merkley??? is a photographer, a mormon and a mad man. And I mean all of those as compliments. I’ve been a big fan of his for years. He also has the best gig ever; he gets beautiful women to take off their clothes while he takes bizarre and brilliant photographs of them. What more can you ask for in life really?
Last time I ran into him I was like, “merkley, you gotta be broke-ass of the week” and he was like, “ok”. And that’s what follows is his sage and strange advice. But if you wanna read a really great interview with him, check out this piece by Justin Juul for the SF Bay Guardian. It’s awesome! Also, make sure to check out merkley’s flickr page to see all of his dope shit!
Occupation: Smooth talker, body rocker, hip hopper, don’t stopper.
What neighborhood do you live in?: Lower haight/Alamo square
What are you listening to these days?: The unnerving sound of a citizenry curiously sucking it’s presidents wiener and swallowing.
Best money saving tip: Flask. duh.
What do you refuse to spend money on?: Molecular gastronomy.
Most expensive thing you’ve ever bought: My house
How’d that feel?: Sorta like I was Filipino or some other type of Asian, maybe Arab?
Favorite dive bar: The Attic, unless Amber qualifies as a dive. I miss The Transfer. Weeknights at Beauty Bar, although it doesn’t really qualify as a dive. Basically any velvet ropeless, walkie talkie free joint with extrovert patrons who invent their own outfits and are enthusiastically engaged in hairdo one upsmanship. SF Underground can be fun sometimes.
Best deal you’ve ever gotten: Unlimited Free Internet Porn.
Favorite free thing to do: Sleep
If you woke up a millionaire, what’s the first thing you’d buy?: A Maid and someone to keep an eye on her so she doesn’t sell my secrets to hostile governmental agencies domestic and foreign.
Despite not having money, do you still love your life?: Wait, so am I supposed to be totally legitimately broke here then? Cuz I ain’t. When I WAS totally broke, I certainly thought I loved my life. I prefer being NOT or at least LESS broke. Being broke in the USA certainly ain’t no big thing though. I have little tolerance for whining.
Do you own my book?: Nope. Maybe that’s why you are broke. Do you own MINE?
Best hangover cure: Last thing before you go to bed drunk, eat a burrito and drink a tall glass of water. You won’t even get a hangover.
Are you a hipster?: I’m a Mormon.
ALL PHOTOS BY merkley???