Until recently, a strange video on The First Ward's Instagram account held the record for 'most likes' by a landslide. We know James is the cute guy to look at around here, but we think it was the production and direction by Jeremy Lamberton that made all of your little fingers do that double-tapping.
Jeremy gets us...and he happens to be one of our favorite collaborators, animal wranglers, and friend to boot. Read along to get a bit more insight into what makes this die-hard Tulsan tick.
Give us the elevator pitch for Tulsa Overground. What is it and why should people attend?
Tulsa Overground’s mission is to entertain, educate, challenge, inspire and unite Tulsans through the arts. This year the festival takes place March 24-27. We’re now both a film and music festival so we’ll have movies and bands playing simultaneously all weekend long at multiple venues. We’ve also expanded our program to include cutting edge virtual reality experiences, a video art gallery, a Mazeppa tribute and a big, special presentation from Crispin Glover. He’s also staying for the entire festival so don’t be surprised if you see him walking around the streets of downtown Tulsa. As usual there will be huge after parties and lots of special guest entertainers sprinkled throughout.
Go to tulsaoverground.com for tickets and schedule.
Congratulations! You have been a client of Jessica’s longer than anyone else. Why?
Jessica always delivers, with her scissors! I’ve been her client for 18 years now, we were both teenagers when she started cutting my hair. I’ve always thought of her as an artist. She's so talented. Jessica used to call me her most high maintenance client. But I’ve mellowed out since my hair started thinning.
The only person to cut my hair before Jessica was a lady named Cheryl. Her salon was in a strip mall next to a Bill & Ruth’s. I used to have a gap between my front teeth and she told me it meant I was good in bed—she had a gap too. She would rub her boobs against my head sometimes and my hair cuts were always asymmetrical, I think because she was slightly cross-eyed. So needless to say, I was looking for a change. And from the first appointment Jessica treated me like a friend. She always had a cool, distinct sense of style. Now James and Jessica are like family. It’s all about the love!
We think about hair all day long, but it turns out you do too. You even did an entire photo series about wigs in action. Are you obsessed?
Maybe. The photography started when my grandmother died and I found a chest full of old lady wigs and started incorporating them into a lot of my work. I just liked the way a wig looked when it sitting on the floor, hanging from a wall or dangling from a string. At the time of the wig series I was into photographing inanimate objects like people… This was back in college. I ended up giving my favorite print to Jessica. It was a shower scene.
You had the smallest mini-donkeys in the region. You had some of the best racing pigeons in the world. And you have a dog with human eyes. Can you talk to animals?
Not like my brother Jeff. He has a uncommon gift for animal husbandry. He is one of the top racing pigeons fanciers in the USA and his legend is growing. But yes, we did used to have 23 miniature donkeys. I never had to mow the lawn or fertilize.
If you could cast and direct the biopic of The First Ward, who would play us?
Who’s the actor that played E.T.? That guy.
In honor of our love for Jeremy, film, music, and anytime Tulsa wants to get weird, The First Ward will giveaway two Everything Passes to Tulsa Overground. To enter: Post a photo on Instagram and tell us about the strangest film you've ever seen. Make sure you tag @thefirstward, @tulsaoverground, and #TFWoverground or else we won't see it (and you won't win). This is a prize valued at $100, so make sure you show us something good! We'll pick our winner Thursday, March 24th.