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!!!
06/08/06: Jello on Marc Maron's radio show
Jello will be on the Marc Maron Show tonight as a guest. 10:20 Pacific time, you can listen from Air America's LA affiliate, KTLK, to hear Jello promoting his upcoming spoken word tour.
05/19/06: Jello Biafra and Henry Rollins!
Henry Rollins and Jello Biafra at last Friday's incredibly fun and successful spoken word/art auction fundraiser for the West Memphis Three put on by Skeleton Key. Jello says it was the first time he and Henry have performed together!
05/11/06: Jello, Rollins, Penelope, Richman for West Memphis Three!
This Friday May 12th, there's an all-star Skeleton Key exhibition and spoken word event in San Francisco at 111 Minna Street, SF (@ New Montgomery & 2nd Streets). It's a benefit for the West Memphis Three
The art will include the one-night debut of artwork by WM3 prisoner Damien Echols, plus art by many others, including Carol Queen, Jayne County, Jonathan Richman, Matt Skiba, Shepard Fairey, Firehouse Kustom Rockart, and Winston Smith.
Speaking will be Henry Rollins, Jello Biafra, Jonathan Richman, Matt Gonzalez , Penelope Houston and Jacob Pitts. Michale Graves and Jacob Pitts will be playing acoustic sets.
Don't miss this incredible once-in-a-lifetime event!
05/09/06: Jello talks to Punk News Dot Org!
You can read the extensive interview our buddy Aubin from punknews.org did this past winter with Jello here!