MARQUIS AMERICA had the pleasure and honor to get an exclusive interview with Justice Howard. She is simply inspiring, an extraordinary artist and photographer!
Here our hot questions for Justice, “femme extraordinaire”:
Give us an inside look at your career as a photographer and artist, what drives Justice these days from a professional perspective?
Well the first thing is that I never Â do Â anything Â twice. Â I never Â replicate anything that Â I have already done. Â A lot of people fall in love with a certain photo and want me to Â copy Â it and I refuse to do that. I mean, why would I want to Â do something I’ve ALREADY DONE? That is not Â progressively Â or artistically moving forward Â in my opinion. Â SO that is one thing that drives me. Another thing is that I try to shoot people that Â inspire me. Whether Â it is thier look, or thier style, or thier spirit. IF I Â bond with someone thier shots Â come out Â phenomenally. Example: Perish is someone I really like to shoot and we really “synched” together well I think and his look really inspires me Â as well as his professional ethics. I remember a Â photo shoot a while back I had Â three guys for a fashion shoot for Junker Â clothing and Perish was THE most incredible of all of them and THE Â most professional plus Â he had great professional work ethics, The other guys were Â joystikkin’ around, popping pills, etc etc Â and Perish Â was taking his shit serious so when he stepped in front of the lens he just Â ROKKED IT HARD! Â Needless to say his shots were the winners of the day!
Describe your unique signature style!
I think my art is very clean , well lit, and technically tight Â however, also Â on the Â edgy side. I did an interview last month where Â they asked me to describe my art in one word. I Â had to think about that one Â for a while and the word I eventually Â landed on was “DISTINGUISHABLE”.Â
What are your personal favorite models worldwide?
Well Â the people I like ‘personally’ are the peopleÂ I like professionally too. I find that if I Â genuinely Â dig someone Â thier photos Â turn out amazing!!! Â I just did Â some shots of Â this gorgeous Â chica who flew in from San Francisco to shoot with me and I had spoken to her on the phone for about an hour Â previous to the shoot and I was quite enamoured with her spirit! Â When I met her in person this was Â immediately Â validated Â as she was just as cool in person as she was Â on the phone and Â since I really cared about her as a person Â I wanted to do an amazing job for her Â and that was EXACTLY what happend. Her shots Â are through the roof Â and she was very Â very happy with the outcome. More specific answers to that question Â would Â also Â be as Â follows:
MAMIE VAN DOREN
Where do you pick up your wardrobe for your photo shoots?
I dont ever go looking for anything unless its something Â that is very specific to a certainÂ I styling of the shoot itself. Most of the Â things I use are from friends and once again, peopleÂ I like and whatÂ I do in alot of Â casesÂ I trade Â useage for useage. Which means Â they give me useage of Â the clothing and I give them useage of the photos as long as the shots have my copyrighted logo onÂ them , so its a reciprocal deal.
Who is your favorite designer?
Id say Thierry Mugler . I remember seeing this piece Â he had designed a while back and I’ve never forgotten it.It was a leather corset and Â it Â actually Â had Â motorcycle Â handlebars Â with Â rear view Â mirrors with flamesÂ on the topÂ of the corset. It was really quite soemthing Â and to this day I’ve never forgotten that outfit!Â
What are you always on the hunt for?
Great locations. Any time im driving in a car I’m scouting locations. I have a little booklet I write them all down in. When I see a great oneÂ I write the crosstreets down and Â a note beside the Â location as to what style would look good there.Â
What was your most bizarre photo shoot?
Probably the “ILL PISS ON YOUR GRAVE” Â shoot. A while back I got to thinking that people always say that Â and I was thinking it would make a great photograph Â with that title. Thing is, all graveyards are now really hard to get into so we had to bust into one in East L.A. Â at 3 AM Â with a crowbar. It was Â located in East LA and I remember it was Â myself and Nikki Sinn and Henri Pachard (famous porno director) Â and my Â pal Casey Chaos who at the time was in a band called Christian Death. Nikki Â had been drinking cofffee all Â night so she Â could piss well for the camera Â and I was Â trying to find the Â perfect gravestone visually for the photo. She kept yelling “hurry up hurry up I have to piss!” Â and finally I found the perfect Â looking grave Â and she came over in her dainty looking shoes and Â this dainty looking Â frilly skirt and let this stream of piss go Â that Â lasted 2 – 3 mins Â while Â I rapped off mega- frames with my motor drive. I showed the Â photo Â at an exhibit I had and a lawyer bought it Â and everyone Â loved it. Thats not Â really Â THE Â most bizarre shoot but it is Â a good Â story that I can tell here Â on this Â upscale Marquis Â website!
Which music style do you like?
Hard & heavy baby!
I like :
Â Â Â MINISTRY
Â Â Â Â HELLHOUND
Â Â Â Â DEATHRIDERS Â (my boyfriends band)
Â Â Â Â ATREYU
Â Â Â Â ROB ZOMBIE
Â Â Â Â TOM WAITSÂ
Are you a fetish or fashion photographer?
Neither one, now. Â However, when I first started out I was a fetish photographer Â and Â there were Â only 5 of us shooting fetish related material back then. I had an exhibit a long Â time ago, Â 9 years ago now, Â that was called BLACK & WHITE & BRUTAL Â and Â it was all fetish related Â imagery Â and no one even knew what Â fetish was back then at all. Lotsa questions Â like “Why are those heels so high ” Â and “what are those things the Â girls are wearing?” (they were corsets of course} because back then no one knew anything about what fetish was or Â even what the ‘look’ of it was . A few people were ahead of the Â curve back then but not too many.
What would people be most surprised to know about you?
ThatÂ I dont smoke, drink or do drugs ( I quit partying in my 20’s) Â that I have a sewing machine and I Â know how to Â use it Â and Â I love puppies.Â
If you werenâ€™t in this business, where would you be?
I’d probably Â be a stripper casue my boobs are really big LOL!Â
What tips would you give women and men in general to be well rounded, balancing out life and career?
#1…..If someone in your life is making you Â unhappy or stressing you Â out Â GET RID OF THEM ….
#2….Learn your craftÂ Â Â Dont just pick up a Â camera Â and Â voila youre a photographer, It doesnt work Â like that! Take the time to study Â the Â craft.
#3….Follow your Â passions Â ……follow your dreams don’t let anyone else stop you Â or stand in Â yourÂ way Â .Â
What can your fans expect from you in the future going forward?
Â Â I have a smokin deal Â at http://www.myspace.com/diva_dolls Â and tons of girls have signed up for it. Ive dropped my Â price so girls who need photos Â can get them and its a great deal for Â new models Â especially. And Ive gotten Â some of the Dive Dolls I’ve shot magazine covers and full pages in Â a lot of Â mags as well as Â in my Â new MOTORGIRLS calendar. One girl Jenny Â had never modelled before Â and she got the calendar COVER Â and another page inside. So its got great possibilities for Â new models. So theres that, and Â the next thing would be my Â new exhibit coming up in 2010 at Verve Gallery on Gallery Row at Wilshire & LA Brea. .Thats not til 2010 Â but Im working on that right now and will be shooting ELVIRA Â soon for that. That shows gonna be a blowout. Â
Last question, Â where can we see your work online?
Â Â www.justicehoward.com Â always has new content of course and we are Â in the middle of a site rebuild which will be up in a couple of months now. Stay fierce my lovelies!!!Â
Source: InterviewÂ from Erik von Gutenberg with Justice Howard, exclusive for MARQUIS AMERICA