News From March 2012

Hidden Valley - No Man's Land.

Enter the zone at your own risk.
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Aaron Rose watches a lurker jump his bike.
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Lots of porn mags floating around Hidden Valley.
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"Approach the game with no preset agendas and you'll probably come away surprised at your overall efforts." -Phil Jackson
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Just lurking in the bushes watching kids do Harry Larry's.
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The city bulldozed this shit. What buttholes.
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"If you meet the Buddha in the lane, feed him the ball." -Phil Jackson
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D.V. gets rad.
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The city ruined the tree swing too.
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"If you worried about falling off the bike, you'd never get on." -Lance Armstrong
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Tree swing repair.
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"So we're going to do a Battlestar Galactica themed bike and bring another one of the bikes." -Noah Hathaway
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"Don't tell my mom I'm smoking."
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I wonder if these kids get wierded out that an adult man is in this place taking pictures of them? They didn't seem to care at all.
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"Art ought never to be considered except in its relations with its ideal beauty." -Alfred de Vigny

Blog Note: I'm going out of town for two weeks to Barcelona, Scotland, and London. I may be spotty at the updates, but will have plenty of new photos when I come back.
Posted March 29th, 2012 by I have not walked through in a while.
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Joining Forces and Suburbia

Two things, a wedding, and more local shots...
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"The earth belongs to the living, not to the dead." -Thomas Jefferson
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"If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write something worth reading or do things worth writing." -Benjamin Franklin
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"Contemplation seems to be about the only luxury that costs nothing." -Dodie Smith
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Take away the sand and put this exact scene in front of a fireplace in a mountain cabin and then we're talking.
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"Personally, I don't like watching violence. I'd much rather see more skin." -Cameron Diaz
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"Sandwich every bit of criticism between two layers of praise." -Mary Kay Ash
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"There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so." -William Shakespeare
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Alex and Frankie at the wedding of Aaron Rose and Lucy Goodwin.
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Spying on Terry at Aaron's wedding.
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"Analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog. Few people are interested and the frog dies of it." -E. B. White
Posted March 26th, 2012 by The future is ready to be screwed by all of us.
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Enter the lightroom away from the dark.

Some very recent images from around my home.
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"I never think of the future - it comes soon enough." -Albert Einstein
But seriously, I think this was a neighborhood meeting about a sex predator in my tract.
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What's that Kanye song?
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"We drive into the future using only our rearview mirror." -Marshall McLuhan
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"Nature abhors a virgin - a frozen asset." -Clare Boothe Luce
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"A general loathing of a gang or sect usually has some sound basis in instinct." -Ezra Pound
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"The principle of art is to pause, not bypass." Jerzy Kosinski
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"Any fool can write a novel but it takes real genius to sell it." -J. G. Ballard
Posted March 25th, 2012 by You must be 18 years old to enter
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Prevent this Travesty

That's what you get for longboarding.
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"Violence does, in truth, recoil upon the violent, and the schemer falls into the pit which he digs for another." -Arthur Conan Doyle
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"Violence is my last option." -Chuck Norris
Posted March 22nd, 2012 by Unless it's a Toy Machine longboard, do we make those?
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I don't beleive in tarot cards.

But here are some images from 2004 to look at and comment upon.
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Bennett Roberts from Roberts and Tilton gallery has a new toupee.
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His lovely wife Julie fixes it for him.
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Alex Kopps ignites some flammable gas.
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Neck Face before I ever met him or knew who he was. This habit ended up badly.
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New Image Art parties got out of control then. Band playing atop a van.
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The singer was enchanting people with her stripes.
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Finally the cops came and shut it down.
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Stacy and Taylor come to pose for painting, Josh holds the light.
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"Carving is easy, you just go down to the skin and stop." -Michelangelo
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The back cover of my book, The Seconds Pass. It was shot while driving through Laguna Beach, CA. The 2nd election of G. W. Bush was imminent. Unbelievable.
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Ewan Bowman was filming me at Pioneer School in Upland for Good and Evil.
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Jamie Hart, my old skate buddy, is TM at Vans now.
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"But I think that your entire life is a process of sorting out some of those early messages that you got." -Bruce Springsteen
Posted March 21st, 2012 by Time will always win, astrology loses.
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Asia Argento Outtakes...

From a shoot I did back in 2004 for Black Book magazine.
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In 2004 (was it that long ago?) I shot photos of Asia Argento for Black Book.
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As soon as I walked in to her house in Venice Beach, CA (which looked like some heavy partying went down the night before) I told her I wanted to shoot her in her natural state, just doing whatever she would normally be doing. She was down, but Black Book was not, they wanted her to go through the full gauntlet of makeup. So I decided to document that happening.
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"Lotion my legs for me!"
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Must be nice having your face brushed and your legs sponged with lotion at the same time.
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"Women's fashion is a subtle form of bondage. It's men's way of binding them. We put them in these tight, high-heeled shoes, we make them wear these tight clothes and we say they look sexy. But they're actually tied up." -David Duchovny
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"What you might see as depravity is, to me, just another aspect of the human condition." -Asia Argento
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"Every writer, to some extent, writes about himself." -Dario Argento
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"I have a wonderful make-up crew. They're the same people restoring the Statue of Liberty." -Bob Hope
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She's known for some racy photo shoots...
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"Never give a sword to a man who can't dance." -Confucius
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"I went through a phase where I thought nostalgia was a bad thing." -Dario Argento
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"Swinging first and swinging to kill is all that matters now." -Ernie Pyle
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"We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." -Oscar Wilde
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"I really love the karate thing I did on CHIPs. I studied with a trainer because I knew we'd do episodes that had karate." -Erik Estrada
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Hi-Ya.
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This is the photo they ended up using in the magazine.
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"I've never gone into analysis. But Freud opened a door, I know." -Dario Argento
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"He is the king. If it hadn't been for Link Wray and 'Rumble,' I would have never picked up a guitar." -Pete Townshend
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She was really fun to shoot actually. Full of life.
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"It's incredible that they censor films. It's sad." -Dario Argento
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"Art in Nature is rhythmic and has a horror of constraint." -Robert Delaunay
Posted March 19th, 2012 by No commercial no.
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Back to the Beach

Here are some recent photographs from the beach and pier in my hometown of Huntington Beach.
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A young herpetologist brought his reptiles to the beach to be fondled by lummoxes.
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Nubile Hoyden.
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"Because the stuff that they feed kids now, they'll have a bunch of idiots in the next millennium as far as art and culture is concerned." -Billy Higgins
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Contemplating ones life choices can be a dangerous exercise for some.
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"I think that most artists are leaning towards fragile idiots." -Josh Silver
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Corpulent auscultation.
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"Only idiots refuse to change their minds." -Brigitte Bardot
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Easy Rider.
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"Bullfights are hugely popular because you can sit comfortably with a hot dog and possibly watch a man die. It won't be me, but I can sit comfortably and watch it." -Albert Brooks
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Acute Basking.
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"To me, Doors fans were always the 16-year-old idiots at parties, getting stoned, and talking about how Morrison's lyrics were like poetry... like that was a deep thought." -Bruce McCulloch
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"All art is quite useless." -Oscar Wilde
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"An Adult faith does not follow the waves of fashion and the latest novelties." -Pope Benedict XVI
Posted March 16th, 2012 by Loose lips sink ships...
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Ruby Aldridge for NY Times 'S' Mag pt.2

For this post I am focusing on the B&W out takes shot with the Leica. (again, these images are scanned from the proof sheet.) The article was called "Shimmer like your Sister Kate." It was styled by Sara Moonves. The editorial can be seen on nytimes.com.
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A little self portrait sneaked in.
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My good friends Ashley Baluyut and her BF Grant Hatfield were also there to model for the shoot.
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A drifter approached Ruby and proceeded to grope.
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This is before he got a little touchy.
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"Our hearts were drunk with a beauty Our eyes could never see." -George William Russell
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"I don't think makeup is rocket science or a cure for cancer." -Cindy Crawford
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Grashley.
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Ashley's damaged legs after being smashed by a car.
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"I think a woman's body is so much more sensual than a man's. I'm not saying strip off all your clothes, but there are certain photos I like people taking of me, where I'm comfortable. As long as it's tasteful, why not?" -Lindsay Lohan
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"I will always admit immediately to what's obvious, which is that Homo sapiens is inherently erotic or inherently sensual from birth." -Jock Sturges
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"There is no distinctly American criminal class - except Congress." -Mark Twain
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Ashley came as a blank canvass.
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And let the make up artist Sarai go to work.
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"It is better to not even try it than to endure the ramifications of either quitting smoking or dying." -Christy Turlington
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Smoking keeps you from eating, a bonus in the modeling world.
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Ashley looks off into her future.
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Usually you can see Catalina off on the horizon, but it was too cloudy this day. I'm sure Ash was dreaming of it.
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The famous "Flamingo" pose.
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Projecting stars with the waning sunlight.
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"I have spent much of my adult life flinching with pain as I tried to pull out the threads that bound the shadows of my past to me." -Lorna Luft
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"Hell, covering all with its gloomy vapors, has cast shadows on even the holiest eyes." -Jean Racine
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"A lot of movies are about life, mine are like a slice of cake." -Alfred Hitchcock
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"Drama is life with the dull bits cut out." -Alfred Hitchcock
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"Be grateful for luck. Pay the thunder no mind - listen to the birds. And don't hate nobody." -Eubie Blake
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"Consider the birds. Be wise as serpents." -Hilda Doolittle
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"Earlier lives drift by on silver soles, and the shadows of the damned descend into these sighing waters." -Georg Trakl
Posted March 13th, 2012 by Thats when I reach for my revolver.
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Ruby Aldridge for NY Times Style Mag

This year I did my first official fashion shoot with model Ruby Aldridge, along with friends Grant Hatfield and Ashley Baluyut. It was called "Shimmer like your Sister Kate." Twas styled by Sara Moonves. The editorial can be seen on nytimes.com, and here are some out takes from the shoot (scanned from the proof sheet.)
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All the fashion type things I had done in the past were done using friends. This was the first time I have worked with a professional model. Ruby's father is 1960's artist Alan Aldridge and her Mother is Laura Lyons Playboy Playmate 1976. Ruby's older sister Lily Aldridge is also a Victoria's Secret model. She is the half sister of British fashion photographer Miles Aldridge, and the half sister of British model Saffron Aldridge. No pressure.
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This dress, it turns out, was ridiculously expensive. Only rich young heiresses could afford one.
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None of the photos from the 'Breast Augmentation' bus stop around the corner from my house made it in.
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Grant and Ashley were sports with the modeling. And Deanna Templeton was my beautiful photo assistant. Grant is an accomplished photographer, and Ashley is a celebrated fashion blogger.
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In between photos the California sun was free-based by the models' skin.
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I love these photos of Ashley taken at the very end of the shoot looking off the HB pier.
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The light was very nice. These scans from the proof sheet don't do it justice.
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"Beauty is the first present nature gives to women and the first it takes away." -Fay Weldon
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"Beware of the person who can't be bothered by details." -William Feather
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"Beauty is only temporary, but your mind lasts you a lifetime." -Alicia Machado
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I had this idea where Grant would be looking at an old 1960's Playboy and the girls would be giving him dirty looks. Had I known Ruby's mother was a Playboy bunny in the 70's I would have tracked down that issue.
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"Uh, stupid!"
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"O human beauty, what a dream art thou, that we should cast our life and hopes away on thee!" -Barry Cornwall
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"He (Marilyn Manson) has a woman's name and wears makeup. How original." -Alice Cooper
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"I'd have to say that, in general, models take themselves too seriously. Basically, they are genetic freaks who spend a couple of hours in hair and makeup." -Rebecca Romijn
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"Behavior is the mirror in which everyone shows their image." -Goethe
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I put them up to this, it's all my fault.
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Grant and Ashley may have been bored by the end of the day.
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Deanna tried to shield the nudity from the stares of lecherous men. But this guy got a sweet eyeful of boobie anyway.
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Sadly this photo did not make the cut.
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"Seduction is always more singular and sublime than sex and it commands the higher price." -Jean Baudrillard
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This one did make it in.
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This was my fave from the bike shots.
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The surfers were walking by on accident, I was lucky to only get one shot with them in the background.
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I made Grant and Ashley kiss a lot for this one.
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Oh hey.
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Try keeping a straight face as these filthy sharp beaked fuckers are pecking at your fingers.
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Come hither to the unheated "hot-tub" that is freezing our feet.
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The in-between stuff was the funnest.
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"It is your work in life that is the ultimate seduction." -Pablo Picasso
Posted March 10th, 2012 by So I did that, and now what?
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Times are Always in Flux

The Flex Capacitor bothers the Transistor Sect.
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Teenage Kissing? A late 80's photo of yours truly locking lips with my future wife Deanna.
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A bunch of years later and still going.
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Jon West and Jim Greco relatively young and fresh.
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Was in Mother's shopping with Deanna and ran into Mark Appleyard, then Marc Johnson...
Posted March 8th, 2012 by Holding my reciever, I can feel you coming nearer.
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Looking Back Fondly to 1995

The styles of the times on the cusp of the Muska era.
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Chad Muska at my apartment in HB, 1995.
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Deanna and Keva. Deanna is holding a freaking SyQuest disk, and a Zip Disk. I had to Fed-Ex Toy ads to the magazines on those.
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Muska and me at the Sole-Tech warehouse.
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What up Dog?
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Deanna in roller skates coming down an escalator while Chad launches his board down the middle, boom box in hand, as always.
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Muska, LA, 1995.
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Deanna used to work at a tanning salon.
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Deanna with strange clothes and a TV on the bed? 1995 was weird!
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"People are crying up the rich and variegated plumage of the peacock, and he is himself blushing at the sight of his ugly feet." -Sa'Di
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Jerry Fowler with a round of cheese.
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"Christians, like slaves and soldiers, ask no questions." -Jerry Falwell
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My mothers fridge. Sheesh.
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"America is still mostly xenophobic and racist. That's the nature of America, I think." -Jerry Garcia
Posted March 6th, 2012 by Pyres of Tomes and Home walls made of iPad screens
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The Bright Eyes of the year 1990

During my digital archiving I found some very early photos.
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Justin Regan, my boss over at Emerica forever, and now the master moneyballer over at Vans. We go way back.
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My mom sleeping.
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Otis B, known simply as O, legendary skate photographer. And kick ass musician.
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Paul Schmitt, aka the Professor. This is at the beginning of the company New Deal.
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Deanna with a New Deal hat.
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A mock up of the graphic I was working on then.
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I must have thought I was so hot. Check out those skate trophies back there.
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Uh-oh, getting stupid!
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Another one of Justin Regan. We used to call him "Regular." In our reverse talk of the time it meant "Deformed."
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Some early artwork. A nude drawing of Deanna, go figure.
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18 years old.
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I still have most of this crud. I think I might be a horder.
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Deanna's early photography.
Posted March 5th, 2012 by Youth is wasted on the Youth
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Digital Cameras Collect Memories

Some relatively recent images to share and why? I ask myself this every time. I guess its fun to share the things you are seeing and doing with others. So here, I share.
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"If you see a snake, just kill it - don't appoint a committee on snakes." -Ross Perot
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"One of my friends is Snake from Skid Row." -Steve Brown
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"An arrow may fly through the air and leave no trace; but an ill thought leaves a trail like a serpent." -Charles Mackay
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"I am not strict vegan, because I'm a hedonist pig. If I see a big chocolate cake that is made with eggs, I'll have it." -Grace Slick
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"Universes of thought are created and pondered in a child's mind as they stare into the flames - and then lost in a snap never to be recorded or remembered. What a beautiful tragedy." -Ed Templeton
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All Hail Sophia on her 10th year of life. Out of the single digits, and now striving for triple. A nice round number, 10. Two more years after this of non-teen-ness. Tumultuous years of discovery.
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"I tried to commit suicide by sticking my head in the oven, but there was a cake in it." -Lesley Boone
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"How old would you be if you didn't know how old you are?" -Satchel Paige
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"I envy people who can just look at a sunset. I wonder how you can shoot it. There is nothing more grotesque to me than a vacation." -Dustin Hoffman
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"The scattered tea goes with the leaves and every day a sunset dies."  -William Faulkner
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Deanna grew up playing Galaga at the arcade.
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Lucy Vallely playing Donkey Kong.
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These games are in Mike V's house. We had dinner with Ann and her two daughters Lucy and Emily. (They do a fashion blog together.) I was there when Emily was born, she is 19 now.
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I did some Galaga too.
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You can use Fuck on Scrabble.
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Ashley Snow and Ashley Thayer. Two of three Ashley's I know.
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A very very early preview of my show slated for 2013.
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Playing skate with Josh and Grant on a tight quarterpipe.
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ew.
Posted March 2nd, 2012 by Creationism & Santa Claus Vs. Logic & Science - tag team.
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