Black Metal Face Painting

Crap Hound Big Book of Unhappiness book signing, La Luz de Jesus/Wacko, December 7, 2018

Figuring it would be add a bit of excitement and fun for attendees of the book release event for The Crap Hound Big Book of Unhappiness, my friend Kyle McCulloch and I crafted materials for Black Metal Face Paint corner. Someone put me in touch with the marvelous and talented make-up artist Andrea Valdez, who sportingly agreed to fill the role of the enterprising owner of PHAYZEPAINDT.

I printed full-color flyers and business cards, a warning not to ask for KISS make-up, and a poster display helpfully offering visitors their choice of 71 grim designs. Andrea set up her table on one side of the art gallery of La Luz de Jesus in Los Angeles, and I signed books on the other.

For three hours she painted children and adults alike, cheerful and professional as she ripped away their shallow conformity to reveal the savage darkness within. Thank you again, Andrea, for a lovely evening.

If anyone would like Andrea to facilitate their own Dark Journey, I enthusiastically recommend her services. You can contact her at