Austin, Texas, continues to be the place to be as an artist. There are many photographers in this community of artists that are talented at what they do, and many of them deserve the recognition. But there are none that stand out and claim thousands of loyal fans against the masses, like THE John Paul Wilson.
Haven’t heard of John Paul Wilson? Blasphemous! Repent now and you will be forgiven. Let us educate you…
As I am writing this I am giggling because I know JPW and his head just got a little bit bigger. Yes, it’s possible. If you have not met him, he is actually one of the craziest and funniest guys I have ever met. His body of work ranges from sweet, beautiful naked models to a bloody mess of sweet, naked beautiful models, and anything in between. No boundary is uncrossed. Hitler in a Speedo? Yes. The virgin Mary? Yes. Gun Play? Done it.
John Paul has been on my radar for the last three years. As I searched the Model Mayhem site looking for new models to work with, there was a recurring theme to the images. The models usually choose their profile picture as their “favorites,” and 9 out of 10 had a JP logo. Over the last three years it has been really fun to watch him grow as an artist. The images he captures are provocative, erotic, get- your-heart-pumping sexy. As John Paul would say, “You know you love it.”
Over the last year, John Paul has gained more and more popularity. On Oct. 21 he had one of his first photography showcases at The Haven in downtown Austin. In true JPW form, the message went out via Facebook postings. When we arrived, the venue was jam packed, wall to wall beautiful people. I must say I was truly impressed, a documentary team was there filming all things John Paul, there were sexy women in lingerie hanging off every word he was saying, sprinkle in a long line of men and women hanging onto his hips/lips, and a reported appearance by Mr. Johnny Depp. John Paul was in his element.
After the October 21st event Wilson says the sponsors came calling, encouraging him to publish a coffee table book of his favorite shots. So that is exactly what he is doing. The sponsors range from Physicians offices to wealthy benefactors contributing to his future success.
I interviewed John Paul and his gang of sexy naked men and women for a photo shoot depicting The Last Supper. Yes, you read that right, The Last Supper. Except the supper was really muffins and when I say muffins…well let’s just leave that to your imagination. Better yet, buy his book when it comes out in March. John Paul will be shining in all his glory as a participant in this year’s SXSW interactive events, this coincides with his book release.
If you are a bit of a prude or a little conservative, John Paul’s Photography is probably not your cup of tea. There are some people that think he demeans women, glorifies violence, or crosses the line a little too much. No matter what your opinion, the models flock to him. It is almost like a cult following. I spoke to many of the models during our shoot, and each one of them sang his praises. They said things like , ” He is one of my favorite people, Shooting with JP is not rushed, it’s very chill, I am instantly comfortable with him, There is something about him that makes me want to take my clothes off and I am a little disappointed when I do not get naked for a shoot.” How is that for an endorsement?
When I asked him how exactly he got to be so lucky and famous in such a short time, he replied, “It’s been really hard but, I had to suck a lot of dick. So much dick that when I meet new people it’s a reflex for me to go down on my knees.”
We usually ask our featured artists to give some advice to others who want to achieve the same amount of success as they have. I can’t with a good conscience recommend his game plan. So I asked, if a model wants to work with THE John Paul Wilson, what is the requirement? He replied, “Money and they have to sleep with me.”
Since he got banned from Facebook for the third time, you can now follow John Paul’s reign of terror via his Tumblr page.