Original Okie: Rocky Frisco

by Michael Cooper


He’s raced MG’s and Mini Coopers, played gigs with the likes of J.J. Cale and Eric Clapton (among dozens of other big names), and periodically ran for office. At seventy three, Rocky Frisco shows us that it’s not just youth that brings energy to Tulsa.

I first met Frisco while he was running for City Councilor in 2009. He needed mug shots done for local publications covering the race, and my roommate at the time was a good friend of his and recommended me for the job. This particular portrait came when we both tired of going through the motions of smiles, serious-looking poses, and headshots. Frisco made some of his teeth disappear, grimaced ferociously, and became one of my favorite candidates to shoot that season.

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