"The Exotic Adrian Street"
In the Jeremy Deller exhibition currently at Manchester Art Gallery, there is a video all about Adrian Street, wow what a interesting story it is, hes quite inspiring.
He started working as a coal miner with his father in Wales but hated it so much and ran off to be a Wrestler in London. He looked pretty, muscular with a James Dean look, but he became more and more extravagant, with long blonde hair, more glitter than me and he designed his own awesome flamboyant outfits.
Once he had won a belt (pictured above), he went back to the coal mine to show off to the guys and his Father that he had made it, but they all still said he will be back working with them in no time. He really seems to hate his father. He was a POW until Adrian was 5, and when he came back he never seemed to show any love to him, it’s quite a sad story.
Adrian is still a fit and muscular guy in his late 60’s now. He has quite a few books out, shame they don’t have more pictures in though! He should make just a big glossy photo book, now that would be cool!
Caricature of Algernon Swinburne, by Frederick Waddy, 1873.
“Lalloo Ramparsad or Laloo was born in India with a fully attached parasitic twin that basically comprised of a few limbs and a lump of flesh stuck to his chest. His twin had a fully functioning penis and urinary tract, and although Lalloo could sense touch through his brother he was unaware of his need to urinate until it was too late. He was often described as the ‘Handsome, Healthy, Happy Hindoo’.
Lalloo was an activist and in 1889 campaigned vigorously for the word “prodigies” to be used in the place of “freaks”. It seems he was pretty successful and the word did stop getting banded around so heavily. He made a fair amount of cash from sideshows and the lending of himself to inquisitive doctors. He married a “normal” woman and lived a pretty lavish lifestyle. He died prematurely in a train crash aged just 32.”