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"Mom" Alberta, Canada. Today as I left my bus, I passed by this woman- she was standing with a cane, quietly asking for change. "Anything helps," she said in a soft voice. I told her I didn't have any, because I didn't- we've been in Canada for a while now, & I haven't needed money- tour has catering, & I have a credit card. I passed her several more times, but she didn't ask me again. There was something about her that made me keep thinking about her though, so my next trip to the bus I gave her 10 bucks. "It's American, I don't know if you can use it," I said. "Oh, I don't mind. I'm a homeless lady- this will help me get a place to sleep tonight. Thank you so much," she said, "And I was just thinking about you actually- I saw your shirt. Are you a skateboarder?" (I was wearing a @santacruzskateboards shirt) I told her I was, & I saw a cloud pass over her face. "My son is a skateboarder, too. I worry about him on that thing- he's in his 30's now. But I never tell him what to do." Instantly, I got choked up, because all I could think about was my Mom, & how much I have worried her over the years. We talked for a bit- I told her she had a beautiful face & asked if I could take her picture. She said yes, then I went to my hotel to work, but I couldn't sit still. So I went back downstairs, made sure no one on the street was watching, & slipped her the last money in my wallet, a hundred dollar bill. "Shhh- it's a hundred bucks. Go get someplace safe to sleep," I said, then hugged her & walked away. I'm not rich, but $110 is not critical to me- it hasn't always been that way, but it is now, so this was really no big deal for me. But it is to her- she's too old to be sleeping on the streets, too old & frail to be working to pay rent. I don't know why she is homeless, or where her son is, but I do know that ultimately she is just like my own mother- a soft-spoken sweet-smiling skateboarder's Mom who worries about her son. If it was my Mom out there, I sure hope someone would help her. These are the things we must look for in other humans, no matter what their current situation- similarities, not differences. I love you, Mom! I'll be home soon! #Leica ##LeicaQ
"My Whip" Fort McMurray, Canada. She weighs a ton, is insanely hard to park, & is way above my pay-grade, so I never drive her. #Leica #LeicaCamera #LeicaCameraUSA #LeicaM #LeicaMonochrom #Monochrom #voigtlander15mm #🔴📷 #MyLeicaJourney #MKexplore #blackandwhite #bnw_planet #bnw_life #pocket_bnw #bnw_captures #noir_shots #RatsEyesPhotography #HoneTheAesthetic
"Mystery Activity" Seattle, WA. I don't have any idea of what these two people were doing, but it looked cool as all get-out. #Leica #LeicaCamera #LeicaCameraUSA #LeicaQ #Summilux #Summilux28mm #LeicaCraft #🔴📷 #MyLeicaJourney #MKexplore #streetdreamsmag #streetphotography #RatsEyesPhotography #HoneTheAesthetic
"Responsibility" Morro Bay, CA. When I am surfing, most of the time there is no lifeguard, just like in this picture. This means that I am 100% responsible for my own safety, but I also view it as my responsibility as a waterman & a decent human being to keep my eyes open for anyone else around me who might be in trouble in the water. This can mean my wife, my friends I ride waves with, surfers I don't know in the lineup, or even just clueless tourists who get caught in a rip current. If I see someone in trouble, I will do anything in my power to assist them- no one will drown if I can help it, not on my watch, no matter how rough the water may be. And I know that if I got in trouble, someone would help me- surfers save people all the time, & they do it swiftly & instinctively, without asking questions or putting conditions on the person they rescue (other than stay calm, because a drowning person is one of the most dangerous humans in the world.) They do it simply because it is the right thing to do. Right now in America there is so much sadness & even more anger- it is like a stormy ocean, & there are many people in the water, all flailing about. It hurts my heart. If we are to be decent human beings, blind hatred is something we all must unite against, no matter where we come from. But in the process, do not let that same hatred & anger consume you, or you most assuredly will start to drown. Then you become just another dangerous person in the already stormy sea. Keep a cool head, check your motives before you do or say anything, act correctly & only when necessary. Stay above water, watching out for everyone around you. Always conduct yourself in a manner your ancestors would be proud of. These are troubled times- make sure you do not lose yourself to their turbulence. This is my responsibility, & it is yours, too. Remember that. #Leica #LeicaCamera #LeicaCameraUSA #LeicaM #LeicaMP #LeicaMP240 #voigtlander15mm #LeicaCraft #🔴📷 #MyLeicaJourney #MKexplore #streetdreamsmag #RatsEyesPhotography #HoneTheAesthetic
"Mo Si Ting" Seattle, WA. Today I visited Bruce Lee's grave. In this insane world we live in, I think his most famous quote is rock-solid advice: "Be water, my friend." #Leica #LeicaCamera #LeicaCameraUSA #LeicaM #LeicaMP #LeicaMP240 #Summilux #Summilux50mm #LeicaCraft #🔴📷 #MyLeicaJourney #MKexplore #streetdreamsmag #RatsEyesPhotography #HoneTheAesthetic #bewatermyfriend
"Set It Off" Eugene, OR. @nergal69 about to hit the stage. #Leica #LeicaCamera #LeicaCameraUSA #LeicaM #LeicaMP #LeicaMP240 #voigtlander15mm #LeicaCraft #🔴📷 #MyLeicaJourney #MKexplore #streetdreamsmag #RatsEyesPhotography #HoneTheAesthetic
"Bliss= Death" Tenderloin, San Francisco. I walked from my bus around the corner into the venue. On the way I saw this man enter his high as he shot up on the street corner right in front of me. His eyes were closed tightly in the grip of that awful bliss, that illusion of ecstasy that heroin provides. I thought to myself "I could do anything to this man right now, & he would never know"- this is what heroin does to you: it makes you completely unaware of the reality of your surroundings. I hope this man puts the needle down, but in that moment, there was nothing to be done for him. He was beyond reach, a breathing copse, nodded out in broad daylight on a street corner. To you young people out there thinking about taking some pain pills, maybe something from somebody's medicine cabinet to get high- that stuff often leads you to here, the street corner. I am speaking to you not as some school teacher or your parents or a cop, I am speaking to you from a place of deep experience with drugs & alcohol. MANY of my friends are dead because of this crap, & I myself am very lucky to be alive. And one day if you wind up on the street and somebody walks by you and thinks "I could do ANYTHING to that kid"- well, that person might not be ME. That person might be the kind of man who will stab you, take whatever you have, and leave you to bleed out & die on the street. It happens, & it happens all the time. This is not bullshit, this is REALITY. Think about it. #Leica #LeicaCamera #LeicaCameraUSA #LeicaQ #Summilux #Summilux28mm #LeicaCraft #🔴📷 #MyLeicaJourney #MKexplore #streetdreamsmag #streetphotography #RatsEyesPhotography #HoneTheAesthetic
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"Tequilet" Apparently sometime during this tour, one of @behemothofficial's insane Polish crew has chartered a new country founded upon tequila. I thought it woulda been vodka...
"Deadly Glamour" San Francisco, CA. One day you WILL join me on the PLANET OF THE VAPES, ya heard me? #Leica #LeicaCamera #LeicaCameraUSA #LeicaM #LeicaMP #LeicaMP240 #Summilux #Summilux50mm #LeicaCraft #🔴📷 #MyLeicaJourney #MKexplore #streetdreamsmag #RatsEyesPhotography #HoneTheAesthetic
"Secret Asian Man" San Francisco, CA. Angry rock photographer & distinguished ramen connoisseur, @ogscottuchida, looking super-sketchy on the street corner in the Tenderloin. Smoke 'em if you got 'em, boys. #Leica #LeicaCamera #LeicaCameraUSA #LeicaQ #Summilux #Summilux28mm #LeicaCraft #🔴📷 #MyLeicaJourney #MKexplore #streetdreamsmag #streetphotography #RatsEyesPhotography #HoneTheAesthetica
"Golden (State) Hour" Shell Beach, CA. Hey Central Coast- I had two days off in a row & saw ZERO waves. Why you wanna go flat on me? How you gonna do me like that, Cali? My feelings are hurt & my gills are drying out! Ok, ok- I know it's nothing personal. I gotta take one for the team from time to time (aaaaaand the fall swell will be kicking up back home soon 🤙🏻😈) And while you did go flat... you sure are pretty to take pictures of. Good hangs with @george_lesage & @lcs.digital- thanks for driving, y'all! 😘 #Leica #LeicaCamera #LeicaCameraUSA #LeicaM #LeicaMP #LeicaMP240 #Summicron #Summicron75mm mm #LeicaCraft #🔴📷 #MyLeicaJourney #MKexplore #streetdreamsmag #RatsEyesPhotography #HoneTheAesthetic
"Kelp & Fog" Morro Bay, CA. No waves, but lots of atmosphere. #Leica #LeicaCamera #LeicaCameraUSA #LeicaM #LeicaMP #LeicaMP240 #voigtlander15mm #LeicaCraft #🔴📷 #MyLeicaJourney #MKexplore #streetdreamsmag #RatsEyesPhotography #HoneTheAesthetic
"Misty Mountain Hop" California. #Leica #LeicaCamera #LeicaCameraUSA #LeicaQ #Summilux #Summilux28mm #LeicaCraft #🔴📷 #MyLeicaJourney #MKexplore #streetdreamsmag #streetphotography #RatsEyesPhotography #HoneTheAesthetica
"The Master" Las Vegas, NV. Oh, what's that you say? You think you got riffs? Bad news, brah- you don't got riffs. THIS dude has RIFFS. @jimmy_j_bower laying down the power with EHG in Vegas. PI-YAH!!!!! #Leica #LeicaCamera #LeicaCameraUSA #LeicaM #LeicaMonochrom #Monochrom #Summilux #Summilux50mm #🔴📷 #MyLeicaJourney #MKexplore #blackandwhite #bnw_planet #bnw_life #pocket_bnw #bnw_captures #noir_shots #RatsEyesPhotography #HoneTheAesthetic #thepoweroftheriffcompelshim #EYEHATEGOD #nolafamily
"Brats" Las Vegas, NV. "You two kids better knock it off & stop messing with each other or I swear to God I'll turn this car around right this second & there will be no Disney World for ANYONE." @nergal69 of @behemothofficial & @seriouscreep of @youthcodeforever misbehaving in Vegas. #Leica #LeicaCamera #LeicaCameraUSA #LeicaM #LeicaMonochrom #Monochrom #Summilux #Summilux50mm #🔴📷 #MyLeicaJourney #MKexplore #blackandwhite #bnw_planet #bnw_life #pocket_bnw #bnw_captures #noir_shots #RatsEyesPhotography #HoneTheAesthetic
"IX Lives" Las Vegas, NV. Yesterday I had an AMAZING day in Vegas- my brother @tommyvext came & picked me up, we went to @leicastorelasvegas, ate Mexican food, gave two very straight-looking strangers a ride to the airport (they were stuck on a layover & left the airport & we gave them a ride back- think they were scared of us at first, but we helped change their perspective), I played a great gig with my band, then me & Tommy rolled over to the Dive Bar to see my friends in the almighty EYEHATEGOD tear it up. I helped load their equipment in (their drummer Aaron has an injured foot), took a bunch of photos, & even sang a song with them (Serving Time in the Middle of Nowhere). This is the first time I've seen them with my bro Mike IX AKA @southernnihilismfront back on the mic- I filled in for him on their last tour because he was very sick- needed a new liver. I didn't know if I'd ever see him again, it got that scary. Last night he was clean, sober, & looking healthy- seeing him back up there where he belongs as THE Frontman of EHG, with the clarity that sobriety provides in his eyes... well, that was the best part of my day, PERIOD. Such a blessing. I had to run as soon as they were done to make bus call to leave Vegas, but it was so good to see my friends- I love them dearly, they are the funniest band I have ever sang for, & I've known them for longer than my band has even existed. So thanks for a great day, Vegas! Go see EYEHATEGOD, out on tour NOW! One of my favorite bands of all time- PI-YAH!!!!! #Leica #LeicaCamera #LeicaCameraUSA #LeicaM #LeicaMonochrom #Monochrom #Summilux #Summilux50mm #🔴📷 #MyLeicaJourney #MKexplore #blackandwhite #bnw_planet #bnw_life #pocket_bnw #bnw_captures #noir_shots #RatsEyesPhotography #HoneTheAesthetic
"Balance" Salt Lake City, Utah. Shout-out to all you crazy-ass iron workers doing your thing late at night way up high. I did some sketchy stuff during my years of roofing, but that was during the day... #Leica #LeicaCamera #LeicaCameraUSA #LeicaM #LeicaMonochrom #Monochrom #Summilux #Summilux50mm #🔴📷 #MyLeicaJourney #MKexplore #blackandwhite #bnw_planet #bnw_life #pocket_bnw #bnw_captures #noir_shots #RatsEyesPhotography #HoneTheAesthetic
"Burn" Denver, CO. There's a reason you don't walk on these guys' stage unless they know you- five feet away from me & let me tell you, this stuff was HOT. I don't know how @paulbostaphofficial takes it every night. This ain't no joke- this is SLAYER, fool! #Leica #LeicaCamera #LeicaCameraUSA #LeicaQ #Summilux #Summilux28mm #LeicaCraft #🔴📷 #MyLeicaJourney #MKexplore #streetdreamsmag #streetphotography #RatsEyesPhotography #HoneTheAesthetic
"Warmer Days" These are two of my Native brothers & sisters, Joseph & Tonya. I met them on a very cold day in a very tense & a very real situation- they took me in, fed me, & treated me like family- they shared their culture with me. I sat around their camp fire with a full belly and warmed my frozen feet, I listened to their people's songs, & I even danced their people's dance with them & their friends. Yesterday I got to share some of my own unique culture with them, the culture of a touring musician. I sang my own songs & I danced my own dance, jumping high in the air- it was for everyone at the show, but when I have friends at a show I haven't seen in a long time, I always go extra-hard because I want them to have a good experience. So good to see you, my friends- we will see each other again. Safe travels! #Leica #LeicaCamera #LeicaCameraUSA #LeicaQ #Summilux #Summilux28mm #LeicaCraft #🔴📷 #MyLeicaJourney #MKexplore #streetdreamsmag #streetphotography #RatsEyesPhotography #HoneTheAesthetic #mniwiconi
"Illusion" NYC. When you look at this photo, what do you see? A little girl crying on a street corner, her mother holding her hands? That's certainly what it looked like to me when I saw the shot. But I had the benefit of knowing she wasn't crying- I was shooting pictures of her half a second before & after this frame. She was happy, out walking with her Mom. When they reached the street corner she grabbed her Mom's hands and smushed her face into her Mom's chest like little kids do. She felt safe- everything is not always what it seems. The other day I got news that a dear friend of mine just got diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer- this is very, very serious. I was extremely upset, & as I sat in my tour bus back lounge crying, I texted my friend- he had just got the news, & I didn't want to bother him by calling him all upset- he needs strength right now for the coming fight, not me blubbering & weeping. I told him I loved him & that I was with him, & that he could call me when he was ready to talk. He hit me back & told me that he loved me & that hearing from me gave him a big smile. Then he also wrote "And by the way, I do know that everything is going to be ok!" This is a man who had just been told the day before he had an extremely serious form of cancer, & here he was making ME feel better. He's also a very smart guy, & his statement was not some simple-minded denial of his condition- I know this man, I look up to him greatly, & he was telling me he was already ok. PERIOD. I think in life we are so clouded by own limited perspective as we move through this world that we miss the frames on the other side of what's right in front of us- we are missing the bigger picture, just like with this photo. Buddy, if you read this, know that I love you, I am with you, & I'll be home in a few weeks to see you. Not everything we see in this world is what it seems... #Leica #LeicaCamera #LeicaCameraUSA #LeicaM #LeicaMonochrom #Monochrom #Summilux #Summilux21mm #🔴📷 #MyLeicaJourney #MKexplore #blackandwhite #bnw_planet #bnw_life #pocket_bnw #bnw_captures #noir_shots #RatsEyesPhotography #HoneTheAesthetic
Sometimes, I just gotta go into the matrix. 📷: @linaglasirmusicphoto.