The Return Of Juggalo Fight Club

Last year at the Gathering of the Juggalos a guy named Nebraska Warrior volunteered to fight anyone, without gloves, during the live Psychopathic Radio broadcast hosted by the band Wolfpac. Before Nebraska all the Psychopathic Radio fights were done with boxing gloves and head gear and on roller skates. It started off as this funny thing but in 2013 he and a guy named Burnout went at it until they decided to take off the skates and gloves. It was one of the most brutal things I had ever witnessed and although Nebraska lost he instantly gained juggalo infamy at the Gathering.

Fast forward to last year and he beat everyone who challenged him and with my pals at the Riverfront Times in St. Louis we published this article about Nebraska. I also published even more photos of the fights on DBB over here.

So this year Nebraska was one of the first people I saw at the Gathering. I asked him if he was going to fight again. He was all about it. The next day I saw a juggalo bleeding from the face and I asked him what happened. He had just been in a fight at the Psychopathic Radio stage and lost. I asked him who he fought… It was Nebraska. I couldn’t believe I missed it.

When I saw Nebraska again he promised he was going to fight again and this time I wasn’t going to miss it. The next day I watched him destroy a much larger man who looked like a bruiser. In that guys defense he took everything Nebraska gave him and almost looked like he was enjoying it. When I saw that guy on Saturday he had a huge black eye but was still smiling.

I took a bunch of photos of the fight and Noisey ended up running them in this story about juggalo bare-knuckle boxing.

The next day I watched Nebraska fight a third challenger and made the guy tap out so quickly that I barely got any pictures. The ones I did get were too dark because by the time I figured out my settings it was over. I saw the challenger later that day and he told me he really won the fight because he made Nebraska’s nose bleed and he only tapped out because he didn’t like being choked… right.

When it was all over Nebraska had destroyed three dudes and his only wound was a slightly bloody nose that he told me he was glad to have finally received. On top of all that Nebraska is a great dude and is the nicest most peaceful juggalo when he’s not beating peoples faces in.

Now go look at this gallery of Nebraska Warrior taking on all comers during Wolfpac’s live Psychopathic Radio show. 

Juggalo Fight Club

Juggalo Fight Club

Juggalo Fight Club

Juggalo Fight Club

Juggalo Fight Club

Juggalo Fight Club

Juggalo Fight Club

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Ho99o9 @ The Gathering Of The Juggalos – 7.22.15

Headed back to NYC today after four days hanging with insane clowns and then a quick trip to Indianapolis. Assuming I don’t miss my flight I will be in NYC just in time to get stuck in rush hour traffic on the way home. On Thursday I go on a mini vacation so I am going to try to get as many Gathering of the Juggalos galleries up as possible before I leave.

We start with the beginning: Ho99o9. If you have been following my site I shot the punk/rap band Ho99o9 at SXSW and then again at their record release party in LA. When I found out they were playing the Gathering I knew I had to see them again but I took it a step farther and pitched the idea of following them to Noisey. What I thought was going to be a paragraph with a photo essay turned out to be a proper article about the trip with just a handful of photos for illustration.

So instead of me blogging anymore, just read my Noisey article about Ho99o9!

And then if you want to see more photos click here to see a full gallery Ho99o9at the Gathering of the Juggalos!

Ho99o9 @ The Gathering Of The Juggalos

Ho99o9 @ The Gathering Of The Juggalos

Ho99o9 @ The Gathering Of The Juggalos

Ho99o9 @ The Gathering Of The Juggalos

Ho99o9 @ The Gathering Of The Juggalos

 

Ho99o9 @ The Gathering Of The Juggalos

Ho99o9 @ The Gathering Of The Juggalos

 

 

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This Way To Your Gathering Of The Juggalos Coverage

Tomorrow I head to my 6th straight Gathering of the Juggalos and that means I am opening up the road trip blog so that I can do quick daily updates while I am on the road and then I can upload full galleries when I get back. I will also be posting links on there to when my stuff runs on Noisey and Rolling Stone who are paying for my trip.

I should also probably mention something about my website and lack of updates recently. My site is up and running after being hacked so that’s great but I haven’t been shooting much but naked women recently which is obviously not a problem but I just hate to fill my site with just nudity because it looks like even more of a porn site than usual. So the combination of the slow season for nightlife, my site being hacked and a pretty shitty bit of depression has made for a pretty empty website.

But yeah that should be about over now. I think I’ve pretty much pulled out of the bullshit in my life, the site is back up and the Gathering will provide for a ton of fucking updates. Plus I got some fun projects coming up so be on the look out.

I also should mention that I shot porn star Brandy Aniston yesterday (who incidentally is an ICP fan). The main point of our shoot was to shoot her topless in Times Square but I did that on 35mm film so I have no idea what that is going to look like. I hope it will be epic. But we also spent about 10 minutes (maybe closer to 5) shooting in her hotel room and actually got a few nice shots.

So to give you guys something else to look at other than Juggalos I uploaded a temporarily exclusive set to Girls Of Driven By Boredom. Most of the set will be posted here eventually but I wanted to upload something for my hard core fans while I am off photographing clowns.

So head over to Girls of DBB to see Brandy Aniston.

And then head this way to the Road Trip Blog for daily Gathering of the Juggalos updates!

Brandy Aniston

Welcome To The Gathering

 

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LA In Black And White

This post was supposed to be up days ago but my site got hacked and was screwed up until today. Thank you so much to my amazing web guy Thadd Williams for getting my site running again. Now on to the post!

I go through phases when shooting film and when I got back 23 rolls from my photo lab the other day I decided I hate looking at the color snap shots I usually love so much. I’m not sure what it is but they just didn’t look like I want them to. Because of the view finder and the wide lens I found myself cropping in post way more than normal and it’s bugging me in a way that shooting snap shot 35mm has since I got my first Ricoh GR1 several years ago.

On the other side of that I also shot a bunch of 35mm black & white and I was really happy with that stuff. I had the b&w in my old Nikon SLR which I don’t really love. It was the first camera I bought with my own money after a summer job working in a photo lab. I still prefer the old Pentax that I learned to shoot on in high school but the light meeter is broken and the shutter fails sometimes so it’s more trouble than it’s worth.

When I got the film back the black and white really made me want to shoot more black and white. Not sure why that is since I normally think people shoot black and white because of some silly longing for the past or because they aren’t good enough to shoot color. Digital black and white still looks terrible and it drives me nuts when people convert their digital to hide the terrible lighting.

I shoot black and white because it makes me think about light in a different way and it makes me slow down a lot because I don’t use the auto focus on that camera. When I get the stuff back everyone is so drawn to it and I sometimes think if I just shot black and white film I would probably be way more successful as an “artist” because people are so easily amused by it.

This post is totally long and pointless so let’s just get into it. Here are the results of four or five rolls of film I shot while I was in LA. I like the photos and it makes me want to shoot more black and white. I think I might do a black and white zine soon. This gallery has a lot of stuff in it so here’s the quick run down of the highlights.

I shot the following porn babes: Ava Dalush, Jade Nile (and her boyfriend), Chanel Preston, Aria Alexander, January Seraph, and Carter Cruise. I also shot photos of Ivy Diamond, Malice McMunn, Alanna Pearl, my friends Kristen, Samm & Juanito Blanco. I also spent a day hanging out in Malibu with Eddy Segal, Nate Turbow, Dan Keyes and Dan’s real pretty girlfriend Lexi. I think that’s about it.

Lots of NSFW stuff but also a bunch of totally safe for work stuff too. You should look at it because people are easily impressed with black and white photos. Enjoy. Oh, and Girls Of Driven By Boredom in much higher resolution if you have that thing in your life.

Click here to see a gallery of 35mm black and white photos from my recent trip to LA.

Ava Dalush

Eddy Segal & Nate Turbow

Lexi Stellwood

Juanito Blanco

Samm & Her Puppy

Carter Cruise

Chanel Preston

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Back In Brooklyn

I am home after two weeks away so let’s do a second straight contentless post featuring another video that I had nothing to do with. Really I just wanna update you on some stuff and try and hit you up for some cash cause that’s how I manage to pay my rent which is coincidentally due today. Let’s go.

So yeah, I am back which means I gotta deal with an unreasonable amount of shit I ignored for the last two weeks. That includes a few hundred unread emails and some real fun stuff like trying to fix/ buy a new air conditioner. Party forever. Long story short is that I probably will spend the next three days in front of my computer screen in a slightly too hot living room/ office. Once again, party forever.

So while all this really fun stuff is happening I wanted to hit you guys with some photos from my trip. I have a full exclusive set of Raven Rockette that I uploaded to Girls of Driven By Boredom. Raven is one of my favorite models and so fucking hot. I shot her on top of the Superchief LA roof once and we also shot one of my favorite sets of all time at an abandoned waterpark. When I was in LA we were supposed to shoot on the last night I was in town but we had to deal with an insanely drunk girl neither of us had ever met before and by the time we started shooting it was 2am and Raven was super tired and fairly stoned. So instead of taking good photos Raven just showed me her apartment and we spent about 15 minutes shooting photos of her hanging out on her bed naked. The photos aren’t very good, but they are really fucking hot and amateurish looking which is extra hot. So instead of posting them on my site I decided to post them all on the Girls of DBB

Now that that’s settled DBB Etsy. I shot The Extra Ones I Shot Before I Left… while I was in LA and it costs about $300 to develop and scan them all so go buy some stuff cause I don’t really make any money off my analog work so if you like all the film stuff I put on DBB Tumblr you should go buy a zine or something.

Also in my Etsy store I now have a cheap option as far as buying Instant film for me. For $20 you can now get a random nude Polaroid from me. Actually, you could get a non nude one too, but come on. We know why you are here… Anyway, I have a ton of Fuji Instax laying around and if you order one I will sign that shit on the back and send it out to you ASAP. Everyone wins or something.

Lastly let’s promote some shit I have nothing to do with. The first feature length movie Benjamin Moses Smith edited is Two Step On iTunes. It’s called Two Step and it’s an insane thriller that I really think is going to go down as a classic cult film. It’s honestly fucking amazing and I am only being slightly biased. If you like really fucked up movies, you need to watch Two Step. It’s also way better than the trailer.

Okay, back to work. See you guys soon.

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LA Tanlines

Normally when leaving town for two weeks I would throw mini updates on the DBB Road Trip blog and not update the main page but my motel’s internet sucks and other than Ho99o9’s release party I didn’t shoot a ton of photos the first few days I was here. So I decided I would just throw up a little update on life and a music video that people I like a lot made. Seems reasonable…

So far in LA I have photographed Ava Dalush who you guys just met, an old favorite Ivy Diamond and the insanely babetastic Chanel Preston. I also shot a babe that was roommates with my friend Juanito Blanco named Jade Nile. I took some weird 35mm shots of her and her boyfriend which might see the light of day eventually. They are all having a party on Wednesday so hopefully I can get some more weirdness. I also got to see Kimberly Kane (and her dog!) who I hadn’t seen in over a year. I think the only photo I took of her was at a diner but perhaps we will shoot something before I leave town.

Now on to this music video. My friend Teddy Blanks directed his first music video. He is a graphic designer who has designed all my books and zines and he did the design work for the band Tanlines new album Highlights. During the design phase they had a conversation about how Teddy’s friend and actor Alex Karpovsky looks a lot like one of the guys from Tanlines. A few months later Alex and Teddy were directing a video for the song Palace starring Alex and Natasha Lyonne with cameos from Leo Fitzpatrick and that dude from High Maintenance. On my first night in LA Teddy showed me the video and it finally came out yesterday. It’s pretty rad.

Also my brother, who is a tremendous editor, cut the video so it is extra amazing. But then again he’s letting me sleep on his couch this weekend so I guess I would have to say that. Seriously, go watch this video because anything that Teddy and my brother do together has got to be awesome. Plus Alex and Teddy hired me to shoot the poster for Alex’s movie Red Flag which Teddy designed and art directed. So everyone rules.

Okay, I need to go photograph some babes now and enjoy LA for the week I have left. Talk to you guys soon. Check my Tumblr for daily updates.

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Ho99o9 Record Release Party – 6.18.15

I saw Ho99o9 last night and it was awesome. Now let me make this shit about me real quick.

I don’t really like photographing bands. I did almost nothing else for the first decade of my photo life and I just got sick of it. Most bands are easy to shoot and with the “three songs; no flash” rules that most medium sized and up clubs have everyone’s photos look exactly the same. Added to that is the fact that everyone is a photographer now since digital photography is easy and cheap so you have the same photo taken by twenty people every single night. Who gives a shit?

So when a band like Ho99o9 comes along I get excited. Here’s a band that is both fun to photograph, fun to listen to and is also relevant so people actually want to take 11 seconds out of their lives to look at the photos. I fucking love Ho99o9 and shooting them is challenging and really god damn fun.

When I found out their record release party was the day after I landed in LA I was fucking stoked. So last night I went to the Mystery Box, pushed my way to the front and started taking photos in the middle of the pit. Unfortunately I am not the only photographer psyched to shoot Ho99o9 and there were as many photographers at the front of the stage as their were people. I took about 10 shots, 8 of which were blocked by lenses and flashes and iPhones and I gave up and just jumped in the pit to have fun. Of course I still had my camera on me and I went down pretty quick.

I ended up subluxating my shoulder because I was trying to help this guy not get trampled while also being on the ground and also holding my camera in the air so it didn’t break. It felt like my arm had been ripped off and I thought I was done for the night. Fortunately after a few minutes I could lift my camera again and I said fuck it and went back in. I didn’t want my night to consist of a handful of mediocre photos. So I went back in.

By this time most of the photographers had cleared out of the front and were either gone or on the stage. At one point Eaddy was on the ground on the stage singing and the photographers surrounded him and started taking photos inches from him. This shit drives me nuts, especially with the video guys who just hold their camera’s right in front of the bands face ruining the show for everyone.

I took a photo of them all and Tweeted it with some angry caption. I invited Hannibal Buress to the show last night and when he saw my photo he retweeted it to his 500k followers and I got to spend the next hour editing images while arguing with strangers on the internet.

I just wanted to go on this rant because photographers need to check themselves a bit. When shooting live bands or news or events or pretty much anything outside of the studio we have to make choices. Should we try and get the best shot possible or do we need to get out of the fucking way and let shit happen. I don’t think I took the best photos last night and I am sure if I got on the stage it would have been easier to shoot. If I spent the whole show holding my camera two feet above my head I might have got a few nice shots I wouldn’t have had normally. But a show isn’t about the photographers, it’s about the band and the fans. I just think we sometimes need to compromise between getting the shot and getting in people’s way. Sometimes you take the shot at all cost, but if you spend the whole show doing that you are gonna make it shitty for everyone else.

So last night I sublimated my shoulder, bent my knee the wrong way on the stage, got covered with beer and sweat and got fucking birthday cake all over my camera. On top of everything else I didn’t even take any photos I was exceptionally proud of, but you know what? I had fucking fun and I think if nothing else I captured the energy of what was a fucking awesome show.

Fuck it, I am glad Ho99o9 exist and I am glad people want to take their photo. I would rather 20 photographers shoot them than 99% of every other boring fucking band that stands around looking at their guitar pedals. So I am gonna end this rant and try and hang out with some babes cause I am in LA and mostly on vacation.

Now go download Ho99o9’s new EP Ho99o9s Of 1999. It’s free.

And then click here to see all the photos I took of Ho99o9 EP release party at the Mystery Box. (NSFW for Eaddy’s dick.)

Ho99o9

Ho99o9

Ho99o9

Ho99o9

Ho99o9

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Bronies NYC 100th Episode Party – 6.13.15

Several years ago while shooting the NY Comic Con I met an adult man holding a My Little Pony toy. That was the day I found about Bronies, the adult male fans of the animated TV show My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. By now you have probably heard of Bronies as they are the most maligned subculture since jugglos and you guys know how much I love juggalos.

In February Bronies NYC threw a convention called PonyCon NYC which I sadly missed. Ever since then I have been looking for an opportunity to document Bronies in the wild and on Saturday I got my chance. Bronies NYC threw a watch party for the Friendship Is Magic 100th episode. I had to go all the way up to a church on the upper west side but it was worth it.  They threw 10 straight hours of pony party action featuring a giant cake, several screenings of the episode, screenings of fan made episodes, a video game tournament, party games, live drawings, Skype sessions, pizza, MLP vendors, musical guests and a mother fucking rave.

Admittedly I didn’t stay for the rave but it was a pretty great experience meeting everyone. The whole basis for the show is that friendship is fucking awesome and these Bronies were having a blast. Everyone I met was super nice and I had some good conversations with several of the core member of the group.  Most of the Bronies I met were huge nerds, but pretty sure that’s par for the course when it comes to any fandom. I also met some really socially awkward people there which made the whole event even better. Some really shy awkward kids could hang out with other Bronies without any thought of ridicule. Friendship is pretty magic.

I personally love fans of anything. I love people that are super passionate about what they love and I love photographing them in their element. This is what I look for when photographing anything from porn conventions to juggalos to the NFL Draft. I happen to run the biggest Miami Dolphins fan club in the world so I know about some nerdy shit. Football isn’t something you might consider nerdy but when all your friends are hipster douchebags who only watch sports ironically running a fan club becomes extra nerdy.

Long story short is that I love photographing fans and when they are all super colorful like Bronies are it’s even better. I have a feeling this won’t be my last Brony adventure.

Click here to see all the photos from Bronies NYC’s Friendship Is Magic 100th episode watch party!

Bronies NYC

Bronies NYC

Bronies NYC

Bronies NYC

Bronies NYC

Bronies NYC

Bronies NYC

 

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Ava Dalush

NSFW Week ends with a pretty great set from Ava Dalush. Ava is an adorable British porn star that as per usual I met at the AVN Awards. I actually met her the day or two before the awards at a party around 5am where she was hanging out with my old pal Veruca James. She was just so damn cute and seemed totally down to take photos so the next day I took her back to this weird hotel I was staying in downtown Las Vegas.

We took a bunch of photos and you should look at them all. I am on 90 minutes of sleep because my air conditioner broke and the combination of heat and construction outside has made any thought of sleep impossible. The point being is that I have nothing to say but Ava is fucking adorable and you should look at these lovely photos of her.

Oh, maybe I should mention that she had her make up done for the AVN Awards but that’s not her normal look so I hope I get to get to shoot her again without all the make up. As a rule I like shooting people the way they like to look so if the model doesn’t wear a ton of make up I would much prefer to shoot her like that. None of this is important. I am very tired.

Lastly this NSFW Week is all about dumping old content before I head to LA on Wednesday to shoot a bunch more babes, but it’s also about promoting the Girls of Driven By Boredom. Ava is kinda a pervert so you probably want to see the images that are too dirty for this site. Just saying. And for the next 24 hours or so you can use the code “nsfwweek” for 20% off. End of promotional spam.

Now click here to see the full NSFW gallery of photos of Ava Dalush!

Ava Dalush

Ava Dalush

Ava Dalush

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