07/31/06: Jello Art Contest Completed!
From Jello Biafra:
"Thanx so much to everyone who submitted their art and ideas! I wound up going the Winston Smith route in the end, but this sure was an eye-opener.
It was interesting to see how different people imagine
and interpret my work. Some of the drawings, graphics
and collages were quite good. There were also some
great media wire service photos that we couldn't
afford to use.
I was surprised at how many people turned in drawings of me, considering I make a point not to put my face
on my album covers. I can't believe how many artists
waste so much precious art space on yet another
picture of their ugly mugs. Some entries were clearly
from people who had no idea who I was. One person even
submitted a bunch of drawings of mutilated women.
So I hope this was inspiring for everybody involved and no one got put out too much. Keep at it and stay tuned for the album!"
07/11/06: Jello explains Net Neutrality
Not everyone understands the issues around net neutrality. [Although you can go to SaveTheInternet.com for a lot of in-depth information about it] Jello lays out Net Neutrality in this brand new mp3. He recorded this last month when he was in Washington DC on his recent spoken word tour- dig in!
06/27/06: Jello meet and greet in Chicago 7/3!
On July 3, Jello is scheduled to do a brief meet and greet at Reckless Records on Broadway (3157 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60657) just a few doors down from Lakeshore Theater where he'll perform that night. The meet-n-greet will begin at 4:30pm. You can bring your AT releases for Jello to sign, or buy Jello-related items at the record store to get signed. (Jello will NOT sign DK "reissue" releases on Manifesto Records.)
06/19/06: Jello Art Contest Open Now!
Incredible late-breaking news for all our Bat-ical friends and felines out in interweb land! Jello Biafra's upcoming spoken word record, "In The Grip Of Official Treason," is being compiled right now. In fact, some of Jello's upcoming shows may end up on the new record!
But enough about recording, this exciting news is all about... the art!
Here's what Jello has to say!
"Yo! I am putting out a new spoken word this fall called, "In the Grip of Official Treason." Some of the subjects, as you might guess, are Fall of the Rome Under Bush, Iraqnophobia, Vote Fraud, comatose bribe-addled Democrats, Geometry teacher part II, the full "Ass Clowns in Toyland" (Ministry), new "Die For Oil, Sucker," etc.
Right now, I'm drawing a total blank on the art! Any ideas? Rough concepts or even found photos or old art is possible. I don't want anyone to go to too much work when the image might not be used. I've also talked to Winston Smith, John Yates and others about this, so we'll see what happens. I don't want any designs too reliant on Bush, Saddam, Condosleezza, etc., that will date the whole thing like an '80s Hardcore album with Regan on the cover. But if you feel inspired, deadline is July 4.
Peace + Sabotage, Jello Biafra"
Please e-mail all ideas/submissions to:firstname.lastname@example.org send them to: Alternative Tentacles Art Contest
PO Box 419092
San Francisco, CA
All mail submissions must be RECEIVED by Wednesday July 5th 10AM to be considered.
Good luck to everyone!
06/13/06: Bike Cop Hates Jello Shirt!
"Hello Alternative Tentacles,
I recently purchased the Dick Cheney/Evil Dead t-shirt. I absolutely love it, and my affection for AT Records has only grown because of it. So my friend wanted to hang out, and we agreed on the yuppie/tourist-infested mall in downtown San Antonio since it's basically the halfway point between us. What a great time to wear my new shirt! And I got lots of glares from patriotic Texans.
On my way home, to the next bus, a cop saw it and didn't find it funny. Officer Garcia, badge #0622, to be exact. Bike cop, looked like a total idiot with the helmet on. He demanded identification, so I handed over my license. The explanation of what I was doing (coming home from a day out, trying to catch the last bus, "see here's my transfer") didn't convince him as he just laughed it off. Finally I got pissed and demanded to know what was up. He asked me what my shirt meant. I said it was a movie.
Officer: "Yea? And is Mr. Cheney in it?"
Officer: "So why is he on it?"
Me: "He nearly dies every few weeks and some people think he's evil. It's a joke."
Officer: "I don't find it to be a funny one."
Me: "Yea I can tell by your line of questioning..."
Officer: "Don't get smart! Don't resist!!!"
Me: "I'm not. I'm standing here." [I was wearing flip-flops too]
Officer: "If you want to resist, I have many little toys I can use to make you stop." [He really said all of this.]
Me: "As I said I am standing here."
Officer: "Well for now you're being detained for suspicious activity."
He writes shit down and calls in my license. But the funny part was, the guy on the other end had him repeat it many times because he couldn't understand the stooge. Finally he gets it. 10 minutes passes. He's embarrassed now, so he pushes my license back at me and pockets my transfer. This was right after the last bus #602 passed. He smirked at me and told me to get lost and that he'd come find me if he needed me. I said "good luck!" and walked off. Fucking fascist. So maybe you guys should notify future patrons that this shirt might get your on TIPS or TIA or some shit like that.
Just thought I'd share my story. Keep up the great work!!!