Going Ninja With The Impractical Jokers For The Cover Of Resource Magazine

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I had the privilege to be asked by Alexandra Niki and Aurelie Jezequel…the team behind Resource Magazine…to photograph their very first ‘Celebrity’ cover, featuring Brian “Q” Quinn, James “Murr” Murray, Joseph “Joe” Gatto and Salvatore “Sal” Vulcano, better known as The Tenderloins, but who are also the stars of truTV’s The Impractical Jokers. The Jokers…in case you didn’t know…is a practical-joke reality show where the four guys coerce one another into doing public pranks while being filmed by hidden cameras. For the cover theme, Alex and Aurelie wanted to use Sun-tzu’s, “The Art Of War” for our inspiration, with the Jokers dressed as Ninja Warriors, and I was happy to pull it all together…

Aside from using a ridiculously expensive Broncolor Para 220 as a main light, the cover setup was pretty simple…


Alex and Aurelie wanted a very high contrast, red & black look for the shot, and I had an idea for the cover that was centered around the original Charlie’s Angels logo…


Not quite…






…and the final cover image…

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Next, for the opener to the story, we wanted to do a ‘reveal’ where they tore off their Black Ninja Suits to show their Black Hipster Suits underneath…



And after a bit of Photoshoppery…

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Now came some ‘Hidden Camera’ goofs, with each of the guys hamming it up with a few not-so-hidden camera props…

“Q” the Ping Pong Pro…

Impractical Jokers - Joseph "Joe" Gatto

Murr and his Monkey…

Impractical Jokers - Joseph "Joe" Gatto

Joe the Big Gulp Cowboy…

Impractical Jokers - Joseph "Joe" Gatto

And Sal with a drippy ice cream cone and ‘Battle’, the GoPro-enabled Chihuahua…

Impractical Jokers - Joseph "Joe" Gatto

We finished things off with a few more hidden camera pranks, with the guys in their signature suits…

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And finally, here’s a little behind-the-scenes video shot by Resource’s Adam Sherwin that wraps up the day nicely…

Oh yeah…Alex wanted to play Ninja, too!

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2 thoughts on “Going Ninja With The Impractical Jokers For The Cover Of Resource Magazine

  1. For a moment I thought that they would start to appear in underpants like one character in the Jackass movies. Anyway, all this looks funny. But I wonder, where is the colors proof? Many thanks, you made me smile at the end of the day.

  2. First of all, great work. You are very talented, and I especially love the Impractical Jokers shots. I am designing a custom hoodie for myself on a website, that I plan to have made. Am I allowed to use the four signature suit photos of the jokers? I am completely ignorant to how usage rights work, lol. Please email me at rebeccak98@yahoo.com and let me know, if you get the chance. Thank you! 🙂

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