"We did one radio station giveaway billed as 'Tori and Johnny Teach You To Play The Piano.' We picked a girl and Tori tried to teach her to play 'Stairway To Heaven' on the piano. It was sometimes really depressing to be backstage because a large percentage of her fanbase were young girls who had been abused and felt a connection to Tori. They would give me notes to give her that were just heartbreaking. In this photo she's holding a vibrating pen that I gave her as a present. "
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.