I spent two days photographing the amazing people involved with making the iconic Sublime’s aesthetic a major influence in Southern California. The article was for O.C. Weekly and came out a few weeks ago by now but the article is now online here.
Here is an excerpt:
The two men in front of a booth at the Body Art Expo convention in Pomona resembled homeboys straight out of American Me: black tank tops, backward baseball caps, dark-gray shorts, each heavily tattooed with black-and-gray portraits and imagery down their arms and back. Before them was a galaxy of iconic rock-band logos on T-shirts, including the golden “W” of Wu-Tang Clan; the Doors’ bubbly lowercase font; a red, yellow and green headshot of Bob Marley; and the Rolling Stones’ wagging tongue.
Troy Holmes: Matriarch of Sublime
This is Troy Holmes (@mamatroyholmes on Instagram), Matriarch of Sublime and widow of the late Bradley Nowell of Sublime. Troy has such a great spirit and was fun too work with. Fantastic shoot. I drove down to south Orange county and spent an amazing first half the day by the beach. Not a bad way to work. For this shot I didn’t use any lights. I just needed one diffuser, one reflector and 2 interns. It got cozy but we got some great shots.
Opie Ortiz: The man behind the sun
Opie is the man. A really rad dude. I met Opie Ortiz at the bar below his tattoo studio in Long Beach for a couple beers before we shot. Low key guy but wildly talented.
Sullen’s Hanna and Smith
I shot Ryan Smith and Jeremy Hanna in Seal Beach and interrupted a sail boat race that was happening. One of these days I am going to do an animated GIF where you can see all the boats arriving in the background.
Sullen Co Founders Ryan Smith and Jeremy Hanna teamed up with Bradley’s Nowell’s widow Troy Holmes (Nowell) and Sublime artist/tattoer Opie Ortiz to collaborate on a Sullen/Sublime collaboration with each artist picking a song off of the self titled album to base their art around.
This was the only copy I could find for myself :/