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THE ART OF BEING A MOTHERFUCKER: Help push the limits of art and freedom of speech through a cross-country road trip performance piece.
I'm a contemporary artist from the city of Cincinnati that has been put in handcuffs multiple times because of using 'words' in public. I've fought and won numerous battles in court. I've also found myself sitting in jail & spending thousands of dollars in court cost, fines, & legal fees all in the name of free speech. Despite your opinion, the ability to exercise free speech and use profanity in public is extremely important. If people are afraid to use words, if people are afraid to freely express themselves, we kill intellectual diversity. The loss of freedom of expression transcribes to a loss of freedom…that's wrong!
The fact that on some days over 1,000 people have called the police on me for driving my car suggests to me that a lot of people believe using 'profanity' in public is against the law. I find this upsetting because it means that a lot of people believe that free speech is against the law in America. My hope from this trip is to let as many people as possible know that they can use profanity in public while also having a fun time meeting cool people and uploading daily YouTube videos documenting my trip.
I need $15,000 because in order to display my art project/car on highways and in cities throughout America I'm going to need lots of gas. I'll also need money for lodging & food in order to maintain awareness while driving throughout the country.
I'd also like to hire a person to follow along in a rented car to record everything, you never know what will or could happen. I might end up in jail or with even more tickets. The goal is to drive from Cincinnati to Chicago and then to New York City and maybe into Canada…Then I plan on taking my car to LA and any major city between here and there, blogging with daily YouTube uploads about the response generated. Money will also be used on car upkeep, making sure that it continues to be safe to drive. We're going to be putting a lot of miles on my car, anyhting can happen. I recently upgraded my insurance & got Triple A but even then, if I break down & it needs to be towed to a shop or if I'm in a wreck, etc... Cost can add up very fast.
So check out my story, if you can help that would be awesome and appreciated. Who knows, maybe we'll end up meeting each other during this epic motherfucking free speech road trip?
Risks and challenges
If you watch my video you can see that I'm no stranger to dealing with the police. This trip produces numerous risks and challenges. I currently receive death threats from the occasional person, often find notes on my car. Run-ins with police that pull me over, harass me or threaten to taser me while putting me in handcuffs have also happened. Don't get me wrong, they're a lot of cool people and even the occasional cool cop that gives me a thumbs up or a middle finger but you never know. On top of this risk my car could break down, I have no idea where I could end up…lets keep our fingers crossed it isn't jail, and honestly vandalism has already happened to my car with people keying it, writing on it with paint/lipstick, etc. These are the Consequences of Being a Motherfucker I suppose and what happens when an individual is outspoken regarding something as important as free speech. Regardless, lets keep a positive frame of mind.
We just got back from NYC…We drove the Motherfucker Car to NYC & back, great things…The car broke down about 20 miles out of the city, thanks to your donations most of the expense to fix it was covered… We're currently going to be part of the CAC artist censorship exhibit coming up in November & I might be driving to Miami in December with some of the art galleries I met with in NYC, IDK yet. I still want to make this trip happen all across America & still need help getting the for out about it. Regardless, thanks again for all your help thus far… Definitely check out the videos & see what all you guys have been helping make happen. PS: I'm still on probation but the judge granted me permission to travel anyplace in the world I want to today, so that's a good thing. I'll also be back in the news here in a few weeks due to more free speech legal action..I'll keep you posted!