SIC ILL lives in the scenic city of Tacoma, Washington and shoots
lots of landscapes, forests and beaches. He also takes pictures of
the local areas graffiti and street-art. His main specialty is that
he frequently takes pictures of live shows, often in dim-lighted
areas without the use of flash photography.
Tell us a little about yourself and your photography.
My real name is Demetrius Jackson. I go by the name SIC ILL [in all
caps] and I’m a photographer from Seattle, Washington and part-time
Why did you start taking photos?
When I first needed pictures I worked with a local buzzing
photographer name Erik Soderquist, I lost his contact information so
I started learning how to take pictures for band photography. This
eventually led me to start taking pictures working for the rapper
"Factor" of Dirty Gates Entertainment. He taught me how to use a
Canon D7 DSLR while I accompanied him on his promotional trip to
You shoot a lot of live shows and street art – and it shows
your love of life in general. What is your secret to photographing
My secret to photographing live shows is to come to a venue early,
leave late and pay attention at all times for a good photo
You also do fun work on video. Tell me more about your
Supersize Me parody.
I have a series of animated parody/spoof videos that I work on.
Every song that I use animation on I try to have the words match and
the title ‘Fast N Hot’ as well as the lyrical content match
McDonald’s and the fast food theme. I parodied the Mcdonalds 90s
characters because I liked them so much when I was younger. Nowadays
if you go into the restaurant they’re gone, but they used to be all
over the place. Its kind of weird looking back seeing hamburgers
with eyes and a purple monster with four arms named Grimace.
On the Super Size-Me spoof I remade the main scenes of when he’s
eating in the car and throwing it up, I went to a real hospital room
dressed in a real medical uniform and at a Mcdonalds downtown. The
video "Fast N Hot" actually used tons of photography as my character
used stop-motion animation. The whole video would not have been
possible without first having a background in band photography years
What are some other photographic projects you enjoy working
Other photographic projects I work on are live performance pictures
with Josh Rizeberg, Tom Hutch, Cha$ten Tha Don, General Wojack. I’m
also the personal photoghapher of a couple artists, Seattle chicano
rapper Weaz Huitzilopochtli, New Vision [aka Lil Dreams], Tacoma
hip-hop’s Jai Dash, and the artist Shorte Ru. Every one of my album
covers for musical projects has a professional photograph for the
What kind of a camera and lenses do you primarily use
and how do you select your equipment?
I use a Nikon D3100 dslr. I use it mainly with the standard lense it
comes with which is not excellent, but not horrible either.
Can you name some tips for those who want to start
For anyone starting on photography, I would say to them take as many
pictures as possible and get critiques along the way. Keep all your
best work and develop a portfolio on a website and physical form.
Get involved in sites like ModelMayhem.com and Deviantart.com and
never stop learning because photography technology is always
Thanks SIC ILL for showing us your photography and taking
the time to share your views!
I appreciate your time to give me this interview. Let’s do it again
sometime. For links to my photography as well as graphic design,
videography, music, press and articles goto: