two takes on the track dumb head.

ginny arnell

the saharades

i need some

ron wray light show- speed

the great omi

The Great Omi was one of the most popular tattooed men of all time. He was primitively tattooed over much of his body including his head and face, which was tattooed in bold black zebra-like stripes. Sometimes referred to as the ‘The Zebra Man’, Horace Ridler - the man who would become The Great Omi - was born in Surrey, England around 1892 to a wealthy family. He served twice in the British Army as a commissioned officer but left the military after the First World War with the rank of major.

Ridler may have gotten some tattoos during his many years in the British Army, but in 1922, in some financial trouble, Ridler decided that show business was the key to fame and fortune. He approached an unnamed tattooist who claimed to be Chinese and started turning himself into a tattoo attraction. This early tattooing was extremely rather crude, but Ridler was able to make a modest living at music hall and fairgrounds

But Horace Ridler had bigger plans and in1927 he began to visit London’s famed tattooist - George Burchett - with a plan that would transform him into the greatest modern tattoo attraction in the world. After much discussion and written approval from both Horace and his wife Gladys, Burchett began to work on Ridler.

The design of the wide black stripes would cover his old work and, by Burchett’s account, 150 hours later Horace Ridler became The Great Omi. As soon as the tattoo work was completed the job offers rolled in from Bertram Mills Circus, Robert Ripley’s “Believe It Or Not”, Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus and the Bellevue Circus. Gladys Ridler worked with her husband and became the Omette, introducing the Great Omi to the audiences of the world.

In homage to the tattooed workers who came before him, Omi concocted an elaborate back story to explain his appearance and claimed he had been forcibly tattooed by New Guinea savages. The story really boosted his popularity and he soon became one of the highest paid circus performers of hi time.

As the years wore on the Omi’s appearance became more and more outrageous as did his personality. He took to wearing lipstick and nail polish and signed his pitch cards, ‘the Barbaric Beauty’. Despite his appearance, “underneath it all, I’m just an ordinary man,” he insisted shortly before his death in 1969.

taken from the human marvels


lairs and thiefs

mashin on saturday night. keep it lively. these have been stuck in the head top for a min. enjoy and cheers.


soul rebels

u-roy at the 1978 reggae sunsplash. mash up on soul rebel


be young be foolish be happy

the tams- hey girl dont bother me

the tams- be young be foolish be happy


style and fashion

brigadier jerry. 1986. listen up close.

wake up

ian dury and the blockheads- wake up and make love with me

ian dury and the blockheads- sex and drugs and rock and roll



sorry for the lack of posts the last few dazes. i know there were one or two out there who missed me. took a hazy daze trip up to san francisco to catch a couple shows, take in the bay air, dig for records, view some art, wander the streets and generally derral out for a bit. any who im back and life keeps rolling along. detours and sidecuts and endless alleys to wander. it just keeps getting more interesting. paradise. love and joy. shamaliamekamuhakai.



the nervous breakdowns- i dig your mind

Daily dose of art magic...

Art is not just painting or sculpture....ART is an IDEA...it is an ETHOS...it follows you in your heart, you carry it with you in your mind....it's your first love, your last thought.....for those who see beauty in everyday life and realize that art isn't in some museum, then this blog is for you. Thanks to all of you who follow these random posts we often throw up. It's like two five year olds on a sugar high trying to build a LEGO castle sometimes. Anyways....a day without reading something, hearing some song, or playing and making music, is a sad day. The music posts are just one key that interlocks with the many sides of the "arts"....where I am going with this, is that, a TRUE artist looks at all the "traditional" arts, and them applies them to an all encompassing ethos in their life, which makes everything else "art" in itself....FOLLOW THIS ARTIST...if you dare or care to learn anything about NY art, the Feminist movement of the 70's, and Chicago magic...look for old and current work by the great Janet Cooling. It never ceases to amaze me when I am reading a book on Feminist art, or scanning the pages of a book on New York art, and I see her name. She is both talented and intellectual. She was also a professor of mine during my undergraduate studies as a Studio Art major @ SDSU...here is a sneak peak @ some footage being compiled of her in a new documentary....ENJOY....

Here are some killer still life pieces...please explore more of her art on your own....


questions on the journey into the beyond

stumbled upon this trailer for journey into the beyond today while doing my rounds of the youtube. i cant find much information on the film except that it was released in 1997, directed by rolf olsen and narrated by john carradine. does anyone out there have any more info on it? looks pretty insane.

in the ghetto

eek a mouse-ghetto living live at reggae sunsplash 1982



its nice to go back in time to the days of growing up...

sham 69-poor cow
(more of a pop jam but ive loved it forever)

and a short news doc on the band.


hang loose

the clash-charlie don't surf live in tokoyo 1982



roky at the filmore this thursday! rock and rockin. its going to be a good show.

roky ericson-two headed dog

roky ericson-night of the vampire


marvin with three takes of whats going on...


exploding mountains

get to know the budos band.

volcano song

coming up from the south

origin of man

keep on pushing

otis redding crushing it live at the olympia in paris france durring 1966. too hot.



phenomenal hand clap band-15 to 20

phenomenal hand clap band-baby

stepping hard

another score from my trip to m-theory's used bins yesterday. karl hector and the malcouns ablum sahara swing. heavy heavy, laced with big drum breaks and thick bass lines...

karl hector and the malcouns-followed path

Produced by Jay Whitefield

Afrodelic Kraut Funk from the minds behind the Poets of Rhythm and the Whitefield Brothers.

Now-Again Records follows up The Heliocentrics’ percussive excursions into the astral realms of psychedelia with an album of Afro-tinged funk music originating from the Southern Sahara and recorded in Germany.

Karl Hector has, to date, only appeared on one 7-inch, from 1996, as the leader of the Funk Pilots. For this album, he has teamed up with Jay Whitefield (producer and guitarist for the Poets of Rhythm and the Whitefield Brothers, and founder of the now defunct Hotpie & Candy Records) and Thomas Myland and Zdenko Curlija, founders of The Malcouns.

Alongside Bo Baral, other members of the Poets of Rhythm and crack Munich- based session musicians, Whitefield, Myland and Curlija have crafted nearly twenty tracks that follow the musical roads that Hector has travelled. The underlying groove that ties these ideas together, of course, is as rooted in James Brown as it is Fela Kuti. As informed by Mulatu Astatke of Ethiopia as it is by Jean-Claude Vannier and Can. This is an album of the world. Not “world music” but that will appeal to any culture ever transfixed by rhythm on “the one.”