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I'm a Freelance Music Photojournalist from NYC and Founder of the Heavy Metal website; I created this blog site to showcase the other things in life that keep my interest or catch my attention. Believe me that is a lot of stuff to talk about when it comes down to it. I hope you enjoy what we are delivering because there is so much to share as a resident of this bustling metropolis.

Reflecting On The Reasons Behind Memorial Day

It’s Memorial Day once again but as many people are wisely posting on their various social networking profiles, it is a day that is so much more than being about BBQ’s with your friends and family or getting some fast savings on appliances and other tangible crap. It’s a day that is one meant for honor and respectful thanks to those who lost their lives for our country in the service of the United States Armed Forces.

God Bless America

The photo below is of Private First Class Anthony Kosko who served in the U.S. Army back during World War II. He was the youngest of my Grandmother’s six brothers and sisters. All were first generation offspring of Russian Immigrants and were residents of Greenpoint Brooklyn. He was stationed in Anzio, Italy back in April 16th of 1945 and was killed in action by enemy forces. He was nineteen years old at the time according to the family passed down history. The war would end five months later and interestingly enough I learned that he originally lied about his age to be able to enlist.

PFC Anthony Kosko

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Getting Our Convention On With Blog World & BEA 2012

Please excuse this break from the regularly scheduled programming, but I wanted to send you over to a new posting over on the PiercingMetal Musings Blog that speaks to a couple of the conventions that I am looking forward to attending. Click the logo below to be taken right over there in a hot second. Thanks for listening.

The events are in two weeks and readers can count on some type of coverage of them either here or on the PiercingMetal Blog as soon as time allows me to do so. We don’t want you to feel left out of the fun after all. What do you think about the matter? Should we relegate some of the convention adventures to this side of the creative fence? Chime in down below and let me know what you think.

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PiercingKen Blog Breaks The Sophomore Curse (or Welcome To Year 2)

Hey there. I just wanted to take a quick commercial break from the regularly scheduled blogging to let you all know that the PiercingKen Blog has successfully hit the beginning of our second year. It’s exciting for me to say the least because I was still enjoying the feeling of accomplishment after recently celebrating seven years of as a website and having its own blog hit five years shortly after that. When one considers how rapidly blogs and websites come and go nowadays thanks to things like Facebook Pages it’s always nice to have clocked in with another year of creative output.

I’ll admit to the readers that I really love having the PiercingKen Blog because it lets me do absolutely anything that I feel like tossing into the mix. Sometimes I will talk about music or past experiences in the field and sometimes I will do something with a more culinary flair and show you how to properly assemble a Vietnamese chicken noodle soup. PiercingKen is my catch all, but at the same time is a real day to day life observance through my eyes and will bring to your attention anything that I see that I feel like writing about or sharing with you. Some readers love it and there are others who, well, I really don’t care if they like it or not. Those folks can spend their time surfing around for other stuff that suits their fancy.

I’ve been going through so many photo folders to see what we have for upcoming posts and believe me there is a healthy amount of “travelog” kind of stuff to share with you along with whatever else happens to amuse me at the time. I might even scan some older photographs of places that I shot years ago and would like to explore as a creative today. Who knows. Just stay tuned by subscribing to our RSS Feed or adding our Official Facebook Page or Twitter. Thanks for making the past two years a lot of fun, I love keeping you entertained.

Evidence Of Incredible Hulk Frustration Observed Near PiercingMetal HQ

In hindsight I probably should have posted these photos when I first took them, but I didn’t because at first I was not too sure what had happened and then when I realized what it was, I simply didn’t want cause alarm among the general populace of my region. Still there is no time like the present and its very clear that had a semi-close encounter with the Incredible Hulk right up the street from our PiercingMetal HQ. Talk about a close call.

Clearly something pissed off the emerald giant, and it was very likely something that we shall learn more about in this weeks upcoming “Avengers” film. As you can see this alarm box was made very short work of but I expected this result in this kind of encounter. Its almost like a metal pretzel.

That being said, its all I have for you today. Be careful out there my friends.

Music History Spaces: The Brill Building

I just happened to be walking past the famous Brill Building the other night and I decided to snap a photo of it but despite my trying, I was unable to get one without someone passing right by me. It’s a single shot I must admit, but its one that still helps you reflect upon the amazing amount of music that came out of this building. For decades this was a veritable song factory that found legends such as Carole King and Neil Diamond working day in and day out to churn out the hits that Don Kirshner would ask them to provide.

To the best of my recollection I have never been inside the Brill Building so I don’t know if there are any other plaques or statuary to its history. Perhaps that is a mission I can undertake for the blog if I put my most charming self in front of me when walking past their doors. If I do that I promise to share it with you here for sure.

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