I had a couple of assignments that involved tattooing recently. The first was to shoot Vince Neil Ink for a feature in Mountain Bike Magazine. The second was to photograph Mario Barth's Biggest Tattoo Convention on Earth for The Las Vegas Weekly. The Strip world and the tattoo world seem to be two places that work well together. I enjoyed meeting the tattoo artists and managed to resist the temptation to get a tattoo of my own.
The World Arm Wrestling League (WAL) has all the bravado of professional wrestling with the same competitive legitimacy of UFC. I arrived for WAL's annual championship held at The Orleans in Las Vegas. My main focus was on the British competitor "Mighty" Paul Maiden and his recent comeback from a life threatening illness. On the first day I setup a backdrop in the wrestler registration area for to do some portraits. On the second and third day I mostly focused on the competition and doing one light portraits around the arena. The whole event was such a blast to shoot and filled with so many interesting competitors.