I was never the biggest fan of alcohol growing up, or even now as I write this I haven’t drank in going on 5 years, but upon falling into the outskirts of the PLF as a guest photographer it may have ramped up for those periods. Good whiskey, Dogfishhead, fruity wheat beers, white Russians and oversized ice-cold bottles of Miller high life tickled my fancy. And just because I don’t drink anymore doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate a good party filled with a whole lot of chaos and debauchery.
An iconic Richmond event worth a mention is Slaughterama
Held at various locations throughout the city, it included events such as bike jousting, spaghetti wrestling, BMX events and whatever other incredible grunge hipster biker ideas they could concoct.
Not sure if this event still takes place in the same fashion or even at all, but glad I got to witness the madness.
Next up was a quick chaotic trip to Mardi Gras filled with a whole bunch of ups and downs, but I guess that’s Mardi Gras for ya. New Orleans definitely has some strange Cajun, gypsy, Voodoo juju.
Honestly it’s really hard to recommend Mardi Gras to people and support the general idea of it after seeing the end result every night. It really is nothing more than an alcohol cesspool and litter pit with some titties and drunk violence sprinkled in.
A couple weeks before Mardi Gras a new event called RVAlution started taking place at a club named The Hat Factory. Somehow PLF got involved eventually completely taking over the event which took the city by storm to become probably 1 of the most popular club scenes ever for a few months consecutively. It brought in 1,500-2,000 people at least every Tuesday. So lucky for me I got front row seats as 1 of the photographers and had the pleasure of archiving the craziness.
For NYE the PLF threw a costume party called “Decemberween” at the G5 Art Gallery.
This was 1 of my first pictures when I got a new camera, which was a Canon G12 Powershot, there was a house burning down a couple blocks away from where I was staying so I wandered over to capture the damage.
I commissioned a friend at the time who had attended Savannah College of Art and Design to paint a few murals for me on some big blank walls that needed some sprucing up. This 1 is loosely based off a dream which I plan to eventually have a variation of it combined with the Egyptian mural tattooed on my back.
To watch all 4 murals painted in 4 minutes in a time-lapse video click play on the video directly above. Apologies for the non HD quality, I was using a Flip recorder at the time that I had traded for a skateboard since I’m what some would call poor. But I made due and it was actually a surprisingly durable little camera that had pretty good audio so I can’t hate on it too much.
After working at a stoner style Mexican American restaurant Bodillaz for a few months, I found a post about a trip with 3 European girls on a Couchsurfing forum. A Skype interview later and 3 weeks from then I was hopping on a bus to Pittsburgh to be tour guide of the good ol’ US of A.