Thursday, June 21, 2018

Live From The Stage: Ty Segall, Meatbodies, Christian Bland, and The Zoltars at Stubb's BBQ.

Chad Ubovich of Meatbodies. Austin, TX.
Meatbodies front man Chad Ubovich cranking out some trippy soundscapes. Austin, TX.

I forget shit. All the time. Like most ambitious creators, I tend to put too much on my plate at once to satiate the urge to dump my brain out of the mass amount of ideas that seem to never end (a gifted curse, I suppose). About this time last year I made a conscious effort to work on less at once so that I can finish more and put my best foot forward on all of my projects. Because of this, some things get sent to the back of the stove, some things get put in the freezer for future meals, and some things get left out of the kitchen all together and end up in a big filing cabinet. Like, who puts canned beans in their desk drawer?

Miranda of The Zoltars.
 Miranda of Austin locals, The Zoltars.

Jared of The Zoltars.
Jared with hypnotic vocal tones.

I have a small handful of concerts I have yet to get around to editing and sharing with all of you that I am finally making time for. First up was a surprise show I was able to cover for ArtIsHardTx. The show was Ty Segall with a pretty stacked lineup featuring The Zoltars, Christian Bland and The Revelators, Meatbodies, and Ty Segall to headline. Essentially, four bands I had never heard of. Sometimes you roll the dice and some of those times, you win big.

Like anthropomorphized magic mushrooms.
 Christian Bland and the Revelators. Psychedelic at its nicest.

Christian Bland and the Revelators.

Killer boots, man!
 This dude had the coolest fit, hands down. Head to toe in fresh af threads. Peep the Nike boots.

Christian Bland and the Revelators

Unfortunately, I wasn't able to capture many photos of Ty Segall that I was really happy with. Out of focus, low light, mic stands--there were a number of issues I had with my own work that I was rather unhappy with. The saving grace was one of the other acts, Meatbodies. Immediately upon hearing the name I thought to myself, "What a rowdy name." This band lived up to that reaction as I was treated with a hell of a show. This band is so fucking dope to watch live with so much erratic energy and stage presence that demanded you to dig deep and release your inner demons through hard-hitting melodies. I was absolutely FLOORED with this band.

Salud, cheers!
Salud.

Just a mad man and his guitar.
Chad is such a killer performer. 

From front to back these guys brought a musical spirit I hadn't seen in a really long time, which made it so much more exciting since it was a new band for me. While most of these photos are of Meatbodies, I have to say Ty Segall put on a fantastic set as well with just as much energy. I love seeing performers like Ty who seem to simply let the music take hold and completely lose themselves in their art.

Ty Segall is just as wild.
Ty Segall in all his capricious glory.

I enjoyed every performer at this show as they all presented something unique about their sound. Meatbodies just had me moving more than the others and presented me with some amazing opportunities to capture some great moments. S/O to their amazing lighting tech--stellar work. Enjoy the remaining images below and be sure to follow all of these amazing bands across social media so you'll be ready to get tickets when they go on tour near you. Big ups to ArtIsHardTx for sending me to this show and hats off to all of these acts and the various psychedelic energies they brought to Stubbs. By far one of the most dynamic concerts I've ever seen here.

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Meatbodies frontman, Chad Ubovich.

Meatbodies.

So much fun to watch.
 This band is so rad to see live.

Idk how Stubbs continues to put on such dope shows after so many years. So sic.

Silhouettes at shows are a favorite of mine.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Powerful Rainbows Paint The Runway at MaryJae Smoke Culture.

MaryJae Smoke Culture. Austin, TX.
All smiles at MaryJae. Austin, TX.

I had the opportunity to photograph a fashion show at MaryJae's recent pop-up titled "Queer Culture". Every month the ladies at MaryJae (Francisca and Jae) along with LaRae Infinity host pop-ups at their establishment celebrating arts, music, and LGBTQ pride--all under the umbrella of smoke culture. As if MaryJae weren't already elevating a smoker's commerce experience with their shop, education, and hand-selected products, they have taken it one step further with these parties inviting everyone to come experience taboos in an environment free of judgment and shaming. When I got the call to photograph their first fashion show, I was on board right away.

Fierce.
 Dat ruff doe.

Francisca, Jae, and I have been working together for almost a year now on various projects for their business, MaryJae Smoke Culture. These two have been schooling me on life from jump street and they don't even know it. Be it about cannabis, or running a brick & mortar, or relationships, or the perspective of owning a smoke shop as two queer women in a male-dominated landscape, these two have put me on game with every interaction we've shared since day one. This night would prove to be no different. Although I have queer family and have had queer friends in the past, there is still so much I do not know about what it means to be queer as I am not submerged in this lifestyle 24/7. I can say that this night was a ton of fun and helped me see this lifestyle with much brighter (and much more fabulous) light than I'm used to. Top all of this off with never having shot a fashion show before, making this an educational night for myself in many avenues.

This outfit wild.
 The creativity in this one is dope.

MaryJae pop-up show!
The raffles at MaryJae are stacked.

These unexpected learning moments are a big reason why I urge people to step out of their comfort zones. Especially within their field of practice. As much as I learned about queer culture and fashion this night, I also learned a lot about photography. As a photographer (as an artist of any kind really), there is always something new to learn if you are open to it. I guess the same can be said about life in general. Being open-minded and admitting that you don't know everything allows life and people and experiences to fill in those gaps, enriching your life with every lesson learned.

MaryJae. Austin, TX.
Jae Graham putting this young woman up on game.

No time for play.

Confident AF.

While there is still much for me to learn about queer culture, it is our shared love for cannabis that has brought MaryJae and I together, and it has bonded us in a way that is beyond any sticker or t-shirt design we could ever do together. I'm stoked I had the opportunity to make some images for these ladies, artists (including models), and patrons. Make time to visit this shop in the budding SoLa district of South Austin and for sure hit up one of their monthly pop-ups. I promise you'll leave with a smile and you'll have learned something new.

MaryJae Queer Culture
2110 S. Lamar, Suite E
Austin, TX 78104

Cheers, MaryJae!


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BLUE731.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Live From The Stage: Gramatik at Emo's

Gramatik. Austin, TX.
Gramatik at Emo's. Austin, TX

My buddy Chris Drazah brought back some great images from the Gramatik show a few weeks back. Stoked to finally be able to share them with you all. Looked like it was a great show! I'm always interested in how an electronic artist performs their work given the [usual] lack of live instruments and being only one person. Watching a band has a much different feel, so being able to see stuff like this, especially live, is something I find intriguing. I hope these images do the show justice if you weren't there.


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Gramatik. Austin, TX.

Gramatik. Austin, TX.

Gramatik. Austin, TX.
Always a fan of these back-of-house shots.

Gramatik. Austin, TX.

Gramatik. Austin, TX.

Gramatik. Austin, TX.

Gramatik. Austin, TX.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Nock To Range with John Dudley at Archery Country.

Nock On Nation. Austin, TX.
John Dudley coaching members of the Nock On Nation at Archery Country. Austin, TX.

In my quest to pursue a more self-sustaining life, I started practicing archery last year with the longterm goal of using bowhunting as my primary source for obtaining the meat I consume (or at least as much of it as possible). With a DIY spirit, I began to practice at my local archery range, Archery Country, every week. I didn't know anything about archery other than you hold the bow with one hand, pull the arrow back with the other, and let it fly. Simple, right? Come to find out that it is essentially that, coupled with a ton of other nuances that affect your accuracy and consistency. This is where dedication, time, and reps come into play.

#ieatelk

#ieatelk.

The excitement grew with me every day I would go shoot and so did the reality that if I intend to make ethical kills, I definitely need to learn more about what I'm doing. During this early time in my practice, I sought after any online resources I could find to help me become a better archer and bowhunter. Through one of my favorite podcasts (and probably yours), JRE, I was introduced to a man named John Dudley. Dudley is a world-renowned archer with many national and world titles and an extremely skillful bowhunter. John is also the creator of the Nock On Archery, an expansive online resource for learning archery and hosting Dudley's brand of archery gear. I began watching John's podcasts and videos to learn more about the components and tools used on bows, understand hunting with a bow, and to learn how to improve my shooting on the range. The wealth of knowledge on this site is ridiculously immense.

Dudley coaching a young archer.

Get Onnit!
Kyle Kingsbury and son. 

Archery Country in Austin, TX.
Some of the Archery Country crew enjoying some good eatin'.

Last week John Dudley paid us a visit at Archery Country to help coach as many people that showed up that were willing to learn. Archery Country fired up the Traeger pellet grill and threw on a full barbecue in true Texas fashion. Welcome to Austin once again Mr. Dudley!

World Champion and archery guru, John Dudley.
 The master, John Dudley.

Dudley gives pointers to a fellow archer.

As if free barbecue and free lessons from Dudley weren't enough, we were also treated with an old fashioned shoot out between Onnit creator and CEO Aubrey Marcus and his longtime friend, Director of Total Human Optimization at Onnit, Kyle Kingsbury. Needless to say, it was all eyes on these two as they took turns shooting a tobacco can at 20 yards. It was pretty awesome watching these guys participate in friendly battle. Competition certainly exposes how well one does under pressure and is something I love to participate it at any level in virtually anything I do.

The legendary Aubrey Marcus.
Onnit creator and CEO, Aubrey Marcus.

Aubrey Marcus versus Kyle Kingsbury in an archery shoot-out.

True inspirations.
Dudley, Marcus, and Kingsbury.

Archery has become an integral part of my pursuits to reduce my impact on the environment and my hunger for continuing to challenge myself with something new. When I am on the range, I find peace in learning something foreign (yet also inherent) with a bigger goal in sight. I am also sure to make time to simply have fun shooting and not take myself too serious. I am extremely grateful that I live in a city with such an established archery presence as Archery Country has and the staff their is about as friendly and helpful as it can get.

Under Armor in the house.

Dudley coaching form and release.
This is Joey from San Antonio. He and his woman drove out to this event for an opportunity to get coaching from the Dud. I'll take a two-hour drive to learn from John Dudley over waiting in line for Supreme any day.

U.S. Military vet, Omar "Crispy" Avila.
 Omar "Crispy" Avila releases one down range.

A family of shooters.
A family that shoots together, stays together.

Next time you're in Austin, be sure to stop by Archery Country. Whether you are new to archery or a seasoned vet, have dreams of becoming a target champion or a bowhunter, or just looking to try something new, Archery Country is the place to get started and you will definitely leave with a smile on your face. Bring your date, bring the family, or come solo. Stop by and let's shoot some arrows!


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BLUE731.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Fractions

Moving into downtown with Zero. Austin, Tx.
ATX nights with homies. Austin, TX.


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Monday, February 19, 2018

Half Naked and Half Freezing at Cupid's Undie Run ATX

Cupid's Undie Run. Austin, TX.
Competitors line up for Cupid's Undie Run. Austin, TX

There's something so invigorating about a running in cold weather wearing only your underwear and a smile. The national charity "Cupid's Undie Run" just completed back to back weekends hosting their annual run. The Undrie Run is more than your average fun-run. It is less of a race and more of a party in where competitors meetup to mingle and socialize, take a brief run in the neighboring streets in their undies, and then return to start for more partying. All in the name of children's charity. How dope is that?

I want to be this cool when I get to be his age.
This guy's costume was fantastic.

This was my first introduction to this particular race and it was more than I could have asked for. It takes a lot of guts to hang out and party with a bunch of strangers in your underwear, let alone in 45 degree cold. But boy do these people know how to have fun! I met a lot of great people at the run and saw so many fun underwear and costumes. Everyone was a great sport for my camera and I don't think I've ever met so many people so comfortable with their own skin. Which is great because that in itself can be a big hurdle for most of us. I saw the most diverse range of ages and body types here and everyone had a big smile throughout the day. Nothing but good vibes all around.

Tough!
Pre-run shenannigans.

Buford's was lit.

Cupid's Undie Run aims to raise money for the Children's Tumor Foundation to aid in their research in finding a cure for Neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder that causes tumor growth. It's safe to say this is not only a solid effort to find a cure, but to have a blast while helping out.

The things we do...
That's a smart way to do it!

Part guy.
Straight flexin' in that jacket. You sir, are a winner!

The run is super short, about a mile in length, but the impact is long-lasting. Both in terms of the charity funds and also in the experience. Buford's Backyard Beer Garden was a party all afternoon with plenty of food, alcohol, oversized-Jenga, oversized-Connect Four, costumes, dancing, little red undies, and a few tighty-whiteys. Awards were given out to individuals and teams who raised the most money and everyone came together for a great cause.

Highest fund raisers.

This guy on cloud nine.
This guy was in heaven lol.

Mr. Boobie Buter.

While I myself was fully clothed, it was awesome to see people put themselves out there in public. Maybe I'll shoot the run in my undies next year...

The epitome of fun personalities.
Cupid's dresscode: random head accessories, Victoria's Secret, MeUndies, and a little DIY.

Probably the swaggiest of the lot.
Swag on 9000.


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