A collection of my favorite portraits of tattooers and their clients from Bloodwork:Bodies.
I’ve always been a gearhead at heart. I was that kid that took apart the blender; and before I was old enough to drive it, I had a motorcycle that also got disassembled regularly. My teen years and early twenties were a string of old cars, bikes, oil leaks, and busted knuckles. Modifying and maintaining old cars shares much with design. Both use creative problem solving to create something that must look good while serving a purpose. This collection of photos was made over the course of my travels to various car shows, swap meets, motorcycle rallies, and amateur races. At these events, I try to focus as much attention, if not more, on the people, personalities, and lifestyle as on the machines and action.
I began documenting circus freaks and sideshows photographing Technomania Circus in Barrio Logan. The energy, creativity, and attitude made me feel right at home with this unique band of performers. Several years later, the U.K.’s Bizarre magazine asked me to photograph Todd Ray’s Venice Beach Side Show. Once again, Todd and his cast of characters made me feel right at home. Several of the performers I knew from Technomania Circus made the move north to L.A. adding to my sense of familiarity. I wanted to make portraits that revealed something of the performers unique personalities as well as their outlandish talents.