Arya Fae

Arya Fae is great. We had been friends on Instagram for a while and we met in reality at the AVN Awards back in January, but it wasn’t until I was in LA for the LA Art Book Fair that we met in real life. The LAABF trip was a Kickstarter stretch goal for my Instaxxx book. The idea was I would go out there and try to find a good printer or maybe some distribution for my book, but nothing came of it and it just added to me spending way too much money on the book. On the positive side I took a lot of fucking rad photos that week and I think the best of them were of Arya Fae.

I met Arya at her place and we did a shoot in the alley behind her place. There were a ton of people coming in and out of the apartments that connect to the alley so we had to be pretty sneaky. We shot on her steps and in the parking garage and got some good stuff before heading back inside. The idea was to take a few quick photos outside and then shoot more in her bed but I took so many damn photos in both places that I am gonna split this up into two different posts. Sorry.

Anyway, after the shoot Arya and I got food and then we ended up having to drive all over town and then I got stuck at her place at rush hour and we ended up hanging out until I was supposed to shoot Jojo Kiss. Well, it turns out her and Jojo are tight so we went over to Jojo’s place together and met up with my friend Alondra and Arya’s friend Charlotte and we went in the hot tub and partied and we shot a ton of Instax for my book. There’s probably six or 7 pages in Instaxxx taken on this one day in February alone. BUY THE BOOK HERE!

So here’s what you get today. You get the photos from outside on this site. And then if you subscribe to Girls of Driven By Boredom you get all the photos in high resolution, PLUS you get a few more explicit shots from outside AND you get a bunch of random photos from that party we had after the shoot. They are not very good photos technically, but I have a feeling you are gonna really like them anyway.

Not sure when, but I will get up the rest of the shoot on here in the future. I feel like I should hold off a bit and spread out the Arya magic… oh, and did I mention I shot her again a couple weeks ago?

Now click here to see the first round of photos of the amazing Arya Fae!

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Eddy

I have been friends with Eddy Segal for a really long time and pretty much that entire time I have been trying to take photos of her. I did shoot her for collaborative zine ARTS, but it’s been a mostly failed venture but I texted her to invite her to my LA Instaxxx book launch and she ended up coming out. We talked for a bit and she told me that if we made the photo shoot about her artwork she would shoot finally with me.

That was perfect for me me because I love shooting people in their environments. I had this idea in my head about shooting her while she was painting in her underwear or something, but since some of her artwork is wearable we ended up shooting her in her mom’s old wedding dress that she painted, a wearable collage and ended the shoot with a dress she was still working on. In between we shot her in her underwear with some paintings and then with another fabric piece. It ended up being a really cool shoot. Oh, I should mention that Eddy’s spot in Malibu is fucking amazing.

This shoot is noticeably not naked, which is disappointing for everyone of course, but we did shoot a couple nude shots that I might use for book projects in the future. Plus she let me include one and a half nudes on Girls of Driven By Boredom which is what I am trying to convince you to sign up for this week and if seeing Eddy’s butt isn’t worth $7 I don’t know what the fuck is.

Plus! Eddy’s friend Miracle was at the house when we were taking photos and ended up jumping into the shoot. I posted an exclusive set of her to Girls of Driven By Boredom as well. That set has more photos of Eddy in it too because I am a wonderful human.

In conclusion, go look at Eddy’s art, sign up for Girls of DBB, go buy my fucking book and then you can look at photos.

Click here to see all the photos of Eddy Segal with her artwork.

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Vixxin

Many years ago I met Vixxin via the internet. I think maybe she was a Gods Girl. She was from my former hometown of Richmond, VA and on a trip back we did a shoot and really hit it off. Next time I was in town we went on a real solid Waffle House date and hung out a few times after that when we were in the same place.

At some point we sort of lost touch but I followed her on Instagram and when I was working on my Instaxxx book I hit her up about doing our second shoot years after the first. I had this idea of taking old Polaroids I shot and comparing them to new Instax Wide photos. I ended up with about 10 of them in the book and it’s actually one of my favorite parts of the book.

Anyway, Vixxin was down and when I was in DC visiting family over some sort of holiday I borrowed my mom’s car and drove down to Richmond. Unfortunately I got there sort of late and we had run out of light, but the light in her bathroom wasn’t completely terrible so we made it work. I had such a crush on her back in the day so I wasn’t gonna complain too much.

In the years since our first shoot Vixxin has changed a lot. She has a new name and a new dog and some new… well, you’ll have to buy the book to see all the changes because our first shoot is so old I am not even going to link it. I was a much worse naked babe photographer back then (although I am a much worse party photographer now so it evens out). But I guess if you can find it you win a prize or something. The prize of seeing Vixxin with MySpace hair and less… tattoos.

Now here’s the part where I promote Girls of Driven By Boredom. Sign up now and not only will you get to see all these photos in high resolution, plus some extra photos of Vixxin’s butt, but you will also get to see the set I am posting tomorrow and tons of other exclusive content. I realized yesterday that I had no idea how much Girls of DBB even costs, but it’s less than $7 a month or under $25 a year. That seems totally reasonable right? Help me pay off the credit card bill I racked up working on this damn book!

Now click here to see all the NSFW photos of Vixxin!

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Samantha Rone Returns

I have been back from travelling long enough to kinda have my shit together. I am honestly not unpacked yet but close enough. The rest of this month is gonna be spent trying to start my life over after this massive book project. My apartment is destroyed because of the books and shipping and all of that so it’s time to organize my life and make some damn money. I need to sell another 150 books to break even so buy one already. And now we are going to spend all week promoting Girls of Driven By Boredom which has been neglected a bit while I was working on Instaxxx.

So today is Monday and we got some photos of Samantha Rone for you. I am going to put up a girl gallery every day this week but I am going to update Girls of Driven By Boredom with the photos first. So for example these photos of Sam have been up for a few hours already and if you want to see who I am going to update with tomorrow check Girls of DBB because they are already up! Plus there are of course in high resolution and there are even some spread leg shots on there that I would never post on such a chaste site as this.

I am also gonna post some bonus mini-galleries on there that won’t be on here at all. Sorry but I need your money. All $7 a month of $18 a year or whatever the fuck it costs to sign up. To be honest I have no idea.

Anyway, Sam was in NYC and we shot for the second time. Plus she was on my Christmas card so that’s almost like three shoots, but this gallery is called “Samantha Rone II” so deal with it. Sam was here dancing at Sapphire so I took some photos of her in her hotel room real quick before it got to dark to shoot and she had to go show people her boobs on stage or whatever happens there.

Okay, it’s almost midnight and I want to get this up while it’s still technically Monday so let’s get to the photos. More on all this madness tomorrow.

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Click here to see all the NSFW photos of Samantha Rone here.

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2017 Gathering Of The Juggalos – Day 4

Okay! This is it! Final post of the 2017 Gathering of the Juggalos. I know how much you guys like looking at photos of juggalos. This is probably the biggest gallery of the four days with nearly 200 photos. Gonna run through the day real quick and then end with a bunch of links to all my coverage from around the internets.

Oh and speaking of coverage, I got a name drop on the second to last ever episode of @midnight last night. That was kinda cool.

Day four was the final day and of course it all ended with a crazy set from Insane Clown Posse. Even if you hate their music, their sets, especially at the Gathering are totally worth watching. I always like watching them with people who have never seen them because they go from mocking to on board in about 10 minutes. Even at this under attended, last minute Gathering in Oklahoma the conclusion of their set was a hell of a moment.

Before ICP went on there were sets from POD and this dude Prof who was actually pretty great. People were throwing water balloons full of ketchup, mustard and brightly colored water at him and he seemed to love it. Personally my camera smells like mustard now so I was less excited.

The only other thing worth mentioning in this gallery was the piñata madness that happened. This juggalo who I have met a bunch of times over the years named Poncho walked around the campgrounds collecting shit for two piñatas and had everyone break them open on the last day. There was so much insane shit in them and juggalos basically tried to murder each other for shit. It was like in a movie when they throw a dead body in a pen of starving pigs. I ended up with a beer, a can of off brand Nutella and a clown nose. I still have the clown nose.

Okay, that’s all I got here’s all my coverage and then we will get to the day 4 photos at the end.

Voice Media Galleries (LA Weekly, Miami New Times, Houston Press, etc):
The Party Begins at the 2017 Gathering of the Juggalos
The Best Dressed of the 2017 Gathering of the Juggalos
The Juggalos of the 2017 Gathering Show Us Their Ink
The Extreme Scenes of the 2017 Gathering of the Juggalos
The Gathering of the Juggalos 2017: Welcome to Juggalo Island
Clown Love: The Cutest Couples of the 2017 Gathering of the Juggalos
The Grand Finale: The 2017 Gathering of the Juggalos Comes to a Close

Voice Media Article:
Turns Out Moving the Gathering of the Juggalos to Oklahoma Was a Bad Idea

Chicagoist:
Get Weird With Our NSFW Photos From The 2017 Gathering Of The Juggalos

Brooklyn Vegan:
Gathering of the Juggalos 2017 (ICP, Waka Flocka, Faygo, pasties & more)

@Midnight:
Juggalo missed connections (around the 18min mark)

Driven By Boredom:
For all Driven By Boredom’s Gathering of the Juggalos content over the last 7 years click here.

 

And finally, click here for the final, mildly NSFW gallery from day 4 of the 2017 Gathering of the Juggalos in Oklahoma City.

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2017 Gathering Of The Juggalos – Day 3

Okay, I promised two updates today but I lied. It’s 8pm already and no one wants a post at fucking 11pm so you get this one today, another one tomorrow and then back to naked people and party pictures on Monday. Let’s get into this shit.

Day three of the Gathering was my longest day there. I got there early cause I wanted to shoot a bunch of day time stuff for my “Juggalo Island” gallery. (Bonus content: watch this fucking video.) After being outside for an hour I wanted to die so I headed over to Psychopathic Radio to take some photos of the madness that Wolfpac’s gets into every day. The first event they had was a juggalo drinking contest. They had two juggalos take 10 shots each. One of them made it about two shots in before puking. The other crushed his. After he was finished and the other guy was done vomiting, the sick juggalo finished the rest of his shots. I saw him 45 minutes later and he had completely lost his fucking mind. Good times.  After that they had a round of the infamous juggalo fight club. Two brothers faced off and kicked the shit out of each other for three rounds. That was real fucking enjoyable.

At some point during all that my GOTJ date Gia Paige put stickers on her nipples which made the rest of the day interesting because every five minutes we’d be stopped by some juggalo who wanted to smoke weed with her or take her photo or in the case of a cop want to take her stickers off and put new ones on. Another cop just said “Niiiicee” to her which was creepier than anything the juggalos did. How delightful.

After that the bands started playing. I shot a mosh pit and ate a far too spicy burrito while waiting for Waka Flocka to go on. He played one of the best sets I have ever seen at the Gathering in 2015 and I was really psyched for his set. He did not disappoint. He called on juggalos to get him drunk and people threw beers at him which he caught and chugged. He then was handed a bottle of Fireball which he chugged as well. He jumped into the crowd and played several songs in there while juggalos and security chased him around. I jumped over the photo pit and followed him too. I even got off a couple selfies. After he got back on stage he brought some girls out of the crowd and that was fun too. Overall I took way too many photos of him and posted way too many of them here. Enjoy.

The night ended with fucking Vanilla Ice headlining. He was mostly promoting a home improvement show on the DIY Network or something. Honestly I stuck around for two songs, took some photos and went back to my hotel cause I was exhausted and let’s just say I wanted to hang out with Gia Paige more than I wanted to see a rap rock version of Ice Ice Baby. Sue me.

Now click here for a ton of mildly NSFW photos from the 2017 Gathering of the Juggalos in Oklahoma City. 

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2017 Gathering Of The Juggalos: Day 2

Day two of the Gathering of the Juggalos was cool because Gia Paige showed up. I met her in LA right around the time my LA Weekly writer told me he couldn’t make the trip. I jokingly said she should come with me since I had an extra press pass and she actually said yes. She’s from Detroit so she was kinda familiar with ICP and seemed pretty unfazed by the whole thing. It was pretty great.

As far as stuff that actually happened on the second day I pretty much started out photographing the VIP meet and greet thing. I got to talk to some juggalos about their memorabilia and shoot the clowns with their fans. I shot a bunch of tattoos for a gallery I did for the LA Weekly and I shot a bunch of portraits that ended up in their “best dressed juggalos” gallery.

That night ICP played their album “The Wraith” in it’s entirety. The Wraith is the 6th Jokers Card and it was supposed to be the last album before the world ended in ICP mythology. Weirdly enough the world didn’t end when it came out, but Juggalos did get a surprise when it was revealed that the “Dark Carnival” was really just a juggalo form of Christianity. Seriously. If you haven’t heard “Thy Unveiling” do yourself a favor and listen to it. It’s way funnier than Miracles ever was.

Late night I shot Wolfpac cause their sets are always a total shit show. They aren’t quite as fun when nudity is outlawed but the photos are probably worth looking at anyway. Lil Debbie was supposed to play later that night but she didn’t show up. She Tweeted that she was playing the next night but I had no idea when so I skipped it. But I was real curious to see what her juggalo set was gonna look like. I still have no idea if she ever actually played.

Okay go look at photos now. Two more updates coming tomorrow…

Click here to see all the mildly NSFW photos from day 2 of the 2017 Gathering of the Juggalos in Oklahoma City.

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2017 Gathering Of The Juggalos: Day 1

I got back from the 2017 Gathering of the Juggalos a few days ago but I have taken my sweet time to post these because most of them are already online via the LA Weekly (and all the other Voice Media papers). I will post all those links in part four of this madness. In past years I have broken these photos down by subject but this is my 8th god damn one of these and I just wanna get these photos up and move on with my life. The plan is two posts today and two posts tomorrow and then on to whatever comes next.

Let’s start by talking about what every juggalo in the festival was talking about: Oklahoma sucks. The Gathering was supposed to be in Colorado but several venues fell through because the FBI designates juggalos as a gang because apparently the FBI has never actually met a juggalo. At the last minute they found this place called Lost Lakes Amphitheater in Oklahoma City and it turned out to be kinda a disaster for a bunch of reasons. First of all beer in Oklahoma is watered down which is like some shit I thought they only pulled in Utah. All hard liquor was theoretically outlawed and the place was full of undercover cops were arresting people for selling drugs and supposedly public nudity. I saw supposedly because I only heard rumors but all the nudity got shut down. Not sure how you can even call it a festival with everyone sober and clothed. The place also had weird cut off times for music, it was hot as balls, it was far from the midwest where most juggalos live, it was spread out over miles and the line up sucked. There were probably a third of the juggalos there as normal It was a total bummer.

Aside from all that it was not completely terrible. The combination of the brutal heat and the line up sucking meant I showed up late every day and still managed to take a million fucking photos. I didn’t have to worry about shooting the bands so I could focus on just shooting juggalos cause I knew I couldn’t sell any of the band photos. Oh and my hotel had a pool plus Gia Paige came with me for three of the four days. So really it was chill as fuck.

Day one I only had one gallery due and I flew in to Oklahoma City that day so I didn’t get down to the Gathering until about 7pm. I had an hour of light to get a few shots and then popped on the flash. Mushroomhead headlined and they are real weird looking so I took photos of them and then hung out with Mike Busey and his “Busey Beauties” who have been the highlight of the last few Gatherings. They had to keep stuff PG and they shut down their stage at 11pm cause of the stupid noise rules so I just hung out with them on their bus mostly. It was air conditioned, full of strippers and there was a pug. 0 complaints.

Anyway, that’s all I got for the first update. Day two is coming in a few hours. It’s a much bigger gallery.

Click here to see the mildly NSFW photos from day one of the 2017 Gathering of the Juggalos in Oklahoma City.

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January Seraph

My friend January Seraph died a few days ago. I am not sure that there has been an official cause of death announced but based on what I have heard and what I know about January it sounds like it was suicide. January was a wonderful fucking human who dealt with severe depression and other mental problems. It’s something we have in common and is really how we first formed a bond.

January and I had been friends online for a long time but in 2014 I had Tweeted about depression and out of nowhere I got an email from her reaching out to tell me she was there for me. She told me about her depression and that I was too talented to be sad for too long. It was the sweetest email from someone who was nearly a stranger. It meant a lot to me.

A few months later I was in LA and was having a particularly bad day. I had some shoots canceled and I was in a terrible mood and once again I sent out a Tweet. This time it was about needing a model since people had flaked. January reached out. She lived in San Francisco but she was in LA. Less than an hour later she was in my hotel room and we were shooting.

January and I became instant friends after that. It seems crazy to me that I only knew her in real life for a few years. We bonded over depression, mutual friends and crazy stories of lives well lived. January was an internationally renowned dominatrix and when she would be in NYC working I would always hang out with her after she got off work and last summer when I did a west coast road trip I stayed with her in San Francisco twice once on the way up and once on the way down.

January was so generous and amazing. She offered to fly me to San Francisco once to visit because she was about to try some new experimental treatment for her depression and she wanted to hang out with me before it started. She told me that she had no problem spending money on her friends because she made enough money when she was working and wanted to spend it because she never knew how much time she would have left.

And that’s just the thing. Severe depression is like any other illness. If you can’t treat it, it’s terminal. It’s not a matter of if it’s going to kill you, it’s a matter of when. I have had so many friends take their own life and I have learned that there’s not much you can do. You can postpone it and try and get them help, but sometimes it’s just inevitable and that’s the saddest fucking thing. January tried every possible treatment she could find including some pretty extreme stuff, but it was just never enough and I don’t think there’s anything anyone could have done.

I think the main thing we can all do is talk about mental illness more. We need to treat it like any other illness or disability. If we can remove the shame from it maybe then people will feel more comfortable reaching out and asking for help.

So let me share a little bit of my story and maybe start a conversation that you guys can continue. I have had terrible depression my entire life. I have never been suicidal but I have never been happy for more than brief moments. It’s just this constant weight on me and when it gets bad I don’t get out of bed or leave the house. I can’t be productive, I gain weight and I piss off my friends. On top of that I grew up with dysgraphia, ADHD and a severe form of obsessive compulsive disorder now known as Tourettic COD.  Because of this I was a weird fucking kid who struggled in school and got picked on constantly until I was 16 or 17. That shit does not help with depression I promise.

As an adult I still have issues with depression and ADD but computers help a lot with the dysgraphia and with a lot of behavioral therapy I am very incontrol of my OCD. I still feel it every day, especially right now as I think about it but it’s very manageable. I feel very lucky not to have suicidal thoughts or many of the personality disorders, anxiety or mania that a lot of my friends have but it’s not been an easy life despite the massive amount of privilege I’ve had as an upper middle class straight white male.

So there you go, now you know a little bit about my mental illness and now maybe you can relate and maybe you can tell someone else about your problems. Bring this shit out of the closet and if you are feeling bad tell someone. There’s always someone who will be there for you even if you don’t think there is.

I don’t even know what else to say but I fucking miss you January and I don’t wanna see any more of my friends take their own life. I can’t fucking deal with it anymore.

Anyway, I wanna share with you the first and only photo shoot January and I ever did. When she died I was looking for a photo to post and I realized I had never put these photos up. I felt like I had to get them up right away in her honor. I know she really liked the photos she saw.

Now here’s the point where I would normally tell you that are some extra photos on my app but I obviously am not going to plug my bullshit in a post like this so instead of signing up for my app, take a moment to donate some money to American Foundation For Suicide Prevention or another mental health charity. Or if nothing else, just hug someone you care about. You never know when it’s gonna be the last time.

Click here to see the first and last photo shoot I ever did with my amazing friend January Seraph. Rest in peace. 

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