HAPPY HALLOWEEN From Theatre Bizarre… in 3D!

I recently travelled to Detroit to set up the Scan-A-Rama 3D Portrait Studio at Theatre Bizarre, a massive haunted masquerade ball that takes place in the largest Masonic Hall in the universe! It was the first time I have scanned in full color, and though I’m not quite up to printing in full color yet, the portraits were great! They really capture the costumes and the subject’s relationships. Please enjoy some highlights of Theatre Bizarre 2014 captured in the Scan-A-Rama 3D Portrait Studio!
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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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