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LA based photographer Octavio empties the crazy
cool contents of his head into surreal dreamscapes filled with beautiful
women. Then he takes bad ass photos of it. Though he professes it's all
about cussing, drinking and pussy, I've gotta insist there's more art there
than he's willing to take credit for. The rich vibrancy with which his ideas
are portrayed is even more striking than the Hotness Factor... though admittedly,
that factor is pretty high too. Octavio took some time from drinking bourbon
while getting a lap dance to talk to us about his rock and roll lifestyle.
Zine: You create some very elaborate sets and characters in your photos,
from robot maids to superhero women to mad party clowns to outer space battles.
Can you walk me through how these are brought to fruition? How do the ideas
for the characters, the building of the sets, the costuming, the models
and the shoots all fit together?
Octavio: Great question! people think I can pull these things out
of my ass like a stray Lima bean. Putting together these shoots can be tedious,
specially because I work with no budget whatsoever.
Many times the model inspires the shoot. There are hundreds of models who
have contacted me, and as I browse thru their portfolios, I think of ideas
and themes for the photos. I usually have an idea of what the final image
is gonna look like before I even load film in the camera, so I'm very particular
in my choice of models, props etc., unless I totally screw it all up…
Eros Zine: Your site has a hysterical and biting sense of humor, with a
satirical bio and the tag line "It's about fucking time." It seems like
a lot of people in your field take themselves very seriously. How do you
fit in with the fetish culture and other erotic artists?
Octavio: Yeah! I hear ya, photographers can be very self-centered and pompous
at times. I guess that goes for artists in general. Well, since now anyone
with a digicam and a cracked version of photoshop can consider themselves
a photographer or an artist...fine, more of them to make fun of! You really
can't take yourself too seriously when all you do all day long is take photos
of naked girlies.
far as fitting in, I'm friends and hang out with many of the known shooters.
We eat, drink, cuss and barely bring up the subject of photography. There
are other things in this world more important than this... like potted meat
Eros Zine: Agreed, potted meat is certainly of growing global concern. But
hanging out with the artists talking about meat in a can is one thing. On
the other hand, throughout your site, you speak your mind about posers and
the general bullshit of the industry. Does it ever get you into trouble?
Octavio: Not really...I get the occasional "you're an idiot or a hack"
email or comment once in a while. I'm quite upfront about expressing my
opinions, but my photos speak for themselves. The bottom line is: it's all
Eros Zine: There's sort of a Retro-Twilight Zone-Dreamscape feeling in a
lot of your color work, but your black and white seems more serious and
glamorous. Are you schizo?
Octavio: Yeah! absolutely- how did you know? I always like trying new things,
as long as there's booty involved. Doing black and white is a totally different
approach, so I adapt the subject to the medium.
Eros Zine: Where do you find your models and how well do you know them?
Man, let me tell you, finding models is the easiest thing around here. I
can stick my arm out the window and pull in a gal who's willing to pose
naked for free. It's convincing them to do "certain" poses that's the fun
part. I do get to know some of my models well enough to remember their names!
And some I never see again.
But my life doesn't revolve around hanging out with models and being seen
at a disco with 2 biyatches in each arm. Some of my models have become good
friends and we go out to dive places, do bourbon shots and puke in alleyways.
Eros Zine: Very sexy! In what decade do you think women were hottest?
Octavio: Always have been and always will be. Women are very beautiful
sexual creatures. It's my duty to humanity to document it thru photos. I
have like 2 billion more to go, so I'll be a bit busy.
Eros Zine: Thanks for working towards the cause! You're a big proponent
of strippers, booze and rock and roll. Is that why you live in LA?
Octavio: I actually moved to LA because I love a town where the sun shines
year round and nobody seems to have a job yet they all still make a living.
I guess that breeds porn stars, strippers, booze and rock and roll…the complete
Zine: How often do you enjoy the entertainment of strip clubs?
Octavio: Not as often I used to, but enough to put a cap on my lap-dance
budget. There's literally a strip club on every other corner in LA...so
imagine how long it takes me to walk 3 blocks.
Eros Zine: What the heck is Winkytiki?
Octavio: Winkytiki is the one eyed woody winker. I'd love to go down in
history as the guy who started an empire named after a penis.
Eros Zine: I'll drink to that. What's next for you?
Octavio: I have a book in the works that's keeping me busy (well, don't
all photographers?). Damn, I have a lot of shooting to do, but I'm on a
mental break right now. I bought me some sea monkeys and once they're old
enough to go to school and build entire cities in a fishbowl, I'll get back
to that project. Remember, it ain't art...just entertainment!
Well, Octavio, I hate to say it, but there's some art going on in there
too, and we dig it. Here's to sea monkeys, puke-free alleys and the Winkytiki
empire! You can learn more about Octavio on his sites winkytiki.com
Octavio - by Sez G.