Needless to say, working at Dickhouse could be perceived as one of the strangest jobs on the planet. But for this Canadian transplant, not only has it been the most positive work experience of my life, it was a chance to put the faces behind the names that I was partially raised by: the writers and photographers at Big Brother magazine with one of the highlights being getting to work alongside Earl Parker, Master Journalist, in the jackassworld.com offices. Earl worked quietly in his own corner, writing and cracking jokes under his breath, and of course smoking cigarettes. Late at night and on weekends it was just Earl and I for the most part; working and drinking coffee late into the Hollywood twilight.
After we stopped working at jackassworld, I'd see Earl in Hollywood a lot, walking around, shooting photos, and that was something I could really relate to. Not a lot of people walk in LA, and if you do you see a whole other side of the city that most people choose to ignore. But not Earl. He captures the beauty and reality of the people who work and call the "Walk of Fame" their commute, their stomping grounds, and sometimes even their home. It's the furthest thing from the red carpet you can get, but the most honest perception of the people that truly run this town, despite of stature, cameras, and lights. A real true Hollywood story.
I was glad Earl agreed to letting me curate this show. I can't wait to see what he sees over the coming years, and most importantly, read.
His show Pop Culture Sucks is open for two more weeks at the Burgundy Room Gallery (1621 1/2 Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood, CA, 90028; open after 8pm). —LG
Photos left to right: Jeff Tremaine with some guy he worked the door with in Washington DC at some bar; Josh Lingenfelter stands in harm's way with Knoxville's oft-Photoshopped friend Bryce; four-fifths of the OG Big Brother magazine staff—Marc McKee, Tremaine, Earl Parker, and Rick Kosick—with johnny-come-lately Knoxville.
Photos clockwise from upper left: B.A. Backassus; Yeti Beats and Squeak E. Clean, upbeat as usual; Street Bike Tommy points out the ärt in the art; could Erik Roner possibly be pondering a tramp stamp cover up with a photo of Earl's?
Photos from left to right: The women from Venus and the men from Mars, Dimitry Elyashkevich and Chris Casey; A self portrait of the artist as a middle-aged man; former Big Brother editor McKee and former Big Brother scan boy Bret Banta steep in the burgundy aura.
P.S. Thanks to Knoxville and Tremaine for making this possible, and thanks also to Sean garrison and Kate Power—without your help I'd be still crying in a corner.
(Photos by Johnny Knoxville, Rick Kosick and Ryan Rich; Hollywood, California 2012)