I haven’t figured out the ratio, but when it comes to photography and making a...– Ryan McGinley, 2007
Hahaha, I don’t know, advice for young photographers? That sounds so gay.– Ryan McGinley in response to “Do you have any advice for young photographers out there who look up to you?”, 2007
"The Infamous Karaoke Story"
AMY KELLNER: Do you wanna tell the infamous karaoke story?
RYAN MCGINLEY: I don’t really remember it. I just remember that I almost electrocuted my penis. Why don’t you tell it?
AMY KELLNER: OK, well, it was winter of 2000, and me and Jesse and Gavin and a few other people were doing karaoke and you busted in all wasted, acting crazy. You had just gotten out of jail.
RYAN MCGINLEY: Oh yeah, I had all these warrants, and the cops came into my apartment in the middle of the night, pulled me out of bed, and dragged me down to jail. I was in the tombs for a few days. And then that was the night that I was released, so I got totally obliterated to celebrate.
AMY KELLNER: Yeah, you came in and immediately stripped down naked. You grabbed the mic and started yelling some bullshit and then you pissed all over the giant TV monitor. Then you started puking, but it was just liquid—you were puking pure beer. And then you fell down in a pool of your own pee and puke and just sort of writhed around. I remember I ran to the bathroom to get paper towels and I tried to wipe it up. You grabbed the wet paper towels and threw them in my face and I had to run back to the bathroom to dry heave. And then you just darted out. It was winter and you ran away without any shirt on. I can’t remember if you even had pants on. We all thought we’d never see you again.
RYAN MCGINLEY: Hahahaha. I think that’s when all the Vice people fell in love with me.
AMY KELLNER: Well, you also ruined karaoke for all of us. We couldn’t do karaoke for months afterwards because it all seemed so anticlimactic.
RYAN MCGINLEY: I have no idea how I made it home that night with no clothes on. I went back to the karaoke place the next day because I had been wearing this old Air Jordan t-shirt that I had since I was a kid and I wanted it back. I asked them if they had my clothes and they looked at me like, “You? No. Get out!”
AMY KELLNER: It was pretty hard to top that night. Maybe a close second would be the party at Jesse’s house when you came out of the bathroom with semen all over your face. You sat down on the couch totally nonchalant and when we all realized what was up everyone was delighted. Except for me—I had to run to the bathroom to go dry heave again.
RYAN MCGINLEY: Hahaha, sorry. So aren’t you gonna ask me about photography or anything?
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I think we did the fishbowl scene in just one take. As soon as it cracked...– Carolyn Murphy, the star of Ryan McGinley’s short film Entrance Romance (it felt like a kiss)