Arkicide Demonicus 
Member since Aug 21, 2012

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I am a street performer,actor,and artist.I have been fortunate enough to have the privelege to do my craft in New Orleans as a street performer,I… More »

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Updated on August 21, 2012 at 10:29 PM

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Re: “NOPD enforcing 8 p.m. curfew on street performers, shuts down TBC Brass Band at Bourbon and Canal last night

I am a street performer in New Orleans,I play a seven foot space monster named Arkicide-was just ticketed for being out after 8 pm on 8/16/2012. I was told I was facing a fine of 500 dollars,was led away from the crowds because the officers were expressing to each other that they didn't want to be filmed,was a very depressing experience for all the hard work I have done .I have a very good conduct reputation with the New Orleans police,they have always been very nice to me ,only a few officers have been,let's say, a little "negative" to me in all the time I have done this,this is a first,and it is a problem with the ordinance in place effecting my ability to make a living in the summertime because of daylight savings time.I certainly do not blame the police involved as they ,in the words of one of the officers "My shift sargent told us to go get the performers and make sure they are gone by 8." The police are put in a position to do this every year in the roughest time of the year to earn a living,the crowds only show up at 8,and in this economic crisis to boot.I am having dialogue with the mayors office,but I am told the best avenue is to form an association I'm told in order to be taken serious.I have no criminal record,no drug use,I don't even drink.The climate is further damaged because of some of the performers,especially the silver guys,who a number of them are a drunks and drug addicts who make our profession look bad.Couple that with the gutter punks,the panhandlers and the scam artists who manage to always get away with what they are doing,and you have a sad formula.I have been pushing for a permit with drug testing and a federal background check to eliminate the elements causing the strife between the city and those of us who are NOT being a problem,generating an economy for ourselves ,and the businesses by our presence,and trying to make a positive change for all.Sad ,the climate and abuse I am exposed to for trying to entertain and present New Orleans as a good place to visit and live as I have done so well by being on CNN,TrueTV,and many news spots representing New Orleans in a positive way.Now I am going to be punished for making a living that harms no one and gives people a memory that is good,welcome to New Orleans,thank you policy writers.

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Posted by Arkicide Demonicus on 08/21/2012 at 10:20 PM

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