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The front area of the studio next to the knitting machine is reserved for inspirational items, starting with the rack of clothes at left — it holds thrift-store finds, costumes from past videos and performances, and items handmade by Drain’s grandmother, which he rescued from the trash after she passed away. “She was an artist, but she never called herself an artist, and no one ever recognized her,” he says. The polka-dot tiling on the wall was a remnant from the studio’s past life as an exhibition space; it was made by L.A. artist Jorge Pardo. “Above it is a life mask of Michael Jackson from the Thriller era,” he adds.