Magdalene At The Movies

I still have four photoshoots I haven’t published from 2017. I don’t really have great excuses for why I haven’t published them yet, but two of those are coming right now. In October 2017 I went on a trip to Florida that didn’t go exactly as planned, but I still shot a bunch of stuff. I had to be in Miami for a Dolphins game, but I really wanted to check out the weirdness that is the Sausage Castle in Orlando and I had an idea. I had met Magdalene when we worked on a Gathering of the Juggalos story together for Brooklyn Vegan and we had done a photo shoot I really liked when she was visiting NYC. I knew she went to school near Tampa, FL and also really wanted to go to the Sausage Castle so I hit her up to see if she wanted to do a mini road trip together. I would fly to Tampa and then we would drive to the Sausage Castle and then down to Del Ray, FL where I have a few friends I wanted to see and take a ton of photos along the way. She was in.

Things got screwed up a bit on the way as it rained the whole drive from Tampa to Orlando so we couldn’t really do any of the road trip style shoots I normally do and she bailed on driving me to Del Ray which meant I had to take damn bus and then when I got to Del Ray one of my friend’s was in Tampa and another blew me off. Fortunately my third friend (who I run a non-profit with) was around and took me to dinner and we both went to Miami for the Dolphins game so it wasn’t really a big deal. Still I was kinda frustrated about the whole thing which is probably why I am not publishing these until now. But I am not great at holding a grudge and Magda is really hot so not only am I not pissed about it anymore but she lives in LA now so I am sure I will be bugging her to shoot again next time I am in LA.

Aaaaaannnyywaaay, the important thing here is the day before we drove to Orlando. I decided to stay in Clearwater, FL which is pretty near the Tampa airport and also home to the headquarters of Scientology which I absolutely had to visit. That shit was as crazy as you would imagine and there was security everywhere. It was great. Personally if I was running a cult I would try and make my headquarters look slightly less creepy, but maybe that’s why I don’t run a cult. 

So the first of the two shoots we did was in Clearwater, at my terrible motel picked specifically for it’s Florida man vibe. There was a Dolphin painted on my door. It was wonderful. We took photos at like midnight though so there was no natural light and if you know anything about me it’s that I can’t color balance for shit so that’s why these photos don’t get their own post. There are a few nice shots and Magda is a babe, but overall they aren’t that great.

The greatness happened at our next location (okay, these photos are terribly lit and color balanced too, but at least the location was amazing). When I landed in Tampa I had hours to kill before I met up with Magda so I let the internet know I was in town and looking for someone to photograph or something to do. One of my Instagram followers reached out and said they were the manager of a movie theater and I could shoot there if I did it after midnight. I figured that they managed a small art house theater but when I got there it was a massive multiplex. It was amazing.

As I mentioned the light was terrible and in some cases there was just way too little of it. God I wish I had the camera that I have now because that thing pretty much shoots in the dark. It wouldn’t have helped much as far as the mixed lighting and ugly overhead lights but it would have been amazing for the actual theaters where even with the house lights up it was way too dark. Even it most of the photos aren’t great the experience and a few of the shots I got made it so worth it. I also shot this little video thing which was pretty fun.

Okay, this post is way too long already but I need to plug the pay site again. If you want to see a full gallery of shots from our trip to the Sausage Castle you can find them on Girls of DBB exclusively (I posted the gallery a while ago so you need to scroll a bit). There are also some bonus fully nude photos of Magdalene from this shoot there. All in high res as per usual. And now for the free photos…

Click here to see two NSFW shoots of Magdalene from our Florida road trip. 

Magdalene

Magdalene

Magdalene

Magdalene

Magdalene

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Same Old City Zine Release

This Sunday I am going to be part of Cultural Traffic NY at the Hester Street Fair. Cultural Traffic is an art fair that takes place in a bunch of cities including London, Miami and the LA fair that I was part of late last year. There are a bunch of great exhibitors and you can come out and get books and zines and art prints and all sorts of stuff. Dashwood Books, my favorite book store in NYC, will be there as will Richardson, my buddy Seth Olenick and a ton of other vendors. 

I will be selling a bunch of my books, zines and prints including some sold out stuff, rare items and special editions and random merch that I don’t sell in my online store like DBB shot glasses that are too expensive to be worth shipping. Oh, and there will be a postcard rack with a ton of postcards because I bought one as decoration in my living room so I had to fill it.  I will also of course sign anything you want.

Specially for the fair I re-released my NYC photo zine Same Old City. It’s probably my favorite zine and it’s one of my craziest. Tons of sex and violence and street photography and general mayhem. It’s been long sold out so it seemed like a good time to bring it back. The new zine has four extra pages (and 5 new photos because I swapped one out), a slightly new cover and is limited to justy 100 copies. You can order it online now, but if you grab it at the fair it will be $10 instead of $12.

Okay, that’s all I got for now. Just wanted to tell you guys about the artfair and the new (?) zine. Hope to see a bunch of you guys Sunday. Online orders will ship Monday. 

Same Old City

Cultural Traffic New York

 

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Khloe Kapri, Kasey Warner & Damia

If you are a regular reader of this site you might know by now that Kasey Warner is one of my favorite people. I have taken her photo a bunch, but more than that we are good friends and until she got a cat she’d always let me stay with her when I was in LA. (I guess she’d still let me crash, I am just real allergic to cats.) This has come in very handy like the time when I ended up shooting her and three other girls at her house for my Instaxxx book. Last time I was in town, I couldn’t crash with her but we still hung out a few times and we took a bunch of photos.

At the time Kasey was dating Khloe Kapri and Khloe’s friend Damia was staying with them, so when I went over to get lunch with Kasey I met Damia and immediately wanted to take her photo. I ended up shooting her and Kasey when Khloe was at work. I then came back a few days later to shoot Khloe by herself and Damia was still over so after the shoot I shot all three of them together. And then after that I ended up shooting Damia by herself. So in total I four shoots with these three girls which is honestly fantastic productivity. When you add that first shoot I did with Kasey, the ones I did with Kristen Scott and Cassidy Klein (Girls of DBB exclusive) and that group shoot for the book that’s eight shoots all shot at Kasey’s place. That’s kinda amazing. 

I should also mention that Khloe and Damia are awesome too. I convinced Damia to get on Twitter and I feel like we talk all the time now, and Khloe I shot in Vegas and I feel like she’s one of the few models that really enjoy the rawness of my photos. I think a lot of people like my work until they are the subject of it and then they suddenly wish I used photoshop, but she seems to really love my work and the way I have presented her in it and that honestly makes me really happy. Can’t wait to photograph them both again. 

Okay, so here’s the first of the galleries. More to come sooner or later. I just don’t really want to post them all back to back or anything like that. These were taken in the little guest house situation in Kasey’s back yard. Oh, I should also mention that photographing three people in relatively low light is annoying, because someone is always out of focus or has their eyes closed, but at least these girls are all goofy as fuck so even the awkward photos are pretty fun anyway.

And as per usual there are some exclusive, slightly more explicit, shots on Girls of Driven By Boredom which you could sign up for if you wanted. Just saying. 

Now click here to see the NSFW photos of Khloe Kapri, Kasey Warner & Damia.

Khloe Kapri, Kasey Warner & Damia

Khloe Kapri, Kasey Warner & Damia

Khloe Kapri, Kasey Warner & Damia

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Savage Apple Release Party – 5.22.19

Sailor Jerry is one of my oldest clients and for the first time in the 9 years that I have worked with them they released a drink. The other night as part of a Fleet Week celebration at Lucky Strike they debuted their first flavored rum, Savage Apple. I didn’t actually work the party, but I had to finish a couple of rolls of film so I could get them developed so I figured why not hang out, get a free tattoo and take a few photos in the process. 

Speaking of free tattoos, Three Kings was on hand doing Sailor Jerry tattoos for party goers. I got a little snake from Alex who I have known since way back when Three Kings had their first anniversary party and I shot it for Inked Magazine. It was cool to finally get tattooed from him even if it was late night in a dark bowling alley with tons of free rum on hand.

There was also free SJ rum raisin ice cream from Van Leeuwen ice cream which honestly tasted more like a Cinnabon than it did normal rum raisin ice cream but it was fucking good even if it fucked up my diet. There was free food too which I managed not to eat so I have no real opinion on that, but it was a good party.

Oh right, and there was bowling so this seems like a good opportunity to discuss my hatred for bowling. Given infinite attempts I could not possibly hit a home run off an MLB pitcher, I could not dunk a basketball, I could defend a pro hockey player or run over a NFL linebacker. Yet, I have, on many occasions bowled a strike. Bowling is about consistency and nothing is as boring as being consistent. Even golf requires a varied skill set and some sort of athleticism. Still, after a few Savage Apple drinks it appears people had a lot of fun bowling and who am I to judge?

Okay, that’s it. Go look at these film photos I shot. It’s a mix of the very end of a roll of Fuji Superia 1600 that was shot on a Nikon SLR and most of a roll of Kodak 400 shot on my point & shoot GR1 so it’s a pretty small gallery, but at least it’s something different to look at. I gotta change it up once in a while.

Click here to see all the 35mm photos from the Sailor Jerry Savage Apple Fleet Week party at Lucky Strike. 

Sailor Jerry Savage Apple Release Party

Sailor Jerry Savage Apple Release Party

Sailor Jerry Savage Apple Release Party

Sailor Jerry Savage Apple Release Party

Sailor Jerry Savage Apple Release Party

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#StopTheBans Protest – 5.21.19

Yesterday I went to the Planned Parenthood #StopTheBans protest at Foley Square. I wasn’t shooting it for anyone, I was just there to show my support for the right of women to make their own choices about their own bodies. I believe that healthcare should be a right and that includes all manor of reproductive care including abortion. That being said, I am not going to sit here and lecture you about a women’s health issue, I will just say that as someone whose livelihood depends on women I think it’s important to stand up (behind them) for their rights.

When I go to protests I usually bring my camera because I don’t know how to not take photos of things, but I was mostly listening to the speakers and not taking photos. I took a few when I got there and a few on my way out but mostly I was just there to listen. Of all the speakers, Gloria Allred was the most impactful to me. She had me in tears talking about her assault which led to an illegal abortion that she almost died from. Other speakers included the head of Planned Parenthood NYC, Comptroller Scott Stringer, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Mayor Bill De Blasio, his wife Chirlane McCray and many others. 

As I said, I didn’t shoot a ton of photos and I had to leave a little bit early, but I am glad I went. If you want to help stop these insane abortion bans please consider donating to the ACLU who will be fighting them in court, NARAL via my Facebook birthday fundraiser thing, and of course Planned Parenthood

Now click here to see all the photos from Planned Parenthood’s #StopTheBans protest at Foley Square.

#StopTheBans

Bill De Blasio

#StopTheBans

#StopTheBans

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Jade Baker

I met Jade Baker on Twitter because I kept seeing her liking my Tweets and then I would go lurk her profile and I did this like 5 times before I realized that I had lurked the exact same person 5 times and clearly she was someone I should be following because if just her Twitter avatar got my attention, clearly she had something going for her.

A few months later I was in LA and she was one of the first people I hit up. I had to shoot her and I am super glad I did because we took a ton of great photos. She ended up in my last book and then I randomly ran into her in Vegas and we took some nice photos in all of 5 minutes while she was going to grab something from her hotel room.

Long story short is that she is real pretty and I am psyched she exists because we keep taking good photos and hopefully we will continue to do so in the future. I got a big list of people to bother next time I am in LA and she is real high on it. 

Oh, I should probably mention that there are a number of extra explicit photos of her on Girls of Driven By Boredom that you could look at if you were inclined. All the photos are in much higher resolution and they’ve been on there for more than 24 hours. Girls of DBB always gets the photos first. Go sign up. It’s cheap and keeps me from having to get a real job. 

Now click here to look at a bunch of NSFW photos of Jade Baker!

Jade Baker

Jade Baker

Jade Baker

 

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54 Photos I Don’t Hate

A few months ago I posted on here about a Kickstarter I did for a book of photos I don’t hate. I wanted to do a small project for Kickstarter’s Make 100 project where you create an edition of just 100 copies of something. It’s basically a creative prompt they do every year and I thought it would be a fun thing to do using photos I had already shot so it wouldn’t be a ton of work. It was still a bunch of work but I shipped it on time and made a little money and created something I am proud of so it all worked out.

I finally shipped the last of the books this week. I did a special edition of 25 that came with one of 5 prints and they came in some special packaging that I couldn’t silkscreen until I made sure the books and prints fit inside the envelopes. They ended up looking really great and hopefully everyone who spent the extra money on the special edition feels like it was worth it. The special edition also had 4 extra pages and even a different name

Since the book has come out, a ton of people have asked me about getting a copy but since I only made 125 copies it’s all sold out (well almost, I have a few extras but not selling them in case anyone’s book gets lost in the mail). I still want people to see this thing so I decided just to upload a gallery of all 54 photos in the special edition.  If you have the regular edition you can try and figure out which 4 photos you don’t have. You could then print them out and glue them into the book like some sort of maniac. 

In related news, I just printed a dozen new postcards and probably half of them are from this book. If you want to get a set of 13 postcards you can do so here. They ship after May 17th. 

Okay, so that’s a wrap on this project. If you got a book I hope you love it and if not I hope you dig the photos. Check out the gallery of 54 images below.

Click here to see all the photos from my very limited edition book 54 Photos I Don’t Hate. 

Photos I Don't Hate

Photos I Don't Hate

Photos I Don't Hate

Photos I Don't Hate

Photos I Don't Hate

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Nikki Hearts

Many years ago someone introduced me to Nikki Hearts and I made some stupid joke as I tend to do and for years she thought I was a dick and I would run into her all the time and we would sort of pretend we didn’t know each other. I hate having awkward shit like that in my life so I finally just walked up to her and was like “Hey, I feel like you probably hate me but it was a misunderstanding and I wasn’t intentionally being a dick and all our friends are friends so like maybe we could be friends too” and then we were and it was great because Nikki is awesome. 

Last time I was in LA we finally took photos for the first time in the near decade I have known her and while the photos are technically “fine” people seem to love them because Nikki is one of the coolest looking people on the planet. Photographing people smoking weed is pretty much the easiest thing to do because smoke photographs well and when you add that to Nikki just being a rad babe you are gonna get some good pictures. 

After we shot these photos Nikki needed some press photos so we headed down to Echo Park and shot some more photos of her just smoking and looking real awesome. In the middle of that shoot she ended up just getting way too high and we had to stop taking photos which is honestly hilarious, and not the first time that’s happened to me. 

I also sort of shot Nikki again in Vegas in January when I went over to her hotel room to photograph her girlfriend Leigh Raven. Most of these photos are exclusive to Girls of Driven By Boredom, but some shots of the two of them ended up in my Girls of AVN gallery this year. 

Speaking of Girls of DBB, there are some more explicit shots from my shoot with Nikki on there, PLUS the entire safe for work shoot we did for her press photos. It doesn’t have any nudity, but the photos are cool anyway and it seemed like a good bonus gallery. And as always the photos are in double the resolution over there on the paid site. Oh, and speaking of paid sites, you could check out Nikki’s VERY NSFW site, but I don’t think I am even allowed to say the name of it.

Okay, now go look at the photos of Nikki and hopefully I will get to shoot her (and Leigh) when they are in town next month.

Click here to see a bunch of NSFW photos of the amazing Nikki Hearts!

Nikki Hearts

Nikki Hearts

Nikki Hearts

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Cockfigthing In Puerto Rico

In 2012 I pitched a story to Vice about cockfighting in Puerto Rico that centered around the upcoming election, Puerto Rican sovereignty and how the US government receives federal tax dollars from legal cock fighting. My editor at Vice was into it and sent me and my friend Brendan Sullivan to Puerto Rico for a few days. Brendan was primarily a travel writer at the time and had a lot of contacts in Puerto Rico and fortunately speaks way better Spanish than I do so he was the perfect partner. We returned to with a ton of great stuff but my editor had mostly transitioned into working for the Vice HBO show and was dealing with some personal stuff in his life and stopped responding to emails. After months had passed I reached out to his boss and they offered to publish the story online at a rate of less than half of what we spent on the trip. I was heartbroken and we turned down the offer thinking we could find somewhere else to publish our story, but it never happened. 

Seven years later my friend, the Skid Row documentarian, Suitcase Joe reached out to me about being in a photography show he was doing. He wanted a bunch of my more edgy photos because the theme was “Outsiders” in photography. I think he wanted a mix of my stuff, but I told him I had all these cockfighitng photos that no one had ever seen and he was really into the idea. So on April 20th, in Los Angeles, I will be showing these cockfighing photos at House of Machines gallery. Suitcase Joe is an amazing photographer and there are a bunch of great artists in the show, so I am glad to be part of it. I am not actually going to be in LA for the show, but I really wish I could make it. 

So today, many, many years after I took these photos I wanted to show you all of these photos. Given that my gallery system is barely functional and there are nearly 500 photos in this edit, I doubt any of you will make a dent in looking at all of these photos, but I just needed to get them up and tell you a little about this amazing trip.

On the first day of our trip we went to Bayamon to a huge legal cockfighting arena called Gallera Las Palmas. We had heard stories of drug dealers shooting people there and some of the locals we met tried to freak us out about the place, but everyone was super nice and willing to talk to us. The actual cockfighting was pretty brutal and the smell of blood and chickenshit is something I will never forget. At one point we saw a guy who lost take his chicken and spin it around, breaking its neck and tossed it in a trashcan. 

From there we went into the center of the island to Coliseo Gallistico Don Alonso in Utuado. This was also a legal cockfighing arena, but very rural and a very different vibe than in the city. Once again everyone was super willing to talk to us and show off their prize birds. Because we came early in the season, the fights at Don Alonso weren’t to the death. The cocks were young and still training and wore little boxing gloves on their spurs called “botas”. The cocks can still peck at each other, but they don’t really hurt themselves and scoring is determined by how many hits the birds get, very much like boxing. No one gambles on these fights and the only money that exchanges hands are to the arena to enter the cocks in these training matches. 

At this point I should probably give you a little more info about cockfighting in general, I mean I probably should have done that two paragraphs ago, but here we are. Cockfighting is called “the gentleman’s game” because all bets are made during the matches from person to person. The arena just accepts entry fees and sells tickets and concessions, all the betting is person to person. The other thing we should talk about is the spurs. I think the standard thinking about cockfighting is that the tiny knives they strap to the legs of the birds are to make the fights more lethal, but that’s not the case. Spurs grow naturally on fighting cocks and they are used to kill any other cock that tries to go near their hens. These birds love to fight and they love to kill. It’s not like dog fighting where you have to train the dogs to attack. These birds are born for it. The attached spurs are actually just to make the fight fair. They don’t want people sharpening or adding poison to the spurs so if everyone files the spurs down and agrees to use the same plastic spurs the fights are more about the bird’s athleticism than their tiny daggers.

After watching a series of fights at Don Alonso we traveled deeper into the island to find an illegal or “clandestino” match. It was pouring rain and we were driving up these crazy winding roads in the mountains and there would just be wild animals around every turn. We ended up El Barrio la Pica, Jayuya, a town where most of the residents are either incarcerated in, or work at the prison there. While the fight was technically illegal, the mayor of the town actually let the organizers use a local basketball court for the fight as long as all the entry fees went to a charity. It was a pretty amazing scene with kids and dogs running around while the adults surrounded this tiny ring cheering on the young bota wearing cocks.

On our final day on the Island we went to a farm where they breed fighting cocks. The owner of the farm put a baby chick in Brendan’s hands and told us that he was “born to kill”. Given their nature is to fight, most of the training involves high perches where the cocks have to jump up to reach. Training them to jump is the biggest part of the training because they need to be able to out jump the other bird and land spurs first on their opponent. They also keep older cocks and there are two reasons for this, the first is that it keeps the birds agitated knowing that there is a threat around, but they also make for good sparring partners. They will but botas on the birds and tape their beaks shut and let them battle so that the young birds learn to fight against a much tougher opponent without getting hurt.

Cockfighing is honeslty a beautiful sport. The birds look so incredible while fighting and the sportsmanship around the betting is admirable. That being said, the death of the cocks seem completely needless. Male chicks are inedible killed anyway, but I am not sure our continental sensibility would allow cockfighing to thrive here, if it was somehow made illegal again. But I could see a lot more people coming around to it if they always fought with botas. But the brutality of a cockfight to the death is something I have no interest in seeing ever again. Even the guides we hired as translators/ security were revolted by the fights. They hated the sport and thought that even though it was a part of their culture they had no interest in having anything to do with it. 

Anyway, I hope you guys take a look at this gallery even though it’s over 450 images. I am really proud of this stuff and I hope someone actually looks at it. Plus if you make it to the end there are a bunch of adorable chicks. And if you are in LA, please check out the show on Saturday! There are some 35mm images from the trip that are in this show that aren’t in the gallery. 

Any money I make selling this work will be donated to Habitat for Humanity in Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico isn’t close to rebuilt after Hurricane Maria and needs more help. Jayuya was badly damaged and in great need because of the same small roads we drove up making it much harder to get them the help they needed. You can donate to Habitat for Humanity PR here. 

Lastly, as you might expect there are some dead and bloody birds in this gallery, so if you are sensitive to any of that you probably don’t want to go through the photos, but then again if that’s the case you probably haven’t even read this far down so I guess we probably don’t need the warning.

Now click here to see the photos from our trip to Puerto Rico to document cockfighitng way back in 2012.

Cockfighting In Puerto Rico 

Cockfighting In Puerto Rico

Cockfighting In Puerto Rico

Cockfighting In Puerto Rico

Cockfighting In Puerto Rico

Cockfighting In Puerto Rico

Cockfighting In Puerto Rico

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