By Travis Keller at BUDDYHEAD
A few months ago while I was working for my friend, Shepard Fairey, I had the chance to not only meet one of my most influential childhood idols but also interview him. Glen E. Friedman is for photography like Black Flag is to my friends who picked up a guitar after realizing that they themselves could "do that too!"
I saw what Glen was doing... just basically shooting his friends skateboarding, making art, having fun, making music and documenting all the cool shit that was happening around him... and that no one else was documenting either... and I figured I could do the same thing with a 1980 35mm Canon A-1 hand-me-down camera (which I still use to this day). Just so happens that Glen's friends included Minor Threat (and later Fugazi), Black Flag, Beastie Boys, Ice-T, Dead Kennedys, Minor Threat, The Misfits, Bad Brains, Run-D.M.C., KRS-One, Public Enemy as well as Tony Alva, Jay Adams, Alan Gelfand, Duane Peters, and Stacy Peralta just to drop a few names on your lap.
But Glen is more than just a great photographer and artist, he's a great personality with a biting opinion about pretty much everything, a father and now a pretty damn good friend (email) of mine. He's one swell dude. Well, enough rambling by me... let's let Glen take over in that department. Enjoy!