I’ve spent the past couple of days going through an old hard drive of mine, and came across a couple of portraits I shot of famed tattoo legend, the man who practically started it all, Lyle Tuttle. You wouldn’t know by this portrait, but Lyle is literally covered in tattoos from the neck down. He is the original badass.
“Tattoos aren’t meant for everybody and they’re too goddamn good for some people.” - Lyle Tuttle, tattoo artist, author, and lecturer.
Last month I was assigned to photograph local author/reporter Peter Zuckerman for Portland Monthly. Not only is Zuckerman an incredibly talented writer, but also one of the kindest, most out-going people I have met in a very long time. He welcomed me into his office and was open to all sorts of concepts and ideas for the shot. I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of his latest work of nonfiction- Buried in the Sky (the extraordinary story of the sherpa climbers on K2′s deadliest day). He’ll be speaking at Powell’s Books in downtown Portland on June 13th at 7pm- maybe I’ll see you there! Until then, you can read his PM interview here!
Portland Monthly / Peter Zuckerman Art Director: Mike Novak
If you live in Portland and you haven’t eaten at Big Ass Sandwiches’ food cart (3rd and Ash) then you are missing out on a BIG ASS SANDWICH. Owner’s Brian and Lisa Wood have certainly found a foodie niche with their sandwich offerings. Imagine a sexy sandwich with soooo much meat, a large handful of fries (yes, on the sandwich, cuz everything needs to be in your mouth at once!), their infamous béchamel cheese sauce (drooooool), and a variety of other delicious/amazing toppings. My fav’s the breakfast sandwich, because breakfast should (and will) be consumed at all hours of the day. They have been popping up on the Travel Channel and a couple other foodie shows over the past year, and have also developed a celebrity following- with the likes of Patton Oswald and Brian Posehn stopping by to quench their hungry tummys (I recommend Brian’s sammie creation- Posehn’s Vuglar Display of Porkage: slow-cooked Carlton Farms Carolina-style pulled pork, bacon, homemade Serrano pepper coleslaw, and hand-cut fries.)
When the opportunity came around (via one of my favorite people/photographers William Anthony) to shoot BAS’s two-year anniversary party at the Wonder Ballroom I just couldn’t resist. My crew and I setup a mini photo-studio inside the venue and proceeded to take some amazing/hilarious portraits of the attendees. Oh- did I mention the party was a Red Fang show with Brian Posehn, Ron Fuches, and Ian Karmel doing comedy sets before the band went on stage? Yeah, it was awesome. Metalheads and comedy fans alike showed up ready to party… and party they did:
The beginning of June welcomed a new show to ABC’s Extreme Makeover family: E.M. Weight Loss Edition, starring Arizona’s very own super-personal trainer Chris Powell! I had the amazing opportunity to shoot Chris last summer for Generation Health magazine’s July cover and feature on the rising reality star.
Chris Powell for Generation Health magazine
I must say, Mr. Powell is one of the most genuine, kind, caring people I have ever had the pleasure of working with. He is so into his work and so caring and compassionate towards the people and families he’s trying to help. You don’t meet many people like him in your lifetime. Not to mention that he was in the middle of filming the show for ABC, traveling across the country like crazy, and still managed to let me have 2 hours of his time at my studio to make this shoot happen. Following the shoot, his agent at CAA contacted my studio to purchase usage of a few shots to use for promotional materials, including Chris’ website homepage:
I am really looking forward to developing a great relationship with them and to get my work in more people’s hands.
This past month I also had the pleasure of shooting engineer Lance Greathouse for Phoenix Magazine. He designs and builds amazing wheelchair robots that shoot out 20 foot flames and fire balls!
Lance Greathouse - Phoenix Mag
We’ve been busy at the studio as well- we hosted the third annual Sticker Phiends show on 4/2/10. We had a huge turn out! Amazing dj’s playing dubstep all night plus amazing artwork from all around the world! Thanks again to Madone for putting on the show, and PBR for their generous beer donations!