SEATTLE - To celebrate the 20th anniversary release of Nirvana's In Utero album, Silver Platters record store in SoDo offered free tattoos of the band's iconic smiley face logo to anyone who purchased the remastered CD or vinyl.
The back corner of the store became an impromptu Nirvana convention, with fans who went to Nirvana shows back in the day trading stories with fans who were just babies 20 years ago.
There were supplies for 70 tattoos, and they expected to go through them all. Universal, who is reissuing the album, paid for the tattoo supplies and artists.
Seattle Police Department's Operation Orange Fingers went down this morning as the gates opened at Hempfest. The first thousand people through the gates were given a bag of Nacho Cheese Doritos. Each bag had a sticker reminding festival goers what the marijuana rules in in Washington State are:
HEMPFESTERS! We thought you might be hungry. We also thought now might be a good time for a refresher on the do's and don'ts of I-502.
Dont's: Don't drive while high. Don't give, sell, or shotgun weed to people under 21. Don't use pot in public. You could be cited but we'd rather give you a warning. Do's: Do listen to Dark Side of the Moon at a reasonable volume. Do enjoy Hempfest.
It was a slow night at work covering breaking news in Seattle, so I decided to drive around town to shoot a few time lapses of Seattle's beautiful skyline.
I found a great spot just south of town along 12th Ave. I was hoping to get the sun setting, but I got there too late. The sun had already ducked behind the hills. I decided to shoot the city as it dusked into darkness.
It really looked cool as the lights of the city started to turn on.
Not everyone who enjoyed Friday's night's epic Paul McCartney concert paid for the experience. KOMO News photojournalist Steve Fedoriska was with fans who refused to let the lack of a ticket get in their way of the fun.
The United Black Christian Clergy, a ministerial alliance of more than 30 pastors throughout King County, led a peaceful prayer and march through Seattle's Central District Wednesday evening. The opening prayer was given by Rev. Dr. Samuel McKinney of Mount Zion Baptist Church.
The group is calling for the Justice Department to investigate George Zimmerman for civil rights violations against Trayvon Martin, and for the revision or removal of "Stop and Frisk" as well as "Stand Your Ground" laws.
Last week Jeff Burnside and I traveled just over Snoqualmie Pass to Lake Cle Elum to see something that hasn't happened in 100 years. Sockeye salmon, the first to hatch here since the Yakima and Columbia rivers were dammed, returned to the lake to spawn. An effort led by the Yakima Indian Tribe brought 1000 salmon here to spawn 4 years ago, their offspring then traveled out to the Pacific and back again. The salmon needed a little extra help from a truck to get over the last two dams, but the Yakima Tribe hopes this success will be just the beginning and plan to return more species to more lakes.
Here is some of the raw footage we shot, along with the words of 91 year old Yakima Tribal Elder Virginia Beaver.
Tacoma's LeMay Car Museum has a new NASCAR exhibit opening this weekend. Each stage of NASCAR's evolution is represented with a car from the era. From the early days of running moonshine to today's high tech cars, the exhibit gives a great picture of how NASCAR grew to be the second most popular sport in the country.
The exhibit opens Sunday and is scheduled to run for one year.
There are no personal bests at the Color Run, a 5k held in Seattle Sunday morning. Race officials don't even time the event, instead focusing on having fun, that and lots and lots of colored cornstarch.
Runners start the race dressed all in white, like brand new blank canvases. Throughout the run they get "painted" at color stations. I showed up in time for the race after party, where any blank canvas got thoroughly covered.
The clean up station was a guy with a leaf blower.
Mission Ridge Ski Resort ends each season with a "Dummy Downhill", sort of a demolition derby on a ski jump. We loaded up the news car with cameras and headed out to Wenatchee to capture the craziness. Click HERE for the full story that Matt Markovich and I put together.
We brought 5 cameras to cover this event. Our two big cameras were at both at the top and bottom of the hill, we used those to get the majority of our video. The really fun stuff however came from the on-board shots we got with our three GoPro cameras. They are small enough to catch a ride on the dummies, and tough enough to take the abuse.
The real challenge was the steep and snowy hill, Each of the little cameras had to be run up the hill, attached to a dummy, then you had to get back down the hill in time to shoot the run with the big camera and retrieve the little camera from the carnage.
This story was a fun challenge both as a photographer and and editor. We don't normally get to use 2 cameras, let alone 5, and syncing all that action up was a lot of fun. Hope you like it!
Special thanks to Josh Markovich for his GoPro work.
It can be difficult to enter situations like this house fire. We never know the mood of people or how they’ll welcome our cameras. But experience has taught me that quite often, people WANT to talk. This was the case with Gina Axe. She agreed to wear my microphone as she watched her home burn. It’s a powerful thing when folks let me into their lives like that, and even after the interview was over, she kept me updated on things.
There is a competitive side as well. My interview with Gina was under the nose of a photojournalist from a competing station, one whom I have immense respect for. That I was able to beat him to Gina's story in such a chaotic scene was immensely gratifying.
First and Union may be the brightest spot downtown thanks to a new permanent exhibit adorning the northwest corner of the Seattle Art Museum.
For MIRROR, artist Doug Aitken took hundreds of hours of footage from all around the Northwest, then programmed giant screens to play different video depending on different inputs, such as the weather and traffic.
Especially at night, MIRROR is stunning. The large monitors are topped with ribbon thin screens that draw your eye upwards into the night. It's nearly impossible to not stop and be transfixed. The piece will be unveiled Sunday, March 24th. First Avenue will be shut down and the Seattle Symphony will perform a piece choreographed with the first video. The event is sold out.
MIRROR was commissioned by the late philanthropist Bagley Wright.
Early Sunday morning crews removed the wreckage of the Maule M5 plane that on Saturday had crashed into a home in Woodinville, killing the pilot and seriously injuring a passenger. The NTSB investigation is ongoing.