Inside the FBI’s Failed Two-Year Campaign Against a Group of Nonviolent Activists in the Midwest

Inside the FBI’s Failed Two-Year Campaign Against a Group of Nonviolent Activists in the Midwest

Dear Everyone,
Each week I sift through all of the comments left on this site and try to make great art out of the dumb crap people write below articles. People love to hate comment culture, but there’s something great about people having an idea, and within seconds of getting a feeling being able to express and share it with the world. I translate things that you spend seconds of your time doing into things that take me more seconds to draw.—Nicholas Gazin
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Dear Everyone,

Each week I sift through all of the comments left on this site and try to make great art out of the dumb crap people write below articles. People love to hate comment culture, but there’s something great about people having an idea, and within seconds of getting a feeling being able to express and share it with the world. I translate things that you spend seconds of your time doing into things that take me more seconds to draw.

—Nicholas Gazin

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I am not a real photographer, but photography isn’t a real art, so maybe I am one after all.

I am not a real photographer, but photography isn’t a real art, so maybe I am one after all.

“While I get pretty annoyed at people who like to claim between giggles that Batman and Robin are a gay couple, these cards are pretty fucking sexual. It’s not just the obvious BDSM-ness of the whole thing. Look at how Robin’s arching his back. You want to rip him apart worse than that propellor ever could.”

While I get pretty annoyed at people who like to claim between giggles that Batman and Robin are a gay couple, these cards are pretty fucking sexual. It’s not just the obvious BDSM-ness of the whole thing. Look at how Robin’s arching his back. You want to rip him apart worse than that propellor ever could.”

REVENGE OF THE ZANILY MUSTACHIOED NERD

Dear Vice,

I was incredulous at all the bullshit literature illustrated on the cover of your Fiction Issue. Whose bookshelf was that? Some 19-year-old with a sweater complex who thinks he’s Holden Caulfield?

I thought you guys were cool but it turns out that you’re just a buncha nerdos. Tree of Smoke?! More like “trees to smoke,” as in, let’s get some trees to smoke over here, away from these gay and lame books. Jack Kerouac, Woody Allen, and Bret Easton Ellis? Let me teach you know-nothing know-it-alls a little something about a real shelf.

I’ve included a photo of one of the favorite levels of my bookshelf. Some of the other shelves in this bookcase have piles of Marvel comics, board games that are packaged to look like books, and CD box sets. This one has the most books on it so I figured I’d share it.

Here’s what’s on my shelf from left to right.

1. A shitload of Star Wars novels—People talk like these are an embarrassment, but Star Wars is the best movie so it’s no surprise that it is also subject of the best books. These are great because you can get them for a dollar or less at any Salvation Army or the dump. They are the kind of books you can buy by the pound and you get your money’s worth. If you want to know what Luke, Han, and Leia did before and after the movies you can read a book and it’ll tell you. I’d buy that for a dollar.  

2. Guns of the Third Reich—Nazis sucked and we kicked their asses bad, but everyone will relent and admit that they were superior in a lot of aesthetic ways. Mausers, Lugers—those are rad guns. Most guns are pretty cool, but Nazi guns were beautiful. Sorry.

3. NO by Boyd Rice—Some hear Boyd Rice’s name and instantly get angry and accuse you of being a bad guy and say, “How can you have this in your house?” He’s really funny, is how, and also has good stuff to say. Did you know he was visiting Charles Manson in prison on a regular basis? Not everybody got to do that.

4. How to Give Her Absolute Pleasure by Lou Paget—This book was written by a girl and she dedicated it to “My father, the first man I ever loved.” There’s no way that isn’t gross. This book was a gift from my first girlfriend. It’s inscribed to her older brother, from his girlfriend at the time. Most of it is pretty stupid, but there’s a funny diagram of a dildo that you strap to your head called “The Accommodator” and it juts out of your chin, making you look like a New Yorker caricature of Jay Leno.

5. Holocaust book—I got this at Dachau. It’s weird that a Holocaust museum has a gift shop. Looking back, it’s also weird that I was moved to buy a book so that I could remember it always.

6. Faces of the Enemy—It’s good to know who your enemies are. You get to the last page of the book and it’s a mirror. Not really. I can’t remember what this book is about and I am too lazy to look.

7. Guns of the Reich—This is another of my books about guns that Nazis used. I wish I could subscribe to a Nazi-gun-book-of-the-month club.  

8. Statuette of the devil with huge boner—I bought this from three homos in Hell’s Kitchen. They told me that they’d painstakingly scrubbed paint off of it and that I could use his giant golden penis to keep rings on.

9. Six issues of Playboy from the 60s in a Playboy binder—This is a big binder with old Playboys in it. I jerk off to women who are either dead or very haggard now. 

10. The New Encyclopedia of Handguns & Small Arms—I think it’s important to have this so that people see that I have some books about American guns too and don’t just think I’m a freak who’s totally into Nazi guns exclusively. This is my beard. I don’t care about most American guns.

….read the rest of the list here!

Mika Miko played their last show at the Smell a week ago. Our friend and VICE contributor, Nicholas Gazin, was in attendance and took some pictures. This is what he had to say: “I didn’t like the band’s name very much and so had never listened to their music. It turns out that they sound a little like X Ray Spex and a little like Bikini Kill. I still like them less than X Ray Spex but more than Bikini Kill.”

"The Smell is located in an alley which is awesome if you’re up to no good. For some gay, gay reason they don’t sell booze there. I hate when punk places are booze-free. I also hate all ages shows. I liked them when I was young but I sincerely doubt that I would enjoy hanging out with a young me. The Smell’s got a good name and a good sign and the fact that it’s in an alley means that it’s great for drinking outside. You can also take a piss or dump next to some convenient dumpsters."

Nick didn’t write a caption for this picture. We assume he took it as an excuse to talk to a cute girl.

More fun captions and photos of the night here!