Krampus recap

krampus2010From what I remember, the Krampus event was a huge success. At least that’s what people tell me. And everyone looks giddy in the photos that I’ve seen. My memories, though, are a little foggy. I thought, when I woke up the next morning, and started trying to fit the pieces together in my thoroughly dehydrated mind, that maybe I’d had too much to drink. And that was the hypothesis for a good part of the day, until I got the text message about the disco ball. My friend Chris wrote to ask if I was alright. It seems that, at some point, he dropped an enormous, 25-pound disco ball on my head, knocking me to the ground… which kind of makes sense, given that I woke up with a giant lump on my head, and a broken horn. So, while I’m sure that the beer contributed to it, I think I may have had a concussion too. In spite of it, though, I had a wonderful time, as evidenced by the photos of me smiling uncharacteristically… Speaking of photos, the event was pretty heavily documented. I can’t recall where the shots I’ve used in this post came from, as I’ve copied them from a few different places, but they likely came from either Sam Abuelsamid, Mike Giannouris, Kassandra Frost, Leighton Mann or Ryan Groendyk, all of whom have posted things to Facebook and/or Flickr. There’s also a little bit of video footage floating around, thanks to Thomas Kula. Here it is, for those of you who are interested:

[How lucky were we that the sonic mayhem didn’t send the walls of the Thompson Block tumbling over on us as we passed?]

163422_10150365934800201_552960200_16508445_4668677_nAnyway, I’d like to thank everyone who contributed toward making it such a magical evening, from the volunteers who helped spray-paint the garbage garland gold, to the members of the Detroit Party Marching Band, who led the parade across the railroad tracks to where the drag queens of Elbowdeep were waiting for us. It was a truly unique Ypsi event, that could have only happened here, and it really couldn’t have happened without everyone’s active participation. Thank you, Ypsilanti.

Oh, speaking photos, if you haven’t seen it yet, the folks at have a pretty good gallery up on their site. Unfortunately, their photographer had to leave before the shit got crazy, but she did get a few nice shots, including a really lovely one of Linette, whose head was covered in pom poms and moss.

andykrampus2010Again, thank you to everyone who got dressed up and came out… Thanks for your enthusiasm, your creativity, and, above all, your sense of humor and love of community.

It’s probably a little premature, but the non-lactating members of the Michigan Design Militia had a meeting tonight and agreed that, barring some unforeseen incident, like nuclear war or cannibal holocaust, we’d do it all again next year. (We’re already trying to figure out a way to incorporate hot tubs and fire.)

One last thing – those of you who weren’t able to get a copy of the incredible poster that we made for the event, just let me know, and we’ll try to work something out. We’ve got a few left over, and I’d be happy to leave one for you somewhere if you can come up with $10… They make wonderful Christmas gifts, by the way.

156623_10150365933815201_552960200_16508396_7343858_nSpecial thanks to the Corner Brewery, Woodruff’s, VG Kids, Dreamland Theater, WCBN, the Dirty Brothers, DJ Soul Percussion, Elbowdeep, the Shadow Art Fair volunteers, the Michigan Design Militia, Mike Perini, Ryan Groendyk, Logan Schaedig, and the folks behind DIYpsi and Toys for Tats, who did such a great job of getting the day started for us. It’s amazing what can happen in a little town like Ypsi when everyone comes together and contributes.

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  1. Benjamin Miller
    Posted December 17, 2010 at 12:05 am | Permalink

    Does this mean you aren’t doing Winter Shadow Art Fair anymore? Cause Shadow Art Fair is like one of my absolute favorite Ypsi events. Total.

  2. Knox
    Posted December 17, 2010 at 7:08 am | Permalink

    Next year, could there be a wet fur competition for female Krampi?

  3. Kassandra
    Posted December 17, 2010 at 8:12 am | Permalink

    To piggy back on Knox…a dunk tank? (j/k)

    I can’t take credit for the images posted here.

  4. Posted December 17, 2010 at 8:48 am | Permalink

    Next year, I will try to come. I will have to take lots of vitamins for months and maintain a solid sleep schedule to prepare for the event so as not to have a geriatric health event, but I will try to come.

  5. Edward
    Posted December 17, 2010 at 9:22 am | Permalink

    Any excuse to have a marching band weave its way through a neighborhood under torchlight at midnight.

  6. TeacherPatti
    Posted December 17, 2010 at 10:40 am | Permalink

    Jesus Christ Peter! You’re not that much older than me and I made it until past 11. I did learn that random dudes do not mind you spanking them with a riding crop. I think there is a lesson in there for us all.

  7. Kim
    Posted December 17, 2010 at 11:45 am | Permalink

    As someone on so eloquently put it, it’s looks like you had a “nerdtastic” time.

  8. T Timmons
    Posted December 17, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Permalink

    I need a silver body suit.

  9. Ypsiosaurus Wrecks
    Posted December 17, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

    Wow, if I had not been out of town I would’ve attended. Maybe next year…

  10. LT
    Posted December 17, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

    My only criticism is that there wasn’t enough child scaring. I guess I’m a traditionalist in that I like my Krampuses horrifying and ugly, and terrifying to children. If I had it by way, the event would start earlier in the day, when the Rocket was still open, and, while all the fun and campy Krampuses danced at the beer hall, at least a few of the more serious ones would be chasing kids around the candy store, hissing at them, and trying to lash them with birch branches.

  11. gene
    Posted December 17, 2010 at 9:53 pm | Permalink

    i absolutely loved it, super fun!! i’m still jerkin’ off to krampus…grrr

  12. G
    Posted December 17, 2010 at 9:59 pm | Permalink

    I love that we danced with a woman holding a shotgun without thinking twice about it.

  13. Posted December 17, 2010 at 10:49 pm | Permalink

    Can someone send me more links to more pictures? I would like to see more more more but I don’t think I’m FB friends with any of you except Mark.

  14. Posted December 18, 2010 at 11:07 am | Permalink

    There are a bunch more photos on the Shadow Art Fair’s flickr group/pool, with hopefully more to come:

  15. b
    Posted December 19, 2010 at 10:15 am | Permalink

    ugghhh! man…i can’t believe i missed dancing with a lady with a shotgun…

  16. Posted December 19, 2010 at 5:14 pm | Permalink

    Have you ever google imaged’ Krampus? The pictures are seriously horrifying.

  17. Posted December 19, 2010 at 10:19 pm | Permalink

    Christine, my last name is Smith if you want to look me up on FB and see my pictures! I’m also Mark’s friend and you can find me that way too :)

  18. Edward
    Posted December 20, 2010 at 9:38 am | Permalink

    What about having a Krampus daycare at the Brewery during the day of the event next year, where people could drop off their kids to be whipped as they drink?

  19. T Timmons
    Posted December 20, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

    can someone explain what’s happening in this photo?

  20. Posted December 20, 2010 at 8:31 pm | Permalink

    Furries are making more furries.

  21. Posted December 20, 2010 at 11:25 pm | Permalink

    I’m sorry you had to see that, Doug.

  22. Posted December 21, 2010 at 3:15 am | Permalink

    I’ve seen worse. Which one is you?

  23. Knox
    Posted December 21, 2010 at 8:03 am | Permalink

    You can’t see Mark in this photo. He was beneath the Krampus, latched onto its balls like a lamprey.

  24. jonn 2
    Posted January 3, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

    Next year, can there be a tent for swingers? And, if so, can I have the lube and popper concession?

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