Erik Sprague

Erik Sprague

8pm tonight, as part of the 3rd Annual Congress of Curious Peoples, the lizardman performs! ($10) if you haven’t seen him on ricki lake or the tyra banks show – this once phd candidate has been gradually transforming himself to be as lizard-like as humanly possible.  in 14 years: tattooed (700 hours), teeth filed, tongue bifurcated, horned ridges implanted – he’s made serious progress + wiki claims a tail transplant is next.

despite often receiving discounted treatments, these modifications cost serious bills (estimated $250k) and lizardman implores his myspace readers to attend tonight’s performance: “there will ‘industry’ people attending making this show effectively an audition for my short term future. A big enthusiastic crowd could go a long way towards helping me continue to make on time mortgage payments and buy groceries.

the faq section from thelizardman.com offers some insight regarding his journey:
While in college I hit upon the idea of using body modification procedures (initially tattooing) for a body based art piece that would explore the idea of what it means to be human from a linguistic standpoint. I was working with philosophy of language and it occurred to me that some of the principles put forth by Wittgenstein in his later works offered an interesting potential for exploration in relation to the transformation ideas I had been working with in art. Broken down it goes something like this: (1) Wittgenstein suggested that one way in which we are able to apply one term to many different objects is because they share a sort of “family resemblance” (2) Focusing on how this principle related to the use of terms like ‘human being’, ‘person’, etc in the sense that people identify others as humans more based on observation of surface physical characteristics and behaviors I decided to modify those aspects of myself in manner which would significantly differentiate me from other ‘human beings’ (3) In order to achieve this differentiation I chose to use permanent body modification procedures because I felt that a permanent commitment to the artistic statement was preferable if not necessary.

married by elvis

married by elvis

typically suspending his body via implants – the unexpected will occur this evening + coneyisland.com additionally promises both comedy and spoken word.  should be a great time.  can’t make it? it’s a full week at sideshows by the seashore – check it out.

lizardman lives in austin with his wife meghan

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