Over the weekend there was this insane rave in LA called Electronic Dance Carnival. I just happened to be in town during it and I had a few friends DJing, so I figured I would request a press pass. I shot over 2800 photos over two days. Over 100,000 people showed up on Saturday for one of the most mind-blowing event I have ever been too. After I ran out of cards on the first day I went to Kinko’s with a hand written piece of paper and came out with 1000 of the most ghetto business cards the world has ever seen and handed most of them out. Then I lost my phone and had my flash battery die on me at the same time and I flipped out and went home before I even got to see MSTRKRFT play.
Now, because I shot so many photos I am going to wait until I get back to NYC to get them up. Its just too much of a pain in the ass to deal with on my last two days in LA. I get back Wednesday and day one should be up that night or early Thursday. This means that if I gave you a business card on Saturday your pictures should be up on Thursday or Friday at the latest.
On day one of EDC I told everyone I was working for the LA Weekly because they only had a photographer there on Saturday, but the Weekly just put up the other photogs pics and it looks like they only ran images from Friday. So I don’t know if the LA Weekly is even going to run any of these images, but if they do hopefully they told people that the outtakes would be posted here… and they will be.
Basically this whole post is to tell my fans to get ready for some total weirdness from EDC and to tell people looking for pictures that they will be up soon. Why don’t you take a look around the site while you wait?
But what I am posting today is still pretty hilarious even if it is only a teaser to how ridiculous this event was. After I was done shooting the first night I realized that I had photographed over 50 pictures of adults wearing backpacks made for children. Of all the silly stuff about rave culture the back packs to me are the funniest. It seems that Hello Kitty is by far the most popular back pack, but Muppet, specifically Elmo, are a close second. I guess the kids who were making their parents kill themselves to buy Tickle-Me-Elmo for Christmas have finally grown up and are eating unreasonable amounts of ecstasy and dressing like toddlers. After I realized I had shot so many backpacks on day one, I really went after it on day two and assembled a lifetimes worth of hilarious photos.
Peace, Love and Unity you got… but if you dress like a 7 year old you aren’t getting Respect.
Check out the first batch of cringe worthy photos from the Electronic Daisy Carnival by clicking here and then come back later in the week to see the real pictures. They are pretty fucking amazing. PLUR.