Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Born Beautiful

Good times in the back room. MPLS Massive Dec 26th 2008

Please Help

This is the post sent out from the folks who are holding a drive for a bone marrow transplant for our friend Justin Van Hoy that I mentioned in my last post. Please feel free to repost. Thanks!

In conjunction with City of Hope, we are hosting a bone marrow drive for Justin at our office next TUESDAY JANUARY 6th, 2009

It will take place between 10am and 2pm...
(So go to work late or come on your lunch break!)

Taking place at the R. Rock Office:
3111 Los Feliz Blvd. Suite 100
LA, CA 90039

O: 323-669-8819

There is NO COST but DONATION of any amount is requested...

They will be doing mouth swabs, no blood! So easy...right? There will be a consent form you need to fill out prior to getting swabbed. The process shouldn’t take long but we’ll have some snacks and drinks if you need to wait. This is open for ANYONE that wants to help out, so SPREAD the word!

Please be aware that by getting tested for Justin, you will be added to the national bone marrow donor registry. When a volunteer registers as a potential donor, his/her tissue type is listed on the donor file and is compared with the tissue type of all patients in need of a transplant. You can withdraw at any time, but keep in mind that you may be someone’s only hope for survival.

Please drop us a line to let us know if you are coming so that we can gauge the number of materials needed. For more information about Justin or the drive, email (sonja@rrockenterprises.com) or call us. See you TUESDAY!

Please try and come by if you can

Also here are a couple other ways to take part. Justin sent out this email yesterday. Lend a hand if you can

Hi everyone. First off, I hate sending a mass email about anything, but this is really the best way to do it. I'm sure I forgot to put some names on here, so pass this around as you see fit...

In case you have not heard, I have had some bad luck and relapsed from my remission from the cancer ( leukemia ). I had a 30% chance of relapsing, and unfortunately that 30% has happened. This time around there is no chance to cure it with regular chemotherapy though, and I have to have a bone marrow transplant. My brother and sister are not matches, so we are having to go searching for an unrelated donor. With this being said, It would mean the world to me if any of you would take the time to see if you are a match. To get tested is really simple and only requires a mouth swab or a very quick blood test. 

Some of my information you will need:

• Name: Justin B. Van Hoy ( Please tell whomever you are dealing with that my name is Van Hoy and not Vanhoy. The spelling is important, so make sure they put a space in between Van and Hoy )
• Date of Birth: 2-27-1981
• Medical Record # 0017538881 ( Kaiser Permanente Hospitals Southern California )

I will be doing my transplant at City of Hope ( http://www.cityofhope.org ), which is just east of Pasadena. It is a really amazing cancer center and highly regarded, so its really great they are only about 10 miles from my house. If you are in the greater LA area, you can go directly to City of Hope to donate blood and get tested at the same time. There is a $50 fee for processing the marrow sample, but if you donate blood too, then the cost is waived. If anyone finds it hard to spend the $50 ( I know times are tough right now, so  let me know and I will reimburse you myself.) If you have any questions and are planning on going to City of Hope, you can call 626-301-8483. It works best to make an appointment if you are going up there. 

You can also request to have a kit mailed to you. This way you can do the test yourself and mail it back. Have your results mailed back to you, and you can send them to me here at my home. Because of medical confidentiality blah blah blah, they cannot have the results sent directly to me. But this way I can give the results to my people and they can sort everything out. My mailing address is:

146 South Avenue 56
Los Angeles, CA 90042

If you aren't in the LA area,here are some links for registering with the National Bone Marrow Registry, the entire registry is a worldwide network and is also linked in with the Red Cross, so there are lots of places to go if you aren't in the LA area. Here are links to figure out where the closest is for you:


I hate asking anyone to have to do this, and I think you all know me well enough that I wouldn't unless it was really important. Let me know if you have ANY questions at all and I will get them answered for you. You can also email my new wife with questions.. holly603@gmail.com   Please feel free to send this email along to anyone, I need as much help as I can get. Post it on your blogs or dump it in your email blasts, etc.

Hope everyone had a great holiday. Talk with you soon.


Thanks so much

I have a friend in great need

Hello all,

I have a friend who needs a bone marrow transplant. Bad. No one in his family is a match and he has reached out to his community to try and find a donor. He is a pretty reserved guy and not one to reach out in this way if it wasnt of utmost importance. This may be the only way for him to survive cancer. If you would like to try and find out if you are a match and possibly change some ones life in ways you cant even imagine please email me at dmonick@dmonick.com.

Thank you and may your day be beautiful




Friday, December 19, 2008

New Day Rising

Got the 5D Mark II today.

Took this photo the minute I got it out of the box.

I gave Anthony his holiday bonus by paying him to sleep off his hang over on the studio couch but got him back by making him stand for a portrait.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Night Moves

10:30PM. Working and Practicing

Just When I Thought

it couldnt get any better, I come home last night from Portland and Caitlin excitedly asks if I wanted my Xmas present early.  I have little self discipline so I said "Yes!"

Then Caitlin proceeded to prove to me why she is the raddest girlfriend ever by giving me......

MY OWN SMOKE MACHINE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

its only gonna get better folks

Some New

I am so insanely in love with woman it kind of hurts.  But in that Johnny Cougar type of way.  Minus the bad plastic white chains.


I have a picture of The Knux in the latest issue of Rolling Stone.  Here's to the old school gym shorts.  Seriously

Also I will go on record as saying Al and Krispy were two of the funniest dudes (possibly tied with tweak bird) to hang El Chubasco adjacent. Not to mention Al is wearing one of my shirts. I did not prompt him in the slightest, but I also didnt discourage

Jon Beasley

Is a genius.  and very kind.  If you need some great design work or some photoshopping, he is your man.

Thank you Jon

Thursday, December 4, 2008

What kind of bike you got?

I kinda forgot. Some of my photos went on to skateboard decks. Pretty exciting huh. Wanna buy one? Yeah me too.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Ladies and Gentlemen

Outside the Echo. I cant remeber where they drove from. But it was far.
Introducing, four of the coolest kids in town

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Sleep Tight

I am in a show curated by an online Gallery from New York called Meter. (thats the gallery name) The show is called "In My Bedroom" and has one of my favorite shots ever from the Blu Dot work I have done. Check it out

Thank you and Goodnight

Started Breathing

My friend Luis scanned a page of the new Gingko catalog he received the other day and suprised me with it in an email. I have a book coming out in the nearish future. A huge collection of all the photos Ive taken of Atmosphere and Rhyme Sayers over the years. Its been a long time coming and the day is drawing near.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

And Tears

Last night on the corner of Alvarado and Sunset I beamed as two grown men hugged and jumped up and down in a liquor store at 11 PM PST. The lady gave me 50 cents off my lighter. As I drove away a random person ran across the traffic on Sunset to hi five me. Thank you. Thank you.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Blood Sweat

New Sads record out on Teenage Teardrops.

I did the photos, Mike Mills did the layout. The Sads played the music. Silently.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Just shot the new Abe Vigoda EP today. Also the Japanese Motors new record has my photos on the inside which Im very happy about. Im happy about all of it. Hell yeah


One of my favorite projects of the last couple years just got a write up in Print Magazine. Thanks a ton to the Blu Dot crew and to Print.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Wednesday, October 1, 2008


Did a shoot with Spragwerks jewelry.

Roughly 7 hours in the water with sandbags tied to my feet. A blast really. More to come on site.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Rubin Reco


My Friend Matt has a very nice blog called Rubin Recommends. He recommended me. Bless him. Thanks Matt

3 Simple Steps To Safety

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Monday, September 22, 2008

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Princely Chicken

                                                                                                      Eef Barzelay and Wiley, Nasville TN 5.08

I have a story about Nashville in the new issue of ENROUTE Magazine.  Nashville is amazing.  One of my favorite places in the country right now.  Also I have 12 pages of fashion in the new Swindle.  Its the political issue.  Its a bit of a guessing game so check it out and see who we are referencing

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Steelers Wheel

Out in the middle of nowhere or at least Wisconsin circa 1999.  Putting together a bunch of images form this era to accompany the digital re release of my old bands entire out put.  Worth it????  Time will tell.  Steve with the can of Hams beer makes this look like its 1962

Everything After

If any of you have sometimes wondered about certain aspects of my personality

Here are some images from my hometown. Thats butter.   Should clear a few things up

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Now You Know

I went to the movies last night.  There was a q and a afterwards.  I think every movie should have a q and a after.  Every big budget hog wash should have a little session after where he director and or star should have to sit there and answer questions like 
"what the fuck was that?"  The folks pictured above were in much better shape then most.  Maybe I should say the most better shape.  Top notch.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Friday, July 25, 2008


Sometimes, its all in the shoes

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Filled With 10,000 Crooked Stairs

Ladies and Gentlemen.............The Mayor of Highland Park!   

He Just Sold Arizona 

Friday, July 18, 2008

Not so simple

I have been trying to become much more of a morning person.  Sometimes night still hold so much more promise

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Dude you totally remember lip synching that shit at the pool in St Louis Park

Luis came by for an afternoon of cinema, socializing and discussions of personal national identity.  Luis is becoming one of the greatest accidental photographers.  Look out
Then Doomtree came over and lit all my dried peonies on fire

Despite a bit of a layup and the fact that Caitlin is in Santa Fe, life is pretty damn good.  There is a weird burning smell outside though that is kinda weirding me out.

Monday, July 7, 2008


Caitlin came home thank goodness.  For two days.
And in those two days....
UFO's invaded Echo Park
Then the aliens typed codes into our skin
Made our fruit bionic

Made roller disco the predominate form of communication
Then slept behind frosted glass while I waited 2 hours for some dude to go "Yup. It could be cracked, fractured, or bruised.  Not sure. Walk it off, and that'll be 8 million dollars please"

Did you know that in some countries it is illegal to make a profit via health care?