"We are all going to die, all of us, what a circus! That alone should make us love each other but it doesn't. We are terrorized and flattened by trivialities, we are eaten up by nothing." ~ Charles Bukowski
Talking ink: Low Gallery in Barrio Logan at a mid-summer show during ComicCon
by Reviewer Rob
I had both my Nikons hanging on my neck this night with the goal of playing around with their capabilities. The D5200 and D5300 were set on their fastest ISOs for a shoot at Meegan’s art gallery/performance venue Low. I’d come to see a couple of bands play, Lisa Carver’s Suckdog and The Vaginals (Vaginals sounded great, by the way). It had been a couple of years since I’d last seen Meegan and I noticed she’d gotten a couple of new tattoos.
Meegan Nolan is the stylish owner and proprietor of Low Gallery. She’s all about art — the appreciation as well as the business of it — and only now while ‘shopping this pic did it dawn on me that she was wearing a stylin’ cartoon t-shirt (is that the Tazmanian Devil?). Classic, it was, after all, the weekend of the famous San Diego International ComicCon. Yes as a fashionista Meegan is also a triple threat. On this night her shiny gold pants were amazing. But these classic-era style tattoos were what I really liked. The symbolic “Black Rose” is on her right forearm and a standing nude ‘a la Sailor Jerry adorns her left.
I shot this while the bands were setting up for the show and Meegan was standing against the back wall of the space. No flash was used, just ambient light, so it’s grainy. Like I said, I was pushing what the low light ability of the cameras could do. I think at 1/100th of a second it’s pretty decent. Photoshop brought out more contrast and color from the original RAW image.
Image file info:
Tamron lens 18-270mm F3.5-6.3 DiII VC PZD B008N
Focal Length 18mm (in 35mm: 27mm)
Exposure: 1/100 sec; f/3.5; ISO 12800; Manual; Pattern Metering
Flash: Did not fire
December 6, at The Horton Grand Hotel Theater.
This should be good.
Lilly and House Of Pink Boombox do a weekly show at Gossip Girl on University Avenue but this upcoming Horton Grand event promises to be in a different league.
According to momma Lilly Holliday it’ll be a production worthy of the famous burlesque traditions of yesteryear.
Lilly says, “…it’s our fancy upscale show so the numbers are bigger more theatrical. There are group numbers. Traveling acts. It’s just really exciting to see burlesque the way it’s kinda meant to be seen.”
You can get more info on their Facebook page HERE. Lilly Holliday’s FB page is HERE.
Things are really beginning to bounce back in our post-recession recovery. Gas prices at the pump are relatively low, the local Walmart is hiring and for the last year or so the housing sector has been showing signs in many areas of returning to its previously ludicrous level of average market prices out-of-proportion to local earnings. So there’s reason to feel optimistic about your economic prospects, Mister Joe Average – unless you’re in the adult website business. Then your prospects for making a living are still in the midst of the Great Porn Depression. In the late 90’s when America and the world was finally logging on to the internet, even a small adult pay site was like a license to print money. New paysite members were regularly billed recurring monthly membership fees of $24.95 to $34.95 per-month on average, and that was just for photos and galleries. Streaming video hadn’t become the de rigueur industry standard yet. Even as recently as 2009 claims were being made that online adult entertainment was grossing 14-billion dollars worldwide annually. These high earnings were unsupported by solid accounting but they helped drive the land rush in internet development and investment which bolstered the economy before the first recent Wall Street crash at the end of 2000.
A 2001 article in Forbes online minimized claims of huge profits industry-wide, saying that if you added “the Internet” it would “add less than $1 billion to the total porn pie. The 1998 Forrester report pegs the online adult content market at $750 million to $1 billion, which was an increase from its initial estimate of $150 million. When a study admits that its initial result was off by at least 80%, it’s hard to be confident in the new result. In any event, Tom Rhinelander, a Forrester research director, says they have given up trying to put a price on porn–either on the Internet or otherwise.” Thing is though, it was profitable. Up until 2003 credit card processors were not charging a special fee for their services. You could monetize a small site, for free, just as easily as opening up a Paypal account. An April 25, 2014, Fastcomany article by Vivian Giang covering the New York-based erotica site Make Love Not Porn said that in 2002 MasterCard and Visa decided that adult content was a “high risk” merchant transaction. This meant “payment processing companies that deal with (porn sites) will be charged higher fees. Due to this, PayPal announced it would no longer work with adult content companies.”
Long story short, one day in 2002 if you were a female college student who had a personal site where you posted selfie nudes and you were selling tickets to your show, pulling in a small but comfortable sum each week for basically nothing, suddenly you had to pay a $750 annual fee or else lose your American-based card processor. To put it all in moral perspective this was immediately preceding the U.S. housing bubble driven by liar’s loans. European card processors had a loophole but few American porn webmasters knew about them and those Europe-based companies eventually began falling to the annual fee scheme which is today $1000 per year. Really it’s not about “high risk” because the opt-out button is so prominent anyone can cancel their membership to a site. What the annual U.S.-based Visa-MasterCard fee acts as is essentially just a tenderloin tax. Nothing is as safe a bet as porn when it comes to sales, because nothing sells as well as sex, and if it’s legal it should not be levied a high sin fee. Perhaps one day our society will be less hypocritical and not seek exorbitant bribes from honest business professionals who ply the erotica trades.
Kelsie is a fine young model that was on the back cover of Reviewer Magazine a couple of issues back. Her personality is as pleasant as her smile. I really loved shooting with her again today. She’s all tatted up and sun tanned, back from her vacation. Kelsie shows off her new ink: bow-tie tattoos that are a big change from the last time we shot… Looks good!
Just, look at this girl… YOU MUST LOOK AT THIS GIRL!!!
She’s wearing Converse… When we did the bikini shoot for the back cover last year she wore heels!
Kelsie has some really amazing body art. I always love a gorgeous girl with great tats.
I asked her to pose with the sunlight on her ink for a closeup. Check out her skin tones… Gawd this girl’s beautiful!
The rest of her looked great, so I asked Kelsie to take off her shoes.
I have no idea why some people find it so weird, my attraction to beautiful women’s feet. I mean, is that too much of a strange kick? Why would that be less accepted than liking someone’s face, or hands? I like her toenail art!