Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Driven

Johnny Weir. Photo © David Ingogly @ Official Johnny Weir Blog.
My neck hurts, I'm tired 
and I need a manicure, 
but the music and the dream 
keep me rockin'...
Johnny, via Twitter, 02-07-2012.
HDOI photo © David Ingogly.



I can't even imagine how grueling it must be to return to the training regimen necessary for an elite athlete aiming for his third Olympics. Johnny, please know that we believe in you, we support you all the way, and we know you can do it. And we hope your neck feels better today. :)

Whilst we ponder the incredible grit, drive, determination, and commitment it takes to do what he's doing, here's a tiny glimpse into what it looks like to pull it together just for an exhibition performance when you're hungry and tired, you have two hours' worth of show plus two more hours of fan meeting-and-greeting ahead of you--and show time is less than an hour away....

This brief set was taken during Johnny's warmup prior to HDOI on December 23 (yes, not to worry, we have tons more from his warmup! Just need more time to edit edit edit...). He seemed to be in a much more serious mood on Friday than he was on Thursday, and his intensity and concentration are evident throughout--even under a layer of fatigue.

(As always, please click any photo twice for full-size view. Some of these are just amazingly beautiful.)



Johnny Weir. Photo © David Ingogly @ Official Johnny Weir Blog.


Johnny Weir. Photo © David Ingogly @ Official Johnny Weir Blog.


Johnny Weir. Photo © David Ingogly @ Official Johnny Weir Blog.


Johnny Weir. Photo © David Ingogly @ Official Johnny Weir Blog.


Johnny Weir. Photo © David Ingogly @ Official Johnny Weir Blog.


Johnny Weir. Photo © David Ingogly @ Official Johnny Weir Blog.


Johnny Weir. Photo © David Ingogly @ Official Johnny Weir Blog.


Johnny Weir. Photo © David Ingogly @ Official Johnny Weir Blog.


Johnny Weir. Photo © David Ingogly @ Official Johnny Weir Blog.


Johnny Weir. Photo © David Ingogly @ Official Johnny Weir Blog.
...and even just for warm-up, he's not satisfied 
unless he runs through every part of his performance
in his head, down to the finest flick of his fingertips...



Johnny Weir. Photo © David Ingogly @ Official Johnny Weir Blog.
Bonus pics: He's hot, sweaty, breathing hard, 
and still not quite done as he comes flying past us yet again. 
Though we have been very privileged to be invited 
to attend several of his warmups in the past year, 
sometimes we feel awkward, like we're intruding, 
with our ever-present burst of shutter-clicking noise in his ear 
every time he glides by. He's often friendly at first, 
with a smile and sometimes a wave as he zooms past; 
but as he goes through all his preparations, 
pretty soon he shuts us and everything else out--
and he's completely alone with the ice, 
no matter how many people are watching him...


Johnny Weir. Photo © David Ingogly @ Official Johnny Weir Blog.



HRC Gala: 
The Gift That Keeps on Giving.

New (ish) video!! Just in case there's anyone 
who missed this yesterday (seriously? Where were you?? 
We posted it EVERYWHERE!!). Here is absolutely 
one of the best interviews to come out of the HRC gala 
over the weekend, courtesy of the fabulous 
Neal "Equality" Bennington (NealB.tv), 
who always, always rocks his Johnny interviews. 
Plus bonus Victor interview! 
And please be sure to check out Neal's 


And here's a screencap from the very end of the video. 
So much happy in this whole thing. 
And if you've already seen it, then  
you know why I love this moment so much.



And one more!! Another excellent HRC interview 
from Michael Cavanaugh of HIVHero. org
Johnny's portion is right at the beginning. :D



All HDOI photos © David Ingogly.



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Why yes he is!! 
Read his comeback statement 
on his website!



New!! Johnny is an Honorary Chairperson 
for the Imperial Court of New York's biggest annual fundraiser, 
This year's beneficiaries are PFLAG-NYC and 
New Alternatives, a group that helps homeless LGBT youth. 
Mark your calendars for Saturday, March 31, 



Nominate Johnny Weir for a social media award in the Shorty Awards!

Hey, Johnny's been nominated for a Shorty Award!! You can join in on the nominating process by clicking here and tweeting your vote for Johnny. Most fans are voting for him in the "Athlete" category. 

Note: The Shorty Awards have very specific rules, which essentially boil down to this:

(1) You can only nominate him ONCE from each Twitter account that you have. Additional votes from the same account will NOT be counted. So it's one of those deals where we need a LOT of different people to vote, rather than a few people voting a lot.

(2) Your nominating tweet MUST include a reason (for example: "I nominate @JohnnyGWeir for a Shorty Award in #athlete because he inspires his fans to believe in themselves"--thanks @PatinaGlace!).

(3) You must NOT copy someone else's reason in your vote. 

All righty then.

The nominating period ends February 17--please vote vote vote!! For more info, click here.




Q and A! Go read it now!




Johnny's Glitter and Ice collection 
with MAC is selling out fast! 
Don't miss your chance to sparkle--
visit a MAC retailer or order online ASAP! 



Yes! Johnny's dresses are now available
for purchase only on eDressMe.com!



At last: Pop Star On Ice is now available on DVD!
Order yours today from the Pop Star On Ice website!



Johnny tweeted:
"Buy my single,'Dirty Love' via iTunes.
Tell all your friends to as well. The more copies sold
takes me one step closer to making a video! №1!"

IN THE SAME WAY THAT IT NEEDS AIR.
You know what to do.
Please buy the song from Johnny's website,
or just click the "Buy" button on the player
at the top of the blog!



Hey, Welcome to My World also is available
as an eBook! More info on Johnny's website!


copyright 2012 / Binky and the Misfit Mimes / Lynn V. Ingogly / all rights reserved

2 comments:

germansoulmate said...

"He's often friendly at first,
with a smile and sometimes a wave as he zooms past;but as he goes through all his preparations,pretty soon he shuts us and everything else out--
and he's completely alone with the ice, no matter how many people are watching him..."

I so would like to watch, to witness that some day. I´ll keep hoping.

I´ve been revelling in all the vids from the HRC gala for the last few days. Watching them repeatedly. And there is no end in sight as well. I see why you like that screencap so much. That´s why I like it too.

Thanks to Davey for the practice pics and, of course, to you for putting it all together.

aaaack said...

It takes a lot of sweat and pain to get something so difficult so right and so beautiful. Thank you to you, David, and BGJW for capturing that. A soloist has no orchestra to hide within.

Here's hoping that every gay couple can be as happy and as legal as Johnny and Victor. You can see "dream come true" written on their faces.