Posts Tagged ‘jack the ripper’

Oddities TV Show

November 14, 2013

Yes, that was me on the television show Oddities.  My wife Jen and I stopped by the store Obscura Antiques while we were in NYC – we love the show! – and ended up on-camera for Episode 16 of Season 4 – ‘No Guts, No Glory’ – which aired on the Discovery Channel just before Halloween on October 29th!

Oddities

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Making JACK THE RIPPER

September 4, 2012

Hey kiddies!  This is the first part of my new photo project JACK THE RIPPER.

Conceived as a 2-panel diptych, JACK THE RIPPER depicts the moments “just before” and “just after” a grisly alleyway murder.  What makes Jack the Ripper so compelling to me is that nothing is known about him.  Because he was never caught, we have no actual information about who he was or why he committed his gruesome crimes.  We do not possess a historical or biographical portrait, but instead share a communally imagined idea of Jack the Ripper as an aristocratic predator.  As a boogeyman, he graphically symbolizes the idea of the wealthy and powerful preying on the poor.

Unable to find an appropriate alleyway, I decided to build a set.  The walls were made from large sheets of styrofoam that I carved and sculpted to look like brick using a hot-knife and heat gun.

My cousins Steve Hoffine and Jerry Hoffine run a Haunted House called 3rd Street Asylum in Bonner Springs, a small town just outside of Kansas City.  They allowed me to build my set inside their Haunted House.

The part of Jack the Ripper was played by Chad Hawks.  He grew out his own muttonchops for the role, and flew himself in from Chicago to help me with my project.

The part of Jack’s victim was played by Celine Collins.  She is the owner of Monkey Wrench Clothing. I drafted her to make the elaborate costumes needed. She was already doing the costume work when I asked her if she would be willing to play the part of the victim as well.  Despite her shyness, Celine agreed.  She gave a marvelous performance.

Celine’s wig was styled by Ruby Von Blush.  Her make-up, for good or ill, was done by me.

My assistant Demian Vela helped with this photo-shoot, as did my wife Jen Hoffine.  Jen helped Celine sew wire into Jack’s coat so that it would hold it’s position.

Steve and Jerry Hoffine, as well as Mike Clouse, came down to help run fog machines during the shoot.

The rats were plastic toys that I painted.  I added whiskers made out of fishing line.

Coming soon is JACK THE RIPPER 2, by far the goriest image I have ever made.  I hope you can check it out!

See you next time!