Sick Nick

Sick Nick is a radical metaphysician. Author/practitioner within NOMADMONAD, Charles Wain and the Seven Dramaturgs. He has performed at every Coney Island Ritual Cabaret festival.

The pubic hair goes public


This is not a pipe bomb (Performance and T-Shirt):

I design a one-of-a-kind t-shirt for this one-off performance. I put an iron-on transfer of Rene Magritte’s famous “This is a not pipe” painting on the front of a white t-shirt. The image of the pipe’s bowl is also really a sewed-on little pocket. A red lettered word is added at the end of the French phrase.

Ceci n’est pas une pipe bomb

The firecracker in the pocket (pipe bowl) has an extended fuse. The end of the fuse is an imaginary cigarette. I hold the make-believe cigarette between two forefingers in V-sign (Peace sign or Victory sign?). I alternately hold the fuse/cigarette in a grotesque lip grip.

I go out among the audience like that, asking everyone “You got a light?” There is a definite sense of apprehension in their chuckles and smiles. “Please, someone, give me a light. I am dying here.”  Eventually I get a light.

The fuse on the firecracker, my dance, lasts about three minutes. “You have to pull your stomach up high in order to turn your solar plexus into a terrorist.” –Hijikata. The explosion ruins the t-shirt and flesh near tattoo just enough to make it art.  The innocent bystanders survive the experience unscathed.

As the old carnie saying goes, “It’s a hard way to make an easy living.”

I will perform this act at your NYC venue of choice.

Performance and distressed t-shirt — $1,000

Pubic Hair Goes Public (Canvas Artwork/Fundoshi)

At the close of the Ritual Cabaret each year, Sick Nick and other members of the Coney Island Polar Bear Club, walk a few of the more intrepid of the ensemble to the beach for a plunge into the chilling March/April waters of the Atlantic Ocean. The annual “Burning of the Fundoshi” ritual takes place at the postproduction BBQ.

An invitation for two to a post-production BBQ and ritual with the Art Brothel ensemble and friends.  — $1,000