BBoy Monsters - Mike Fresh, Explorer. BBoy Mike fresh posing on the sidewalk in dumbo.

BBoy Monster – Mike Fresh

BBoy Monster – Mike Fresh, Sumo Stance 2016 Archival Pigment Print 24″ x 17″ inches | edition of 10 In preparation for my upcoming BBoy Monsters show next Saturday, May 14 @Reed Space in New York’s LES. I have been adding local NYC BBoys to my existing stable of BBoy Monsters. Today I unveil my latest collaboration, with BBoy Mike Fresh of Supreme Beings Crew!!!  Mike Fresh is a fitness instructor, as well as a fierce BBoy with a powerful athletic style. Here I tried to capture the dynamics of his style by stepping back with the camera a bit, and …

Showcard for BBoy Monsters at Reed Space, by Johnny Tang.

BBoy Monsters at Reed Space!!!

  Hope to see you there!!!   Thanks to a successful crowdfunding campaign, I am honored to cordially invite you to the opening of BBoy Monsters my first NYC solo exhibition!!!! Come out for an evening of art and dancing!! Photographs will be on display till May 31st, hope you can make it!!! BBoy Monsters @Reed Space May 14 – 31, 2016 151 Orchard St. New York, NY 10002 Artist Reception: May 14 4-7:00PM Sign up for my Secret Society and never miss a post! Just hit SUBSCRIBE over in the top right for details!!! Please support this work by …

Popping Monster - Sun Kim, Buddha's Slap. Sun Kim tutting in DUMBO Brooklyn with 5 arms.

Popping Monster – Sun Kim

Popping Monster – Sun Kim, Buddha’s Slap 2016 Archival Pigment Print 24″ x 17″ inches | edition of 10 Allow me to introduce the latest addition to my Monsters series: Popping Monster – Sun Kim!!! Sun is not only a talented dancer with legendary popping skills, but also a dance instructor, and a choreographer! Not content with conquering events such as: Step Ya Game Up 2014, Book of styles 2014, and Immortal Street Dance battle 2013. Sun has also appeared in commercials, music videos, and has even taught a Popping workshop at Princeton University. Sun is currently preparing for Who You Are, an innovative and experimental …

Popping Monster - Sun Buddha's Box. Sun Kim posing in DUMBO Brooklyn , tutting with 6 arms.

Published in Daily Mail Online Today!!!!

From my latest set of Popping Monsters – Sun, Buddha’s Box (more to come soon!) My BBoy Monsters were published in the Daily Mail UK this morning! The headline reads “How many arms and legs? Break dancers are turned into Buddhas for bizarre photography project” I guess it makes sense that this work ended up in a tabloid newspaper. But with a circulation of over 1,700,000 I’m not going to complain! With 6 days left to my indiegogo campaign, more exposure for this work is exactly what I need!!! Thank you to all my fans, contributors and collectors! Your continued …

BBoy Monster: Heat Rock 2.0

BBoy Monsters: Heat – Pharaoh 2016 Archival Pigment Print 24″ x 17″ inches | edition of 10   If you like this work, please consider making a donation to my indiegogo campaign!!! As of this morning we are 16% funded with 22 days left!! Heat Rock, the dancer I’m presenting to you today, is a master of many styles and is known far and wide for his fantastic musicality. I met Heat as a popper many years ago before he transitioned into a full fledged BBoy. He was one of the first BBoy Monsters I ever shot, but it always bothered me how …

BBoy Monsters: Jumanji - Pretzel. BBoy Jumanji with threading in a shoulder freeze with 4 legs and 3 arms

BBoy Monsters Indiegogo Launch

Exciting things are happening!! I’ve been awarded a solo show at Reed Space, a lifestyle boutique store in NYC’s Lower East Side, which also features an art gallery!!! I will be showing work from my BBoy Monsters series, half of which will be new work shot this year featuring local NYC dancers. The show opens Saturday, May 14, 2016 with an opening reception from 4-7:00pm. The show will be up for 4 weeks. I have also just launched a crowdsourcing campaign on Indiegogo to help relieve some of the production costs for the show. Please have a look by clicking …

BBoy Monsters: Jumanji - Iaido. BBoy Jumanji posing against a grey cement wall with 6 arms making gun gestures.

BBoy Monsters: Jumanji

BBoy Monsters – Jumanji, Iaido 2016 Archival Pigment Print 24″ x 17″ inches | edition of 10   Introducing the latest addition to my BBoy Monsters: Jumanji, of Floor Obsessions Crew!! Jumanji is an up and coming BBoy in the NYC scene, and is really starting to hit his stride. While I am writing this, he is currently in Salzburg, Austria, competing in the international 2 vs 2 at Circle Industry 2016. This guy is a beast! I’ve known Jumanji for about half a decade, and have witnessed firsthand his impressive dedication to the dance. His aggressive and fluid style …

Invictus Excerpt

Why the Colorful Shoes?

Excerpt from Invictus What’s with the colorful shoes? This is a question I get a lot when it comes to my self-portrait work. The short and simple answer, is that it’s an allusion to my youthful days as a competitive BBoy (break dancer). The long and complicated answer however, is that they’re there to represent the mysteries of life we have yet to solve. Sounds like art school bullshit, I know. But bare with me a little. The World of One is centered around the themes of dichotomy and paradox. I use the black and white suits as a metaphor …

A group of Asian gentleman standing in a circle on a hill, with a fall scene in the background. At the center of the circle is an Asian gentleman in white, floating in mid air on his back.

World of One: Memento Mori

Memento Mori 2015 Archival Pigment Print from 35mm Negatives 24 x 47 1/8 inches | edition of 5   When our friends pass away, they take a piece of us with them. Their absence leaves a void in our lives, directly proportional to the impact they made in them. Memento Mori was created with this concept in mind, and was meant to be a tribute to my friends who’ve passed away. But I wouldn’t exactly consider this a successful image (not striking enough), so it’ll have to remain in the “almost good” pile for the time being. What bothers me …

Two images, both of an asian guy in a suit doing a headstand on a natural background. One on the left shot using digital, one on the right using film.

Why I Shoot Film

I often make it a big deal that I’ve shot the nearly the entirety of my World of One photo series on film. I prefer to shoot on film because it adds to the craft of the image, and also adds to the viewer’s appreciation of the piece. A smarter person might not choose to work in this way, as it is not an efficient or cost-effective method to make work, but I am passionate about the visual and artistic integrity of my art, so I stand by my decision to shoot on film. While certainly there are artistic advantages to …