John Waters Thinks "Face-Lifts Are the New Horror"

In 2007, the legendary "Pope of Filth" curated a masterpiece with his mi tape A Date With John Waters. It features such amorous tunes as Mink Stole's "Sometimes I Wish I Had a Gun" and Josie Cotton's "Johnny Are You Queer?" Given that the director, artist, writer, comedic genius, and friend of fantastic freaks has a sense of humor about romance, it's only fitting that he performs his one-man show, This Filthy World: Filthier and Dirtier, on Valentine's Day at Shock Pop Comic Con in Fort Lauderdale. Waters will also be signing his new best-selling book about hitchhiking America, Carsick, for which he was nominated for a Grammy. The event will also feature appearances by such frightening villains as Freddy Krueger from A Nightmare on Elm Street (Robert Englund) and the bodacious but bloodcurdling babe Elvira.

Valentine's Day is also the final day Waters' art show "Beverly Hills John" will be exhibiting at New York's Marianne Boesky Gallery. The show offers a brilliant take on celebrity, including the arresting photoshopped image of Waters (above) with a hideous face-lift. Waters spoke with us about all that he's been up to and his excitement about attending a horror convention. And don't worry; this conversation won't make you wish you had a gun. Though we do wish we hadn't forgotten to ask a little something about heroine extraordinaire Tracy Turnblad.

KEEP NEW TIMES BROWARD-PALM BEACH FREE... Since we started New Times Broward-Palm Beach, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of South Florida, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Liz has her master’s degree in religion from Florida State University. She has since written for publications and outlets such as Miami New Times, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Ocean Drive, the Huffington Post, NBC Miami, Time Out Miami, Insomniac, the Daily Dot, and the Atlantic. Liz spent three years as New Times Broward-Palm Beach’s music editor, was the weekend news editor at Inverse, and is currently the managing editor at Tom Tom Magazine.
Contact: Liz Tracy