Deviant of the Day

In my mind, artists are the true foundation of our society. Deviant of the Day is a blog about these people. Creatives hold the key to unlock everything exciting and wondrous about this world. Painters, photographers, chefs, sculptors, musicians, tattoo artists, engineers, designers, etc…you all blow my mind. Let’s stick to our guns and never give up.

Deviant of the Day #17 - Jesse Adelson

Jesse thrashes both on the streets and in the rehearsal space. He is a skater and a musician, playing bass and screaming vocals for Prostitution, a semi-technical blackened thrash band with a lot of melody. You can check out their band and pick up their new 7" at their 4/27 show at The Gutter, a vintage bowling alley/bar in Brooklyn. Jesse also teaches music at a NYC public high school.

Shoot Location: Brooklyn, NY 11211 (BQE)

Hometown: Brooklyn, New York
Facebook: jesse.adelson
Prostitution: Facebook & Bandcamp

Deviant of the Day #16 - Uli Aven Haley Scheffler

Uli Schpinduli is my new nickname for her...I don't think she likes it, but she has no choice but to accept it. Anyway, Uli comes to us through a mutual friend of ours who recently opened a New York City style bar & restaurant in Hamburg known as The Bird. A lot of musicians seem to flock to this hidden jewel. And yes, Uli is a musician...she plays guitar and has an amazing voice! She also works in fashion, having hosted for the Spirit of Fashion show in Berlin. You can follow Uli at "Uli's Must Have" blog on Go Schpinduli!!!

Shoot Location: Brooklyn, NY 11224 (Coney Island)

Hometown:  Hamburg, Germany
Facebook: uliaven

Deviant of the Day #15 - Kevin Wyzzard

Kevin was outside standing on his stoop, smoking a cigarette and minding his own business, when I abruptly approached him and asked if he'd be interested in being a deviant. Kevin is a kick-ass DJ, specializing in 1970's glam rock, while also including some early 70's rock, punk, postpunk and powerpop. You can currently catch him at The Beauty Bar every other Monday night, next being 4/29.

Shoot Location: New York, NY 10009

Hometown:  New York, New York

Deviant of the Day #14 - Lara Scotton

I don't personally have any tattoos, but if I ever decide to permanently paint my skin, I'll definitely be headed straight for East Side Ink to see the lovely Lara from Milan. Check out her tattoo work and paintings here. I think the "night of the living sailor slut" tat is my favorite. Fantastic work Lara!

Shoot Location: New York, NY 10009

Hometown: Milan, Italy
Facebook: lara.scotton

Deviant of the Day #13 - Benjamin Ickies

Benjamin Ickies is a talented musician and composer who is currently leading an 18-memeber symphonic rock band known as This Ambitious Orchestra. They can be seen performing live at (le) Poisson Rouge on 5/26. Benjamin can also currently be seen running live karaoke music at Yotel's brunch on Saturdays and playing Polka brunch with his accordion at Zum Schneider on Sundays through the month of April. This upcoming Sunday, Benjamin will be doing a new monthly cabaret as well called Je Suis at Circa Tabac.

Shoot Location: New York, NY 10009

Hometown: San Jose, California
Website: This Ambitious Orchestra

Deviant of the Day #12 - Zoe Hansen

Zoe Hansen, where to begin? From brothel owner to writer, published in many anthologies, Zoe has seen it all. Having moved into NYC's infamous Chelsea Hotel in 1987, Zoe used the sex industry to support her heroin addiction. Now sober since '96, she has quite the story to tell.  She currently runs her husband's bar, Manitoba's, and has a reality show in the works. Look out for her short stories & novel Going Down in Gotham.

Shoot Location: New York, NY 10009

Hometown: London, England

Deviant of the Day #11 - Eugene the Poogene

Eugene the Poogene...what a name.  If you run into him in the East Village, expect a huge hug and a peck on the cheek...even if it's the first time you meet him.  He's packing up and off to London for one year.  "I'm in love with all types of people, but nothing is more special than a true freak."   I've still never been to London myself, but I'm sure there are plenty of freaks there as well.  Good luck Poo!

Shoot Location: New York, NY 10009 (7th St. btwn Ave. C & D)

Hometown: San Francisco, California
Occupation: Performer, Theatre Arts
Facebook: Eugene de Poogene

Deviant of the Day #9 - Hannah Duchstein

From Berlin to New York to Berlin to New York to Berlin. Hannah is a gorgeous young girl trying to make her way to a more permanent stay here in NYC. Having prior experience in commercial modeling, Hannah booked me to update her portfolio and we took a Zipcar around Williamsburg to get the shots. You can see more of the images from the shoot here. Hannah come back!!!

Shoot Location: Brooklyn, NY 11211

Hometown: Koblenz, Germany
Occupation: Sports Marketing @ FanMiles
Facebook: hannah.duchstein

Deviant of the Day #8 - Dana Distortion Yavin

I'm sure you're probably wondering what the hell I'm doing promoting another photographer on my page. Answer is...I'm not quite sure. Call me crazy. But, Dana is an old friend of mine and as I was in the hunt for a female deviant, I could think of no one better than a girl who uses "Distortion" as her middle name. Plus, her work is amazing!! We met up at The Levee yesterday for a quick photo session. She'll be DJing at Motor City on the 18th. It'll be her birthday so, if you go, buy her a shot!!!

Shoot Location: Brooklyn, NY 11211

Hometown: Tel Aviv, Israel
Facebook/Photography: danadistortion

Deviant of the Day #7 - Yousouf, Maliek, Samare, Ty, Daniel, Nasson, & Terrel

I found these guys on the corner of Houston and Elizabeth. They hoop it up in the city. These guys were a blast, screaming a good ol' fashion Texas "HELL YEAH!!!" for Dimebag as I snapped the pic. I could hear "Yeehaw!!!' as they walked away into the city's horizon. Dang man.

Speaking of basketball, and not to be confused with Houston St., the Houston Rockets clinched the playoffs last night for the first time since '09!!! Totally Rad.

Starting with the glasses and moving clockwise: Yousouf, Maliek, Samare, Ty, Daniel, Nasson, Terrel

Shoot Location: New York, NY 10012


Facebook: joseph.james

Facebook: LeekyCash

Facebook: samara.dyer

Facebook: cokeboy.ty

Facebook: daniel.quansah

Facebook: nassonb

Facebook: CokeBoyRelly

Deviant of the Day #6 - Fred Pessaro

Fred does it all when it comes to the world of metal. He's a DJ, a photographer, a writer, a producer...the list goes on and on. I shoot metal shows from time to time for Fred & BrooklynVegan, which ALWAYS requires dodging closed fists and flying feet to protect my gear. I plan on bringing a shark cage to the next gig.

Shoot Location: Brooklyn, NY 11211

Hometown: Washington, D.C.
Co-host, Writer, Producer of Heavy Dicks on Noisey (coming soon). Check out the series trailer for Heavy Dicks here.
Booker/Promoter at Saint VitusAcheronUnion Pool & more.
Editor in Chief @ Invisible Oranges
Senior Writer @ BrooklynVegan
Facebook: fpessaro
Twitter: fredpessaro & invisoranges
Instagram: invisibleoranges



Deviant of the Day #4 - Roger, Chris, Stewart, Dominic

I cannot remember how I met these guys exactly, nor can I remember what they look like. They were running out of a place called Tom & Jerry's, close to Soho. I directed them to stand in the intersection with their fingers pointed out. I wanted a silhouette shot. It's a bit grainy but I love what we got. Dominic, take me on the road with the Stones...I shoot music!!!

Shoot Location: New York, NY 10012

From Left to Right:  Roger, Chris, Stewart, Dominic

Roger McLean
Hometown: New York, New York & London, UK
Occupation: Business Development

Chris Buckle
Hometown: New York, New York
Musician, The Majorleans

Stewart Whalley
Hometown: Astoria, Queens
Bartender @ Sweet Alton

Dominic Park
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Tour Manager: Going out with The Rolling Stones this year!

Deviant Of The Day #3 - Kari Langslet

Spring is here, it's warming up, shooting outdoors is actually pleasant and Banter fills us with weisse bier just steps from my apartment door.  JP and I were sitting outside on the coner of S. 1st and Havemeyer when the Maiden jacket popped into the corner of my eye.  Kari owns a clothing boutique on Grand St. in Brooklyn.  Her website is below. Ask her about the "weenis" if you stop by.

Shoot Location: Brooklyn, NY 11211

Deviant of the Day #2 - Jamie Rockaway, Damon Meena, and Tommy Tracy

I met these guys catching some NCAA March Madness action, shockingly enough, down at our favorite local dive bar, Clem's, located at the corner of Roebling & Grand.

Shoot Location: Brooklyn, NY 11211

Left to Right: Jamie Rockaway, Damon Meena, Tommy Tracy

Jamie Rockaway
Hometown: Tulsa, Oklahoma
Creative Director @ Transistor Studios

Damon Meena
Hometown: Louisville, Kentucky
Works @ Transistor Studios
Lead Vocalist for Brooklyn metal band Marching Teeth
Facebook: dmeena

Tommy Tracy
Hometown: Louisville, Kentucky
Works @ Tracy Customs


Deviant of the Day #1 - Malcolm Yarde

Rolling around with my buddy Omar and we strolled upon the Coleman Playground Skate Park and met this nomadic character. Meet Malcolm Yarde, the very first "Deviant of the Day!"

Shoot Location: New York, NY 10002

Occupation: Painter / Skater
Hometown: Toronto, Canada
Blog: Stayrelevant
Facebook: jus.grindin