TONY STAMOLIS: “Frezno” (2008)



By Doug Rickard, for ASX, 2008

Take a fast-drive into a cement wall… broken AC / sweat stained moustache drippin’ – ugly streets& stupid palm trees standin’ in a row tellin’ you to run away from here!  Dirt in your ratty hair – Mexican blood on your vinyl seat –broken glass smashed in your white forehead, this is taco bell-trash bin hell-livin’. Leftover drugs and crusty-boogers in your pitted nose- old polyester folks in big oldsmobiles sipping stale ice tea. Nothing to do – bored as fuck – drug and drive- skate and fight – hump and cuss – armpit-fruit-pickin’ capitol of the Cali American blues. Redheaded-central valley-stepchild – KISS RULES-KISS MY ASS – go fuck yourself. Broken down bus- crops of stinky mean-green growin’- bandana over your fat face black shades – smilin’ skinny Santa bringing needles in a brown bag. Dirt for sale – skinny face – blood on your scabbed fist – naked tramp-stamp love while bedbugs be bitin’. Wish I could float on a dirty canal right on the fuck out of here-float down to LA -find an empty dream to latch on to- spray paint my heart jet black.


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Tony Stamolis‘ tour de armpit force of California’s Fresno is righteous-meth-mad- migrant worker livin’… a photographic onslaught of  the ugly dirty beautiful. A camera full of fugly-poppin’ pill-mushroom-love. This book is an ode to a brand of America, an ode to hot dusty loser city… an ode to the lives that just keep livin’, the lives that break and just keep givin’-and keep on wiggin’… the one’s that burn like the sun, and pop like a rocket. This is the America that will tell you to kiss their ass and then share a beer with you while your car is overheating- light a smoke sucka you have no place to go. This piece of art is the real deal.  FREZNO does Fresno proud.

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Published in November 2008, FREZNO is destined to be a cult classic.



Photographs by Tony Stamolis.
Process Books, 2009. 136 pp., 100 color illustrations, 9×6¾”. 

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