Guav, an old buddy from Syracuse, recently sat for a portrait in my mobile studio outside of the United Blood hardcore and punk rock festival in Richmond, Virginia. I have known Guav for the better part of twenty years now and fondly recall copying his artwork, cribbing his style and sleeping on his floor more than any normal person would have ever allowed for – he’s always been a mensch. I was thrilled to make his portrait and to give something back after all of these years and I look forward to photographing him and his son together soon.
Here’s a variation on the earlier approach – I like them both equally and wanted to show a slightly different approach to the sitting.
Please take a look at Guav’s clothing company, Cabal, and pick up some gear and his zine. Calling Cabal a clothing company debases its worth – Guav and DJ have built a a cultural institution within the hardcore genre, and any discussion of the history of Syracuse’s punk and hardcore scene would only benefit from discussing their contributions to the past and present. I’ve loved the clothing and design work for twenty years now and look forward to seeing what Guav has in store for future releases.