Man finds the true meaning of ‘gold rush’ when he discovers Cactus Cooler in the wild.
Director RICKETT & SONES
Producer NICHOLAS DESANTIS
Director of Photography DOUG EMMETT
Camera Assistant SELINA RUTHE
Grip ERIC SANCHEZ
Editing & Visual Effects RYAN RICKETT
Telecine NICK HASSON
Sound Producer DAN SNOW & ANARCHY POST
Sound Mixer KYLE LANE
Costume Designer SARAH YELLIN
Horse Wrangler JOSHUA WATSON
Cowboy TYLER HAINES
One of our current career highlights was shooting a book for Tim & Eric. A whole book! We’re practically best selling authors now! Shooting with T&E is always awesome, they are truly geniuses and it is an honor to work with them. We basically get paid to laugh all day and then we get to brag about it later, to the three people who look at our blog.
Pontiac came back from the dead and hired us to make a commercial for the 1980 Firebird Trans Am. With the help of some very talented people we were able to make this ridiculous passion project become a reality.
Director RICKETT & SONES
Producer NICHOLAS DESANTIS
Director of Photography TODD BELL
Makeup VERONICA CHANEL
Wardrobe SONIA RICKETT
Post Producer BRIAN WENDEL
Editing, Color and Visual Effects RYAN RICKETT
Sound Designer CJ CARPENTER
Sound Mixer DAVID BALL
Special Thanks to JULISSA ONATE, SHANE RICHARDSON, GHOSTLIGHT and WILD WOODS
Sonia and I directed a music video for Shepard Fairey’s new music project NØISE (his collaboration with Merritt Lear, Joe Cassidy and John Goff).
Shot on location at Harvard & Stone in Hollywood, CA, in collaboration with Anthem Films, DP Bryant Jansen, stylist Anna Su, hair and makeup by Morgan Silva, and producers Nicholas Desantis and Derek Dale.
Decker (Tim Heidecker) won’t let terrorisms on his watch. We shot the poster for the show and let us tell you this guy is the real brass balls he shot and killed a bunch of bad guys on set who were trying to steal our camera and our freedoms so thanks God for you Decker.
Marie Turnor makes beautiful handbags, clutches, wallets and accessories. The entire collection is made right here in California, and we have had the pleasure of having them as a client for a few years now. In addition to shooting all of their product photography, we also get asked to shoot their look books. We had a lot of fun shooting this one in our downtown LA studio.
Boom Bip asked us to make a music video promoting his album Zig Zaj. We had a really cool idea that fell through at the last minute. What do you do when that happens? Well of course you call special lighting effects guru Joey Jensen to come to your back yard and bring a smoke machine, a projector, and a bunch of circus lights. Then you drink Tecate and proceed to get as weird and carried away as possible. Good times!
Neil Strauss is a renaissance man. I first met Neil back when he was living The Game, way before the term “pickup artist” became a cultural meme. I went to more than a few parties at the Hollywood Hills house where a lot of that story went down. We became friends back then and we have both evolved to become artists a lot different than those kids who partied together in Hollywood.
As the years went on we lost contact but as fate would have it we both ended up living on the same street in Malibu (he moved there, I moved there, we literally ran into each other on the beach one day). It was a very surreal and magical time for me and Sones, and getting back in touch with Neil was part of that magic. He is a very inspiring person and we are grateful to know him. He is literally the most driven artist I have ever known, his control over his own reality is astounding.
In his new book The Truth: An Uncomfortable Book About Relationships, Neil exposes himself and the transformation he went through in order to save his relationship with Ingrid, his wife. Sonia and I were there for a lot of that. In just the same way that I was orbiting Neil’s life during The Game, Sonia and I were orbiting Neil’s universe during The Truth as well.
It is with great pride that I get to share these images we shot of our friend Neil Strauss, to promote his new book. I have always looked up to Neil and his self-mastery, and I have been bugging him for a long time about shooting a portrait. The right moment finally came and we were able to make some magic together.
Ron Finley is a badass. He works hard to create wellness awareness in urban environments by planting gardens in low-income homes, sidewalks, you name it. In particular he aims to turn ‘food deserts’ (urban areas with no access to organic foods) into ‘food forests’ using what is readily available in these areas: open space.
Imagine a world where lunchtime means foraging in your own neighborhood. Where city kids can have organic salads instead of Happy Meals. Better yet, these kids can eat the meals they helped to grow! As Ron puts it, “If kids grow kale, kids eat kale.”
We had the privilege of photographing Ron in his garden, which was an amazing experience. Thriving only begins to describe how much life is bursting from his sidewalk utopia. After the shoot he loaded us up with armfuls of greens and we got to experience firsthand the fruits of his labors. Did you know there was a mustard green that tastes exactly like wasabi? Neither did we!
People like Ron are making the world a better place, and inspiring others to do the same. The rest of us need to put our shovels where our mouths are and go “plant some shit!”