Chris La Putt is Forever

Landmine Marathon

Chris was so good at what he did. I can’t even call it photography, because he made even boring shows look cool. It was magic. He was so good that every concert shooter in NYC needed to be better. His work made everyone else work harder.

I want his family to know that when he left home, he was loved. For every great concert he saw, he put twice that energy into his art. He had fun and he inspired all of us to do the same: to always try to be better and to do better.

The first time I ever saw Chris was at an Opeth show. At that point I hadn’t shot a big show. I was in the audience and admiring everyone in the photo pit. I saw Chris and thought, “I could do what he does.” Then, just a few feet away, I saw his screen. And I thought Damn … I don’t know if I could do what HE does. A little over a year later, when I started shooting bigger shows, he started telling me that my photos were crap and I could do better. He offered to lend me his arsenal of lenses, even though I had never actually met him at that point.

And more than a year after that, when I was looking for a job, he connected me with Dominick. And three years later, when that job went bankrupt, he came by, to offer some snark.

Chris was always looking out for me, even though he was sick and even though we weren’t besties. He did a lot with the time he had here. The advice he gave, the photos he made, the love he spread, that’s forever.

I love you and I miss you, Chris



Hudson County

New York City

I thought it was a great idea to put Fred in the least attractive part of his giant studio during a photoshoot for High Times. THIS one did NOT get used. haha
Fred Tomaseli

Fred + Polly
Fred Tomaseli

Nondor + Tim Dahl made me laugh-cry.
The BJ Rubin Show

Pimental killed it this year! Alekhines Gun at ABC No Rio.
Alekhines Gun

Alekhines Gun


Cats everywhere
Paws in snow


Hudson County

Superbowl party goths.
Oran + Master at superbowl

Extreme Woman: Dominika

Hard Nips
Hard Nips

Extreme Woman: Yuan Liu

My friends Corey & Mario hired me to follow them around on their wedding day. It was drunk and snowy!
Corey + Mario

Corey + Mario

I shot Joey Bada$$ for High Times.
Joey Badass

Angelica Rodriguez

Saira Huff

Vampilia played at Death By Audio


Miriam let me take her picture.
Miriam Agwai

Extreme Woman: Polly Watson

Extreme Woman: Laina Dawes

I met Lonnie Quinn & assisted at CBS a few times. Thanks Chris!
Lonnie Quinn CBS


I watched Tiger Flowers practice
Tiger Flowers practice

Tiger Flowers practice


Tiger flowers at a bowling alley
Tiger Flowers

Tiger Flowers

I worked so hard this spring that my shoes ripped apart! I hulked my shoes!
broken shoes

Mick sat in a forest.
Mick in forest

Couch Slut
Couch Slut

Extreme Woman: Annie Buchald

Bastard Noise played another corporate festival
Bastard Noise

Shot a bunch of weddings
NYC Wedding

More Tiger Flowers
Tiger Flowers


I went to Japan!!!!!!! Thanks a million to Yuko for putting up with us.



A fucking Canadian.
Aiden Tokyo-Japan


Osaka Japan

Day 6 Hokkaido

Day 6: Fukagawa Kindergarten

Hokkaido Japan

Group A, in Tokyo
Group A

This summer I learned that 4 year olds are smarter and more creative than we give them credit for. When it comes to writing rock-n-roll songs, age ain’t nothin’ but a numba.

Band 7 - Collision

Band 3

Band 13


Mariachi Flor de Toloache

Municipal Waste at St. Vitus
Municipal Waste

Municipal Waste

Maria came over and ate steak with us!
Josh + Maria

Asbury Park
Asbury Park

this is the wife of “I’m Gary”
Regan & Gary

One of my oldest friends tied the knot.
Diana + Andres

This is her youngest son, Dylan.

More Tiger Flowers
Tiger Flowers

Tiger Flowers

Tiger Flowers

Hola Diana

Reunited with Kim
Extreme Woman: Kim Mercado

Tiger Flowers fever.
Tiger Flowers

Hi Castillo! Finally got to witness White Widows Pact.
White Widows Pact

White Widows Pact

Torrington, CT

Torrington, CT

Revisited Holy Land
Holy Land-Waterbury-CT

Holy Land-Waterbury-CT

Partied with Goats
Clover Nook Farms

and Alpacas!!!!

Yuan and Dominika on a rainy fall hike
Yuan + Dominika Palisades Park, NJ

Couch Slut at Vitus
Couch Slut

booty bumpin at the Krallice show

These guys admitted to being the BESTEST OF FRIENDS EVER

Some Norwegians played two nights straight at Vitus. And it was magical. Thank you Virus & Stefan.

Cellular Chaos played one of the 1 million last DBA shows.
Cellular Chaos

Dominika dancing during Child Abuse.
Child Abuse

I ate Pizza with Pete. This is my new favorite pie: capers, olives, red pepper flakes.
Pizza with Pete

And sushi with Ying.
Sushi with Ying

I went to LA for my birthday and sat in 110 degree pink salts all day.
Los Angeles

Los Angeles

Los Angeles

Shotgun Seamstress - Ooga Booga

Oldest played in a freight elevator at Ooga Booga
Oldest in a freight elevator

Vasquez Rocks, otherwise known as the site for Heavy Metal and Reflective, and the Flinstones (I <3 Rosie).
Vasquez Rocks

I got to hang out with Michelle for a short bit
Michelle Suarez

Los Angeles

Los Angeles

Long Beach
Long Beach, CA

Coyote at Griffith Park
Coyote Los Angeles

Zeiss / Observatory

Congratulations Steph & Anthony
Steph + Anthony

Adriane & Love!
Adriane Schramm and Love

Miss Nicholas Gorham
Nicholas Gorham

I finally got to see Enid Ellen live!
Enid Ellen and Greg Potter

Enid Ellen and Greg Potter

Saira Huff opened At The Edge of Time
Justina at Edge of Time

I shot more for High Times

Colin + Eliane went on a adventure with us
Colin + Eliane

my most listened to albums 0f 2014 released in 2014:
tiger flowers – dead hymns
austerity program – beyond calculation
sea of bones – the earth wants us dead
cormega – mega philosphy
rupaul – born naked

my most listened to albums 0f 2014 released before 2014:
type o negative – life is killing me
sun ra – discography
missy – discography
poison the well – discography

Shopping List: Books by Metalheads

Books by metalheads and punks that are not about music

‘Fancy Desserts’
Brooks Headley

I recently described this cookbook as “If you were to combine Joy of Cooking with Rollins’ Get In The Van and Rookie’s Yearbook, it might look something like this beautifully bound hard(core)cover.” It’s includes a bunch of savory dessert recipes with a bunch of tour stories (all connected to food, of course). I can’t get enough of this book. There are so many great recipes and tips for food prep.

buy it for foodies, failures, edge punks (and x-edgers), Italian grandmas
for fans of Universal Order of Armageddon, Born Against, Wrangler Brutes, Del Posto

‘Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion’
Elizabeth Cline

The one thing you will take from this: stop buying so much damn stuff. You don’t need it. We all buy too much stuff. We are all guilty. Just stop. From the history of fashion in New York to the massive piles of trashed clothes circling thrift stores, Elizabeth explores every way we can support more sustainable and ethical practices in the fashion industry.

buy it for environmentalists, fashionistas, human-rights activists
for fans of Mortals

‘Long Past Stopping’
Oran Canfield

Oran has lived more lives than all the Looney Tunes combined. It’s really hard to put this book down because you’re worried that at any moment Oran will drop dead. He literally joins a circus, drinks his first beers with cops in Mexico and sees Black Flag before making it to high school. After reading this book you will understand why his band is called Child Abuse, it’s autobiographical.

buy it for teenagers, eccentrics, addicts, self-helpers
for fans of Child Abuse, Chicken Soup For the Soul

‘Meat Is for Pussies’
John Joseph

Even though this book is directed at boneheaded men who think veganism is for the weak, I think anyone can get something out of it. If you’re worried that a plant-based diet might not provide enough protein for your fist-pumping muscles, John Joseph is here to dispel your miseducation of food.

disclaimer: i’m not a vegetarian. not even a pescetarian. but I now liberally use tumeric.

buy if for health nuts, carnivores, gym junkies
for fans of Cro-mags

Books by metalheads that ARE about music

I thank the gods of metal for these writers all the time.

Choosing Death by Albert Mudrian – It’s a classic. From Florida to Sweden, these stories are the foundation of Death Metal. Thank you Albert.

What Are You Doing Here by Laina DawesJohn Waters would describe Laina as an outsider’s outsider. She felt metal’s calling to her, she knew that there had to be other black women who felt the same passion for fast, aggressive music, and she FOUND those people.

The thing about black people is that we can be touched by anything because it seems as though we will never be able to satisfy anyone, so you might as well just be yourself. There is freedom in not following or adhering to the mold of what people expect you to be. You have to find what speaks to you.

— Laura Nicholls in What Are You Doing Here

Louder Than Hell by Katherine Turman and Jon Wiederhorn – This is not just another oral history of metal. This IS it. The stories Katherine and Wiederhorn pulled out of these maniacs are unbelievable. There is no doubt that musicians trust them for their journalistic integrity.

Books by metalheads and punks that are all about the Pictures

Murder in the Front Row by Harald Oimoen and Brian Lew – Thank god for Umlaut ( and film. This book takes you backstage to all the 80’s Bay Area thrash shows you wish you were at.

Get Shot: A Visual Diary, 1985-2012 by Martin Sorrendeguy – Over 25 years worth of beautiful pictures, representing latinos, indigenous people and a little bit of Martin’s family life. Even if you’re not a Crudos fan (which, how could you NOT be?), this is a really precious visual diary.
[already out of print, but you can try to get it Used]

My Rules by Glen E. Friedman – Fuck yeah! All the classic GEF pics and a bunch of other photos you will not believe have never been published before. And The essays will break your motherfucking heart. So much love went into this book. It’s worth every penny.

on the to-do list:
‘The Loom of Ruin’Sam McPheeters
‘Fight’Eugene S. Robinson
Punk Planet’s collection of interviews: ‘We Owe You Nothing’
and for the jersey heads: ‘No Slam Dancing, No Stage Diving, No Spikes: An Oral History of the Legendary City Gardens’

vicious cycles: poverty + prison

The following links and quotes are the types of stories I read on a daily basis. They speak volumes on poverty, privilege, the prison industrial complex, abusive authority in the police force, and overall, how people of color are locked into an institutionalized and racist system.

TripDeuces // Aug 10, 2014

I’m a firefighter in Troy, NY. These are the apartments I spend a majority of my shift in, these are the patients I take care of, the floors I kneel on doing CPR, the hallways I crawl down filled with smoke and fire. When I first got on the job; scenes like these picture made me livid. I was enraged, I wanted to blame someone. I wanted to blame them, I wanted to blame the system, the rich, the poor, the government, someone. Surely, someone had to be to blame. But as time goes on, you get used to it, you accept it. Some people are just dealt a shitty hand, and there’s nothing anyone can do about it. Yes, there will always be success stories of those who “broke the cycle”, but there will also always be lottery winners, too (and unfortunately, the latter is more common).

But beyond these images, and the scenes I have been a part of myself, they are not what haunts me at night. It’s what separates me from them that scares me. Like many hardworking families, my daughter depends on me working 3 side jobs on top of the fire department to take care of her, and we still only just barely scrape by. I know that if I fall off a roof at a fire, or a ceiling collapses on me, workers comp will cover my main career, but not any of my side jobs. I won’t be able to feed and clothe her. I won’t be able to put a roof over her head. So, you see, what TRULY separates the working class from abject poverty is luck. Luck that we don’t get in a car accident, or an on-the-job injury, or a week long illness. Many, many hard working American families are only one missed paycheck away from the pictures seen here. Consider that before passing judgement.

commenter on A New Way to Talk About Poverty in Troy via slate

Brenda Ann Keneally is one of my favorite photographers of all time. She covers poverty in America and it is brutal. Her book Money Power Respect shows how drug addiction and the cycle of poverty deeply affected her Bushwick, Brooklyn neighborhood in the mid to late 90s. On her website, you can see how gentrification has changed the lives of one of the subjects in her book. He was a child feeding dogs in an alley in the 90s; now he is a grown man facing addiction and poverty in a neighborhood where he is not welcome anymore.

Brenda also went back and gave us a full glimpse into Jeanette’s powerful story of crack addiction and recovery.

Cormega on the Combat Jack show. Cormega’s ‘Mega Philosphy’ is a must-listen.

In this episode they discuss having to teach their children how to act around cops. Combat Jack host Reggie Osse asks Cormega, “Did you ever think you would have to teach your kids how to act around cops?” Cormega then shared a recent situation where he was bullied by a white cop in front of his daughter.

Cormega spends a lot of time discussing the hip hop industry and the content of today’s most popular songs.

In the New Yorker’s October 6th issue
Before the Law: A boy was accused of taking a backpack. The courts took the next three years of his life.
Kalief Browder never made it to trial. He spent 3 years of his teenager life in Rikers with 600 other 16-18 year old males, waiting for a trial. 3 years of just waiting to defend himself. It should have been a maximum of 6 months, but time runs differently in the Bronx.

The Bronx courts are so clogged that when a lawyer asks for a one-week adjournment the next court date usually doesn’t happen for six weeks or more.

What killed Kenwin Garcia?

The full story behind Garcia’s death has never been told, the details never publicly disclosed by state authorities or the court system. Now, more than six years later, an NJ Advance Media investigation reveals a series of flaws and inconsistences in the official accounts of that day, which were then incorporated into a criminal investigation into the troopers’ actions that determined Garcia died of a controversial medical condition.

NJ Advance Media’s five-month review of public and confidential records found:

• Police gave differing explanations of what happened during the incident, and there are no complete, objective accounts of the events leading to Garcia’s death. The dashboard cameras in five patrol cars, including the two with the best view of what occurred, were not recording, and another was turned off during the struggle. Calls to the local 911 dispatcher were not recorded, which officials blamed on an equipment malfunction.

• Three experts on policing said the troopers’ actions toward Garcia were risky, perhaps excessive. They also said those on scene failed to heed several early warning signs that Garcia was suffering from a medical emergency and needed help, starting with his complaint that he was having trouble breathing before a confrontation occurred.

• And police records show the state’s more than five-month investigation focused on a controversial syndrome called excited delirium as the cause of Garcia’s death, a finding that was supported by two experts on the condition that state authorities hired as part of their presentation to a grand jury, which found the troopers’ use of force to be justified.

Some police experts, physicians, researchers and medical examiners say excited delirium, described as a lethal overdose of adrenaline that leads to heart or respiratory failure, is an emergency that first responders must be trained to recognize, and that officers are often wrongly accused of excessive force as a result of it.

Critics contend the syndrome — which remains rare but has increased in prevalence since a surge in cocaine use in the 1980s — is still vague and poorly understood, almost always cited after a struggle with police, and open to abuse by police agencies or prosecutors.

an introduction to Dr. Carl Hart

So that’s what I’m trying to do with the book: I’m trying to make sure people understand that there’s a case to be made for all these drugs to be legal. There’s a strong case, a compelling scientific case, to be made for it — but you can’t make the case if you’re arguing with a bunch of idiots, with people who don’t pay attention to evidence.

Dr. Carl Hart / via High Times

His book: High Price: A Neuroscientist’s Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society (P.S.)

Nearly two times a week in the United States, a white police officer killed a black person during a seven-year period ending in 2012, according to the most recent accounts of justifiable homicide reported to the FBI.

via USA Today

I started this collection of articles in August 2014. That’s when most of these were posted. I got busy and lost track of time. But after this month, between Ferguson and NYC, I needed to revisit these stories. The majority of these articles aren’t thinkpieces based on popular opinion; they are pieces of journalism based.

+ Trayvon Martin
+ Michael Brown
+ Tamir Rice
+ Eric Garner