Q:Today over the announcements at my high school they read your Suicide Sign quote for awareness week and me and my friend Alex flipped out. Just wanted to let you know. :)
Thats pretty dope =) thanks for sharing :D
Hey there guys :) Today I would like to do something a little different. I’m not sure if you guys knew, but September 10th is world suicide prevention day. So on this day, instead of posting a friend or individual and their story, I would just like to remind you all that you’re not alone. This has been said and posted everywhere (specially recently with the tragedy of Robin Williams) but I really do mean it. In my travels I’ve come across so many who have been tricked by others into believing they’re in this world alone; that could not be further from the truth.
If you are ever feeling down (and I know what I’m about to say might seem crazy) just gather some strength and try helping someone else out. This might seem contradicting since you yourself are struggling with problems, but it is these problems and the fact that you’re fighting them that makes you relatable to someone else. It is this thinking process that reassures me that nobody is alone in this world. There will always be problems and people with them, and it’s only when we talk about them that we can help each other out. It is this mentality that keeps me pushing on with this project.
I’m not a perfect person and I will never be a perfect person. I struggle with many things and at times think “how could I ever help anyone”. However, when I come here and read the encouraging comments (all written by individuals who have their own problems to worry about ) I’m reminded of how the simple action of just trying to help out, despite not feeling so great, ended up being the most uplifting thing I could’ve ever done.
So if you’re out there, if anybody is out there…get up my friend, you are not alone.
I’m not entirely sure why it took me so long to start doing this, but after much plea from all of my followers over on instagram [@carlitos_n] I have decided to write about my explorations.
These here are a couple of photos from today’s trip. [please do not ask me for the location of this spot, I will not disclose that information]
Earlier in the day my friend Depot hit me up saying that he wanted to hang out. Coincidentally, my friend Eli who lives about an hour north of us had also gotten in contact with me to do the same; I figured it be best to kill two birds with one stone and planned for us 3 to hang together.
After meeting up and snacking on some Wendy’s, we parked the car, got our gear, walked for a few minutes and there it was, the creepy doll head. If you were to be by this area (which I have no idea why you would be by this area) seeing the doll head is the cue that you have made it to the entrance. Not necessarily an entrance in the traditional sense, but in the sense that if you walk about a block into the thick woods, west of the dolls head, despite not entirely seeing anything but trees, you will eventually hit the first building.
The first building (the last 2 photos in this set) greets you how any abandoned haunted building would, with no doors where doors should be and every visible inch of concrete covered in graffiti. Within minutes of entering, sure enough Eli found a spot to climb (Eli likes to climb everything and anything) that was in this tiny room with rust and just the right size hole for him to go up into (second photo of this set).After looking around for a few seconds he had his plan of action down and flew right up there (fast forward to the 5th photo of the set to see where he ended up).
As Eli walked the roof I stayed under him (literally, just look at the 3rd photo of the set) hanging from the roof. The room, now getting darker from the sun set had a very creepy feeling and I took full advantage of the lighting situation. However now with not much time on our hands we decided to stop the fooling around and head further into the woods.
After what seemed like a pretty good trip filled with spider webs and mosquitoes, we had finally reached the hole (fourth photo of the set). Depot had come across this a while back when he had came alone and like a wise man, he didn’t investigate. However, now with two super attractive and potential lethal friends like myself and Eli, he was fully confident we could creep in. What found was dope! bullets - nasty water and animal bones, what more could we ask for :)
Overall the trip was absolutely awesome. From the environment to the architecture, it was all one of a kind; I’m grateful I got to experience it. I’m not entirely sure when I’ll return, but when I do, I hope it’s still standing. There’s something special about discovering things long forgotten, experiencing it, capturing it, placing your mark and then leaving it as you found it, alone.
Too often personal connection gets lost because of over exposure. I have seen many favorite spots of mine “disappear” because of this. If you have something special, remember what it is that made it special. It’s okay to share with your friends, but be aware that sharing is not the same as giving. The moment you give the location away, you’re giving a piece of what made it special away with it.
Q:I think you seriously have the most fun and positive online presence of anyone connected to the industry. Keep rocking it dude, I hope you inspire the folks on the road with you as much as you inspire the rest of us.
Well thanks Anon =)
Q:What's the next tour you will be on? I really wanna meet you but could not go to warped.
I will be working for Beartooth on their upcoming headliner =)
Q:Have so many questions.... But first I would like to thank you because you're a inspiration to me because the way you write and the suicide sign. My question is what inspires you every day to woke up even if you're not feeling good. And how do you stay positive. And also I love your photos you're a great photographer
Thank you for the sweet words =) and as for your question:
Well the thing is i never go to bed upset so in reality i never wake up not feeling good. A real good book once said to never let the sun set while you are angry so i try my best to follow that advice. However, whenever i do lose steam i just think back on those times in which i was stoked and about how awesome they were; that usually gets me right back up and going :D
Q:Do you sell shirt with (only) the suicide sign on it? If not can you? If so where can I get them... Because damn there would be no better way to get my message (yours really but ya know) out there than to walk the halls of a high school wearing that
I do not nor do i intend to. I like the simplicity of it and how its just a photo; How the people that pose with it don’t ask for money or anything in return, Just musicians and friends donating time to help kids out. Sometimes things make the most progress when left alone. Thats kinda how i would like for this to stay. Just a sign, a person and someone who believes in the words they’re reading.
Q:is it always the same sign or do you have more than one?
Nope, Just one sign. Every single person i photograph is holding the same exact sign everyone else once held.
Hey everyone! I would like you to meet Judah David of the house Gali, first of his name, king of all that is cute/adorable, rightful heir to anything that my brother owns and protector of the realm. Born this morning weighing 7.8 pounds and measuring almost 21 inches, this little dude has officially made me an uncle.
There is a lot of you :) and only one of me :D I promise I will get back to everyone that has ever written me a message, it’s just going to take a little bit ^_^
Thank you =)