Faeries and Such

Hello!  Good morning!  Welcome back all you little Kung Fu Breakfasters (Breakfastites?  Breakfastians?).  It's been a rollercoaster few weeks.  First of all I have to sadly announce that the new Arqade 2.0 aka Jade Apothecary is already done.  My friend Cev's business partner Gary completely fucked him over because he's a selfish asshole and now things are caput.  Knowing Cev and Arqade crew things are just sort of back in a regrouping phase but it's two since the last post I shared with you including several sets in the space that Cev worked so hard on only to be double crossed, so that was a bummer but we will prevail.

Shortly after this sad revelation I got together for my first shoot with Alyssa Skateelf.  Alyssa is a close friend of KFB Muse Brianna Christine.  Alyssa contacted me a few months ago about wanting to shoot and we were finally able to get it together (Alyssa also make a brief cameo in the one and only Rockwalk set from Jade Apothecary).  I intended to take Alyssa to Switzer Falls but when we arrived there was a sign stating the location was closed to the public for the day.  We headed further up in to Angeles National Forest towards Mount Wilson and as we ascended in to the mountains we were not disappointed when a thick fog began to engulf us.

We found a killer mysterious trail.  It was real kismet as Alyssa had brought her samurai sword and all the elements came together extremely well.  Alyssa was totally fun to shoot with and brought a strong booty game.  During our adventures we stumbled across an old tunnel on the trail that I had read about in my various researching abandoned places but had no idea was right there until we rounded the corner.  We arrived the top of the mountain there was a light snow that was really cool to see though mostly was just getting us wet so we headed back.  Alyssa is also a photographer so she took some photos of me as well that I'll try to add to my own portrait page when I get a chance.

   Alyssa Skateelf - Way of The Warrior

Alyssa Skateelf - Way of The Warrior

A few days later I travel west once again to visit The Spritely One in Ventura.  Sprite is quickly becoming one of my most inspiring muses.  I know the two of us can get together in a fairly short period of time and bust out photos that look like they would require weeks of planning.  All Sprite said to me is that there was a flower field near her house that's cool and she wasn't kidding.  On my way to Ventura I talked with my close friend and muse Grey Garbo who happened to be shooting in Chatworth that day, so I picked her up on the way and she joined us, even making a few cameos in the set.  Grey found an abandoned bathtub in the middle of the flower field that was just epic.  In addition to the flower field we visited a melted playground, and finished off with some photos in the park.  Eventually the three of us made our way back to Sprite's place and played some Cthulhu Fluxx.

   The Spritely One - Hufflepuff Chic

The Spritely One - Hufflepuff Chic

In the following days I celebrated my birthday by going camping with my good friend Steven Burhoe.  I took some photos but not really enough for a set, however if you zip over to my instagram you can check them out.  In my first set at the age of 34 I got together with my friend May.  I always love how fun and playful May is and taking her to Switzer Falls really brought out a lot of fun opportunities.  At one point she got in to some plants that we were alerted were poison oak but fortunately she did not get any rash.  

   May - Operation Ivy

May - Operation Ivy

A few days after that I was really stoked for a new shoot with Brianna Christine.  Brianna's become a good friend since our first shoot together so it was cool to head out and see her home turf.  She showed me some cool woodsy spots and we did a lot of implied nudity.  Brianna had just gotten her hair done this rich purple by a hair artist named Amanda aka TheHairyGodmotherr.  Amanda and I have been discussing collaborating and maybe shooting together when she makes her move from Dallas to Los Angeles, so I was stoked that she worked on Brianna's hair the day before.  Brianna really looks like a faery in the shoot so you're welcome for that.

   Brianna Christine - Mother Earth

Brianna Christine - Mother Earth

This week of shooting would present two new muses in my life: the first is a lovely lady named Sarah Seraine.  Sarah went to makeup school with KFB Muse Alondra Excene Shields, had been seeing my work, and wanted to shoot together.  I was more than happy to oblige and I'm glad I did as Sarah was really rad and all about the things that I'm all about.  I took her to the abandoned Nike Missile Site that has become one of my regular go-to abandoned spots.  We had an amazing time and busted out some killer photos in a nice little afternoon jaunt.  Not too much else to say about it other than expect to see more of Sarah in the future.

   Sarah Seraine - Still Love You

Sarah Seraine - Still Love You

For the second new muse may I introduce Sage Sin.  Sage and I have been trying to get together for the better part of this year but for one reason or another (to no one's fault) it just didn't happen until now.  Well who cares because we had a really rad shoot out in Switzer Falls.  I'm really excited about Sage because in addition to being a kickass model with a great look she also a PROFESSIONAL WRESTLER.  Those that know me know that I'm a big pro wrestling fan so we talked a lot about the squared circle.  Sage brought some great outfits and ideas and we just had a fun time kicking it so expect to see more from her in the future as well.  Overall I'm super proud of all these sets so have a wonderful weekend and enjoy!

   Sage Sin - Goosebumps

Sage Sin - Goosebumps

Ballooning

Hello friends!  This was kind of a low-key week for shooting as I had several models cancel on me during the week HOWEVER it was also kind of an epic week with three killer shoots all happening over the course of last weekend.

Normally I work on the weekends so I miss out on a lot of events but due to some unforeseen circumstances I couldn't work.  This led to one of my favorite weekends of all-time and it was filled with shenanigans.  I'm not much for holidays but 4/20 is sacred to me as a stoner so I spent the day with my bf Grey Garbo.  Grey and I met up in the afternoon and had to go back to each other's houses several times when we both realized we had forgotten our marijuana at home (a big no-no for 420 though to be honest I'm not sure we needed it as we were gifted so much).  We eventually made our way to downtown to Jade Apothecary aka Arqade 2.0 to kick it with Ceven Grey and the crew.  We also shot a bunch of stuff including some kick ass new hats courtesy of my friends over at Graffiti The City.  It was a 420 miracle when our friend Miao Savage showed up and made a beautiful cameo in the set.  Finally we landed ourselves at Superchief Gallery for Bloody Gums Collective's takeover show "LA Is Trying to Kill Me 2" featuring our friend Balloonski.

   Grey Garbo - 420

Grey Garbo - 420

As Saturday rolled on I hit up my friend Stephanie Monty to see if she wanted to go event hopping for the night.  I landed at her place where she was wearing a cute but sort of basic outfit.  I was dressed up, her roommate was dressed up, so she needed to dress up.  We all went a little over the top which definitely set the night off right for some amazing photos.  Our first stop of the night was The Gabba Gallery.

Everyone at Gabba was giving us kind of funny looks for our outfits so we didn't really wind up shooting that much but it was still fun and ran in to lots of great people.  Our group also grew a bit when our friend Mike and his friend Julius (our new friend) met up with us.

From there the five of us headed down the street to LA Native Barbershop where KFB muse Brianna Christine was spinning fire for a Metal Meets Marijuana event.  We missed the fire spinning but still got some rad photos there including a few with Brianna and various shots in the amazing black light room.  Up until this point I knew Stephanie and I were having some fun shooting photos, but I didn't really know this was going to be a full blown set UNTIL we arrived at our final location: SUPERCHIEF!

Back to Superchief Gallery where the Bloody Gums Collective was taking over all weekend.  I knew Balloonski would be there so I asked Stephanie earlier in the night if he was if she would be down for a balloon outfit.  Her answer of course was "Fuck yeah".  When we arrived at the gallery I began to pack a bowl when Balloonski stepped out of the gallery for a smoke.  We all shouted his name.  Upon our beck and call our friend moseyed on over.  I suggested the balloon outfit and he was happy to oblige.  As he was working on the outfit a beautiful and mysterious girl sauntered our way.  I suggested to Stephanie that she be our new friend to which Stephanie shouted, "Hey new friend!  Would you like to wear a balloon outfit?"  Little did I know that this would lead to absolutely artistic chaos.  The beautiful and mysterious woman is Nielah.  Nielah is this kick ass chick from NorCal who was no stranger to modeling and LOVED what we were doing and was happy to join in.  During the ballooning Stephanie and I requested balloon strap on dicks as we had been joking for weeks that Stephanie's outfits needed a strap on.  Again, Balloonski was happy to oblige.  Once both outfits were done we began shooting out in the street and built quite the crowd of spectators.  I was reminded why I normally like to shoot in remote and desolate locations as the on-lookers tried to engage in our shoot, though I was able to keep them at bay with some assisting from the girls.  We took some amazing photos and you should really just check out the fruits of our labor.  Big thanks to Superchief and Bloody Gums Collective for supporting our impromptu shoot.

   Stephanie Monty - Galactic Babes

Stephanie Monty - Galactic Babes

At the end of our Saturday night, our new friend Nielah and I exchanged contact info.  I told her I'd be going to Jade Apothecary the next day (my new home away from home to get some work done) and she should join.  She texted me the next day asking if I'd be there so we met up.  Before she headed over I suggested we shoot some more photos.  Nielah brought some great outfits and so we wandered around Jade's home Saint Vincent Court (a cute little one way/dead end street in downtown with facades from movie sets).  We were taking some rad photos but lost a little steam after a guy wouldn't let us on to the rooftop of his building.  We walked back in to the gallery where we would find Balloonski just hanging out.  I asked Balloonski if he'd be interested in round 2 of ballooning.  Once again this brought the shoot up to the next level and you really just have to check it out.  Overall it was a fantastic weekend so enjoy the fruits of our labor.

   Nielah - Banana Phone

Nielah - Banana Phone

Cyberbullies

What a strange couple weeks it's been.  Been somewhat trying to keep on the down-low but that hasn't stopped me from some rad shoots.  Last week I traversed outside of Los Angeles to Victorville (home to lots of meth) to shoot a new set with the returning Rose.  If you remember correctly I actually met Rose in Victorville at the abandoned George Air Force Base while shooting with Liza.  Rose was there hanging out with a friend and we immediately hit it off eventually shooting together in Los Angeles.  This time I met up with Rose in Victorville and got a chance to shoot at a rad new abandoned spot: a formerly lush house atop a nearby hill overlooking the entire area.  Rose and I also hit up our original location for a bit before getting some delicious Mexican/Salvadorian food.

   Rose - House On The Hill

Rose - House On The Hill

A few days later was quite the exciting day with Rockwalk/the soft opening of the new Arqade Studios aka Jade Apothecary.  The new Arqade has reopened as Jade Apothecary on Saint Vincent Court in Downtown Los Angeles.  I got to display my piece "Call of The Scorpion Warrior" and do some shooting.  I decided to focus on shooting mini sets with a grip of muses including a couple of new ones!  This might be the biggest group muse set I've done to date with some art and bands thrown in.  So excited to welcome back Arqade!

   Babes of Arqade - Soft Opening aka Rockwalk April 2018 by Arqade Studios at Jade Apothecary

Babes of Arqade - Soft Opening aka Rockwalk April 2018 by Arqade Studios at Jade Apothecary

Kept the Arqade train going shooting an additional mini set with my man Balloonski.  Balloonski and I happened to both be hanging out at Jade.  He wanted some shots with his art, I wanted to show off one of my new hats from Graffiti The City so it all worked out.

   Balloonski - Balloon Man

Balloonski - Balloon Man

My Balloonski shoot was one part of a three part shooting day that was actually a very strange day for me.  I received a text earlier in the day from artist Sarah Sitkin.  I photographed Sarah in her studio for Amadeus Magazine back in 2015.  Sarah told me she going in a different direction with her look away from beauty (we did not shoot anything beautiful, just a normal studio visit with minimal editing) and asked that I take the photos her off the site.  At first I declined and wished her luck on her journey.  She told me she found this shocking and pleaded with me to remove the images, potentially just remove her name, just see her point of view.  I told her I would think about it but that I was hesitant because this was something I did for free, was very proud of, and was not being offered anything as compensation.  I also mentioned to her that I was feeling threatened as she suggested legal action for not signing any kind of model release.  In all honesty I have dealt with this a few times.  Some artists like to control every aspect of their representation.

My feeling is that this is my work, an article was done about her that was very complimentary and promoted her and her work.  I didn't photoshop her, glamour things up, or anything.  I purely represented her the way she looked at that time.  Conversely I also wanted to take in what she saying since I was not looking to upset her, but also wasn't looking to simply roll over either as she was putting me in a no win situation.  For all of these reasons I wanted to sleep on the decision.  She proceeded to tell me that it was in my best interest to remove the photos.  I told her I wanted to put a pin in it as I was about to do a shoot and this was getting stressful and upsetting.

I left for my shoot, an impromptu shoot with my friend Lisa Caraway, who happened to be in town visiting from Las Vegas where she moved to in recent months.  I met Lisa as a studio in The Arts District where she was assisting her roommate Emily who was being photographed by a talented photographer.  As I sat waiting for Lisa I was tagged in an Instagram story where Sarah posted our entire text conversation, called me a creep and an amateur, and told people to avoid me as well as contact me to take down the photos.  I then began receiving a number of highly insulting, aggressive messages and comments on my photos from her fans.  At that point I couldn't take the photos down quickly enough (the ones that had been up since 2015) as it was not worth the fight.  I don't normally like to put people on blast but I've also never been on the wrong side of cyber bullying before and it was quite unpleasant.  I think Sarah is a very talented artist and I'm sorry that whatever it is about my photos caused her to feel so much distress that she needed to go to such lengths to erase them from the public sphere, but I am also really shocked and disappointed with the approach she took and that's the last I'll say on that.

After dealing with my situation Lisa and I actually weren't left with too much time so we headed to Saint Vincent Court and shot a quick mini set that I think you'll enjoy.

   Lisa Caraway - Holding Court

Lisa Caraway - Holding Court

After my cyber bully situation, and my short shoot with Lisa I really needed to get out some more creative juice so I hit up with my friend Phoenix Askani since we hadn't shoot since October.  Phoenix just got a haircut and was ready for a little adventure.  We did some night shooting around West Hollywood and found some spots with street art, marijuana, and more just in time for 4/20!  Phoenix and I took some killer photos and had a wonderful time catching up.

   Phoenix Askani - Dare

Phoenix Askani - Dare

Finally we conclude our week with a collection of polaroids I've taken over the recent months.  I'll probably add more photos to this set but I got a chance yesterday to scan months worth of polaroids from various sets and other random situations so enjoy!

   Polaroids

Polaroids

Days of Future Past

Hello again friends!  I have been a busy bee the past few weeks so guess what.  Lots of new sets!  Up first is a few little adventure set with the returning Kim Herrera Cruz.  Kim and I met up to check out Vhils new show in the Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles so this set is heavy on the art with some fun Kim shots mixed in.  I also happened to photograph an unrelated bus on the side of the way on my way home that said, "Kool Bus" so decided to include that and even named the set after it!

   Kim Herrera Cruz - Kool Bus

Kim Herrera Cruz - Kool Bus

Up next is another return with a brand new set featuring Sofia Weinberg.  Sofia was a real champ as we braved the waning cold days out at Vasquez Rocks.  Nothing too crazy from this shoot other than I was a little paranoid about shooting anything risque here after a woman on Instagram who claimed to work for the park said she would call the cops and report me from my Satan's Children shoot where the girls were nude.  I knew Sofia and I wouldn't be shooting any nudity but it was a lot of booty shorts and body suits.  I also probably wouldn't have cared but as we were climbing a rock we saw a cop pull in the park.  We avoided anyone and everyone and had a fun shoot followed by Korean BBQ which led to a few shots at the end of the set with some nearby graffiti.

   Sofia Weinberg - Take Me Home

Sofia Weinberg - Take Me Home

Speaking of cold, every year I try to get out to the snow in the mountains for the limited time we have it but I always sort of just let it pass by.  Well not this year!  My most prolific muse Grey Garbo made the adventure out with me in to the depths of Angeles National Forest to seek out snow.  We had to go pretty deep to find it but it was totally worth it.  It probably looks freezing but it honestly wasn't nearly as cold as the Vasquez shoot with Sofia.  We had an excellent shoot through the mountains including climbing on top of a tunnel with an amazing view.  I made the mistake of forgetting to get gas before we headed in to the woods so instead of double back we had to go all the way through the mountain pass to the nearest town.  We were both really glad we did as we found the cutest little mountain town where we got dinner.  This place was so anti-LA.  It wound up being busy there so our food took a while, which in LA would be very typical, however at this place the waitress was so ashamed that she gave us each a free slice of pie!

   Grey Garbo - Snow Day

Grey Garbo - Snow Day

And surprise surprise it's a double dose of Grey Garbo!  A few days later Grey hit me up to do an impromptu shoot in DTLA.  Anytime Grey does a gig that involves her getting painted or done up in any way she always hits me up and this time was basically transformed in to a swamp monster.  We met up at the new Arqade 2.0 on St. Vincent's Court in Downtown Los Angeles and got in to some shenanigans around there.

   Grey Garbo - Swamp Monster

Grey Garbo - Swamp Monster

A few days later I met up with a brand new muse named Virah Payam who was visiting from  The Pacific Northwest.  Virah is originally from LA and comes in to town every now and then.  The last time she was in town she wanted to shoot but we couldn't link up our schedules, so this time we made it happen.  I didn't tell Virah where we'd be going because I wasn't fully sure until she told me she wanted to do some fire stuff.  I decided to take her to Angel's Gate Bunkers.  What I didn't know until we headed out was that Virah was actually familiar with the area and had always wanted to go to this spot!.  It was kismet.  We had a great time and did some fun work with a lot of great conversation.

   Virah Payam - Drakon

Virah Payam - Drakon

The following Monday I made plans to go out to Ventura to shoot with The Spritely One.  I didn't reallllly want to make the trek alone so I hit up my friend Liza to see what she was up to.  She just happened to be friend and took me to an abandoned place I had never been: The Scary Dairy in Camarillo (on the way to Ventura).  I never visited the Scairy Dairy before because the pictures I had seen previously didn't make it seem that interesting, however I was wrong and we got some killer shots.  From there I took Liza to the abandoned school in Ventura that she had never been to but I previously shot at with Sprite.

   Liza - Scary Dairy

Liza - Scary Dairy

After the Scary Dairy and abandoned school Liza and I met up with The Spritely One for a short but sweet shoot at this park Sprite picked out.  We got some really beautiful photos in the twilight of the evening.  We had planned to continue in to some night shooting but it was just too cold so we went back to Sprite's place and played Cthulhu Fixx.  

   The Spritely One - Princess Peach

The Spritely One - Princess Peach

Fast forward to last Monday where painter Stephanie Monty and I ventured to one of my favorite places in LA: Murphy Ranch.  Murphy Ranch of course is the abandoned former Nazi Sympathized camp turned artist colony turned abandoned hike.  It was a lot of fun and I even got to see a building there that I hadn't seen before where Stephanie did some painting.  This was more of a hang out day/hike but we got some really fun photos so a set was definitely in order.

   Stephanie Monty - Our House

Stephanie Monty - Our House

Hiking adventures continued the next day with the return of Nova.  Nova and I headed to her hometown of Lake Hughes, CA to investigate and abandoned camp that she had visited 10 years earlier.  This adventure required a little exploration but we eventually found the location.  It was mostly burned down from the multiple fires they've experienced out there but well worth the journey for what was left over.  I'm very thankful for Nova who has been experiencing some health issues as of late but pushed through to make some beautiful art.  On our way home we shot at a couple pull offs and found this weird boat clock pictured below.  I told Nova she should take it home, but she didn't, later regretting it.  At least we have the photos!

   Nova - You Can Never Go Home Again

Nova - You Can Never Go Home Again

The next two sets are a little out of chronological order but I wanted to give a little love and attention to this new solo set with Chelsea Hanes.  Chelsea and I had a little bit of a break from one another after after having a bit of a personal issue that arose from getting involved with one another during our first go around.  We reconciled earlier this year, but this was my first time seeing her since then as she made a trip to LA from Portland.  We visited this spot under a bridge in Chinatown that I love so dearly and things got naughty in one of my more risque shoots from the site.  It was great to see her, catch up, make some art and she even gave me a friendship bracelet so I'm happy we are reconnected.

   Chelsea Hanes - Reunited

Chelsea Hanes - Reunited

Before our solo set in Chinatown I actually did a muse group set with Chelsea and The Spritely One.  As you can see Sprite and I have been collabing a lot and so when she hit me up asking what I was up to that day I told her to come play with me and Chelsea.  I took the two of them to Switzer Falls where I had my very first shoot with Sprite.  I thought the location was such an interesting place to return though because I had never taken Chelsea there even though I had intended to many times, I had shot Sprite there previously, BUT I never had photographed two muses there together.  I mostly chose the spot out of convenience for the short window of time we had, and I'm glad we did because of the beautiful photos, but it did wind up being a pain in the ass when the realization hit that it was packed there due to the ongoing spring break.  Either way we made some beautiful images with two of my most powerful muses.

   Chelsea Hanes & The Spritely One - Love At First Sight

Chelsea Hanes & The Spritely One - Love At First Sight

Jay-Stephanie mess arounds continued that same evening when Stephanie Monty invited me to a kink event at El Cid in Silver Lake where Stephanie would be live painting.  Much like our Murphy Ranch set this was mostly us messing around but between Stephanie's live paint, fun little portrait spots in El Cid, and running in to a surprise muse well we got a killed set out of the journey..

   Stephanie Monty - Doin The Mess Around

Stephanie Monty - Doin The Mess Around

For this set I wish I had had the time to get it edited and up last week but fuck it.  I made some plans with KFB regular Alondra Excene Shields.  Alondra always has great concepts and wanted to do some Easter looks including a weird giant bunny head.  We got really weird with everything and shot inside her apartment.  The set came out way better than I thought it would and we had a bunch of it done in time for social media but here I present to you our full Easter set (along with some other goodies).

   Alondra Excene Shields - Let's Get Weird

Alondra Excene Shields - Let's Get Weird

Late last week I got a group message from my friend and muse Phoenix Askani introducing me to comedian/porn star Sovereign Syre.  The message informed both of us that we lived on the same small street in Highland Park and that we should be friends and shoot together.  We made quick plans to meet up this past Monday where I walked over to her house (five buildings away from me) and we shot in our neighborhood while she walked her dog and then did some stuff in her apartment.  It was all super low-key and rad.  We got some really fun shots so look for more Sovereign Syre in the future.

   Sovereign Syre - The Meadow

Sovereign Syre - The Meadow

And finally to catch us up with this epicness was a rad shoot with my friend Kooki Munsta.  Kooki had been hitting me up wanting to shoot some new photos so I took her to the forest.  Kooki and I have never shot daytime nature shots so I was really excited to see what kind of vibe she would bring and was not disappointed.  Everything was really on point, the light was beautiful, we killed it.  Not much else to say about it.  I will try not to wait so long the next time for a post but I hope you take the time to check out all of these sets and enjoy!

   Kooki Munsta - Butterfly

Kooki Munsta - Butterfly

Interstellar

Hello!  Welcome back to my dojo.  All are welcome.  All are beautiful.  As we float through space and time I'm reminded how blessed I am to be alive.  Since last we spoke it seems that many things have happened as happening is what things continue to do.  A thriple dose of The Spritely One first as we ventured to Ventura searching light and finding The Moon Child.

   The Spritely One - Moon Child

The Spritely One - Moon Child

From there follow our mighty adventures on our conquering of The Salton Sea!  Thanks to our good kin at East Jesus we were once again able to do the Lawrence of Arabia this thing with a two day long journey around one of America's lesser discussed National Treasures.  As you may or not know depending how new you are around here, I LOVE The Salton Sea.  It is one of my many reasons for living that such a place exists.  I first started making my way out to the Salton Sea doing a ton of work with Angelina Christina (having her kickass show at Art-Share this month!  Good luck Angelina!).  Not long after I started shooting with Sprite last year she asked if I had any interest in going out to that area, particularly to East Jesus.  The answer was a no brainer and we invited along a mutual friend and muse Laura Wrong.  We went out there at the crack of dawn, took the three hour drive busted out photos at some favorite abandoned spots, The Tank, East Jesus, Salvation Mountain (which we were kicked out of quite adamantly.  The chemistry of Sprite and Laura is incredible to watch.  Unfortunately, I came home and somehow the 500+ photos were lost as I discovered my memory card somehow became corrupted.

The one saving grace was that The Spritely One always uses her phone to photograph some of her favorite photos off the back of the LCD screen for reference.  I recently decided to take those photos of photos and edit them as best I could.  They are a little rough around the edges and there are no solo photos of Laura since Sprite regretfully didn't know she'd be archiving the only images to exist from this shoot but I think you will enjoy these antiquities none the less.

   The Spritely One & Laura Wrong - Antiquities

The Spritely One & Laura Wrong - Antiquities

To complete the Sprite Trifecta, the two of just a few ago retraced our steps back to The Salton Sea (Laura unfortunately couldn't make it).  We had originally been trying to plan a photo tour to The Bay but alas the timing wasn't right so we figured a two trip back to the strangest land in America would be worthwhile.  We hit up a few of our previous spots including East Jesus where the residents graciously housed us in Walter The Sunken Bus (famously painted by Angelina Christina), as well as a few favorite abandoned buildings, but we also had luck with new spots including some plains, trains, and automobiles (also a boat) that I think you will really fall in love with.

   The Spritely One - Planes, Trains and Automobiles

The Spritely One - Planes, Trains and Automobiles

A few days later after returning from The Salton Sea I headed east again to meet up with my friend Astraia Esprit.  I always love seeing Astraia, catching up, and taking some photos.  We ventured to a Lake, a blue wall, and some other miscellaneous places just east of Los Angeles.  It was a quick little afternoon jaunt but I think you can feel a calm serenity with the work.

   Astraia Esprit - How Should I Feel

Astraia Esprit - How Should I Feel

My next shoot would be my second with Sister Bonez.  For those that don't know, Sister Bonez is the real life sister of our own Lisa Caraway.  Lisa was the one who first suggested we shoot together and I was so happy with did that we got together again and did it a second time.  In fact, after leaving my shoot with Astraia, I was heading home and stopped by the Record Shop where Sister Bonez work and that's when we decided to do our second shoot just days later.  We attempted to shoot in Switzer Falls but when we arrived it was freezing cold (especially considering the scant attire of Ms. Bonez).  We wound up shooting there for a bit and got some killer photos, but ultimately it was too cold so we made our way downtown.  Once in Downtown I suggested that we attempt to shoot at the old Arqade location as I still had the code to get in.  It magically worked (for the last time as I have since tried it and it has failed) and we were rewarded with our own private studio/bando where we got some rad as fuck photos.

   Sister Bonez - Incantations

Sister Bonez - Incantations

It would be about a week before I would do my next shoot and this was one was a little different than usual.  This time I was playing the role of Cinematographer for my friend Kathryn Lejeune's short film, I'm Sorry, Adam (a scene from the book "East of Eden").  On the set I shot off a handful of still and thought it made for a really nice little set and something a bit different.

   I'm Sorry Adam

I'm Sorry Adam

That week saw for me an impromptu shoot with my friend Chelsea Lugosi.  I hadn't seen Chelsea since our last shoot on the 4th of July.  We met up in downtown where Chelsea was staying at a friend's studio late at night.  We shot at the studio for a bit before moving to another studio in Chinatown.  We had planned to shoot outside but it was too cold for that.  The Chinatown studio was rad and we got to play around with a projector on a white backdrop so it was a fun (and late) evening.

   Chelsea Lugosi - Projections

Chelsea Lugosi - Projections

After some much needed sleep I finally got to go on a longer excursion back to Switzer Falls with my new muse Kim Herrera Cruz.  Kim and I were simply destined to meet.  Before Kim and I actually formally met we had been at several of the same events together including a pop up at Arqade Studios where Kim was selling her delicious cold brew coffee.  We recently were introduced during the weekend of LA Art Show (still need to finish my photos from that!) at Super Chief Gallery by our mutual friend Andrew.  Kim and I really connected so it was great to have the chance to make magic together out in the forest.

   Kim Herrera Cruz - Vibing

Kim Herrera Cruz - Vibing

Our final new set for today is another new muse of mine by the name of Brianna Christine.  Brianna is a beautiful human being that I met on Instagram.  We had been following each other's work and made plans to shoot together.  It turned out later that Brianna actually knows Lisa Caraway and Sister Bonez so that was cool.  Brianna and I planned for a night shoot where we attempted to shoot at Arqade.  As previously mentioned though, that was not in the cards.  It wound up working out for the best as we got in a really cool building nearby with a DOPE rooftop and lobby I've been wanting to shoot in for a while.  We also stopped by JADE Apothecary (by my good friend Ceven Grey who runs Arqade) and shot with some marijuana as well as learned the new that Arqade's new location is set and should be opening by the end of the month in Downtown LA!  I saw the next spot this week and it's killer so look forward to new Arqade shenanigans in the future.  For now enjoy all of these sets and until next time!

   Brianna Christine - Psychonautical Exploration

Brianna Christine - Psychonautical Exploration

New Sets: Satine Phoenix, Miss Chaos, Laura Wrong, and Lilly Moon

I've surfaced from my time warp of the last few weeks with some new sets!  The last few weeks have been a whirlwind working between LA Art Show and some new projects with Angelina Christina.  I'm still organizing my LA Art Show photos because it's fairly tedious and I love to play but I swear this is the week I finish!  In the meantime I have four new sets for grubby eyes to peep on

After getting back to LA and shooting LA Art Show it was two weeks in to the year before I shot my first LA Muse and all glory be to she, it happened to be the first shoot with Satine Phoenix in fuck knows how long (and really only our second shoot ever).  Satine is super busy these days but squeezed me in for a quick shoot at the nearby Pet Cemetery.  I first heard about this LA treasure from local scholar Paul Komoda during a lecture he was giving on Los Angeles' famous felines.  I was stoked to take Satine here as she and Paul are friends so it felt extra serendipitous.  I really wasn't sure how great a location this would be but we not only was it one of the best cemeteries I've ever been to, the light also happened to be perfect during the time we were there and we got in a lot of great shots.  It was wonderful catching up Satine and you should make sure to follow her and her gaming exploits on social media if you don't already. 

   Satine Phoenix - Pet Cemetery

Satine Phoenix - Pet Cemetery

It didn't take me long for another shoot turnaround as the next day I brought my friend Miss Chaos to a spot that students of my shaolin photo ways have come to know dearly as Angels Gate Bunkers.  As Urbex/Graff enthusiasts, Miss Chaos and I had both visited this location on our own, so it was a lot of fun to explore it together while shooting.  When we got there I was afraid the tunnels had been locked up and we wouldn't get to shoot in there, but a kind stranger/fellow trespasser opened the way.  I'm really glad he did because this led to some of my favorite shots from my psychedelic rainbow series.  Miss Chaos also brought an extra special latex mask from January Seraph who sadly pass from our realm last year after taking her own life.  She will be forever missed and I'm really thankful we could pay tribute to her in some way.

   Miss Chaos - Fuck Rules

Miss Chaos - Fuck Rules

Making it three days in a row of shoots I follow up with my first Laura Wrong shoot since our lost shoot with The Spritely One out in The Salton Sea.  For those that don't know the story: Laura, Sprite, and I went out to The Salton Sea for one of the longest shoot days I've had in some time.  We hit up all the usual spots including East Jesus, The Tank, some abandoned buildings in the Slabs.  We took so many amazing shots only to discover upon getting home that my CF card had somehow become corrupted and the photos would be lost to the antiquities.  That means this was my first shoot with Laura to see the light of day since she shaved her head.  Laura and I trekked over to a woodland spot I don't visit nearly often enough: Millard Falls.  Upon arriving at Millard I noticed a trail from the parking lot I had never explored.  We had quite the exciting trip and got some killer photos.  Eventually we decided to venture back to my home of Highland Park and shot some more photos including a beautifully grotesque shot of Laura with a dead crow.  I later noticed in editing that someone had inexplicably placed a weed bowl in the chest of the dead bird.  So very odd.

   Laura Wrong - Corvus Corax

Laura Wrong - Corvus Corax

In the following weeks I would get pretty busy catching up on some projects and shooting some new ones with Angelina (which of course I will reveal when they are all done).  So we skip forward to last Monday when I had my very first shoot with Lilly Moon.  Lilly and I have been aware of each other from several years ago from our street art days but finally connected just recently on social media.  I took Lilly to my dojo of Switzer Falls (I basically consider this spot my studio at this point).  She was super sweet, fun to photograph, and a great climber.  We had a really wonderful shoot and we will definitely we shooting together again.  In addition to being a great model, Lilly is a dancer at my favorite strip club (really the only one I like) Jumbo's Clown Room and a wonderful painter so go check out homegirl's work

   Lilly Moon - Dark Side of The Moon

Lilly Moon - Dark Side of The Moon

Stay tuned later this week as I'll be showing off some new pages here on the site, as well as another Angelina Christina video and probably some new sets.  Enjoy!

Angelina Christina Video Debuts!

Hello Hello!  Welcome back to another installment of "This is My Life".  No but seriously it's been a busy few weeks since getting back from Florida.  This week I'll have some new sets for you including hopefully by the end of the week my LA Art Show photos.  LA Art Show was a rousing success but I'll save that for my next post.

For today I am most happy to share with you the debut of my new video series with Angelina Christina.  Starting two years ago I started shooting videos with a major talent in the street art world, Angelina Christina.  Anyone who has been following my site has seen the countless sets I've shot with Angelina both as an artist and a muse.  Well what you might not know is that for all that time Starfighter brought me in to document a number of her murals being put up and now I am so happy to finally be able to share them with you (in no particular order).

The first video I'd like to share with you today is one we shot in the Fall of 2015 on the fringe of the Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles at a location formerly run by PodShare (interestingly the location has now become part of the dungeon of another muse of mine, Cybill Troy).  During this time Angelina was working down the street on a collab with UK Graff Artist and Seventh Letter Member Fanakapan (outside of another dungeon run by my friend Isabella Sinclaire).  In the time I've spent with Angelina she is almost always working on multiple projects, and this was no exception.  Angelina was commissioned by Bai Drinks to create a design for a custom guitar for The Zac Brown Band.  Angelina decided that she didn't want to do a simple painting or drawing, but to actually create a mural for the guitar.  Angelina was gifted a wall by PodShare owner/founder Elvina Beck.

During the day Angelina and Fanakapan would work on the mural now known colloquially as the 4th Street Piece (with it's own video to eventually be released), and at night we would stay at PodShare where Angelina would paint this beautiful solo work.  Truth be told, this was the first (though not the last) solo piece I had documented Angelina painting.  This video is a real treat as you not only get to see Angelina's spray painting, but you also get an in-depth look at her exquisite brush work.

The whole experience was a lot of fun with the atmosphere of the various people staying at PodShare, our crew, the meditative nature of the work, and new friendships.  In fact, this project was would lead to me eventually photographing Elvina.  Stay tuned to the end of the video for a look at the guitar made from this mural.  Also keep an eye as I continue to drop new videos with Angelina as part of this new series.  View video below and scroll further down to check out the entire set.

   Angelina Christina - Present

Angelina Christina - Present

Welcome To 2018

New Year, new sets, new site (sort of).  Welcome to the first post of 2018.  Take glance around the site and you'll notice some new changes including the introduction of Muse pages, client sets, events, artist pages, and all sort of photos I've been shooting over the last year that are new to you so go check out the Photography page and see what's happening.  On to some new sets!

I've been shooting a little sporadically lately due to the holidays so I waited a few weeks to post so I would have 4 brand new sets starting with Alyssa Earthcandy.  Alyssa and I recently had our first shoot together BUT I haven't known Alyssa as part of the Arqade Family for a little while now.  We finally got around to shooting together and made the trek to one of my regular spots, Angel's Gate Bunkers in San Pedro.  Alyssa is a fire spinner so we incorporated a bunch of that in to the set.

   Alyssa Earthcandy - Chantico

Alyssa Earthcandy - Chantico

 

On Christmas I celebrated the holidays by linking up for the fourth set with my friend Sofia Weinberg and exploring a new location: The Topanga Fire Lookout.  Deep in the woods of Topanga Canyon there's a trail that leads to a beautiful graffitied concrete lookout point with a beautiful view of the forest as far as the eye can see.  We didn't get to spend as much time at the lookout itself as I would have liked due to increased visitors from the holiday but we still killed it and had a great shoot which we followed up with Korean BBQ (not pictured

   Sofia Weinberg - Fuck Love Bitch

Sofia Weinberg - Fuck Love Bitch

 

I finished out 2017 by making the venture out to Ventura, headquarters to one of my favorite new muses from this year The Spritely One!  Sprite's been trying to get me out to Ventura for a while so I figured what better way to end the year than to have a new adventure.  I used to date a girl years out there but never really spent any time shooting out in Ventura.  Sprite and I had a pretty full day first exploring several burnt out areas from the recent Thomas Fires, followed by an adventure to a killer abandoned school, and finally finishing out with some rather cute photos we took in Sprite's apartment (which we followed up by playing my first game of Cthulhu Fixx (also not photographed)).  Now is probably as great a time as any to announce Sprite and I will be doing a photography tour of The Bay Area next month.  Stayed tuned to our social media for details and live roadtrip updates.

   Sprite - Ring Around The Rosie

Sprite - Ring Around The Rosie

 

Bringing out the old and ringing in the new I started 2018 by traversing down to South Florida for a week to visit my family on the occasion of my Mom's retirement.  I have a bunch of photos of my family to potentially share but haven't edited everything or decided what to do with more personal photography yet, however I did make my way to meet up with the wonderful Angie Mitchell for our first shoot together.  Angie and I have been following each other on social media since last year and made sure to shooting together during my trip.  I thought a shoot down in Miami would be a great time to return to Wynwood.  Those that follow my work might remember Wynwood as a major location for my work with Angelina Christina from our trip to Art Basel back in late 2015.  In fact Angie (who coincidently also turns out to be an Angelina) started our shoot in The Old RC Cola Factory where Angelina and Fanakapan collaborated on a killer mural.  The Old RC Cola Factory is one of my absolute favorite abandoned places so it was great to shoot with Angie there.  After RC Cola we wandered around the rest of Wynwood shooting with the various street art around Miami's Arts District and one of the most defensely painted spots on the planet.  During the course of the shoot I stood in a giant pool of water to get a shot and suffered a battle wound when hopping a chainlink fence (leading to a tetanus shot the next day).  Angie was an amazing model to shoot with and we will definitely be shooting together during future Florida trips.  I'm back in LA now, it's raining, and this week I'm shooting for The LA Art Show so again keep your eyes on my social media for updates.

   Angie Mitchell - Do We Really Exist

Angie Mitchell - Do We Really Exist

UPDATES! NEW SETS!

Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh!  I know it's been radio silence here on the site since September but I'm back bay-bay!  Actually those that follow my social media know that I have been working on a few things including new set pages for all my Muses.  In fact if you have any favorite muses and you simply type "kungfubreakfast.com/" followed by the name of your favorite muse.  I'm currently working on Muses master page and a complete restructuring of the entire site but I wanted to give an update as to what was going on.  Throughout the Muses pages you'll these six months worth of new sets.  Part of the problem with the previous way I was doing things was not releasing sets right away but often times waiting to put them out sometimes up to six months later.  Going forward I will be releasing brand new sets within a week or two of shooting.  Conversely I'll no longer be doing individual blog posts for each set but rather more frequent (at least weekly) updates with all new sets posted (at least that's the plan).  In addition to this blog make sure you follow my social media for updates.

Ok!  Phew!  Lots of info.  This week I had five shoots.  I began my week heading out last Sunday to the industrial Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles to check out KFBabes Beah & Cecilia Romero's band Flames of Durga play at Outside The Rooms (a free show put on by Wild Riot and Bender Flow at The Row DTLA).  The girls (and boy not to forget their wonderful drummer/Cecilia's boyfriend) did an amazing job and we made tentative plans for a new shoot).

Monday I got together with one of my all-time favorite collaborators Cindy Clark aka Girlwolf.  Cindy headed up from her beachside homestead to my neck of the woods so I could put her in what I deem to be her natural environment and one of my regular spots: Switzer Falls.  Of course Girlwolf thrived in that spot, we shot some cool guitar stuff, took some of our first full nudes together, and even saw Bobcat!

Tuesday I picked up the Kooki Munsta who recently moved really close to me and I did my second investigation of the mysterious abandoned George Air Force in Victorville.  Kooki has reallllly come in to our as a model and we did one of our best shoots yet with Kooki channelling one of my all-time favorite characters in all fiction TANK GIRL!

Wednesday was a double header starting with a daytime appearance by The Spritely One.  Sprite's been dealing with the unfortunate air pollution caused by the ongoing major fires out in Ventura so we kept things fairly low key by taking a trip locally to Devil's Gate Dam followed by a shoot outside my very own apartment building.  Even though we kept things on the DL the photos are still epic as Sprite and I continue to see the magic we make together is strong.  

After my killer Sprite shoot I met up with my friend and frequent collaborator Alondra Excene Shields.  During a previous shoot with Alondra she brought a rad pair of rave glasses that refract the light in to hearts.  I requested Alondra brings the glasses again to experiment further with them AND visit one of the various Candy Cane Lanes (this one being in nearby Woodland Hills) for some Christmas photos.  Not only did Alondra bring the glasses but she had a second pair from the same company that refracted the light in a different way.  The results are amazing but it was freaking cold (cold for LA) so we headed back to Alondra's place for our last location.  We spent about an hour untangling lights and shot some very sexy stuff including some killer stuff with a dope latex outfit provided by Black Licorish Latex.

Anyway, that's my week!  Below are links to all the new sets so enjoy!

   Flames of Durga - Outside The Rooms

Flames of Durga - Outside The Rooms

   Cindy Clark - Bobcat & Girlwolf

Cindy Clark - Bobcat & Girlwolf

   Kooki Munsta - P-P-P-Pow!

Kooki Munsta - P-P-P-Pow!

   Sprite - Breathe In The Air

Sprite - Breathe In The Air

   Alondra Excene Shields - Candy Cane Lane

Alondra Excene Shields - Candy Cane Lane

Miao Savage - Over The Moon

This magic moment.  So beautiful and so new.  Hello!  Happy Saturday!  Today we are jumping right in with my first set with my friend Miao Savage.  Miao and I were introduced some months ago by my friend and fellow photographer Darren Eskandari who I have my show up with at Arqade at the moment.  Darren recommened Miao as a rad muse he thought I would really get along with and he was right.  Miao is a wonderful human being with so much artistic energy and love to give.  We didn't have a ton of time as Miao was visiting from the East Coast.  What's particularly interesting about this set is that on this day we shot half of our set at Arqade which was Miao's first time there.  In the months since we shot this Miao has moved here to our fair city of Los Angeles and has been doing a bunch of creative work with Arqade so the family grows.

Through this adventure Miao and I blazed a lot of the marijuanas, got all up in some street art, and even took a jaunt to Elysian Park.  We had a wonderful time with a lot of laughs and I'm excited for you to see the other work that I have done with her since this set so let me please introduce to you one of the most spectacular muses I've encountered: the incomparable Miao Savage!  Enjoy!

Click the photo below to go over the moon with Miao Savage

   Miao Savage - Over The Moon

Miao Savage - Over The Moon

Talia Schulz - Other Side

Hello!  Hope you're having a great Friday.  I am personally exhausted.  Last night I had my group show "Seeing and Being Seen" at Arqade alongside Jamie Myer, Astraia Esprit, and Darren Eskandari for the last ever Rockwalk at their Downtown location.  I'll keep you posted with Arqade's future plans but it looks like a move to Hollywood after the end of this month.  I spent a large portion of my week prepping for that.  I also spent a solid chunk of time this week on my visiting Goddess Chelsea Hanes.  Chelsea came down to Portland this week so I gave my apartment a deep (and much needed) cleaning.  After some much needed catch up time the two of us embarked on an epic shoot in Santa Ynez Canyon.  Chelsea also joined me for the show and we were both exhausted by the end so I'll say it was a great week for sure.

Today is a very art related set itself with my wonderful friend Talia Schulz.  Some of my muses are just so easy to shoot with because whenever we get together its just two friends catching up and talking about our lives and the mysteries of the universe.  Telling you that Talia is one of my favorite people is an understatement.  The two of us started out on the Westside of LA popping around Mar Vista, Venice, and Santa Monica before deciding the cross town to the Eastside deep in the heart of downtown to Arqade.  In the past few months I've had a few sets at Arqade's downtown location and will continue to for months after it closes its doors and this is one of m favorite sets shot in the building including a cameo by Arqade's Resident Cat The Grey Basil so please enjoy!

Click the photo below to travel to the Other Side with Talia Schulz

   Talia Schulz - Other Side

Talia Schulz - Other Side

Minni Jo - All Eyes Watching

Happy Saturday!  Change is in the air.  This week I found out that my friend's gallery is shutting down due to the building getting condemned, more than likely to make way for expensive condos.  Luckily they've already found a new location, more details on that to follow.  Another change perhaps is today's muse Minni Jo who has started focusing on her new band Orbis Lazuli.  I've known Minni for over two years now and she's so talented.  She sings, plays instruments including the guitar and flute, acts, and of course models.  I've always loved shooting her and never been anything but delighted at the photos we've taken.

In the time we've been shooting together we've become very close so some days we just head out to shoot together with no real plan.  That is pretty much what happened with today's shoot.  Minni suggested we head to Laurel Canyon to go explore a bit.  I always have a bit of trouble photographing in Laurel Canyon for some reason but on this day we headed to the general store/cafe and found some gems including some street art by Gregory Siff.  Minni and I have shared a mutual love of street art since we met.  In fact if you go all the way back to our first shoot you'll see we met up to shoot at The Container Yard (too hard to explain if your'e not familiar with The Yard so give it a google) where we are both friends with The Container Yard's Creative Director Vyal One.

After Laurel Canyon we headed downtown where we in fact shot with one of Vyal's murals that had gone up just recently around the time.  Lastly I took Minni to one of my favorite graff spots in Chinatown.  I wasn't intending for this set to be so street art focused but that's often what happens when there's no game plan involved.  Enjoy!

Click the photo below to peep your eyeballs at Minni Jo

   Minni Jo - All Eyes Watching

Minni Jo - All Eyes Watching

Kira Lawrence - Masculine Feminine

For a stretch last year and the year before I spent a great deal of time documenting the street art of my good friend Angelina Christina aka Starfighter.  Since then I've posted the vast majority of photos (still a few up my sleeve) but what you haven't seen yet (and only a few have) are the all the videos I shot with Angelina of each project.  Someday soon those videos will have a life to them but if you were lucky enough to be sitting in a cute little projection room with terrible sound in the Indio Performing Arts Center some months ago then you had the chance to catch the screening of those videos with myself and my beautiful muse/friend Kira Lawrence.

I was invited back in March to screen my films of Angelina's work for a small festival in the weird little town of Indio (most famously known as the host town of the Coachella Music Festival) hosted by Coachella Magazine.  I am in no way trying to put down the efforts of the festival or those involved but this seriously had to be one of the oddest experiences of my life.  Angelina was out of the country during the screening and could not attend, so rather than go it alone I invited my friend Kira to come join.  Kira and I decided to make a day of shooting out of it which wound up working out for a small fun set, but the main focus was always the screening which was to be followed by a Q&A for the audience.

Kira and I left LA in the late morning and arrived in Indio several hours later.  The drive from LA to Indio is a long one but one I have done on many occasions with Angelina for our trips out to the Salton Sea just past Indio.  These desert trips were actually the main catalyst for my desire to agree to screen the videos out there.  We arrive about 90 prior to the screening and realized that the festival resembled something closer to a craft fair of local vendors.  Though it was the late afternoon people were still setting up.  We waited for someone to greet us, though no one did.  In fact no one was contacting me asking where I was or anything of the sort, so we decided to get some ice cream and take a few photos.  When Kira and I arrived at the ice cream shop we were treated to some of the worst ice cream that we had ever had which for some reason also took forever to make as the big claim to fame of this establishment was making each ice cream order from scratch.  This delay and relative distance of the ice cream shop put us slightly behind schedule to get back but still no one was contacting me asking where I was.

Upon our eventual return to the venue I asked around for our contact Jorge.  I was pointed in the direction of a man wearing cowboy hat and carrying a camera around.  I went and introduced myself and my associate.  Jorge's first question he asked me was if I had brought a DVD copy of the film.  Days prior to this conversation I had sent the film via Dropbox to Jorge with no mention of a DVD.  This request for a DVD wouldn't have been so unusual in my film school days but certainly was a bit out of the norm in this modern day of high speed file sharing.  I told him I did not bring a DVD and had mentioned previously I wouldn't be bringing one.  I told him I had brought my hard drive just in case he hadn't prepped the file.  He then asked me if I brought a laptop to screen the film.  I had not.

Jorge went to get the projectionist, introduced us, and promptly walked away from the conversation.  The projectionist proceeded to lead me and Kira to the projection room and asked me if I brought a DVD.  After a moment of hesitation I repeated the same answers I had given to Jorge.  The Projectionist, Kira, and I exited the projection room to find Jorge.  Just as I had given up and assumed it was probably time for us to form an exit strategy Jorge revealed he himself had a laptop.  He said he would go get it but then turned around began to photograph various people at the event while The Projectionist looked at me as if I had some dominion over the situation and it's leader.

In the meantime Kira and I went and befriend a punky/burner band couple in the corner of the room.  We told them our situation and I began to show them some of the work of my beloved artist friend Angelina.  After some time The Projectionist, Jorge, and a third man (who I later derived was Jorge's partner in the festival) approached with Jorge's laptop.  The five of us walked up the stairs back to the projection room past a multi-colored wall in the stairwell.  Jorge copied my movie file onto his laptop while the three men attempted to figure out how to hook it up to the ancient projection system.  In the meantime I restarted my photo shoot and began taking photos of Kira in the multi-colored stairwell.

The three men could not for the life of them figure out how to hook up the laptop to the system and once again I had all but given up hope.  I could tell that Kira was feeling just completely done with the situation and wanted to leave when suddenly a man from one of the bands came in with all the proper hookups and got everything ready to screen.  I can't particularly recall if there was an announcement made that the screening was starting but a small group of people filed in to the cute little theater.  Before I continue the story I should preface this next part by telling you that my film was an 80 minute compilation of music-video style videos documenting the various street art pieces by Angelina.  The music element of the videos is hugely important and so when I heard the heavily distorted sound of the terrible speakers in the auditorium I was utterly heart broken.

Over the course of the screening almost every left the auditorium.  At one point just Kira and I sat (even Jorge was missing) though I could hear a lone voice talking on his phone.  I didn't have the heart to look around at who it was so I asked Kira to look.  Kira told me it was the Partner of Jorge, who eventually left as well.  Following the screening Kira and I were ready to get back to LA.  As we started to exit the theater and encountered Jorge and his partner.  I thanked Jorge for the screening because I knew though everything was a disaster his heart was in the right place.  He then asked me if we could still do the Q&A (which was to be moderated by his partner).  I told him that no one was in the theater and that I really didn't want to at this point.  Jorge looked dejected.  He asked me a few very general questions and then asked if he could record our conversation.  I politely told him I did not want to be recorded in this situation which caused Jorge further dejection.  The Partner started to ask a few questions that were clearly supposed to be part of the Q&A.  His questions included "So did the artist just let you follow her around?" and "Is this a student film or something?".  And with that Kira and I left for LA.

I hope you enjoy this set we shot in between all of the madness

   Kira Lawrence - Masculine Feminine

Kira Lawrence - Masculine Feminine

Phoenix Askani - Secret Gardens

Heatwave!  Los Angeles is going through a bit of a heatwave this week to the point that the hills of Burbank are currently on fire.  I remember the last time LA had a major fire.  It's a bizarre sight to behold when you're driving on the highway and you can clearly see fires just raging.  Meanwhile can someone with an AC please hit me up about sleeping at their place?  Thanks!  Whenever it gets this hot I usually like to "Los Angeles is Burning" by Bad Religion so I've included a link to the video at the bottom for your listening pleasure.

I thought since we are going through what is probably the last heat of the season (hopefully!) that I would bust out this pool set I shot with Phoenix Askani.  A few months ago Phoenix invited me to her friend's house with a pool to do some pool shots.  There are certain tropes of photography that I'm less experienced with, pools being one of them, so I figured 'why not'?  It wasn't the biggest pool but I think we got some dope shots.  After that Phoenix and I headed a secret garden in Hollywood with a gorgeous Buddha statue.  This led to one of my absolute favorite shots of Phoenix with her sitting in front of the statue.  Towards the end of this set my camera battery died and I didn't have any spare ones on me but I think we really got some special shots.  I'm going to stay focused on the pool stuff and pretend I'm in one right now.  Enjoy!  And scroll down for Los Angeles Is Burning!

   Phoenix Askani - Secret Gardens

Phoenix Askani - Secret Gardens

Chelsea Hanes and Chelsea Lugosi - At Play

Hello!  Short post today as I'm running out the door to meet for coffee and talk art projects with a rad girl I met at Arqade during Kitties & Titties named Lara.  We are meeting in Mar Vista which is always a strong artist connection area for me having worked documenting several murals there by Angelina Christina as well as photographing all sorts of street art there.

Having posted some wonderful photos of Chelsea Lugosi yesterday and thinking about my Goddess Chelsea Hanes I wanted to post this set I shot of the two of them together.  Check out yesterday's post to catch up on how I met Chelsea Lugosi through Chelsea Hanes.  The two of them have such a great energy together that I just felt compelled to share the photos we took together.  The three of us stopped by this dope Vyal mural and spent most of our time at my residency of Arqade.  It was a somewhat short but beautiful shoot and afterward Chelsea Hanes and I made out a bunch.  Enjoy!

   Chelsea Hanes and Chelsea Lugosi - At Play

Chelsea Hanes and Chelsea Lugosi - At Play

Chelsea Lugosi - Stardust

Oh hello.  I'm back and it's been an interesting second half of the month.  My Vegas trip was a challenge for sure but capped off wonderfully by a shoot with the lovely Amythyst.  Since then I've had a few really killer shoots but it's been way to hot to work on anything at home.  Last Saturday I showed some work as well as photographed at my residency of Arqade.  Overall things have been going well and I even made my way back to Switzer Falls with the lovely Amanda Darling this past week.  Amanda and I discovered that we happen to have a mutual friend in today's muse Chelsea Lugosi.

When I started spending time with my Goddess Chelsea Hanes she told me about her friend named Chelsea Lugosi.  I heard about Chelsea for a few weeks and even got to briefly smoke a bowl with her on a cool evening in Brentwood.  Chelsea and I hit it off right away and scheduled a fun little shoot in the forest.  Chelsea and I really connected with a magical day in the woods.  There are just some models that I really vibrate with and Ms. Lugosi happens to be one of them.  Chelsea Lugosi is a really interesting figure.  Much like myself she is multi-disciplined in a few different scenes.  Chelsea spins hoop as well as fire, DJs, makes clothes, models, and has a strong connection to the spirit world.  Chelsea also read my tarot and told me some very interesting things about my future.  Chelsea is really one of the sweetest people I've met in my journeys.  Since this shoot Chelsea and I have gotten together a few more times including a shoot together with Chelsea Hanes so keep an eye out for that.  In the mean time enjoy Chelsea Lugosi in Stardust!

Click the photo below and find out what it's like to be made of stardust

   Chelsea Lugosi - Stardust

Chelsea Lugosi - Stardust

Babes of Arqade - Lil Monster Squad

Sunday Funday!  Tonight I fly out to Las Vegas but before I head in to the Desert I'm excited to bring you the first Babes of Arqade post.  Since meeting Grey Garbo she and her boyfriend Ceven took over a gallery in downtown and branded it Arqade.  Grey and I previously shot our Tiny Dancer set at the gallery when it was still Oddville under the previous regime.  The place was a bit of a mess when I first started going there but since then they have really cleaned it up and made it in to a fun space that you'll get to see some sets at starting now with the first "Babes of Arqade".

The second Thursday of the month at Arqade is Rockwalk, a part of Downtown LA's Artwalk.  Rockwalk is a combination concert/art show/burlesque.  The Burlesque element means that Grey Garbo and crew are usually on dancing duty in the Burlesque Lounge which includes a window above the stage of Arqade where the ladies dance.  Of course those that follow the site remember that I met Grey through Lady Krondor and both of them introduced me to Carlie Anne, both regulars of the Burlesque Lounge.  I happened to introduce Grey Garbo to Lina Savanna, who both happened to hit it off and so the forming of what I deemed as The Lil Monster Squad.  Enjoy!

   Babes of Arqade - Lil Monster Squad

Babes of Arqade - Lil Monster Squad

Chelsea Hanes - Unconditional

Happy Friday!  Today feels like a bit of a Monday for me as I'll be working the next seven days, getting one day off and working three more, but nothing I can't handle.  I spent a period of two years working seven days a week.  This week I'll be traveling to the fashion convention MAGIC in Las Vegas to photograph with Idol Mind.  I've never been to MAGIC but if you've been to one trade show or convention then you've been to them all.

I'm personally a bigger fan of working in the realm of the unexpected, such as today's set with the return of Goddess Chelsea Hanes.  I've been desiring putting out this set for a little while because of how special it is to me.  In our previous two sets I had taken Chelsea to some pretty epic places, but on this day we wanted to keep things somewhat low key, so we headed to El Porto in Manhattan Beach, eventually winding up in Venice.  I particularly like El Porto because it's fairly solitary as far as beaches in LA go.  Chelsea and I found a few cool props on the beach that led to some really spiritual feeling shots.  Walking on the beach we also found a bunch of beautiful shells for Chelsea to use in her work.  During the course of our shoot Chelsea decided to go topless, which made for some beautiful and raw shots.

On the beach Chelsea and I were having a really deep conversation about all sorts of things.  Somewhere in there we confessed feelings one another and so started the journey we are currently on.  We had been flirty in our time together but I didn't particularly see this coming as she has a boyfriend.  Chelsea revealed to me that they are poly and had been crushing on me.  I was head over heels for Chelsea the first time I laid eyes on her and had been trying to put it out my head.  After this love confession we continued our shoot including Chelsea wearing my signature leopard print vest and an nWo Wolfpac t-shirt from my youth.  Overall it was a really magical shoot with Chelsea as always so please enjoy!

Click the photo below for something unconditional with Chelsea Hanes

   Chelsea Hanes - Unconditional

Chelsea Hanes - Unconditional

Peyton Victoria - Liberating

Yesterday we talked about a confluence of circumstance.  Some seem inevitable.  Because I knew Liza I eventually met Mandee.  Had I not known Liza would I have met Mandee?  Perhaps not, but many of my LA Muses and I have multiple friends in common, we participate in similar scenes, but some meetings are almost completely unrelated to anything other than chance.  Such was my meeting with today's subject, the lovely Peyton Victoria.

To support my art making practices whenever I don't have enough gigs to do so I drive for rideshare services such as Lyft and Uber.  It's honestly not the greatest job, but it gives me the flexibility and freedom to do all the other amazing things I do.  On many of these rides the question comes up about what else I do.  You see everyone in LA does something other than the thing you seem them doing, and so my photography comes up.  On occasion the reaction I get will be, "Oh rad!  I would love to shoot with you sometime!"  99% of the time that conversation has lead to nothing but sometime a while back I was giving a ride to three people where the same conversation played out.  A beautiful girl named Peyton told me she was visiting her other friends in the car from up in The Bay Area.

Peyton and I kept in touch and several months later she found herself coming back to LA for another visit.  I mentioned the shoots I had been doing in Switzer Falls and wanted to include her in the same series.  She was very excited and there we went.  Peyton and I had a beautiful day together.  I often mention the conversation that's had throughout the day and my beautiful dialogues with Peyton are some of the my favorite that I've had.  Peyton is a thoughtful human being with a wide open mind.  We had a wonderful day together and she is easily one of my favorite muses I've ever worked with.  We have since gotten together to shoot again and I continue to look forward to more shoots to come.  Peyton is a wonderful woman and I only see great things for her future.  I feel privileged to spend the time with her that I have and I think you will too.  Enjoy!

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   Peyton Victoria - Liberating

Peyton Victoria - Liberating

Mandee Leslie - Heart n Soul

Hello!  Welcome back!  Is it necessary I start each post off with a greeting?  Probably not, but I just feel like it's the friendly thing to do.  I always ask my friends how they are doing before we get in to a full conversation.  Small talk?  Perhaps, but should we talk about the weather?  It's been humid in LA recently and I don't care for it.  Heat is one thing but humidity!?  I don't care for it.  The reason we are getting this humidity though is the same reason for the much needed rains we got during the winter and spring this year.  That same rain was responsible for our first poppy bloom in some time which also made today's set one of the most beautiful that I've shot.

Actually this entire set was a confluence of good circumstance coming together.  I adore Mandee Leslie.  I'm not sure how exactly I became aware of Mandee, but I had been following her on IG for a little while and really wanting to photograph with her.  Then all of a sudden one day I find out she is friends with my friend and regular KFB Muse Liza.  After Liza and I shot together a handful of times Mandee communicated she really wanted to shoot together.  I was super down so we put this shoot together.  I suggested we head up to Antelope Valley to check out the poppy fields, which is one of those LA staples that I just never had had a chance to do because the timeframe of the bloom can be very short.  You blink and you've missed it.  As I alluded to before, due to the drought we hadn't had a proper bloom in several years, but all the rainfall made for an entirely different story.

Mandee and I met up at my place and headed there.  We had a wonderful time talking about hiking, LA, acting, art, marijuana, Liza, diet, health, etc.  I'm not sure Mandee and I had any real moments of silence during our shoot.  Mandee is also a killer model.  I loved all of her poses.  This trip had a lot of great little finds including the cafe the title of this set comes from, a few abandoned places, an abandoned boat, an awesome bridge, and some very random poppy fields.  Actually the interesting thing about the shoot was that there is an official poppy reserve we paid to get in to, but they are super particular about where you can go, there were people everywhere, a few old ladies yelled at us, but the fields just outside of the official poppy reserve still had a ton of poppies (maybe even more beautiful), no one to tell us what to do, and they led to our best poppy related shots of the day.  I was super stoked that we found so many different things to shoot with that it really gave this entire set a great story.  Mandee is awesome and I hope we find the time to shoot together again.  Enjoy!

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   Mandee Leslie - Heart n Soul

Mandee Leslie - Heart n Soul