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Entries in Mike Lala (15)


Dreams Are Real 036: I live in New York City

Today marked a special time in history for NYC.  Same sex marriage was legalized.  For the first time in a while I'm proud to be a New Yorker.  New York has been my home since 1997.  I spent the last of my teenage years dancing in Stonewall.  I get mad at New York a lot.  I get upset that CBGB's is now a high price clothing store, The Chelsea Hotel is being sold, and most of the streets have changed so much that I barely recognize them.  But tonight New York, you did damn good. 

Mike and I recently posted our last post for a few weeks on Lie & Indite (Link still NSFW).  In it Mike talks about us preparing for the next photographer Emily Poole

It’s going to be different. And exciting. And I hope you get to see a different side of what Katelan and I are doing and thinking in the city to which this project has become a love letter.

And it has.  In honor of this Emily, Mike, and I took a trip over to Mars Bar, the place where we took typewriters and created a social experiment.  Mars Bar will be closing soon to make way for "low income housing" aka condos.  Another piece of my NYC gone.  I heard whispering tonight from the cracks in the walls.  Artists, musicians, and writers need to ban together and take this city back. This city is sick.  We have to give it fresh ideas and a reason to live.  Tonight we got one reason.  Let's give it a few more.

All photos by Emily Poole.



Killin' It 056: GQ Italia & Fairytale Vegas

A few days ago I found out some images of me taken by Balthazar were featured by GQ Italia.  I'm completely excited and honored.  The images are NSFW.  Click the image to go to the link. Poetry by Mike Lala.

Lauren Goldberg of Fairytale Vegas took this image of me a little while back. I love the way it came out.


Dreams Are Real 027: A Muses Musings

Thank you to Hadron Colliderscope for giving me a cameo in their newest online comic based on a story by Warren Ellis.  This is just further proof that I ruin Warren's life by showing the outside world how nice he really is.  Click the image to read the comic.

The story continues on the Lie and Indite blog.  Lie and Indite is Mike Lala and my collaborative poetry and art project.  Words on flesh, creating worlds within worlds.  Scroll down the blog as Mike and I take turns telling the story of how it all began.  The blog is NSFW and is updated every Monday.  Photos by Balthazar.


Dreams Are Real 022: New York Stories 02

This is a tale of one of the last hourly hotels in Time Square, of a story only told by photographs, and pen to flesh.  It's a story of a poet and a model. Photograph by Balthazar in The Elk Hotel.

More coming soon...


How To 06: Finding Beauty, Finding The Muses - Self Portraits

I woke up to pouring rain and text messages from photographer Balthazar as he boarded his plane back to Wisconsin.  I'm lucky enough to live in a place that allows me to interract with some of the coolest creative people in the world.  That place is half here and half on the internet.

Every morning it's the same routine.  Get up, make coffee, turn on the computer, check email, make a list, create.  Sometimes it's easy to find inspiration and magic in the day and sometimes it's just plain painful.  Some days are dull, they're rainy, and cold, and drab.  But I manage to have my hands in enough that I'm never wondering what I should do next.

And that's something I've constantly had to work at.  There's nothing worse than being bored with your life or feeling that there's nothing out there.  Sometimes the end of one big project can put you in a bit of a depression.  In those times it's best to take a breather, find new inspiration, and  keep it moving. 

Everyone is born a genius, but the process of living de-geniuses them.
R. Buckminster Fuller

Sometimes it's in the form of photographs.  I use self-portraits as a way of shifting my thought process.  The act of being alone in a room with nothing but a camera and a timer, brings me to a different head space.  Sometimes I get something good, and other times it's unusable.  But there's always a shift and movement is key.  Other times it's fashion.  I'll be the first to admit I'm a girly girl at heart.  But I also believe there is an art to dressing and part of who I am is what I wear.  Mixing the two, I got this set of photos.

The writing on my arms is from a project I'm working on with Mike Lala.  The first set of photographs wil be up soon.  The dress is Betsey Johnson bought for a mere $17 at Beacon's closet.  The necklace is Betsey Johnson as well, a gift from bestie Sherene Schostak, and the shrug from Joyce Leslie for just $20.  I could thrift shop forever.  I love knowing that my clothing had a life of it's own before it came into my posession.  That maybe, just maybe it went to elegant parties, toasted with champagne, and ran along the beach in the spring.  These things inspire me, the thoughts, the stories behind objects.

The photos were taking in my bathroom and treated with vintage coloring.  I like self portraits because they allow me to see different sides of myself.  Growing up I wanted to be a writer and a photographer.  I had vivid dreams of grainy film, and dark rooms filled with images.  I wanted to be Marilyn Monroe and Claudette Colbert combined.  Sometimes we get our wishes in roundabout ways.

"Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring."
Marilyn Monroe

Knowing what makes you tick will lead you to the muse.  Be ridiculous, play around, you don't have to take self portraits but create, even with a point and shoot, a pen and paper, or an iphone hipstamatic. Make things, make yourself, and create the world you want to live in.

Cleanup after the poetry project.

If I knew what the picture was going to be like I wouldn’t make it. It was almost like it was made already.. the challenge is more about trying to make what you can’t think of. -Cindy Sherman