Handelsman is a handful; a charismatic fellow who is on all the time. It is both difficult and fun to try to keep up with him. A Profiles alum; we met nearly two years ago when I interviewed him with the other members of the Huffer Collective during their exhibition Save Yourselves. Since then we have maintained a friendship, and I have witnessed his deep passion for three things: his family, skateboarding, and performance.
We met Handelsman at Churchill’s Pub. He donned his wig and coat to commemorate his monthly event Drop Out of Life, with the next one occurring November 7. The good people at the pub allowed us a quiet space to take our time talking about the winding path that has led Handelsman to his current incarnation. We learn about his earliest influence to perform. We discuss the salad years that eventually landed him into a world of trouble, forcing him to transform his lifestyle completely, and inspiring the creation of his “Magnum Opus” Experience Sobriety as The President. His story is fascinating and though heavy at times, it comes full circle to a happy end.