R.I.P. Carlos

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One of the local Coney Island guys I have known since he was a boy died this week. Carlos had a heart attack just short of celebrating his 40th birthday. He was a hustler at one of those crooked game joints you can never win at, but he was a nice guy underneath it all. I like to think that he got some culturing through seeing the shows at Coney Island USA over the years.

I 3D scanned Carlos last spring so I made a few prints to give to the family for the funeral. His dad is a big tough Hispanic guy with a gold tooth. When I gave him the print he broke down in tears. It was very touching.

I always thought that the 3D portraits would make good funeral stones but this is the first scanning subject I ever had that died. It was an intense experience that reminded me of the power an image like this can have.

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A Blast from the Past… 1990’s Coney Island

The world is all abuzz about sideshows and freak shows this week with the debut of American Horror Story: Freak Show so I thought I’d follow up by posting some images I just came across from my first season in the Coney Island Sideshow. Recognize anyone?

Christine was straight from Hell and positively fire proof!

Christine Hell,  straight from Hell and positively fire proof!

Ladies, I'll show you now how I shave my legs!

Ladies, I’ll show you now how I shave my legs!

Christine Hell and Casper. the albino python

Christine Hell and Casper. the albino python

A young Todd Robbins

A young Todd Robbins

Cutting his teeth on a lightbulb an hour

Cutting his teeth on a lightbulb every hour

Michael Wilson, the Illustrated Man

Michael Wilson, the Illustrated Man

Showing off his Ma Kali backpiece

Showing off his Ma Kali backpiece

Getting tattoos is like eating potato chips, you can't have just one!

Getting tattoos is like eating potato chips, you can’t have just one!

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Ladies, if your sick of your man’s tongue waggin’ telling you what to do, here’s a sure fire way to do something about it!

Its Hammer Time!

Its Hammer Time!

Tongue impalement!

Tongue impalement!

Helon Melon- She's so big it take four men to hug her and a boxcar to lug 'er!

Helon Melon- She’s so big and so fat it takes four men to hug her and a boxcar to lug ‘er!

Helon resting backstage in her Dolly Dimples dress

Helon resting backstage in her Dolly Dimples dress

Yours truly as a young magician!

Yours truly as a young magician!

Dick Zigun and "Pookie" Valerie Haller

Dick Zigun and “Pookie” Valerie Haller

The first sword swallower I ever saw- Todd Knight, who later punctured his stomach after a fight with his girlfriend!

The first sword swallower I ever saw- Todd Knight, who later punctured his stomach after a fight with his girlfriend!

Todd Knight

Todd Knight

The Thunderbolt Rollercoaster

The Thunderbolt Rollercoaster

The Parachute Jump

The Parachute Jump

Boardwalk Fortune Teller

Boardwalk Fortune Teller

The B&B Carousel before it was destroyed by renovations.

The B&B Carousel before it was destroyed by renovations.

Sunset over Coney Island

Sunset over Coney Island

Man against the arm wrestling machine

Man against the arm wrestling machine

The Wonder Wheel

The Wonder Wheel

Laurel and Hardy at Spook-a-Rama

Laurel and Hardy at Spook-a-Rama

Neon Funny Face sign I designed for Coney Island USA and made with Chris Clark

Neon Funny Face sign I designed for Coney Island USA and made with Chris Clark

Scan-A-Rama Sideshow Portraits

I’m due to be in a Coney Island themed show at Yale University galleries this January. They want to place my 3D portraits adjacent to an Edward Kelty sideshow photo, so they want a similar grouping of performers. Maybe something like this would be good? WDYT?

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Scan-A-Rama 3D Portrait Studio: Highlights of World MakerFaire New York 2014!

Scan-A-Rama 3D Portrait Studio at World Makerfaire New York 2014

Scan-A-Rama 3D Portrait Studio at World Makerfaire New York 2014

I brought some prints of the Makerfaire crew that I scanned last year

We brought some prints of the Makerfaire crew that were scanned last year

I even got to 3D scan Dale Doherty, Make Founder, as well as much of this year's crew as well.

We even got to 3D scan Dale Dougherty, Make Founder, as well as much of this year’s crew as well.

A class from Queens College came by- they had built a scanner based on my hardware designs which was also on exhibit

A class from Queens College came by- they had built a scanner based on my hardware designs which was also on exhibit

I scanned the guys from SeeMeCNC, whose scans may say something about their relationship... They responded bu

We scanned Steve Wygant and John Oly from SeeMeCNC, whose scans may say something about their relationship… I was an original indieGoGo backer of their Rostock Max campaign and got a kit that never quite turned into a fully operational 3D printer. They took pity on me and generously gave me one of their working floor models at the end of the weekend- Thanks Guys!

Naturally, my scan of them was the first print on their machine!

Naturally, our scan of them were the first prints made on the Rostock Max machine!

Dale Doherty, Make Founder

Dale Dougherty, Make Founder

The guys from the NYFD went out to get their full gear to get scanned in. It caused a little stir on the crew's walkie talkies when they returned carrying hoses!

The guys from the NYFD went out to get their full gear to get scanned in. It caused a little stir on the crew’s walkie talkies when they returned carrying hoses!

We even scanned the GhostBusters!

We even scanned the GhostBusters!

We made a bunch of portraits of couples like my friends Jim and Winnie

We made a bunch of portraits of couples like my friends Jim and Winnie

A number of dancers happened to come by to pose as well!

A number of dancers happened to come by to pose as well! We’re just starting to dig in and clean up files so there’s ton more to come, but these were definitely a few highlights!

The booth was very well received and won four awards so we were all quite happy!

The booth was very well received and won four awards so we were all quite happy! The first two ribbons were for the 3D Printed Luna Park exhibit and the second two were for Scan-A-Rama 3D!

UPDATE: Download the Makerfaire Crew 3D files on Thingiverse! http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:154462

Scan-A-Rama 3D’s Luna Park: “Best in Class” at World Makerfaire New York 2014!

The dust is settling after our triumphant show at the 2014 World Makerfaire New York! It’s been quite a week. Here’s some highlights of the last few days:

Starting Thursday, I began moving the 3D printed Luna Park out of the Coney Island Museum

Starting Thursday, I began moving the 3D printed Luna Park out of the Coney Island Museum

There were over 300 3D scanned  and printed people in this box!

There were over 300 3D scanned and printed people in this box!

I knew the show was going to be great when I saw my cart #!

I knew the show was going to be great when I saw our auspicious cart number!

It took all day friday to get the install done

It took all day friday to get the install done

We had a great place at the base of the spiral stairs inside the Hall of Science!

We had a great place at the base of the spiral stairs inside the Hall of Science!

I was very pleased with the dramatic lighting!

I was very pleased with the dramatic lighting!

Luna Park looked great!

Luna Park looked great!

It was nice to get Coney Island USA and the Coney Island Museum some props at Makerfaire too!

It was nice to get Coney Island USA and the Coney Island Museum some props at Makerfaire too!

I was beaming at all the attention we received!

I was beaming after receiving the “Best in Class” Award at World Makerfaire New York 2014!

Loading out Sunday night was hectic but ran smoothly

Loading out Sunday night was hectic but ran smoothly

And now Luna Park is safely back in the Coney Island Museum!

And now Luna Park is safely back in the Coney Island Museum!