It’s a sticky wicket when you decide to write about something you actually like. You spend all day being snarky and clever, and then you get this great idea, and you’re afraid you’re going to come off, I don’t know, less right than you want it to. That’s the danger of writing about anything, and if your chosen medium is the word, you do your best, just like someone who draws with pencils, paints with acrylic, or sculpts with clay, mashed potatoes or excrement. Expression is…expression.
Nobody understands that like Amanda Palmer does. She’s taken artistic expression to a wholly public, yet totally authentic place in a world that is absolutely and virtually (yes, literally) flooded with mass-market crap and agenda-ridden corporate ad-work. (Rather than artwork. See what I did there? Twas a play on words). Unlike most young not-yet-musicians, Palmer did not dream of being a rockstar. She saw the career of rockstar as a means to her ultimate end – throwing the ultimate party. You can read her entire, beautifully written bio on her webpage, in the press section. I won’t steal any of Jonathan Perry’s thunder – check it out for yourself.
If the ultimate party is Palmer’s goal, she seems to accomplish it in almost everything she does. Almost a decade ago she formed The Dresden Dolls with Brian Viglione and immediately the duo’s performances were complimented by local drama students and often The Dirty Business Brigade.
The release of her 2008 solo album, Who Killed Amanda Palmer also saw a companion book of the same name, penned by Neil Gaiman, who is now her fiance. Palmer has hosted many online “Twitter Parties” called the “Losers of Friday Night on Twitter” and is known to perform “Ninja” gigs at cities where she travels. She has a webcast channel called PartyOnTheInternet.com. Her projects are numerous. Her energy is, truly, indescribable. And her fans? Well, they (we) love her.
Taken from Twitter, I submit 9 fan-created Amanda Palmer pieces of art JUST SINCE July 31, 2010. In less than a month, and these are just the ones she’s tweeted that I’ve caught. What this says to me is that here we have a woman who not only makes art wherever she goes, she inspires it as well.
Twitter: @scissorhandvamp – Shawna from Alaska
Twitter: @QTHC215 – Big AFP fan, and obviously a fan of The Dresden Dolls – tattoos are 4-ever!
Twitter: @SoCoSeth – he says he makes everything look sexy
This ukulele is actually named “Amanda,” probably because she can, of course, play a mean ukulele, and has recently released and EP called Amanda Palmer Performs The Popular Hits of Radiohead on Her Magical Ukulele. And yes, it is awesome. Don’t believe me? Go download it.
See more Amanda Palmer fan art. And can I just say, thank heavens there are still people out there who are willing to have a good time, and who make sure the rest of us do too.
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