This past weekend was fun. A little hectic yes, but fun. I mostly worked quick, grip-and-grin photos but I think I got a few fun shots that are worth sharing. Last weekend I shot the first annual Ms. Silverstate Tattoo Pageant, The Sierra Nevada Community Sailing Crab Crack Fundraiser, and the In dust We Trust party at Bodega Nightclub.
Ms. Silverstate was rad. It was cool to see the “counter culture” get this kind of attention. I feel that Reno has a solid underground, tattoo, whatever-you-call-it culture and it was fun to be a part of it. Besides it being cool the girls were good looking and the ink was cool. Drinks were served and one dude was even escorted out of the event. The ladies strolled across the stage and the judges proceeded to ask questions while Chris Payne made “flattering” comments. In the end the first Ms Silverstate Tattoo was crowned and I had a solid gallery for Metromix.com.
This weekend’s shoots were for a different sort of counter culture. The Sierra Nevada Community Sailing organization had an annual crab crack dinner which I shot for Reno Magazine’s Society pages. This organization is the only sailing club of its kind in all of Nevada which is why I think it deserves the counter culture title. This was a pretty easy deal and I’m sure if I had put forth some extra dedication I could have made some very interesting pictures. However, I was on somewhat of a time crunch and quickly got in, got my photos, and got out. I did grab a couple claws before I left.
The last grip-and-grin event I shot this weekend was the In Dust We Trust event at Bodega Nightclub. I guess Burners are still part of the counter culture, even if Black Rock City becomes the third largest city in Nevada during Burning Man. Either way Burners, as they are known, can’t get enough of the playa so they have various events throughout the year to satiate their craving for dust. I’m usually lucky enough to be there with my camera and often get some fun photos.
If you haven’t heard of these cool events you should check them out. Some may be more your thing, some may knot… get it knot? Sorry. Anyway, thanks for reading and looking through the photos!