The venerable filmmaker Les Blank passed away today. I was fortunate enough to meet him at one of chef, Leif Hedendal’s Dinner Discussions that I was photographing for Kinfolk Magazine. I didn’t know who he was at the time and was blown away when I began to delve into his career. At one point during the meal, he took interest in some of my tattoos. I showed him my work, assuming he didn’t know many tattooed people and he proceeded to roll up his sleeves and show me a few that were done by his friend, Ed Hardy. Very impressive. Later that night, after Les had left, a few of us were trying to ascertain his age. Eventually we checked his Wikipedia and it turned out that it was his birthday and he hadn’t bothered to mention it. We called him and left a birthday message on his voice mail. I regret not pulling him aside to make a portrait. I didn’t know who I was dealing with at the time.