Prince Tribute On Prince Street

Last night after Spike Lee’s Prince block party I headed down to the Lower East Side to see if I could find some people celebrating Prince.

My friends Ky and Jeremy were DJing Jarome’s and spinning Prince all night so I stopped in there first. Apparently I got there too early because it was a bit slow. I heard it got crazy a few hours later.

I decided to just walk around lower Manhattan. I heard their was a Prince tribute at the Prince Street Subway station so I figured if I just started walking that way I might run into something. I figure I would just walk down Prince Street as far as I could and hopefully find something to photograph.

I saw some mylar balloons hanging on a traffic light and when I looked carefully I realized they spelled Prince. They were all jumbled together so I didn’t even take out my camera. I just took a photo for my Snapchat. But as I walked down the street I came to another street light covered in balloons but this time it was a work in process.

I pulled out my camera and started shooting the small group of people trying to throw these weighted balloons up onto the street light. It took some doing and as they continued a slightly bigger crowd gathered. Someone had a boom box and started blasting Prince. I started talking to the artists who were creating this helium memorial and they told me they were headed to the New Museum next. They handed me an I balloon and we headed to the next stop.

When we got to the New Museum they spelled out Prince in front of the museum in balloons and then spread glitter everywhere. More people gathered as as they worked. They started spraying Prince stencils everywhere with chalk paint. By the time they were finished the New Museum had become a dance party.

I took a group photo and then everyone split up and I continued on to the Prince Street Subway where I found a couple tributes to Prince. By that time it was 2 or 3 am and I figured it was time to call it a night.

It’s a tragedy that Prince died but it was a really inspiring night and to see so many people come together is kinda wonderful. So instead of mourning Prince let’s all party like it’s 1999.

Click here to see the Prince tributes on Prince Street.

Ps. These photos are mildly NSFW cause someone pulled out their dick in the background of the group portraits because of course they did.

Prince Tribute On Prince Street

Prince Tribute On Prince Street

Prince Tribute On Prince Street

Prince Tribute On Prince Street

Prince Tribute On Prince Street

Prince Tribute On Prince Street

Prince Tribute On Prince Street

 

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Spike Lee’s Prince Block Party – 4.21.16

So another musical legend died yesterday and the world lost it’s mind again. Prince is a little bit different though. Not since maybe Michael Jackson have we lost a musician that is so universal. I mean I am a bigger Motorhead fan than I am a Prince fan and I know a billion people who were devastated by the death of David Bowie but a love for Prince seems to unite everyone.

I went down to Spike Lee’s 40 Acres building in Brooklyn last night and there were thousands of people of every age and ethnicity all dancing in the street to Prince. It was a really magical moment.

I put a small video clip of it on my Instagram and I had so many people contact me saying how much they wished they could be there. I am really glad I was able to be a part of it. (Also, weirdly enough, that video ended up on the Today Show (at the 1:12 mark))

The block party was supposed to end right at 10pm and at 10 some cops showed up ready to shut it down. Spike pleaded with them saying it was the last song and then everyone would go home. The cops gave him 10 more minutes and the crowd went nuts cheering. I even saw the cops singing along to Purple Rain. The whole thing was just really emotional and amazing.

After the block party I went home for a bit and then went to the Lower East Side looking for more Prince tributes but I have to go to the dentist so the rest of the photos from last night will have to wait until I get back.

Click here to see the photos from Spike Lee’s Prince block party at 40 Acres.

Spike Lee's Prince Block Party

Spike Lee's Prince Block Party

Spike Lee's Prince Block Party

Spike Lee's Prince Block Party

Spike Lee's Prince Block Party

Spike Lee's Prince Block Party

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Levitation SXSW Showcase – 3.17.16

And that was easy. All my SXSW posts are done in one day. Aside from FloodFest I only shot two other events and one of them was a private dinner so we only need two updates. Magical.

After hitting the Levitation party last year I figured I would stop by Hotel Vegas again for the 2016 edition. I was only there for an hour or two but I got to see a bunch of bands since they had four stages. I got there just in time for Thee Oh Sees which is part of my SXSW ritual (I have probably seen them 20 times in 13 SXSWs) and I got to see Saint Pé which was cool and I shot this fun band Creepoid who got Sailor Jerry tattoos the very next day.

I also ran into the radical September Girls and ended up running into my friend Tess and my friend Erica and my friend Ronen. All of these people are great so the party was extra fun. But the best part of the party might have been that it was on St. Patrick’s Day and almost no one was dressed in green. Oh, did I mention that there were infinite cute babes at the party?

I have kinda a terrible back so I decided I should go drop off my camera gear and go back out to have some SXSW fun but instead I didn’t get off my sick air mattress until I needed to go eat pancakes in the middle of the night. Party forever.

And with that all my SXSW updates are over. Go look at this quick gallery and I am gonna go unpack.

Click here to see some photos from the 2016 Levitation SXSW Showcase at Hotel Vegas in Austin.

Levitation SXSW Showcase

Thee Oh Sees

Levitation SXSW Showcase

Creepoid

September Girls

Levitation SXSW Showcase

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2016 SXSW FloodFest

After a few days to recover getting up this year’s South By Southwest posts is going to be really easy. I didn’t shoot the film fest and unlike in past years I pretty much just suck to one event during music week. I got hired by two different clients to cover Flood Magazine’s FloodFest day parties at Cedar Street Courtyard. I was there starting at 11am so I had to be up every day by 8:30 or so. Normally I would just get no sleep all week but it was my 13th SXSW and for once I decided I would take it easy. I did shoot two other parties but one of em was a private thing so I only have one update after this one. Praise rock music Jebus.

So yeah, FloodFest day parties! 30 bands over four days! I could list them all or you could just look at this list over here. I was there for Sailor Jerry again who had Keith Underwood and Phillip LaRocca doing tattoos all week and Original Penguin the classic men’s wear line that was gifting bands and had one of those evil photo booth things set up that cost me jobs (just kidding).

Let’s just bang out some highlights.

Best band: I really loved Sir The Baptist. Gospel, hip hop and r&b mixed with a hell of a live show. Real worth checking out.

Most fun band to hang out with after: September Girls were these rad Irish babes who played on St. Patrick’s Day because of course. I ended up running into em later in the day too and they all got Sailor Jerry tattoos.

Worst/ Best tattoo: The winner of the best and the worst tattoo goes to the front man from the band American Bombshell who got SXSW 16 tattooed to his knuckles. Holy shit.

Best babes in Austin: I had Ela Darling and Carter Cruise come visit me. Always good to see my worlds smash into each other. Ela was in town for the Interactive part of SXSW and was giving talks on VR in the Adult industry. Carter was in town DJing and ended up getting a pretty sick SJ tattoo.

Other friends getting tattooed: The homies Ho99o9 came to get tattooed and get some free Penguin gear. It was awesome to see this savage punk band in button up shirts. Hollywood Holt also came by to get his hand tattooed. My friends Keaton and Tess came by and got little jammers too and while not that interesting as far as the write up goes it was nice to hang out with them.

Other bands I dug: The Heavy, Deap Vally, So Pitted, Thao & the Get Down Stay Down and although they were a little to chill for me Polica was a huge crowd favorite. Over all most of the bands were pretty good although there were a few exceptions that made me want to murder all of music but I will probably just go ahead and not mention their names.

Anyway, go look some photos and thanks to Sailor Jerry and Original Penguin and Flood Magazine for having me out. Also thanks to Phil for the absurd SJ tattoo! Now go look at way too many pictures!

Click here to see a TON of photos from the 2016 SXSW FloodFest at Cedar Street Courtyard in Austin.

Deap Vally

Ho99o9

Polica

SXSW Kuckel Tattoo!

SXSW FloodFest

Sir The Baptist

CJ Linde & Phillip LaRocca

The Heavy

Keith Underwood Tattoos Carter Cruise

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Leesa Squyres

I photographed Lez Zeppelin’s drummer Leesa Harrington-Squyres for the Village Voice last week. It’s in print this week’s issue as illustration for an interview with her. When not touring with the infamous all girl Lez Zeppelin tribute band she works as a bouncer so the Vocie asked her about how (not) to smuggle drugs into a NYC nightclub… It’s an entertaining article and you should read it.

We shot these photos in about 7 minutes outside of Slattery’s Midtown Pub where I was throwing my weekly Dolfans NYC events. The Dolphins lost for their final time this season and the light was getting low so we had to shoot these real quick. Oh, I also hadn’t slept in 30 hours so that was fun too. No idea why I am telling you any of this, but I need to write something whenever I do a post right?

Leesa is super interesting and I dig this mini-gallery so I figured I would post it for you guys. I needed to get something up after the holidays. It’s been a minute since I posted anything and all I have ready to go is a bunch more nudity so I figured I would give you guys a break from all that. I know how much you hate naked photos…

Okay, I have filled enough space. Click here to see all the portraits of Lez Zeppelin drummer Leesa Harrington-Squyres!

Leesa Squyres

Leesa Squyres

Leesa Squyres

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The Mixed Media Method – 10.29.15

Last night I shot a new party for my friend Andrea Grant. She is a talented writer, total babe and gives me work a couple times a year so I am a big fan of her existence. She helped start an art, music and poetry collective called The Mixed Media Method and last night they threw their first event at Le Poisson Rouge.

Andrea got things started off with a poetry reading and then Canadian singer/songwriter Apryll Aileen played some songs that were real pretty and then this kinda great Russian band called Mad Meg played. I can’t really explain them but I was real into it. Kinda reminded me of some weird mix between Nick Cave and Gogol Bordello which maybe doesn’t make sense at all. Alycia Mayhew was the headliner and it was a CD release party for her new album “Letting Go”. I unfortunately had to go throw an event for a football team that got fucking embarrassed on national TV so I missed her performance but I showed up a bit early and took some shots of her sound checking and she sounded great.

On top of all the live music Ian Slarsky did blind contour portraits of people all night and DJ Ivan played music between bands. Between Ian and Ivan and Igor (me) there was a lot of name related confusion but we all did our jobs anyway. Rebecca Larson hosted the whole thing too so that’s important and stuff.

And thus ends another weird event write up. I think it’s time you go look at pictures.

Click here to see all the photos from the first ever The Mixed Media Method party at Le Poisson Rouge.

The Mixed Media Method

Rebecca Larson & Apryll Aileen

Apryll Aileen & Alycia Mayhew

Mad Meg

Andrea Grant

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Another Evening With Lucero – 10.8.15

Before I head out for a very long day of photographing the New York Comic Con I wanted to get up some more photos of Lucero. Last week I shot them in Nashville as part of the kick off for their Sailor Jerry Presents: An Evening With Lucero tour. Well last night the tour came to NYC so I figured I would shoot that show as well.

Once again they opened for themselves with an acoustic set and then playing a second, longer, electric set. It was a big crowd that filled up most of the massive Webster Hall. I don’t have much to say different from the last show, except that I ran into a bunch of friends including Oliver Peck who is on tour with Lucero for a few days before he comes back to NYC for the live Ink Master season finale on Tuesday.

Anyway, it was a fun show and I think it was even better than the Nashville show because Webster’s sound is fantastic and I had actually slept.  Now go look at some photos and I am gonna go photograph some nerds.

Click here to see all the photos from the NYC edition of Sailor Jerry Presents: An Evening With Lucero.

Lucero In NYC

Lucero In NYC

Lucero In NYC

Lucero In NYC

Lucero In NYC

 

 

 

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An Evening With Lucero – 10.1.15

Last night Lucero played the first date of their US tour, kicking things off with a two set show in Nashville. Fortunately Sailor Jerry is sponsoring the tour so I got a chance to fly down to Tennessee for the event dubbed “Sailor Jerry Presents: An Evening With Lucero”.

The idea was that Lucero would play two sets, one acoustic and then come back 30 minutes later and play a second electric set dubbed “the drunk set” by front man Ben Nichols. It’s a pretty cool idea especially if you are obsessed with a band like a ton of Lucero fans are. It was a packed house and I met people who came from NYC, Baltimore, San Diego and even Ireland for the show. Kinda amazing dedication.

In my life time of music I can only think of a few times when I have seen a band open for themselves. I saw They Might Be Giants get dressed up for Halloween and pretend to be a TMBG cover band only to play a legitimate set an hour later. They spent a lot of the set making fun of the “cover band” for drinking all the booze on their bus. I saw Camper Van Beethoven open for Cracker and while technically they are two different bands they just swapped out guitar players. And once when I was managing the band the Gaskets I hired a cover band to play their entire first album at the release party for their second album. Not quite the same thing but their die hard fans loved it. They got to hear the old hits and the whole new record.

Not that any of that is relevant to last night, but my flight back to NYC is delayed so you get that random story because I have nothing else to do.

If you are a Lucero fan this is a tour you should not miss. They are playing at Webster Hall next Thursday and I will be covering that show as well so I hope to see a bunch of friends there there. Check out the rest of their tour dates here.

Now click here to see photos from the Sailor Jerry Presents: An Evening With Lucero tour kickoff at the Cannery Ballroom in Nashville.

Sailor Jerry Presents: Lucero

Sailor Jerry Presents: Lucero

Sailor Jerry Presents: Lucero

Sailor Jerry Presents: Lucero

Sailor Jerry Presents: Lucero

 

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Books, Babes & Some Really Weird Music

Hey it’s Monday and after I spent 3 days at the NY Art Book Fair and yesterday dealing with the pain that is my Miami Dolphins fandom it’s time to start fresh with a new week. It’s possible I ate two entire pizzas last night and today it’s time to catch up on a bunch of work and perhaps force myself to eat a salad.

With that in mind, let’s drop a bunch of stuff on you real quick.  Got some new naked photos, some weird music and of course I gotta try and sell you some zines again. Let’s start with the zines…

I spent Thursday night and most of Friday and Saturday at the New York Art Book Fair. As both a creator and consumer of photo books the NY Art Book Fair is pretty much my favorite thing ever. I get to look at so much rad shit, buy a bunch of rare books and zines and hopefully make more money than I spend. It’s also a good networking opportunity. Last year I met Mike Krim who runs Paper Work NYC and this year he let me sell my stuff at his booth. Last year I met fucked up illustrators Matt Crabe and Wizard Skull and this year I am just finishing a zine collaboration with them and a bunch of other artists many of whom I ran into at the book fair. Oh, did I mention that there are so many real cute girls there who also make really cool shit? What could be better than that?

The zine fair went pretty awesome and I actually stayed real close to my budget a picked up some stuff that I am really happy with. I also think I sold a bunch of stuff, I don’t have the exact totals but I think I made more than I spent so high five. But I do know I have some copies of my new zine Same Old City left still so they are now for sale in my Etsy store and will ship pretty much right away. I just mailed off all the pre orders. So get you copy now!

Click here to get Same Old City regular edition!

Click here to get Same Old City limited edition with print!

Samantha Flynn W/ Same Old City

Next up, let’s talk babes. A really long time ago I shot my friend Caitlin. She had done some modeling for her roommates art projects but I was the first person to photograph her professionally. We took a bunch of photos and even though she’s kinda awkward it was a good kinda awkward and I think we got some really pretty photos. I posted a few to my Tumblr and stuff and then totally forgot about the set. Last week I found the set and realized I had never posted it. It had been a while so I hit her up about the photos and she didn’t really want them on my website which is totally fair. I love shooting new models, but there’s always a risk that they are gonna change their mind about the photos and I always respect that even though it can be really disappointing. Luckily we came to a compromise. I told her I wouldn’t post any more of the nude ones on my site, but she said I could publish them to Girls of Driven By Boredom. That way the images aren’t just floating about the internet for free and you gotta at least spend some money to see them. Seems like a reasonable compromise.

Click here to sign up for Girls Of Driven By Boredom to see an exclusive set of Caitlin.

Caitlin

The last thing in this way too long post is a weird one. I got a bunch of my Miami Dolphins vinyl collection online. The Dolphins may have been embarrassed yesterday but I will never be embarrassed by my collection of some of the weirdest records to ever be released. I have what I assume is the world’s largest collection of Miami Dolphins themed vinyl and my plan is to eventually build a website with all of my collection on it but for now I started a Sound Cloud with just the singles. If you are a fan of football, record collecting or just absurd 70s and 80s nostalgia you need to check this out.

Click here to listen to a bunch of my weird Miami Dolphins record collection.

Ballad Of The Miami Dolphins 7" Vinyl

 

 

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