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The End of Cannibelles

By on January 16, 2014

I have come to the very difficult decision that the Cannibelles, the sick and sexy Wisconsin Sickness modeling corps, must come to an end.

It has been a lot of fun over the years conceptualizing, shooting and promoting the madness. Everyone involved has been really great to work with and I feel fortunate to have made some great friends, as well as worked with some extremely talented people over the course of the project.

However, it has always been continuously plagued with problems.

In the beginning I envisioned Cannibelles to be a dark artistic outlet in which Wisconsin models and photographers could collaborate to make art for the sake of art. The exposure Wisconsin Sickness could provide would be the justification and validation. Of course, I also hoped it could be a vehicle for some of my personal ideas, though it turned out that would be a constant struggle against the forces of time, money and equipment.

I had hoped for dark Wisconsin-themed photo sets that told scary or disturbing stories, as well as posters, t-shirts, prints, videos, comic books, trading cards, maybe even an indie horror film starring the Cannibelles themselves as the slashers in the backwoods of Wisconsin.

Unfortunately, the project has never been able to reach a point where it could sustain itself and continue to grow. It has been a constant struggle to bring all elements together and get them moving in the same direction.

Maybe one day the stars will align to make Cannibelles possible again, but for now it is not feasible to keep making the effort to keep it alive.

What we all were collectively able to achieve would not have been possible without the contributions of these amazing people:

  • Tom at Bored in the Basement – Always impeccable work!
  • Eric & Alessandra Anderson
  • Jake Gundrum
  • The mad taxidermist Rob Reysen
  • Ryan Laessig of Milwaukee Alt
  • Sue & Eric Borremans of Dragon’s Eye Artistry
  • Jack and Justin at The Rave
  • Filmmaker Georgia Lyon (Watch Cannibelles at the Rave at top)
  • River Horse West in West Bend
  • The great Nikki Farce
  • Brian Huth
  • J. Nathan Couch (Best zombie Santa EVER)

And of course I can’t forget all the Cannibelles who got involved, made it to shoots, got drenched in blood, played with bones and endured endless torture in the name of Wisconsin Sickness.

Cannibelle and burlesque performer Vee Valentine of the Brew City Bombshells
Vee Valentine – Photo by Dragon’s Eye Artistry

If you shoot a really amazing photo set or other Cannibelle I would still love to showcase it here on the site. Email things to:

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Charlie Hintz

About Charlie Hintz

Artist, musician, designer. General deviant. Collector and curator of the bizarre at Cult of Weird. For the latest weird Wisconsin news and haunted places visit Wisconsin Frights.


  1. Georgia Lyon

    January 16, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    Charlie ~ Thank You Sir for the shout out. I will never forget the shoot at The Rave. What an experience! You have created something amazing here and I’m so grateful to have been a small part of it. I refuse to believe the Cannibelles are dead…Cannibelles never die!

  2. Kat Hazard

    January 16, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    Sad to see this go, I enjoyed being a Cannibelle model but I’ve kind of picked up the slack with Hazardous Beauties Modeling :) we’ve got your back and we will keep the idea alive! We’ve got a lot of great ideas and plans in the works and would love to send them in to be posted on the Great!!

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