The “‘Wicked Abs” Edition :: Issue #064


Rusty’s Electric Dreams :: Issue #064 :: The “‘Wicked Abs” Edition :: 12:23:2015

Rusty’s Electric Dreams, an inbox zine by pop culture activist Rusty Blazenhoff
Issue #064 :: The “Wicked Abs” Edition :: 12:23:2015

Wicked abs…


Rusty Blazenhoff

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–Victoria Heifner of Milkfed Press

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As seen on the Internets


By Michael Wertz

Last Gasp‘s head-in-a-hole Krampus by Splorch Wallace
:: “Girl, you look so good with no social media” NSFW, I repeat NSFW
:: (watch with the lyrics)


:: Miracles do happen…and sometimes to my friends!


:: Hunter S. Thompson burning his Christmas tree


:: Tara Hunt has re-written the words to “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” to “better reflect modern attitudes on dating and gender”


:: “The creepiest classic of all: What should we do about ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside'”


:: Sad: Lucky Penny coffee shop at Geary & Masonic closes this week h/t: Dan S.


:: “The Last Message Received,” a Tumblr by a 15-year-old Ohio girl who collects the last (often, heartbreaking) messages of strangers 
:: via NYT


:: Molly Ditmore now makes cute rain hats for the ladies Thanks, Andie!


:: Douglas, Arizona is now home to the Art Car World museum


:: Ian Harvie: Everyone is Trans

Our friend Ken Duffy asks “What do we really know about Christmas?” in his annual holiday card. The one and only Leah Garchik featured it in her column recently. Congrats, Ken!

December Artist-in-Residence: Janelle Hessig

Ian Baldridge gave me that billy baloney! Urkel was rescued from some guy’s “booty hut” by Brontez. Sarah Bailey made Prince”  –Janelle


Sooooo, for Janelle’s next-to-last week as Artist-in-Residence, I thought it would be fun to ask her a few questions… Enjoy! –Rusty


RB: How did you score your job at Last Gasp?

JH: I had to pass a rigorous series of tests such as being able to write down 10 dick jokes in 5 minutes, find a sewing needle in Ron’s beard, and escape from a locked tank filled with Zippy The Pinhead backstock.
RB: Did you ever have a “regular” “corporate” job?
JH: I’ve had a couple of jobs which required me to wear business casual drag, but none were too corporate/bureaucratic. I dream of being a BART driver though and making big money pushing buttons. “Toot! Toot!” There’s another $50!
RB: If you could give your 21-year-old self five words of advice, what would they be?
JH: Write everything down or else
RB: How old is your inner child?
JH: He’s 12.
RB: If you were to describe yourself as a hobo sign, which one would it be? 

(Get Out Fast)
RB: Ass, gas, or grass?

JH: Gas – I want to hit the road!


Janelle Hessig was born on a dark and stormy night in Contra Costa County. It was Groundhog’s Day but she did not see her shadow on the way out. She remained in the Bay Area to become a comic artist, writer, musician, filmmaker, and townie. Having discovered the secret of life early on: stinklines + flies = superior art, she went on to apply this fantastic knowledge in the creation of numerous fanzines, comics, and other publications, beginning with Tales Of Blarg in 1991. In 2014, she founded the publishing company Gimme Action

Events of note



My jetsetting friend Carolyn Anhalt travels to places most of us will never will, including the Middle East where she works part time. Recently, she’s been focusing her Instagram feed on the unusual (to Western eyes) things she sees. This photo of hats of Kurdistan’s tribes was taken at the Kurdish Textile Museum in Erbil, Iran. [I have to admit this photo got me thinking…were hacky sacks inspired by these designs? :)]
[1/6] Crispin Glover’s AMA on reddit


Alameda, California

[12/27] Will Viharo/Scott Fulks Holiday Book Signing for their new sci-fi collab, The Space Needler’s Intergalactic Bar Guide at Forbidden Island, 3 PM

Austin, Texas
[Until 12/24] Blue Genie Art Bazaar

[3/19] Willie Nelson’s Luck Banquet

[3/11-3/15/2016] SXSW Interactive

(North) Berkeley/Kensington, California
[1/24] Cozy January Cuddle Party, 3 to 6 PM [Tickets]

Copenhagen, Denmark
[Until 1/24/2016] Yayoi Kusama: In Infinity, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

Lake Iseo, Italy
[6/18 to 7/3/2016] 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
[11/7/2016-11/10/2016] Web Summit 2016

[12/31] Bompas & Parr presents Medieval Foam Party

[July 2016] EVA London 2016

Los Angeles

[December] Free museum days in December

[1/21] I Know You Are But What Am I? The Artists Behind Pee-wee’s Playhouse, 7 PM

New York City
[Until 1/10/2016] Jim Shaw: The End is Here at New Museum

[Until 1/23/2016] Dodecahedron, an exhibit by Mark Ryden at Paul Kasmin Gallery


[New Year’s Day] Extra Action, Jessie Evans, DJ Junkdrawer and Eyenoise by KROB at New Parish [Tickets]

[1/8] 2nd Fridays at Jingletown Jazz Room

Palm Springs, California
[7/8-7/11/2016] Yes and Yes Yes (YxYY) at the Ace Hotel, a “summer retreat for anyone who considers themselves a thinker, maker, creator, nerd, or weirdo.”

Pasadena, California
[1/1/2016] 12th Annual Rose Parade

Portland, Oregon
[8/11-8/15/2016] World Domination Summit [Tickets]

Provincetown, Massachusetts
[8/13-8/19/2016] Carnival 2016: Back to the 80’s

Riverside, California
[5/20-5/22/2016] Beyond Brookledge at the Galleria at the Mission Inn

San Francisco
[Until 1/10/2016] Jewel City: Art from San Francisco’s Panama-Pacific International Exposition at de Young Museum

[Until 1/18/2016] Janet Cardiff’s The Forty Part Motet, an immersive sound installation at Fort Mason Center, Free with RSVP

[until 12/31]  Man Candy, an art show by Jason Mecier at Magnet, 8 PM to 10 PM
Man Candy, an art show by Jason Mecier at Magnet

[12/29] Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker at The Independent. 7:30 PM (Word has it that CVB will play their classic record ‘Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart’ in its entirety) Thanks, Michael!

[NYE] PATTI SMITH & HER BAND perform Horses in its entirety this New Year’s Eve at The Fillmore! [Tickets]

[1/15] Friends of Single People, “part roast, part game-show, part social experiment” at PianoFight, 9 PM [Tickets]

[1/23] The Groundlings’ Children’s Show at JCCSF, 1 PM


[1/29, 1/30] Pancakes & Booze Art Show – FREE Pancakes at 111 Minna Gallery [Details]

[1/29] Dan Deacon at The Fillmore

[1/30] The Bay Lights return, with fireworks, at 7:25 PM

[2/10] Pussy Riot at the Warfield [Tickets]

[2/11/16] Monica Lewinsky at JCCSF

[7/10/16] Cocktail Robotics Grand Challenge at DNA Lounge [Tickets]

[7/23/16] The Murray Invitational. A Bill Murray Art Exhibition and Golf Party at Public Works

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

Santa Fe
[NYE] Meow Wolf’s COSMIC JUNGLE! [Tickets] Thanks, David H.!

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

Sun Valley, Idaho
[3/20-3/23/2016] DENT

[7/4-7/10/16] Nowhere

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Rusty’s Electric Dreams is a weekly inbox zine by Rusty Blazenhoff. These personally curated missives are beacons to signal and celebrate the global tribe of weird, wonderful, and “different” people (“the Others“).

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