Evelyn Kottman - The 103 Year Old Internet Sensation

Anytime you get over 3,000 website visits on a Sunday, your head kind of spins. Screen shot 2014-01-08 at 11.31.53 PM

That happened to be the case for me on December 22nd, when I found to be getting an insane amount of traffic from Reddit.

I thought some compromising photograph from my art school days had surfaced.


That or some brilliant, 11 year-old hacker had found a way to overlay sexually-suggestive cartoon appendages on every one of my images.


When I found that the culprit was none other than, Hilda Evelyn Kottman, I absolutely had to see what antics she'd gotten into this time.


You might remember I photographed Evelyn a couple years back for an editorial cover and feature story for Seattle Weekly on the subject of THC impairment.

She took my direction like an absolute pro, and as thanks, I photographed the heroic image below in front of the impressive pickling operation she'd devised in her two-car garage.


Seems this time around, Evelyn's grandson, Adam, helped to make her 103rd birthday one for the record books.

Her big day included a little gambling, an all-you-can-eat lobster dinner, and for dessert, TATTOOS!!







What started as a collection of images on Imgur, grew to an "Ask Me Anything" Q&A sesh on Reddit.

After some verification via Twitter, everything kind of blew up into write-ups on the Daily Mail, Complex, My Modern Met, Viralnova, Laughing Squid and the Daily Dot.

Labeled the BAMF (Bad Ass Mother Figure), she's quickly grown to become the Internet's Grandma.

I know the story's not over, too! Excited to see what she gets up to in the coming months. No doubt her 104th birthday party is going to be off the chain.

Love you, Evelyn!

More soon,