• New Series: No Longer Chasing

    January 28, 2015

    I've been recently adding new photos to my website under the photography section for No Longer Chasing. Check them out and leave a comment if you like them.

  • Meeting Murakami!

    September 13, 2013

    So I finally met one of my favorite artists, Takashi Murakami, and he was actually more excited to meet me!

    Its been over two years since I found his AMAZING ring in a Miami Beach Pawn Shop that had been stolen from him back in December 2010 during the Design Miami Fair, part of Art Basel Miami Beach.

    After a hug, photo and a handshake we exchanged information and hopefully will keep in touch.


    November 11, 2011

    Click to read the full article by John Hood.

  • Press on the NYC show

    November 9, 2011

    “Artists on the Prowl” at Dino Eli’s Gallery from November 8 – 23
    Click to read the full article on ARTFUSEnewyork.

  • Group Exhibition in NYC

    November 8, 2011

    The Hunter, The Wanderer, The Trash Collector & The Street Master

    Dino Eli Gallery
    81 Hester Street
    New York, NY

    Group Exhibition:
    David Tamargo - Miami
    Gregory de la Haba - New York
    Adler A.F. (Trash Queen) - Munich
    IAM TMNK (street artist NOBODY) - New York

    Essay by Andy Warhol Junior

    On View Through November 23, 2011

  • LA + NYC + MIA

    Stay tuned!

    Many more exhibitions to announce in the coming weeks... including 3 different exhibitions in 3 cities in one week.

    You can get your fill whether you're on the East of West coast fo the USA!

  • NSFW does not exist to me.

    September 19, 2011
    Everyday Hustlin'

    Everyday Hustlin, a Look at Miami Artists' Day Jobs: David Tamargo. Click to read the full article by Jessica Gross

  • NEW Urban Hunting at BBBS Exhibition

    September 5, 2011


    A night of art, community, music, and collaboration in supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters' new campaign 'Under Improvement' and their amazing work with Miami's youth.

    Saturday, September 10 · 7:30pm - 10:30pm

    The Collins Building
    139 NE 39 Street
    Miami Design District

    David Tamargo
    Lindsay Scoggins
    Francesco LoCastro
    Humberto Torres
    Primary Flight
    Tao Rey
    Bhakti Baxter
    Jim Drain
    Oliver Sanchez
    Viviana Molinares
    Catalina Jaramillo
    Michael Balbone
    Jai Demezier
    Kiki Valdes

  • Takashi Murakami Ring Recovered in South Beach Pawn Shop

  • UH Featured on Thrillist.com

    January 20, 2011
    "Urban Hunting: Helping you realize you would suck as a caveman"

    Article from Thrillist.com

    Published on January 20, 2011 by Bill Kearny

  • Miami's "100 Creatives"

    January 14, 2011
    "born with the debilitating urge to create"

    Article from Miami New Times [dot] com
    MasterMind genius awards & Cultist proudly presents "100 Creatives" By Joy Taylor // Friday, Jan 14, 2011

  • Black Books Magazine

    January 13, 2011
    "Sloth is of course one of the Seven Deadly Sins"

    Article from Black Books mag [dot] com
    On the Urban Hunt for the Great Giant Sloth

    BY John Hood // Thursday, Jan 13, 2011

  • MIA | MI CIELO Reviewed

    January 9, 2011
    Ye Feedback Commeth

    MIA | MI CIELO reviewed by New York's CityArts.com art critic Julia Morton. You can watch it on youtube by clicking right here.

  • The Giant Sloth

    January 5, 2011
    "5000 years ago in Miami... humans hunted them."

    Article from NBC Miami [dot] com
    NiteTalk: Urban Hunting with the Mad, Bad and Dangerous David Tamargo

    BY John Hood // Wednesday, Jan 5, 2011 at 10:50 EST


    November 23, 2010

    The CCCV, My Private Art Club, and CSM are proud to present the MIA | MI CIELO 2010 Fine Art Exposition in concurrence with Art Basel | Miami Beach. This curated group show will feature world renowned New York and Miami-based Artists.

    MIA | MI CIELO will be presented on the 4th floor of the Cielo on the Bay luxury condominium, a high-end residential building located on Harbor Island just north of the Art Deco District and the Miami Beach Convention Center.

    Miami Artists: 131 Projects, Aiden Dillard, Arleen Delima, Asser Saint-Val, Caroline Geys, Dan Marosi, Karelle Levy, Kiki Valdes, Lindsay Scoggins, Michelle Kane, Rafael Manresa.

    FOTO | CIELO - curated by David Tamargo: Andrew Woon, Humberto Torres, Joseph Tamargo, Nick Stipcianos, Stian Roenning, Valentin Mellström, Warren Whitmore III

    Eloquence Sculpture Garden - curated by David Tamargo: Caroline Geys, Rainer Lagemann, R.F. Buckley, Valeria Yamamoto

    Butter Gallery Presents: Ahol Sniffs Glue, Rick Falcon, Tawnie Silva, Yuri Tuma

    NewYork Artists: Bruce Stiglich, Dan Witz, Devan Simunovich, Edie Nadelhaft, Erik Pye, Gregory DeLaHaba, Ryan Cronin, Sean Capone

    International Artists: Chin Chih Yang (Taiwan/New York), Felicitas Adler (Germany), Fredy Rodriguez (Cuba), Grace Yang (Taiwan/NewYork), Laura Kim (San Francisco), Yen Hua Lee (Taiwan), Zheng Tianming (China)

    Cielo on the Bay
    7935 East Drive Harbor Island
    North Bay Village, FL

    Free and Open to the Public.

    Exhibition Hours:
    Thursday Dec 2 | 11am - 6pm
    Friday Dec 3 | 11am - 8pm | 6 - 8pm Dan Witz Book Signing
    Saturday Dec 4 | 11am - 11pm | 7 - 11pm Cocktails by 42Below
    Sunday Dec 5 | 11am - 6pm

    For more information, visit www.miamicielo.com or RSVP

  • Better than the Fountain of Youth!

    October 20, 2010
    A couple months ago:

    My friends in Daytona Beach told me of some ruins in the outskirts of their city, [that was the same day I photographed the A Homeless Hide Away series for this site], so I searched but turned up no leads on these ruins... Last week, my friend Aban Sonia introduced me to a guy at a party who works on Thrillist.com. She told him about my photography and today he dropped a valuable piece of information on my facebook page:

    "The Dunlawton Plantation Sugar Mill Ruins, once a highly functional sugar mill, were built during the uprisings of the Native Americans in the early 19th century. This 17 acre historic site contains the ruins of a the highly functional sugar mill...[and] also includes the gear mechanisms of the rolling sugar cane press, iron boiling kettles, steam furnace, and pistons. These were used in operating the press employed to process sugar, molasses, and rum. The site was destroyed during the war between the Seminole Indians and the United States... [and recalls a] time long ago when the Seminole Indians fought the settlers, ending the area's molasses and sugar industries. On August 12, 1970, it was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places."

    All this is very interesting but I have quite a different purpose to visit the ruins:

    Sugar Mills Botanical gardens is home to the Bongoland Dinosaurs. Massive concrete dinosaur statues built by a local physician, Perry Sperber, MD. This Dr. Sperber was a wild "ahead of his time" dermatologist and allergist who practiced some of the earliest treatments of dermabrasion (the removal of the top layers of your facial skin). He also published a book called "Sex And Dinosaurs" in which he described life as birth, orgasm, and death! I just ordered it.

    One look at the website and photos of the dinosaurs and I knew what had to be done. So it looks like I'm heading to Daytona Beach on Saturday morning and adding a few more images to the Urban Hunting series this weekend. If you want to join me. Send me an email. This is not a one person mission nor is it going to be easy breaking in at night. So if you're adventurous enough to take on the tactics, lets GO!

    I warn you though... it might get dangerous.

  • Looking forward to the Future…

    August 12, 2010

    Tomorrow I take flight to Los Angeles to spend nearly a week in the West Coast!

    I’m en route to Los Angeles to perform alongside my partner in grime, the sound wave assassin OTTO VON SCHIRACH as his infamous Alligator known to the Miami fans as Thug Jesus. I only wish Mr. Feathers could join us. The triangle will be complete with him.

    Here is all the info:

    Fiday August 13, 2010
    Wiskey Richard’s
    435 State St
    Santa Barbara, CA 93101
    (805) 963-1786

    Dead Culture & DubCorps Present’s:
    OTTO VON SCHIRACH (Miami, FL) Ipecac Recordings / Sub-Conscious Communications / Basshead / Schematic
    BASECK Sub-Conscious Communications / DarkMatterSoundSystem
    GERSIO ArbolAcoustics
    Art + Design By M.Jordan

    8$ 21+id
    9:00PM – 1:30AM

    Thesex - 816 S. Santa Fe Ave. Downtown LA, 90021

    So Simple Presents: Spectacular Spectacular
    "A night of ridiculousness in honor of Baseck's birthday"

    OTTO VON SCHIRACH - ipecac, subconscious communications / miami florida
    ALL LEATHER - dim mak / san diego
    WE ARE THE WORLD - manimal vinyl
    BASECK / SONIC DEATH RABBIT - subconscious communications, darkmatter
    DEREK MICHAEL - friendly integration, detroit underground
    WMX - so simple
    TED NAVA - so simple
    WET MANGO - so simple / darkmatter
    VENETIAN SNARES - planet mu, timesig / winnepeg canada

    real time cinema by:
    TIMEBOY - institute for cinema studies

    18+ - $15

    Hope to see you there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Much Love and Karma!

  • AVN & Catalina

    August 12, 2010
    What an amazing week in Miami.

    I'll start with stating I have met some beautiful people in my life and I am so very grateful for the experiences we have shared. It is through each and every one of you that I now know I am a part of a larger movement than I ever imagined. I feel as of the world has a grander scheme for me to participate in which has fashioned me to being more comfortable with myself & the direction I'm heading. Much Love and Karma!

    The AVN's (Adult Industry's 'Oscar' Awards) convention in Hollywood last weekend connected me with some amazing individuals and helped me make contacts for the World Erotic Art Museum and for a personal business of mine that seems so much closer now to becoming a reality. I was expecting a crazy porn-industry free for all with poolside sex and illicit activity when I was invited to the weekend which shut down the Westin Diplomat Hotel. Instead I found myself rubbing elbows with the tech-nerds and ceo's of multi-million/billion dollar companies at a relaxing hotel. Not many celebrities and hardly any porn stars to be seen... nothing spectacular like what I’ve seen in Michael Grecco's "Naked Ambition" that chronicled the very same event in Las Vegas. Aside from the after party at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino (where I was drinking with Joanna Angel's in VIP with my homies from Cali and my beautiful friend Rianne-S), the Adult industry convention was not what made my weekend the best in my life. That must remain a private entry.

    Last night my buddy Sam G invited me to the Catalina Hotel on South Beach to watch the premier of a TV show our buddy Stian Petter Roenning filmed 4 weeks ago. They’re part of the Overthrow crowd and are great people and a couple of movers and shakers you should know in Miami.

    TV Show Plot:
    James moves to Miami Beach from Midwest,
    +Finds a job as a Cabana boy at South Beach Hotel,
    +Has sexual tension with “the cute bartender” and is constantly being flirted with
    +Bunch of Miami Beach stereotypes
    Oh… he has a girlfriend back home and his love is constantly put to the test while she narrates the show.

    For a scripted 8 minute quasi-reality South Beach drama, it was tight; I could see myself watching “Cabana Boys.” Pharrell and Queen Latifa’s producer were a couple of wallflowers, free sushi, few bottles of Grey Goose and Sake were all cool…but all that was hardly as entertaining as Malika James. This badass Miamian is an embodiment of the spirit of our city had me more entertained than the whole lot. I love her spirit and I could write a book of the outlandish shit I’ve seen her do in public. There’s my shout out to you homie.
    Gotta run, busy day at WEAM!

  • Here we Go!

    July 30, 2010:

    25°44'14"N 80°28'54"W
    Beach vampire night shoot for Fetish Factory flyer...

    Much Love and Karma!


    July 19 - July 24 2010:

    Monday started off great with a return from Daytona Beach on a drive straight down the interstate to Miami Beach only to find the 844-foot USS Iwo Jima, which resembles a small aircraft carrier, pulling in to port of Miami. USSIJ stopped in The CCCV on its way to Haiti to assist in relief efforts associated with the earthquake that rocked the nations capitol over 6 months ago. After taking some amazing photos of the ship I went to work where I received word I was accepted to exhibit in Ruta 2010, in honor of Mexico’s Bicentennial. The Foundation of Contemporary Art in collaboration with Bakehouse Art Complex and Latin American Art Consulting will be hosting Ruta 2010, an International juried exhibition curated by Nina Torres from September 10- October 1, 2010. Opening Reception September 10, 6-10pm.

    Tuesday I worked on a project with my friends and created a business plan for a company very true to my beliefs and hopefully that will make a difference in the world. More details will soon be out on this in due time. Oh, and I took a picture of a couple "sleeping" in their car parked beside mine and then discovered they were in fact dead... A full blown debate on what I should do with this photo of the recently deceased lovers can be found and commented on by clicking here.

    Wednesday I received a letter invitation to the city of Barranquilla Columbia for "The Feast of Eros in Art", an event that pays tribute, through a broad academic and cultural shows, painting exhibitions, film, literature, music and visual arts, to the incidence of eroticism in art and creative processes of human beings.

    This event will be held in the city of Barranquilla (Colombia), on September 2 and 3, 2010 by the Centro Cultura Cayena of the Universidad Del Norte|, the Combarranquilla Family Compensation Fund in the Caribbean, and the Ars Cinematheque Antiqua Gallery.

    In order to establish cooperation between The World Erotic Art Museum and Centro Cultura Cayene they have invited me to attend as special guest at this edition of Eros in Art, with a talk that will open the school day on Friday, September 3, and conclude with a joint exhibition by artists of the Colombian Caribbean.

    The subject of my lecture is up to me, provided that it revolve around erotic art. The invitation includes air tickets to cover the round trip route of Miami - Barranquilla - Miami, lodging and meals.
    Hell yes I am going.

    Thursday I launched the second project called:

    "FACE"bookphoto mission #2
    -set your cellphone alarm for 9pm EST
    -at 9pm take a picture of yourself (open to interpretation)
    -email it to: davidtamargo@gmail.com
    -submitted photos will be collected into a 4x6 picture book & mailed to each participant.

    Thank you everyone for contributing to the Photo Mission #2!
    If you took a ~9pm picture and haven't sent it yet please do!

    Keep rolling in submissions, they are extraordinary photos, as well as unexpected surprises (like dudes playing beer pong in their kitchen while wearing dresses).

    I'm going to put it online for people to order the books and enter their address for shipping like you would when buying something online, that way it will be incredibly organized for me. The book will be awesome, it has already 60+ submissions.
    I am so grateful for your support!

    Friday I was blessed by good company with my homie Jsin who had free tickets to the Seu Jorge performance at The Fillmore Miami Beach. The Fillmore is a beautiful historic building and provides a much needed small/medium sized venue for music. Live Nation, which currently operates the Fillmore, invested millions of dollars three years ago to renovate the building. Miami Beach needs a collection of buildings that represents its history; this collection creates an architecturally diversified urban environment which contributes to good urbanism. The Fillmore is a building we should keep, its part of our history and should not be demolished.

    Please send City Manager Jorge Gonzalez an email to let him know that you do not support the demolition of this building.

    After that show and some very funny Juggalo conversations with attendees we caught up with more friends at VanDykes Cafe where the upstairs cubby hole featured Lanzallama, a crazy fresh seven piece ensemble band from Miami that needed a much bigger dance floor... then we headed off to an unnamed club in Wynwood where Miami's Independent Thinkers was having some sort of event... the artistic purpose of that place was lost in the who's who fuss and I found what had been my highlight of the night up to that point...
    mirrored dresser counter tops in the upstairs VIP bathroom = NO SHAME!

    The highlight came though in the form of a Jacuzzi Boys performance at Churchill's Pub in Little Haiti. These guys ripped the roof off that bar with energy and excitement flowing through the veins of every sweaty/bloody body there. It's been years since I see a show that good in Miami and am so glad I caught it and the pit it created.

    Saturday I woke up, worked on the Photomission submissions and am editing photos for clients/updating the website until tonight when there is a Mochipet show I want to catch. Hope you all have a great weekend! Im outta here to watch an action movie with my grandfather and record it for Youtube's Life in a Day project

    Much Love and Karma!

  • MAM pokes the CCCV

    July 17, 2010

    "There’s a movement going on and local artists are at the center of it"


    That's what my friends and I have been saying for many years and I have stood by it, promoted it, and even curated many shows about it with the help of organizations like The Borscht Film Festival & ARTOCONECTO. Now the Miami Art Museum has the power to push it forward in a big way by giving local artists the tools necessary to make amazing work!

    One of which is the TM Sisters who will have a performance "With Out You, Babe" tonight at 7pm and again at 8pm with a wild, interactive, video performance that transports the crowd of spectators underwater and into a magical tropical world where the power of friendship overcome all obstacles! I am proud to be a small part of this great production and to call these amazingly talented artists my friends!

    But the curators Peter Boswell, assistant director for programs/senior curator, and René Morales, associate curator dropped the ball on including artists that are truly propelling the art scene and seem to have made their selections for this show by doing local galleries a favor by borrowing unsold work so it can sell from a museum wall. I give Peter and Rene a D+ grade for not doing their homework to include more of the artists who are really making a scene in Miami. And there could have been better promotion besides Facebook. But it's summer and when most museums close down half of the week and admission numbers fall to their lowest point, at least now MAM joins the ranks of MoCA in giving local artists a venue.

    “In recent years, we’ve seen local artists in Miami really begin to engage in and become a part of art conversations happening around the world,” said Morales

    Only a few of these 35* artists are making a big splash in the international scene and there are many more who are making an impact that are left out...

    There are artists who are not included in this show that would have fit their theme better as Morales has said to the press:

    Miami New Work 2010 is a "“complex show that represents a complex art community,” but if pressed to summarize, he says a lot of the pieces deal with urban development and that Miami art has a “ruckus energy” stemming from rock ’n’ roll and sci-fi tropes."

    I think he dropped the ball. I can list many more artists not in this show who are better examples than the work I saw.

    Some of the artists in this show are unknown among the widest of local circles, for some this will be their first show in so many years I forgot they existed, (they must of called in BIG favors to be included), I recommend you check out New Work Miami 2010 none the less, especially tonight when I will be performing with the TM Sisters.

    New Times Article
    NBC Article
    Facebook Event

  • Daytona Beach Here I Come!

    June 26, 2010

    My time in Daytona Beach, FL was too brief earlier this month so I am heading back up with my cameras, a full moon overhead, and a full tank of gas.

    One of the Juggalo projects begin today as I photograph friends I'm staying with who have been an inspiration to get moving on the book and possible documentary on the sub-culture in America. There are also some interesting landmarks that will be shot and a Museum with the largest collection of Cuban art outside of Cuba! Another amazing coincidence is that my father has work in a permanent collection of a photography museum up there that I will make arrangements to check out tomorrow.

    Also tonight is the private champagne reception at the 20(12) exhibition. If you haven't received your RSVP then don't bother showing up! This exclusive affair is sponsored by Louis Voutine, Moet, Ruinart and others and is a fancy press stunt to promote an upcoming Art Basel exhibition in the winter 2010. Congratulations are in order for Kiki Valdez and Johnny Robles whose works will be included in the aforementioned exhibit and then taken to NYC then Paris for more shows!

    Lets hope I sell some art and get more gigs in July!
    My first book will be ready in 2 weeks!

  • Next show coming up in June 2010

    May 19, 2010

    20(12): Twenty Twelve
    Saturday, June 12th 2010, 6pm – 12am
    Miami Art Space
    244, Northwest 35th Street Miami, FL

    20(12): A dozen Miami artists come together June 12 with works exploring the year 2012

    Twelve artists from Miami will inaugurate an exhibition at Miami Art Space June 12 to offer predictions, guesses and feelings about the year 2012. The exhibition 2012 was organized by Miami painter Kiki Valdes. The inauguration is scheduled to run from 6 to 11 p.m. at 244, Northwest 35th Street, Miami. Included in the group exhibition are artists: Reinier Gamboa; Kiki Valdes; David Tamargo; George Sanchez-Calderon; David Marsh; Brian Gefen; John Sevigny; Raul Perdomo; Alvaro Ilizabe; Eric Torriente; and Oliver Sanchez. “Everything ties back to the number 12,” organizer Kiki Valdes said. “June 12th, 2012, 12 artists.”

    After the inauguration the show will be open by appointment only (show runs till July 8th). To schedule an appointment, or make other inquiries, call 786-315-8369.

    20(12): Twenty Twelve – June. (12) 2010
    1. George Sanchez-Calderon
    2. John Sevigny
    3 .Reinier Gamboa
    4. Kiki Valdes
    5. Alvaro Ilizarbe Aka Freegums
    6. Raul Perdomo
    7. Oliver Sanchez
    8. David Marish
    9. Brian Gefen
    10. Johnny Robles
    11. Eric Torriente
    (12) David Tamargo
    Curator: Kiki Valdes
    RSVP via Facebook

    May 7, 2010

    Come see my work exhibited in a show in MUNICH!
    Beuys Birthday 2010 Exhibition

  • Escape from M.I.A. Series

    May 21, 2010

    I'm packing in a friends car and heading to Saint Augustine, the oldest city in Florida, and the Orlando area.

    The project is to photograph abandoned/haunted prisons for a Film Producer/Writer developing a story about a Guantanamo detainee wrongfully held for seven years.

    This is the continuation of my now systematic 2 week Escape from M.I.A. Series which will be organized for my first book this summer/fall.

    Here's a short list of places I have visited in the Southern U.S. for this project thus far in 2010:

    Key Largo, FL
    Florida City, FL
    Cutler Bay, FL
    Stuart, FL
    Okeechobee, FL
    Sanibel Island, FL
    Palmer, GA
    Warner Robins, GA
    Valdosta, GA
    Savannah, GA
    Orlando, FL
    Daytona Beach, FL
    Saint Augustine, FL
    Melbourne, FL
    Pembroke Pines, FL
    Davie, FL
    Homestead, FL

  • Welcome to DavidTamargo.com

    Welcome to my new website! After many years of waiting you will finally see what happens to the thousands of photos you may or may not have seen me take over the years. This website will feature both new work and old throw backs to previous bodies of work. I hope you enjoy!