HEALTH: Yoni Eggs

Are you tired of being judged on the strength and dexterity of your vagina?  Is it hard to find enough hours in the day to focus on exercising the muscles in your reproductive core?  Cool Trash... is now introducing a line of Yoni Eggs to luxuriate and rejuvenate your lady bits, one gem at a time. 

Each egg is foraged on the ocean floor by a female performance artist and then harvested in our headquarters for up to a year.  When they reach full potency they are distributed and implanted.  You sparkle on the outside, why not sparkle on the inside too!!

Cool Trash... Yoni Eggs come in five different weights depending on how haggard your Vagina is. You can start off with a Beginner Egg, and work your way up through our Cool Trash... Yoni Egg system.  Each Egg comes with a surprise inside, customized to the advancement of your treatment.  Collect them ALL!  Impress your Friends (and lovers)

  1. Beginner- Copy of the US Constitution
  2. Intermediate- Ceramic Wolf
  3. Advanced- AA Battery and Pennies
  4. High Priestess- More Gems
  5. Goddess- Crystals

Supplies are limited and Cool Trash... no longer recommends sharing Yoni Eggs with your friends. 

Email orders to cool.trash.life@gmail.com

FASHION: Dress for the Man You Want to Murder!!

Whether you plan to infiltrate the white house as a sexy new intern or maybe you just love your man so much, you'd kill to get him back...  Perhaps you're like me and into some Ms. 45 type shit.  Murder fashion IS the look that says, "Hey, you're awful dolled up, is someone about to be murdered??"

Its important to figure out what types of murder go with your look.  With my long dress shown here,  mobility could be an issue.  Poison and Arson are sneakier choices, while suffocation could add a little drama, but don't forget to inebriate your victim first.  Stabbing goes with any look, but the clean up is a bitch, cool trash... recommends you style your apartment in blood splatter so no one can tell the difference post murder.

My own personal look is inspired by two of my favorite cinematic murderesses... Julia Cotton in "Hellraiser" seduces men for murder with bold eye shadows and gaudy star earrings.  Elaine in "The Love Witch" works 1970's psychedelic glamour to perfection.  Always a red lip.  Thank you Ladies.

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It is important to note, we at cool trash... do not condone the act of murder, or any creepy behaviors... just the fashion that makes you look good and feel great.

Here's some music to listen to when you are putting together your next Dress For the Man you want to Murder Outfit!!!

"Love Like Anthrax" by Gang of Four

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Akz2efTdJ-E

 

Lucky New Years Eve Ceremony

Around Christmas time, while making gingerbread houses, my friend Caryn and I were having that talk everyone seems to have about what an annoying let down New Years Eve always is.  Instead of complaining we decided to collaborate on an epic magic dinner party that will bring luck in 2017.  Since we only got down to planning two days before NYE, we weren't sure who could come, it may just be us, but we wanted enough lucky food and magic for anyone who felt like stopping by!!

Menu: Stuffed Artichoke, Lentil Dip with Pita, Fig Spread and Goat Cheese, Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Baked Cod, (not shown, Soba Noodles with Kale) Champagne Cake for dessert can be found below.  These foods bring you health and wealth!!

Menu: Stuffed Artichoke, Lentil Dip with Pita, Fig Spread and Goat Cheese, Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Baked Cod, (not shown, Soba Noodles with Kale) Champagne Cake for dessert can be found below.  These foods bring you health and wealth!!

Upon entering, guests drink from our potion and make a wish for the New Year.  In the center of the table we built our magic alter, focused around tarot cards to bring us needed energies, and candles focused on healthy loving sexual relationships.  At midnight we smashed a pomegranate and ate 12 grapes.  Our walls were covered with projected footage from outer space and we were serenaded by the musical coven of Billie, Ella, Lena, and Sarah.  Watch out, if you eat that cake too fast you might choke on a coin that will win you New Years!!

Upon entering, guests drink from our potion and make a wish for the New Year.  In the center of the table we built our magic alter, focused around tarot cards to bring us needed energies, and candles focused on healthy loving sexual relationships.  At midnight we smashed a pomegranate and ate 12 grapes.  Our walls were covered with projected footage from outer space and we were serenaded by the musical coven of Billie, Ella, Lena, and Sarah.  Watch out, if you eat that cake too fast you might choke on a coin that will win you New Years!!

Photos by Shannon Phipps

Photos by Shannon Phipps

I am so blessed to have Caryn as a magical friend and collaborator, and we were so happy to share with our guests, Shannon, Michael and Tiffany!  If only we could shove green food down all our friends throats.  Maybe next time!! 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

Sober Italia

There were a couple really difficult moments in Italy being sober.  I remember two mild panic attacks.  My front tooth left Europe with a stain from sobriety cigarettes.  You see, I spent a month in Italy in beautiful Sirmione at the art residency Art Garda, run by the amazing Adam Ekstrom and Laren Was of Ghost of a Dream, and artist Giada Crispiels.  I went into October, eight months sober, fully committed to my sobriety. 

Almost every part of my trip reminded me of my favorite times to drink, from the plane ride, the aperetivo cocktail hour, the different wines with our fabulous meals, the after dinner grappa... oh lord.  I just kept sucking down that San Pellegrino, aqua frizzante por fevore.  I think the most difficult moment was when we just finished a nice meal at a tiny place we stumbled upon in Venice.  The owner of the trattoria came out and gave each of us a glass of sambuca with 3 coffee beans in it.  Bellisimo.  Every great Italian place I go to eat with my family on Long Island also does this.  The syrupy anise flavored liqueur gives you the warm and fuzzies while helping you digest, so comforting, so sentimental.  It was a bummer missing out.

Here's what I learned.  Italy is beautiful.  The greens were new, the architecture was old, the landscape gorgeous (lake meets mountains, what!), the nutria were soft, the soda is better, and most importantly, the company I kept was top notch, friends for life.  I felt fully supported and at ease in my new sobriety, and that really warms my insides.  I remember all of my trip with a clear head and immense gratitude. 

Here's some advice if you wanna torture yourself and quit drinking...  Use the money you would have used on alcohol and buy glitter and gems and colorful sparkly outfits.  Use the time you would have spent drinking and work on a project.  Also feel free to contact me any time if you wanna talk sober life :)  There are many support systems in place to help, and it was the best decision I've ever made.

Madeleine's Garden

When I think about my favorite places in the world, one of them would have to be Madeleine's house in Millerton, NY.  I met Madeleine when we were residents at the Wassaic Project in Wassaic, NY.  Madeleine recently purchased her first house in the area on a beautiful piece of land, and its been so great seeing the home develop over this past year and a half.  One time when I was there, a neighbor arrived on a horse to invite Madeleine to a party, how rad is that!! I want horse party invites!! Last summer, I was super impressed and excited about Madeleine's new garden, especially when we were eating our freshly picked breakfast greens.  Here are some pics from our 8am harvest, and some information to inspire you to grow this spring!! 

In the Garden: dill, mustard greens, cilantro, parsley, green onions, lettuce mix, swiss chard, sage, cucumbers, radishes, cayenne peppers, bell/sweet peppers, mixed tomatoes, basil, and a mixture of flowers that attract the right kind of insects

In the Garden: dill, mustard greens, cilantro, parsley, green onions, lettuce mix, swiss chard, sage, cucumbers, radishes, cayenne peppers, bell/sweet peppers, mixed tomatoes, basil, and a mixture of flowers that attract the right kind of insects

On the Porch:  thyme, chives, radishes, tomatoes, cilantro, arugula, green onions, and nasturtiums

On the Porch:  thyme, chives, radishes, tomatoes, cilantro, arugula, green onions, and nasturtiums

Madeleine belongs to a farm CSA at Rock Steady Farm and Flowers, which offers a free farming class to their members.  She also did a lot of research on the farmers almanac website.  It takes a lot of patience and experimentation to get your garden right, and I learned a lot from Madeleine just listening to her own unique process.

http://www.rocksteadyfarm.com/

http://www.almanac.com/

 

STUDIO VISIT: Keri Lyn King

Keri King is an artist, illustrator, dancer, writer, and revolutionary based in Providence, Rhode Island.  I met Keri, oh about 9 years ago, there were some friendship fireworks, we've collaborated for years, and probably will till were old ladies, maybe even from beyond the grave, who knows.

I was very excited to learn that over the summer of 2016, Keri was asked by the city of Providence to put up a mural downtown.  This Fall, Keri published her first book Spectacles & Spectators, and a copy currently lives on my nightstand.

I had an afternoon with Keri back in July and we talked about all these exciting projects.  Below is an interview I did with Keri in her studio about her practice!

 What are some of your inspirations- art or otherwise?   Art & entertainment history.  Depression-era hollywood musicals, vestiges of vaudeville and burlesque theater... I like to be reminded that life is one big weird party. The Ringling Circus Museum in Sarasota, FLA is probably my favorite place in the world.  They completely immerse you in all kinds of paraphernalia - posters, newspaper articles, movies, costumes, gilded animal carriages all telling the story of this seemingly boundless and frankly insane creative enterprise in American history.  I've been twice and the experience greatly impacted my work. My Gramma is quite the inspiration.  Hilda - she's 88 and she sings and plays guitar in three bands, and she goes out ballroom dancing with her boyfriend two times a week.  I can't keep up but I will keep trying! How do you integrate your creative process in your daily life? I tap dance!  Some days are for making and some days are for teaching but I can fit tap dancing into almost any day.  I can put on a record on in my studio and shim sham, I can soft-shoe some time steps in between classes, I can flap down the aisle at the supermarket.  I'm not very good but somehow shuffling off to Buffalo seems to make everything else better… Can you talk a little bit about scale.  How did you go from intricate small illustrations meant for a book to a large scale mural?  How does this effect your work on a conceptual level. On the small scale, my illustrations come together through a blending of collage and drawing processes.  I love to sample vintage ephemera, xeroxing photos andetchings for visual textures and the history that comes with them.  To make “life-size” characters, like the bird in the party dress, I enlarged these small-scale drawings using a large format xerox machine, traditionally used for copying blue prints.  “The Audience” needed special handling - the original illustration is 12" tall.  To go up to 15’ tall, IOlabs in East Providence, RI, scanned the original at a mega high resolution then sliced the file into 10 tiles for me and it was sent out to print. Conceptually, when a viewer is looking at a rectangular illustration - in a frame orin a book - it’s a window into another world.  But at a larger scale, these characters are liberated - they are moonlighting in the viewer’s world and I think they have become more relatable.  Even though they are flat paper images on a wall, and black and white at that, they encourage interaction and play.  The shift is dynamic, it becomes theater.

 What are some of your inspirations- art or otherwise?

  Art & entertainment history.  Depression-era hollywood musicals, vestiges of vaudeville and burlesque theater... I like to be reminded that life is one big weird party.

The Ringling Circus Museum in Sarasota, FLA is probably my favorite place in the world.  They completely immerse you in all kinds of paraphernalia - posters, newspaper articles, movies, costumes, gilded animal carriages all telling the story of this seemingly boundless and frankly insane creative enterprise in American history.  I've been twice and the experience greatly impacted my work.

My Gramma is quite the inspiration.  Hilda - she's 88 and she sings and plays guitar in three bands, and she goes out ballroom dancing with her boyfriend two times a week.  I can't keep up but I will keep trying!

How do you integrate your creative process in your daily life?

I tap dance!  Some days are for making and some days are for teaching but I can fit tap dancing into almost any day.  I can put on a record on in my studio and shim sham, I can soft-shoe some time steps in between classes, I can flap down the aisle at the supermarket.  I'm not very good but somehow shuffling off to Buffalo seems to make everything else better…

Can you talk a little bit about scale.  How did you go from intricate small illustrations meant for a book to a large scale mural?  How does this effect your work on a conceptual level.

On the small scale, my illustrations come together through a blending of collage and drawing processes.  I love to sample vintage ephemera, xeroxing photos andetchings for visual textures and the history that comes with them. 

To make “life-size” characters, like the bird in the party dress, I enlarged these small-scale drawings using a large format xerox machine, traditionally used for copying blue prints.  “The Audience” needed special handling - the original illustration is 12" tall.  To go up to 15’ tall, IOlabs in East Providence, RI, scanned the original at a mega high resolution then sliced the file into 10 tiles for me and it was sent out to print.

Conceptually, when a viewer is looking at a rectangular illustration - in a frame orin a book - it’s a window into another world.  But at a larger scale, these characters are liberated - they are moonlighting in the viewer’s world and I think they have become more relatable.  Even though they are flat paper images on a wall, and black and white at that, they encourage interaction and play.  The shift is dynamic, it becomes theater.

What does it mean to have your work on the side of the Satin Doll?  How does this fit in with being a woman/performer, and your conceptual process for the installation? Well, the Satin Doll was a strip club until 2014 when their license was revoked for prostitution.  The property was recently purchased by AS220, which means it will soon be the Main Stage for a nationally recognized arts venue supporting visual and performing artists. I think the location and it’s story effectively complete the work and add another layer of meaning to peal back. Produced for PVDfest, the city’s annual international arts festival, it was the intention of this work to invite viewers to consider their dynamic relationships with visual art, performances and architecture.  An audience of finely dressed animals stares the viewer, a set of footlights and a curtain separate the paper animals and living people, looking at each other.  I wanted to make the viewer feel like he or she is on stage - to spin the attention back around and make the viewer the vital performer in the artwork. The image is fairly innocent on it’s own.  But that it’s a predominantly male cast of viewers sporting what a friend recently described as “WASP-y attire” I think has more potential impact when we know the history of the venue.  Some friends have discerned a burlesque a tension between the suggestion of a Victorian morality that espoused sexual restraint and reflections on the performances that once took place inside the Satin Doll; others have expressed a ‘Wind in the Willows’-esqu nostalgia towards animals in handsome outfits - that all feels right to me.  The awesome folks at AS220 pointed out that this is also the first work of art to be presented at the new space - I am proud of that, I’d love to think of the piece as a beacon of that transition.  …In my opinion, it’s a decidedly female building. Has doing this large scale public piece inspired new ideas or changed your though process?  Sure it has, putting this project together was an amazing experience.  I would love to create more public work and to do so in other cities and that's not something I ever considered before now.  Also, the act of creating an illustration in my home studio is 100% private. But, using the city as my canvas, I was constantly meeting people.  There were unexpected visitors and conversations - about the work, the weather and where they were going for dinner and that became an important part of the process!  I surprised myself with just how open I was to that - it was really wonderful.

What does it mean to have your work on the side of the Satin Doll?  How does this fit in with being a woman/performer, and your conceptual process for the installation?

Well, the Satin Doll was a strip club until 2014 when their license was revoked for prostitution.  The property was recently purchased by AS220, which means it will soon be the Main Stage for a nationally recognized arts venue supporting visual and performing artists.

I think the location and it’s story effectively complete the work and add another layer of meaning to peal back.

Produced for PVDfest, the city’s annual international arts festival, it was the intention of this work to invite viewers to consider their dynamic relationships with visual art, performances and architecture.  An audience of finely dressed animals stares the viewer, a set of footlights and a curtain separate the paper animals and living people, looking at each other.  I wanted to make the viewer feel like he or she is on stage - to spin the attention back around and make the viewer the vital performer in the artwork.

The image is fairly innocent on it’s own.  But that it’s a predominantly male cast of viewers sporting what a friend recently described as “WASP-y attire” I think has more potential impact when we know the history of the venue.  Some friends have discerned a burlesque a tension between the suggestion of a Victorian morality that espoused sexual restraint and reflections on the performances that once took place inside the Satin Doll; others have expressed a ‘Wind in the Willows’-esqu nostalgia towards animals in handsome outfits - that all feels right to me.  The awesome folks at AS220 pointed out that this is also the first work of art to be presented at the new space - I am proud of that, I’d love to think of the piece as a beacon of that transition.  …In my opinion, it’s a decidedly female building.

Has doing this large scale public piece inspired new ideas or changed your though process? 

Sure it has, putting this project together was an amazing experience.  I would love to create more public work and to do so in other cities and that's not something I ever considered before now. 

Also, the act of creating an illustration in my home studio is 100% private. But, using the city as my canvas, I was constantly meeting people.  There were unexpected visitors and conversations - about the work, the weather and where they were going for dinner and that became an important part of the process!  I surprised myself with just how open I was to that - it was really wonderful.

What advice would you give a young artist/creative person? It’s like what David Bowie says in Modern Love, "I know when to go out, I know when to stay in - and get things done." Every creative person's needs are different but I think striking that personal balance is key.   If you want to be successful, you have to carve out that time for making work.  But if you work in a vacuum, you're liable to get stuck.  So know when to go out! travel, see shows, make friends, take a cooking class - because all of that exploring of interests helps you to find your authentic voice and make your creative life that much more fulfilling. How do you know when a piece or an idea is complete? Gut feeling - when I step back and my emotional response to the work matches the feeling the original idea gave me, that's when I know my work is done.  But I think a lot about something Duchamp wrote, that "the creative act is not performed by the artist alone" - he suggested that a piece is complete when it connects with an active spectator, and I think that's definitely true. What do we have to look forward to next coming out of Keri King Studios? This fall I will be releasing 'Spectacles & Spectators,' a picture book for grownups; it's a madcap narrative of art and crime in high society, featuring many of the characters from these recent installations.  I'm self publishing a limited edition through DWRI Letterpress and partnering with the Providence Public Library on a reception will take place, October 23rd.  I'm super excited, it's a long time coming!

What advice would you give a young artist/creative person?

It’s like what David Bowie says in Modern Love, "I know when to go out, I know when to stay in - and get things done." Every creative person's needs are different but I think striking that personal balance is key.  

If you want to be successful, you have to carve out that time for making work.  But if you work in a vacuum, you're liable to get stuck.  So know when to go out! travel, see shows, make friends, take a cooking class - because all of that exploring of interests helps you to find your authentic voice and make your creative life that much more fulfilling.

How do you know when a piece or an idea is complete?

Gut feeling - when I step back and my emotional response to the work matches the feeling the original idea gave me, that's when I know my work is done.  But I think a lot about something Duchamp wrote, that "the creative act is not performed by the artist alone" - he suggested that a piece is complete when it connects with an active spectator, and I think that's definitely true.

What do we have to look forward to next coming out of Keri King Studios?

This fall I will be releasing 'Spectacles & Spectators,' a picture book for grownups; it's a madcap narrative of art and crime in high society, featuring many of the characters from these recent installations.  I'm self publishing a limited edition through DWRI Letterpress and partnering with the Providence Public Library on a reception will take place, October 23rd.  I'm super excited, it's a long time coming!

Check out the rest of Keri's work at... also pick up a copy of Spectacles & Spectators!!!! http://www.kerikingstudio.com @kerikingstudio

Check out the rest of Keri's work at...

also pick up a copy of Spectacles & Spectators!!!!

http://www.kerikingstudio.com

@kerikingstudio

HEALTH: Hypothyroid

Hypothyroidism is a really common problem, especially among women.  About four years ago, my roommate commented on how tired I was all the time, this marked the beginning of my metabolism bumming out on me.  Over the course of 2 years my energy levels dropped astronomically, and I basically struggled getting out of bed at all.  I gained around 35 pounds and depression was setting in pretty hard.  I regularly don't see a doctor, but when I was getting blood work done last winter, my results came back hypothyroid. 

What this means is I have a under performing thyroid, its swollen and not squirting out those hormones my body needs.  If untreated, I could grow a pretty cool goiter if I ever wanna freak out the local kids.  But for now, I take Nature Throid, which is an all natural synthesized hormone taken from the thyroid gland of a pig, so that's cute.

Some of the symptoms of hypothyroidism are pretty lame, I've been losing my hair recently (which is also a symptom of hypothyroid, and a side effect of the medicine), but overall the worst was depression.  It is important that we pay attention to our bodies, and if things feel off, seek the appropriate medical attention.  Sometimes we ignore our own health, so make sure to keep an eye out for your friends and loved ones too.  We have to stay strong for the future, take care of ourselves and each other.

Adult Beginner Tap

At a particularly motivated and stressed time in our lives, my friend Caryn and I signed up for adult beginner tap classes at the 92nd st. YMCA.  Not only did it drag our bloated butts out of bed on a Saturday morning, but it was incredible fun and a great and challenging work out.  Although neither of us practiced much, we were very competitive to be the best in class and impress our teacher Kenny Noth.  I always think about how much I would love to take classes again, although I don’t know if I need to travel all the way uptown, a little research shows there are many great beginner tap classes available in every borough and a lot of teachers teach at different locations.  I would like to officially endorse Kenny.

http://www.92y.org/Uptown/Classes/Adults/Dance/Tap.aspx

Sumer Blisters

In the beginning of the summer, its fun to purchase a new pair of fashion sandals.  Or maybe you’re just wearing that pair of clogs without socks and your feet are sweating more then usual.  Either way, incredibly painful blisters emerge, sometimes there’s foot blood.  Next comes ugly scarring.  Well I have the perfect solution to hide those shameful scars!  Gems!  Follow these easy steps and consult the diagram below and enjoy your new body beauty.

What you’ll need: -Clear glitter nail polish -Gems 2 Easy Steps: 1.         Apply nail polish to scars 2.         Put on gems I know it’s a bit weird to use nail polish as adhesive on skin, but it does just kind of flake off after painless gem removal.  I also suggest eyelash glue as perhaps a more “conventional” option.

What you’ll need:

-Clear glitter nail polish

-Gems

2 Easy Steps:

1.         Apply nail polish to scars

2.         Put on gems

I know it’s a bit weird to use nail polish as adhesive on skin, but it does just kind of flake off after painless gem removal.  I also suggest eyelash glue as perhaps a more “conventional” option.