The “Freaks, dust, skills” Edition :: Issue #185, Rusty’s Electric Dreams


“Be your own artist, and always be confident in what you’re doing. If you’re not going to be confident, you might as well not be doing it.”

–Aretha Franklin (RIP)

Rusty's Electric Dreams, an inbox zine by Rusty Blazenhoff

An inbox zine for positive deviants and the people who love them
Issue #185 :: The “Freaks, dust, skills” Edition :: 8:22:2018

Freaks, dust, skills…

Remember the pop-up shop I created for the 20th anniversary of Eat Fuck Kill last summer? Well, Travis Lyle, one of the AfrikaBurn (the big Burning Man regional in South Africa) organizers, just contacted me to tell me he silkscreened his own EFK variation on patches.

His version? FREAKS DUST SKILLS. Love it! And I love that EFK marches on.


Now, if you’re headed to Burning Man, three things…
  1. Cannabis is not legal on the Black Rock Desert because it’s federal land,
  2. Law enforcement is out in full swing this year,
  3. There is a new mutant vehicle ride program called Burn Area Impatient Transit (BAIT) that looks cool!
  4. Ok, four. “Larry would have loved this sticker.”

Now, if you’re not going to Burning Man but you have a spare ticket, you should donate it to Burning Wish to help them bring a cancer patient to the burn! Email:

If you’re not going to Burning Man period. Well, the whole rest of this issue doesn’t mention That Thing In The Desert at all!

Rusty Blazenhoff


P.S. I’d love to hear from you: For reals, write already.

As seen on the Internets

Over at Woke Giant you’ll find some seriously cool, retro-styled “political art for third century America.” Don’t miss the downloadable protest signs! Thanks, Tricia!

:: Positive deviance in Toronto: Someone planted tomatoes in massive potholes

:: Another event that happens in the Black Rock Desert

:: There’s a new San Francisco-themed mini golf course and it has a bar and food trucks! It’s called Stagecoach Greens and it looks awesome.
:: Thanks, Scott!

:: “Alleyways are the new art galleries”

:: Get on this: Meow Wolf is giving away $$$ to creative spaces

:: The “Fate Capsule” is like a low-tech Tinder vending machine

:: Rubber chickens ftw: I didn’t know this man but the memorial video his friends made about him got me all choked up… and inspired (you’ll need Facebook to see it)

:: “I want 5 bouncy houses“: 5-year-old boy’s obituary is the best via NYT


:: Greeter Dan writes about Peef: “Phil Sadow reverse-engineers and repairs Tesla vehicles… And the company isn’t happy.”

:: Jimmy Carter “doesn’t think he’s a big shot”

:: Atari founder Nolan Bushnell: “…at 21 years old, I had 150 kids reporting to me. So I knew intimately the economics of the coin-operated game business

:: Culture jamming in London: Street artist Protest Stencil subvertises Facebook bus stop ads

:: PETA frees animal crackers from their cages

Real things you can actually buy: yay!


Time out: The fabulous Lea Redmond of Leafcutter Designs has a brand new project. It’s called Lively Matter and it’s a 52-card activity deck to create grand adventures and experiences out of the ordinary.

The deck itself is $15. For $40, you get the deck plus that cool silkscreened “Will Return At” pouch shown in the photo. To take a “digital detox” break, you just zip your phone inside of the pouch and mark what time you want to get it back.

Lea put Lively Matter on Kickstarter this past weekend and, as of this writing, it’s already OVER funded (!).

Featured Events


dusk-space, a giant geodesic dome in Lower Manhattan

[NYC] RED reader Josh made this! It’s called dusk-space and it’s an immersive synthetic environment meant to “recreate the experience of being in a remote country field at dusk.” You can find it in Lower Manhattan.

Alameda, CA
[9/29] 13th Annual Parking Lot Sale at Forbidden Island, 2 PM to 7 PM

El Cerrito, CA
[9/3] Final day that Playland-Not-at-the-Beach is open, 12 PM to 5 PM (I said goodbye over the weekend… sniff)
[9/15] Playland-Not-at-the-Beach Museum liquidation auction, 10 AM

Los Angeles, CA
[Until 8/31] Lucy Sparrow’s all-felt Sparrow Mart Supermarket is showing at The Standard in downtown LA

[9/21-9/23] Mercado Los Olvidados, an artists market conceived and curated by Camille Rose Garcia and Pskaufman

Oakland, CA
[9/6] Lake Merritt Silent Disco Walk at Lake Chalet, 5:30 PM to 7 PM

[9/29] FIGMENT Oakland 2018, 10 AM to 6 PM

[10/26] Extra Action 20th Anniversary Halloween Ball at The New Parish, 9 PM, Tickets

[12/8] 9th Annual East Bay Alternative Book and Zine Fest at Omni Commons

San Francisco, CA
[Now through Halloween] San Francisco Ghost Hunt Walking Tour: I went! It was cool!

[10/13] Bikes to Books, San Francisco’s site-specific Literary Cycling tour, 1 PM to 4 PM

[11/7-10, 11/14-17] Hump! Film Festival 2018

[11/10] Renegade Craft at Fort Mason


Current mood: attracted
Thanks, Kristen!

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