"I said to the guys in the Archers of Loaf, 'Do you dare me to go ask him if I can take his picture?' They urged me to please do so. I walked up to him, stepped in-between him and the guy he was yelling at and said 'Hey Evan, can I take a picture of you giving me the finger?' and held my camera up to my eye. He stared at me for a few seconds and then grabbed the camera from my hand, spun around, and threw it with all his might over a series of backstage tents. We watched it fly, and then he turned back and just stared at me. I said, 'Well, that was kinda like giving me the finger.' As I walked back to the Archers Of Loaf guys, I saw that they were laughing hysterically. A few minutes later Evan walked over and said 'I'm really sorry dude. I'm gonna try to find your camera for you.' He disappeared for a few minutes, and came back out with my camera in his hands. He said 'There's something on there for you.' While backstage he took some photos of Courtney Love, and had someone take his picture giving me the finger."
From 1992-2000 and from 2002-2007 Johnny Riggs worked as a DJ at Baltimore/Washington's leading alternative rock radio station, WHFS (and on XM Radio from 2000-2002). He was also in the band Cinnamon Toast.
Being in a band and also a popular DJ at a beloved area radio station gave him access to a wide range of "alternative" (#whateverthatmeans) artists. Equipped with a Polaroid Captiva, he used that access to take these. He has been shooting Polaroids since he was 7 years old.
Unmounted. Signed. Somerset Velvet Fine Arts Print.
From FACED by Johnny Riggs. A photo exhibit from Atomic Books' Eightbar, running from June 6 - July 31, 2014.
Note: Prints will be available after the closing of the show at the end of July 2014.