What do pitbulls, pin-ups, burlesque, rock and roll, and awesome local art all have in common? Aside from being some of my favorite things, they're also all pulling together to raise money for two incredible pitbull rescue organizations: BADRAP and Pin Ups for Pit Bulls.
The event, aptly named Bullylicious, will be an all-night affair, so bring your party shoes. The gorgeous ladies (and dogs) of this year's Pin Ups for Pit Bulls calendar will be gracing our presence, and are bringing along some friends for a little burlesque fun. There will be local breweries pouring libations, an awesome raffle and silent auction (chock full of amazing items, local art, and, HEY even one of my favorite photos. cool!!), and a few famous BADRAP dogs working the crowd for treats and the chance to slobber on your face. Clearly, this is an adults-only event. So, show off your tattoos, leave the kiddies and fluffy friends at home, and head on over to Alameda for an amazing night of fun(draising). I'll be the official Staff Photog, so make sure you say hello.
Bullylicious- Sat Feb 20th, 7pm-12am
Auto Body Fine Art Gallery: 1517 Park St, Alameda CA 94501
And, just to get your bidding taste buds on the ready, here's a preview of the hand-printed framed photograph that I'll be auctioning off. It's one of my favorites, and if you're lucky, it could be yours forever! Matted and framed at a whopping 20x24 inches, this piece will look beautiful in anybody's home, regardless of whether you love pitbulls, or dogs, or photography, or even have a soul at all:
And, to celebrate my ongoing support of BADRAP over the past few years, I wanted to share a couple of my favorite images from my editorial project that I began almost 2 years ago. I approached BADRAP with this project in hopes to share with the larger dog community a more intimate and honest side of pitbull rescue work. Most people never get to see the directors and countless volunteers getting their hands dirty at BADRAP's Shots Fairs, keeping dogs alive at the shelter, or tenderly putting a dog to sleep. Camouflaged by my trusty, smooth-as-butter Nikon F3, I became part of that world, and continue supporting BADRAP and many other bully-breed educational/rescue organizations.
And, to leave you on a slightly lighter note, here was my entry for this year's PinUps for Pitbulls calendar (I was photographing for a friend of mine, but, alas, we didn't win. We're not sore losers, though. Really. We're not. Whatever. Our entry rocked). This late-night photo shoot was SOOO much fun, and features 4 of my favorite dogs ever, tons of make-up, a couple wigs, a few bottles of wine, and lot of upper-body strength. Enjoy!