Monday, April 28, 2014

So I'm 4 days away from the end and halfway towards my goal of raising the printing costs of my new magazine VACZINE through crowd sourced fundraising. Instead of selling regular advertising, we gave away free pages to up & coming designers, galleries & artists like Claire Fleury, Emily Payne of Leather Tongue, Kyle Brincefield of STUDmuffin NYC, Kristie Hansen Artist, Basil Racuk, Deborah Marquit, & Munch Gallery. This means I'm pretty much paying the printing cost almost entirely. So I super appreciate & love all my Indiegogo contributors so far ; Ari Rosenbaum, Amie Deutch, Clint Catalyst, Inkdmotorider, Richard Rick Osterholm, Kim Harle, Gazelle Paulo, Carlos D. Aguilar, Matt V, Jerrod Mabry, Damon L. Jacobs, Steve Yon, Paul Bridgstock, Michael Donnoe, John Hanning, Franz Werner, John Eder, Luka Fisher, Peter Baldwin, Susan Anton Ⓥ, Basil Racuk, Paul Festa, Michael Leva, H3931, Thomas Giebel, Joy Cessna Schumacher, Anonymous 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 & especially Liza-Mae Carlin who has kept her eye on me in a variety of healing & watchful ways. If you would care to contribute towards VACZINE's fundraising campaign click the link below for more info. I'm still $2500 short & I'm not giving up yet. There are several cool perks available, as well as the smug satisfaction of helping to keep indie publishing alive. Please help me make this dream into a reality & thank you for keeping it correct. - XXWC Self-Portrait by Gregory Moon for VACZINE #1

Friday, November 1, 2013

Something stirs inside me, forcing a restless streak un-felt for ages. The urge to prowl was too hard to ignore and I soon found myself changing into an old white t-shirt and placing my cap a bit askance as I glance at my reflection before racing out the door. My neighborhood opens like a ripe tomato before me, spilling seeds of sidewalk secrets upon the runway of life. Before I know it I have crossed 104th St all the way to 5th Ave and Central Park and upon entering find my way upon a deep and twisting trail winding through the tip top. Trees become spooks in the dark, their limbs seemingly reaching down in a menacing way as I try to keep my focus on the stone filled ground below my feet. Men pose against rocks as if in an underwear ad in their own warped imagination, their macho bravado lagging under their Dudley Doright pretensions and rubberized faces. A crotch rub here, a moan in the bushes there. The sexual tension is hardly wild for all this outdoor action and no-one seems to actually be doing anything other than posing. And smoking. Everybody’s smoking. Newports. Marlboro Black Box, Parliament filter. The cackle of an ebony queen cut through the night and I curiously follow it’s wail until I have come face to face with five banjie black boys engaged in some sort of shady situation where money was being passed and multiple baggies procured. I smiled as sweetly as I could, realizing in the dark no one could see my expression anyway and gingerly walked through their scene as quickly as possible. I stopped for a bit to admire the moon and smoke a blunt by a small creek that seemed to trickle out of nowhere. Slowly I lost myself into the parks void and became almost transparent as suddenly all around me men swarmed in groups of two and three and four until my brain was overloaded by their musky smells and the sounds of their gruff voices calling in the dark filling me with a sense of anticipation I can only describe as the cruelest torture. For as the men who pass through the night, looking for love in the faces of total, but beautiful strangers, finally find what they think they have been looking for forever, do they realize that everything they thought was true is completely impossible and the only love they will ever know is the fleeting kiss of a stranger behind a tree as his saliva slips between their lips leaving nothing in it’s wake but a trace of longing & regret. I finally exit the park & stumble down the subway steps, hopping on the downtown C hungry for another adventure. - WC Polaroid of Walt Cessna by Benjamin Fredrickson NYC 10

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

WOLFPACK! Photographs by Walt Cessna

WOLFPACK! 140 male muses, 1 Lady Rizo. Art Directed by Frank Gargiulo. Forward by Paul Darling. Epilogue by Clint Catalyst. Photographs by Walt Cessna / Blurb 2012 It’s a paradox, the title Walt Cessna chose for his latest body of work—a provocative collection of photographs in which the concept of ‘body’ is addressed on a number of levels. A paradox, since according to the standard definitions offered through layman’s terms and common logic, it seems to contradict itself. Most of us are familiar with the lone wolf archetype, and could reasonably establish that various permutations of this fiercely independent creature [employment of scare quotes notwithstanding] are what and who he’s presented here: namely, the runt forced out of the pack. The outsider. The marginalized. The queer-not-gay. The option not offered on the drop-down menu. Yet, when assembled together in a group—specifically, that of a ‘wolfpack’—doesn’t the act of assembly itself cause two opposing ideas to butt heads? Therein—or rather, herein—the power of paradox exists. - Clint Catalyst For a full preview & to order -


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