Makin' It Hot Across America: a Photo Diary by Stuyedeyed
Written by Nelson Antonio Hernandez-Espinal
Photos Courtesy of Stuyedeyed
This tour diary is a documentation of my friends' faces. Photography has been something I’ve grown to appreciate and yet still have no real skill at. Luckily for me, I was tasked with documenting whatever I wanted on this last run in February. And to be honest, it was just an excuse to "Make it Hot" across America.
Something so wonderful to see after having these photos developed is the joy most of these people are expressing in times of, for lack of a better term, unpreparedness. This lends to the opinion that we can find a little light in moments of terrible discomfort. Let’s break down these walls and get thrown into right now. You never know when someone is gonna roll out the cut and "Make it Hot."
Nashville - Wes and Jack fixing my wah pedal after they let us rehearse in their living room before Spewfest.
Nashville - Strangers with beer yelling at us after our set at Spewfest.
Louisville - Statue homie holding down the block across the street from the Louisville Slugger Museum.
Cincinnati - Kerstin (Leggy, Hateflirt) at The Comet
Cincinnati - Emily (Dinge)
Cincinnati - Corner I really dug right around Blue Jay in Ciny.
Chicago - #1 BEST PAL/VALENTINE MIKE HINES AKA @fotob0y AT VALENTINES DAY PROM
Chicago - George getting that hamburgler vibe going.
Chicago - Quadruple Make it Hot with Chi town homies.
Detroit - George and I after finishing a bottle of sour/vinegar grape juice.
Detroit - She missed an opportunity to snap a sick pic of me and the resident pup, make it hot was the only retribution.
Detroit - Luis is a bitch.
Detroit - Graveyard.
Philadelphia - Humberto. Resident spiritual advisor/joint roller. He’s held it down with me since I was 17. The voice I have today stems from the wisdom and guidance of this man. Eternally grateful for him.
Philadelphia - Luis. Still a bitch.
Philadelphia - George. Smileyhyperintensescarybabylaughingguitarwizardsweptbanggardnerpullupbarchamp.
Philadelphia - Billy and George.
Philadelphia - CJ Harvey, full time plant Dad.
Somewhere in America - Alexandra getting ready to tell me what an interesting guy she is.
Somewhere in America - Asked a stranger to take a picture of all 5 of us!
Baltimore - Slaying pinball at Holy Frijoles.
Baltimore - Unholy Sights at Asian Taste.
Alexandria, VA - Area behind the mechanic when we found out our van had died. Easily thought this was going to be the end of tour and it was only the 3rd show.
Richmond - Christian (Black Mold Jesus, Thai Sun) being beautiful.
Richmond - Snuck into Petey’s job to snap a pic of him and Yanira. Petey plays with Christian too.
Richmond - He personally requested this one.
Richmond - Bert taking the piss.
Richmond - I threw a knife. This is proof.
Alexandria, VA - Turkey corpse with a severed head. Why?
Charleston - Brother Ram (Dakota O, Camel Blues Band) and co + Bert + dabs.
Atlanta - Lauren. Made it hot.
Atlanta - Luis is a _____.
Atlanta - SQUAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA.
Nashville - Beetlejuice FKA Dylan Sevey (Ron Gallo, East Nashville Steak Ramblers) and Charlie Shea(Charlie & The Evil Mothers, Okey Dokey)
Nashville - Luis getting sent to bed for probably.... you guessed it! Being a bitch.
Thanks to everyone in these photos for existing with me and letting me capture them if only for a moment.