April 2018

East Jesus is an interesting place. Before you go there, you should google their web page and read their regulations. Its loaded with some pretty profound language and warnings of consequences if you fail to follow their rules. Im not sure they would follow through with everything they say, but you can be sure the wrath of ticking them off would not be pleasant. I can give you a quick overview so you get an idea.

I am going to litter this post as well, with some quick snaps I took so you can get a general idea of some of the work these desert living artists create. The ones I took with my gear will eventually be edited and added to my photography page on this blog, as well as my website.

First and foremost, the land they now occupy belongs to them. They purchased a small piece property on the corner of Slab City from California. From what I hear they live pretty good out there, and basically create art mostly from re-purposed garbage, glass or metal. Slabbers to my knowledge are not generally welcomed there, although during our stay they had lighten the noose a tad on that rule and some of them walk through. Generally Slabbers stay away.

Before you enter, here is a quick over view of their mandate that I found on the internet. It’s accuracy I can not validate, but it seems to be their official web site and rules.

First, they are busy creating art, so unless you are entertaining them or helping, then basically you are in the way. If you want to see some of their work you must agree to the rules. First and most important, is that they are not responsible for injuries or death. The art in dangerous, and according to their web page, so are they. You can come to view the grounds for a fee of 20.00, and a 15.00 charge to camp a night. (That covers the cost of you using the bucket to do your business). They appreciate 24 hours notice before you intend on visiting. I am not sure how tight that rule is, so I suggest you check it out.

They have a few pet peeves that they will absolutely not tolerate and various threats of the consequences are outlined on their web page as well. Staring down the barrel of a 12 gage, or a slow and painful death are not on my personal bucket list, so you had better be respectful. One ciggerate butt tossed on the ground, touching the art displays, being intoxicated, tossing trash, or being rude could result in some unpleasant experiences. Behave yourself! If something is not legal in the State of California, it is not welcome there. (Drugs, firearms, etc).

Now with all of this said, I did go into East Jesus a couple of times, and I found the people to be quite nice. They actually didn’t bother me at all when I stepped down from the Slabs onto their turf. I expect it had something to do with all of the professional camera gear I was carrying.There were a few artists working on projects and they took the time to explain a few pieces to me, and I really enjoyed our chats. 🙂

Word has it they receive government grants, and those living in the community of East Jesus, do not need your food or clothing donations. They apparently eat exceptionally well, and everyone is there by choice, and not of of destitution. East Jesus is not Slab City. You may have to drive to Slab City to find them in the back left corner, but they are fully self sufficient.

I found some of the work interesting. As with all art, its subjective. What may not appeal to one, may be fascinating to another. I respect the amount of time and detail that went into some pieces. Some of the creativity in their work is really interesting!

I would not recommend taking children there. As a matter of fact, they don’t really want them there as well. One trip or goofing off could find your child impaled in metal or massive hunks of glass. If you take teens, they had better be on their best behavior as well. 🙂 Just a heads up.

Come to think of it, I do not think Doug ever got to see the art. He has been so busy working. Next time we are here, I will have to get him down for a boo and see what he thinks 🙂

Well that’s all I have for East Jesus.

I do have one question….. What’s with the name?

Sherry, Doug, Chicago and Journey.

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