Art For Sale: When Cancer Hits

By Chris Jalufka | 12.02.2013


I heard from photographer highcastle a few months back. He’d become a friend since our interview back in 2012 and since then we’ve checked in with each other every so often to talk art and our upcoming projects.

He was in the middle of trying to make his way back home to Texas. This wasn’t his usual travels for photography, it was a trip to see his father who had fallen into a coma. There was liver failure. Kidney failure.

He left his dad under the care of his mom, and went back to New York. News came back later that now his mother was sick. Cancer.


From highcastle’s page — 


‘Doctors found a tumor in her uterus the size of a grapefruit. The good news, if you can call it that, is that a hysterectomy, which is scheduled for October 24th, is stage 2 and isn’t considered fatal. Doctors are fairly certain that the cancer hasn’t spread and that she should recover. 

I am asking anyone who can empathize and who can give to donate whatever they can to ensure that my parents, who between the two live on about $1,000 a month from my mother’s disability income, don’t sink farther in the hole financially.

Every penny you donate will go directly to my parents and my mother’s healthcare needs. Our other concern is that my mother, who will take anywhere from six weeks to six months to recover from this surgery, will not be able to adequately care for my father, who still struggles in the aftermath of his systematic liver and kidney failure.’




Getting older to watch the health of your parents decline is the downside to growing up. Especially when you aren’t in a place to help out financially.

Highcastle is doing what he can, but he’s also hoping for help — feel free to donate HERE.


'Santa Muerte' by highcastle

‘Santa Muerte’ by highcastle


If you can’t donate, check out some of his recent work that he’s selling off to raise money.

Santa Muerte‘ is a limited edition print of 100 available from his site HERE.

His book ‘Instant Gratification‘ is available HERE.


'The Most Beautiful Thing In The World' by highcastle

‘The Most Beautiful Thing In The World’ by highcastle


I’m personally fond of his set titled ‘The Most Beautiful Thing In The World,’ which hangs in my house.

If you can’t donate but still want to help out, check out his site and if there’s anything you’d like a print of contact him at

highcastle’s donation page

highcastle on tumblr

highcastle on Facebook

highcastle on blurb

Previously on Evil Tender Dot Com — Interview: The Raw Photography of highcastle

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