The “Sneakerz” Edition :: Issue #035


Rusty’s Electric Dreams :: Issue #035 :: The “Sneakerz” Edition :: 05:27:2015

Rusty’s Electric Dreams, an inbox zine by pop culture activist Rusty Blazenhoff
Issue #035 :: The “Sneakerz” Edition :: 05:27:2015

Sneakerz…Cool news! This issue was co-curated by Lucas Mast, who is REALLY into sneakers.

This is his license plate:


Pop culture comes in many forms, as I learned after getting sucked into the vast rabbit hole of sneakers this week. Thank you, Lucas, for giving me a taste of your obsession and for showing me that sneakers are WAY more than something to wear on your feet. And, thank you to Kirsten for connecting Lucas and I.

I’ve marked Lucas’ contributions to this issue with his initials, “LM.”

If YOU would like to co-curate an issue of Rusty’s Electric Dreams, I’d love to hear your idea!  please email me:

Rusty Blazenhoff

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“One of the most inspiring, weird and off-kilter collections of curated kitschy ephemera for the big-brained.”

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This space
intentionally left sneakerheaded

As seen on the Internets

Air Jordan XI "Concord" in LEGO
:: “50 must-follow sneakerhead accounts on social media” LM


:: “Your Instagram photos aren’t really yours: Someone else can sell them for $90K”



:: Make your toys talk Thx, seanbonner!


:: “On a Plate,” a short story about privilege by Toby Morris


:: Lucas says, “Sneaker customization is BIG BIZ.”


:: Nike re-released the Michael Jordan & Bugs Bunny collection: “Hare Jordan” LM


::  NIKE SNKRS APP: “Allows you to get backstories, “follow†shoes (Jordan, Lebron, SB, KD), alerts you when they go on sale and allows you to buy them in app” —LM


:: “How Sneaker Culture Conquered the World”


:: “50 Greatest Sneaker Moments In Movies”LM

Artist-in-residence: May 2015

by Josh Ellingson
Drunk Tweets” 
Gestalt bar in San Francisco’s Mission District is playing host to a gaggle of my ‘Drunk Tweet’ paintings this month and next. The series started out as tiny sketches with paint on novelty-sized mini canvases.  For this show, however, the sketches are super-sized on 20×20″ canvases. There will be an artist reception next week on Wednesday May 27th 8pm-11pm, so if you’re in the neighborhood please stop in.”
Remember when Pony Chops custom-painted high tops for me? The reverse side has Abraham Lincoln with googly eyes.
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END X Saucony Shadow 5000 “Burgerâ€

“Iceberg green lettuce in the heel, burly beetroot mid-foot blocking, fleshy Sauc stripes meatin–up the package, all wrapped in a lightly seasoned suede bun — this, is the End Clothing x Saucony Shadow 5000 “Burger“.

Constructed from only top shelf materials, the English retailers draw inspiration for their latest colab from one of the most customisable delicacies on the planet, the humble burger…”
Sneaker Freaker
Interchangeable, sealed ‘BBQ’ and ‘Mayo’ Lace Packets

The End Clothing x Saucony Shadow 5000 “Burger” on Ebay ($$$). —LM

Events of note

San Fermin
[5/30] International Obscura Day, “a day of expeditions, back-room tours, unusual access and discovery in your hometown.” [Find an event in your area.]


[Various dates/cities] Sneaker Con: “Where you can buy, sell, swap or just look at 1000’s of rare kicks” —LM

San Francisco Bay Area
[5/30] Bikes to Books Annual Springtime Ride, 1 PM to 4 PM Thx, Nicole G.!

Arlington, Virginia
[6/4] CAFE GAGA: Chronos Vs. Kairos, a salon by Gareth Branwyn at Artisphere

Astoria, Oregon
[6/4-6/7] 30th Anniversary celebration of the cult film The Goonies

[7/23] Willie Nelson & Family plays the Greek Theatre with Alison Krauss [Tickets]

Huntington Beach, California
[6/27] Charles Phoenix: ALOHALAND at Don the Beachcomber [Tickets]

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

Long Island City, New York

Los Angeles

[Dates in June] Uncle Impossible’s Funtime Variety & Ice Cream Social, 18+[5/29] Bawdy Storytelling: Didn’t see it comin’ with Host Sex Nerd Sandra![6/5] Meltdown Comics Presents: Boing Boing hosts a conversation with Daniel Clowes (FREE w/purch) at NerdMelt Showroom, 7-8:30 PM[6/5] UnCabaret: I’m with the Band with Allee Willis, 8 PM [Tickets][6/16] 826LA‘s 10th Anniversary Celebration

[6/28] Charles Phoenix “Disneyland” Tour of Downtown L.A., a 6-hour field trip! [Tickets]

[7/12] UnCabaret with Allee Willis at Au Lac, 8 PM [Tickets]

New York City
[6/13] NERDY SEXY MONEY: A Fundraiser for the 2nd International Nerdlesque Festival at Coney Island USA, 10 PM

[Until 6/15] RED reader Albert K. has been working on an Escape Room game in Brooklyn!  [Tickets]

[5/30] ‘Brooklyn Spaces’ Launch Party, 7 PM at Gowanus Ballroom [Tickets]

[7/7-8/16] Penn & Teller on Broadway [Tickets]


Nevada City, Nevada
[5/27] Everything Is Terrible! Legends!



[5/30] Aeolian Day: “a free community festival where artists, musicians, children and sound makers come together to celebrate the sound of the wind” at Jack London Square, 11 AM to 4 PM

[6/4] Fairyland’s 20th Annual Gala â€œA Cinderella Story†[Tickets]

[6/13-6/15] HellaCon 2015 [Tickets]


[6/20] Burning Man PRECOMPRESSION at American Steel

[6/21] Garden of Memory at Chapel of the Chimes 2015, 5 PM [Tickets]

[7/4-7/5] The 6th annual Burger Boogaloo, hosted by John Waters [Tickets]

[10/24] FIGMENT Oakland, a free, inclusive, participatory art event



[10/10] Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton

Pleasanton, California
[6/18-7/6]  Alameda County Fair

Port Costa, California
[5/30] Port Costa town wide yard sale, 9 to 4 PM

Riverside, California
[9/18-9/20] Boing Boing’s Weekend of Wonder at Mission Inn

San Francisco
SF’s POPOS (privately-owned public open spaces) :: guide

[5/27] ‘Drunk Tweets’ by Josh Ellingson reception party at Gestalt Haus bar, 8 – 11 PM

[5/27] Phonographic Memory Round 8 at SF Public Library Bernal Heights, 7 PM

[5/28] Risk! & Bawdy Storytelling at the Verdi Club, 8 PM [Tickets]

[5/29] The Outta Sites, The Unclaimed, The Ogres with the Devil-ettes at The Elbo Room

[5/29] The Midway SF Gallery : “Oddities: A Show to Celebrate the Strange,” Grand Opening Reception, 6 PM to Midnight

[5/30] Obscura Day 2015: Philatelicism in SF, A free EPS event. 1 – 3 PM [RSVP]

[5/30] Odeon Bar 10-year-anniversary reunion catastrophe at Knockout, 3223 Mission street

[6/4] MDMA and the Science of Psychedelic Psychotherapy: The Great Adventure with Phil Wolfson

[6/9] Neil Gaiman, “How Stories Last” at Castro Theatre [Tickets]

[6/9] Odd Salon: Intrepid at DNA Lounge, 21+

[6/11] Peter Murphy Live at DNA Lounge [Tickets] Thx, Dawn!

[6/12] Pier 70 Happy Hour: Carzzzz, 4 PM

[6/12] Hubba Hubba Revue’s BURLESQUE NATION! at DNA Lounge, 9:30 PM [Tickets]

[6/12] Bawdy Storytelling: Slippery When Wet at Verdi Club, 7 PM
[6/12] Bawdy Storytelling: Power to the Peephole at Verdi Club, 10:30 PM

[6/20] City of Women, Sunrunners, and The Greening at Bottom of the Hill [Tickets]

[6/23] Odd Salon: Covert at DNA Lounge, 21+

[6/24] Dancehall of Beautiful Radiant Things at Verdi Club, 8 to 11 PM [Tickets]

[6/26-6/28] The Beatnik Shindig at Fort Mason Center [Volunteer]

[7/7] Odd Salon: Infamy at DNA Lounge, 21+

[7/9] Chuck Palahniuk and Lidia Yuknavitch: A Night of Mayhem at INFORUM,
6:30 PM [Tickets]

[7/11] Wayne White Installation Opening Night at Heron Arts

[8/4] Odd Salon: Myth(os) at DNA Lounge, 21+

[9/27] Folsom Street Fair

[5/30] Everything Is Terrible! Legends! in Seattle! [Tickets]
ALSO: “The Obscure, the Charming and the Odd: Mark Pahlow’s Guide to Seattle

[7/9] Bawdy Storytelling: Dirty Little Secret at Re-Bar Seattle, 8 PM

Heads up!
~~ Tickets ($140) are now available for Camp Tipsy 2015 AND now there’s a Kickstarter campaign (with some cool and nutty perks)!
~~ Burning Man tickets might still be available.
~~ Yes and Yes Yes happens June 12-15, 2015 in Palm Springs
~~ Tiki Oasis (SPACE-THEMED!) happens August 13-16, 2015 in San Diego
~~ Secret Cinema: Star Wars, London [Tickets]


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