January 16th, 2013.
From Shortlist Magazine:
January 16th, 2013.
…is the guy crossing the road at the end.
One of these days, whenever I manage to sit down and completely gather all of my thoughts, I’ll tell you all about my friend Mark Liengie. He was a talented feller and when we were kids we used to draw together. We had this weekly competition going on where we’d try to out-gross the other by drawing the most fucked up images our young minds could conjure up and comparing them at weekends. Unfortunately I don’t know what happened to any of these pictures.
My friend Mark was a genius. A real one.
Before he died he was just about to make his…mark on the special effects industry. I believe he had a hand in creating the dead baby scene in “Trainspotting” as well as making a full dead body for an episode of “Taggart“.
On one of the last occasions I saw Mark he was outside his parents’ house with two fake human torsos on poles that each had wires and cables and string running from them. “Watch this!” he said, and with the push of a button on a handmade controller, the torsos EXPLODED with an amazing bang and instantly, a large part of the garden was drenched in the buckets of fake blood he’d filled the dummys with! Amazing.
Growing up, we’d quite easily watch the likes of “Creepshow”, “Dawn of The Dead” and “An American Werewolf In London” over and over again. We’d pause the tape on special effects shots and quickly draw exactly what we saw so that we could discuss how the effect was achieved later. It was a real learning process for me and really improved my drawing skills but Mark took things a lot further than I ever could. He’d regularly turn up on my parents’ doorstep with animal hearts and parts he’d got from the butcher and we’d cut them open. We’d both draw them but Mark would then go away and build an exact model replica out of all kinds of materials!
It’s amazing to think that he was only 9 or ten years old then but like I said, I’ll tell you all about him and his work another day.
Yesterday, I found a documentary film on Youtube hosted by our childhood hero, Tom Savini. As kids, Mark and I would have killed our nearest and dearest to have seen something like this…
I have a rare vinyl record of a stand up show by the psychopathically bitter and twisted Glaswegian comedian that is Jerry Sadowitz. The record is titled “Gobshite” and in that record Sadowitz talks about the late Jimmy Saville being a child abuser. This is hardly news to us these days except for the fact that SADOWITZ RECORDED THE SHOW IN 1987!
Jerry Sadowitz is (in)famous for removing every single trace of himself from Youtube (and afterall why not) but yesterday I happened to notice that he has created an account for himself and even uploaded a video (In November of last year) promoting one of his 2012 stand up shows!
As well as being dressed as Jimmy Saville AND playing the audio clip from his 1987 show you get the added bonus of Sadowitz using a clingfilm roll as a cigar!
Here’s hoping old Jerry uploads a whole lot more onto that Youtube channel of his in the future. Although,what with him being a complete cunt and all, he probably won’t. And after all, why should he.
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