I’ve been extremely busy these last couple of weeks and will continue to be for a large portion of the upcoming months. I don’t know how often I will get to post on this profile considering my new crazy tour schedule, but I wanted to leave you all with this. If there is any proof that life can change in the flip of a coin is this image right here. I woke up today bummed out and I’m going to bed having met an unbelievably, sweet, uplifting girl named yelyahwilliams . Sometimes things don’t go the way you want them to (for example I think this image is not exactly all in focus) but that doesn’t mean the outcome of the situation won’t be positive. Watching all day people come up to this young lady asking for photos, and seeing her each and every time respond with a smile or hug absolutely took me back. Many would say that it’s easy to stay happy when you have so much attention, but I would argue differently. It is (at least for me) very heavy and tedious to stay happy after meeting so many people and hearing about their problems/stories. Watching Hayley respond to everyone with such kindness reminded me that being happy is a choice; You always have a choice. A choice to think about the bad or the good, a choice to walk towards brighter light or lie in the dark. The suicide sign project has never been about telling people what to do. I started this project to encourage people to think differently, to think happier; to remind them that if given time, things do change.
Thanks for reminding me of all of those things today miss, it was truly a pleasure meeting you.
Today an amazingly kind and outrageously talented young lady named Ashley Day presented me with this hand drawn sketch!!! This photo does not do this drawing (inspired off of the photo ashleyosborn took of me) ANY justice and I wish you could all see it in person. Anyway, yeah, life is good; I’m beyond blessed to be loved by as many people as I am. Thank you all so much, I don’t deserve this.
There’s a special place for the frustration I receive when I only have one skip left on Pandora and use it to skip a song that I could’ve tolerated but didn’t love to only land on a song I fully hold hatred towards.
Q:that tattoo you recently posted wow man it's gorgeous can I ask where you got it done?
You like it? YES! I am obsessed with tattoos, seriously, I am. People on warped tour don’t understand why I wear long sleeves everyday but it’s because they don’t love their tattoos as much as I love mine.
Anyway, my last tattoo was done by Timmy B. I have been a fan of Timmy’s work for a minute but because of my tour schedule we could never work something out. Long story short a miracle happened and now my right arm looks DOPE!
Feel free to check out his instagram @timmy_b_414
Jonny Craig and the suicide sign. This photo has been a long time coming but because of one reason or another it would never happen. Recently I was supposed to be on tour with Jonny and his new project, but due to a knee injury I had to fly home and once again the opportunity for this photo slipped by. Fast forward a couple of weeks and finally we cross paths, this time on the vans warped tour. I forget which date we took this photo on but I do remember it being completely spontaneous.
(Btw I’m not here pretending that Jonny and I are best friends, in fact we hardly know each other. I think him and I could both agree that aside from a few conversations and seeing each other at some shows we are complete strangers. However, that doesn’t mean we are allowed to walk by each other like we have never met. Jonny has always made sure to say hello when we see each other and I respect that. Anyway, back to the story.)
I was at my merch tent when Jonny swings by and says what’s up. I ask him how things are going and after some small chat I go back to dealing with kids. Later in the day while standing side stage a band mate of Jonny’s brings up the topic about the suicide sign project; Craig says he has actually seen it around and wouldn’t mind being a part of it. I took that as my invitation, grabbed my camera, pulled Jonny aside, talked a little and snapped this photo.
I’m not exactly sure but I would say that was the first time Jonny and I talked about something else that wasn’t music or touring.
It’s hard making time to have an actual conversation with someone, specially in such a fast moving environment like a concert so I’m glad we got to do more than just greet each other. If I have learned anything in my touring years is that the more time you invest into something the more you learn. People are no exception to this and so I encourage everyone to invest time into their friendships. Social media like Facebook/twitter is nothing more than entertainment and it will never replace real world interaction.
Don’t just think you know someone, get to know someone.
Q:What camera do you recommend a "beginner?" Ps. Love you!
Anything you can afford. Old doesn’t mean bad, specially in the camera world.
I always suggest a camera that lets you control shutter speed/aperture/iso. Once you’ve got those down and know how they work with each other the rest is easier.
If I were you I would just spend some time on YouTube and look up reviews on different cameras in your price range/your type of photography. Like I said price and age doesn’t matter, specially if the camera can’t do what you want it to do. A canon 7D which cost less than half of what my mark 3 can shoot 2 frames faster per second. So yeah price isn’t always everything, it’s all depends on what you’re trying to do.
Answers to questions iv’e answered over and over =)
Will you be at all the warped tour dates?
Yes, i will be at all of the warped tour shows except for those in Canada
Can you take a photo with me?
Sure! If im not busy i will gladly snap a quick flick with you. If i am busy i might ask you to come back later.
Who are you working for/where can i find you.
I am with a band called Attila and if you find the Monster Stage you will find the bands tent and there you will find me
Can i take a photo with the suicide sign?
I do not have the sign with me when im working, sorry.