Chris Boarts Larson Photo—World/Inferno Friendship Society

Chris Boarts Larson Photo Column—World/Inferno Friendship Society

May 29, 2021

RIP Pete V. Pete was one of the most unique characters I have known. A man out of his time. A legend. He will be missed.

Pete V—Pete Ventantonio, aka Jack Terricloth, singer and frontperson and for the World/Inferno Friendship Society has unexpectedly passed, but not without leaving a huge mark and crater in his path. I knew Pete back in the early ’90s from the weekly ABC No Rio matinees in NYC and his band Sticks And Stones. Within a few years he was the ringleader of the cabaret of insanity, the World/Inferno Friendship Society.

After being out of NYC for awhile, I returned to ABC No Rio, when the beloved—and at-home—W/IFS was playing. What a crazy explosion of energy that was. It was one of those, “What the fuck is happening?!” moments that left me speechless and so in-the-moment that my camera didn’t even come out of my bag.

Chris Boarts Larson Photo—World/Inferno Friendship Society

Their whirlwind took over and they travelled far and wide with fame and obsessive friend fandom. As many times as they passed through Richmond, along with a crew of pals from NYC, I really only had one chance to see them at Twisters in 2004. I only came away with a few photos.

Many others have captured Pete story and essence better than I have.

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