I Was A Private In The KISS Army

KISS Tattoo Man

Today’s Brain Buster:  Which of these people might have trouble finding lifeguard work?

One October in the mid-Nineties, my wife and I were invited to a Halloween party.  It struck me as a funny idea for the two of us to wear carefully applied KISS makeup but to otherwise make no changes to our everyday wardrobe.  We set out across town along I-70, Julie sporting the Starchild design of Paul Stanley and me bearing the Demon likeness of Gene Simmons.  We enjoyed the varied reactions of passing motorists, but upon arriving at the party, we were dismayed to discover that we were the only guests in costume.  Rather than appearing ironically witty, we instead looked just plain stupid.  When it comes to successfully pulling off such a stunt, there is safety in numbers.

I was reminded of the incident after traveling a few hours in the other direction on I-70 to catch KISS at the Indiana State Fair in Indianapolis on Monday.  A friend and I arrived with plenty of time to enjoy the fair before the show, and during the interval we observed increasing numbers of KISS fans arriving in tour shirts, many of them wearing makeup and some outfitted in full stage gear.  Though the more elaborately costumed provoked sidelong glances from average fairgoers, they also earned the admiration and support of their peers.  In the strange world that is the KISS Army, cavorting about in costume makes anyone a sideshow celebrity. Read More

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