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

Jesus is My Face Mask 2021 Calendar

My friend Steve Gerdes told me he’d come up with the phrase “Jesus is my face mask,” but didn’t have an image to go with it. I told him I’d see if I could come up with something. Head and arms were expertly modeled by my patient neighbor, Mr. K. Aguilar.

2018’s Farewell Message on Tumblr

[The following was my final statement on Tumblr as it prepared to enforce new rules on NSFW material.]

Goodbye and Thank you.

As you probably know, starting December 17th, 2018, Tumblr will ban all porn and explicit imagery. Like so many other blogs, LiarTown will soon be flagged for its adult, offensive, and sexual content. Rather than neuter material to fit Tumblr’s new standards, I’m leaving. I expect many posts will no longer be visible, and I’ve already noticed nonsexual material is being flagged. I don’t expect much will be left.

Whatever makes the cut will stay up, but I will no longer publish new LiarTown material on Tumblr. I have years’ worth of images still to make, though, so I’ll be actively searching for another platform or archive. Any suggestions are welcome. I chose tumblr because it let me post what I wanted without much fuss. I’m sure there are other outlets suitable for my minimal needs. One way or another, LiarTown will continue, and wherever I end up, I’ll post it all again. When I have updates on a new home, I’ll give details here.

For anyone wishing to contact me, I’m at liartownusa at gmail.

As for Tumblr, I sincerely hope its embrace of prudishness ironically fucks it right into oblivion. In the haunting, immortal words I once saw spraypainted on a boarded-up McDonald’s: Eat McShit and Die.