This is Natalia Paruz, the self-titled “saw lady,” street performer and master (mistress?) or using a saw as a musical instrument. Here’s she play the original Star Trek theme song in the NY subways. I have zero problem with street performers, and anyone who can make a bit of construction equipment make music is cool by me. But her constant smile freaks me out. It starts nice, then gets kind of creepy because it never wavers, and finally ends up looking like she going to use that saw on your neck once she’s done playing. (Via Nerd Bastards)
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