A Very Merry Cannibelle Christmas
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A couple weeks ago we gathered in my basement ’round the ol’ Christmas tree with ornaments, garland, stockings, bones and bondage gear to shoot the first ever Very Merry Cannibelle Christmas. What I envisioned in my head was a glamorous 50′s style pin-up shoot with the gorgeous Cannibelles in red and green Christmas lingerie, fluffy white fake snow and severed body parts.
What happened instead was too much cake-flavored vodka, animal bones fresh out of the woods still smelling of dank earth, and a set of photos that range from dark and sexy to disturbing and bordering on the pornographic. It looks like a serial killer’s vintage holiday scrapbook, unearthed after decades rotting beneath the floorboards of a decrepit and long-abandoned farmhouse.
Fitting, I suppose, for a group art project celebrating Wisconsin’s dark underbelly.
Also, there were lots of broken Christmas bulbs by the end of the night. Who puts those on the floor where a drunk is trying to stumble?
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Then the December 10th Very Merry Cannibelle Christmas show at River Horse West in West Bend featured music by Tragic Death and Obzen, as well as live Cannibelle photo shoots with zombie Santas by the amazing Dragon’s Eye Artistry.
Photos from the Very Merry Cannibelle Christmas show are right here »
The last half of this year has seen Wisconsin Sickness grow more than it has in all the time since it’s humble beginnings in 2007, and it owes that to everyone involved. Many of us have done our time to make this beast what it is, and what it has the potential to be. Every single person who comes out to a show, who spreads the word, who reads the website, who supports or makes dark and disturbing Wisconsin art is Wisconsin Sickness.
- Huge thanks to Matt and Edwin at River Horse West for all their efforts and support.
- Tom at Bored in the Basement has gone above and beyond the call of duty to make things happen and provide the sickness with a means to support itself and the art we all want to create.
- J. Nathan Couch has begun to accomplish what I’ve been hoping to see for years – entertaining and informative interviews the bizarre personalities that make this twisted state squirm. Also, he has been hard at work gathering and researching the strange and unexplained for Washington County Paranormal, a project close to my heart that I’m glad to have been given the opportunity to be a part of.
- Rakhshanda Tribal Belly Dance and the Brew City Bombshells, two groups I’ve long hoped to see at the first official Wisconsin Sickness show, actually performed at the inaugural Halloween Massacre! I still can’t believe it. Finding out Trixie has been a fan of the site since she before she was old enough to be on it…pricless.
- Sue and Eric of Dragon’s Eye Artistry have dedicated huge amounts of their time and talents behind the lens for events and Cannibelle shoots.
- Mad taxidermist Rob Reysen of Lake View Taxidermy is not only the leading, but sole provider of dead things to the Wisconsin Sickness movement and Mental Shed Studios. Plus he lets me play with guts, brains and eyeballs. He will also be providing the creepy woods, wolves, giant saw and psycho killer taxidermist for upcoming Cannibelle shoots! Rob’s art and work are done with painstaking care, and it shows in every detail. It’s great to have such a sick and talented mind in the Wisconsin Sickness ranks!
- All the great artists who brought out their work for the Brutal Bazaar show, despite the tragedy that it fell on Black Friday – thank you so much for taking a chance on what we hope to be the first of many bigger, better dark art shows to come.
Thanks to Rich-E-Boyy’s Tattoos, Northern Lights Tattoos and Wild Child Tattoo for their generous prize contributions for the Halloween Massacre costume and bloody t-shirt contests. Though I still have no idea who got what prize when I started handing things out (I was pretty drunk by that point) thanks to all of you who put on the custom shirts donated by Bored in the Basement and let us drench you in blood!
Thanks to all the bands who have been a part of Wisconsin Sickness shows so far, including Obzen, who has yet to miss one, [the] commuter exit, Meth Tooth, Mess Murder Messiah, Beyond the Ocean Floor, Tragic Death, Calevodium and Rictus Grin.
Know that I have included all of you in my Christmas wishlist to Zombie Santa, asking that each and every one of you might have a hot Cannibelle to warm your frigid souls through the dead of Wisconsin winter. If you don’t find one Christmas morning, it is most likely either because you’re a horrible human being or she didn’t fit in your stocking. My apologies. Maybe you’ll stop being such a dick. Or get a bigger stocking next time someone’s trying to traffic sex slaves into your holiday cheer. Dumbass.
I’ve learned three important lessons this year:
1. Wisconsin Sickness has become a great excuse to get together and make fucked up art.
2. I need to get out more. Or never leave. Because talking Photoshop and graphic design while completely shitfaced at a crazy Halloween party in just sad and wrong.
3. Nikki Farce is real, she steals playing cards, snd she will pass out in your bathroom for hours when you have have to piss really bad. Beware.
Happy holidays to all you sick fucks making Wisconsin Sickness possible in one way or another, whether it’s because you let me take pictures of you with animal bones, play a role in making events happen, share things on Facebook, or just like to look at Cannibelles.
Watch for all the crazy shit in the works for next year!