BPM Magazine – Jim Mahfood
Posted on 28 April 2009
On January 1st, I wrote a goal list of all the magazines I wanted to shoot for in 2009. One of them was BPM Magazine, purveyor of music, tech, nightlife and style. A few weeks later, on Valentine’s Day, I got a call asking if I could shoot one of my favorite comic artists Jim Mahfood for BPM. I wanted to hurl in excitement! It was crazy and awesome and everything a photo shoot should be.
So last night at Bordello Bar, I hung out with Jim and the gang at the mind-blowing Kid Koala show, and he brought me some extra copies of BPM #96 fresh off the stands. This issue celebrates L.A. style and has a most appropriate cover headline of “Live Like Angels, Party Like Demons” which is pretty accurate around here.
Anyway, I’m really happy with how it came out. There’s this inexplicable satisfaction to actually seeing your work tangible. And I give mad props to Jason Adam, the super kick-ass Creative Director at BPM Magazine, for putting my url in the photo credit. Wow, that was real nice!
Here’s the final photo they chose:
This one was second choice. It’s my personal fave, but maybe that’s because I’m a total sucker for hot girls with glasses:
Here’s one of the behind-the-scenes:
Jim drew a comic page in Los Angeles Ink Stains #12 about that eventful day which is hilarious and portrays the actual shoot itself, and then all the post-processing we did the next day. Then the after party drinks, naturally.
After that shoot, Jim gave me two very special things which I will always treasure:
#1) This super FRESH painting he made on a KC and the Sunshine Band LP cover:
#2) The best voicemail ever in which he serenades me with Kool Keith’s sensual ballad, “Professional Photographer”:
Apparently Jim does not do falsetto for just anyone, so I am truly honored and flattered. Much thanks to Jim, BPM magazine, Jen & Derek, Jason Adam and the very lovely model Kat for such a fun shoot and for letting me do my thing!
Jim, Derek (aka Akirophoto) and I have really good vibes and work well together, so we’ve formed a crew called ‘Pervert Train’ and are working on a collaborative art book with more photos like these. It’s gonna be RAD!
In the meantime, check out Jim’s posts about the BPM shoot on his blog: FoodOne. You can see many of my behind-the-scenes pictures, and also some beautiful Polaroids by Derek:
You can also read Jim’s BPM interview right here:
Live like angels, party like demons!