The “Easy come, Easy go” Edition :: Issue #083


Rusty’s Electric Dreams, an inbox zine by Rusty Blazenhoff :: Issue #083 :: The ” Easy Come, Easy Go” Edition :: 05:04:2016

Rusty's Electric Dreams

Rusty’s Electric Dreams, an inbox zine by Rusty Blazenhoff
Issue #083 :: The “Easy come, Easy go” Edition :: 05:04:2016

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Easy come, Easy go…


Hello dear readers, It’s MAY. How? What?

A new month means a new Artist-in-Residence.

So, please welcome (George-Clooney-lookalike) Tex Allen! Yay!

Rusty Blazenhoff

p.s. I’m trying out a new layout here. A reader –all the way from Australia– let me know that he was having issues reading the intro on his phone. Made me wonder if everyone was having problems viewing it on mobile. All good, Phyro? All good, the rest of you?

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Artist-in-Residence: Tex Allen

Why the Nose?
My name is Tex Allen. I’ve worn a clown nose on my face everyday in public, dressed “normally” otherwise, for six and a half years. When people ask me, “Why the Nose?“, I tell them simply, “To make people happy!”

Then, I reward them for their bravery with a gift.

A reward for breaking out of themselves, away from their reluctance to be vulnerable. A little trinket that tells them it’s OK to make a connection. A “thank you” for their act of creation…for creating a moment between people. A moment born from their childlike curiosity, from wonder and inquisition.

I give them a Nose. We call them #lovebombs, because you’ll watch their faces light up and feel their hearts burst.

(here’s where I start leading you into my #lovecult that’s spread over 400,000 Noses worldwide across 30+ countries) Really you should, it’s amazing. In that moment, it’s like innocence and WOW! and OOOHH! all landed in one place, followed by some fireworks, a birthday circus elephant and some cake, all while everything in your vision kinda suddenly get’s really saturated and sparkly all at once.

It’s that kind of moment. And once you experience it, you want more and you’ll understand how you’ve lit up a heart with a gift that lit them up too. You’ll hear them tell you how it “made their day” or “made them believe in humans again” or “that really turned my bad morning/afternoon/evening around, thank you” or “that’s just awesome, so cool that you’re doing that!” or a million other affirmations.

Seriously, it’s a #lovedrug, be careful.
Suddenly, you’ve become an #loveartist, spreading presence and connection and a peek into doorways from quantum realms.

Really, it’s science. I’ve learned a lot in 6.6 years and 50,000 plus Noses gifted out.

The Nose is now resonating with the same frequency from the first one I wore all that time ago:
It’s a frequency of vulnerability and the intention of connection.

I goddang DARE YOU to reach out and say something.
Just ask and you get the red pill.
Welcome to the rest of your life, we’re just here to open the door and show you that love is out there.
Waiting for a chance to reach out and say “Hello” and guess who’s wearing a big , red button on their face?

And all of that power from the thousands of Noses around the globe is running through YOU, right there and NOW.
What are you gonna do with that?
You’re gonna keep creating, that’s what.

Yep. I call it #loveart.
The photo above is one of the first captures at Stinson Beach, CA over 6 years ago.
This kid reached out and asked the question, right after his face had been buried in the sand by friends.
The Nose added to the clown-like pattern embedded across his cheeks.


Call it what you will, I’ve got three more weeks here to tell you a few stories from the thousands of direct connections I’ve lived through. I call these experiences “magic” but it’s up to you, the audience. Ultimately, they are micro-connections to alternate Universes where joy and wonder are ready to break through to grab our attention to wonderful possibility.
If you’re ready and open to take the red ball.

Welcome to the journey down the clownhole.
I guarantee a fun ride.


Tex Allen is a multidisciplinary, experiential #loveartist.
His medium is a combination of a fast 50mm lens to capture magic, 20 years as a graphic designer, and a worldwide history of inspirational leadership within the cosplay and Burning Man communities.
WhyTheNose? as a movement has gifted over 400,00 Noses globally under a single mantra,
“Spreading love around the world, person to person, one Nose at a time”

Silicon Valley Gem: Buck’s of Woodside


XTRCOOL license plate at Buck's Restaurant in Woodside, Ca

Folks, I’ve got something extra cool to share with you.

My friend Kyle is visiting and, on his glowing recommendation, we dined at a real Silicon Valley gem: Buck’s of Woodside.

Pocketed away in the small town of Woodside, (which, by the way, is one of the wealthiest in the United States), this modest restaurant is down-right legendary. If not for its owner’s wild floor-to-ceiling collection of crazy-cool curiosities, but for the wheeling and dealing that goes down there. See, Buck’s is just 4 miles from Sand Hill Road, where many venture capitalists have offices.

Legend has it that Elon Musk pitched PayPal there, and that Tesla raised capital in its parking lot. Open since 1991, Buck’s has been home to many tech-related deals.

Still, Buck’s proprietor Jamis MacNiven says it’s “just a local joint.”

I was thinking it should have a more apropos moniker, like, Big Buck’s of Woodside. 🙂

Here’s Jamis and me holding up our just-exchanged business cards (with a little Lenin over my shoulder)

The Nitty Gritty: Buck’s is located at 3062 Woodside Road in Woodside, California. This is the kind of place you have to see to believe, but if you can’t make the trip, you can browse the Buck’s collection onlineGo for the pancakes, stay for the seed funding. 

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photos by Rusty Blazenhoff and Kyle Kesterson

Events of note


Catch Our Style: California Regional Airlines 1950s–1980s - See more at:

[Until 6/5] Catch Our Style: California Regional Airlines 1950-1980s at SFO Museum: Departures Level 3 – Pre-Security, San Francisco, CA
United States
[Now until 8/19] Tiny Book Show, a touring bookmobile of little books handcrafted by artists and writers
[Various dates] 420 Games
Alameda, California
[5/6] Island City Waterways: Waves of Inspiration, new landscapes with borax and shoe polish by Ginny Parsons at Rhythmix, 6 PM to 9 PM
[5/12] Creative Clarity workshop at Inspiration Studio, 6 PM to 9 PM

[3/2017] Spannabis

[5/19] Bawdy Storytelling: “It Seemed like a Good Idea at the Time…” 8 PM to 10:30 PM [Tickets]

[6/4-6/5] Chicago Redhead Days, 11 AM to 5 PM, City Hall Park

Cold Spring, New York
[6/10-6/13] Camp Grounded, summer camp for adults

East Park Reservoir in Colusa County, California
[6/20-6/26] Camp Tipsy, an “annual rotten boat building contest and camp-out”

Lake Iseo, Italy
[6/18 to 7/3] Christo’s Floating Piers

Las Vegas
[Ongoing] Akhob, an immersive “Ganzfeld effect” experience by artist James Turrell at Louis Vuitton [by appt only: 702-730-3150]  HIGHLY recommended!

Lisbon, Portugal
[11/7-11/10] Web Summit 2016

[5/22] Yelp London’s Food Festival of the Future, an event that a combines London food, technology and food trends, Cargo, 1 PM to 10 PM Thanks, Alex!

[July] EVA London 2016

Los Angeles

Cool Places to Buy Weird Shit in Los Angeles

[5/7] Parts & Labor, “The production explores America’s love/hate relationship with cars and features at its center a 1970’s Cadillac Coupe de Ville, Percussionists…play it.” Santa Palm Car Wash in WeHo [Tickets]

[Until 5/12] Hooray for L.A.A full Marionette Musical Variety Hour at Bob Baker Marionette Theater [Tickets]

[5/29] E.T., the Extra Terrestrial screening at Hollywood Forever Cemetery

[6/4] The Legend of Krampus – Group Art Show and Exhibition at Hive Gallery, 8 PM to 11 PM

[8/14] BrunchCon LA at The Reef, 9 AM to 3 PM Thanks, Josh!

[10/1] Dolly Parton at Hollywood Bowl [Tickets]

[12/5-12/8] Henry Rollins at Largo

Marble Falls, Texas
[10/7-10/10] Camp Grounded, summer camp for adults

Melbourne, Australia
beinArt Gallery opens in early 2016

New Orleans
[2/28/2017] Mardi Gras
[2/13/2018] Mardi Gras
[3/5/2019] Mardi Gras
[2/25/20] Mardi Gras

New York City
Quirky NYC by Oriana Leckert:
“From Bumper Cars to Torah Taxidermy: A Guide to 25 of Brooklyn’s Most Unusual Museums”
“From Elevators to Outsider Art: A Guide to 16 Under-the-Radar Museums in Queens”
“The 27 Most Unusual Museums in Manhattan”

[5/16] Psychic Dogs Lecture and Slideshow, NYC! With Dr. Paul Koudounaris! in Brooklyn

[Until 5/26] Then She Fell, a “fully immersive, multi-sensory experience in which only 15 audience members per performance explore a dreamscape where every alcove, corner, and corridor has been transformed into a lushly designed world”

[Ongoing] Sleep No More at The McKittrick Hotel
[Ongoing] Jungle-Ized by Sound Collective, Free
[Ongoing] The Ferry Play on the Staten Island Ferry, $1.99
[Ongoing] More NYC events

Northern California
[5/20-5/23] and [5/27-5/30] Camp Grounded, summer camp for adults


[Until 9/25] Altered State: Marijuana in California at OMCA

[5/6] Oakland First Fridays, on Telegraph Ave. from W. Grand to 27th St., 5 PM to 9:30 PM

[5/6-5/8] DadaConf 0.1 at Nimby [Tickets]

[5/8] Sweet Leaf Yoga, yoga enhanced with high-grade medicine at 3215 Lakeshore Drive, medical cannabis patients with ID only, $25

[5/14-5/15] Hudson’s Estate Liquidation Warehouse Sale, contents from 20 different estates

[5/15] Punk History of the East Bay Ride [Tickets]

[6/2] Beauties & Beasts Gala Costume Party at Children’s Fairyland, 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

[6/25-6/26] Burger Boogaloo, Mosswood Park [Tickets]

Palm Springs, California
[7/8-7/11] Yes and Yes Yes (YxYY) at the Ace Hotel, a “summer retreat for anyone who considers themselves a thinker, maker, creator, nerd, or weirdo.” [Tickets]

Paris, France
Editor’s note:
Last January I had the good fortune to spend the night in an artist’s yurt. My photos from that visit are included in this show…in PARIS!
[Until 8/29] Habiter le Campement, Cité de l’architecture & du patrimoine au Palais de Chaillot

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
[5/11] Rational Comedy for an Irrational Planet with Brian Malow at 8 PM [Tickets]

Portland, Oregon
[8/11-8/15] World Domination Summit [Tickets]

Riverside, California
[5/20-5/22] Beyond Brookledge at the Galleria at the Mission Inn

San Francisco
“Best storytelling events in the Bay Area”
Upscale vs. Frugal SF
[Ongoing] Elsewhere Philatelic Society
[Ongoing] More SF events

[5/5] Jason Mecier’s “Celebrity Trash” at 111 Minna

[5/6] Retrograde: Art by Winston Smith at Mule Gallery, reception 6 PM to 9 PM

[5/10] Odd Salon: “Sabotage” at DNA Lounge, 7 PM to 10 PM , 21+

[5/11] Bona Fide, a new storytelling event by Dixie de la Tour at Verdi Club, 8 PM [Tickets]

[5/11] Fireside Storytelling: “Gotta Bail” at Chez Poulet, 7:30 PM Doors, $15

[5/16] SFMOMA to reopen

[Until 6/5] Catch Our Style: California Regional Airlines 1950s–1980s at SFO Museum: Departures–Level 3 – Pre-Security

[6/5] Space Age slide show with Charles Phoenix at Grand Star Theater, 3 PM [Tickets]

[6/11] Wild Kingdom, an art car and fire art festival, 2 PM to 4 AM [Tickets]

[6/11-10/2] Cindy Sherman: Imitation of Life at The Broad [pdf]

[6/12-6/13] Season finale of Calling All Choir at Mission Dolores Basilica

[6/12] Mac Sabbath at Slim’s, 8 PM, all ages [Tickets]

[6/24-6/26] New Games with John Law

[6/25-6/26] San Francisco Pride (Parade and festivities)

[7/10] Cocktail Robotics Grand Challenge at DNA Lounge [Tickets]

[7/17] Dark Garden Annual Corset Rummage Sale

[7/23] The Murray Invitational. A Bill Murray Art Exhibition and Golf Party at Public Works

[8/5-8/7] Outside Lands, Golden Gate Park

[9/21-9/22] Dent: Space at Innovation Hangar

[10/1] Release party for Chicken John’s The Book of the Un at 111 Minna

[10/13] Brian Wilson presents Pet Sounds – Celebrating the 50th Anniversary, 8 PM [Tickets]

[10/2017] 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love

San Jose, California
[7/23] Blacklight Slide

SF Bay Area
[Ongoing] Best swimming holes in the SF Bay Area

San Diego, California
[8/18-8/21] Tiki Oasis: “Monster Island”

San Mateo, California
[5/20-5/22] The 11th Annual Maker Faire Bay Area [Tickets]

San Rafael, California
[5/7] David Sedaris at Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, 8 PM [Tickets]

Santa Fe, New Mexico
[Ongoing] Meow Wolf [Read this] [Tickets]

The Obscure, the Charming and the Odd: Mark Pahlow’s Guide to Seattle

[5/5] Bawdy Storytelling: “Slippery Slope” 8 PM to 10 PM [Tickets]

[7/4-7/10] Nowhere

Sun Valley, Idaho
[4/19/2017-4/22/2017] Dent 2017, a creative retreat for people who want to “put a dent in the universe,” as Steve Jobs once said. (Highly recommended!)

If YOU would like to co-curate an issue of Rusty’s Electric Dreams, I’d love to hear your idea! Please email me: about a cool event? I can’t be everywhere and know about everything, so share it with me! I’ll do my best to include it in the next issue.

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