Thursday, July 26, 2012

20 Questions: Louis Cahill

Louis Cahill
I know Louis Cahill through his amazing photographs--he's been featured in some of the finest publications in the world, including (and I'm a little biased) the latest issue of Trout. Of late, I've become a faithful reader and follower of Gink and Gasoline, the joint online venture that Louis operates with Kent Klewein.

It's relevant, timely, thoughtful and edgy--it's kind of the journal of the fly fisherman we all wish we could be, and would be, if all the other trappings that come with a fruitful life wouldn't keep getting in the way.

But, frankly, I don't really know Louis... or at least I didn't until he kindly answered the questions below. What have I learned about Louis since? Well, the dude digs his wife, which is cool (I dig mine, too). He likes to be "out there" and some folks say he is out there.

For instance, when I asked my friend Kirk Deeter, the editor of Trout, what he knew about Louis, Kirk just smiled and said, "That's one funky dude ... Oh, and he's a hell of a photographer."

On the whole, I'm more educated--overall--than I was before Louis offered up his replies. For instance, did you know what Jimmy Page's middle name was? I didn't either--but now I do. Trust me... it's worth reading just to pick up that little tidbit of pop culture trivia.

Get to know Louis--I think you'll be happy you did. On with the questions:

What is your idea of perfect happiness? 
See "alone in the wilderness" + my wife. 

Which historical figure do you most identify with? 

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? 
Self loathing

What is your favorite journey? 
Don't Stop Believing
. (But it HAS to be the Steve Perry version... simple as that. -ed)

On what occasion do you lie? 
My resume.

Which living person do you most despise? 
I'm going to pass on this one. I don't want to tip him off. I'm so close. 

Which words or phrases do you most overuse? 

What or who is the greatest love of your life? 
Kathy, my amazing wife. And not just because she will see this.

James F. Page
Which talent would you most like to have? 
I wanna be Jimmy Fucking Page.

If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be? 
Jimmy Fucking Page!

What is your most treasured possession? 
A pocket watch. 

Where would you like to live? 

Who are your favorite writers? 
Hunter S. Thompson, John Gierach

Who are your heroes? 
Martin Luther King, Jimmy Carter.

What’s on your iPod?
Little G Weevil, Mississippi Fred McDowell, R.L. Burnside, White Zombie.

What would your profession be if you couldn’t do what you do now? 
Contract Killer.

In three words, how would your closest friends describe you? 
Bad Mother Fucker. I actually have the e-mail address

If there is a Heaven, and you go to Heaven, what would God say to you upon your arrival? "This is awkward"

What’s the favorite of all the cars you’ve ever driven? 
1972 W30 Hurst Olds convertible. Mine was gold.

Which actor/actress would play you in the movie about your life, and why? 
Johnny Depp, because my wife would love it.

If you could go back in time, what year would you visit first? 

BONUS QUESTION: What’s the closest you’ve ever been to dying?
I've been busy. I've been threatened at gunpoint several times. Three times I thought I was going to get it. I was hit head on by a truck on my motorcycle. Those were all close but the best story is when I was attacked by a pair of chimpanzees. That's not a joke. You can see photos on my facebook page.


  1. Lost it at, "This is awkward." Great interview.

  2. Good to learn a little more about the man behind the lens. Jimmy Fucking good.

  3. I agree with Brandon. "This is awkward" sent me over the edge. Good stuff!

  4. Louis, you're a hoot. And do you have the wallet to match the email address? ;-)