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The Indigenous People of Nascar

23 05 2012

You probably didn’t peg me as a Nascar fan did you? Well, in all honesty, I’m not. That’s why you won’t be seeing any live action racing shots here today but rather the real live fans of the last great redneck frontier. These aren’t the sort of folks I’ve met at art exhibits, pageants, or the local Starbucks. This is a completely different breed from what most of you have ever met.

I feel it prudent to say two very important things. 1: I have utmost respect for the right of freedom of expression. Please do not take anything I say as derogatory towards this subset of southern culture. I assure you all comments are made in good fun, I am after all technically part of this culture myself. πŸ™‚ 2: To all my friends across the sea, I promise we aren’t all like this πŸ™‚

If you are regular visitor here on Shootabout, you’ve probably realized this post is going to have a little more fun and a little less art than most of my content. I think it’s important to be careful not to take yourself so seriously that you can’t have a laugh every now and then. You can see the photographer above may have taken this a step or two too far.

More Beer Cans than brain cells

What’s more american than cheap beer cans hanging off of your nipples. There’s really nothing left to say here.

Innovation

Appreciation

What is your college degree doing for you? Maybe it’s time to transfer to Clemson University? πŸ™‚

Speaking of Clemson, here’s my dad trolling a Clemson fan with his USC hat (USC is Clemson’s arch rival.)

I promise my next post will be inspiring and evocative but every now and then you just have to let loose and have a good laugh. I hope you have enjoyed this break from the usual pace. I always look forward to reading all your comments. Catch me on my social network, Facebook and Twitter links are up there somewhere. Don’t forget to share or reblog if you enjoyed today’s post. I’m getting a bit of traffic from StumbledUpon so if you use it I would love for you to like this page.Β Have a great day and God Bless you.

Oh yeah, here’s a few for the road.

No way could I have posed a better shot

He’s had a very busy schedule today, time for a nap

If I had a dollar for every shirtless guy drinking a beer I saw, I could retire

Normally I cull the blurry shots but I couldn’t let this one go

Epic sombrero hat

Who wants free sake?

‘Murica

So where do you go from here? Try checking out Annabelle.Β She’sΒ primarilyΒ an artist and her photo post from earlier today was going to be her only photography post ever, I guess I convinced her to give it another shot. Give that new post some love and tell her Arley said hello πŸ™‚

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113 responses

23 05 2012
barronfilms

as a former redneck town resident I can agree that not all rednecks are the same, but these sure are entertaining. I seen a lot of rednecks do stuff like this and I don’t know if I can say that i’m not fazed by it anymore or not LOL. Very funny blog to read and observe!

23 05 2012
96arley

20 Years in the deep south and this kind of stuff still makes me stop and shake my head, lol

23 05 2012
Mack Hops

Well, god dang!

23 05 2012
96arley

lol

23 05 2012
John

The nipple shot…. Oh hell no. Gaahhh!!

23 05 2012
96arley

lol, I met him going under the bridge underneath the track. He was the only person I asked to stop so I could take his picture.

23 05 2012
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23 05 2012
Emilio

…and a good laugh was had.

23 05 2012
96arley

You should have been there! It was quite a site

23 05 2012
Andra Watkins

MTM and I are both having a big laugh.

23 05 2012
96arley

Glad you both enjoyed it

23 05 2012
stephanielane2012

Absolutely fantastic! My Gawd! Hot Damn, Son you know how to pick em πŸ™‚

23 05 2012
96arley

Haha, they were ripe for the picking there

23 05 2012
Mary Lou Rutledge

Oh my! Great post.

23 05 2012
96arley

Glad you liked it Mary, it’s a relief to see everyone enjoying the break of pace

23 05 2012
Mary Lou Rutledge

Arley, you can call me Mary Lou πŸ™‚

23 05 2012
96arley

Okay Mary Lou πŸ™‚ should have told me sooner, I’ve been calling you Mary 3 months, haha

23 05 2012
Mary Lou Rutledge

i wanted to make sure you stuck around! Ha

23 05 2012
victoriaaphotography

Love the nipple jewellery.
(and I thought Aussie sport fans were ……………………).

23 05 2012
lulu

These are as good as Walmart photos!

23 05 2012
96arley

lol, I actually though about that earlier today

23 05 2012
Tracie Louise

Most people wouldn’t peg this new age, spiritualist, artistic, photographer, from Queensland Australia as a NASCAR fan either… but I LOVE it… GO 48!!!!

23 05 2012
96arley

LOL, glad this post is appreciated on the other side of the world!

23 05 2012
Tracie Louise

Very much so… I have actually been to a race once in Texas… don’t remember seeing people quite like the one’s in your pics.. wish I had though πŸ™‚

24 05 2012
96arley

You should visit SC

23 05 2012
thethreesixtyfiveproject

This is wonderful! Ah to see the NASCAR natives in all their glory πŸ™‚

24 05 2012
artsifrtsy

Epic!

24 05 2012
96arley

Thanks!

24 05 2012
didiita

I recently moved to the US, and wondered if the red-neck stereotype was at all accurate.. and I am slowly finding out it is! This is hilarious!! (all in good fun).

24 05 2012
96arley

lol, no rednecks in Costa Rica? πŸ™‚

24 05 2012
didiita

Hahahaha not like this! πŸ˜›

24 05 2012
Gabbie

Beer can nipples! Wow! πŸ™‚

24 05 2012
ckponderings

Despite all of the stereotypes screaming from the top of the hills (and, as a Limey, stereotypes are what we’re all about), these are some seriously good portraits!

24 05 2012
96arley

Haha, thanks! I’m glad someone got past the subjects long enough to appreciate the pictures themselves!

24 05 2012
allegroandrea

That was fun! Thanx for this insight into this world πŸ™‚

24 05 2012
96arley

Glad you enjoyed it, and yes, it was a lot of fun

24 05 2012
davidoakesimages

a great series of images, good portraits….but I will say nothing about the fans! Beer cans on your nipples? It takes all sorts to make our great world!

24 05 2012
96arley

Well said, well said indeed

24 05 2012
mexcelia

Absolutely love the trailer shot! No, you could Not have posed it better! Always enjoy a smile in the morning, a big “well hell” thank you!!

24 05 2012
mexcelia

oooops, could have had a plaid couch though, smiles

24 05 2012
96arley

I think the coffee table in the drive way made up for it though! πŸ™‚

24 05 2012
Rich Green

I’m not a nascar fan but went to an event several years ago. It was a 2 day, sleep in an RV and really live with these folks event. Wow. At the same time, everyone treated me very well. While taking photos at one race, the noise level was VERY high, a sympathetic viewer gave me ear plugs.

24 05 2012
96arley

They may be crazy, and they may hoop and holler a lot, but when it comes down to it, Southern folks are some of the friendliest in the world. Most of them won’t think twice about helping someone out. Not that we don’t have a few exceptions to the rule though!

24 05 2012
Rich Green

Actually this was a nascar event in New York state, about 90 minutes from New York City, so we northerners (I’m from New Jersey) while VERY fast-paced, can relax and be friendly too.

24 05 2012
96arley

I guess there’s hope yet for you northerners πŸ˜‰ I don’t see how you do it without sweet tea and chicken biscuits πŸ˜€

24 05 2012
96arley

Oh and yeah, I had to wear ear plugs too. We were way down front, it was intense

24 05 2012
giannina

very odd πŸ˜€

24 05 2012
96arley

Very odd indeed πŸ™‚

24 05 2012
Stephen Kelly Creative

funny!!! i laughed til i cried … then i cried some more.

24 05 2012
96arley

LOL, thanks, glad you enjoyed it until you cried, haha

24 05 2012
Stephen Kelly Creative

… and then i cried even more!

24 05 2012
Chrissine

What a hoot. In the years I’ve lived in Charlotte, NC, I’ve never wanted to go to the NASCAR speedway, and now I’m laughing about all the reasons you’ll still never see me there. Thank you for the smiles and for visiting my blog today. I look forward to checking out your other posts and photos!

24 05 2012
96arley

LOL, glad you got to enjoy it without being subjected to it! Thanks for visiting!

24 05 2012
kasmango

Hahahahaha… thanks for the laugh! It is amazing what people will do in public πŸ™‚

24 05 2012
96arley

It really is isn’t it!

24 05 2012
artizenimages

Haha, especially like that title!

24 05 2012
96arley

Thanks, I was between that and Redneck Reservation

24 05 2012
David Pasillas

lol This is probably the best thing I’ll see all week.

24 05 2012
96arley

LOL, thanks, I’m glad you liked it so much!

24 05 2012
robintheblog

Okay, the pictures you took were great but the captions you gave to each photo were epic! Love them!

24 05 2012
96arley

Haha, thanks, I don’t always caption my photos but these really called for it

24 05 2012
pharphelonus

The only shot missing was the one showing people grilling in a metal shopping cart. LOL. The nipple beers? JFSM. LOL

24 05 2012
96arley

haha, that would have been awesome. I got to ask, I usually stay pretty up on internet slang but what is JFSM?

24 05 2012
pharphelonus

Just effing shoot me

24 05 2012
96arley

LOL, thanks!

24 05 2012
Ed

This is an anthropologists nightmare or dream..:-)

24 05 2012
96arley

I only pray the next great civilization has more to work with than this blog post when they define our age of humanity. πŸ™‚

24 05 2012
bluelyon

Thanks for giving my dad a little distraction. He’s had a bit of a go these past months.

24 05 2012
96arley

I’m glad he enjoyed it, thanks for stopping by! Best wishes to you and your dad!

24 05 2012
Paul Cahill

It’s rare that I laugh out loud at a post. This one definitely did it.

24 05 2012
96arley

Good to hear! Glad you enjoyed it!

24 05 2012
alessandro ciapanna

imo, do the ‘cull’ and you’ve got a pretty smart photo essay πŸ˜‰

24 05 2012
96arley

Thanks, glad you liked it

24 05 2012
prideinphotos

Thank you for visiting my blog today! I am just flabbergasted when I saw these images!! We are Nascar fans but have NEVER been to a race, wow you really captured some great moments. I am jealous…I would of loved to been there to shoot these scenes!

24 05 2012
96arley

It was really quite an experience!

24 05 2012
leahgraceobrien

Wow! I recommend starting your own website “The People of Nascar.” I recently discovered People of Walmart…I am so intrigued by it. Anyway, great photographs. They are truly authentic and very interesting.

24 05 2012
96arley

Haha, that’s a great idea, unfortunately it’s taken and it’s something to see!

24 05 2012
leahgraceobrien

Heh, heh, I will have to check it out, thanks!

24 05 2012
Kirsten Dinesen

ABSOLUTE PROOF…..”a picture is worth a THOUSAND words”…I love it!!!

24 05 2012
96arley

lol, so true, I’m glad you liked it

24 05 2012
ididitforjohnny

I believe Southern convention would have us just bless everyone’s hearts at this point. Even the guy with the beer cans hanging from his nipples. That’s dedication!

24 05 2012
96arley

Haha, indeed it would

24 05 2012
Mazookie

Scary (in a really entertaining way !!) And good grief, is there a guy up there in that trailer shot, holding up a couple of hoses to his bum ?

24 05 2012
96arley

I prefer to think he’s holding a hose behind his back but I’m afraid you may be right!

24 05 2012
theannjackson

The guy with the beer can nipple rings beats all I’ve ever seen. lol

24 05 2012
96arley

That seems to be the general consensus πŸ™‚

25 05 2012
A French Frye in Paris

Ha, quite an awesome cast of characters. Great post!

25 05 2012
96arley

Thanks, it really was a wild bunch!

25 05 2012
sued51

That was great! Some laugh out loud shots…absolute classics!

25 05 2012
sued51

I shared this on my Facebook page…:-)

25 05 2012
96arley

Thanks! I’m glad you liked it πŸ™‚

25 05 2012
rigmover

Thanks, I haven’t laughed so much in a long while.

26 05 2012
96arley

Glad you got a good laugh

25 05 2012
elmediat

Well for someone from Northern Ontario, this was quite eye-opening. πŸ™‚
We have our colorful characters as well, but I think your prolonged warmer climate must some how enhance the colorful quotient. πŸ˜€

26 05 2012
96arley

LOL, that’s the funniest thing I’ve heard all day

26 05 2012
Kris Oldeen

I really like this post and you have a great site.

26 05 2012
96arley

Thanks Kris, glad you like it

26 05 2012
wardentee

Living just north of the racing capital of the World and in the middle of the 500 weekend, I can say for sure I’ve seen this and more! I was surprised, maybe I missed it, to not see any sign or t-shirt that said “show me your ta-ta’s,

27 05 2012
eof737

Gosh, the nipple rings look painful.

29 05 2012
96arley

Doesn’t it though, I couldn’t imagine

29 05 2012
eof737

Yikes! But bless his heart to dare. πŸ˜†

31 05 2012
Alison

Oh dear lord. The memories this brings back. πŸ˜‰

31 05 2012
96arley

I imagine there’s some stories hiding behind that comment πŸ™‚

31 05 2012
Nilu

Fine anthropological work πŸ™‚ Congrats

31 05 2012
Nilu

and by fine i mean mighty fine

1 06 2012
96arley

Haha, thanks. I’m glad you liked it

1 06 2012
glennweissel

ouch my eyes hurt! Great stuff man!

17 08 2012
bgiltburg

Very cool photos! And thanks very much for checking out my blog yesterday. πŸ™‚

17 08 2012
96arley

Thanks, this was a memorable day to say the least

23 01 2013
erik

Thanks for making me a celebrity… I’m the beer can nipple guy.. I am still laughing today. It was all in good fun and I met some very wonderful people. By the way… I am from New york… Thanks again

23 01 2013
96arley

WOW! I’m so glad you commented. You definitely just made my day. That’s everyone’s favorite picture, I even saw it floating around Pinterest not long ago!

23 01 2013
erik

ha ha ha lmao that is funny… Another picture was also seen on Ebaums world… I must have had my picture taken a 100 times that day.. I go to the Darlington race every year and always have a great time… I will be there in May again so look for me.. lol.. Thanks again

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