Sailor Jerry Fleet Week – 5.29.16

I spent my birthday at Pier 84 photographing the Sailor Jerry Fleet Week party. It was the culmination of a week of Sailor Jerry Fleet Week events honoring sailors (Navy, Marines & Coast Guard). They gave out free drinks, hair cuts and tattoos and then threw this huge free party with a live performance from Cage the Elephant.

I didn’t make the other events but I saw Cage The Elephant at Lollapalooza in 2011 and they blew me away so I figured this would be a pretty good way to get paid to have fun on my birthday. I have shot thousands of bands over the last 20 years and Cage The Elephant are one of those bands that really sticks out. I went out and bought one of their albums after seeing their live show

Aside from the Cage show there was a lot going on. For some reason there were a couple Playboy Playmates hanging out and arm wrestling sailors. No one seemed to mind them cheating for some reason.

Ink Master judge Oliver Peck was giving sailors free Sailor Jerry tattoos all day. I have photographed a lot of Sailor Jerry tattoo events and it was awesome seeing the right people getting the classic tattoos for their original meanings. Last time I saw Oliver he was tattooing my knee so it was nice to see him without wanting to pass out.

They were giving out on site silk screened shirts and my friend Myles was sewing Sailor Jerry patches on the shirts or whatever you wanted. And did I mention the free drinks? There were a lot of free drinks.

Shortly before Cage went on, the Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus drove a custom Sailor Jerry Harley Davidson on stage and gave a toast to the troops and the proceeded to take hundreds of selfies with sailors and other fans. It was pretty impressive to see him spend over an hour taking photos with people and signing autographs.

Finally Cage went on and after shooting their first few songs I decided I had taken enough photos to just enjoy the rest of the set. I had a couple of drinks and they got right on top of me because I hadn’t eaten or slept because I am terrible at life. So I ended up staying late talking to US Navy guys about the nature of war and service. Pretty intense way to start Memorial Day.

I finally left and met up with some friends for dinner and ended up sobering up a lot as soon as I got food in me and then started to get drunk again and ended up at some punk show and on a roof in the rain and talking hockey with some fucking Penguins fan at a metal bar and then went home and ordered $40 of delivery food before passing out while watching Game of Thrones. Did anything important happen?

Oh right, photos, sorry… let’s do this.

Click here to see all the photos from the Sailor Jerry Fleet Week party at Pier 84.

Norman Reedus

Sailor Jerry Fleet Week

Cage The Elephant

Norman Reedus & Oliver Peck

Sailor Jerry Fleet Week

Sailor Jerry Fleet Week

Norman Reedus

Sailor Jerry Fleet Week

Sailor Jerry Fleet Week

 

 

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Ghostbustin’ In Brooklyn

Yesterday my friends at BBQ Films started promotion on their newest interactive film event: the original Ghostbusters! They will be screening the film over the course of three days in early June (8th, 9th and 10th) at Villain NYC and it will undoubtably be amazing.

I have been involved with BBQ Films since I had a chance to check out their screening of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and since then I have been to three more of their events and they have all been completely over the top and insane even if I don’t care about the movie (sorry Blade). At the Empire Records screening I had my head shaved by Empire Records star Ethan Embry… you can’t get much more interactive than that.

Anyway, enough promoting. Let’s talk about yesterday…

BBQ Films needed help filming a trailer for the upcoming event so they put some sort of Ghost signal out to chapters of Ghostbusters from around the country. Ghostbusters from NYC, Jersey and PA came out to help film the trailer. I came out to photograph some of behind the scenes fun and party with ghosts.

We started out at the bar The Levee in Brooklyn and then made our way over to Villain NYC where the event is going to take place. We had a bunch of insane Ghostbusters vehicles with us and several Slimers. It was a good look. We ended back at the Levee once it got too dark to film. All and all a fun time with some serious Ghostbuster nerds (and I mean that in the best possible way).

So check out these photos and get your ticket to BBQ’s Ghostbusters screening. You will not regret it.

Click here to see our Ghostbustin’ adventures with BBQ Films in Brooklyn.

BBQ Films: Ghostbusters

BBQ Films: Ghostbusters

BBQ Films: Ghostbusters

BBQ Films: Ghostbusters

BBQ Films: Ghostbusters

BBQ Films: Ghostbusters

BBQ Films: Ghostbusters

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Roxy

A while ago I was in LA for a few days and I had scheduled several photo shoots and since it’s LA people flaked. Sitting in my hotel room kinda bored I decided to check out LA Tinder when I ran into my old friend Roxy. I always swipe right on my friends and we matched. I hit her up and met up with her and my buddy Devin who was her roommate in college or something crazy like that. Good times.

We made plans to take some photos for old times the next day. I probably last took Roxy’s photo in 2007 or something like that so it was cool to get to shoot again and this time we shot in her apartment and not in a nightclub bathroom at 2am.

Roxy has a cool looking face with all these freckles and stuff, but she’s also an absurd person so I really dig the photos of her laughing and making dumb faces and hopefully you will like those photos too. Actually, I don’t really care. I like them, so you can fuck right off.

Other stuff to mention… Roxy has a cat and there are some good photos with her cat. I am allergic to cats so I kinda hate them but I know other people like cats so look at the cat photos if you are one of those people. I found out Roxy babysits my friend Coops kid which is kinda great. And lastly these photos will also be up on Girls of DBB with a few extra photos if I can ever get them to upload. My internet is screwy for some reason.

Now stop reading this and go look at a bunch of naked photos of Roxy.

Roxy

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Insane Clown Posse @ Webster Hall – 5.9.16

Last night the Insane Clown Posse played New York. Given that my favorite people to photograph are juggalos I of course had to go. This is maybe the third time ICP has played NYC in the last decade and I think I have been to all the shows, but this time they played Webster Hall where I have spent countless hours of my life.

They played the middle floor of Webster aka the Marlin Room which is kinda a weird space for a band that spends most of their set throwing two liters of soda at the crowd. The ceilings are low and the room is wider than it is long so unless you were right by the side bars you couldn’t really avoid getting hit with a bottle. I took one to the head and I actually have a cut from the lip of the bottle.

One of my best friends was in town because we were ICP fans in the mid 90’s before juggalos were a thing. That’s how I got into shooting juggalos in the first place. I had a pretty good background in ICP before I started documenting this wonderful madness. He hasn’t listened to ICP in the last 15 years but thought it would be fun to come up from DC for the show.

So I shot photos before the show and after the show but during their set we just ran around getting covered in soda and moshing with juggalos and whatever one does at a concert when they aren’t shooting photos. I don’t even remember how that works. It was actually a lot of fun.

I should also note that there were a ton of under cover hipsters in juggalo costumes there which I guess is probably Camille Dodero and my fault for breaking the internet with our original Village Voice cover story that lead to the massive amount of media at the Gathering of the Juggalos every year. See if you can spot the juggalo tourists!

Now click here to see my photos from the Insane Clown Posse show at Webster Hall!

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Insane Clown Posse Invades New York

Insane Clown Posse Invades New York

Insane Clown Posse Invades New York

Insane Clown Posse Invades New York

Insane Clown Posse Invades New York

Insane Clown Posse Invades New York

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Romance & Phoebe Phelpz

I have known Romance ever since she was a Gods Girl. We had talked about shooting in Vegas when she lived there years ago but it never worked out. But then I ran into her in Vegas with Angel Beau and didn’t even realize it was her until after the fact. Then she got on Burning Angel and started doing actual adult movies and stuff and I wanted to shoot her even more but by the time we had a chance to shoot she had moved from Vegas and even though she was in town for the AVN Awards she was always super busy. Fortunately this AVN it finally all worked out.

I always stay in Vegas an extra day during the AVN Weekend. Hotels are super cheap on Sunday’s and I can just try and relax after an exhausting weekend. I have to get all my photos to clients by Monday so I spend all day editing photos in a hotel bed eating room service and watching playoff football. Plus I can usually manage to get in a shoot with someone who was too busy during the weekend but was staying an extra day too.

This year that person was Romance.

She showed up to my hotel room a bit too late for good lighting but I was just happy to have her. I threw a flash on my camera and started shooting. She had brought her friend with her who was doing her make up but her friend was this hot goth babe named Phoebe Phelpz and she was down to get in some photos too. I started shooting Romance and then threw Phoebe in there and did this little mini shoot to start.

At some point during the shoot I got super lazy and just got back on the bed and shot them from there while I watched football. I essentially got a lap dance from two babes while watching football and technically I was working. It was not the worst way to spend an evening.

Also, given that I was on the bed there are a bunch of shots of me shooting up at them which was pretty fun but also makes for some fairly graphic photos that I wouldn’t want to post on such a prude website as this. Fortunately for you there are a bunch of those explicit shots up on Girls of Driven By Boredom.

Anyway this is my last set from my 2016 AVN trip which is funny because I think I still haven’t posted stuff from 2015. I kinda suck at posting stuff sometimes. Mostly I just forget. This got a little long so let’s get to the damn pictures already.

Click here to see all the NSFW photos of Romance and Phoebe Phelpz!

Romance & Phoebe Phelpz

Romance & Phoebe Phelpz

Romance & Phoebe Phelpz

 

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