Lifestyle | Culture

Trump’s Golden Throne


Year(s): 2017

April Fools’ Day is Joey Skaggs’ favorite holiday. Every year since 1986, to commemorate and celebrate the folly of mankind, he has organized New York City’s Annual April Fools’ Day Parade. Over the years, the parade has grown in stature and has now joined the ranks of beloved New York parades. In 2017, unlike other years when the parades have attracted major media coverage but have basically been a figment of Joey’s imagination, there actually was a parade. It was a Trumpathon!

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Bullshit Detector Watch


Year(s): 2006

In 2006, Joey Skaggs launched the Universal Bullshit Detector Watch, a satirical wristwatch to help people make humorous social commentary any time, anywhere. With the push of a button, the watch flashes, moos and poops. It also tells time. The watch is available for sale at http://bswatch.com.

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It Ain’t Me Babe


Year(s): 2005

British TV host, author, and wannabe hoaxer Danny Wallace, hoped to pull a fast one on New York artist, sociopolitical satirist, and renowned hoaxer Joey Skaggs. It just didn’t work out the way he planned.

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Mobile Homeless Homes


Year(s): 2012

Joey Skaggs, fed up with the financial industry’s wanton disregard for the plight of millions of Americans suffering under the economic strain caused by the Great Recession of 2008, came up with a new approach to housing for people who’d lost their homes. He built a prototype for his Mobile Homeless Home and took it, with a band of homeless Muppets, to demonstrate in front of Goldman Sachs in New York.

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Art of the Prank Blog


Year(s): 2007

Joey Skaggs launched “The Art of the Prank” blog on April 1, 2007. Here visitors find insights, news and discussions on everything to do with pranks, hoaxes, culture jamming and reality hacking – past, present and future – mainstream and counter culture around the world.

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Art Attack


Year(s): 2002

In February 2001, Joey Skaggs was invited to participate in an exhibition at the Espai D’Art Contemporani (EACC) in Castellon, Spain. The show, entitled “En el Lado de la Television” [In the Side of Television] was intended to explore the relationships, contradictions and paradoxes between art and the mass media. Skaggs proposed a concept dealing with terrorism, violence and the media…

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Scandal in Slovenia


Year(s): 2001

On February 22, 2001, friend and co-conspirator Miso Alkalaj sent Joey Skaggs the first of many emails about a news story unfolding in Slovenia. A young law student had announced that he, representing all of Europe, had won first prize in a world competition in computer programming in Rio. Skeptics in the media became suspicious because they could not substantiate the existence of the competition, nor could they locate or talk to the student who had received government funding to enter this contest. Because Alkalaj declined to comment, they summarily decided that the whole thing was a hoax and he and Skaggs were behind it. The story gets more bizarre from there.

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Bush!


Year(s): 2004

President George W. Bush, flanked by his loyal Cabinet and special friends, made a rare public spectacle of himself taking care of business in New York City’s Washington Square Park on July 4, 2004.

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Final Curtain


Year(s): 1998, 1999, 2000

The Final Curtain was an over-the-top parody of the death care industry, designed to provoke people to think about their feelings about life, death and burial in a new light–before it’s personally too late.

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Doody Rudy


Year(s): 1999

On December 4, 1999, Joey Skaggs and a team of co-conspirators marched into Washington Square Park toting a 10’ x 14’ painting of New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani as the Madonna and a large vat of elephant dung. The painting was a satirical replica of the Chris Ofili painting “Holy Virgin Mary” which was part of the Brooklyn Museum’s “Sensation” show. The Mayor had recently attempted to defund the museum because, to him, the artist’s use of elephant dung instead of paint was offensive. Skaggs’ plan was to offer the public an opportunity to doody Rudy with Dumbo’s dung.

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