Hey gang! Here comes another riveting post in our FAT Lab How To series. As our regular FAT readers already know, we are creating a how-to that documents every step in the formation of our Lab, in hope that it might be of service to someone out there trying to start their own non-profit organization. This time we’re opening up the process of finding pro bono legal assistance with filing our articles of incorporation through the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts in New York. To get the ball rolling, the FAT Lab called the Art Law Line and recorded two phone conversations with VLA staff. It was almost exactly like talking to Star Jones. As a result of these steamy conversations, the FAT Lab has signed up for the VLA Nonprofit Incorporation and Tax-exempt Status workshop on November 12th. The workshop costs $75 duckets and is the first step toward the VLA finding and assigning the Lab pro bono legal support. For more info on the VLA workshop click here. Stay tuned for additional sketchy recorded phone calls, hidden camera videos and more from FAT Lab… because this time, we’re getting off like OJ.
The first time I called the VLA Art Law Line I got the answering machine and I left a message:
from DJ Ripley (78 MB)
The next call was from
Adam Alex, a law school student who works at the VLA, who returned my initial call within an hour or two:
from DJ Ripley (67 MB)
The Art Law Line : 212·319·ARTS (2787), ext.1
Monday to Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
“What up kid, I know shit is rough doin’ your bid.” – Nasty Nas
I always thought that if I went to prison, I’d try to get some reading done.
I haven’t gotten caught yet, so its hard to test my theory. But luckily (luckily?) FAT has its own Convicted Fellow, Mike Baca. Mike just started his three month bid at Rikers (the whole story + how to help can be found —> here <—), so I put together a package of books that I hope can help him through his incarceration. Mike’s “Summer of Bummer” (no homo) reading list goes as follows:
Watchmen – Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. One of the illest comics of all time, Moore kills it with the storyline. Great scenes of New York getting utterly destroyed in the near-apocalypse.
Batman: Year One – Frank Miller. Also on the comics tip, Miller is the author of the recently-re-popularized Sin City series, but I think he shines best here illuminating the nascent years in the story of my favorite superhero. Beautiful murky colors throughout.
Comics are good to escape, but I wanted to provide something scholarly as well, a real investigation to wrap the mind around in a different way. I considered books about corruption in government and racist cops, but I figured Mike will probably get enough of that first hand. Eventually I went with
The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York – Robert Caro. Weighing in at a whopping 1,336 pages, this Pulitzer Prize winner could last Mike all 3 months, after which point he can lend it to me. But hey, what better subject for a graffiti writer is there than the man who truly left his mark all-the-fuck-over New York?
Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip Hop Generation – Jeff Chang. A great read, really covers all the social movements, and goes into depth with specific albums and artists, but not too clinical. Sent him my own copy.
Penthouse. This issue is from 2002, after they made the jump to hardcore (and peeing) back in ’98.
OK Mike, hope you enjoy these page-turners. I’ll expect a full report once you’re back on the streets.
Want to send stuff to Mike? Do it thusly:
Michael Baca (B&C: 1410720441)
1600 Hazen St.
East Elmhurst, NY, 11370
(here is a big list of shit you can’t send to inmates.)
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