Friday, August 26, 2011


J.P. Mothersbaugh by Troy's Work Table.

A few days ago, I learned that J.P. Patches was officially retiring from public appearances. He's been off-the-air for thirty years, but still goes out in full clown makeup and regalia, oftentimes with his sidekick Gertrude in tow, to meet fans at various local events.

J.P. is one of the iconic figures of my "early" years, ending his show when I was in junior high and becoming rather acquainted with the music and antics of Devo. Therefore, it seemed natural to meld visual elements of J.P. Patches with another iconic figure from this transitional stage of life, Mark Mothersbaugh, lead singer of Devo.

J.P. Patches in Devo energy dome and a pair of Mark Mothersbaugh's trademark eyeglasses becomes J.P. Mothersbaugh—alternate universe clown, artist, musician, provocateur—for this week's Frost Park Chalk Off Challenge.

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