Archive for October 2012

WPRK Live and Strolling Down Mills Ave.

October 23, 2012

Last Friday, after my Happy Hour DJ gig at The Peacock Room, WPRK Live happened.  WPRK radio station exists on the Rollins College campus, located in Winter Park, Florida.

First, let’s take a trip outside.

These are your door greeters.

 

There wasn’t a cover charge.  Yet, donations were encouraged,

The guy in black possessed one of those black light pens.

See the dollar bill on the far left?

 

With Photoshop Elements, I’ll add some contrast.

Yep, that spot above the letter E is  human “fluid”.

 

Joey Mo as the Gangnam Style Guy, Chris Mendez as Martin Luther Bling and Casey Van Buren as Tree.

 

Kris Kokopelli, a cool guy.  One night, he invited me over to him and his girlfriend’s  crib.  As he spun music, I drunk rum and coke.

 

Dude with the headphones is Dennis Mero AKA ThinkDifferent.  Before I stared DJing, Dennis worked three events for me.

I didn’t get the DJ’s name.  My bad.

 

Later I walked Mills Ave. to Lil Indies.  I was expecting to hear 90s soul music.  Yet, found out I came on the wrong night.

Jeff Johnson, Hao Do and Joshua Nye.  Jeff plays bass.  Hao and Joshua are known by their DJ names as Chairman Hao and Sleepy Hippie.

Some folks wanted photos with me.

After a brew at Lil Indies, I walked to Wally’s.

After another brew here, I called it a night.

Gotta Love Know-It-Alls

October 21, 2012

Don’t you just love know-it-alls?  For years, folks always badmouthed my poetry.  I’ve been called everything from racist, sexist and just an outright shitty poet.

Yet, by readers’ choice, I was named Orlando’s second best poet.

Recently, I had an article published on Digital DJ Tips.  All I did was discuss why one should photograph their DJ gigs.  Yet, after clicking on my blog page, two idiots decided to take potshots at me about this photo.

They took aims at me for the photo not looking “professional”.  Yet, if they had READ the blog, they would have saw me saying both the flyer was the wrong way to go and I wasn’t a professional graphic designer.  The article was about how NOT to post women in flyers.

Yet, one person did like one of my “unprofessional” flyers.

He was referring to this flyer, one that I said actually worked.  By the way, people still click on this pic.

Another thing, I’m sure other laptop DJs hear what I hear.

“You’re not a real DJ.”

“Real DJs use vinyl.”

“Mp3s suck.”

Yet, here’s what Thaddeus posted on Facebook about my night.

Yep, you gotta love know-it-alls, especially when they don’t what the fuck they’re talking about.  Oh well, life goes on.

Mr. Pierre Humps Again

October 18, 2012

Last night, Mr. Pierre hosted another Hump Day event at The Peacock Room, a spot located in Orlando, Florida.

Usually, I DJ in Sanford on Wednesdays. Yet, after Mr. Pieerre bought me a huge glass of rum and coke, I decided to not only read that night but to DJ also.

First to read was Michael Pierre AKA Mr. Pierre, Vice President of Suzi Fox Fashions.

Tod Cavines: Voted number one poet in Orlando Weekly’s reader’s choice.

J. Bradley.  I’m sorry.  He goes by JESSE Bradley on Facebook.   He hosts the monthly There Will Be Words at ReUrban Think.

Patrick Scott Barnes: Voted second best poet in Orlando Weekly’s reader choice.  (Patrick Scott Barnes is actually your humble narrator of this blog.)

Photo by J. Bradley

Michael Pappademos AKA Pappa D.

Amanda Millar.

I get excited when she reads. So, I’ll show her again.

Just like the flyer mentioned, body painting happened.

Ruby Darling of Skill Focus: Burlesque.

MissTerri Guest.

Sometime during the evening more paint was added to them.

For those of you who are into sausage, there were guy models too.  Dude in the mask is Mafia. The other guy is Romeo.

I think my subscribed readers know why I took this shot.  I like the design. 🙂

The painters: Mandi Schiff on the left.  At this time, I didn’t get the name of the other painter on the right.

Dana Fasano and Casey Dayhoff.  With a bass player, Dana played drums as people read. After he complemented my blogs, I feel bad for not photographing the bass player.

What did I play?  Various genres including  the likes of Lords of Acid, Prince and the song that goes ass…ass…ass…ass…ass.

A word of advice.  When you pose with two sexy painted ladies, pull up your damned pants.  Next thing you know, that photo will be on Facebook for everyone to see.  Yep, that happened to me with this very photo.  No worries, I can laugh at myself.

Photo by Chris Mendez

Mills Avenue Boozing and Spacebar

October 15, 2012

When some DJs don’t have a Saturday night gig, they go boozing.

First, I met Michael Pierre and Al Murphy at The Peacock Room, located in Orlando, Florida.

After a beer and a shot, we walked down Mills Ave.  Because Mills crosses State Road 50, I think this is why they call this particular section Mills 50.

Actually, bringing my Toshiba Camileo H30 was a last minute decision.  It’s actually a camcorder.  Yet, I use it mostly for photography.

Sometimes I didn’t use flash.  For this shot, I turned the flash off and used the store display’s light.

Next, we landed at Lil Indies.

We were really looking for bartender Jennifer Harton, but she wasn’t working that night.

Like other up and coming pics, I shot these using a bar counter or table for support.

After one beer, we left and started walking further down Mills.

Next, we stopped at Bananas.  Just like the flyer on the table says, it’s a twenty-four hour joint served by drag queens.

Al had a Coke and I had a Sprite.

Also, I had tater tots.

After Michael finished his meal which includes a medium-rare burger, we left.

We crossed the street and ran into Wally’s.

Al and Michael didn’t want to go in.  So, I walked them back to Peacock Room and drove back to Wally’s.

Crosby.

Joe.

Before he left,  Joe told me about a party happening at Spacebar, a joint located in Orlando’s Milk District.

After drinking my beer, I cruised to Spacebar.

BYOV stands for Bring Your Own Vinyl.  Every Saturday night, people bring in five records to play on the decks.

Chris “Cub” Mendez.

Nigel John.

That’s me on the left posing with Nigel.

The party was a birthday celebration for Tommy Mot, owner of Spacebar.  That’s him on the right. Local national artist Andrew Spear is on the left.

The guy between Andrew and Nigel is local musician Marc Zoular. Andrew and Nigel were fans of him.

I told myself I was going to stop taking booty pics.  As you can see, some habits are hard to break.

I found this emergency vehicle behind one of the buildings at The Milk District.

Soon, I headed home.

So, how was your Saturday night?

Creative Night Photography

October 12, 2012

When it comes to night photography, I sometimes get creative.

With the first two pics, I turned the flash off, set the camera on manual and measured the lights.

Inspired by photos I saw in DJ magazines, I set the camera in night mode for the next two pics.

For the next photos, I again set the camera in night mode.

Again, I set the camera in night mode. Yet, because night mode is a slow speed, I this time zoomed the camera lens in and out.

The last photo happened at a Ronnie James Dio tribute.  Again, as the film played over the musicians, I just set the camera on night mode.

Using Women in Event Flyers

October 10, 2012

After posting the following flyer in the bar, white women with no booty complained about it.

I don’t know the names of the sexy women in the flyer.  I searched “Brazilian woman” on the Internet and came across the image.

Because of complaints, the owner used this image instead for my DJ event.

For another event, I used actress Megan Good.

A jealous white woman asked who was the hooker in flyer.

For an event with two other DJs, I used actress Stacey Dash.

I was told a couple saw the image at the door and headed back to their car.  I forgot if I was told the couple’s race.  Still, I suspect the woman got jealous as the dude wouldn’t admit to popping an erection.

(Yes, I am aware of Stacey’s recent political tweets.  That’s a subject for another blog.)

Then for another event, I used Vanity for a flyer.

That flyer did receive a positive response.

Months later, after reading Marketing To Women  by Marti Barletta, I learned the error of my ways.  First of all, using women as sex objects in flyers sends out the wrong message.  For one thing, it attracts douche bags on the prowl for women who resemble the ones in the flyer.  For another, the flyers say “unattractive ” women aren’t welcomed to your events, “unattractive” women who may be willing to spend good money.

I may have worded that wrong.  What I’m trying to say is that women who don’t resemble the ones in your flyer may not feel welcomed at your event.  Just because a woman don’t resemble Stacey or Megan doesn’t mean she isn’t attractive.

(Oh yea, on another subject, using copyrighted images is a no-no.   As I always knew that, I did it anyway.  Still, I would advise against the practice.)

For my happy hour events, I decided to use photos of the bar’s actual people.  The Mohawk young lady is bartender Shelly Richards.  Orange Tongue is my friend Mindy Weller. The pose was their idea.

Again, I received another positive response.

Keep in  mind, the flyer was aimed at women, not douche bags.  Keep the women happy and most dudes remain happy.

When Happy Hour was moved to Fridays, I again used bar patrons.  That’s Mindy in the middle and that’s me on the left.

My only complaint was I wished I had included a black woman to illustrate the bar’s female diversity.  Then again, the young lady in the glasses is a Latina. (I forgot her and her friend’s name.)

Still, out of all the flyers I placed in the Peacock Room, folks picked this one up the most.

True enough, there are those more advanced than I am on making flyers.  Still, no matter how advanced your graphic skills are, sending out the wrong message makes you look like a douche bag.

A Central Florida Fall Festival

October 9, 2012

Last Sunday afternoon, I attended the Maitland Rotary Art Festival.

Maitland exists next to North Orlando.  On the way to my Peacock Room Happy Hour gig, I drive though here and pass by Lake Lily, the spot where the festival takes place every year.

There’s a fall festival and and a spring festival in Maitand.  Surprisingly, someone recognized me as DJ Stone Crazy during a spring festival.

As for the art, I didn’t get many photos. Besides, some artists give non-friendly looks towards people photographing their work.

Because I rarely carry much money on me, I avoided buying food.

Usually, I head for the booze.

After viewing the festival, I walked to Maitland Library’s book sale.

For a dollar, I bought these two literary gems.

That’s right, two great books for a dollar.

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson, the freaky Swedish mystery.

Smack by Melvin Burgess, known as Junk in other countries.

As I read these books, I know just the music to listen to, especially since Smack takes place in Bristol, England.

Tricky, the king of trip-hop from Bristol.

Like I mentioned earlier, Maitland hosts  a fall festival and a spring festival.  A book sale happens during the spring festival also.  I’m looking forward to the spring.