|Me (right) and the guy who introduced me to the organizer of the event (left) and one of his friends (center)|
An acquaintance of mine had mentioned that there is a magician who did a very impressive zombie makeup for Halloween to the girl who organized Rootstock. She then contacted me and asked if I could do a magic show in my zombie makeup at the event. Of course I said yes!
|After getting used to changing rooms that are like a small sports arena, yesterday's backstage area looked small. It was almost smaller than the apartment I live in...|
The event had many other performances too. There were several DJs, and laser show, three different bands, a drag queen, and two different S&M bondage shows. The drag queen was very funny, but I missed the second performance since I was on after that and had to be on stand-by back stage. The bands were great too. I liked "The Liberals", and one of them liked me too I guess, and he gave me one of their badges to put on my jacket. "Bunched Jaguar" was also very very good. They spoke a lot to me at the party afterwards too.
|Two of the S&M performers|
|Another S&M performer|
There were also shops there selling fangs (polishing and gluing things into peoples mouth at the event), a tattoo shop tattooing people then and there, a shop selling snakes that had a large selection of snakes you could have crawling over you and which also had two birds of prey with them, a shop selling cool fetish clothes, a shop selling even cooler cyber punk fashion accessories, and probably some things I have forgotten. There was of course also alcohol, and food which was surprisingly good!
|I snapped a photo of me and my two friends myself, which ended up being a surprisingly clear selfie (most of my selfies are blurry and most of whatever I wanted in the picture is out of frame etc.)|
The other friend is a magician in our magic bar, who also had never seen any bondage shows. He did not like snakes at all, haha. But he got used to snakes enough as to be able to touch them a little bit at least.
|You could get tied up in the bondage try-out corner if you wanted to.|
Both of them seemed to enjoy the event, and I was very happy that they showed up. Most of my friends cannot get away from work on Friday evenings, since they work in bars and that time is the busiest time of the week. The three of us had fun with the performances, the snakes, and just people watching.
|One of many slightly strange fashion statements|
|Me, on stage at the "thank you everyone" when the event was finishing up.|
I was also hit upon by a girl who was not part of our party but who was very drunk and kept asking me if I was Marilyn Manson. She said she was a huge fan of Marilyn Manson and that she thought a white face with weird paint was very cool. She also liked eyes that were not brown and asked if I used colored contact lenses (which I do not, and I do not need colored lenses to make my eyes look non-brown, haha). She was kind of cute, but too drunk to keep up an interesting conversation, so we kept coming back to the fact that she was a huge fan of Marilyn Manson. I got called away to our group when the party organizer finally showed up and there were some "thank you"s, and when I was to get paid. The Marilyn Manson fan then left (or at least disappeared).
|A Backyard Babies fan, a Marilyn Manson fan, and me with a "The Liberals" badge|
|At the after party, lots of my makeup had fallen off.|
Snake PicturesWe liked the snakes, and the snake wrangler girl was cute and very nice to talk to too. Here are some snake photos.
|Me with a python|
|My friend who is not so fond of snakes|
|My friend who has no problems with snakes|
|Me and an albino python|
People WatchingHere are some shots of people in interesting costumes.
|White face paint friends! This girl was very cute.|
|A samurai style guy, with a wakizashi sword, who spoke to us a lot.|
|Another white face! With fangs!|
|This food was surprisingly enough super cheap and excellent.|
|The fang shop had one set of before and "aftre" pictures and ...|
|... and another set of "befor" and after pictures.|
|There was also a doll exhibit.|
|Several art exhibitions were spread out through the different rooms.|
|Cyber accessory shop staff had cool clothes, and super cool eye wear.|
|More cool eye wear and some strange gloves. And looking closely at the shopping bag things, the designs were fairly unconventional.|
|This guy could give you tattoos on site, and had lots of tattoos of his own.|
|A live bird!|
|The funny drag queen Dama|
|Me and drag queen Dama|
|The Liberals, good punk.|
|Bunched Jaguar, good rock. They had a huge fan following that had come just for their sake and stood at the front of the stage in mini-skirt Santa Clause costumes.|
|The Bunched Jaguars had some interesting shoes.|
|Laser show, the origins.|