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My chest piece was done in one sitting by my friend Jason Angst at the Brew City Tattoo Convention in 2009 (He won tattoo of the day for it). I got this tattoo at a time when a lot of friends of mine were going through a really hard time related to family problems and state repression and various other legal troubles. The quote across the banner is “we are the birds of a coming storm” which is a paraphrasing of the infamous words of the Haymarket martyr, August Spies. Spies was an anarchist agitator in Chicago who was sentenced to death for his fiery views and convictions. His last words before being hung were “the day will come when our silence will be more powerful than the voices you strangle today.” In a way, thinking about his words was a way for me to deal with the difficulties my friends and I were going through and to remember that though we felt alone at times, a whole redemptive storm would follow someday.



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Also by Jason Angst. Medusa is often mythologized as a symbolof femme / feminist vengeance against patriarchal power. When I got this, most of the female assigned people in my life (including my mother) were dealing with bad behavior of men in various ways and capacities. People I thought I could trust, or who were maybe positive examples of how to not be misogynist were proving me wrong left and right. This affected me in a pretty serious way and I had to re-evaluate a lot of the ways I thought about gendered violence and resistance to it. I got a tattoo of medusa as a bit of a solidarity gesture with everyone in my life dealing with violence or pain because of their place in our gendered world. The tattoo is based on a painting by Caravaggio.


Divine:


My first and dearest tattoo, by Gifford Kasen . “Filth is my politics! Filth is my life!”


Thanks Devin!


Live in the Sf bay area and have some ink you’d like to show off, or are a tattoo artist who just finished a really cool piece? Contact me about a shoot. I’m always looking for people with creative and interesting tats to work with.




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Pi Day

Mar. 14th, 2011 12:00 pm
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Today is Pi day! While this is numerically irrational, and the cause of much celebration across the internet, I like to take time on this date to celebrate the presence of an aptly-named member of our family.



Pi Cat was adopted just over two years ago, a scrawny but vocal kitten from the San Francisco SPCA. She immediately came down with a bad case of ringworm – while insisting on sleeping near my pillow. Despite her best efforts, neither of us were infected. Pi’s overcome her health issues and grown into a solid lump of cat with a… unique personality. She keeps David company during late-night coding sessions, refuses to cuddle with me unless we’re both underneath her favorite blanket, and recently adjusted to the arrival of an annoying little sister.




Pi, we love you, grumpy cat. You’re our favorite greeter of guests, investigator of boxes, and lover of smelly shoes.



If you’re interested in Pi as a number, here’s a very cool link which displays Pi to one million places.




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Quinn is building up his portfolio to get more work, he’s terrific to shoot, takes direction well, and has a pretty unique look.





What do you think? I could see him on a runway.




 




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David’s a useful guy to have around. When I broke the garbage disposal, he took it apart and put it back together. He also took a grandfather clock to pieces, cleaned every part, put every tiny gear back in place – now it keeps time more accurately than it did before. Here he is, fixing our vintage Nintendo so I can get my Tetris fix. I’m totally keeping this guy.


 




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Sarah Dopp is an aptly-named ‘culture conductor‘. She’s the founder of groundbreaking Genderfork blog, which has grown into an enormous online community and is constantly busy planning the next big thing. If she looks sedate in this photo, don’t let that fool you for one minute.





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Some very talented acquaintances of mine are in a great local band called Vagabondage. Recently they released this new video and song – it’s a remix of “Can’t Stay Good” by Mixman Shawn. I love the way this was shot and the song is stellar, these guys are destined for greatness.





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This weekend, my friend Star Germain, her band This Can’t End Well, and talented comic book artist Ted Naifeh are teaming up for a live show version of Ted’s wonderful all-ages comic ‘Courtney Crumrin and The Night Things‘.


Oh, and it’s free. So there’s no excuse not to come!


Sun­day Feb­ru­ary 27th

1pm sharp

Pub­lic Works

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A friend of mine just gave me this camera and I’m unreasonably excited. It belonged to his grandfather and was just gathering dust – such a shame. My first camera ever was my father’s old Canon AE-1, which tragically went missing during one of my many apartment moves of the last fourteen years. It’s astounding to think that I’ve lived in San Francisco that long, and moved over eleven times…


I’ll be test driving this thing out over the next week, but I’m not too worried. These old cameras are built like tanks. Can’t wait to use this on some upcoming gigs, including a wedding in a few months.


Issac, if you’re reading this, you’re one heck of a good friend!


So much for warmer weather. It’s been gross, cold and rainy the last few days. Good to know we still have time to sneak off to Tahoe sometime this season, but we’re having all kinds of motivational…. issues today. Ok, it’s just me who’s having issues. David has been very productive.



Pi Cat ponders the need for another nap.



We thought that ordering the new sofas in grey would cut down on the cat hair issues.


Boy, were we ever wrong about that.




Sad droopy tulip. Exhibit A – why all photographers need a live-in stylist.




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The week started out a little less than fun… Monday D and I both went to the dentist and met with our CPA about business taxes + planning for next year. We also signed up for a health insurance plan through his business, which is wonderful (healthcare, yay!) and expensive (less than yay.) So far the theme of the week so far has been ‘grown up stuff, and acting like a grown up about it’.


Retouching a shoot like this reminds me that while running a business can be an enormous pain in the a$$, I love this job! Kitty von Quim is a burlesque performer and a dancer with Rubenesque Burlesque. She performs regularly here in the SF bay area, and it was a blast working with her on these photos.


Kitty’s fierce dress is by Orange Appeal, and her hair was styled by Artina Marie.






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Succulence

Feb. 7th, 2011 07:16 am
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Warmer weather is finally upon us! Cue the desire for outdoor photo shoots and beach excursions.


Our backyard garden is slowly waking up, and some of my orchids are beginning to flower. Growing orchids isn’t all that different from photography in combining detail-oriented O.C.D. tendencies with a more artistic (ie… scattered and intuitive) temperament. I got into the plant hobby with succulents and still have a relatively large collection out on the back steps where conditions are closer to ideal – our backyard doesn’t get a ton of sunlight.


Here are some product and garden shots I produced a while back for a terrific little shop called ‘Succulence‘ out in Bernal Heights. They’re tucked into the rear of Four Star Video on Cortland. They sell individual plants, succulent arrangements, terrariums, pottery, and crafts by local artists.







There’s a bit of a fad for succulents and tillandsia at the moment, a movement I’m completely in favor of. Years ago if you told me I’d have a house full of healthy and happy growing plants, I would have laughed in disbelief. It’s surprisingly easy to get yourself into the habit of caring for a plant, and very rewarding!


Here are some of my favorite blogs and local sources for green things.


Hortica – a wonderful garden center and nursery on Castro Street. I’ve picked up far too many tillandsia from this store.


Flora Grubb – they’ve been featured in a number of magazines and blogs. Really fantastic place, worth a visit. Check out their ‘cutting garden’ blog for examples of incredible wedding bouquet and centerpiece work.


Sloat Garden Center – Recently began carrying an expanded range of orchids! Great place for backyard gardeners, wide range of plants which grow well in the bay area. They currently have dahlia bulbs in stock, I picked up a bunch for the garden over the weekend.


Shelldance Orchid Gardens – Nice selection of orchids, and home to a staggering collection of bromeliads and succulents. They aren’t for sale, but if you’re a plant geek, you need to make a visit.


San Francisco Botanical Garden – Always worth the time to wander through.


San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers -  Amazing collection of botanicals, friendly volunteers and employees, and rotating special galleries including their very popular carnivorous plant exhibit.


Far Out Flora – I’ve never met the writers of this blog, but I feel it may be inevitable! They do day trips to nurseries, botanical gardens, and have an enviable back yard succulent garden.




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Cuddling

Jan. 28th, 2011 07:00 am
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They don’t actually do this very often.


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weekend-1-2I apologize in advance to my readers (and family) currently frozen elsewhere, but the cold weather finally broke this last week in the Bay Area so we headed to Sweeney Ridge for a hike.


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I’m in love with the textures which occur when nature begins to reclaim what humans have put in the way. Lichen on metal, slowly oxidizing in the ocean air. Moss thriving in asphalt cracks.


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I also went to the Edwardian Ball on saturday, which was a lot of fun but very crowded.




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I’m working up a whole blog post of Cari and Stephane’s wedding photos, but in the meantime, enjoy a few shots from our casual portrait session at the Westin St. Francis hotel here in San Francisco.


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Ok, so that last one isn’t technically of the bride, but these were some very photogenic children!




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