Meet Tyler Shields, photographic provocateur du jour. He's snapped a topless, meat-eating Mischa Barton; a bloody, knife-wielding Lindsay Lohan; and sweet Heather Morris of "Glee" all tied up in a rather domestic abuse-y setting.
For his latest trick, the L.A.-based photographer has taken one of the most coveted fashion items ever, the Hermes Birkin bag, and completely demolished in a battle royale: "the red Crocodile Birkin VS. the red $200 chainsaw and 4 dollars of gasoline!"
As you can imagine, such an act of fashion blasphemy has garnered some negative reactions. Francesca Eastwood, the model who oversaw the aforementioned destruction, has been the subject of harsh criticism and even death threats in the wake of her controversial shoot.
But Francesca, who happens to be Shields' girlfriend (and Clint's daughter, in case you were wondering), seems plenty happy about about the shoot, tweeting on Sunday:
Money to burn! Francesca Eastwood and boyfriend Tyler Shields set a $100,000 Hermes Birkin bag on... http://bit.ly/KQOQo6 via @MailOnline
As it turns out, the Burning
Man Birkin project is a well-documented part of her new reality show, "Mrs. Eastwood & Company," which debuted on May 20 on E!. In the clips below, you can see the Birkin saga from start to finish, including Francesca's initial unwillingness to let the bag go and Tyler's rational arguments to destroying it ("Destruction is a beautiful version of freedom…" is how he puts it on his blog).
Alas, the reasons Francesca wants to spare the bag's life aren't exactly the same as her critics'. Spoiler alert: the model expresses no inclination to donate the bag to charity.
We've reached out to Shields for comment. In the meantime, click to TylerShields.com to see the photo shoot and watch the process unfold in the "Mrs. Eastwood & Company" clips below.
UPDATE: In response to the backlash, Shields told The Huffington Post: "People spend 200k on an album cover, they spend millions on catering for movies, they spend money to create things -- that is all I am doing with this."
He added, "For all the people who hate it, I get the same amount of emails from people who love it. Art is there for you to decide -- you either get it, love it and embrace [it] or you hate it -- and most people decide in 10 seconds."
See some of the pics in question below.
For some wonderfully intact Hermes bags, check out the pics below: