RIP Mitch Lucker of Suicide Silence, Kenadee Lucker benefit
Mitch Lucker passed away the other week from a motorcycle accident. Mitch was the frontman for Suicide Silence and a father. Despite their intense band name, the five make up some of the most caring people I ever met. Check out what they did for some kids during the holidays here. I had the opportunity to photograph them several times over the past five years. I wash’t extremely close with Mitch, but whenever we saw each other we were able to hang out. I never did a tour with Suicide Silence, however they were on Warped Tour at the same time I was in 2010. When you tour with someone you grow close to them as you hang out and see them everyday. You might not see them again for another year or so, but the friendship doesn’t fade. It takes a backseat until your next encounter with said friend. I have never had someone I photographed multiple times end up dying. It’s a wild thing to come to terms with and gathering the images below brought me to tears on multiple occasions.
Before I get into the images I want to say that Mitch left behind a daughter that he cared dearly about. I am making two prints I have of him available for purchase. All profits go to Kenadee Lucker’s education fund. You can also donate directly to her at www.suicidesilence.net
This image is my favorite image to date prior to Mitch’s death, and because of these recent events I don’t imagine I will ever be able to top it.
Oli of Bring Me The Horizon was kind enough to team up with me to sell this image. All orders of this image will first be delivered to Oli in London. He will then sign, write a message for Mitch, and mail them out to you on his own dollar. Thanks Oli, means a lot.
Robot Mosh Fest at Skate Country in West Bend, Wisconsin on August 21st, 2006
They put my image on their Myspace after this show and my 16-year-old self was more stoked than ever.
Show at The Orchard Inn in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin on May 26th, 2007
I talked to Mitch after this show and referenced above images, he recalled them and told me how much he loved them, he gave me his Sidekick e-mail address, I think it was Mitchypoo@tmail.com. Again, my 17-year-old self was so excited.
Show at The Orchard Inn in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin on September 20th, 2007
Second show at same venue, didn’t talk to him this time though.
South By So What at the Dr. Pepper Arena in Frisco, Texas on March 14th, 2010
I emailed their manager and he set up this quick shoot for me with the guys during the day. This was my first time working with the band.
Various Warped Tour 2010 images
I hung out with everyone in the band on several different occasions during the summer of 2010, after all we spent about 50 days on the same tour. It was a wild summer.
Show at Soma in San Diego, California on October 28th, 2010
I met up with my buddy from Minneapolis who was on the road with Suicide Silence being their “party tech”. He let me shoot around a bunch before doors. Mitch’s daughter just so happened to be at this show and I grabbed a bunch of images of them together. It means a lot to me when someone lets me photograph them with their kid, it takes a certain amount of trust. I appreciated him letting me do so.
These next few images all took place before Mitch headed to stage to play that night. Basically we were all sitting backstage when Mitch started stretching. Kenadee walked up to him and started copying everything he did in her own little way.
That’s all I got. RIP Mitch, thanks for making millions of peoples lives better- mine included.