Arts & Culture

KICKING OFF SUMMER WITH A BANG — AND CRASH: STUDIO SERVITU’S JE M’EN FOUS

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN LIP SERVICE WEB MAGAZINE

Do you sometimes really want to smash the living hell out of your computer with a badass 20 lb sledgehammer? Would love to stomp your printer until it’s nothing but chards on the floor? Feel like throwing plates and glass as hard as you can at the wall, just to hear them shatter to bits? Crash and Jane at Studio Servitù figured as much and devised a delightfully angst-purging night of mass destruction, Je M’en Fous (which I will now assume means “breaking stuff rocks!”).

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SPRING IN LA’S CREATIVE UNDERGROUND

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Let’s face facts. It’s often a pain in the ass to live an independent artists’ existence. Sacrifices, though, usually balance out with the perks, at least enough for otherwise-mainly-rational adults to stay out of the cubicles and keep at it. Sometimes, those perks tilt the scales so much they make even the most arduous sacrifices for the life of a full-time creative degenerate seem minute.

This spring is one of those times.

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SINGING WITH PORN STARS: LA’S NAUGHTIEST INSTITUTION

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Let me tell you a little LA Story …

Once upon a naughty time, a few adult performers stopped by a little, local hole-in-the-wall joint to unwind after work. It happened to be karaoke night, and they had a great time singing and cutting loose. They had so much fun, they came back the next week with a few more friends, and the next week, and the next …

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SEX IN THE CROSSHAIRS: THE DANGEROUS STATE OF SMUT

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In recent months, the professional world of sin and debauchery has seen major challenges from its not-so-naughty counterparts in the mainstream. As our culture moves toward a more free-wheeling online Wild West of sex, the aspiring censors of all things fun have lined up to charge in with guns blazing in a misguided attempt to ‘clean up Dodge’ and make all we see ‘safe’ (or at least SFW). On several fronts, creators of erotic works now face the possibility of rather dire consequences in their legal, professional, and economic lives.

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THE DEGENERATE ART OF NICK KUSHNER: PROFILE AND INTERVIEW

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This month, I’ve got a lovely treat for you fabulous degenerates. I don’t often put my culture cap on when writing these monthly dispatches from the world of sin and debauchery, but the buzz in the creative underbelly of Los Angeles is offering more unexpected pleasures than usual lately. Last weekend, that buzz was all focused on the exhibition of blood artist Nick Kushner at Studio Servitù.

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THE STEAMPUNK ART OF JOHN HARRIS: PROFILE AND INTERVIEW

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Every so often, we at the ‘zine like to give our stage over to an artist whose work we love, to share their brainchildren and thoughts with all of you. Similarly, the designers and stylists at Lip Service also like to give a spotlight to artists who create jewelry, accessories, and other fashionable goodies in their catalog shoots. Sometimes, these two worlds collide in exciting and beautiful ways, as in the case of John Harris.

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THIS NIGHT GOES TO 11: THE STARS ARE MALIGNED AT STUDIO SERVITU

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Sometimes, you just have to go to 11.

This, of course, is Standard Operating Procedure at Studio Servitù. One knows there is no predicting what awaits inside. The only way to go into a Servitù event is ready to be dazzled and debauched and let the wicked scheming of Jane Jett and Miss Crash take over.

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