started when my good friend found a working manual film camera for under twenty bucks. He passed the goods onto me. Six months later as a belated birthday present, he also found an old digital camera. Added a bit of Photoshop skills to the mix for that unique look.
Here’s a brief collection of what I’ve taken so far:
More photos to be posted soon.
Posted in art, Exhibits, music, Only in NYC, pop culture, Uncategorized, underground/alternative/subculture, tagged 2012, acrylic, acrylic painting, alternative art, alternative music, art, art event, art exhibit, august 2012, Bobo Fett, drums, Erotica, Evangelical Holy Drums, Hi-5, Hi-5 bar and gallery, Hi-5 Ridgewood, Hi-5 Ridgewood Qu, Hi-5 Ridgewood Queens, michele witchipoo, music, nyc, painting, paintings, photography, porn, porn art, post punk, punk, Queens, Queens New York, Ridgewood, Ridgewood Queens, sci-fi, space, space erotica, Space Porn, space porn art, space porn art show at Hi-5 2012, underground art, vagina sculpture on September 23, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
Everything’s been going full steam ahead. Much so that I forgot to review the art event I took part of last month.
I had two painting exhibited at this show. The theme was anything to do with space, porn, or hey, why not both? Which is exactly what happened. Combining space, porn, bands and good times. Here’s a few photos I took from the night of Friday August 3rd, 2012.
There were great paintings by a variety of other artists. Most of the work was listed as ‘not safe for work.’ Well, the theme was space porn.
Above is a photograph of the two paintings I had exhibited at the Space Porn show. Both were mixed mediums, using mostly acrylic and glitter. After the show, the stripper painting on the left was sold. The other painting on the right is still available.
Local bands on the bill were: Spewing Cum, a solo drum set by RYO of Gagakirise (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AyNt1L13S_c&feature=youtu.be), Kool Skull w/ Ryo (special collaborative piece), Cum Blood, and a special burlesque performance by Miss Cherry Delight.
The show was covered by the press, featuring another artist: http://heyheychante.blogspot.com/2012/08/art-feature-space-porn.html
So now you have a bit of an idea what I did this past summer.
Posted in art, Illustration, music, pop culture, Uncategorized, tagged 1980s, 1980s new wave, art, B-Movie, background vocalist, Bananarama, Cindy Ecstasy, Dream Baby, Dream Baby Bananarama song, drugs, early '80s television, early 1980s, Ecstasy, illustration, marc almond, marc and the mambas, Memorabilia, michele witchipoo, Mike Thorne, music, Non Stop Ecstatic Dancing, Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret, Rick Holliday, Six Sed Red, soft cell, top of the pops, Torch, watercolor, where are they now? on May 5, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
When discussing the history of Soft Cell, you’ll hear about a certain early ’80s club kid. This downtown vixen went by the name of Cindy Ecstasy.
“A few nights later I was to find myself in an after-hours club called Berlin. There I met the girl who had saved me at Studio 54 and who was to have a major part in changing my life. In fact she would change both my life and Dave’s profoundly, and our work in Soft Cell from then on.” – from the book “Tainted Life (the autobiography)” by Marc Almond.
As the story goes, Cindy Ecstasy was a drug dealer. Her moniker came about from what she supplied: Ecstasy. In 1981, it was a drug for the nightclub elite. Hence, the name Cindy Ecstasy. Somehow, someone came up with the idea of having Cindy sing back-up on many of the classic Soft Cell tracks. That way she’ll always be around. A decade after Cindy weaved her chemical spells, Ecstasy became known to the general public.
Yet despite me just being a third generation spectator, I somehow have to agree with record producer Mike Thorne. “In one book about the group, Cyndi is obnoxiously described as ‘a drug dealer’, which is glib and convenient journalistic nonsense. She was a camp follower who contributed to the general party energy level and had her own distinctive style and rasping Brooklyn sense of humor and delivery. She passed on wonderful substances to Marc and Dave et al, but in a street social way. Ms Big she was not. I wonder where she is now.” – from Thorne’s website: www.stereosociety.com
Cindy Ecstasy became the electronic duo’s accidental muse of sorts. She made appearances in the Soft Cell videos “Memorabilia” and “Torch.” Cindy even went as far as appearing with Soft Cell on the classic British countdown show “Top of The Pops.”
Alas, fame was only fleeting for Ms. Ecstasy. She did background vocals for the first Marc and The Mambas album. When her friendship with Marc Almond dissolved, she formed her own band called Six Sed Red. The band had two members. It was herself along with musician Rick Holliday, formerly of the early 1980s band B-Movie. The single was co- produced by the seminal Electronic/Industrial band Cabaret Voltaire, and remixed by Depeche Mode producer Flood.
Never heard of Six Sed Red? Don’t worry – not many people have. The single failed to chart much, and soon Cindy disappeared. Since then, her whereabouts have been largely unknown.
“She had a band called Six Said Red, and that was, like, 1984. I don’t know what became of her after that. Someone told me that she had a guest house in some seaside town in Britain somewhere, that she’s running a hotel. But I have no idea!” – Marc Almond, 1999 interview from the online magazine Chaos Control.
Who knows what would’ve happened if Six Sed Red had been more successful. Cindy did have some potential. Personally, I think the single could’ve been a bigger hit. Could’ve, would’ve, should’ve.
Little known fact: right before her disappearance, Cindy and Rick Holliday wrote a song for 80′s pop trio Bananarama.
On the other hand, since she was dealing with drugs, perhaps she had to…”disappear.”
There’s really no new crucial information here regarding Ms. Ecstasy. What’s posted here isn’t any different from what anyone else has written. It’s more like wondering out loud; “where is she now?” Even if we never hear from her again, at least she already left a legacy of some kind. In the meantime, I shall leave you with a small watercolor portrait of the accidental chemical muse, Cindy Ecstasy. Created tonight in watercolor, pen and ink by me. Enjoy.
Posted in art, Illustration, music, Uncategorized, underground/alternative/subculture, tagged 1980s, 1980s avant garde, 1980s underground music, alternative music, art, foetus, illustration, J.G. Thirlwell, lydia lunch, marc almond, marc and the mambas, michele witchipoo, music, new wave, nick cave, pen and ink, psychic tv, Raoul and the Ruined, soft cell, Some Bizzare, The Immaculate Consumptive, Torment and Toreros, untitled, Val Denham, vocals on April 30, 2012 | 1 Comment »
Lately I’ve been listening to Marc Almond. Been a fan of his since I was a kid, thanks to Soft Cell’s biggest hit “Tainted Love.” But Soft Cell was way more than a band who did Northern Soul covers. In fact, after the “Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret”/”Non Stop Ecstatic Dancing” period, Soft Cell produced two more darker, brilliant releases: “The Art of Falling Apart” and “Last Night In Sodom.” Alas, all good things must come to an end. In 1984 Soft Cell disbanded until 2001. In 2002, a reunion album came in the form of “Cruelty Without Beauty.”
What stands out with Marc Almond is his ability to have one foot in the mainstream, and the other foot in the more avant garde/underground music circles. Marc makes it look effortless as he switches from one genre to another, depending on the project he’s working on. Perhaps another reason why I’m still a fan of Marc is that musically he’s constantly evolving. Instead of resting on nostalgic laurels, as with the case of some ’80s bands, Almond embraced different styles such as French chanson and Russian folk music. With this Marc Almond has proved to be a versatile artist again and again. In my eyes he’s an extremely underrated musician, especially here in the United States.
Right before Soft Cell broke up, Marc had two side projects. One was the very short-lived The Immaculate Consumptive. The members consisted of Almond, Lydia Lunch, Nick Cave and J.G. Thirlwell, better known as Foetus. The Immaculate Consumptive only lasted about three live shows. To my knowledge, no studio recording exist. Afterwards, Marc Almond formed his own off-shoot called Marc and The Mambas. Marc and The Mambas put out two studio albums. In 1982 was “Untitled” and in 1983 “Torment and Toreros.” This to me, is my favorite Marc Almond period. The other personal favorites besides the Mamba records is from his later solo years. There’s 1988′s “Stars We Are” and 1985′s “Mother Fist and Her Five Daughters.”
I remember buying “Untitled” used on vinyl years ago. It was brought on a lark, particularly since I had just gotten my first steady job. Later on, when I first got into Psychic TV, I was happy to find Marc Almond listed in the credits from the “Dreams Less Sweet” album. Also brought on vinyl was Marc’s second collaboration with Foetus called Flesh Volcano. Come to think of it, much of my teenage vinyl, ranging from PTV to Coil had Marc Almond doing guest vocals.
And so finally I get to the subject of the album cover art itself. After all, Marc’s portrait on “Untitled” helped persuade me to purchase this record many moons ago. That distinction goes to an amazing artist named Val Denham. If you don’t know who Val Denham is, well, you should. She’s a fantastic transgender artist and musician. She’s not only done work for Almond, but for Throbbing Gristle, Psychic TV, and compilations put out by the Some Bizarre music label. Here’s the link to her work, and bio: http://www.valdenham.com/
Lastly, influenced by Marc and The Mambas and Val Denham, here’s my quickie artwork of Marc Almond. Here I used basic pen and ink, created tonight. Well, it is just a quick sketch. Enjoy.
Posted in Uncategorized, tagged Air Academy, art, beernutcomics, comics, elmhurst, elmhurst queens, hilltap tavern, illustration, Jose Rivera, Liquid Light Lab, Losing Constitution, michele witchipoo, music, nyc, Serigo Zungia, Steve Pavlovsky, The Barrens, This Is What We Do, This Is What We Do 2012, Thomas Doerrer, witchesbrewpress on January 10, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
Okay, first show of 2012.
Check out the 2nd Annual This Is What We Do event, taking place Saturday February 11th, 2012. The party starts at 8pm, in Elmhurst, Queens NY. Accessible by the M and R subway lines. It’s free admission, which means you have to come up with a really good excuse not to show up.
I’ll be showing my artwork along with many other artists. Sergio Zuniga, Steve Pavlovsky, Thomas Doerrer, and Jose Rivera. The bands playing on the bill will be The Barrens, Air Academy, and Losing Constitution. Light show by Liquid Light Lab. Artwork and comics will be for sale. If this event is anything like it was last year, then this guarantees to be a lot of fun.