Florida-born, California-based photographer, skater, director and screenwriter Tyler Shields has somewhat of a reputation for being provocative, particularly when it comes to respecting fashion's most sacred items. In the past, he's destroyed two crocodile skin Hermes Birkin bags by setting one alight and attacking it with a chainsaw and feeding another to an alligator (get it? irony).
He's also famously blown up a Rolls Royce, had models gnaw at raw meat and blood, photographed the brutality of a ballerina's feet at their worst, and shot celebrities like Emma Roberts, Lindsay Lohan and Glee star Heather Morris in ways that usually make some kind of statement against fame, celebrity, money, affluence, power or fashion. In a nutshell, Shields' main aesthetic is one of violence, shock or danger.
So it would make sense that for his latest book (his second), aptly titled "Provocateur" , Shields would once again push the boundaries. This time, he has taken on one of the most iconic fashion pieces, the beautiful (and often quite rare) Louis Vuitton trunk. As you'll see here, Shields has once again worked with fire, setting the piece alight, something he says has been on his mind since he shot the Birkin bag. "It is something I have wanted to do since I did the Birkin shoot but it was a photo I know I needed in the book," he says. "It took me a few years to find the trunk as they are rare and not cheap." Watch the video below and weep.
If this kind of thing is your bag, Tyler Shield's Provocateur, which also sees new images of Emma Roberts, Marilyn Manson and Lydia Hearst, among other celebrities, is out November 13.