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'13 Tattoo Arts Fest Entertainment NSFW (Mar 13) : Chicago Tattoo Arts 2013 was at the Crown Plaza again.  This time, the entertainment was all in the ballroom.  Playing around with some new gear made it really tricky to shoot.  In any case, here are my favorites from the evening.  Four favorites first, then in this order:  Penguin Boy, Rigor Mortis Revue, Body Suspension, Olde City Sideshow, and the Show Devils (Serana Rose).

This year, I got to see some new performers.  Penguin Boy was certainly unique.  I didn't get a chance to talk with him, but I did see him inking up a few people at the booth.  Maybe next time, I'll see if he's up for a conversation and his own gallery.  His act was a good carney act and he just did his thing without much fanfare.  The uniqueness of his condition was not something he spent much time talking about, although a good bio online would be nice.  Then again, I guess it is none of my business.   Rigor Mortis Revue was also a new act for me and I didn't know what to expect based on what I saw online.  Time was short so they basically did their thing quickly.  "What's their thing?"  We, the photos will show more than I'll write.

The Suspension didn't include Ms. Crash this year, but did include some suspensions I hadn't seen before - including a knee suspension.  Stitch was the "wild one" this year and she was crazy up there.  Giving her boyfriend a lift was pretty intense.  I didn't get many pix of Olde City, since I had great pix from last year.  As for Show Devils, they were such a rush that I didn't get much of them either.  I actually got great shows last year, and this year's were not good enough to make the cut (except for a few of Ms. Serana Rose).  I couldn't believe I didn't get any good ones of the Enigma (at least none that I liked).

If you performed, let me know.  I have a whole 'nother gallery of unedited pix.

Enjoy.

'13 Tattoo Arts Fest Entertainment NS...

KBev

Chicago Tattoo Arts 2013 was at the Crown Plaza again. This time, the ...

Updated: Apr 08, 2013 1:53pm PST

Chicago : Some pictures of one of my favorite cities, Chicago.

Chicago

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Some pictures of one of my favorite cities, Chicago.

Updated: Feb 03, 2013 6:38am PST

WBEZ Block Party: BBoys (Jan 13) : Third time I made the trip to the WBEZ Block party bboy battle.  I got there a little late and saw the round of 16.  The rest happened at night, and I had to bounce, so this is just a small gallery of my favorite shots from that round.  A link to the full gallery is on the Facebook page.  

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Peace.
KBev

WBEZ Block Party: BBoys (Jan 13)

KBev

Third time I made the trip to the WBEZ Block party bboy battle. I got ...

Updated: Jan 27, 2013 2:37pm PST

WBEZ Block Party: Grown Folks Stories (Jan 13) : The BBoy competition got to the top 8 early, and they wrapped up the afternoon with "Grown Folks Stories", which is a series that runs at the Silver Room at 1442 N Milwaukee, here in Chicago.  It was a great day for storytelling.  For fans of the Moth and other similar events, I would recommend stopping by "Grown Folks Stories".  

The stories included (Pix are in this order):
* Cara kept it moving and told some great stories along the way
* Luis sharing about the loss of a loved one
* Black Rose
* Lily Be letting us know that Hoes get off on the 9th floor
* Danny R. (AKA BBoy Mowgli) using his feet to save his skin
* (Real) Serena (AKA Fake Stace) showing humility and patience while tutoring Anatomy
* Armani keeping his job at McD's by anny means necessary
* Dominique enjoying a diverse moment in Madison, WI
* Nigel (AKA BBoy Daze 1) helping someone understand what is and is not OK to say
* Jasmine doing what she need to do to get home

Well done everyone.  

*** Share these pix and the gallery if you like them.  Please leave the watermark in place.  You can right-click download you pix (increase the resolution if you want).  
*** I have a larger gallery of over 130 pix if you want others... The FB feed will have the link.

WBEZ Block Party: Grown Folks Stories...

KBev

The BBoy competition got to the top 8 early, and they wrapped up the a ...

Updated: Jan 27, 2013 10:04am PST

NorthMichiganAve. : North Michigan Avenue

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North Michigan Avenue

Updated: Dec 23, 2012 9:51am PST

Bud Billken Parade (Aug 12) : This Fall I made the trip over to King Drive to check out the Bud Billiken Parade, a long time Chicago tradition.  The photo ops were plentiful and the weather was great. I spent a few hours walking around and checking out the performers.

Sadly, towards the end of the parade, the knuckleheads were in full effect and kept the cops busy.  We even had an appearance from the eye in the sky.

Bud Billken Parade (Aug 12)

KBev

This Fall I made the trip over to King Drive to check out the Bud Bill ...

Updated: Dec 08, 2012 7:26pm PST

Remember the Name 3 (Nov 12) : OK, so it took me a while to get these up, but they're finally ready.  

Once again, Roldare Nation put on a jam that is quickly becoming the best of the best.  The East Coast BBoys came to test the Chicago/Midwest BBoys and put on a great show.  Props for bringing in Ben Conde, who is a yo-yo artist like you have never seen.  Peep him on YouTube.

Here are my favorite pix of the night.  Note that my son, KBevJr grabbed a camera and shot alongside me.  For an 11 year old, he crushed.  I watermarked his shots separate from mine.  You gotta give credit where it's due.

If you like these, please share them.  They are unlocked if you want to grab some.

KBev

Remember the Name 3 (Nov 12)

KBev

OK, so it took me a while to get these up, but they're finally ready. ...

Updated: Dec 01, 2012 11:13pm PST

Hellaween 6 (Oct 12) : Hellaween is almost always the best battle of the year.  Hexstar brings in great talent from far and wide to compete.  Although the Freak Show didn't make the trip this year, plenty of other great artists did. 

Here are my favorite photos from the night.  I didn't stay for the finals.  Too much ignorance to stick around to see what was next.  I didn't bother captioning them either.  In fact, I'm not even going to lock 'em down.  Grab what you want.  You can get the link to the full set of unedited pix on the FB page.  

Hex said this was going to be the last Hellaween.  Too bad.  It was a strong six years.

Hellaween 6 (Oct 12)

KBev

Hellaween is almost always the best battle of the year. Hexstar bring ...

Updated: Nov 25, 2012 4:46pm PST

Barack Obama in McCormick Place Election Night (Nov 12) : *** If you like what you see, share the link.***

Note: #1-24 are of Obama and the families.  The crowd shots start at #25

Four years later, I found myself back at the Chicago party waiting for the results of Barack Obama's re-election campaign.  We stood around for hours waiting for The Man to appear.  

The vibe was very different this time around.  In 2008, there was prayerful anticipation that Obama could actually become the first president.  Last night, people were expecting a win, but hoping they wouldn't be disappointed by a surprise.  As the results came in, the crowd got more and more anxious.  Mittens made us wait an extra because he must ahve been hoping for a late night miracle.  When Obama came out, it was awesome.

What a night.  Only God.

Barack Obama in McCormick Place Elect...

KBev

*** If you like what you see, share the link.*** Note: #1-24 are of ...

Updated: Nov 07, 2012 10:09pm PST

AFA Festival (Sep 12) : Here are a few shots from the 2012 African Festival of the Arts.  It is still my favorite festival in all of Chicago.  I will spare you all the commentary.  Enjoy the photos.

AFA Festival (Sep 12)

KBev

Here are a few shots from the 2012 African Festival of the Arts. It i ...

Updated: Nov 04, 2012 2:38pm PST