Watching Humans Watching XIX, 2010
Angel Boligan aka Angel Boligan Corbo (b. 1965, San Antonio de los Baňos, Havana, Cuba, resides Mexico) - The Grandfather
A Portrait of the Artist, in Bits and Pieces
Alright, let’s talk about this. Whoever wrote this trite nugget from the sweaty nightmares of Nicholas Sparks wrote it on a Build-A-Bear receipt. What’s so special about this Build-A-Bear receipt, you ask? Well, for one, our author purchased a hot pink Hello Kitty Build-A-Bear with leopard print accents, and added a few customized messages. But it’s where this Build-A-Bear store is that is the real story.
This is in Niagara Falls, Ontario, right on Victoria Avenue in Clifton Hill, which is a terrifying amalgam of Las Vegas, Myrtle Beach, and Tijuana, an unsophisticated casserole of unskilled teenagers and Chinese tourists seasoned with regurgitated Jägerbombs and baked to a limp sludge in $30 motor inns. It’s the destination for American kids aged 19 and 20 who can’t yet drink in the States, and the destination for Canadians who want a fabulous, once-in-a-lifetime chance to stare at Niagara Falls for three minutes and then spend the rest of their time drinking Al Keith’s in their room at the Days Inn.
I can only imagine that our heartbroken receipt-scrivener scrawled this after her boyfriend (who was named Bobby, no question about it) left her right outside the Ripley’s Believe-It-Or-Not to get back with his girlfriend Tammy back in Kitchener. She rushed to the Build-A-Bear and constructed this hideous monument to Bobby, which she still keeps next to her bed every night, even though she never mentions to her new boyfriend why.
This is Sam Pepper. If you don’t know who he is, Sam is a successful YouTube prankster with over 2 million subscribers. He recently uploaded a video titled “Fake Hand Ass Pink Prank" where he pinched unsuspecting girls’ butts without their permission. None of this was done with the girls’ consent…meaning Sam Pepper sexually harassed and assaulted these women.
This is no longer a “simple, harmless prank” but rather a very serious matter and offence. If you haven’t seen the video yet, you can watch, dislike, and report it HERE. You can also take the pledge to help stop sexual violence at itsonus.org. Please do not let Sam get away with this kind of behavior. He crossed the line and needs to be held responsible for his disgusting actions.
Consuelo Castiglioni used her spring runway for a fantastic display of fashion acrobatics and flowers. For More
Slothrust - 7:30am
There are only 10 episodes so far (about 27 minutes long) so, naturally, I watched every single episode one night. In the moments between watching episodes, I found the theme song stuck in my head.
It took about three seconds of googling and two clicks to find the artist, Slothrust. What I love about this song is how the lyrics puts us in bed, at 7:30am, looking at your partner who is still sleeping and yeah, you love them but god you also fucking hate them. And you realize you hate them more than you love them, that you’re more tired of their shit than enamored by it. And in the quietness of morning that feels like a promise, you have the courage to really think you are going to be the one to leave them anyway.
It’s lo-fi done right, emotionally raw and honest, grungy but not so rough around the edges.