Meet Mel

I met Mel around 5am one New Years in a bar that no longer exists. She gave me her number but I think when I texted her a few days later I don’t think she had any idea who I was. We became friends anyway and I found out she was a photographer too. This would come in handy later…

When I started working on my Instaxxx book she seemed like she was interested in being in it but we didn’t really make an effort to shoot anything. On Halloween we ended up going out together and I took a topless photo of her on my couch before we went out but she was covered in fake blood and it wasn’t exactly an image I wanted in my book. Fortunately a few months later she would come up with something.

Mel had been scouting locations for a shoot of her own and she found this Motor Lodge in Queens we wanted to shoot at. Unfortunately the day we had to shoot I got hired for an event that night so we didn’t have a lot of time. We ended up renting a room at another location she had scouted, the Liberty Inn, one of the last hourly rate hotels in Manhattan. Of course an hour in a Chelsea hotel costs as much as all night in most places but we still ended up with a pretty great location for under $100.

I took a great instax of Mel that ended in my new book and she let me shoot a whole digital set with her which was awesome. Mel had never done a real nude photo shoot before so it was awesome that she trusted me enough to let me shoot her and publish the photos.

Mel is also going to be doing an Instax photo booth at the Intaxxx release party at the Superchief NY space on the 29th of June! Come get your photo taken by a babe with a babe and buy my damn book!

Now click here to see all the NSFW photos of Mel at a creepy hourly rate motel!

Ps. These pics are in high resolution at Girls of DBB!




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I have talked a ton about my new book Instaxxx that will be out at the end of the month, but what I haven’t really talked about is the companion zine “NOT SAFE“. When I raised over $20,000 on Kickstarter I wanted to do something to give back to the people who backed by book and also to the women who have shot with me over the years.

I decided to do a zine that served several purposes. The first goal was to create a bonus for my Kickstarter backers. Everyone who bought Instaxxx via Kickstarter had the ability to buy NOT SAFE for $5 including US shipping. The second goal was just to create a zine with some of my favorite photos from some of my favorite models. I wasn’t trying to create a portfolio or anything but I thought it would be good to have something I could hand to a model or a client and say “hey this is what I like to do”.

But this zine had a greater purpose and that was to thank the women who have shot with me over the years and give a message to my fans who enjoy looking at my work but don’t really have any respect for the women who I photograph.

The title NOT SAFE refers to both the puritanical idea that nudity is somehow offensive and is “Not Safe For Work” and the sexist culture that has created a world where women can’t go online or walk down the street without being harassed. The cover features my friend Kate wearing some adorable double entendre kitty underwear that in this case is meant to invoke Trump’s horrifying “Grab her by the Pussy” line.

I see my “fans” posting awful comments on the blog and on my Instagrams and via Twitter. You can say any negative comment about me and I will leave it up but I delete and/or defend every negative comment about the model. They are putting themselves out there, often just because they want to work with me and it drives me crazy to see people attack them.

Women get harassed just for existing and when a woman puts herself out there and poses nude that stuff is taken to another level. I started out taking naked photos just because I liked looking at naked women. I didn’t even consider what the women would go through. The last decade of doing it professionally has made me think about that shit constantly. Seeing what women have to deal with just for taking a sexy photo is so fucking upsetting.

So this zine is a thank you to those women who put up with that shit every day, it’s about how nudity shouldn’t be considered offensive and it is a message to you guys to think about how you treat women both online and in real life. Plus it has a bunch of pretty photos of pretty women in it.

You can pre-order NOT SAFE as part of the Instaxxx pre-order here.

One dollar from every zine sold will be donated to Safe Horizon a charity that helps victims of violence including rape, sexual assault and domestic abuse.

Both Instaxxx and NOT SAFE start shipping June 30th.


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Meet Giselle Palmer

When I was in Austin for SXSW back in March I was bored waiting for a band to play. I started refreshing my Twitter over and over again and I noticed a notification from someone named Giselle Palmer. I lurked her page and almost instantly knew I needed to take her photo. I DMed her and said “if we are ever in the same place I would love to take your photo” and she messaged me back that she lived in Austin. A few hours later I was in her apartment taking photos.

I was in the middle of working on my Instaxxx book (goes to print today!!) and I knew I could get some good shots of her in her apartment using the flash of the Instax camera. I was right. She has her own spread in my book and another photo in my next zine. Unfortunately it was nighttime and  her apartment sucked for taking digital photos. We decided to plan a second shoot during daylight hours but I only had two more days in Austin so I figured I should shoot some digital stuff just incase and I am glad I did.

Turns out that Giselle is hot enough that shitty lighting and mediocre photography doesn’t really matter! I have a gallery of more than 70 photos for you and not one of them is correctly white balanced but every one of them is real hot. I feel like I spend a lot of time telling you why I took terrible photos, but to be honest no one really cares but me. You guys are just gonna look at these photos and think “holy shit Giselle is hot” and not even notice that most of them are underexposed. I get it. Let’s move on.

So a few weeks after I left Austin, Giselle took a trip to LA to shoot some porn. She started webcamming in December of this year so in January she went to Vegas to check out the AVN Awards. While she was walking around Naughty America noticed her and flew her back out to Vegas to shoot her first porn scenes. When I met Giselle that is all she had ever shot. I don’t even think the scenes were out yet and no one had ever heard of her, but when she went to LA she never left.

Within days of visiting LA she got the biggest agent in porn and seems to be shooting nearly every day. She blew up instantly like I knew she would. She is so hot, so rad and a total creep and I mean that in the best way. Real glad I got to shoot her before she gets way too big to shoot with me.

Anyway, I thought this would be a good introduction to Giselle but just wait until you guys see the rest of the stuff we shot. On my last day in Austin we went out with Holly Beth and spent all day in a park shooting some really pretty stuff. I think you guys are gonna really love it.

Finally, I should mention there are some extra explicit shots on Girls of Driven By Boredom that you should go look at if you are into that kinda thing. All the images on there are in high resolution too… but if you don’t have Girls of DBB just go look at the rest of the photos!

Click here to see all the NSFW photos of Giselle Palmer!

Giselle Palmer

Giselle Palmer

Giselle Palmer

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Sailor Jerry Fleet Week – 5.24.17

Last night I got to hang out on an aircraft carrier which is probably the coolest location I have been to for a party in all my years of partying. Fleet week started yesterday and Sailor Jerry threw their Fleet Week kick off party on the USS Intrepid. The Intrepid is a decommissioned WWII aircraft carrier that is now a museum and apparently a fantastic place to party.

It was hard to beat the Fleet Week kick off party last year which featured Cage The Elephant and Norman Reedus but the Alabama Shakes played this year and when you mix that with the insane location it was one hell of a time.

For some insane reason they gave Daniel “Gravy” Thomas a wireless mic so most of the night featured Gravy running around like a mad man buying sailors rum and hyping the party while Ian Saint Laurent DJd. Around 9 Alabama Shakes came on and ended the party properly. I haven’t really listened to them before but I left fairly impressed.

I really like some of these photos because the scenery was so amazing. You probably are gonna wanna check these pictures out.

Click here to see the photos from Sailor Jerry’s Fleet Week kick off party on the USS Intrepid.

Sailor Jerry Fleet Week

Sailor Jerry Fleet Week

Alabama Shakes

Gravy Thomas & Ian Saint Laurent

Sailor Jerry Fleet Week

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AVN Awards Video!

When the AVN Awards aired I happened to be at my parent’s house in DC and I actually got to watch it. Back in NYC I do not have cable much less fancy things like premium channels. What I do have is the internets and I managed to get a clip of my segment from the awards if you wanna check that out.

The video is really about Jillian Janson who was nominated for Female Performer of the Year but I got to do a shoot with her for the video. They interviewed me and Jillian about our first shoot which I should probably publish sooner rather than later. It was under the Santa Monica Pier and was a ton of fun. Jillian is great as I have probably mentioned before.

This video also features some truly terrible acting from myself and features a misspelling of the word Boredom in Driven By Boredom which happens all the time. I really wish I owned but some asshole bought it and put spam there so please learn how to spell boredom everyone.

Sadly the video does NOT feature the part where we snuck into the kitchen at the Hard Rock for a shoot and got kicked out by security. It would have been amazing but they didn’t have release forms and things so they couldn’t use the video. Tragic.

Anyway, watch this video and don’t forget to look at the photos Jillian and I shot for it if you haven’t already. Also thanks to Scott and Jeff and the crew who filmed this thing for including me!


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Medusa Machina

At the end of last year I was trying to get my Instaxxx Kickstarter finished and I needed some shots still for the Kickstarter video. I reached out to a girl named Medusa Machina who I had met years ago but I think I had only seen once since then. We had talked about shooting in the past and this would have been a perfect time to shoot her and get the shots I needed for the video.

Fortunately she was house sitting for her friend Dennis who has an amazing apartment and she had this fantasy about cutting all her clothes off. I told her I was down to shoot whatever she wanted if she was in my Kickstarter video. She was totally down and we got to work in the kitchen slowly cutting her clothes off.

The kitchen leads to the pantry which for some reason leads to a bathroom so as she was finishing cutting her clothes off we figured why not shoot her in the shower. It was probably a mistake because the lighting was horrific in there, but to be honest the shots of her showering were pretty fucking sexy. I mean you can’t go wrong with that even if the lighting is ugly as hell. Plus the flash on the polaroids looked great in there which you can see if you go pre-order my damn book.

After we shot we recorded the video and shot a bunch of polaroids for the book. One of them ended up being the main image for the Kickstarter campaign. She was reading a book and you couldn’t see any actual nudity so it was the perfect image for promoting the book in a slightly safe for work way. Plus it ended up being the postcard reward for the Kickstarter too. So everything worked out really well.

I should also probably mention that aside from the terrible lighting in the bathroom there are also waaaay to many photos in this set. There are about 100 of them when there’s probably only 20 that I would normally post, but I thought it was good to tell the whole story of her cutting off her clothes. It’s probably a bad thing if you like good photography but a great thing if you wanna see a ton of photos of Medusa so just a heads up. I should also mention you can see these same images in high resolution with “hands free browsing” over on Girls of Driven By Boredom.

Lastly, thanks a ton to Dennis for letting us use your place! Now go look at some damn photos!

Click here to see nearly 100 photos of Medusa Machina cutting all her clothes off!

Medusa Machina

Medusa Machina

Medusa Machina

Medusa Machina

Medusa Machina


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Jillian Janson For Showtime

Tonight the 2017 AVN Awards air on Showtime. Yes, I agree, airing an awards show that happened four months ago does seem strange, but it’s happening tonight nonetheless. It seems like something you’d want to watch if you like award shows or the porn industry or if say you really wanted to see a performance from Flo Rida flanked by dozens of drunk porn stars. I have covered the last 7 or 8 of these things so I have actually never watched them on TV but tonight is special… because I am on it.

Jillian Janson is a fucking babe and I got to shoot her a while ago under the Santa Monica Pier. I just now realized that I have yet to post those photos but I will because they are awesome because Jillian is unreasonably hot.

Jillian was featured as part of Showtime’s AVN coverage and she has her own little segment. I was fortunate enough to be part of that segment. We did a photoshoot in a penthouse of the Hard Rock in Vegas which was pretty fantastic but Showtime wanted something a little more exciting so we went and shot on the roof.

After that we actually tried to sneak into the kitchen of the Joint nightclub to shoot. We made it all the way into the kitchen and were setting up a shot when we got caught by security. We ended up just going around the corner and shooting anyway, but the photos didn’t really come out because I am a mediocre photographer but hopefully the video looks cool.

Anyway, watch the AVN Awards tonight at 11 after you look at all these photos. They are also available in high resolution at Girls of Driven By Boredom.

Now click here to see all the photos I shot of Jillian Janson for Showtime’s AVN Awards.

Jillian Janson AVN Awards

Jillian Janson AVN Awards

Jillian Janson AVN Awards


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Daredevil Tattoo 20th Anniversary

Daredevil Tattoo celebrated it’s 20th anniversary and the 20th anniversary of legal tattooing in NYC over the weekend. The events started on Friday with two events at Daredevil and then two full days of tattooing with some of the best tattoo artists in the world doing classic flash tattoos and updated versions of the historic flash. It was a really cool event and I got two galleries for you from it!

On Friday things started out with a few hours of $50 Sailor Jerry tattoos with a small break before the opening night party. I didn’t make it out in time for the $50 tattoo part but I did make it down in time for the party. Sailor Jerry was involved all day with brand ambassadors Gravy Thomas & The Paul Monahan both showing up for the madness and bringing plenty of Sailor Jerry rum to the party.

The cool thing about having a party at Daredevil is that it’s not just a tattoo shop but it’s also a tattoo museum. The place is filled with tattoo history and is located just blocks from the birth of modern tattooing. The first electric tattoo machine was patented in NYC and changed tattooing forever. If you wanna learn more about it I guess you could google it, but you should probably just go down to Daredevil and check it out.

Aside from partying with all the legendary tattoo artists the coolest part of the party had to have been the surprise appearance from Golden Lions NYC. I was not expecting three Chinese New Year dragons to roll up into the shop but they did and it was pretty incredible.  After the lions I left to go watch the end of a playoff hockey game that went into overtime but I was up bright and early the next morning for the second part of the tattoo celebration.

After working for Sailor Jerry the night before I got hired by the website Tattoodo to cover the tattoo convention part of the weekend (located a few blocks away from Daredevil at Ludlow Studios). Tattoodo is a massive online tattoo community with almost 2 million followers on Instagram. They sponsored the weekend and it was great working with them. Plus I got to get tattooed while I worked!

I decided to go with some of the historic flash and got a snake wrapped around a dagger tattooed by Nick Colella. Nick and I have been instagram friends for ages and I actually got tattooed at his shop Great Wave in Chicago before they were even open to the public. Nick had never tattooed me though so I figured it was time. Thanks Nick!

After getting tattooed I spent the rest of the day photographing other people getting tattoos by tattoo artists that have waiting lists of months if not years. One of my favorite tattoo artists Grez was tattooing all weekend and it took me 9 months to get an appointment for him to do my arm and and another 6 months to get my chest done. The tattoos were well worth the wait but you gotta love a convention where you only need to wait a few hours.

I didn’t make it back Sunday but I got plenty of shots for you to look at. If you care at all about tattooing or tattoo history you should check out these galleries. I have not one, but two of them! But before I get to that just wanted to congratulate Michelle Myles & Brad Fink on 20 years of Daredevil!

Click here to see all the photos from the opening night party at Daredevil Tattoo!

Click here to see all the photos from the tattoo convention at Ludlow Studios!

Daredevil Tattoo 20th Anniversary

Daredevil Tattoo 20th Anniversary

Daredevil Tattoo 20th Anniversary

Daredevil Tattoo 20th Anniversary

Daredevil Tattoo 20th Anniversary

Daredevil Tattoo 20th Anniversary

Daredevil Tattoo 20th Anniversary

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24 Hours In the Galápagos Islands

Right now I am supposed to “travel into the lush highlands of the large island of Santa Cruz where wild tortoises forage” but instead I am in my livingroom updating my website. How did this happen?

Last Friday I flew to Ecuador and met up with my family for our first family vacation of the 21st century. My parents both turn 70 next month and after talking about going to the Galápagos for many years we finally booked a trip. The next day we loaded a bus with dozens of families and couples my parents age and headed to the airport. We flew to the tiny island of Baltra just north of Santa Cruz. It’s one of only two airports in the archipelago, a former US army base during WWII. We landed in a world that when combined with the long customs lines felt very much like we were entering Jurassic Park on opening day. The John Williams score was stuck in my head all day.

After our bags were searched for any sort of invasive species we got on another bus which took us to a tiny dock where a sea lion napped in the shade of the benches. Across from there was a shack that sold giant bottles of beer as a large land iguana crawled past the line. Pelicans and bright red crabs sat on the rocks around the docks and huge schools of tiny fish zipped past us. We boarded Zodiac boats piloted by men who looked like bandits covered from head to toe to protect them from the harsh equatorial sun.

We finally boarded the Endeavor II, the boat that we were to live on for the next week, but just 24 hours later we were on a Zodiac back to the same Baltra dock and on our way to the hospital in neighboring Santa Cruz.

The rest of the day was spent in a series of meetings. We had a evacuation drill and learned the national park rules and met the crew of the boat. There was an overview of the trip and some lessons from naturalists and countless reminders to bring water and sunblock everywhere. Finally we went on our first excursion, a short walk around Las Bachas, a beach named after WWII army barges dumped into the sea when the US left after the the war. The walk served as an introduction to the trip and we went over everything once again. We saw marine iguanas, flamingos and frigate birds and we ended the trip with a quick dip in the water right next to volcanic rocks covered in the same bright red crabs from the Baltra dock.

We returned to the Endeavour for dinner and afterwards we stood on the roof of the boat and watched large sharks follow the ship trying to catch flying fish out of the air. Despite the massive amount of time spent on travel and meetings the whole thing was fairly magical and I was excited for the next day. We would be snorkeling in the afternoon but first a hike to see the nesting grounds of Blue Footed Boobies. Unfortunately the snorkeling was not meant to be.

At 6:15am the weather was announced for the day over the ship’s loud speakers. Breakfast would be served at 6:30 and it was time to get up. By the time my brother and I made it to breakfast my parents were sitting with another couple and my brother and I squeezed into a table next to two travel agents on vacation together. We would see them again soon.

At 7:30 we boarded the Zodiacs and were taken to North Seymour Island. The hike featured a 200 meter walk over rocks that sometimes rolled out of the way and there were other options for people who didn’t want to risk the slightly treacherous journey into the booby nesting grounds. We of course decided to go on the hike, it was a decision we would live to regret.

North Seymour island was pretty amazing. It was full of an amazing amount of birds and iguanas all of which barely react to humans. The land iguanas are way bigger than the marine iguanas and were found crawling all over the island. Blue footed boobies were everywhere, many standing on eggs to keep them warm. Male frigate birds puffed out giant red sacks to attract mates and tiny lava lizards would run past your feet so often you had to make an effort not to step on them. With no predators aside from birds none of the animals have any reason to fear anything. They just ignore humans and you can walk right up to them. It seems like paradise.

The rocky path seemed a lot less treacherous than we were led to believe. There were rocks everywhere but nothing like the boulders I imagined when they explained the hike before we got off the boat. As we neared the end of the 200 meter rocky trail we could see the beach. At some point a rock rolled out from under me and my dad who was following behind told me to be careful. I told him I was fine and sort of laughed because I was thinking about how I was worried about my near elderly parents falling. My parents have spent my entire life worrying about me and now my brother and I are the once who feel like we need to take care of them.

I was thinking about that very thing when my dad tripped. I turned around to see him laying on the ground and I leaned down to him and asked him if he was alright. He very calmly responded with “nope”. He asked me if his camera was okay because he decided to protect it instead of himself. He saved the camera but managed to hit his head on a rock.

He warned me that there “might be a little bit of blood” when he took off his hat. That’s when I saw a bright red liquid start to flow down into the dirt. When I took his hat off I was horrified to see that he had a massive cut across his forehead and the skin was falling down into his eyes. I could see about an inch of his skull and told him to put pressure on the wound and to hold his forehead on. My brother was there too and told my mom not to look. The naturalist who was guiding us radioed for help and got out a first aid kit and gave him a bandage and my brother held it on the wound.

At first he was feeling very sick and he seemed out of it but not concussed, more like in shock but by the time the doctor had arrived my dad was sitting up trying to drink water. He actually was mugging for the camera when I took his photo. The doctor took one look at my dad and started yelling in spanish. She made no effort to hide her shock when she saw my father’s massive wound which my mother didn’t really appreciate. Four of the men who had served as waiters at dinner the night before brought a stretcher out and carried my father off the island. They put his bloody hat over his head to protect him from the sun but as he was carried past us it looked like a corpse being carried out of a crime scene on a bad police procedural.

My mother left with my bad but for some reason we continued on. My brother and I did not exactly enjoy the rest of the hike. Strangers kept coming up to us trying to comfort us and we just sort of drifted around in shock. My dad told me to use his camera since he owns a big zoom lens for bird watching so took a few more photos and just kept praying he would be okay. I don’t actually believe in god but it was Easter after all. One of the last things we saw before leaving the island was the rotting corpses of two sea lions. It was an ominous sign.

When we returned to the boat my dad was being stitched up but we were told that my dad would have to leave the boat if he wanted to get an x-ray and would not be able to return because the boat was leaving the area near Santa Cruz and we wouldn’t be able to get back. We also had less than an hour to decide. It was an easy decision.

After washing our father’s blood off our hands my brother and I packed up as quickly as possible before heading to my parent’s room to help my mom pack. My dad decided he wanted to keep his bloody hat as a souvenir so we even packed that but I decided to toss my jacket that they used for a pillow when they took my dad away in the stretcher. We carefully got my dad inside the Zodiac and headed back to the same Baltra dock and were once again greeted by the same sea lion in the exact same place from yesterday.

We were met by a guide that was arranged by the tour company and he took us in a cab to a water taxi that took us over to Santa Cruz. From there an ambulance awaited us and my parents left to the hospital while my brother and I took our luggage in a cab to a nearby hotel. And when I saw near by I mean near by the hospital because the city of Puerto Ayora was 40 miles away from the water taxi.

We quickly checked into the hotel and walked over to the hospital. My dad seemed okay and had just been x-rayed. There wasn’t much we could do but wait so my brother and I got some food and walked about a mile to the Darwin Center where they raised baby giant tortoises so they wouldn’t be eaten by the invasive rats brought over by pirate ships hundreds of years ago. It was cool to finally see a giant tortoise but to be honest baby giant tortoises just look like regular turtles and the adults there were behind big rock walls. It was pretty much like seeing them at the zoo and just sort of emphasized my disappointment that we were leaving this majestic place.

When we got back my parents were back at the hotel and my dad was actually sleeping. The x-rays were negative and he had been given the clear to fly by the doctor. We couldn’t get a flight to Ecuador until the next day so we left my dad to sleep and got some more food. We bought my dad back a pizza because apparently there is a mediocre Italian restaurant in the Galapagos.

The next day our guide picked us up at the hotel at 7am to take us to the airport but when I brought my bags down to meet him we discovered that we were not the only people from our group leaving early. The two travel agents were going to the airport with us as well. One of them had fallen off a Zodiac a few hours after we left the boat and hurt her knee very badly. She had to fly to Ecuador to get an MRI.

We drove back across the island and back to the water taxi. We had to carry the woman in her wheelchair onto a tiny boat and then back into another van in Baltra. I also ended up pushing her around the airport which was cool because we got to board the plane before everyone else.

When we took off for Ecuador I held my dad’s hand. He seemed okay but I just kept imagining the worst. I told him I loved him and almost started crying when the plane started moving. I had these horrible visions of my dad’s brain exploding from altitude.

When we landed in Ecuador we found out we couldn’t change our flights because the airline had almost no seats available for the next three days. We ended up checking into a hotel room and spent my brother’s birthday arguing with airlines and insurance companies and each other over how we were going to get home.  Eventually we just ended up buying wildly expensive tickets on other airlines and after another day of nightmarish travel we finally all made it home.

My father went to his doctor the next morning and seems to be just fine. There was no sign of infection or brain damage and apparently the the stitches he received were really good so he might not even have that bad of a scar.

Ending the trip early was a huge disappointment to all of us but I cannot tell you how happy I am that my dad is okay. It could have been so much worse. I also think it brought our family together as well. My brother told me that this experience was a lot more bonding than “snorkeling with sea lions”. He was right.

Click here to see my photos from the 24 hours I spent in the Galápagos Islands… and no, I didn’t post any photos of the injury.

Galápagos Islands

Galápagos Land Iguana

Galápagos Islands

Frigate Bird

Blue Footed Booby


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