Tommy Stinson, Hudson NY 2016 by Justin Borucki

One of the coolest things I can experience as a photographer is being welcomed into the home of legendary musicians. RollingStone.com gave me the chance to do a home-based shoot with Tommy Stinson – you may have heard of him playing in The Replacements and a little band called Guns ‘n’ Roses. I headed out to his Hudson, NY house, and it was incredible to see how he lives and what his personal studio is like.

Tommy’s home was filled with rock ‘n’ roll treasures, including a great deal of The Replacements memorabilia that he had gathered for a charity auction. It was like a sneak peek to be able to see it.

Another sneak peek was when I got to hear him rehearsing a cover of The Rolling Stones’ “Angie” that he was working on for a performance later that evening. Getting to enjoy a private at-home preview was definitely a huge highlight for me and it was an honor to work with him.

Throw Back: Murdering Motherfuckers With Ice-T 2014 by Justin Borucki

You know it’s going to be an interesting day when you pick up the phone on a conference call and the first thing you hear is Ice-T yelling, “I wanna murder motherfuckers!” at you.

That was the pre-cursor to heading to Brooklyn to shoot the cover and publicity shots for the 2014 album for Ice-T’s band Body Count. Considering the album was called “Manslaughter” his request makes sense. 

I had worked with Ice-T before and he is extremely passionate about his band and their music. After he had laid out his “I wanna murder motherfuckers” concept, I told him we should give it a good ol’ grindhouse treatment to really fit what he was looking for. A little of his idea, a little of my idea, but we were clearly on the same creative page. I created a mock-up, and the art director did an amazing job bringing it to life – check out the before and after:

Fun Fact: several of the actors who appeared on the album cover have also appeared on “Law & Order: SVU” with Ice-T too. Looks like good things happen around Ice – even if he IS “murdering motherfuckers.”

Metal Hammer cover shoot with Mastodon by Justin Borucki

Back in February of this year, I hopped over to Atlanta to grab some shots of Mastodon in their fantastic new rehearsal space, Ember City.

Brent Hinds has the best prankster sense of humor so it wasn’t much of a shock when he walked in with his pit bull, a green “fez” hat, glasses that would have made Elton John envious, and tons of heavy gold chains à la Mr. T. It was absolutely amazing but since it wasn’t quite the look Metal Hammer magazine had in mind for a cover shoot, I did gently talk him into changing.

Once the official shoot was wrapped I got to indulge in one of the best parts of my job – I kept snapping while the band started jamming out on one of their brand new songs. It’s always such an honor to witness artists in the process of creating.

I’m sure a lot of Atlanta bands will really enjoy the opportunity to rent out the rehearsal space too.