Are you still searching for a unique, one-of-a-kind, ska related holiday gift for that special Rude Boy or Rude Girl in your life? Do you also want to support the ongoing Hurricane Sandy relief efforts here in New York City and surrounding areas? Do you like my band Bigger Thomas? Well if you answered yes to any of the questions above, I have an excellent gift idea for you -- a personally autographed live photo of the band in action. It may be one of the best photos of the band ever taken, and it can be yours if you act quickly!
Though the 12-12-12 concert here in New York City last week featuring The Rolling Stones, The Who and Bruce Springsteen was an important fund raiser to help support the ongoing Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, smaller, more localized and creative efforts are ongoing and pack a more emotional and personal touch.
Bryan Kremkau is a talented New York City area photographer who also happens to love ska and punk music. He came to photograph a show that my band played this past September and he took an amazing photo that captures the essence of our band -- specifically the love and passion we have for playing ska music. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Kremaku decided to auction off autographed photos of bands he photographed during 2012 including The Descendents, Flogging Molly, NOFX, The Pilfers and Saw Doctors and others. Kremkau recently wrote about the impetus behind the project:
After Hurricane Sandy hit the area, I wanted to help out in some way. I thought it would be great if I could get prints signed from bands & artists I’ve photographed over the years, auctioned off those prints, and then donate 100 percent of the proceeds to American Red Cross or another charity for the hurricane relief. Well that’s exactly what I’m going to do! After seeing all the destruction that happened on Staten Island, Rockaway, and NJ Shore, I just wanted to do something to help. Personally, it was certainly sad to see Long Beach Island get hit hard by the “superstorm.” It felt like my childhood washing away in a way.If you are a fan of ska music or Bigger Thomas and looking for a special gift that will also support a cause close to our hearts, I hope you will please consider bidding on the photo. It would mean a lot to us and all the people here in New York and New Jersey who are still struggling to get back on their feet.
Here is a link to bid on the Bigger Thomas eBay auction. If you are interested in bidding on photos on any of the other bands, please visit Kremkau's site SkaPunkPhotos for more information.
Happy Holidays & Happy New Year!