A photo tribute to Charles Lewis, AKA Mask of Tapout

I went through and put together as many photos as I could find. I am also giving copies of all of them to my dear friends at Tapout.

I would have to say that i’ve known Mask a little over two years.. He’s always been an enthusiastic and passionate person. He loved what he did, he loved everything he was a part of. And he, Punkass, and Scrape have been a part of so much.

I can’t tell you how many times, I invited Mask and Scrape out to party. they were always the ones to turn in early. Punkass was my roll dog on more than one occasion. But I have an experience I’d like to share with everyone. It’s pretty personal because everyone’s always wanting to know about my financial existance.

I got to Tampa for UFC in early February. I was going through some really rough personal issues at the time. As I was leaving the weigh ins, I ran into Mask and Scrape being picked up in a limo and they gave me a ride back to the hotel. They started inquiring about how I made it to all the shows and I told them I paid for it, shared rooms when I could and basically try to do photoshoots and sell advertising. I said it’s tough, but I love what i’m doing so it’s worth it. As I got out of the car at the hotel, mask shook my hand and said, go get yourself something nice.

They drove off and I looked in my hand and there was a $100 bill sitting there. I was blown away! A few days later, they called me up to try to schedule a photo shoot. I wish to god that we had been able to get a shoot done.. I’m crying just thinking about it.

There are very few people in this industry that have contributed as much as Mask, Punkass and Scrape have. I’m very happy to have called Charles my friend.

You will be sorely missed, Charles Lewis. You have left behind a legacy that will never be forgotten.

Please click the photo to go to the entire album:

An adventurer by profession, photographer by passion and an ICANologist through motivation. I CAN do anything I put my mind to!!

2 Comments

  1. MMA

    03/12/2009 at 5:15 am

    Tracy
    Thank you for sharing these.

    As an effort to pay tribute to Mask as well as show support to PunkAss and Scrape, I’ve started a campaign to get everyone to rally and wear their tapout gear this Friday. I want to line the streets, offices, parks and gyms with tapout!

    For more information please go to:http://www.mmahotstuff.com/about/2009/03/pay-tribute-to-mask-and-the-tapout-crew-this-friday.html

    Feel free to post this.
    Pass it around. Join me!
    Thanks again
    Rachel

    http://www.mmahotstuff.com – MMA fro a girl’s perspective

  2. David

    03/12/2009 at 3:04 pm

    I’M GONNA MISS THAT GUY. ALWAYS GOT A KICK OUT OF WATCHING THE SHOW AND HIM BRINGING UP NO NAME FIGHTERS AND ENCOURAGING THEM TO BE THE BEST. GIVING THEM THAT SHOT. REST IN PEACE MASK

    ONE
    MIKI J

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