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I Guess I'm Straight Edge? | NOISEY →

This Dan Ozzi article on Straight Edge is pretty perfect and a lot of how I feel about my semi-SXE lifestyle. 

When my friends started drinking at 12 I didn’t cause alcoholism runs in my family and my dad had some problems and my parents always stressed not drinking. It’s sort of weird thinking about it now but it seemed like a really long time from 12-14 when I would get made fun of for not drinking like my cooler tween friends. But when I was 14 I found out about Straight Edge. 

Minor Threat wrote songs about not drinking and doing drugs and having causal sex because you are fucking up your life and not getting interesting shit done. Finally I had a good reason that I didn’t drink. I found a way to be “cool” and not drink warm Budweiser that my friends had stolen from their parents. I was Straight Edge.

I was a punk kid and hated most hardcore so I mostly just hung out with punk kids that drank and did drugs and all that shit. It was a personal choice for me and most of my friends excepted it. It wasn’t until I was 18 and 19 and started listening to a lot more hardcore straight edge stuff and I started hanging out with more straight edge kids.

Turns out straight edge kids are fucking assholes. These guys almost all jocks that somehow made a wrong turn somewhere. Just total bros who just wanted to get into my face because I ate meat or hung out with kids who got fucked up all the time. I have no fucking clue what eating meat has to do with straight edge and I don’t know why the hell you need to tell other people to live their life. That shit was bullshit.

When I was 19 when I dropped the label straight edge because I didn’t want to be associated with those assholes. 

Somewhere along the line I got addicted to women and it certainly became a crutch in my life. I think that it’s honestly a real problem for me and I understand why casual sex was one of the original tenements of straight edge. For some reason no straight edge kids pay attention to that one… they replaced it with meat and Advil or some bullshit. 

Anyway, this is rambling and unorganized but I still have those same straight edge values that I had at 14 (except for the women thing, god dammit). I drink on rare occasions and I have tried a few drugs in my life and under the right situation I might do some more, but these things don’t control my life. They don’t fuck up my life.

To me straight edge should be about personal choice and it should be about moderation. And these bros that want to start a fight about it or bomb a McDonalds can go fuck themselves.


Die Tumblr Die!

Tumblr is really making me want to kick babies at the moment. Why do you guys post such bullshit all the time? The things that get rebloged 10,000 times are always the most worthless garbage that was just stolen from someone else to begin with. Fucking create something you assholes.

Stop Calling Girls Sluts

I know this may sound funny coming from a promiscuous guy who makes a living taking photos of naked girls but to some degree I consider myself a feminist. In fact shooting girls has made me a bigger one. Having read the shitty comments and heard stories from girls who got tormented by people after having their pictures published on my site has made me so upset with all the puritanical assholes who think they have a right to say anything about what a girl wants to do with her own body.

Stop calling girls sluts.

Nudity and sexuality are awesome. I don’t know anyone who wants less sex in their lives and I don’t know anyone who doesn’t look at porn from time to time. So why the fuck would you ever criticize someone for giving that shit to you?

Guys guess what happens when you call a girl a slut? She becomes ashamed and embarrassed of her sexuality. Guess what happens then? Everyone gets less sex. How is that awesome? It is not. Fuck you.

Women calling women sluts is even worse. Even if you are in some sort of boring long term relationship with someone you love doesn’t mean you should judge someone else. And maybe one day you are going to do something that someone else would consider “slutty”.  Do you wan’t people calling you a whore just because you wanted to enjoy yourself.  No. So stop calling out other girls for having fun with their lives.

I have very mixed feelings about a site like Is Anyone Up. If you are hiding under a rock it’s a site started by my friend Hunter Moore where he posts naked photos of people that get submitted to his site. Most of these people do not want their photos published. It is fucking cruel and the comments are brutal. It’s just full off assholes calling girls sluts because they took some naked photos for someone they probably trusted at the time. It’s pretty clearly an evil site but I do see an upside.

Is Anyone Up pretty much proves that EVERYONE is sending nudes to everyone and hopefully people will start accepting the fact that being naked and having sexuality is not a horrible thing. People think their lives are ruined once their nudes get out there, and clearly it can have some real life consequences, but I think for most people it’s just embarrassing for a little bit and you move on. With a site like Is Anyone Up you see that you aren’t alone and maybe some of the stigma behind naked photos will start to disappear.

I want to see everyone naked. I want more nudity. I want more sex and you assholes are ruining it. Stop. Stop making fun of the way someone looks naked. No one should feel horrible about enjoying sex and no one should be ashamed of their own body.  Fuck you people.

Stop calling girls sluts.

Stop reblogging shit without adding something. What is the point? Why did you reblog it? What does it mean to you? Give me some commentary otherwise it is meaningless. Most Tumblrs add nothing to the world. Stop wasting the internets.

Mel Gibson talks to Christian Bale on the telephone.

Lady Gaga - Telephone ft. Beyoncé 

I know about a billion people are going to blog about the Lady Gaga Vs Beyoncé video, but I just have to blog about it, this video has a place in my heart. It’s not that I am a huge Lady Gaga or Beyoncé fan, in fact, I am not really a huge fan of this song, but the video is fucking amazing and for so many reasons. 

Let’s start with the fact that Jonas Åkerlund directed it. He is one of the craziest music video directors of all time. Just search for him on YouTube and see what insane shit you find. I have been waiting for the Director’s Label Åkerlund DVD since the moment I heard about the Palm Picures series. Now I am almost glad they haven’t released it yet so Telephone can be on it.

More importantly, I am a big Exploitation geek.  Exploitation Cinema for the point of this conversation is characterized by cheap very specific genre pictures made in primarily the 1960’s and 70’s that “exploited” things such as sex, violence, race, popular trends etc.  Some of the more popular genre’s are Blaxploitation, Grindhouse Horror, Spaghetti Westerns, and Sexploitation films.  But the genre’s get much more specific with things like biker movies, drug trip films, and one of my favorites, Women In Prison.

There are an insane number of Women In Prison films starting with 99 Women in 1969 and continuing through out the 70’s.  The highlights of the genre are the Jack Hill films starring Pam Grier - The Big Doll House & The Big Bird Cage. (Jack Hill also directed the Greir films Cofee & Foxy Brown.  Quentin Tarantino took the name for his film Jackie Brown from Jack Hill and Foxy Brown.) And this Lady Gaga video is purely Women In Prison.  All it’s missing a shower scene and an escape scene. All the aesthetic elements are there.  On top of that it borrows from other exploitation films.  The key theme of revenge is very important to many of the female led action exploitation films of the ‘70’s and the wardrobe while very Gaga, has clear influences from biker films, cheesy sci-fi films and Jack Hill’s legendary Switchblade Sisters. 

Clearly you noticed the Pussy Wagon from Kill Bill. This video is an homage to Quentin Tarantino’s homages. It takes elements of these exploitation films that Tarantino loves to steal from and recontextualizes them so it looks like Akerlund is stealing from QT. I mentioned that QT loves Jack Hill so much that he named a movie after him, but he also distributed Switchblade Sisters as part of his failed distribution company, Rolling Thunder Pictures. The references to some of my favorite movies, directors and genre’s makes this video in my mind an instant classic even if I could care less about the song. It’s just that good.

I do need to wrap this up quickly because I am ranting but there are two other small things in the video I should mention. One is the line that I am sure will be talked about on all the blogs - “I told you she doesn’t have a dick.” Lady Gaga quite literally shows her critics her womanhood by taking off her pants and revealing once and for all that she doesn’t have a dick.  (Unless of course they used CGI…) Finally confronting these stupid rumors in a video like this takes some balls, which clearly she doesn’t have.

And lastly, my boys from Semi Precious Weapons make a cameo playing exquisite corpses. At least Cole and Justin do.  I didn’t notice Dan or Steve.  I am continuously proud of those guys. You know you have made it when you have been killed off in a major pop video.

Anyway, sorry for the rant but it is 3am and I have been getting ready to leave town for three weeks all day today.  I think might be losing my mind a little bit. I am headed to SXSW and then to Winter Music in Miami where almost exactly 2 years ago I photographed a barely known pop singer’s birthday party. Oh right, that was Lady Gaga.