Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Skate Archives

I came across some old scans from my skate days. These are all from 2003. The above shot of Jeff Budro was the cover of Concrete Wave Magazine. Below, we've got John Torchia ripping a corner air at a long gone Vista pool.
And last but not least, the legendary Kevin Staab spinning an original trick he named the half-cow. The long since revamped Encinitas YMCA.
Making pictures of my friends skateboarding was one of the first things that attracted me to photography. I don't get the chance to shoot it much these days, except the rare occasion when Andy lets me tag along with him and his crew. If anyone out there wants to shoot some skate photos, hit me up!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

In Good Company

I just found out the legendary rock and roll photographer Jim Marshall is participating, along with yours truly, in the Happenstance benefit art show and auction at Subtext in San Diego on December 5th. Jim and his cameras have borne witness to some of the most amazing moments in recent music history. I was lucky enough to see him speak last month and have admired his work for years.
Happenstance is a group photography exhibition celebrating those moments when the least expected circumstances lead to great photos. There will be a silent auction of the prints from the show with the proceeds going to The Monarch School.
For my part, I'm donating a portrait I made in the wee hours of the morning at a Halloween party this year.
There's over 30 photographers participating in the show including: J. Grant Brittain, Bil Zelman, Embry Rucker, and Lou Mora.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Artists By Artists

I'm taking part in a local group art show that's going up next month. It's called "Artists by Artists" and, as the name would suggest, is a collection of portraits of local artists by local artists. For my part, I'm showing a photo collage of Ducky Waddles proprietor, and all around cool cat, Jerry Waddle. The show will hang at The Encinitas Library for the entire month of December with an artists reception in Sunday, The 13th.
I'm also in a group benefit show called "Happenstance" at the Subtext Gallery in Little Italy. There's a reception and silent auction with proceeds benefiting The Monarch School on Saturday January 5th. Come on out and see some art!

Friday, November 6, 2009

Thursday, November 5, 2009

San Jose Wrap up

What a week! This past weekend, along with being Halloween, was the San Jose Convention of Tattoo Arts. That meant it was also the opening exhibition and book release of Bloodwork:Sleeves. (a little tattoo book I photographed). So, let's rewind to last Monday. Nate Banuelos and I got on the road early. The plan was to drive up the coast looking for surf and get to San Jose Wednesday to help Adrian Lee hang the art show. We made it to Morro Bay by early afternoon. After a friendly reminder, in the parking lot, that this was the realm of the men in grey suits,

we caught a session at the aptly named Hazards. The next morning after a quick session at the Cayucos Pier we were on our way up the 1 towards Santa Cruz. A through check (Manresa to Waddell Creek) showed nothing worth suiting up for, so it was over the hill to San Jose.

Wednesday and early Thursday was spent hanging the show and getting A.D. Gallery all ready to go. Thursday night, it was on. The exhibition went great (with the small exception of the purse snatching knucklehead.) The turn-out was heavy. Minds were blown. Good Karma provided munchies. Analog also had their 2 year anniversary party immediately afterwards where Ugly Winner and Panthelion rocked the crowd.

The Convention was a great experience. I've been to quite a few tattoo conventions over the years but Taki and Roman really take it to the next level. Along with gathering together a collection of the worlds preeminent working tattoo artists, they had on hand masters from bygone generations like Thom Devita, Goodtime Charlie, and Shanghai Kate. These are some of the folks who made tattooing what it is today. It was fascinating to get to meet these icons in person and hear their perspectives on the state of the industry. Mike Giant was also on hand doing live painting. We got to talking and he mentioned that he thought Bloodwork was the best tattoo photography he had ever seen. Coming from an artist I have so much respect and admiration for, that one comment alone could have made the entire project worthwhile.

Monday morning, after a great dinner the previous evening with an amazing group of people, Nate and I headed back over the hill to Santa Cruz. This time the surf was on. We scored peaky head high waves at Waddell which made the following 8 hour drive much more bearable. All in all it was a great trip. I learned a lot, meet some great new people, saw old friends I hadn't seen in some time, got good waves, and made cool photos. A big thank you to everyone involved. I can't wait until next year.

Friday, October 23, 2009

BloodWork : Heavy Reading

Tipping the scales at over 12 pounds, BloodWork:Sleeves is anything but a light read. So much so that instructions are required.
BloodWork:Sleeves Book Release and Exhibition

I'm very proud to announce the book release and exhibition of my second book in collaboration with Analog Tattooers. "BloodWork:Sleeves: is a limited edition, 350 page, hand bound book featuring 67 sleeves by some of the best tattooers living today. The exhibition is Thursday Oct. 29th at Anno Domini Gallery in San Jose California. More information here.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

The Epson, she be a cruel master.

Well, the recycling bin is full of cardboard boxes and beer bottles, and I’m up to my neck in ink, paper, and print making for the Bloodwork : Sleeves release. At half an hour a piece to print, it should only take 28 &1/2 hours to print all 57 of the amazing tattoos that made the cut into the book. But, that’s in a perfect world. UPS has already partially destroyed one of the several shipments, so I remain, behind the mule.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009


The ad for the opening/book release of Bloodwork: Sleeves is out in the first 1/3 of the October issue of Juxtapoz Magazine. The opening is October 29th at the AD Gallery in San Jose. Mark your calendar. More info here.

Friday, September 18, 2009

A few weeks ago, I dusted off my old 35mm Canon and began shooting some film, mostly personal stuff. I’m really having a blast with it. So much so that I’m now in the market for a medium format range finder. If anyone out there wants to part with a Bronica RF645, hit me up.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009


Molly is my roommate's Alaskan Malamute. She's super furry and eats strange things. She likes it when you put a leash on her and let her drag you around the neighborhood.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Under The Sea

My friend Brian and I took advantage of the flat surf and super warm water we’re having here in San Diego and did some snorkeling at the kelp beds ½ a mile west of my house. Brian (women love him, fish fear him) took his spear gun hoping to shoot dinner. I took my G9 in it’s nifty water housing hoping to shoot some pictures...

Being out of season, lobsters were roaming with impunity.

The last thing you want to see if you’re a fish.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

BloodWork Posters
I've been printing up a bunch of posters for the BloodWork:Sleeves Book. The posters will be sent out to participants in the project and other selected individuals. The book is out in October.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Mark Gonzales

I usually don't do this, but this video is too cool to miss. This fancy art museum in Germany invited Professional skateboarder Mark Gonzales to do a show. This is what The Gonz did. Found it over on Spike Jones's blog We Love You So.

Thursday, July 2, 2009


My portraits of online journalism pioneers Neil Senturia of San Diego News Network, and Scott Lewis of Voice of San Diego are in the current issue of Forbes Magazine.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Tattoo Artist Magazine

An article I wrote and shot on photographing tattoos is in the current issue of Tattoo Artist Magazine.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Road Trip
Memorial Day Weekend took me on a road trip to the 4 corners area of the southwest. A friend of mine has a small shack out in the weeds of New Mexico. It’s a perfect local for camping, hiking, and general relaxation. As the Chinese proverb goes, “The journey is the reward”. The trip there and back included Chaco Canyon National Park, The Hover Dam, Monument Valley, The Grand Canyon, and Route 66. Good Times.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The CodFather

This one’s form my trip to London last year. I walked past this place twice a day for nearly a week and never once saw it open for business. I wish it was though. Everything I ate in the U.K. (with the exception of one meal that was hands down the best Thai food I’ve ever had) was awful….

Monday, May 4, 2009


Andy is my 13 year old son. Here, he’s kick-flipping a 3 block at the elementary school we both attended. Along with inheriting my love of skateboarding, he’s also a budding skate filmer. I’m quite proud of him and love him very much.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Separated at Birth? continued
Andrew Hetherington over at What’s the Jackanory has a post today about photos he saw on Richard Renaldis blog of palm trees at the Salton Sea . Apparently Andrew photographed the same area. Well, guess who else also shot the same trees. (I’ll give you a hint, he has a bowl cut and dresses like a super hero) It always amazes me how differently we can all see the same thing.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Art of Seeing

My photograph of matador Urial “El Zapata” Moreno is on page 53 of the 2009 edition of Art of Seeing. Art of Seeing is a juried photography source book for art buyers. Dr. Carol McCusker, Curator Of The Museum of Photographic Arts (MoPA) was the judge.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

There Will Be BloodWork
Adrian Lee and I were in LA this past week conducting the final photoshoot for the BloodWork Sleeves tattoo book project. Along with having his amazing sleeves by Guy Aitchison and Aaron Cain photographed, the legendary graffiti artist Saber was kind enough to let us use his work space for the shoot. Check out my portfolio for a portrait I made of him as well. With all photography now complete, the post-production and layout process shift into high gear. The book is due to be released in October of this year.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Sometimes the best part of travel is coming home...

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Lost Abbey

Today I helped out my friend and fellow photog John Schulz on a shoot he was doing at The Lost Abbey Brewery here in town. There’s worse ways to spend a Saturday the hanging out in a brewery drinking free beer. Lost Abbey was having a special bottle release of their Angle’s Share Belgian style beer. In between helping John with his shoot I was able to snap a few shots of my own. Cheers!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Sign of the Times

I haven’t shot film in a while. Superficially, I can’t say as I miss it all that much. The quality of modern digital cameras is truly amazing. And, the ability to change ISO settings (the camera’s sensitivity to light) on the fly has changed the way reportage is shot. I do however miss going to the lab. I miss the camaraderie with the people behind the counter and other shooters picking up and dropping off their film. I miss the anticipation and satisfaction of getting my transparencies back and stooping over the light table, with a loupe to my eye, finally getting to see my work. I transitioned to shooting professionally just as the digital wave was breaking across the photographic industry. While I have been paid for published images I shot on film, when making pictures became a job for me, it was with a digital camera in hand. Maybe it is because of this that I feel photography lost a little bit of it’s innocence to the digital revolution. There’s a reason the vast majority of fine art photographers still shoot film. Digital photography has allowed more people to make better pictures. It has allowed me to make a living doing what I love. But the soul of photography still lives in the emulsion.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

PDN Photo Of The Day

I'm quite honored to have my portrait of the Tijuana bullfight butcher be selected as today''s PDN photo of the day. http://www.pdnphotooftheday.com/2009/02/380

Monday, January 26, 2009

Mods vs Rockers Motorcycle/Scooter Rally

I checked out the annual Mods Vs Rockers bike rally this weekend in San Diego. Every time I go to something like this, I'm reminded of how much I want another motorcycle. Words cannot describe how many sick bikes were at this thing. Check out the audio slide show for a glimpse of the sights and sounds.(Watch it in High Quality!) Or, watch it here.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

BloodWork Teaser
This is the "Teaser" image for the BloodWork Sleeves book Project I'm working on for Analog Tattooers. Most of the photography is done now. The finished book should be out in October. There's more on the Analog Weather Report

Monday, January 19, 2009

Mex Surf

Over the long weekend, a friend and I took a day trip south of the border looking for a surf. We were trying to escape the massive crowds that seem to accompany any swell of merit in Southern California these days. I’ve been a bit apprehensive about traveling in Baja lately, what with all the drug war related violence that’s been occurring in recent months. (there were over 5000 murders in Baja California in 2008) Tensions were definitely high in the border region. Armed federal troops and checkpoints have been ubiquitous in Baja for as long as I can remember. But, this was the first time I’ve seen them in kevlar helmets and body armor, totting heavy machine guns. Add to that the burned out, impoverished, desert landscape of Tijuana, and the whole scene was reminiscent of Iraq footage. We even passed a convoy of Humvees packed with masked soldiers and sporting 50 caliber, belt fed, automatic weapons.
As unnerving as all the militarism was, the ride down Mexico Hwy 1 was a quick reminder of how much I love Baja. Our neighbor to the south is indeed a land of extremes. The religious symbols were bigger,

sun felt hotter, the off shore winds blew harder, and the surf was way heavier.

After a bit of searching and checking spots, we ended up paddling out at K38’s. For one of Northern Baja’s best know surf spots, it was amazingly uncrowned. What little crowd there was in the line up seemed to be made up mostly of locals. A wave of this size and quality back home would easily have 80 to 100 guys on it, but at most, we shared the break with 20 other surfers.

After a morning of solid overhead surf, I was more then ready for a Tecate and some fish tacos. Beer battered, fried fish tacos are quite possibly Baja California’s greatest contribution to modern society. No matter what any San Diego taqueria might have to say about authenticity, there’s no substitute for the real thing; and the propane powered shack overlooking the surf, with it’s homemade tortillas and salsa, did not disappoint.

After lunch, it was back on the 1, headed north to Tijuana and the border. Homeland Security now requires passports to cross from Mexico, but the border wait, which can often top 3 hours on the weekend, was a breeze. 45 minutes after getting in line we were back in the good ole USA, cruzing up the 5 headed home.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

You Might Be a Narcissist if...

Monday, January 5, 2009

Psychology Today

My portrait of reformed pack rat Ange Aguirre is on the stands in the January/February 2009 issue of Psychology Today...