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.
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 Hell, straight from Hell and positively fire proof!
Ladies, I’ll show you now how I shave my legs!
Christine Hell and Casper. the albino python
A young Todd Robbins
Cutting his teeth on a lightbulb every hour
Michael Wilson, the Illustrated Man
Showing off his Ma Kali backpiece
Getting tattoos is like eating potato chips, you can’t have just one!
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!
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
Yours truly as a young magician!
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 Thunderbolt Rollercoaster
The Parachute Jump
Boardwalk Fortune Teller
The B&B Carousel before it was destroyed by renovations.
Sunset over Coney Island
Man against the arm wrestling machine
The Wonder Wheel
Laurel and Hardy at Spook-a-Rama
Neon Funny Face sign I designed for Coney Island USA and made with Chris Clark
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?
My lecture from World Makerfaire New York has just gone live- Watch it on YouTube as I talk about my project and the history of technology as entertainment:
3D Printing filament needs its own Pantone color system! Seriously- what’s up with the variations in these two colors? Same vendor but ordered a week apart. Go figure.
Scan-A-Rama 3D Portrait Studio at World Makerfaire New York 2014
We brought some prints of the Makerfaire crew that were scanned last year
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
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, our scan of them were the first prints made on the Rostock Max machine!
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!
We even scanned the GhostBusters!
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! 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 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