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Last month we went to check out the Stanley Kubrick photography exhibit over at the Museum of The City of New York. Stanley Kubrick has always been one of my favorite film directors. Back in high school, I made it a mission to check out every film Kubrick directed. This was way before the days of Netflix. If it wasn’t available on VHS, then I would hit up all the revival movie theaters. You millennials have it so easy nowadays!

Luckily films are now more easily obtainable. If it can’t be found on Blu Ray, DVD or through a streaming service, there always places in NYC. For example, Videology Bar and Cinema over in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Anyway, I sought out most of Kubrick’s films. 2001: A Space Odyssey, Lolita, the prophetic Dr. Strangelove, The Shining, Full Metal Jacket, and of course, A Clockwork Orange. Even sat through that yawn fest Barry Lyndon. Although I never managed to catch the earlier films like The Killing or Paths of Glory. Did watch Eyes Wide Shut much later on – despite my disdain for Tom Cruise.

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Entrance for the Stanley Kubrick photography exhibit over at the Museum of the City of New York. July 2019. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Before Kubrick became an influential film director, he got his start as a photographer for Look Magazine. At the exhibit, open until Oct. 28th, 2018, you can see the gritty yet candid detail that would later show up in Kubrick’s films. Kubrick was just 17 years old when he sold his first photo to Look back in 1945. These photos also show how NYC was from 1946 to 1951.

 

New York City wasn’t just Kubrick’s subject. At the exhibit, a Kubrick photograph of a tattooed and pierced carny was not accepted by the editors of Look. Apparently the photo was thought as ‘too extreme.’ It was decades before the ‘Modern Primitive‘ movement, which led to the current acceptance of body modification.

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The photo below particularly stood out. It’s of professional boxer Rocky Graziano. Graziano was trying to repair his reputation when Look did a feature on him. Boxing later helped Kubrick make the transition from photography to filmmaking.

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After walking through the Kubrick exhibit we checked out the rest of the museum. Right next to the Kubrick showing was the last day of Rebel Women, which inspired this sketch done back in August.

 

At the other end of the floor was a retrospective of the feminist era. It showed the beginning of the women’s rights movement, ending with one of Hilary Clinton’s infamous pantsuits.

 

Which leads to the Psycho Bunny sketch of the week. This sketch isn’t just a sketch. This weeks shows the cover of the latest Psycho Bunny issue. If all goes well, hopefully Psycho Bunny issue 3.5 will be released at the end of October.

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This may or may not be the final version of the cover. It really depends on finding the original typeface of the lettering used for the A Clockwork Orange film poster. For now you have an ideal about what the front cover looks like. Other details forthcoming. If the latest issue is completed in time, it’ll mostly likely debut at Incredicon, taking place in Upstate NY, Oct. 28th. Incredicon is a very small con, but it’s been a while since I’ve tabled at a comic book convention.

My life has been busy as of life. You however, still have time to check out these social media links:

Facebook: pages for Psycho Bunny and for Michele Witchipoo – WitchesBrewPress.

 Twitter: One account for me, and one for Psycho Bunny.

Tumblr: World Ov Witchipoo

Instagram: there’s WitchipooArt.

Get yourself some cool stuff on RedBubble, featuring my designs. There’s dresses, tee shirts, notebooks, etc. The notebooks, and the Quentin Crisp tees seems to be one of the best selling items.

Still haven’t gotten around to posting those commissions on this blog. Maybe this week I’ll get around to doing so. Until then, stay tuned.

 

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As of this posting, it’s July 23rd, 2014. For some people, the number 23 holds a special meaning. Otherwise known as the ’23 Enigma.’

It’s been a very long time since I’ve done anything, art or writing wise relating to 23. It’s been a while since I’ve done anything relating to esoteric for that matter. (Stopped being active back in 2009) When I first started putting together my own self publish comics and illustration, I threw in a lot of symbolism. The number 23 was occasionally used.

I first heard of the 23 engima thanks to Re/Search Books back in the early ’90s. My first Re/Search book was ‘Modern Primatives‘ which talked about body modification and tattoo culture. This was way before the two subjects hit the mainstream. Inside the book was an interview with Genesis P-Orridge and his then-wife Paula P-Orridge (first wife). Genesis mentions the number 23 and the William S. Burroughs connection within this interview. This interview was also the first time I had learned about Aleister Crowley. So in a way, this was a portal of sorts.

Subconsciously, I noticed the number 23 more. My curiosity got the better of me, so I requested some information about T.O.P.Y. This is dating back to 1991 or 1992. When I received the magazine sized zine, it came with instructions on how to join TOPY. However at the time, despite the fact that I had already self-taught myself how to read tarot, and had dabbled slightly, this particular information was all a bit too heavy for me to deal with. My interest in anything occultist was pushed aside my until the early 2000’s.

Fast forward to the year 2006. I was in Lawrence, Kansas where William S. Burroughs spent the last ten years of his life. On an impulse I got a small tattoo of the number 23 on my inner right wrist.

These links might help explain the 23 enigma more here and here.

Ending this post is are old sketches. The first one is from 2005, very Psychic TV/TOPY influenced.  Looking back, I regret not initially going forward with the early instructions. Then again, I just wasn’t ready.

Psychic Kali by Michele Witchipoo, done back in 2005.

Psychic Kali by Michele Witchipoo, done back in 2005.

The second one was started in 2007 and completed in 2008. Believe this was published by AIN23 in 2009 or 2010. Would have to check up on that. In the meantime, enjoy and happy 23.

Chaos Mama by Michele Witchipoo back in early 2008.

Chaos Mama by Michele Witchipoo back in early 2008.

 

 

 

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