Johnny Riggs worked as a DJ at WHFS in Baltimore/Washington D.C. from 1992-2000, XM Radio from 2000-2002, and now works again at WHFS. He also met a lot of musicians when he played in the bands Cinnamon Toast and Trampoline. These portraits were taken with a Polaroid Captiva.
Los Angeles, 1999.
"I remember being surprised by how tall he was (WAY over 6 feet). I remember asking him on the what he had in his pockets. He reached down deep, brought out some bills and said 'some money,' and plunked down a small baggie and added, 'and a bag of weed.'"
Columbia, Maryland, 1995
Virginia, mid 1990s
New York City, 1999
Radio City Music Hall, New York City, 1996
"She asked me to take a closeup of her 'snaggletooth', but I didn't have a closeup lens."
Landover, Maryland, 1999
Washington, D.C., 1999
Columbia, Maryland, late 1990s
"I was reading The Big Book of Beastly Mispronunciations by Charles Harrington Elster, and I had just learned that you're supposed to pronounce the name of the herb "cumin" in the same way that you would say 'I'm comin' to get ya.' Michael asked to see the book. After reading the 'cumin' section he handed it back to me and deadpanned 'I'm not saying that.'"
Maryland, late 1990s
"He was walking with a cane, but didn't seem to have a limp."
Tibetan Freedom Concert, Washington, D.C., 1998.
Tibetan Freedom Concert, New York City, 1997
"Perry and I were wandering around looking for somewhere interesting to take a photograph. He decided that someone's head being massaged was a good background."
Virginia, late 1990s
Las Vegas, 1997
Los Angeles, late 1990s
Washington D.C., 1996.
Lollapalooza, Chicago, 1995.
Dave Grohl in Maryland, 1997.
Gwen Stefani, June 1, 1996.
Snoop Dogg in Los Angeles, 1999.
Courtney Love, 1995.
Eminem in New York City, 1999.
Jewel in Baltimore,1995.
Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips in Landover Maryland, 1999.
Fiona Apple at the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC, 1999.
Michael Stipe of R.E.M. In Columbia, Maryland at Merriwether Post Pavilion in the late 1990s.
Perry Farrell backstage at the Tibetan Freedom Concert in New York City, 1997.
Ice Cube in Las Vegas, 1997.
Jeff Buckley, May 2, 1996.
Liam Gallagher of Oasis, Washington DC, 1996.