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  • davidwills 8:13 pm on April 9, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Alex Sanders, , Body painting, , , , Friends, , , Magick, Naked, Newspaper, , Witch   

    Barney Bubbles – Friends With Sleeves Rolled Up 

    Here shared for your viewing delight is a page taken from underground newspaper Friends, featuring a snap taken by photographic legend Phil Franks (the essential silver-salt and cellulose documenter of the happenin’ Grove Gate London underground of the late 60s and early 70s), to whom thanks are given.

    The exposed flesh of witch Nicki was being painted by myself and Barney Bubbles at the time, captured by Phil, and printed in Friends for posterity; a naked flesh canvas to play out our painterly symbolism upon. I am absent from this particular frame, and Barney is darting out-of-sight (as usual), sleeves rolled up in earnest painterly mode. Underneath the photo? Some text about Alex Sanders’ coven, and musings on the dangers of the Ritual of materialising Astaroth.

    First outed in R&M’s seminal ‘The First Barney Show Ever 2001’, now republished here. And lest I forget to mention, another similar but different (and also by Phil) pic of the scene got used by me in an erotically charged mag at around the same time.

    Want more? Did you see this earlier blog entry, where Barney is spotted on video walking through the Friends office, scalpel in hand.

    See you again soon, dear readers.

  • davidwills 6:56 pm on September 21, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Body art, Body painting, Curious, Witches   

    In which Barney and Wills paint the witch Nikki, photographed by Phil Franks – and it’s his copyright, goddam it! 

    Copyright © Phil Franks 2008. All Rights Reserved.

    1970, The photograph on the right is by  the esteemed photographer of well lit curves, Phil Franks, and is shewn here as reproduced, reversed left to right, in the magazine Curious. Barney and I (David Wills) are painting Nikki, with Barney on the left of the witch. We are both right handed. The picture has been reversed it left to right. (Probably because I took it out the holder and returned it wrong like.) The lady swallowing fire is included here for your delight.  Art on Nikki was designed by Barney, I was designer and art editor of the magazine wwhich gave work to many hard working illustrators. Reproduced courtesy of Rebecca and Mike’s BB Collection.

    • Deepinder Cheema 1:20 pm on November 3, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      I am the subject of the ire regarding copyright. It was I that published the photos by Phil Franks on my http://www.flickr.com site as ‘daevideo’ I used my own personal copy of Curious that I picked up in a junk stall (house clearances) as Tinker in Lovejoy once said – they are reprehensible, but they perform a necessary function. I have to say there is no copyright information inside the magazine, other than the name of a Royal russian personage, but it has been stated that the information was revealed on the JC BB blog – so in my profound excitment that I discovered that I had the very issue of this hitherto unknown to me magazine I published the photo – not thinking this may upset Phil. But I as a huge fan of Frank Zappa have noted that Gail Zappa has used Phil’s image of FZ from the Chunga’ Revenge LP liberally on her products page – selling Ringtones and this image as a ‘wallpaper’ I see no credit for Phil Franks.

    • Phil Franks 3:09 pm on February 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Deepinder,

      Thanks for the headsup!

      I’m contacting Gail Zappa now.

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