Fresh back from Cezanne, France, Johnny Strange has just finished performing at the 2016 Cezanne Tattoo Convention AKA Convention Tattoo Aix.
Between performing stunts such as fire eating, whip cracking and hammering nails into his face he managed to catch up with l’Homme Tatoué, The Tattooed man, Pascal Tourain and The American Hustler, Richie Bulldog.
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Johnny Strange has just come back from performing in Sweden with The Human Checkerboard, Matt Gone, who has spent a lifetime having his entire body tattooed from head to toe (including his tongue and the whites of his eyes).
The two were there providing live entertainment at the grand Sundspärlan Arena situated in the city of Helsingborg; Sweden’s closest point to Denmark. While there duo took part in several TV, newspaper and radio interviews including speaking to Robin Cox from Roskilde DampRadio where they spoke about life on the road and what it means to be a travelling performer.
Johnny has been performing in France for the last few days, where he met up with Rolf Buchholz.
Rolf holds the Guinness World Record for ’the most body modifications’ and is a suspension master, having performed in excess of 200 suspensions. He also has a staggering 453 piercings in his body, making him the most pierced man in the world; including 25 in his eyebrows, 31 in his ears and 94 in his lips. Not forgetting his other body modifications which include; tattoos from the neck down, scarification on his face, stretched ears and two implanted horns on his head.
Johnny Strange also had time to catch up with American actor, Robert LaSardo, and Pascal “l’homme tatoué” Tourain – Pascal also very kindly assisted Johnny on stage for one of his sword swallowing stunts, removing a swallowed sword from Johnny’s throat.
Life on the road can be fun but tough, Johnny has just visited France for the second time in as many months. Whilst there he spent a handful of days performing small intimate cabaretshows before headlining at Dermochrome Festival, soaking up the sun and swallowing down the swords.
He also got to meet a fascinating man by the name of Pascal Tourain, a true walking art piece and fellow performer who performs a one man show titled “L’homme Tatoué” (The Tattooed Man), His body is tattooed from the neck down with old Sideshow banners depicting sword swallowers, armless knife throwers and human pincushions as well as portraits of Joseph Merrick The Elephant Man, Mac Norton The Human Aquarium and the entire cast of Tod Browning’s “Freaks”.
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As usual France gets a big thumbs up from Johnny (and Pascal Tourain) but for now the tour continues. Johnny is continuing his travels East, his next stop – Austria.
Johnny Strange recently visited Hungary where his self and The Human Checkerboard, Matt Gone, performed at the 2014 IV. International Budapest Tattoo Convention and it went down a treat.
Matt Gone is known world wide as ‘The Checkered Man’ with 98% of his body covered in ink, including the whites of his eyes and even his tongue. His transformation into The Human Checkerboard we see before us has been a long time in the works, when he got his first tattoo at just 14 years old.
This years Budapest Tattoo Convention hosted over 120 tattoo artists from around the world, countless seminars and venders including Harley Davidson and Rock Eagle. Budapest is one of my favourite places in the world to visit, not just because they use a metre stick as a measurement for beer but because the country is rich in history and and is one of the most photogenic places in Europe.
You can check out Matt Gone over on his website at; www.mattgone.net