Tear Down Your Idol is an introspective look at expressionism and professional photography, from the writings and portfolio of A.J. Calzada. Tear Down Your Idol is brought together almost unassumingly, though the combination of never before seen photos, illegal street art, and unreleased journal entries. Follow him as he grows as an artist and explores different mediums, all the while dealing with the struggles and hardships that come with creative realization. A.J. Calzada and his photography have been sought after by the pages of 944, ET, and XXL. He has also been featured on the front pages of numerous website's, Cashak.tv, and various music videos.
I began writing poetry and expressing myself in various journals when I was 6 years old. I collected numerous hardback novels of my thoughts on unlined paper. I continued to write in my journals feverishly, until the majority of the writings I had collected were destroyed. I began to be involved with graffiti in 1996. It inspired me to express myself. I followed graffiti by taking photographs when I saw fit. I continued to write graffiti until 2004, but I now leave it up to the artists that I respect for wielding that craft. My professional photography began in January 2007. I started working for VCM, and I also found work at a paper in Scottsdale. I did covers and spreads, and then started working for exposure companies and high fashion stores. I started getting more publications, then began freelancing for musicians and artists. I then worked on major music video sets, high end runway shoots, then nightlife and events. Currently I work and freelance for myself.