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Welcome to D.I.Y. P.I. (Do It Yourself Private Investigation)!

My Backstory (in short)
I had my identity stolen in 2011 by a woman named Erin Hart. As an artist my response to this crime was to find, follow, and photograph this woman as a way to get to know her. I made an art book and traveling exhibition about the experience called Dear Erin Hart, which was published by San Francisco Camerawork in 2015. I worked closely with private investigators for this project as well as No Trespassing where I found, followed, and photographed my estranged father. I became fascinated with how closely related the power dynamics are of photography, private investigation, and investigative journalism. For more about me and my work, listen to Episode 556: Act III of This American Life from May 2015 (19 minutes long).

In early 2016, I embarked upon a mission to learn the tools of the trade of private investigation first hand and apply for my actual private investigator’s license, which requires 6,000 hours of investigative work. I unlocked this achievement two years later in January 2018. I am now focusing on building my small business as a private investigator while documenting it through photography, video, and am in the process of developing a podcast. I exhibit my artwork internationally, travel regularly for guest speaking engagements and give immersive, interactive performances at a variety of different venues. Contact me directly for booking info.

  1. Follow me on Patreon to keep up to date on the broad strokes of this project.
  2. Support me on Patreon to get exclusive updates in the form of videos, photos, and written updates on the progress of my cases. 
  3. Hire me for your case by contacting me directly.
  4. Book me as a speaker / performer and / or to show my artwork at your institution, organization, or gallery.
  5. Check out my past work.

Tiers
Casual Observer
$1 or more per month
  • DIY PI project updates 
  • Listed as a supporter 
  • Exclusive broadcasts of performances
  • Exclusive video updates
Keen Observer
$5 or more per month
  • DIY PI project updates 
  • Listed as a supporter 
  • Exclusive broadcasts of performances
  • Exclusive video updates
  • Private Instagram account access
Vigilant Observer
$10 or more per month
  • DIY PI project updates 
  • Listed as a supporter 
  • Exclusive broadcasts of performances
  • Exclusive video updates
  • Private Instagram account access
  • One art surprise in the mail
Dedicated Observer
$15 or more per month
  • DIY PI project updates 
  • Listed as a supporter 
  • Exclusive broadcasts of performances
  • Exclusive video updates
  • Private Instagram account access
  • One unique art surprise in the mail
Sleuth In-training
$20 or more per month
  • DIY PI project updates 
  • Listed as a supporter 
  • Exclusive broadcasts of performances
  • Exclusive video updates
  • Private Instagram account access
  • Two art surprises in the mail
Investigator
$25 or more per month
  • DIY PI project updates 
  • Listed as a supporter 
  • Exclusive broadcasts of performances
  • Exclusive video updates
  • Private Instagram account access
  • Two art surprises (one will be unique)
Co-conspirator
$50 or more per month
  • DIY PI project updates 
  • Listed as a supporter 
  • Exclusive video updates
  • Private Instagram account access
  • Two unique art surprises in the mail
  • One private one on one update on my caseload to be arranged in the second month you are subscribed (by Skype or phone if non-local)
Accomplice
$75 or more per month
  • DIY PI project updates 
  • Listed as a supporter 
  • Exclusive video updates
  • Private Instagram account access
  • Two unique art surprises hand-delivered
  • One private one on one update on my caseload to be arranged in the second month you are subscribed (by Skype or phone)
Client
$100 or more per month
Step into my office: As an investor of at least $100 a month you get all the updates, all sorts of art surprises and have the option to become my client. We will arrange an in-person or Skype intake interview where we will discuss your commission and possibly sign a custom legal contract. You may remain at this level until the mission is complete, or continue supporting as long (or short) as you wish (could be a one time/fly by night thing).
Goals
84% complete
I will release a Cases Update video to Patreon supporters! I have worked with dozens of clients so far, all of which I will fill you in on. I hope to make this a regular feature once I get enough Patreon support. 
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Welcome to D.I.Y. P.I. (Do It Yourself Private Investigation)!

My Backstory (in short)
I had my identity stolen in 2011 by a woman named Erin Hart. As an artist my response to this crime was to find, follow, and photograph this woman as a way to get to know her. I made an art book and traveling exhibition about the experience called Dear Erin Hart, which was published by San Francisco Camerawork in 2015. I worked closely with private investigators for this project as well as No Trespassing where I found, followed, and photographed my estranged father. I became fascinated with how closely related the power dynamics are of photography, private investigation, and investigative journalism. For more about me and my work, listen to Episode 556: Act III of This American Life from May 2015 (19 minutes long).

In early 2016, I embarked upon a mission to learn the tools of the trade of private investigation first hand and apply for my actual private investigator’s license, which requires 6,000 hours of investigative work. I unlocked this achievement two years later in January 2018. I am now focusing on building my small business as a private investigator while documenting it through photography, video, and am in the process of developing a podcast. I exhibit my artwork internationally, travel regularly for guest speaking engagements and give immersive, interactive performances at a variety of different venues. Contact me directly for booking info.

  1. Follow me on Patreon to keep up to date on the broad strokes of this project.
  2. Support me on Patreon to get exclusive updates in the form of videos, photos, and written updates on the progress of my cases. 
  3. Hire me for your case by contacting me directly.
  4. Book me as a speaker / performer and / or to show my artwork at your institution, organization, or gallery.
  5. Check out my past work.

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Tiers
Casual Observer
$1 or more per month
  • DIY PI project updates 
  • Listed as a supporter 
  • Exclusive broadcasts of performances
  • Exclusive video updates
Keen Observer
$5 or more per month
  • DIY PI project updates 
  • Listed as a supporter 
  • Exclusive broadcasts of performances
  • Exclusive video updates
  • Private Instagram account access
Vigilant Observer
$10 or more per month
  • DIY PI project updates 
  • Listed as a supporter 
  • Exclusive broadcasts of performances
  • Exclusive video updates
  • Private Instagram account access
  • One art surprise in the mail
Dedicated Observer
$15 or more per month
  • DIY PI project updates 
  • Listed as a supporter 
  • Exclusive broadcasts of performances
  • Exclusive video updates
  • Private Instagram account access
  • One unique art surprise in the mail
Sleuth In-training
$20 or more per month
  • DIY PI project updates 
  • Listed as a supporter 
  • Exclusive broadcasts of performances
  • Exclusive video updates
  • Private Instagram account access
  • Two art surprises in the mail
Investigator
$25 or more per month
  • DIY PI project updates 
  • Listed as a supporter 
  • Exclusive broadcasts of performances
  • Exclusive video updates
  • Private Instagram account access
  • Two art surprises (one will be unique)
Co-conspirator
$50 or more per month
  • DIY PI project updates 
  • Listed as a supporter 
  • Exclusive video updates
  • Private Instagram account access
  • Two unique art surprises in the mail
  • One private one on one update on my caseload to be arranged in the second month you are subscribed (by Skype or phone if non-local)
Accomplice
$75 or more per month
  • DIY PI project updates 
  • Listed as a supporter 
  • Exclusive video updates
  • Private Instagram account access
  • Two unique art surprises hand-delivered
  • One private one on one update on my caseload to be arranged in the second month you are subscribed (by Skype or phone)
Client
$100 or more per month
Step into my office: As an investor of at least $100 a month you get all the updates, all sorts of art surprises and have the option to become my client. We will arrange an in-person or Skype intake interview where we will discuss your commission and possibly sign a custom legal contract. You may remain at this level until the mission is complete, or continue supporting as long (or short) as you wish (could be a one time/fly by night thing).