I met Ariel on Northampton Street. He was walking with his brother and a friend, and his jacket intrigued me, so I went up to him and asked about himself. I have to say that it was one of my most interesting interviews:
"What's the coolest thing that ever happened to you?"
"This right now… Does this count? We were just talking about this actually; we were saying, 'There's not gonna be no street bloggers; nobody's gonna be taking pictures downtown, like in this area,' 'cause we're from the City…"
"Tell me about the jacket."
"The jacket I got online; it's supposed to be the Marlon Brando jacket. I added the studs, got the lining done. It took about, like, three-to-five months because I'm lazy. The blood is authentic…"
"It's from a performance that I did. I do, like, shock art…how do I describe it? It's difficult because I'm a performer, not a talker. It's more to be seen than to be talked about. It's theatrical; it's operatic… I have a straightjacket in the same pattern. I haven't performed in, like, two years, so I recently came back into the public eye. I do lip-synching, maybe fire-breathing, escape art, all kids of things."
"What got you started in doing this? Why is it your passion?"
"I went to the Coney Island Side Show School for a few years. I had done everything I could as an actor, and so I thought, 'How can I still retain being onstage, and not do acting because acting is so boring?' So I found out about the Side Show School in Coney Island and I went there, and then you go doing parties, and eventually it all matched up evenly."
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