Merry Xmas! You can open one present early with a special Christmas Eve set with Jessi Monique! Some of you probably my friend Jessi who I shot around Easter a few years ago. Jessi and I first met in the South Florida Fetish scene from my Fetish Factory days. We’ve stayed good friends since and try to shoot together when possible. Well during my recent trip to South Florida for Thanksgiving we made plans for a shoot. We also didn’t get to shoot as I hurt my back during that trip and was in a bit of agony. Luckily after a few days rest we were able to squeeze something in (though I was still in pretty bad pain). Jessi and I shot around my old Florida stomping grounds of Delray Beach popping in to a few bars including the very nice and accommodating Death or Glory bar which has this cool tiki theme in the back room as well as full Christmas decorations and even fake snow. Jessi and I had a wonderful shoot that includes a cameo by her cute new little kitten. I would have released the set earlier but we submitted and got accepted in to this month’s issue of Pinup Kulture Magazine, which can be found here. Anyway, the magazine is out now and since it is Christmas Eve I am posting the set up now! Enjoy!
Truth be told I am glad 2018 is almost over. I recognize that the passing of one year to another is nothing more than symbolic but damn that symbol is strong. This year was a motherfucker but then again we had some really beautiful shoots here on the site and a grip of new faces. No new faces this time around, in fact as I was putting together today’s sets I noticed that for each muse this is between their 4th and 6th solo sets with me, so pretty cool. Today we have six new sets including a mini multi-muse set.
To start things off though we have the long-awaited return of Dahliaisdopey during my recent trip down to Orlando, Florida. Dahlia and I first did a trio of sets together earlier this year when I was in South Florida for the unfortunate passing of my Grandmother. We really hit it off during that last trip so when my family told me that we were renting a house in Orlando for Thanksgiving, I hit up Dahlia right away.
Truth be told I’m a little nervous about this set. Originally Dahlia and I were going to shoot around Orlando but both wound up in situations without cars. She very nicely took an Uber to where I was staying but given that the vacation rental was basically in the middle of nowhere in a suburb of Orlando our only option was to shoot in the house, unbeknownst to my family who were all out at the time. We had an amazing shoot so if any of them are reading this, please don’t hate me for shooting scandalous photos there!
Before introducing the next set I’d like to mention that during my trip to Florida I also shot a new set with long-time South Florida friend/muse Jessi Monique BUT several photos from the set go accepted to be published in this month’s Pinup Kulture Magazine so I’m waiting for the release before I put up those photos but stay tuned for that.
After getting back to LA I shot a killer new set with Cindy Clark. The last time Girlwolf and I shot together we discussed me coming over to her place for our next shoot. Let me just say that it was well worth it. I’m not always sure about shooting in people’s places because I tend to speed through scenery to keep up a certain energy and not take the same shot over and over. However what was so great about shooting at Cindy’s place was that we all of these different options of things to play with. We shot inside with her amazing husky Polar, we did some music stuff in her living room including shooting a little video, we shot in her Dad’s garage with his motorcycles, we played with her strobes. I mean really this shoot was the closet thing to a play date I think I’ve had in some time and the photos came out amazing.
The very next day I headed out east to shoot once again with the lovely Sister Bonez. Each time we shoot together I think I put together less and less of a gameplan and our photos come out amazing. We took some photos in this cool park that I’d been to but not in the area we shot in followed by some stuff in Pomona. There are a number of things I love about shooting with Sister Bonez but one of them are the amazing outfits she has and energy she brings to them. We shot some really dope outfits but my favorite was probably the one I requested which was a Ren and Stimpy onesie I saw she posted having worn previously on her social media. We wound up taking a different turn for the last third of our shoot by heading downtown. I wanted to shoot Ms. Bonez with the Christmas light installations in Grand Park but didn’t realize they were mostly closed due to the rain. Actually funny enough it rained throughout the day but we were able to cleverly avoid the downpours each time and still get in a killer set.
Next set I feel needs very little introduction. My wonderful friend and muse Brittny Nicole aka Cosmic Daughter has been inviting me to an event she’s been hosting called Manifest at The Lash in Downtown. The last time we went together was when we did the epic shoot at the promoter’s house. This time I kept things a little more lowkey just doing a mini-set with her my fluffy little bunny May, who I’ve been trying to get to go each time and finally did this time around. The two of them had a great chemistry and we all hope to shoot more photos together sometime soon.
Funny enough this next set is another home set and not even the first one I’ve shot with this person. Yes I headed to WeHo to shoot with the lovely Lady Krondor. I was originally supposed to shoot with another muse that day who wound up getting an unfortunate skin rash and had to cancel last minute. When I get in a shooting state of mind I need to get it out so I hit up Lady Krondor who just happened to be free! When I got to her place I parked right next to this cool vintage style truck so we shot with that and walked around the neighborhood a bit to game plan the rest of the shoot. We did some fun stuff in her kitchen and then played around in her home studio with her strobes (twice in one week with different muses). We even experimented with some dry ice. It was not as epic as we had hoped but still got some great shots nonetheless. This whole shoot felt very intimate and I think it shows.
And finally to finish things up is a full set with the Cosmic Daughter. After seeing Brittny the previous week and having a few days off I asked if she wanted to head to nearby Idyllwild. She was free and down as fuck. Of course it was cold so all the props to Brittny for braving it out in her outfits that do not keep much warm. Brittny took me to this really cool camping spot in Idyllwild and then we made our way to this cool abandoned house in Hemet for some night stuff. I’m good friends with Brittny and her boyfriend Max so I wound up spending the night and we all shot together some more in Idyllwild the next day. This set had a very sort of documentary feel to it and I think you’ll enjoy. I’m hoping to have at least one more post before the year is over but in case I don’t then Happy Holidays!
Yo Yo Yo! Happy Thanksgiving (almost). I’m currently down in Orlando for the week where my family got a house. This will be a fun week with family, a trip to Disney World, and a new shoot with the lovely Dahliaisdopey! Today though I have six new sets for you including a new multi-muse set.
To start I would love to introduce new muse Alicia Vigil. Those following along may recognize Alicia from her appearance as part of her band Vigil of War in a live music set I shot while checking out Cindy Clark’s (former) band Earthsleep at The Whisky-A-Go-Go. Cindy, Alicia, and I made plans to all shoot together but until we can line up everyone’s schedule Alicia and I made plans to shoot together. I took Alicia to my iconic Switzer Falls where it turns out she had actually been before. Alicia brought her own Make-up Artist by the name of Kerri Evans. Kerri did a beautiful job with Alicia’s look that really cut to the bone. The shoot itself with Alicia was legendary and absolutely one of my favorite shoots of all time. Alicia is the sweetest but has this real evil vibe to her that I just adore.
Up next is a brand new set with the returning Little Lotus. It was wonderful to get together again with this beautiful soul. Little Lotus has wonderful style which makes sense that she has her own Vintage Clothing brand. The two of us headed to Elysian Park, Chinatown, The Art District of Downtown, and finally a quick little spot by my house in Highland Park. We had a lot of fun time exploring and made plans for a few killer collabs in the near future.
For our third set I got together once again with my fellow New Englander Sofia Weinberg. Sofia told me she wanted to shoot some lingerie and I thought what better place than the abandoned George Air Force Base in Victorville. In addition to the the lingerie Sofia brought this really dope Harley Quinn outfit she got for Halloween that didn’t arrive in time (so she wound up going as Suicide Squad Harley). I always love visiting this weird abandoned space that’s the size of a small town. The vibe there is so creepy. We shot most of the set at my favorite building but wound up leaving after some other explorers showed up and decided throwing glass bottles was fun. We shoot some sunset shots inside of one of the barracks buildings and got this real Cindy Crawford 90’s vibe. After the shoot we stopped on our way home at Cracker Barrel. I had no idea SoCal even had Cracker Barrels but I’m so glad we found one.
This next set is really interesting because it was inspired by the adventures rather than the other way around. Street Artist WRDSMTH was having the grand opening of a public show of his at The Bloc in Downtown (this sort of open mall area) and Bloody Gums Collective (who I’ve shown with before) were having a show at Angel City Brewery in The Arts District (where I’ve also shown before). I invited both Miss Chaos and May to the show. We’ve all been wanting to shoot together so things worked out really well. I took a couple of photos of Miss Chaos and May in the past one time when we were all hanging out and they had these great vibes. Those vibes only escalated during our shoot. I never would have thought to pair them before but you can see in the photos that it just works so magically with this real fun kink vibe. Miss Chaos had to hit up another event after the WRDSMTH show so May and I continued on to the Bloody Gums show were Little Lotus was vending. Overall this was a really fun shoot especially considering how low-key it was.
We’ve got a double dose of Miss Chaos with a new solo shoot. Originally we were thinking of heading out of town to visit some cool new abandoned spot but given the fires in LA we decided travel might be a little difficult and gave in to the local vibes with stops in Atwater Village, Boyle Heights, and Little Tokyo. We really lucked out and found some killer spots. We also ate some delicious sushi and finished with matcha ice cream. Great set with a great muse.
Lastly we have a new set with the magical Brittny Nicole aka Cosmic Daughter. The Cosmic one hit me up asking if I’d like to go on some adventures with her to Manifest in Downtown (which we previously shot one of our sets at). I was more than down for some adventures which turned in to two days of some shoots. We shot the bulk of the set at the apartment of Jessi Jae Joplin (Manifest’s promoter). It was a really rad apartment to shoot in beautiful decorated by her and roommates including Alaska Mangialetto of Jacked Fashion who loaned us some clothes as well as her room for some shots. Our shoot also included some photos at Manifest as well as finishing at a favorite location, Pasadena City Hall. Also we dropped some acid. Enjoy!
Happy Day of The Dead! Got a special post-Halloween set from last night’s Bondage Ball at The Mayan. Badass photographer Tommy O hooked it for myself, Miss Chaos, Liza, and Graff Artist Scom to attend as VIP guests including getting me a photo pass for the night.
I started the night running around a bit with Miss Chaos and Liza to get some photos. For those that don’t know, Miss Chaos was the one that actually introduced me to Liza and we’ve been dear friends ever since but this was our first time all taking some photos together. After that we made our way to the Ball at The Mayan in Downtown Los Angeles. The event was a lot of fun and I got a chance to shoot with a few more of my muses also at the end event including Chelsea Lugosi, Cybill Troy, and May. Enjoy!
Happy Halloween! The spooky time is here and before you know it you’ll be trading in your jack-o-lanterns for Turkey. October has been a whirlwind for sure with lots of spooky shoots and I’ve got five more wonderful sets to share with you today.
To start things off is maybe our most Halloweeny set of the month featuring everybody’s favorite jokester Bangs The Clown (aka Nova) in special Halloween themed shoot. Nova and I are both Halloween fans and decided to go full out with a Halloween inspired variation of Nova’s Bangs The Clown. Nova put the whole look together in such a super cute way. You can see in the set we originally started off shooting in Downtown Los Angeles, but something just felt off so we zipped up the 110 to Pasadena and it was the perfect atmosphere.
Up next we get a little more bangs action with the return of our resident Bettie Page - Lady Krondor. The good Lady and I kept it kind of local with a shoot in West Hollywood. We had a really fun time with some beautiful lit spots, bat play, and as you can see some double exposure experimentation with the new Kung Fu Breakfast logo by Tom Maher. So glad to have Lady Krondor back!
Speaking of returns we have another new set with one of the most inspiriting muses I’ve ever worked with: Brittny Nicole aka Cosmic Daughter. Brittny really wanted to head back out to The Salton Sea and I am always happy to head out to one of the weirdest places on the planet. We had an epic day with stops in Bombay Beach, East Jesus, and a few other of my favorite little spots around Slab City. I attempted to take Brittny to the Mudpots, these hot beds of sulphur that make little volcanos. What I did not think about was that it had rained days earlier and so I almost sank down the moment I tried to step in to the field. Between that and Brittny’s light saber from Flashing Blinky Lights I got a very Tatooine vibe hence “A New Hope”. Big thanks to my other muse Chelsea Hanes for supplying a dope clip-in hairwrap from her company Spirit Sugar.
My next set is a new muse to you but I’ve known her for years, the wonderful Athena Fatale. Athena and I used to cross paths when we both did work with The Stockroom. We’ve been following each other’s work for years and finally got together to shoot. I took Athena down to Angel’s Gate Bunkers and was not disappointed with her magic. We had an excellent time shooting together and I’m sure you will see more in the future.
And finally The Queen of Fire, Alyssa Earthcandy, is back with her second set. Alyssa and I wanted to get some spooky times in before the Day of The Dead. Alyssa enlisted the help of her friend Cambria of Twisted Flamingo Designs to do her makeup and she did an excellent job. We met up once again the South Bay over by Sunken City for some fire play amongst other things. No disrespect to any of my other wonderful fire performer muses but Alyssa really might be the best. Hope you enjoy all of these spooky sets and even though Halloween is upon us I’m sure there will be plenty more spooky sets to come as well as a few other surprises so enjoy!
Welcome to October! It’s a week in and for the first post of the season I have ten new sets for you, most of which are pretty spooktacular if I do say so myself.
We begin this post in a similar position to where we left off the last time we spoke with our own Cosmic Daughter: Brittny Nicole. Brittny and I had been planning this shoot really since our very first one out in the desert. For this shoot I travelled out to Idyllwild with Brittny and her boyfriend Max (who was kind enough to shoot some BTS for us). This set is of course really epic because Brittny and I don’t know how to do otherwise. I don’t want to say TOO MUCH but I will say “Slime booty” and leave it at that.
Up next is another new set with my POC Miss Chaos in an impromptu journey. There’s an abandoned pool I’ve had my eye for some time and well the timing just happened to be right a few weeks ago. Miss Chaos is also a big fan of abandoned places so I knew she would be perfect for mission. Our only intention was the pool but we later found ourselves at the new store of my old employer The Stockroom. The Stockroom’s new Echo Park location was once an old mechanic’s shop so that was pretty cool!
Our adventures continue with the return of The Goddess Chelsea Hanes. Those that follow me closely know Chelsea is a close friend of mine that moved to Portland last year. She hit me up that she was coming down to LA so we set up a shoot. I took Chelsea to The Scary Dairy in Camarillo. Normally when I go to the Scary Dairy its pretty easy to get in to as large parts of the fencing are torn down. Well apparently they fixed them just recently. Not to be deterred we decided to hop off the fence anyway. It was totally worth it as you can see the photos came out great, but the adventure was harrowing. On the way to hop the fence out I caught my septum ring on the fence, bending it in half, and nearly ripping it out of my face. Needless to say I will not be hopping any fences anytime soon. Of course it was wonderful reconnecting with Chelsea.
Things take a turn for the spooky with a brand new set featuring Cosplay Queen Fablechan. I once again venture deep in to Orange County to shoot with the homegirl. She showed me some really cool locations and we got pretty spooky/sexy with our surroundings (artistically speaking of course). Always love shooting with Fablechan and I think we had some real fun experimenting with double exposures and some weird Pineagrams inside of this cool tunnel.
From one weirdo that I love to another is the return of Girlwolf Cindy Clark after her successful surgery. Cindy has had a tumor in her leg for years. Though it was benign, it was causing her great pain and precluding her from a lot of physical activity including running (which she’s done all her life). Cindy finally got the insurance company to approve the surgery after a very long fight. Well after two months of recovery time she was itching to get back out there and shoot. Funny enough I had the shoots with Fablechan and Cindy scheduled on back-to-back days unbeknownst to anyone but me. Over the weekend before the shoots I received a text from Fablechan featuring a picture of the two of them together. It turned out they met one another for the first time at a Dolls Kill audition and snapped a pic for me!
Cindy and I met up in Downtown and shot at some of my favorite grungy spots in the Arts District as well as finding this really cool abandoned garage that lent itself to some photos. We had a great time catching up and being dumb. We attempted to shoot on one rooftop before being thwarted by security but made our way on to a better rooftop, so how’s that for you? All I can really is that when Cindy and I shoot together it’s nothing but punk rock.
The abandoned pool shoot with Miss Chaos from earlier in the post was impromptu but this trip to Santa Barbara was not. Miss Chaos and I had been planning a trip to Santa Barbara to visit the famous Knapp’s Castle. The trip was a bit of an emotional rollercoaster as we kept driving through all this beautiful fog only to have it wind up super sunny where we were (whatever!). We started off by visiting this cool/weird water tower up in the mountains. I was very unhappy without fucking bright and hot it was but I still think we got some cool photos.
From there we headed to Knapp’s Castle which was SPECTACULAR. Knapp’s Castle if the remains of an old mansion in the mountains up past Santa Barbara. Sadly we saw a bunch of construction equipment and materials around, and though it didn’t seem like they were tearing it down, it definitely seems like they are building something around it, so we felt extra lucky we could visit. Miss Chaos put together some really fun looks and we even got an assist from Chelsea Hanes who let me borrow one of her Spirit Sugar Clip-in hair wraps.
We finished the evening by getting some delicious local food followed by our last location at the Santa Barbara pier. It was an exhausting day and an epic shoot.
After my journey so far out I wanted to keep things kind of local for the next shoot with the spooky Sarah Seraine. Sarah flexed her makeup skills with a rad black metal look (fitting that Sarah is in fact a metalhead). Sarah did an amazing job with her makeup that really set the tone for the whole shoot. We adventured around the industrial perimeter of Downtown LA and discovered some really haunting spots and finished off in Chinatown. Normally Sarah loves to be nude or nearly nude but I think we pulled off a killer set showing a slightly different side of Sarah.
The spookfest continued in overdrive with a brand new featuring Sage Sin. Unless I told you it was Sage you might not know it as she went full Michael Myers for this shoot. During our last shoot Sage and I joked it would be fun to do a shoot with Michael Myers doing some silly things. On the day of the shoot I remembered that the house from the original Halloween is actually really close to my house so we shot over there a bit, followed by Lori’s house, and then we got in to some really silly stuff around Pasadena.
For our second to last set of the post I want to introduce new muse Watermelon Waifu! Ms. Waifu is a good friend of Fablechan and requested a shoot together. I took Watermelon to my fav spot, Switzer Falls. I hadn’t been to Switzer in a minute so I was happy to get out in to woods. We had a fun time and she put together some really cute and spooky looks. We talked serial killers, music, and essentially all things spooky.
Finally we end things with a set I’ve been wanting to shoot for a while: The return of Alondra Excene Shields! Alondra is always a favorite muse and human being of mine. We consistently make killer stuff together. Unfortunately Alondra is also a busy bee and we hadn’t been able to line our schedules up again since our last shoot during Easter! Of course we couldn’t let the spooky times go by without a shoot. Also I had been wanting to shoot Alondra badly since she shaved her head. Alondra suggested we go to Switzer to get those spooky vibes going. Alondra is actually the one that introduced me to Switzer Falls in the first place so I was happy for the sequel. She brought some really creepy outfits including a series of masks made by her friend Graham Schofield. This shoot was completely different than our previous Switzer shoot and maybe our best one yet. Thanks again for checking out my work with these rad ladies and until next time, enjoy!
Hello again Kung Fu Breakfastonians to another installment of our ongoing lecture series, “Wild Women of Southern California”. This is a fully loaded post with ten brand new sets for your peepers so let’s just right in!
Late last month (how time flies) I got together for my 2nd set with Cherrie Bombshell. During our first shoot together Cherrie mentioned to me wanting to do a clown shoot in her favorite location: Venice Beach so we made it happen. I’m not usually the biggest fan of being in really crowded places but if you’re going to be weird anywhere, The Venice Beach Boardwalk is the place to go. There was a lot of fun discoveries on this shoot including a van with Charles Manson on it (Cherrie has Manson tattooed on her leg) as well as a beautiful prism inside of an ice cream shop. I always love to clown around.
Up next is one of my favorite human beings on the planet: Brianna Christine. I travelled out to Glendora for a fun forest shoot with this angel. Brianna actually specifically requested to be in nature and I was thinking the exact same thing. On the way we stopped to grab the flowers you’ll see in the shoot at local Trader Joe’s and wound up also purchasing a delicious danish pastry called Kringle that kept our bellies full. During our drive up to the mountain top later in the set we also saw a car turned completely on its side on the side of the road in one of the mountain passes. We are still both confused how it got there.
The week of my shoot with Brianna happened to be the only shoot that was scheduled that went through as I had three different cancellations. Fortunately my friend and neighbor Sovereign Syre was down for an impromptu adventure so we went south to my favorite abandoned places Angels Gate Bunkers. Sov brought some really fun outfits but of course wound up nude for a large portion of the shoot. One of my favorite looks had to be the patriotic booty shorts, which happened to work out well timing wise with 9/11 so I titled this set “Never Forget”.
Keeping the impromptu train rolling I lucked out with a wonderful evening with my friend Miss Chaos. Miss Chaos really knows how to throw together an outfit so I’m sure you’d have no clue we put this together really at the last minute. We headed in to The San Fernando Valley to Stoney Point. I’ve shot in Stoney Point a few times but never had gone down to the bottom of the train tunnel where we started our shoot. We got some killer shots and even saw the train pass a few times. During the first train pass I was on the narrow side of the tracks and was so close that my hat flew off. I was afraid I’d lost it but luckily it didn’t go too far (though my sunglasses were on my hat and definitely broke). We busted out some really fun photos before heading back to Miss Chaos’ place to play with her new kittens Julius and Osiris. I couldn’t resist take some photos of them and decided to throw them in the set.
Adventures continued to abound with a new multi muse set out in Ventura. My lovely muse The Spritely One invited me out for the day to shoot with her and her high school friend/fellow cosplayer Sarah Kathrine. We hit up some really fun locations including a middle school, a secluded beach, and Ventura City Hall. Sprite and Sarah have a really strong dynamic together given their long history so that was definitely a lot of fun to work with.
A little sandwich here with another Miss Chaos set. This set wound up being a bit of a last minute decision too but not because of lack of shoots. Miss Chaos is a good longtime friend of mine so we had plans to hang out. On the way to her place I noticed this thick fog over the mountains between The Valley and the rest of LA. I asked her if she’d be down to go explore and of course she was more than in to it. It’s always nice to have a muse that’s down for conditions you really can’t plan such as a good fog. We got some really next level moody shots and had another really killer shoot. Miss Chaos also gave me a weed cupcake and I got super high. The only downside of the shoot was that during the last shot when Miss Chaos stood up she wound up hurting her knee. She is on the mend now but it was certainly a scary episode.
So stoked about this next set as I welcome the return of one of my OG muses: Lina Savanna! Lina and I have been trying to make plans for at least a month now and finally found an evening we were both free. We stopped by Miss Chaos’ place where provided up with THC/CBD cookies as well as a few rad outfits from her wardrobe so big ups to her! We then travelled to Downtown Los Angeles for some exploration. It was really great to be reunited with one of my favs.
The good friends vibes continue with a brand new set featuring The Nova! Nova and I had great time doing our last fire shoot so I wanted to push a little further by bringing back everybody’s favorite BANGS THE CLOWN. Nova and I realized we hadn’t done a Bangs shoot in some time so it was very necessary and why not throw fire in to mix? The last fire shoot we did had the setback of our location not working out but the backup being better than the original. This continued as we arrived at our intended spot only to find out they were filming a movie there so we headed up to the desert. We had a really rad shoot with some fun toys including glow sticks, fire torches, and a cake. The cake wasn’t AS epic as either of us thought it would be but I still think we got some fun shots with it.
More fire (not literal though) for my second shoot with Erin McBeane. Erin and I had such a great chemistry on our first shoot that we wanted to get back in to right away for another one. Sadly Erin was sick for a few weeks so we had to keep pushing back. Once she got well we headed down to Angels Gate Bunkers. We took some really rad photos there but the photos we took back at her homebase of Dromebox studios might be my favorite of the set. We put together a really rad look and headed up to the roof of the Boyle Heights studio. I really love shooting with Erin and I think you’ll see why.
Last but not least is the one and only Cosmic Daughter aka Brittny Nicole. Brittny and I just had another epic shoot out in Idyllwild yesterday, but on the heals of that she invited me The Lash in Downtown for an event she was hosting called Manifest. After my killer shoot with Erin I zipped over there and we improved a really fun mini shoot. Brittny and I have such a strong commitment to art making as well as artistic chemistry that it’s really more than a mini set but considering our first shoot and this most recent one this was just a little appetizer (but still juicy nonetheless).
Well hello neighbor. On today's program we're hitting on all our favorites: some woods, some abandoned places, some familiar faces, some new faces, and plenty of booties. Let's get in to it. Our first set up is a little cosplay action with the lovely Sarah Seraine. Sarah and I had been discussing doing a little character action with Sarah as Holo The Wise Wolf. I'm not so deep in to anime that I knew who this was but when she told me that Holo is naked most of the time I was on board. Of course Switzer Falls was the way to go for this shoot and I think there's a lot of fun shots here but nude and clothed.
Next I headed deep in to the heart of Orange County to shoot with the returning Fablechan! Fablechan and I had a wonderful shoot last year and had been meeting to get together again for a while but just couldn't work out the timing until now partially due to the distance. I offered to make my way to her neck of the woods where she showed me some really killer little spots she had found. We had a wonderful day with lots of laughs. Fablechan is a really imaginative model. She spends a lot of time cosplaying at conventions so I think when we shoot together it's almost as if she's cosplaying as herself. Towards the end we got in to some real magic making (plus boobs).
Up next I think you'll really love this new multi-muse set as Miss Chaos meets The Spritely One. Miss Chaos and I first met in the fetish scene when she was a dominatrix. She's been slowly shedding herself of a lot of her fetish wear including some killer latex pants that she wanted to gift to Sprite. Sprite being so wonderfully friendly suggested we all shoot together. The three of us made our way to the abandoned Nike Missile Site (a favorite location of mine) and had some real fun. The two of them had a really fun chemistry together and though everyone was exhausted at the end, I think it was fully worth it. With this shoot The Spritely One is quickly becoming one of the most multi-muse-set models.
Lastly I'm really excited about this new muse by the name of Erin McBeane. Erin and I had been following each other on social media for a bit before finally deciding to shoot together being big fans of each other. We met at her studio space on the edge of downtown. Our artistic chemistry was off the charts shooting all over her space and then heading out in to the world where found our mutual love of street art and abandoned places including an abandoned burger joint in Boyle Heights. Erin is really a truly exceptional human being and expect to see many sets from the two of us to come!
Hola Amigos! I'm really happy to share with you seven brand new killer set including a few new faces. First up is a returning muse, Sage Sin with a brand new set. I travelled out to Sage's area where she showed me some really cool spots including a tree swing, a fun park with a bridge, and this cool overpass. Sage also brought some fun tricks including smoke bombs! At one point we when we were shooting the smoke bombs over by the swings we had a bike rider pass us and say, "It's not a good idea". We understood he was suggesting what we were doing was dangerous but we joked the rest of the shoot what kind of meanings this could include from ominous warnings of the future to bitchy critiques of our fashion. When you see the photos I think you'll agree that it was a good idea.
For this next set I travelled some more, this time up to Antelope Valley for my first ever shoot with Cherrie Bombshell. Cherrie and I had been talking for months about shooting together and I'm glad it finally happened. Cherrie is sooooo lovely, has a great sense of humor, and is a lovely ass muse. We had a really rad time together. Antelope Valley was so hot that day so we were lucky to find a few semi-indoor locations inside abandoned buildings and eventually took a little break to regroup and shoot at sunset. Cherrie and I will be shooting again really soon so stay tuned for that but for now check out this rad set.
From there we have another return with one of LA's favorite Lesbians: Sofia Weinberg. Sofia just turned 21 so we had to have a little shoot to celebrate. I had been traveling so much that I wanted to keep things local with some exploration around downtown. Nothing too interesting to report about this shoot but as usual with Sofia we had some laughs and shot some dope photos. At one a security guard did give us some tips on where we should shoot and said it was too bad we couldn't shoot at some spots we already had.
Up next is a new set with the lovely Sister Bonez. With each Sister Bonez set it feels like we are going further down the rabbit hole and I love it. Sister Bonez had mentioned to me previously about wanting to do a clown shoot so we set this one up. She showed up to my place as "Bling Bling" the Chola Clown so of course we travelled around the east side including my old stomping grounds of Echo Park. This wound up being one of my favorite shoots of all time and I think you'll really love it. With so many clown girls in my roster I know eventually I'll need to gather them all to clown around.
It's starting to feel like a post is incomplete without a new set featuring The Spritely One so I'm happy to say this post has one! We had a pretty simple and fun local shoot but the necessity of this shoot for me went much deeper. I wound up having a really weird time that day including an actress I shot with ripping off one of my photos for an article about her, not crediting me, sending me the link, and then getting hostile when I asked her to fix the situation. During our shoot I had another muse call me telling me her crazy ex was trying to get her fired from her job and sent our shoots to her administration (we wound up taking the photos down), and someone tried to tarnish my good name in a situation I'd rather not go in to detail about. As weird as all of this was, shooting with my wonderful friend Sprite made it all ok.
Not letting the bullshit get me down I was really stoked to shoot with another new muse, the lovely Little Lotus. Little Lotus had previously been photographed by my friend and muse Kim Herrera Cruz. Kim told me about her and I knew we HAD to shoot together. What I didn't know is that Little Lotus would wind up crashing at a motel half a mile from my house on her way to moving in to a new place. The whole thing really felt like kismet. Lotus is first generation American with her family being from Cambodia. We talked a lot about what was going on in each other our lives, Cambodia, art making and all sorts of things. It was really fun shooting inside the motel room which had this cool vintage feel before moving on to Pasadena City Hall. Little Lotus was cool as the other side of the pillow and we will be shooting together again tomorrow so look for another set with Little Lotus next time but take your time with this really beautiful set.
And finally a brand new set with everybody's favorite May! May and I made some plans to hang out and shot some fun photos in my favorite territory of Melrose street art. During our hang out we crossed paths with another friend/muse Miss Chaos where were all headed downtown for Artwalk and Miss Chaos made a quick little cameo in the set. Miss Chaos will collabing with another muse next week so consider this a little tease. For now I'll part ways with you as I prep for some really cool shoots this week. Enjoy!
Welcome back for another episode of "Kung Fu Breakfast". When last we left our hero, Jay Kantor was caught in a love triangle with a saucy Minotaur and a bowl of steel cut oats. How ever will he find his way out of this mess?
Episode: "The End of Subversion"
I realized recently that true subversion might be over. Yes, we still have laws about things like public nudity that are pretty serious and our political leaders are fucked, but honestly what is shocking these days? I've witnessed a few artists recently trying to make subversive art but really they are catering to an audience for that that generally agrees with them. It doesn't mean they have to stop doing it as I'm always a big proponent of do what you want but I just feel like the days of art being shocking or provocative has largely been lost with the over-saturation of art. That being said, I have five brand new sets of amazing ladies doing whatever they fuck they want while generally not wearing very much. Actually this is a really fun grouping of sets because it's all new sets from returning Muses and really five of my favorite women on the planet.
Up first is a long overdue new set with my friend Elizabeth Ann Poinsette. Liz and I met years ago before I was shooting my sets through our mutual friend and KFB Muse Angelina Prendergast on the night of the West Hollywood Halloween Parade. We hit it off instantly and even shot a video project together of her silk work. We had a great time shooting a few sets together in 2015 but it was when I really just starting to figure things out with my work so I was stoked to reconnect with her for first set in close to three years. The two of us headed to one of my favorite regular spots: Angels Gate Bunkers in San Pedro.
The last time I tried to visit the Bunkers they had put up new fencing which led to a shoot down the road at Sunken City. I figured that local graff writers and urbex explorers must have created some new entrances since then and after some exploration of the perimeter I was not disappointed. This really was the perfect location with Liz as she is an aerialist, gymnast, dancer, etc. and loves to climb and move all over things. We had a wonderful time shooting and catching up and I think you will see a lot of love in this photos.
The very following day would see a new set with another three-party name lady: Kim Herrera Cruz. Kim has made a few appearances in some event and art show sets here and there but this was our second official shoot. I first took Kim to Switzer Falls so I knew this time I would like to put her in a more decayed, abandoned environment. We originally discussed an early morning shoot in Sunken City but that changed with a mutual decision to the afternoon. Normally I don't like to go the same spot two days in a row but I was so excited to be back in Angels Gate that I made the trek once again down to the South Bay with Kim.
Just like with Liz the day before, Kim and I had a great time. We got there a little late in the afternoon but with plenty of time to work. We got in some very kinky looks thanks in part to Kim's company Daddy Bear Leather Love who provided some dope chokers and harnesses. We also ran in to a couple of graff kids that insisted we shoot with of their pieces while simultaneously bouncing around an aluminum bat. This was not my first rodeo, and though I was not frightened, I was happy to oblige (though the kids took up far too much of our time with this). Later Kim would tell me that while I was showing the kids the photo I had taken, she had her hand on her mace ready to shoot in their faces should the need arise. Fortunately they left and we were able to shoot just past sundown and get in really one of my favorite sets. Love shooting with Kim, stoked to show off these photos, can't wait to shoot with her again.
Five days later I would pick up again with some shooting reuniting with one of my all-time most inspiring muses: Laura Wrong. I really can never say enough good things about Laura as an artist and human being so I was really excited to shoot with her again. Laura wanted to get in some hiking so we chose to explore Trail Canyon Falls. Neither of us had been there before so we weren't quite sure what we were in for.
The location was really beautiful and included a lot of elevation gain on the way there. Our total hike was about four miles roadtrip so we were pretty beat by the end. The serenity of the location and our own discussions on the state of our lives and world really added a bit of a morose feel to the set but no complaints as I love to express myself and explore all feelings. Between the art making and physical activity I think our moods really changed by the end as well. Art really is such a wonderful therapy so I hope that's something you can take away from this beautiful set with my wonderful friend Laura Wrong.
A few days later I hooked up for some photos in my regular spot of Switzer Falls with my friend Miss Chaos aka Jessica Till. I had a lovely day with Jess including her sharing with me that she was finally comfortable living freely so many aspects of her life. I've known Jess for years going back to our time together in fetish scene. I first met Jess when she was the protege of Isabella Sinclair. I worked in the little fetish boutique of The Stockroom formerly on Sunset Blvd. in Silver Lake. Jess and I met in the scene but really became friends outside of not only bonding over our love kink but also street art, the occult, abandoned places, graffiti, music, club culture, and marijuana. For a long time Jess understandably felt like she needed to hide certain aspects of her life as many of us do because of pressures from society. But she explained to me on this trip that she felt that time was over and was much more comfortable living out loud. I hope she doesn't mind me saying all this but I am super happy about it and proud of her. We had a really beautiful day in the forest with some fun outfits including a dope Kill Bill inspired look.
Finally I am really happy to share with my first official shoot set with Stephanie Monty. Of course this is the 11th set Stephanie has appeared in since we met back in September but every set Stephanie has appeared in has been a backdrop to something else we were doing whether it was attending an event or just hanging out (one time on mushrooms). When I first met Stephanie while she live painting at Arqade I asked her if I could photograph her and she said she was super awkward but let me take a pic of her anyway. Since then she has gone through this amazing transformation fully embracing her inner muse. I should say that this really wasn't a stretch because Stephanie has spent year working as a figuring drawing/painting model so being a subject isn't necessarily new, but of course modeling is another beast entirely. I felt like Stephanie really killed it in our Galactic Babes set but again this was the backdrop of art show hopping (but really this was a full set thanks in part to the help of Balloonski and our new friend at the time Nielah). Stephanie recently suggested that she would like to further explore her modeling side so I suggested we have this first official shoot with full outfits, locations, etc.
We decided on a late night shoot and I have to say that we had a really crazy night. I was torn between shooting in more well lit areas that could possibly have random people around or heading in to the middle of nowhere. Due to our moods and outfits I went with middle of nowhere though my gut was saying well lit areas. We travelled to the Nike Missile site in The Valley. I had never been there before at night and it was quite fun but we would discover super windy. We played with a few lights I brought and some long exposures but the wind conditions were making things quite difficult.
We got in some some fun shots but tragedy struck when the wind knocked my camera off the tripod landing on my lens. The lens was fucked and I spent about an hour in the dark trying to fix it with Stephanie in lingerie over me shining the light. I was convinced the shoot was over (at least for this location as it was the only lens in my bag that was any good for low light settings) but as I put the lens back together I was able to get it to a place where it's still semi-broken but in the right settings I need it to be to take the photos I like to take (for now). We decided due to this good fortunate and our own late night tendencies to soldier on and finish our shoot, but back in civilization.
On our way back we found a fun little spot to start our second look and then eventually to Santa Monica and Venice. Though we had to deal with being in public we were now in the real witching hour and the Westside was desolate as could be. I'm glad we continued shooting because this really wound up being a killer set and one of my favorites. It also would have made me sad if our first official shoot together had been a complete disaster. This is a really lovely set including some photos where I really feel we were able to explore some political subjects that both of us are interested in. Thank you again for checking out my work and I hope you love all of these sets as much as I loved making them. Until next time, enjoy!
Hello Kung Fu Breakfastians! Welcome back to my Muse Factory. Today I have for you five new sets! To start off we have the return of The Spritely One who brought along a friend by the name of Kupakins. This fun Seattle cosplayer is kind of new to musing so Sprite wanted to show her a good time in California. The two of got together a few shoots including one with yours truly at The Scary Dairy. This was my second time visiting Camarillo's abandoned wonder and I was very delighted with all that we did. Lately I have learned though that bee's love abandoned places.
After that I got the wonderful and beautiful opportunity to reconnect with OG KFB Muse Stephanie Weitekamp for a beautiful pregnancy shoot at Switzer Falls. Stephanie and her man are about to embark on the ultimate collaboration and I was so happy to share with her this beautiful moment of creation. Though she we pregnant and we definitely highlighted that, it was really a pretty normal shoot for us.
The special train for the next two sets as I got a chance to reconnect with a friend of mine from college. Vegan Mayhem and I went to Ithaca together where we worked on the radio station and would get lunches together going back to 2006! We are friends on social media so I would see her posts from time to time and just a few weeks I was thinking if we were ever in the same area that I'd love to photograph her. Out of the blue just a few days after that thought she hit me up saying she and her husband Tom would be coming through LA and wondering if I would be interested in shooting together. I was beyond stoked. My friend and muse Stephanie Monty tagged along as the four of us headed to Murphy Ranch. Unbeknownst to me at the time it turned out Tom is a painter so he and Stephanie painted a beautiful mural together while Ms. Mayhem and I shot. We had a wonderful time catching up and shooting and the four of us headed to Venice after to grab a bite and a few extra night photos.
I thought this would be our only interaction during their trip, but I wound up having some extra time a few days later that led to a couple adventures including Stephanie and I heading to the Venice Free Walls for a painting sesh where we met up with Vegan Mayhem and Tom once again. After the painting Stephanie had to peace out and the three of us took a little night adventure to Vasquez Rocks. It was fun to play with some photos from my Pineagram series and really connect with these beautiful people.
To finish off we have a brand new set with Sarah Seraine. Sarah and I had been planning for weeks to do a shoot involving Sarah body painting herself. I thought the best place for this would be Devil's Gate Dam. We fit in some cool outfits, shot some really killer Pineagrams in the tunnel, and finished with the beautiful body painting. We jammed out to Goth/Industrial tunes, talked about life, and did a really amazing job so I think you'll particularly enjoy this set!
Got a quick little post with three brand news for you on this beautiful Friday afternoon. Up first we have another show with Cindy Clark's band Earthsleep in their final show of their two month long residency at The Whisky-A-Go-Go. I'm really glad I made it out as I think these are some killer photos. Immediately after they were done playing a kickass set I told Cindy I thought I got some great photos this time. She told me I got great photos the last time. I did in fact get some really solid photos in that last set but I told her the difference was that after the last one I wasn't sure I got any good ones and I did, this time I was super I did. I did not stay for the other bands this time BUT you do get the bonus cameo of OG Muse COREY ZICARI! Corey is back after a 2.5 year hiatus in Minnesota so these couple photos are just a taste before we really get in to after she settles back in.
Up next is a brand new set with the returning Tea Beez! Tea Beez and I have both been so busy (despite living really close to one another) that this our first set in about a year and my first time taking any photos of her since our joint photo show together back in September. For this one we bucked the norm of my shoots, got up super early, and drove out to El Matador Beach in deep Malibu (almost Ventura county). I'd never been to Matador this early and it was quite worth it as we had the entire beach to ourselves and the light was really soft. We busted out a killer set in a pretty short amount of time but it'll seem like we must have been there forever.
Finally another return with Chelsea Lugosi. I was without my car for most of the week as my mechanic was fixing my AC just in time for the hot hot heat of LA summer so it was a really wonderful surprise when Chelsea Lugosi offered to pick me up for some photo fun time. Since the last time I saw Chelsea she got these beautiful new dreads that I was really excited to photograph We kept things kind of local hitting up The Old LA Zoo, a Risk Rock wall in Atwater Village, and then making our way downtown for some night shooting. I was started to get pretty tired at the end so we almost didn't shoot what wound up being some of my absolute favorite shots towards the end with all this killer fire stuff. Fortunately I rallied and Chelsea hooked up a cool roof on the edge of downtown. I also happened to have some fun new toys from GloFx so I think you'll love all of this as much as I do! Enjoy your weekend and don't forget if you love these sets to share!
Hello Darkness my old friend! Been keeping things as lowkey as I can the last few weeks getting back in to the groove of it all but of course adventures abound. First up we have a mini set with the returning Sofia Weinberg. Sofia accompanied me to see a play here in Los Angeles being produced my old college friend Sean Frasier so we did a little exploring for this fun improv shoot in East Hollywood. Sofia and I were both going through some personal shit so it was nice to find this little wall that reminds us that art heals.
The next day I met up for another shoot with my friendly neighborhood Sovereign Syre. Sov and I made a little trip over to Devil's Gate Dam and ventured down to the actual Devil's Gate itself, which despite several visits here, I had never been to the actually tunnel (which requires a little maneuvering to get to). You'll see a cameo in this shoot of a Winston Churchill mug. This mug was in my Grandparents home for decades and after my Grandma's recent passing it found it's way to me so I wanted to have a little fun and throw it in there. Sov loved it so we got really one of my favorite shots of the set. After grabbing some Vietnamese food to recharge we did some shooting Sov's freshly cleaned apartment and playing around with her new ring light as well as shooting some more for my pineagram series including a few with her puppers. This set really has a nice sense of intimacy to it that I think you'll enjoy.
After a few lowkey local shoots came an epic adventure with a new muse of mine by the name of Brittny Nicole aka Cosmic Daughter. Brittny and I met on social media and really hit it off making plans for a future shoot about a month ago. We had to wait till our schedules lined up but when they finally I met her out in the desert outside of LA and picked her up on the way for an adventure back out to my familiar stomping grounds of The Salton Sea. Brittny and I hit the usual spots including some abandoned buildings, Slab City, East Jesus, Salvation Mountain, and ending with some killer night shots in Bombay Beach. Brittny is this super cool festival girl with great style and a wonderful heart. We knocked out one of my all-time favorite shoots and just had incredible chemistry together. Definitely look for more from us together in the future.
Out of town journeys continued with a new shoot with Sister Bonez on the outer east edge of LA County. The good Sister and I had no real game plan but pulled out some gems hitting up a few key spots. We started our day at a local park ducking away from the hot sun as best we could. From there Sister Bonez showed me this realllllly dope cemetery where once again we were ducking, but this time hiding from security. I really loved this cemetery with a cool bell tower in the middle. Next we made our way to Sister Bonez' place of work: Kaos Records. I once visited Sister Bonez when she was on shift there and fell in love with it. Sister Bonez' boss was super nice and accommodating letting us shoot there. I've always love the aesthetic of a local record shop and this one did not disappoint. We ended our day with a visit to a little war memorial for some patriotic shots in time for the 4th of July.
Finally we wrap things up with my dear dear friend The Spritely One. Sprite came out to LA to visit me and I just happened to get a tip for a new location from my friend and fellow photographer Silas B Eyeso. Silas had been on set near this cool open lot by the LA River that's being turned in to a park as part of the Bowtie Project. I didn't know how cool this location would wind up being but it looked from from what he had shown me, plus it was super close to my house so I figured why not. Well the place wound up really being amazing with these cool installation/sculptures by Beatriz Cortez. Sprite and I had a ton of fun playing with the environment and shot a really fresh new set together. With Sprite's birthday coming up this weekend we have plans for some new shoots together next week including with some special guests, but for now enjoy!
When a month passes between updates I never mean for that to happen but man it usually means a lot of shit has been going on and such is the case here. Fortunately we also have a bunch of new sets to share.
Since last we spoke I shot one of my favorite sets of all time with the one and only Nova. I took Nova to the South Bay for some fire fun. Originally we intended to go shoot at one of my favorite abandoned spots, Angels Gate Bunkers, the former WWII military bunker but when we arrived there was no longer an entrance as they had just put up brand new fencing. More than likely by now the fence already has several holes in it again but on this night we were out of luck. We spent a good 15 minutes discussing a plan of action as doing a fire shoot really requires particular circumstances, notably in the privacy department. Unfortunately all of my other regular spots were all at minimum an hour away and we had already driven 40 minutes to get there.
I knew we could also head 5 minutes down to road to the famous Sunken City but I was hesitant because I had only once tried to do a night shoot there and couldn't get in. I mentioned this possibility and we both figured we'd try it out since it was by far our closest option. I'm really glad we did because the location coupled with all of our ideas and our look really wound up being the perfect combination and produced one of my favorite sets ever.
In the following days I got together again with Sovereign Syre for our second shoot and really our first full-fledged adventure. Sovereign and I stayed kind of local hitting up a killer Risk Rock wall in Atwater Village, The LA River, and finishing with The Old LA Zoo. It's always nice to travel around to a few select spots and Sovereign and I really reached some killer new levels with our work. The highlight was probably the goose we ran in to by The LA River.
The next day involved a double shot for me as I was reunited with my OG Muse Angelina Prendergast. Angeline and I were shooting sets together before I was shooting sets and really even before I was taking my photo career seriously. Angelina moved to Colorado last year and thi was the first time I'd seen her since so we had a fun little mini shoot at a part of Debs Park near my house that I'd never been to. Our time was a little limited as Angelina was running around with work she was doing in LA and I had an art show that night but it was a success.
Right after the shoot I went over to 1700 Naud in Chinatown for a group art show being put on by PBR Art with curation by my friend Andrew over at Bloody Gums Collective as well as A Shop Called Quest. The show featured some really rad art including three of my pieces. As has become custom in these situations I invited out a bunch of my muses and we shot mini sets throughout the night. The show was packed so it was a little hard but I managed to shoot some more stuff with Angelina as well as Nielah, Liza, Grey Garbo, Kim Herrera Cruz, Stephanie Monty, and future muse Cricket. Big thanks to my friend Berk for having some great video projection to shoot with as well. The show was a great success and of course it's always fun to make some snaps with my regular collaborators.
For my last day in LA before my trip to Florida I made sure to get my ass to see Earthsleep play at The Whiskey-A-Go-Go, a famous LA venue on the equally famous Sunset Strip. Earthsleep is one of my bands of my friend and frequent muse Cindy Clark aka Girlwolf. I've been wanting to see Earthsleep ever since Cindy and I first started shooting together and she happens to be in the middle of a two month residency there. I only intended on stay for Cindy's band as I'd be flying out the next day but I wound up staying for Vigil of War and Royal Distortion as well. I'm glad I did because everyone was awesome and I got some killer photos.
The next week would be a really tough one for me as I travelled across the country to South Florida to say goodbye to my Grandma. In the weeks previous my 89 year old Grandma fell and broke her hip and sternum and her general health was beginning to deteriorate as well as her willingness to do what was necessary to get well. I made it just in time to see her for one more day in the hospital before she passed. I also was there long enough to attend the funeral and sit Shiva with my family (a Jewish tradition where the family gathers so mourners can come pay their respects). Though it was under sad circumstances, it was wonderful to see my family. I took some photos of my Grandmother that are really beautiful but I'm not ready to share quite yet.
However, coming to Florida I was coincidentally contacted by a camgirl named Dahliaisdopey, a friend of my muse Alondra Excene Shields. Dahlia had seen the photos I took of Alondra and reached out about shooting together if she ever came out to LA or if I was in Florida at any time. I just happened to be coming out for this auspicious occasion so we did not just one but two shoots that turned in to three sets while I was there. Dahlia is super lovely and I always love shooting in new places with new people. On our first shoot Dahlia picked me up at my parents' place in Wellington so we improvised and explored. We did pretty well for ourselves with a cute park in Wellington as well as this beautiful wall called The Witches Wall in Palm Beach. Palm Beach was super interesting and wound up being the central location for most of our day shoot. For our second shoot we met up at night down a bit further south and made our way to Wynwood, a Florida location that regulars of the website know I have a great deal of history with. We shot a bunch of stuff at The Old RC Cola Plant and wandered Wynwood a bit. At one point a cop pulled up next to us and wanted to start inquiring about what camera I was using and what ISO I shoot at. It was a bit odd. I tried to be nice but do it's like, do I walk up to him when he's working and start asking what kind of gun he uses and caliber of bullet he prefers?
After hitting up a local diner Dahlia and I made our way to her apartment. We took so many great shots that I decided to make it a whole separate set. Dahlia was super fun to shoot with and really a beautiful soul. We talked about a lot of things and smoked a bunch of weed including some dabs. Though my Florida trip had some very morose circumstances I was really glad to have someone so wonderful to create with while I was there. I'm planning to go back to Florida later this summer/early fall so I'm sure we will shoot together again this year.
Getting back to LA I got in two shoots with new models starting with Shereen Hakimelahy. Shereen is a really rad photographer from Santa Cruz that I connected with in the last few months. Though she's usually on the other side of the camera, Shereen brought out her inner Goddess for a shoot in my favorite forest spot, Switzer Falls during her trip to LA. Shereen had mostly been doing the Hollywood thing during her trip so I was happy to show her this other side of our city that I love so dearly. We had a fun time and hopefully will connect again in the future when I make my next trip out to The Bay.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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..
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).
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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!