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?
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.
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.
That's a smart way to do it!
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.
This guy was in heaven lol.
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...
Keep your eye on this one. She's gonna be everywhere sooner than you think. LA-based DJ and model Softest Hard came through Austin, TX for her first headlining tour to party on Dirty Sixth. It was a fairly cold night and of course, that didn't stop the party animals from turning up in and outside of the bars and clubs on 6th Street.
All smiles with this one.
I stepped in halfway through her set to snap a few flicks after some street shooting. Dark lighting is always a challenge to shoot in, but I am happy with what I was able to come home with. I will definitely bring a flash next time to catch the crowd though. With solid washes of purples and blues, I felt right in my element.
Shooting live performances in foreign venues is always a fun gamble. Safe to say I rolled a seven and got what I came for. Thank you for coming to Texas, we look forward to your return Softest! Let's roll one next time you're here.
...And the youth shall inherit the world. Austin, TX.
Holy shit! Volcom Garden was on FIRE this past weekend. After a great art party with Mike Giant and a couple dozen local artists earlier in the week, I had no idea what to expect for opening night of "Where Do We Go From Here?", but I was excited af. And let me tell you, it lived up to the hype.
Industry Print Shop freshly inking your goods live at the show.
Industry was in the house doing some live printing, the halfpipe out back was being crushed, and I was getting lost in all the little quotes found on Giant's pieces. I'm gonna preface the rest of this post by saying I did not capture much of the art on camera--you just have to see this stuff in person to fully grasp how amazing it is. Instead, with these photos I'm sharing my overall experience of the vibes that were turnt up to 11. There were so many beautiful people braving the 45-degree temperature to hang out and take in a great body of work. That's dedication to what you love.
These two were too beautiful to pass up. Such style and smiles!
I made a new friend! This is Marbles.
This girl was getting it in.
Volcom Garden is quickly becoming my favorite venue in Austin. It takes me over an hour by bus & foot but nights like this make it worth it 100%. Aside from a gallery space and full-on Volcom shop, the outdoor area hosts a 6-foot pipe and plenty of room to party and dance. I've never been one for transition, however every time I come here and see these guys and gals crushing the pipe, I get the urge to get up there and smash my face in. There's a fluidity that comes naturally with skating transition and these skate rats were doing a damn good job crushing it. So much fun to watch.
45 degrees and dropping. Everyone kept that pipe hot though.
"Where Do We Go From Here?" will be up for a couple of weeks, so stop in some time and check out this amazing work. I guarantee you will love the work and leave with a smile on your face. I know I'll be wearing my smile all week after this mayhem.
Continuing on my lost rolls, this set is essentially the last roll I shot in San Antonio before moving to Austin. It spans about a year as I wasn't shooting much film at this time having recently acquired my DSLR. There's a good mix of stuff here from my solo bando pieces to street shots in DTSA. I really genuinely miss shooting in Downtown San Antonio, there were always interesting people to photograph (when it wasn't dead). It's nice to revisit these last few memories of SA being out and about doing what I love. I left a little story below each image to provide some context. In any case, I hope you enjoy these images because I certainly enjoyed making them.
A new photog buddy I met through Street Keepers showed Ren and I and a few others this bando in Southtown which is now condos or apartments or some shit. This building was re-purposed and completed after I left so idk what it is today. Anyway, I came back by myself a couple of weeks later to get some painting in. During this time I had something to prove to myself--that I was still "down" to paint anywhere because at this time, I was losing my drive to do so. I packed my old Shorty's bag and resurrected this old ghost character I used to draw everywhere in my college years. I always wanted to further develop this creature but never got around to it. I'm glad I at least finally put it up on a wall at a much bigger size.
This was maybe the third or fourth piece I put in this bando. I essentially tried to leave my mark on every floor. In this instance, I was [poorly] channeling my inner James Haunt. Bandos, even in midday, are spooky and the threat of popo makes me jittery because the thought of getting arrested for painting decay is outright retarded to me. This day was actually the day I began leaving my name off of any of my work and simply using the reverted crown as a signature, which I've been using ever since. This particular spot on the wall was really linear and rather clean of paint. I had no idea what to paint here so I reverted to my comicbook days, painting a girl's flowing hair and chunky mascara. Word to Around The Fur.
This view of Downtown San Antonio was taken at the very top of the bando looking out of a concrete window. I painted along the inside of it and then just sat and watched the city from this height. Something inside told me it would be one of the last times I would see this skyline, especially from this angle. I knew I would be leaving the city again, so I made the most of it and snapped this photo while quietly taking it all in. I probably spent the most of this day at the top just watching the city on one side and looking at the developing Southtown on the other.
I couldn't tell you what day this is if I tried. I've spent so much time in DTSA after copping my DSLR that these street days have become a blur. This certainly isn't my first image of someone randomly preaching with a bible in downtown, but it's probably the only one I've captured on film. Not the sharpest, but I'm stoked it came out as clear as it did with that shaky lens. I believe this is on S. Presa, a block south of the Hard Rock.
I used to see this guy a lot downtown and honestly, he always looked tweaked out on something. Most likely on Spice (K2, synthetic weed, etc.). It's sad to see what drugs do to people and, like the homeless, it isn't something I like to photograph. On this day though, from what I can remember, he seemed very quiet and "normal". Just another transient enjoying sustenance on the streets of DTSA. Wherever he is today, I hope he's doing better and is off the cheap drugs for good.
I came pretty close to getting into a scrap with this guy for this photo. The woman looked over at me, noticing me lining up my shot, but didn't say anything as this guy lovingly (or lustfully, take your pick) pleaded to her. I snapped and moved toward the crosswalk behind him. I guess at this point she mentioned my camera and he approached me, squared up and ready to throw hands. He asked what I was doing and why. My reply? The truth: "It was a really nice moment, man. I just wanted to capture it. It was a beautiful moment!" He nodded after realizing I meant no harm and gave me the non-verbal "Orale" nod and went back to his ruca. I fucking miss this corner so much.
Former home of the multi-time Championship Spurs! Man, this image holds a special place for me even though, from a technical standpoint, it sucks lol. A couple of hours before this we were having our third SK walk, prior to when we even coined the SK name for our movement. During the second part of the day, I met Cory, Zero, and Vince. After the photowalk was "over", we continued into the night making our way to the Convention Center that was still under construction at the time (2014). We waltzed in, surprisingly easily, and climbed up to the second floor of the structure which didn't even have any walls yet. Just a few beams and barely a floor to walk on. It was cold, wet, and there were no lights. It's a view of the Alamodome that simply cannot be replicated as the Convention Center has since been completed. The reason this photo means so much though is that Cory and Zero have become great friends of mine since that day and we've had a lot of fun adventures together. It feels like so long ago, but also feels like it was only a few weeks ago.
I spent a couple of hours lurking through Austin the other night during and after date-night. The evening started out at Cap City Comedy for my Uncle Joey. You may know him better as Joey Diaz. Needless to say, Joey had some good stories to tell and plenty of laughs were had. I only wish I has some Stars of Death and a Lee Syatt bong rip, but my stash did the trick and we all had a good chuckle with Joey's no-holds-barred storytelling.
All smiles at No-Comply's anniversary bash.
Empire was hosting the No-Comply 11-Year Anniversary party, so naturally we had to stop in to check out the skate deck design contest entries. I can never seem to get here early enough to get a decent shot of the wall with enough light, but there were some bangers for sure. I get super pumped seeing my work in this form and it motivates get my art printed on an actual deck some day. After scoring a free Volcom tee courtesy of Industry, we headed home. Here's where my night took an unexpected turn...
There was so much fog over Austin on this night and I couldn't help but be in awe on the drive home. I have always been mesmerized by fog and even more so since getting my first digital camera. I knew my adventure wasn't over and started game planning in my head. After calling it a night with my lady, I hopped on the metro and stopped at the Capitol. I love roaming around this spot at night when all the tourists are gone and only those remaining are college kids having some lighthearted fun and other photographers capturing this amazing structure. The lack of sounds and people seem to make this place seem so much bigger at this hour.
After a few shots here, I found myself roaming into downtown unexpectedly. The original plan was to shoot the Capitol and head back. But, as so many night lurkings go, I found myself going further into the night. Eventually, as most downtown photo strolls encompass, my feet landed in Dirty 6th.
I made a few rounds looking for fun people and moments. What I love most about these random outings is that I get lost in my own world. Time seems to fall out of existence, my thoughts and worries disappear, and I find myself truly in the moment. Very few things in life give me this kind of clear thinking and I am so thankful to have found even one thing that does this for me.
Strike while the iron is hot. I can't tell you how many times I've hopped off a bus early, showed up late to work, or stayed out all night for the simple urge of capturing the world around me through my lenses.
You never know what's going to come of these moments so when you feel the pull, just go with it. I promise you'll feel better for doing so.
No-Comply is celebrating their eleventh year of business and the accompanying annual deck design contest marches on. This year I wanted to take the photographic approach with my entry and provide a clean, sharp design. Last year's design was all about vector and illustration, this year is about photo and message. We are all too familiar with the long-infamous "Skateboarding Is Not A Crime" design from Santa Cruz. I borrowed the slogan and put my own twist on it (in true streetwear fashion) using a photo I shot in San Antonio a couple years back during one of our Street Keepers photowalks.
For years skateboarding was (and probably still is in some cases) seen as dirty, sinful behavior to the over-righteous. They can all blow it out their ass as far as I'm concerned. Skateboarding is an expression and if you're not hurting anyone, fuccit--live your dream. Skate every damn day and wreak havoc. The child may grow, but the spirit of skateboarding stays youthful within us all until we're throwing hammers on the stairway to heaven.
Friday January 19, 2018 No-Comply will host their celebration with the deck design art show, live bands, skate ramp, video premiere, and Volcom Skate tees screenprinted on-site courtesy of the homies at Industry Print Shop. Vans Skate will be in the house. Cons will be in the house. And the entire event is FREE.
I'm looking forward to the madness, hope to see you there!