DAFUQ

Today I graduate from college after 5 grueling years. I don't really know what to say about it since I don't actually walk down the aisle of the basketball stadium to get my diploma for a few more hours so in the meantime I will discuss what I have been up to in my final days in Miami. Every day has been spent doing photo shoots with new and old friends and packing at night. Though there will be more photos from my last days in this city later this week for now I wanted to share a rather random but still awesome one-look photo shoot I did with my favorite makeup extraordinaire Kayla Carcone. I met Kayla during my first year at school and if you go back to my blog 2 years ago you will find looks that we did together when I was still trying to figure out what the hell this thing was all about.


For this look in particular we wanted to do something mad, crazy and beautiful that had some sort of symbolism about the transition that we have gone through as artists from when we first came to Miami and where we are today, thus why half of my face is painted white and the other half au natural. While we were brainstorming some sort of text to put under my eye for the "where I am today" face I noticed a tattoo on Kayla's wrist that said DAFUQ. At first I thought it was hilarious but the more thought I gave to it I fell in love with it. It's straight-forward, honest, humorous and relevant to how I have often felt in reaction to many of the things I have experienced here in Miami. 


My best friend Alex Jaramillo joined us for this shoot and was gracious enough to photograph it. It was so wonderful getting to spend time with these two very special women in my life and though I will miss them beyond what words can say I know that our paths will cross again and for now I will look very forward to that day while I cherish the experiences we have already had together. I love you two girls, thank you for everything, you each have a very special place in my heart. 

ARS GRATIA ARTIS

You may remember a few weeks ago me showing you some photos that included some with vines covering my face and a massive black foil crown on my head but if not you can refresh your memory here. None the less the day is finally here where I can show you all the amazing work that was created by photographer Ben Coppelmann and stylist Mila Gonzalez with wardrobe by the incredible brand Art of Shade. Tonight is the official opening of these photos at MRKT in Wynwood so if you're in town be sure to come by and check it out, it's something you definitely don't want to miss. To give a few words of my own on this collaboration I have to say it has easily been one of the most inspiring experiences during my time here in Miami. Mila and Ben are so incredibly talented and to see them work together was something a bit like magic. Mila would come in and start adding branches, shifting the clothing this way and that and then Ben would jump in and start helping her out until they found that perfect it factor that made each photo something out of a story book. Thank you both for such a fantastic and surreal experience. As for the rest of you I hope to see you out there tonight!



I'm Not From Around Here

If you follow me on instagram you are already well aware that I recently got together with Alaska from Jacked Fashion and ended up collaborating on a very interesting photo shoot together that involved lots of day drinking from jugs of wine, 90's throw back music and of course polaroids. There was no plan, no organizing, just pure and genuine fun. This was my first time actually getting to hang out with Alaska in a non pre-planned work situation and I could not be more grateful for her welcoming me into her home and filling my life with so much joy and inspiration. I was already inspired by this girl as you may know after my interview with her but after this experience there are no words for my feelings towards her. Instead of being the photographer as I usually am I let Alaska take the rings as I got to play dress up in her overflowing closet and dance the day away. This series is very different than anything else I've ever done before and I really like it for those exact reasons. It's not posh, it's not high production and perfect skin or even perfect lighting. It's just really fucking honest and personal, both qualities that are at the core of Jacked Fashion. With all that said I present a very psychedelic and completely Jacked editorial, Im noT frOm ARouNd hEre