they call her bibliobonez

DSC_9172 DSC_9239BiblioBone, when not out and about enjoying the glorious food and good times to be had, is a an Information Technologist, Archivist, and Librarian. She considers this her fourth lifetime in New Orleans, and is grateful for every minute. She has a passion for our wetlands and restoring our coast, is a dog lover with a particular soft spot for Catahoulas and Pibbles and a SciFi nerd who also rolls with the Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus.

they call him TRUE

when they talk about the true bone?   they mean OUR true.

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My name is TRUE, I have been rolling with SNB since 2013.

I was born and raised in Lost Angels, where I spent much of my young adult life as a homeless, jobless, penniless, directionless, and nearly hopeless high school drop-out who suffered from depression.

When I finally made the realization that my own bad decisions had created the hell in which I was living, I made up my mind to make better decisions. I escaped the downward spiral of dysfunction that was L.A., in an attempt to begin my life anew. Although my heart was drawn to NOLA, I felt that NYC offered greater educational and economic opportunities.

I made the pilgrimage to New York in 1991, at the age of 22, in order to facilitate the change I needed to undergo – part of that change was giving up my birth name and choosing the name “TRUE,” as it better represented not only what I valued, but the fact that it was being true to myself that had freed me from my old, terrible life.

I went back to school, became an artist (, and a designer (, and a real estate guy (, and a filmmaker (

I’m now eagerly trying to expand my real estate biz into NOLA, so that I can split my time between NOLA & NYC.

True (artist) – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
TRUE, formerly known as David John Riggins (b. 1968, Los Angeles, California) is an American artist, designer, and filmmaker of German-Russian, African-American, and Blackfoot descent who lives and works in New York City.[1] He began using the word “TRUE” in place of his birth name in the mid-1990s.…
true true2the last two images are the babydolls with our true enjoying black mardigras, and from okeanos and the new orleans advocate.   When we say we love our TRUE, we do.   so does the press.    all hail the TRUE BONE

soul sweepers


Professor Longbone.   One tall drink of water there.   By day he surfs the interwebs repairing the matrix, and by night he works on contraptions.   You may have seen box of wine  NO?    that Lion that serves up wine?  yeah, that would be his.

Professor Longbone is an Elder Sweeper and can be found carrying the torch with MamaJuanaBone.   we will feature her in another story, but if you were collecting our cards this past year, theirs was lovely.



  • After some 40 years of fruitless searching, my heart and soul finally found the home they were meant for. Little more than 10 years later, the body followed.

    For me this place can elicit such passion, such tears of both joy and sorrow, as only the most meaningful music can.

    By day, I go through the motions of an almost punchline-worthy mundane occupation. By night, I try to shake that off, and not berate myself TOO much over it. I am in awe of the artfulness of my new home: life here seems to breathe “life”, nourishing itself on creativity. The weird, the oddball, the misfit is not only tolerated, but revered, adored, cherished, and celebrated. I breathe it in like the sweet swamp funk that fills the mid-summer air. I surround myself with the axes of a long-lost dream, hoping, planning some day to contribute my own artistry…to a place so full of artistry.

    In the past, when I travelled here the once or twice a year, I had developed a little routine: part giggle, part validation. As soon as I’d step off the plane, I’d rush to baggage claim, briskly walk outside, look to the heavens with arms outstretched, and loudly declare for all waiting at the taxi stand to hear, “Honey, I’m home!”Honey….I’m home.



Let’s see….first rolled with us in 2012 at FestiGals…..he’s our utility guy – carrying throws for Wildman John, cart wrangler, trike chauffer to Baby Doll Queen Mercedes. his makeup says “clown prince of Skinz N Bonez” but he’s hoping to earn his Soul Sweeper broom someday. “

Gutterbonez also takes care of the Elderly for a living.

DSC_9076RYTHYM and BONEZ…. (aka Tom Harvey)   This Sweeper carries the drum beat for our krewe.  By Day NAMASTE / yoga instructor…. by night a House, Techno & Mantra-Dub DJ.   All around artist and designer du jour, you can find him designing our trading cards for the krewe, and various poster art around the city.   Rhythm also has deep ties to the New Orleans Healing Center and Anba Dlo.   All those posters you see coming from there are designed by none other.  You can find him online here:


happy mardigras from the bone gang

we just rolled femme fatale and we had a great time.     tomorrow is Okeanos, and we will be out there this time with a stiltwalker, and some real goodies to throw.  roll time is 11am…we will have our signature dolls, and  try and catch our trading cards, collect them all!

then we will be coming out on mardigras day in the lower garden district around euterpe and magazine street,  gonna say around 7am there, and heading up to 45 tchoup bar to meet the wild tchoupitoulas, at 8am and greet the day.

all hail.

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a new season arrives and not a minute too soon

Oh lil liza jane

we start this season with filming for jack reacher and krewe of boo.  We had good times with Mr Cruise for this one.

and here’s our youngest bone in the making

we are coming for you this twelfth nite for joan of arc with judge fire burn die

leading the way for merci for the magic this past fall following the headless horseman

indians here they come

so are you ready for twelfth nite?    you will find us between flaming heretics and judgement.    all hail st joan of arc and epiphany.







ten year katrina walk / wear your red shoes cause there’s no place like home

11830192_441604086025673_1956277848_nwe will meet in the street and start at miss mae’s.   two pm sat aug 29th.

in honor of big chief jolly of the wild tchoupitoulas, we ask that you save your tears and only be jolly, dress to impress, and wear your red shoes.   a five dollar donation to join skinz n bonez and wildman john and queen kim of the wild tchoupitoulas will go to fund a bead class for children at the lyons center uptown.    on the route we will walk to le bon temps, kingpin, grits, and end at 45 tchoup.  your donation gets you happy hour prices at each stop.

won’t you join us and celebrate the culture of the mardigras indians?

another jazzfest come and gone…

59 32 33 34awww….    super sunday, st joes nite, jazzfest, uptown, downtown, all over.   top picture is queen mardiclaw and jawbone, comin off super sunday ….   next picture at jazzfest with  ms bone jangles and wildman john, third picture is wildman john performing with juan pardo on the jazz and heritage stage last sunday of jazzfest, and the last picture is big chief, rhythm and bonez, celestial bonez, indiana bonez, jawbone, tchoupbone, queen kim, stikkman mike, babydoll kit, our jonbone in the back, and babydoll gwen in the back.   we sure had a good time.   all day, backstage and rolled at two thirty.   all hail WILD TCHOUPITOULAS, BABYDOLLS and SKINZ N BONEZ

MARDIGRAS season is HERE… happy carnivale

1622714_786808271376194_694823993527351894_nwe are accepting new members for the 2015 gras season.

here’s a list of what parades we are rolling in

st jeanne of arc was jan 6th and we have already rolled that one, next parade up will be the mystic krewe of femme fatale on their first roll ever.    we are proud to drum and play a role in this historic moment in mardigras history.   that parade is sunday february 8th on the uptown new  orleans route.  Next up is Okeanos on sunday feb 15th on the WAY way uptown route.  first parade of the day there.    We also will be in the st roch bywater neighborhoods come mardigras day to wake you up.

other parades that we venture into are tit rex, chewbacchus and barkus.  these parades have separate dues through the organization.   for tit rex, we arrive prior to the roll for skinz n bonez doll set up and organization.

if your interested in joining us please contact us here, and we will get back to you shortly.   you can roll ONE parade, or go for the whole season….

we also will be present after the gras with the Wild Tchoupitoulas and st josephs nite, super sunday and jazzfest.

all hail the new season before us!

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All Hail the Skeleton Barbie!

skelliebarbwe are super busy creating these dolls for krewe of boo.    once completed?  they will be THEE DOLL to own.    these are some coming off the production line, still got to dress them out, but you get the idea.  stay tuned for finished barbies!

our fabulous skellie barbies on the production line.

our fabulous skellie barbies on the production line.

this years going to be great.   lets begin with the skeleton barbie.  we take donations of barbies all the time because we believe that recycling is a good thing.   Barbiebonez never looked so good, so this year we will be throwing them for krewe of boo parade on oct 30th.   skinz n bonez n soul sweepers LLC has been picked for next years krewe of boo signature throw.   get yours before everyone else, and get one from the krewe that started them!    thee big easel presents  the skeleton barbie.

how do you reserve one?   your pledge of $50 to skinz n bonez through our paypal account will not only get one sent to you via mail, or locally delivered…  it also helps us with the costs of paint and glitter.    what better way to celebrate your inner bone than a skinz n bonez barbie.   all skellies will be sent as they come off the line.   order yours now before october, so you can add her to your crown.

jazzfest and beyond!

This years Jazzfest was very special…   The second sunday was the warmest of the weekend, and even though we had a tent?  it was very HOT….   Tom joined us again from Tennessee, and Shaq provided drum support for the wild tchoups, and here’s big queen, tinkerbonez and jawbone providing a little rythym…10313835_10152101849932304_1326190961154954819_n

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the divas BE OUT!   Jawbone, Queen Amaire, Jujubonez and Queen Remy!  listening to some Glen David Andrews!10152407_10152028895871428_8798134542737371008_n

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Next up?  we are learning the National Anthem in French for the Bayou St. John fourth of july flotilla.   Our Big Queen will crown the next queen as she ends her reign…

This summer we will be planning Calacas Y Maracas, and beyond!  Working on more handmade throws and Barbie Bonez….   All Hail this glorious season, with Chewbacchus, Dreux and Barkus being new on our schedule!   Laissez les bonez temps rouler!