johnny knuckles

“hey kid, you wanna take pichas of me punchin metal?”

“bunchin metal?”

“nah, punchin!  punchin metal!  i’ve been punchin metal for 17 years.  i’ll punch that metal pole over there all day if you wanna take pichas!  you wanna?”

“yes i do.”


meet johnny knuckles.  mr. knuckles stumbled upon the art of metal punchery 17 years ago and the rest is history.  he’s got an addictive smile and speaks his thick brooklyn accent with excitement.  i’d be excited too if i was 75 years old and could still bang out more knuckle push-ups than most people a quarter of my age.  well, given the sickly and lethargic state of lazy-america these days, i guess that’s not saying much.  but even compared to the “healthy and energetic-america” standards of yonder-years, mr. knuckles is still holding his own.  he must’ve done 20 push ups while i was shooting him.  he even did some of the hard kind with the hands close together as his boombox was blazing some awesome 80’s jam that i promised myself i would remember but forgot.



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  1. #1 by Tracy Z on November 17, 2010 - 05:10

    his knuckles are HUGE!

  2. #2 by Wendy on December 31, 2010 - 03:46

    Rad. Those are some gnarly knuckles.

  3. #3 by Shelley on January 17, 2011 - 14:02

    You encounter the most amazing people in life! Love this guy,great images and I can almost hear him talking…thanks for exploring and sharing.

  4. #4 by prince on May 17, 2012 - 14:47

    Mr.knuckles he is the best i ever seen in many years compare 2 some of these youngs guys out here n he is still maintaing his position holding the fort down keep up the good work.n punches

  5. #5 by prince on May 17, 2012 - 14:52

    johnny knuckles 77 years old may 17th 1935 still hitting steel n still punching steel any body want to make wages? young old or other wise just come forward any time n any place!!!!!!!!

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