Always loved hand painted coats and jackets – bombers, motorcycle cuts, hippy band jackets, etc. I’ve been painting them off and on for years – painting more now. I love commissions so If you’ve got something you want painted drop me a line – firstname.lastname@example.org.
David Bowie and Iggy Pop first met at NYC hotspot, Max’s Kansas City, in 1971, while Bowie was on tour with his album The Man Who Sold the World. The then-largely unknown Iggy made a deep impression on Bowie, (and was part of the inspiration for Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust persona). Bowie invited Pop, who was experiencing heroin addiction, to London, where he helped mix Iggy and the Stooges’ album Raw Power. Though the album would eventually become a classic, the band collapsed under the weight of Pops drug addiction and general bad behaviour. Returning to California, Pop would check himself into a mental institution in an attempt to overcome his heroin addiction. Bowie remained one of his few friends and visitors. In 1976 riding a wave of hits Bowie toured his most recent album Station to Station bringing Iggy along for the ride. The pair moved into an apartment in West Berlin, (over an auto parts shop) where Bowie would began the first of his Berlin trilogy of albums – LOW, and also collaborating on writing and recording Pop’s first solo album, The Idiot. In 1977, Iggy Pop finally went on a 30-date world tour as a solo act. His backup band included David on keyboards and backing vocals. Bowie remained truly in the background behind the keys. No costumes or stage show, Bowie wore bell bottom turned up jeans, flannel shirt and cap. It was meant to be Iggy’s show not the more famous Bowies’. That year the two also collaborated on Pop’s second album, Lust for Life, which would become Iggy’s long-awaited critical and commercial success, (with the title song eventually appearing in tons of commercials and films, most notably the opening for the Danny Boyle film Trainspotting). Iggy and Bowie would remain friends for the rest of Bowies’ life.
Helmut Newton (born Helmut Neustädter; 31 October 1920 – 23 January 2004). Helmut Newton was a very influential fashion photographer who primarily worked for Vogue Magazine from the early 1960’s to the late 80’s. His sexually charged fashion photos were scandalous for the time but he was always in demand and highly regarded. In 1981 he changed his focus to what he called “Big Nudes”, deviating from the smaller, whispy model to a taller more buxom ideal, paving the way for the next generation of larger super models. Looking back on his work, it seems (to me) incredibly dated, but you can certainly see the innovation, style and effect he’s had on other photographers. The first few shots are from his Big Nudes series and a couple of his most famous shots – and indeed are great. The second series are his portraits, which seem much less dated and just great photography (though the Dolph Lungren, Grace Jones portrait is certainly ‘of-a-time’).
It’s common that famous people tend to bump into other famous people, but sometimes it’s hard to figure what exactly put these folks in the same room. Elvis and Nixon (Elvis offered his services as a drug expert and informer to the President), Michael Jackson and Benny Hill, David Bowie and Bing Crosby or Debby Harry and Andre the Giant. Ah, to be a fly-on-the wall for some of these meetings.
Mick Rock (born 1948, London England). Known as “The Man Who Shot the Seventies” Mick has been a busy man. He’s probably best known for his shots of Bowie (as his official photographer), Lou Reed and Iggy – among hundreds of others. He’s shot the covers of Lou Reed’s Transformer, Syd Barrett’s The Madcap Laughs, Queen II, Joan Jett’s I Love Rock n Roll as well as the chief photographer for The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and Short Bus. Wait there’s more, he’s directed the videos for Bowies’ John I’m Only Dancing, Gene Jeanie, Space Oddity and Life on Mars. His recent subjects include The Misfits, Snoop Dogg, The YeahYeahYeahs, The Chemical Brothers, Queens of the Stone Age, Daft Punk, and on and on, and on and on. He currently lives in NY with his wife and daughter and continues to shoot and show. Check out his site at www.mickrock.com
And the best Mick Rock photo ….. ever