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Wow, it’s been a while since I’ve posted. Busy is an understatement.

We are now two days into the year 2012. If you believe the hype, supposedly there’s something called the 2012 Mayan Prophecy. Okay, whatever. While I respect the ancient Mayan culture, I seriously doubt doomsday is gonna come on the winter solstice of December 21, 2012 AD. I think what will happen is a shift in world consciousness. To what degree remains to be seen. The end of the world itself, however…not gonna happen. The rapture, Mayan end dates, reptiles, Armageddon, apocalypse, or whatever – ain’t gonna happen.

Oh, and btw, I don’t do the New Year’s resolution bit either. I prefer to make promises I can keep.

The past year of 2011 itself was an interesting year. More like a roller coaster of sorts. A few episodes of the Shitty Mickey webcomic I work with writer John Reed is were posted up. Had my artwork exhibited in both New York and Los Angeles. I self-published another mini-issue of Psycho Bunny, which debuted at MoCCA Art Fest 2011. Sent something to the June 2011 Hyperallergic mail art show which got exhibited along with many other artists. My piece for the “Necessary Discomforts”/Christian Death/Rozz Williams tribute art show back in late 2010, was published 2011 in Gothic Beauty magazine issue # 33 (although uncredited). Besides self-publishing, an illustration of mine was published in the book “A Welsh Alphabet” by A Raven Above Press. That same illustration was exhibited in September at The 2011 West Coast Eisteddfod: Welsh Festival of Arts, located at Barnsdall Art Park in Hollywood, California. Oh, and I got asked to vote on some comicbook award. Cool, huh?

What sidetracked me somewhat though, was school. Still continuing with college, which I love. So far I’ve been on the Dean’s List twice. That was a very stark contrast to my high school days. What a difference time makes.

What really captured me was the Occupy Wall Street movement. Looking back from September 17th, 2011, I’m surprised it didn’t happen a lot sooner. In between school breaks, I would visit Zuccotti Park a few times and from my observations, the protesters were sincere and peaceful. I took some photographs of the protest for the school paper, but it was more than just a news opportunity. It was a passionate plea for change, and for a brief moment, it took mainstream attention away from crappy reality television, like Kim Kardashian’s ass of a wedding.  Whether for or against, it woke people the hell up about what was really happening, as opposed to the alcohol content in Snooki’s body. Even if it was for a short time. My last comment about “occupy” is that it won’t be an outdated word, not to be uttered in 2012. That’s nowhere near the truth, and fuck you CNN for even saying that.

Hopefully I’ll get to post a more detailed blog about my feelings towards the Occupy movement. Not now, for I’ll only ramble and digress.

On a personal note, I’ve learned to cook really well. As a semi-vegetarian (no beef, chicken or pork, but I’ll have dairy and some types of seafood), my most recent dish was salmon with tomato bearnaise. Which was very delicious indeed. Very happy that Beavis and Butthead was brought back to television. Was hoping that it would kick Jersey Shore off the air, but no such luck. Oh, and I’ve been on this Marc Almond kick lately. Can’t explain it – just happened one misty morning, and it hasn’t stopped since.

So far I think I’ll be exhibiting in two local NYC shows, but details haven’t been confirmed yet. Just keep checking back for when and where. There’s going to be a few surprises too, but I’m not laying out all my cards on the table. Not just yet.

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Received my copy of Gothic Beauty magazine, issue # 33 two weeks ago. Reason being why I was looking forward to this particular copy of this publication was due to a certain article. Gothic Beauty was reviewing an L.A. exhibit, “Necessary Discomforts” based on the life of Christian Death vocalist Rozz Williams. To tell you the truth, I was only hoping for a small name mention alongside the other artists showing their work.

Imagine my surprise when I opened up the issue to discover this:

Cellphone pic of my Rozz portrait in Gothic Beauty issue # 33. May 2011

As it turns out, a black and white photo had been taken of my Rozz portrait, but Gothic Beauty forgot to give me credit. I’m sure it was an accident, but just in case, I sent an email to the editor. Here’s a photo of the original piece, mediums watercolor and ink:

Original Rozz portrait in watercolor & ink, done by Michele Witchipoo. Fall 2010.

Still, it felt odd. Here was a subculture I’d been involved with on and off since I was a teenager. At age 15 I was (barely) attending high school as a Siouxsie Sioux clone. Back in the ’80s, I used to purchase Propaganda magazine with my allowance. This subculture has been an influence, along with others when it came to my artwork. So in a way, it felt as if I had come full circle having a piece I’d created in Gothic Beauty. Validation in a way I suppose.

Cover of Gothic Beauty magazine,issue # 33. There's an article about the Rozz Williams tribute show, which I had an illustration exhibited.

http://www.gothicbeauty.com/gothic_beauty_latest_news/pre_order_issue_33_3083.html

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Check it out; the Rozz Williams tribute event, “Necessary Discomforts” was featured in Gothic Beauty magazine! Issue # 33 is on sale now. This show I had an illustration exhibited, titled “Rozz.”

Cover of Gothic Beauty magazine,issue # 33. There's an article about the Rozz Williams tribute show, which I had an illustration exhibited.

Everyone that loves Rozz Williams should pick up issue #33 of Gothic Beauty Magazine. Major feature story on ‘Necessary Discomforts: An Artistic Tribute to Rozz Williams’ curated by A Raven Above Press at the Hyaena Gallery. If you don’t get it in your neighborhood, demand it of your local bookstore. Not to be missed!

When I was in high school, I was so immersed in the Goth subculture. Used to read stuff like Propaganda magazine. So many years later, I still can’t believe that an exhibit, in which I had artwork displayed, made it to a publication like Gothic Beauty. An awesome feeling indeed.

You can order your own copy here:
http://www.gothicbeauty.com/gothic_beauty_latest_news/pre_order_issue_33_3083.html

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