June 4: Art of Bleeding’s Hospital Clown


This Saturday, June 4, The Art of Bleeding will present a living (but in critical condition) art piece: “The Hospital Clown” at the Hive’s “Circus Circus” themed show.  The installation will be up throughout the night.

Further info on the show provided by The Hive

The Hive Gallery Group show and Performances-
“CIRCUS, CIRCUS” Themed show
June 4th, 8PM-12:30AM
$8 at door
Show runs June 4th-25th

Featured Artist 1: Ken Dougherty
Featured Artist 2: Deanna Adona
Featured Artist 3: Charles Swenson
Featured Artist 4: Bizarro Au Go-Go
Tall Wall Artist: Sherry DeLorme
Small Wall Artist: Shannon O’Connor
Installation Artist: JNGL

Circus Themed Artists:

Macsorro / Salah / Amina Harper / Andrew Long / Jessica Ward / Tiffany Silver Braun / Philippe Fernandez / Marlon McWilliams / Delphia / Christopher Ulrich / Kayla Sanders / Dustin Myers / Henry F. Cram / Jessica Valencia / Julie Bossinger / Ted Von Heiland / Tiffany Chang / Cynthia Rogers / Jonathan Measures / MARACOLE / Debbie Lee / Jantzen Peake / Larkin / Jaime Lakatos / Deborah Scott / Shayne Labadie / Daisuke Okamoto / Yuki Miyazaki / 3RDi / Josie Portillo / Erick Rodriguez / Celene Petrulak / Andrea Young / Alfie Numeric / Juan Muniz / Orion and Nathan Collaboration / Chloe Ching / Megan Elizabeth Ford / Alex Chiu / Marine Arzuyan and more!

SPECIAL EXHIBIT by The Chiodo Brothers!

The Chiodo Brothers, known for their Cult Classic Film “Killer Klowns from Outer Space” will be exhibiting Klown art (drawings, paintings and more) in The Hive Gallery
for the month of June!!!


“Hospital Clown installation by The Art of Bleeding”

Front Room Performances:

8-8:45pm – Aparato – http://www.facebook.com/aparatoband
9-9:45pm – Push Play – http://www.myspace.com/pushplaylosangeles
10- 10:45 – Mirden – http://mirden.com/
11- 11:45 – Grandpire – http://www.myspace.com/pushplaylosangeles
12am-12:45- Machine Fang – http://machinefang.com/

Back Room Performances:

8:00 – 9:00 TREK LEWIS facebook.com/djtreklewis
9:00 – 10:00 KALIX SKY soundcloud.com/kalixsky
10:00 – 11:00 THE NOTHING
11:00 – 12:30 DJ JAY-YOU www.eatpetfood.com

Resident Artists:

Sensei / Nathan Cartwright / Mary Spring / Greg Gould / Walt Hall / Sarah Winkle / John Dang / Jinx / J.Salvador
/ Feminine Oddities / Shrine / Sonik / Leyla Akdogan / Stephan Canthal / Mike Street / Andres Carmiol /
/ The Little Red Writer / Randy Kono / Sara Hedstrom / Alex Schaefer / Patrick Haemmerlein / Alan DeForest / Bethany Pratt /
/ Radhika Hersey / Romina Gonzales / Yuki Miyazaki / Sophia Gasparian / Ink Pen Mutations Press / Doug Meyer /
Nicole Bruckman / Glenn Fox / Edyth Gonzalez / Daisuke Okamoto / David Reyes / Tom McDermott /
Michelle and Mark Rainville / Dominique Lopez / Catherine Kaleel / Michelle Romo


Alex Chiu http://alexdoodles.com/
Ichae Ackso www.ichaeackso.com
John Haley III

NEW NEON INSTALLATION: Teemster teeemster@gmail.com

ALL NEW FABRIC ENVIRONMENTS/ INSTALLATION by: Sonik http://www.transmorphic.net/

BURLESQUE PERFORMANCES BY: Feminine Oddities www.feminineoddities.com

Seraphime Angelis
Medium, Astrologer, Card Reader, Poet



A Few Cautionary Comics

After a long holiday weekend, your heads are probably a bit fuzzy and perhaps you’re overwhelmed with work, so it seemed safe to stick with something simple, i.e., comic books.   So today we offer four lovingly executed illustrations of things not to do in emergency situations.  Their original source  — presumably some sort of Red-Cross-issued faux comic book — remains something of a mystery, though we can thank Mostly Forbidden Zone, an eclectic trove of vintage scans from old books and magazines, for their appearance online.








Achtung! Electrocution Graphics

The last posting about Soviet industrial safety posters got us thinking about some other safety graphics from dark days gone by. These handsome renderings of electrocution are from the book Electrical Safety in 132 Pictures, published in Germany just a few years before Hitler made his power grab. They were originally scanned and uploaded by roboticist and hacker Bre Pettis, and a wider assortment can be found on his Flickr set.  Enjoy and stay insulated!


Electrocution begins in infancy.


A classic case of overstimulation.


Beware the tannenbaum!


Such a shame to lose a lovely gartered Fräulein in this way. Who’s going to inherit that classic bakelite hair dryer?

Careful There, Comrade!

Judging by these safety posters from the site English Russia it seems Soviet-era Russia was not quite the Workers’ paradise it was cracked up to be. At least we all got some handsome graphics out of all those industrial accidents they must’ve been struggling with.

Which is your favorite way to be maimed?


Translation: “Don’t leave anything without bracing.”


Translation: “I was drunk at work.”


Translation: “Hide the hair.”


Translation: “Don’t open the lid of the picker before the engine stops.”


Translation: “Don’t walk under the transmission arbor.”

Book Surgeries 2: Anthropodermic Books

vesaliusOur last entry on book surgeries got us thinking about a more grisly nexus of books and anatomy, in particular: anthropodermic bibliopegy, or the use of human skin in bookbinding.

If you thought such things only existed in concentration camp mythology and The Evil Dead movies, think again. Genuine examples can be found in museums the world over.  London’s Wellcome Library in London has one; Brown University in Providence, and Berkeley’s Bancroft Library each have one; Harvard has two, and The Mütter Museum boasts four examples including one sporting a tattoo.

Though reasons for the creation of such volumes were varied, the rationale is more or less apparent in many cases as with the skin from dissected cadavers used to bind anatomy books, or the skin of convicted murderers punitively employed in the binding of accounts of their trials. Less obvious, and more creepy — if one can really parse such things when it comes to books bound in human skin — would be the Bancroft Library’s  example created during the French Revolution– a book of common prayer.

Nor is the practice a thing of the past, as made clear this month by the appearance of a story about a Russian writer Maksim Aleshin currently writing a book he plans to have bound in his own skin, a proposition serious enough to have already placed the book on the market.  It’ll be  $100,000, so start squirreling away funds now as you’re sure to have competition from other ghoulish collectors, including the small but dedicated followers of the anthropodermic bibliopegy  interest group on FaceBook.


Book Surgeries: Brian Dettmer

The delightful science/culture blog Biophemera pointed us to the work of artist Brian Dettmer who creates his astounding altered books via a strictly subtractive process involving no more than an X-acto knife and creative vision. Though Dettmer performs his surgeries on old books on a variety of topics, we’ve chosen a few favorites with a medical theme because…. well, that’s just how we are.


The Household Physicians, 2008

Libraries of Health, 2008

Diseases of the Eye

Diseases of the Eye, 2005

Ape Bran Cereal Commercial Shoot

On May 8, Abram the Safety Ape and “friend” showed up at the Broadway Fiesta in downtown Los Angeles to convince festival-goers that his new Ape Bran cereal is a proven means of promoting regularity (hence the sidekick) AND “fighting cancer with great taste.” Footage shot there will be part of an advertising campaign launching this summer. (Photos: Phil Glau).

Abram Cereal pic 3


Abram Cereal pic 1

Abram Cereal pic 2