Adrian Mejia's job as a metal-concert photographer is never easy. There usually isn't even a barricade separating him from rabid fans and rib-cracking mosh pits on sticky, beer-soaked floors. He has learned how to not flinch as spittle and sweat rain down on his lens and psychotic front men scream in his face. He loves this chaotic scene so much that he'd do it for free. And most of the time, he does.
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A reliable fixture over the past three years in the local metal scene, Mejia has shot Xanthochroid, Necroticus, Arachingod and other bands while gaining a reputation for intense, quality shots. But most of the equipment he uses is borrowed from friends or various people in the OC and LA metal communities. He's usually flat-broke, jobless, yet he manages to get back and forth to gigs without a car. He has even slept on the street after gigs because he had no ride home.