While hanging out at the Harley Davidson party last night at the Ace hotel, we ran into mustachioed party photog and man about town Nicky Digital. Besides finding Nicky at nearly every event in town (especially if there's music involved), his snaps are all over the Web, from Radar to Guest of a Guest and of course plastered up and down his own site.
We had Nicky give us the lowdown on party-hopping, mustaches and what it's like to shoot the same person every night for four years.
How many nights a week are you out shooting parties?
Usually six nights a week.
And how many parties do you hit per night? When I first started, I was doing three to four a night. Now, it depends because I am actually more involved in the events, so I don't get to leave as much. But I would say an average of two things per night -- an evening event and a late night event. Some nights, if I'm not involved in an event, I'll bounce around to four or five things.
Preferred mode of party-hopping: Subway or cab? Depends. In the summer and fall, it's no drinking and riding the bike -- you can hit a lot more parties. For a really long time I was working a day job too, so when I was doing that it was much more cab style because I was getting done at 4 a.m. and had to be at a desk by 10 a.m.
Who is the most famous person you've shot? Oh, wow, we're all famous. I don't know what to tell you. At this point, there are people that I have shot every night for four years and to me those people are way more famous than celebrities. I'm not so wowed by celebrities. It's more about the people who have shaped my night and my life.
So these regulars are your favorite? Yeah, definitely. It's cool to go back and look at these photos. One of the things I do on my site via Twitter and Facebook is to look back at parties we shot like three years ago, four years ago. And it's so fun to go back and see people's hair and style and what people were doing at that point. It's fun to see the timeline.
Speaking of hair and style, how long have you had the mustache for? The mustache started on Jan. 1, 2006.
And has it always been turned up and so dastardly looking? That was the game plan all along, but it took a long time to get there. Like, I just hit the three year mark.