Shields at the LG Nitro HD event, New Museum, New York, December 2011
April 29, 1982 |
Inline skating career
Shields competed professionally as a vert inline skater. He participated in the 1999 and 2000 X Games and toured with Tony Hawk in 2003. Shields directed an inline skate video titled .W.A.R. - We Are Rollerbladers starring Chris Haffey.
Shields began his photography career by posting pictures to MySpace. His publicist is Fraser Kee Scott (who ran London-based A Gallery), who he credits with discovering him, stating, "I have a lot of friends that are Scientologists ... Fraser [Kee Scott], the guy who runs that gallery, he found me back in the MySpace days. He is a very, very fucking smart guy and he has a great eye for things. He worked at my last gallery and to my knowledge he wasn't promoting Scientology to anybody, he was trying to sell art."
His work often involves images of violence and splattered blood. He collected blood from 20 celebrities to make a piece of art for his Life Is Not a Fairytale exhibit in Los Angeles and also photographed Lindsay Lohan as a vampire for that exhibit.
In 2010, Shields photographed actress Lindsay Lohan in studio portraits brandishing a gun. Shields also appeared to stage the "shooting" a partygoer with a gun that year at the release party for his book Collisions, as an appropriated piece of performance art en homage to the cans of Fluxus artist Piero Manzoni and in imitation of 70s Los Angeles performance artist John Duncan along with a student in the department of New Genres at UCLA in the 1990s (among others).
In 2012, Shields released a photograph of his girlfriend Francesca Eastwood burning, sawing, and biting an alleged $100,000 Hermès Birkin Bag for a photoshoot. The public responded badly due to the $100,000 that the bag was purchased for just to be destroyed.
Shields was also criticized for a photoshoot with Glee star Heather Morris with a bruised eye as making light of abusive treatment of women. Shields later apologized after receiving death threats saying "if you are anti-domestic abuse spread the word about it. Threatening to kill me is not going to help anything."
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