Wednesday, January 7, 2015

eddie o'keefe: a dedication

To all my Rookie lovers, or lovers of any kind, don't live with regrets! And I'm saying this because you really don't want to miss out on this cool guy, Eddie O'Keefe who I'm positive you'll fall in love with. (I could probably be a gr8 salesperson one day) He's a talented young photographer, videographer, writer, and overall artist who conveys a message through his art that leaves you feeling a little confused-in a pleasant way- and a little dangerous. In his photography, western, vintage themes are highly prevalent as is '50s-'60s music and themes of violence--think standoffs in the town square in old time barren southwestern towns, Django Unchained, etc. Added themes of innocence and religion heighten this intimidating, almost unsettling feeling, but he blurs these lines so carefully that despite the subtle uneasiness, you can't help but to look on in awe at the raw, brazen and unafraid truth in his photos...

What a combo 
The man of the hour
(source: Always Sunday Photography)

Eddie O'Keefe, also a director, derives his inspiration from films, locations, and genres like Rushmore, Pulp Fiction, Midnight Cowboy, American Graffiti, The Graduate, Band of Outsiders, Bandlands, and Rock n' Roll.The GHOSTS is a film from Eddie O'Keefe as a part of his project The Teenage Head. It's a film about rebellion, love, boredom, and various heartache, and it's just so freaking beautiful to look at.

                          The GHOSTS from Eddie O'KEEFE on Vimeo.

still from American Graffiti

Aptly named, The Teenage Head is like a literal transportation to a new world--new to us, because we didn't exist in the high rolling years of Elvis and cowboy fascination. (Also check out The Teenage Head tumblr because it's fire too) But O'Keefe has brought it back and revived it in a way that will stick with you, if not forever, for a very long time. The Teenage Head has this weird irony because it's a virtual display and collection of photos, themes, and vibes that embody teenagedom, yet it's all taken from the 50's, 60's, and 70's. It makes me think that maybe each previous generation collectively forms a blueprint of sorts for the generation to come--a blueprint of music and culture that embraces the innate counterculture aspect of teen youth. So maybe the next time my parents show me something from their teen years or another Boyz II Men CD they're keeping to remind them of the "good ol days" I should embrace it more and not think of it as completely corny. Everything about The Teenage Head is all still so stunning to me, months after first coming across it. I could never describe something as perfectly or as unconventional as the way Eddie describes his art, so this is The Teenage Head: 


Some highly abstract, highly particular feelings and scenarios that one experiences throughout their life that relate in some ways (or not) to THE TEENAGE HEAD’s voice:
a. When you see an old picture in a text book of ancient art and you realize that nothing you ever do will last that long or be that beautiful and at first you’re kind of sad about it, but then ultimately you’re strangely comforted by this fact.
b. When you’re walking somewhere and the weather is brisk and the sun is low and you feel like you could maybe just walk forever and be alone and then a car passes you and they’re playing one of your favorite songs and you just listen as it drives away and the melody fades.
c. When you can wear a t-shirt at night in the summer and all is still and the crickets are going and all the lights in the houses glow orange and warm.
d. The realization that there is no further west to explore and that all the land on Earth has been uncovered and mapped and that true freedom — the kind you experience only tangentially on long road trips or during the first few months of a new love — does not really exist.
e. The way a neon sign looks against dusk-light when you’re driving down a highway past a small town in the middle of nowhere.

If THE TEENAGE HEAD were a season, it would last from July until October; kicking off with Independence Day (firecrackers, lake houses, sunscreen) and culminating with Halloween (VHS horror movies, sweater weather, burning leaves).
If THE TEENAGE HEAD were a sound-bite it would be the first three-seconds of Link Wray’s “Rumble” or the kick drum that ignites “Like A Rolling Stone.” Or perhaps it would be the cry of a home run as heard via a radio broadcast (the crack of the bat; the cheers; the glory).
If THE TEENAGE HEAD were a scene from a movie, it would most likely be the pistol whipping scenefrom Goodfellas.
If THE TEENAGE HEAD were a year, it would be 1965.
If THE TEENAGE HEAD were a member of the Rat Pack, it would be Dean Martin.
If THE TEENAGE HEAD were a martini it would be a beer.
If THE TEENAGE HEAD were a color it would be yellow. But yellow as represented by an oldPolaroid. A Polaroid sitting in a shoebox in some kid’s closet in a room that hasn’t changed since 1979. A room that hasn’t changed because the boy who lived in it died on prom night when he went too fast around dead man’s curve in his Plymouth and smacked into a tree (and now he and his teen-bride haunt that stretch of road looking for redemption. Or a ride home. And the boy’s parents never bothered to change his room. They just left it like it was and haven’t entered it in thirty years. And now it’s just a closed door that they walk past every day of their lives. His dirty laundry, waiting to be washed; his bed, waiting to be made.) That kind of yellow.
If THE TEENAGE HEAD were to write a traditional mission statement, they might say that...
They hope to impress upon the masses an offbeat, original and lasting point of view.
i. To be electric.
j. To cut through the noise of the Internet.
k. To stick.
They know this will take time. They are hungry. They are young. They will never die."



                      BABY CHUCK - Whatever Is Happening from Eddie O'KEEFE on Vimeo.

A Baby Chuck song that fits the vibes.

see ya later cowboy

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