Mr. Blank's Carnivale of Dark Hearts
Mux Blank is a homeless resident in Athens, Georgia, but he is not your average, "home impaired person," as he puts it. He arrived in Athens in the early 90s and shortly after began to run and organize Mr. Blank's Carnivale of Dark Hearts, which is a sideshow performance with multiple acts that perform all over the southeast. He owns a dull, worn red 1987 Chevy C60 School Bus, used for traveling to different cities and states and as a makeshift rolling house. Blank busks, performs in a public area for tips, and sells merchandise to pay for travel and venue expenses as well as compensation for performers. "My motto is use it up, wear it up, make it do, or do without. You know don't complain about going without, and use what ya got to make your life work," said Blank. He lives by that motto in every aspect of his life, including getting ready for a Mr. Blank's performance. He tasks everyone he knows with a responsibility in the weeks prior to performances and checks up with everyone along the way. Together they scrape by and and round up everything they need for as cheap as possible so they can spend more money on travel. Blank was asked by flagpole and the Athens Music Awards to do a more family friendly event, so, "At that time we started to figure out a way to make out acts a little more mild, and it has just been a progression since then," said Blank. The first childrens show was the day after Halloween with Halloween theme and, "All of the little kids loved it, they were running around, screaming their heads off, having a great time," said Blank. The first kids show was such a success that, Mr. Blank's Carnivale of Dark Hearts will be back next year for a repeat Halloween performance.