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Sean Carnage's Angelenos Who Inspire Him To Be Bad

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The intensely abrasive and experimental and wild 40 Bands 80 Minutes was directed beautifully by Sean Carnage.

We were lucky enough to have him hand over a Top 10 list that's creative and insightful, and dare we say a little inspiring.


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After filming L.A.'s most talented musicians for 40 BANDS 80 MINUTES!, I want to push things further with a new movie—HOW TO BE BAD: AN L.A. TO Z GUIDE! It's going to be an anthology of all the crazy and naughty things L.A. underground people do to keep their art flowing.

The following L.A. people inspire me to be BAD-ASS and to never, EVER give up:

1. Xin Sarith - Xin’s like the Picasso Bruce Lee of YouTube. Xin's got real renegade style—a true artist who couldn't come from anywhere but Southern California.

2. Treiops Treyfid - Treiops made baffling, futuristic D&D sounds with Pitchblende in the 1990s. Now he’s in L.A. and channeling the art scene, so watch out!

3. Retard Disco - Alex and Andy and their DVD/record label are superheros of everything young, hip, queer and ROCK!

4. Margot Totally Mag! - L.A. most inspired zine editor. Just when you thought nothing new could be done with a celebrity-worship magazine, Margot turns it all upside down with Totally Mag! Joyful and cheeky.

5. Ron Athey - Art becomes the body. An icon of the underground, there should be a statue of Ron in Downtown L.A. for all he's done for artists and faggots and everyone else who detests the status quo.

6. Damon Packard - L.A.'s most compelling filmmaker. He's filmed an underground movie inside Disneyland by sneaking and filming a little bit with every visit. Fucking incredible!

7. Nora Keyes - Nora Keyes' witchy music is the soundtrack of L.A.'s seedy underbelly. She was once the singer of a critically-lauded band (the Centimeters), but her rotten aesthetic sensibility has only become more defined and pungent since going solo. With so much new music sounding so dreadfully normal, Nora stands apart.

8. Richard Hawkins - His radical zombie-head paintings are the apex of everything that's hot about boys AND zombies.

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9. Jeremy Scott - My boyfriend Richmond turned me on to Jeremy Scott's designs. This guy's a phenomenal, iconoclastic visual artist in his own right, and his fashion design asks permission from NO ONE.

10. Dennis Cooper - Bad-ass writing with boys, cyberpunk, and sleeze thrown in. Pure pleasure.

photo by The Cobra Snake