A few weeks ago, on the coldest day of a surprising Texas winter, when ice was literally falling from the sky, I convinced Jon and Barbara to stand around and look attractive on the top floor of a windy parking garage. Our poor photographer, Wes Ellis, had dislocated his elbow the week before and shot these one-handed wearing a sling. The odds were against us.
Hard work and the risk of hypothermia paid off, and I'm very excited about how these turned out. Hopefully you are, too. By now you've likely seen them on our social, and I wanted to provide a look behind the curtain on the photoshoot for the Grimm Nuckelavee merch.
Behind the scenes with a freshly injured Wes.
Here's a shot of the garage from The Terminator that we used for inspiration. Ominous, right? We also looked at stills from Fight Club and Attack the Block to help capture the right mood. The hope was that the setting would come across as threatening as the characters portrayed by Jon and Barb and as dangerous as the Nuckelavee.
In terms of character, I felt like this photo of JGL from the movie Hesher perfectly encapsulated the vibe of a gritty heavy metal devotee, the kind of person who would have a badass Frank Frazetta motif airbrushed on the side of their beater van. You might notice us playing on Metallica lyrics in some of our social.
Thanks for reading. Now go learn more about Frazetta, watch those movies I mentioned, and listen to Sabbath.