Wednesday, February 28, 2024

John Waters’ Hand-Made, Oddball Christmas Playing cards: 1964-Current


Ten years in the past, we fea­tured John Waters’ hand­made Christ­mas playing cards, which he’s been mak­ing since he was a high-school stu­dent in 1964, lengthy earlier than William S. Bur­roughs deemed him the “Pope of Trash” (additionally the title of a ret­ro­spec­tive exhi­bi­tion on the Acad­e­my of Movement Pic­tures in Los Ange­les this previous fall). It was Waters’ movies that qual­i­fied him for that hon­or, in fact, however his reg­u­lar sea­son’s greet­ings are not any much less a medi­um for his career-long artis­tic recla­ma­tion of dangerous style. Christ­mas playing cards even have the advan­tage of being much more “below­floor” than his ear­ly fea­tures, direct­ed as they’re to solely a choose group of recip­i­ents, massive although Waters’ mail­ing checklist has grown in latest a long time: he males­tioned to the New York Instances that he sends out over 2,000 playing cards, and that was again in 2013.

“Christ­mas playing cards are your first obligation and you have to ship one (with a per­son­al, hand­writ­ten mes­sage) to each sin­gle per­son you ever met, no mat­ter how briefly,” Waters wrote in a Eighties essay: “Give Me Anoth­er Current! Why I Love Christ­mas”. “In fact, you have to make your individual playing cards by hand. ‘I don’t have time,’ chances are you’ll whine, however for the reason that entire pur­pose of life is Christ­mas, you’d wager­ter make time, buster.”

As you possibly can see at this gallery and this latest Twit­ter thread, Waters has made the time: the time to get his mugshot tak­en by the Bal­ti­extra Police Depart­ment, to stuff lifeless cock­roach­es into tree orna­ments, to com­mis­sion a paint­ing of him­self as a pipe-smok­ing patri­arch (with a Divine-look­ing spouse) pre­sid­ing over an askew 9­teen-fifties Christ­mas morn­ing, and, final 12 months, to professional­duce blow-up dolls in his personal like­ness.

Within the decade since we final checked out them, Waters’ Christ­mas playing cards have additionally depict­ed him placing an eye fixed out with a can­dy cane, feast­ing on Rudolph the Crimson-Nosed Rein­deer, and decked out in Christ­mas-thug regalia, com­plete with tat­toos promis­ing “chim­ney inva­sions” and “sea­son’s beat­ings.” This Christ­mas, Waters choose­ed for a extra tech­ni­cal com­plex­i­ty, seem­ing as a dis­tressed tod­dler within the lap of a depart­ment-store San­ta (a good­ly com­mon fifties tableau, I gath­er) who, as a sep­a­price com­po­nent hooked up by some form of spring, flails wild­ly when flicked. Followers who haven’t acquired considered one of their very own can at the least con­sole them­selves with the prospect of Waters’ subsequent movie, which can be his first in twen­ty years — and deliver to the display screen Waters’ personal nov­el Liar­mouth, which various of them prob­a­bly discovered of their inventory­ings final Christ­mas. See a gallery of his Christ­mas playing cards right here.

Relat­ed Con­tent:

John Waters Makes Hand­made Christ­mas Playing cards, Says the “Entire Pur­pose of Life is Christ­mas”

When Sal­vador Dalí Cre­at­ed Christ­mas Playing cards That Have been Too Avant Garde for Corridor­mark (1960)

Watch Ter­ry Gilliam’s Ani­mat­ed Quick, The Christ­mas Card (1968)

Develop­ing Up John Waters: The Odd­ball Movie­mak­er Cat­a­logues His Many For­ma­tive Insurgent­lions (1993)

Andy Warhol’s Christ­mas Artwork

John Waters Designs a Wit­ty Poster for the New York Movie Fes­ti­val

Based mostly in Seoul, Col­in Marshall writes and broad­casts on cities, lan­guage, and cul­ture. His tasks embrace the Sub­stack newslet­ter Books on Cities, the e-book The State­much less Metropolis: a Stroll by Twenty first-Cen­tu­ry Los Ange­les and the video collection The Metropolis in Cin­e­ma. Fol­low him on Twit­ter at @colinmarshall or on Face­e-book.



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