Joshua Zachariah Ellis is a writer, web designer/developer, musician and artist who currently makes his home in Las Vegas, NV. He is the founder of Stikki.me, a geolocational microblogging service.
Joshua was a regular columnist for the Las Vegas CityLife alternative weekly newspaper from 2001 to 2008. He and co-author Matt O’Brien were nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for their series of stories about homeless people living in the storm drains under Las Vegas, which O’Brien later expanded into the book Beneath The Neon. His writing has also appeared in print publications such as Coilhouse, Mondo 2000, Axcess, the Reno News & Review, Racket, 944 and online publications such as Mindjack.com, The Unofficial Apple Weblog and Worldchanging. He has also contributed to a few books, including Worldchanging: A User’s Guide For The 21st Century and The Underground Guide To Las Vegas. He has also lectured internationally on futurism-related topics, and is considered an early pioneer in the field of online micropatronage, due to his “Dark Miracle” project.
Joshua was also the co-founder and creative director of Mperia, one of the first online music stores to allow independent and unsigned artists to sell their own work directly to their fans.
A fourth-generation musician, his first full-length album, Ghosts In A Burning City was released in December 2009 under the name Red State Soundsystem. He has also done mastering and remix work for Las Vegas indie rock outfit the Big Friendly Corporation and Chicago group Loyal Divide. Joshua has also done duty as a DJ at several venues in the Las Vegas area, including a year-long stint as the Friday night house DJ for the Art Bar. He also recently had his first solo art show of generative Flash pieces at Las Vegas’s monthly First Friday cultural festival.
In his spare time, Joshua enjoys watching sci-fi TV and cartoons, traveling, reading comic books, drinking coffee, and writing about himself in the third person for no apparent reason. He also enjoys hanging out with his wife Rosalie and their ungrateful cats.
He is bigger than you, and easily bored.
Here is a long portrait of Joshua by the remarkable photographer Clayton James Cubitt, aka Siege.