In the epic battle between shark, bear, and wankster, there can be be no winners.
Last Friday night at Wrongbar, Kavin Wong—the photographer known best for his party shots on Shark Vs. Bear—had finished up taking photos for the night and hopped into the washroom. As he wrote in a particularly dramatic Facebook note, he found himself cornered there by “half a dozen wanksters,” one of whom was none too pleased about being photographed earlier and wanted the shot vanished. Wong “showered him with apologies and complied to delete the photo. But he wanted to make sure I never [did] it again, ever.” So the guy took matters and Wong’s camera into his own hands, grabbing the Canon EOS 5D and fumbling around with it, trying to delete the photo. When he couldn’t figure out how to, he chose the next most logical route: he slammed the camera into the toilet and flushed it. Then he picked the camera up out of the toilet, threw it to the ground, and, with his friends helping and Wong helpless, kicked it around a little. All told, the lens, flash, and body were totally ruined, their total value well over $3000.
Wong is not only a great photographer—in the vapid world of party photos, his shots are far better than they ought to be, their prettiness transcending rather than simply mimicking the prettiness of his subjects—he is also a really, really nice guy with lots of friends, and a lot of them are pretty angry about the destruction of his gear. So, this Friday, those with Kavin on their minds will descend on the scene of the crime, Wrongbar (1279 Queen Street West), for a fundraising party thrown in his honour. Hosted by Pink Mafia, it’ll feature Mansion, Shit La Merde, Syntonics, and Nasty Nav. Drop by after 10 p.m. with at least $5 if you wanna help right the Wong.
Photo courtesy of Kavin Wong