11 Items You (Don’t) Need From The 9/11 Museum

Posted by The G on June 3, 2014 under The G Spot | Read the First Comment

Photos by G.

World Trade Center Version 2.0

World Trade Center Version 2.0

Let’s face it, when there’s a tragedy, the city it happened in commemorates it with a museum.  It’s tasteless, but it’s just a fact of life.  So with that thinking, it was just a matter of time before New York built a 9/11 Museum.  Curiosity got the better of me and a friend so we visited the museum on Memorial Day.  What I will say is that the museum is high-tech and well laid out.  There are hundreds of artifacts from the worst day in modern history on display.  From horrifying photos of people jumping off the building to their death to miscellaneous items of clothing that were charred and rescued from the building collapses, even the blackest heart will probably shed a tear or two.  It’s sort of strange to think that for every closeup photo you see from “ground zero,” that represents a person who whipped out a camera to capture a tragic moment instead of helping, but as we all know this is the day that changed everything!

I wasn’t living in New York on 9/11/01, and knowing what I know now from living here, reliving the events of this day seem more horrific than ever.  Days like 9/11 remind you of the awesomeness of New York and how when it sucks here, it sucks more than you can even imagine.  New Yorkers get a bad rap as being rude and blunt, but when tragedy strikes, seeing the community come together gives you a kernel of hope for humanity. To think of all the courageous people that risked their own lives to try and save others, the amount of people that didn’t live to tell the tale and the people that have suffered effects of the aftermath is almost too much to take.  The museum will definitely give you a new appreciation for the people that were at the Trade Towers when tragedy struck and it will take your mind on a trip when you think of how many thousands of lives were permanently affected and how many of those stories were never told.

The 9/11 Museum sure does its best to take your wounds of that day, rip them right open again and throw a bunch of salt in it.  From the second you’ve paid your $25 entrance fee, you have to go through airport security and it makes one wish they had a “before 9/11 airport security monitor” as well as an “after 9/11 airport security monitor” just to show the youth of what the world was like before the government decided to scare us all into submission.  To think of all the hassle the world goes through to get onto an airplane now and how many times “the bad guys” have still managed to sneak weapons onto planes makes you think “Let’s have less security.  We’ll take the risk!”  But we don’t have a choice, do we?  There’s also a ton of “America, Fuck Yeah!” propaganda peppered throughout the museum and NOT ONCE is there even the slightest mention that 9/11 “could possibly have been” an inside job.  I’m not here to try and convince anyone of anything – but there is a ton of research out there that if even one out of every one hundred facts are true, it’s enough to make you question everything!   If you are not questioning things, you are sheep and I ask that you please wake up OR move the hell out of my way!

The most tasteless part of the museum, of course, is the gift shop and here are 11 items you DON’T need from the 9/11 Museum gift shop.

The Dogs of 9/11

The Dogs of 9/11

1. A Tribute to the Dogs of 9/11.  There are also doggie costumes (isn’t that animal abuse?) for sale.

9/11 Coffee Mugs

9/11 Coffee Mugs

2. 9/11 Coffee mugs.  I don’t know about you, but I do not need to be reminded of death when I am trying to wake up in the morning.

9/11 Charm Bracelets.

9/11 Charm Bracelets.

3. Charm Bracelets.  No comment needed.

9/11 Earrings!

9/11 Earrings!

4. Earrings.  The commemorative trees at the bottom sort of make sense, but 9/11 earrings?!

9/11 iPhone covers

9/11 iPhone covers

5. 9/11 iPhone cases.  Doesn’t the cover on the right look like a burnt flag to you?  Yikes.

New York Skyline Scarf

New York Skyline Scarf and plate

6. The scarf and plate make perfect sense to be sold in the million “I Love New York” tchotchke shops throughout the city, but in a 9/11 memorial museum, it’s very tacky.

9/11 Stuffed Animal

9/11 Stuffed Animal

7. 9/11 Search and Rescue stuffed animals.  File this one under “creepy toys for kids.”

World Trade Center Scarves!

World Trade Center Scarves!

8. 9/11 Handbags and Scarves.  Upscale and yet, TASTELESS!!!

9/11 totebags

9/11 totebags

9.  9/11 Totebags.  On your daily travels these bags will remind you and everyone you run across with one of the most horrific days in recent memory.  Super size it!

American Flag Coasters.

American Flag Coasters.

10. American Flag Coasters.  America… FUCK YEAH!

9/11 Key-chains, Lanyards

9/11 Key-chains, Lanyards

11. Last and certainly not least – 9/11 Keychains and Lanyards.

Also for sale are coffee table books filled with horrifying photos of the 9/11 events, T-shirts galore and DVDs.  Many of these other items literally baffle me that people would want them, but during our visit to the museum, people were taking selfies in front of building wreckage, so I guess we can go out on a limb and say that the world has officially been ruined and nothing is sacred anymore.

911 Gift Shop (Partial View)

911 Gift Shop (Partial View)

Apparently the America cheese plate has already been discontinued.  Maybe there is hope for humanity?

The line

The line

Exit through the gift shop.

THE LEGACY OF AN ARMY OF ONE: JEF CAMPION at Castle Fitzjohns Gallery

Posted by The G on April 4, 2014 under Artsy Fartsy, Street Art | Be the First to Comment

Photos by G.  Art by Jef Campion/Army of One.

"Adam and Eve" by Jef Campion aka Army of One

“Adam and Eve” by Jef Campion aka Army of One

Castle Fitzjohns Gallery in New York is currently paying tribute to one of the art world’s fallen soldiers – Jef Campion aka Army of One.  Campion’s most recognizable work as street artist Army of One was a message to give peace a chance, to stop violence and to end all war.  On the streets of New York or Los Angeles, you could often see Diane Arbus’ iconic “Grenade Boy” image mashed up with messages of love and peace from Army of One.

Give Peace A Chance!

Give Peace A Chance!

Jef Campion was more than an artist – he was also a firefighter, who was one of the first respondents in the 9/11 tragedy, and he worked tirelessly with the Ronald McDonald House to help sick children.  Though in person Jef was one of the sweetest guys you’d ever want to meet, in private, he battled a lot of inner demons and Jef passed on in early 2014.

Original Sin

Original Sin

This exhibit showcases many pieces that his fans are familiar with, as well as many unseen works that show a completely different side of his art.  During his life, he invited me to his studio many times, but our schedules could never coordinate and I am sad that I will never get to speak with him about these great works of art, most of which I was seeing for the first time at this retrospective exhibit.

Ball of Confusion

Ball of Confusion

I’ve known Jef for several years and of course we bonded over having the same name (though different spellings) and we also lived in the same neighborhood, so I’d see him out and about at art functions and of course, his art is all over the streets of Los Angeles and New York, so his presence was always felt.   This exhibit is a beautiful and touching tribute to a beautiful man.  I hope you go see it.  If you can’t make it, at least ponder Jef’s mission statement: Give Peace A Chance!   Rest in peace, my friend.

Gone but not forgotten - Army Of One aka Jef Campion.

Gone but not forgotten – Army Of One aka Jef Campion.

Castle Fitzjohns Gallery is located at 98 Orchard Street.

Martin Scorsese Tribute Art Show at Bold Hype Gallery

Posted by The G on April 23, 2013 under Artsy Fartsy | Be the First to Comment

Photos by G.  Various Artists.

Cape Queer - Dave Mc Dowell

Cape Queer – Dave Mc Dowell

I have mostly bad news for you if you like the images you see in this post.  Over the weekend of April 20, 2013, Bold Hype Gallery hosted a 2 night only tribute show featuring artists renditions of their favorite Martin Scorsese films/characters/interpretations.  The show was really cool.  The bad news is that like I said above, the show only ran for 2 days and is now closed.

154 Hopper Ave by Bethany Marchman

154 Hopper Ave by Bethany Marchman

However, you can enjoy these images until the end of time (or until my blog license comes up for renewal).

Chuck Sperry

Chuck Sperry

 

Travis Bickle by Greg Gossel

Travis Bickle by Greg Gossel

 

Epyon5

Epyon5

You can see even more Travis Bickle interpretations at The Worley Gig.

Getting The Disciples Back Together

Posted by The G on March 29, 2013 under Artsy Fartsy | Be the First to Comment

Photo by G.

Getting the Disciples Back Together

Getting the Disciples Back Together

Saw this Abbey Road tribute in front of a church in Hollywood recently.  Must be a pretty rockin’ congregation.  Happy Good Friday!

An Encounter with D’Angelo

Posted by The G on March 7, 2013 under Encounters with G | Be the First to Comment

Photos by G.

D'Angelo

D’Angelo

In 1995, I was working at a record store when D’Angelo’s debut album “Brown Sugar” came out.  It was love at first listen and I’ve been a fan of D’Angelo ever since.  He released a second genius album “Voodoo” in 2000 and then took an extremely long hiatus.  He’s been playing gigs off and on for the last year and I have some good news.  D’Angelo is set to release a new single in April 2013!   D’Angelo is playing a tribute to Prince tonight at Carnegie Hall and you’d be incorrect if you thought there was a chance in hell that I was going to miss out on meeting one of my favorites.  D’Angelo was very nice and signed both of his CDs for me.  He wasn’t super crazy about taking a photo, but he was cool enough to do his best to try and get into it for my sake because obviously he felt my excitement. 🙂  Thanks a million for that D’Angelo.  Meeting you was a pleasure I never thought I’d have.  Welcome back and please don’t stay away so long.  Me and all of your other legions of fans have really missed you!

D'Angelo and Geoffrey Dicker

D’Angelo and Geoffrey Dicker

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