profile: pro piercer – shane ocell

PROFILE: PROFESSIONAL BODY PIERCER SHANE OCELL – a man who professionally puts needles through nipples, navels, nostrils, etc. The scent of antiseptic fanned past my nose as I walked in. A bald man, brawny and easy on the eyes, stood behind an L-shaped glass case of jewelry. The sleeves of his shirt rolled up above his elbows and […]

concert review: hippie sabotage

HIPPIE SABOTAGE CONCERT VALLEY BAR, PHX SEPT. 16, 2015 On a Wednesday night I went to an underground concert in downtown Phoenix. But it was literally underground. My friend and I swayed down the sidewalk in the eerily mellow part of DTPHX – a concrete oasis, largely corporate, narrowly entertaining. The address of the place […]

on writing – a column

ON WRITING, A COLUMN. INTRODUCTION This column was inspired by my summer spent in Washington, D.C. where I reported for a news service hosted by my journalism school. I worked up to 12-hour shifts under the shrewd hand of Steve Crane – my editor. Crane is an intense, brilliant man with a short fuse. He is […]

A day at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Today I stopped by The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. I always enjoy a trip there, but for some reason today was particularly enjoyable. Maybe it was my warm (figuratively, because it’s literally 30 degrees outside) start to the day, eating a “Kitchen Sink scrambler” from Succotash with two old friends…or maybe it was just some […]