Feb 272015
 
Jayhawk State Theatre

The Jayhawk State Theater of Topeka Kansas was a permission visit during a road trip I took in 2013, so I don’t have any good stories for you. I also don’t have time to do discuss the theater’s history (beyond mentioning that it operated from 1926-1976) so this is just a gallery post. For said history, please go to After The Final Curtain and read about what my road trip pal Matt Lambros has to [...read more...]

 02/27/2015  ALL POSTS, Kansas, theaters
Feb 092015
 
Cityscape commissions

I’m currently accepting commissions for cityscapes (see samples below) for $250-$350. I know that’s kinda high, but they take me a couple days to draw. I can do most city or town scenes, but with a focus on blocks, buildings or stores. The $250 range is for a store (like Word) and $350 for city blocks or elaborate buildings (like Village East & Greenpoint/Cheap Charlies block) The art is done on roughly 9×12 art paper [...read more...]

 02/09/2015  ALL POSTS, news/events/random, NYC
Jan 072015
 
Grafton State Hospital

In the ridiculous world of urban exploring, there is a common phenomenon one could aptly refer to as the “money shot,” meaning an explorer will spend all day dicking around in asbestos-laden rubble just to photograph one, infamous scene. The Grafton State Hospital hydrotherapy tubs are a prime example of that. But before I get into it, here’s a quick history: Grafton State Hospital was built in 1901 in Grafton, MA, as part of a [...read more...]

Nov 172014
 
Athens Lunatic Asylum

I’ve spent the night at a couple of asylums over the years, mostly for photographic and legal reasons (like, you know, avoiding the cops and shit. I suppose “illegal” would have been a more appropriate word choice) but Athens was maybe one of the toughest nights I’ve had, despite being indoors and fairly warm. It was rough because I was trapped in a room with three snoring, farting dudes and I had the wicked road [...read more...]

 11/17/2014  ALL POSTS, asylums/hospitals, Ohio
Nov 052014
 
Found #9: The Kennedy Telegrams

Before I get into this, please note that I am fully aware this “discovery” could be nothing more than simply a spectacular coincidence of names and dates, or a result of human error. These telegrams were handwritten decades before the digital, fact checked records kept by institutions today. That said, I’m choosing to indulge the more mysterious, conspiracy laden angle, because it’s fun. I’m also aware that entertaining a Kennedy conspiracy theory puts me in the [...read more...]

Oct 132014
 
Gallery: Glen Gardner Sanitarium

This post is just a photo gallery because I couldn’t give any less fucks about this place. Here’s a brief history: Originally called by the prosaic name of the New Jersey Sanitarium for Tuberculosis Diseases, it eventually became the Glen Gardner Sanitarium, and lastly, Hagedorn Psychiatric Hospital. It opened in 1907 to treat tuberculosis before branching out to other diseases, briefly leading the name change of the New Jersey Hospital for Chest Diseases. In 1977 [...read more...]

Sep 302014
 
Belton Court

Before I get into this, I need to cover two things. First: I’d just like to remind you, kind readers, that I do not give out location and trespassing information to people I do not know or who are not experienced explorers. I’m not withholding information out of a superiority complex, or just to be a dick, it’s for your own safety and my liability. Recently, I’ve gotten a number of emails requesting info, and [...read more...]

Aug 282014
 
Found #8: the Bones Edition

Time for another addition of Found Things! As always, many of these images and captions are taken directly from my Instagram, so my apologies if you already follow me and have seen these. This is the “Bones Edition” of Found Things, which is a photographic collection of bones and dead things I’ve found in various asylums, hotels and houses over the course of many years. These are from all different places, and I will not reveal the [...read more...]

 08/28/2014  ALL POSTS, found things