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hi, i’m pia


i was talking to my mother,  and she asked me if I had been writing things down since i had moved here, basically if have i been carrying a journal around and sitting somewhere drinking coffee with a stupid pondering face writing down all the things that id probably prefer to forget. in the last 3 and a half years i was plucked out of the comfort of a town, and a home that adored and left in an empty apartment on the lower east side of manhattan with a suitcase and the man that i had fallen i love with 6 months prior. i had no desire to move here. in fact, when i came to visit for my 16th birthday with my mother for the first time i hated it. new york was this place i thought would sweep me off my feet, and it literally did. my first night in ny we went to some hip sushi place, just me and my mother and my totally cool new boots that i bought specifically for the trip, and i ate it on their shiny floor while walking to the table. it was the first of like a thousand things that happened on the trip that made me come to the conclusion that new york was a smelly dirty, horrible place. before you get mad, let me explain to you that i grew up in the house my parents were married in and gone to school never more than 5 minutes from my house in a little town called pasadena in los angeles. my friends all new the code to the front gate and where the spare key was and what time of day to come over to get some yummy left-overs. my life wasnt perfect,  but by the time i was i high school the relationship i had with my friends and family was finally in a really good place. when it came time to think of college, i thought i had it in the bag. i was sure i was going to get into the university of souther california, just a nice 20 minute drive from my parents doorstep to school. my grandfather, father and brother had all played football at USC, my sister played volleyball there and pretty much almost all my friends were already attending or planning on it.  i was a legacy, and although it was getting competitive, i was confident i would get in. so you can image my heartbreak when that didn’t happen. that was a lesson let me tell you.  that is how i ended up at parsons. i had applied on a whim, went to visit the school spring break of my seinor year of high school with my sister, met a boy and fell in love. never having been in love and never having had a boyfriend this was a huge deal. my 5 day trip ended up being a 2 week trip filled with amazing experiences. i fell in love with a boy and i fell in love with the city. almost 5 years later i sit in my apartment in the east village very much that same girl, but after having multiple jobs, gone though 7 semesters at parsons, suffering through my first heartbreak, 3 apartments, 9 roommates, having 0 friends, having too many “friends”, 6 deaths and wyling out i think its safe to say im making my way towards becomning the woman i always wanted to be. and so, this blog will serve as my version of doing what my momma says and keeping track of my life, a lil thing i like to call “the war against blowing it”.

i am currently living in new york  where i work at peoples revolution. i also produce/cast photo shoots and manage photographers.


29 Comments leave one →
  1. December 11, 2007 3:15 am

    this is my favorite part of your blg. but i have to ay, now that you are becoming a woman, i look forward to not reading as many fuck’s moving forward. it works in speech if measured but in writing it sucks. XX

  2. Anurag permalink
    March 6, 2008 2:41 pm

    u r too good..

  3. March 12, 2008 1:39 pm

    Nice reading your blog….

  4. Marcus permalink
    May 28, 2008 5:25 pm

    hey. im a student at miami ad school and i saw you today during the panel discussion. Thought I’d give it a go and find your blog since none of you guys really plugged your sites. you’re well spoken and fascinating. i wish you the best of luck.

  5. May 29, 2008 10:16 am

    Hey Pia,
    I tracked you down after your appearance yesterday a the AAAA conference. I’m a Creative Director at a small company here in NY. So, I was curious. I think it’s interesting how you want to be private and have a blog. I wanted to tell you that were funny and charming and interesting. Definitely NOT fat. That’s all…great pictures btw. Thanks.

  6. August 22, 2008 12:42 am

    wow, you’re amazing. you live a lovely life, indeed. hahaha. i love new york. i’ll add you on space.

  7. September 5, 2008 8:13 am


    As one of your few connections from 626 that is now in 212, I am blown away by this blog. You are one of those friends where I am always suprised (and impressed) by what’s going on in your life. Let’s get together soon and catch up.

    xxMax Jones

  8. Chris Kennedy permalink
    September 20, 2008 11:57 pm

    🙂 I dig it

  9. October 2, 2008 9:07 pm

    Hey Pia, I think I saw you on…not sure but I found this website. I relate to you a lot, but not too much because I don’t think I’ve experienced as much life as you have.
    Continue to write/photograph your life, you’d be amazed at how quickly it goes by.

  10. Nate permalink
    November 4, 2008 8:11 pm

    Awesome. like from a book or something

  11. nat permalink
    March 15, 2009 5:43 pm

    i love wat u wrote abt urself.. its very intresting almost like ur tellin a story at one time!

  12. March 24, 2009 10:10 pm

    Did I meet you last week at Max Fish or am I making this up/confused? Great blog!


  13. mightyhawk permalink
    March 31, 2009 2:58 am

    i live all the way over in australia and i don’t remember how this page and i guess its creepy that i read it considering i don’t know you, but i really like your blog and i can’t think of a creative or well-worded way to say that you seem like a really great person.

  14. theUPSguy permalink
    May 12, 2009 1:00 pm

    pia you fuckin rock!

  15. June 4, 2009 10:34 am

    a friend of mine, passed this .com to me some minutes ago, said i´d like it, and i did.
    understand your story, great photographic style…
    hope the city keeps on treating good/bad, but in the end, making you become that person you always imagined yourself being.

  16. Konstantin permalink
    June 7, 2009 3:47 pm

    You take beautiful photos.
    … Paris posted a tweet about this guy called Ben Baumgarten who has a blog called
    In it he mentions you and how he doesn’t like you to put it mildly. I don’t know him but I think he secretly likes you otherwise he wouldn’t obsess about you so much. Don’t know what his problem with you is. You are pretty and a talented photographer.

  17. August 12, 2009 9:42 pm

    What happened to the other portrait that was originally here? It was an amazingly honest self portrait. Can you repost it? Great site and imagery btw.

  18. October 9, 2009 11:34 am

    id like to meet a girl like you

  19. October 11, 2009 12:56 pm

    good blog, bigup from sweden stockholm!

  20. November 4, 2009 3:57 pm

    this is wonderful, thank you for sharing. i love your blog, and i’ll be putting in on my blogroll so can come back often. thanks again, and keep on posting.


  21. November 21, 2009 2:07 pm

    i love u

  22. November 24, 2009 5:07 pm

    link love

  23. December 8, 2009 8:44 pm


  24. January 3, 2010 6:13 am

    I feel I’m constantly fighting the war against blowing it. You’re doin’ pretty well from what I see here… Love your writing and will be back.
    Your dog was fucking cute by the way. I’m sorry that shit stuff happens to good guys.
    Stay in NY, it suits you. (And it’s better off for you, way more interesting than heaps of the prententious fucks I’m sure live there also)

  25. Pia j permalink
    July 2, 2010 12:34 pm

    I just luv it. It is so orginal that it inspires me. Well done

  26. roger permalink
    July 16, 2010 4:00 am

    Too much of a beautiful person. Muse like…

  27. PATTERSON17 permalink
    August 17, 2010 6:46 pm

    imma skateboard artist from st louis n i love edward sharp too! ur photos r GREAT! ………………………..pia is bomb

  28. March 15, 2011 1:42 pm

    i am OBSESSED with you! please merry me and lets have tons of mexican babies. pleeeeaaassseeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!

  29. Anton permalink
    July 10, 2011 9:13 am

    You’re experiences look fantastic, but I’m curious, do you and constituents have a wealthy foundation that can support them? I’m surrounded by struggling families, including my own, and as I come closer to my desired future I become increasingly cynical about the affordability of these things. When you go to NYC this is so evident: you gotta know a kid with money to have fun, and in a way, all the loving interactions between people in the photos of your blog become contradictions. I’m not saying you’re not a worker, or that this is necessarily the case, but I’m puzzled when I see the contrast between the bright relief and the bleak.

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