Stuart Salomon has been in the nightlife business for over twenty years, serving as owner of such clubs as: Fallout, Coliseum, Atlantis, XO, The Beaumont, Karma, Zen, Grand Emporium, and most recently, Aura. He also has a seventeen-year background in law enforcement, now serving as a part-time deputy sheriff.
Own the Night chronicles the events of May 10th, 2013.
10:30 p.m. – I arrive at Aura and hang out front with the door guys while smoking a cigarette. There’s a poster-sized digital sign on either side of the entryway explaining that—yes—the paint does wash off, and that you only need to worry about being sprayed if you’re on the dance floor. Everywhere else is a safe zone. Enter at your own risk, it says. Then I spot Stu parked curbside and rounding the back corner his SUV; he’s wearing a white button-up and jeans, black shoes. He pops the trunk, which is more or less a mobile version of his home office and just as messy. It’s crammed with bags, security supplies, and stuff for the club.
I approach and he tells me, “This whole thing has been an absolute clusterfuck. I was figuring this shit out until 9:00 or so.”
Stu’s holding a paint party at the club tonight. The problem is that the idea was conceived before the method. Last time I saw him (on May 8th), he was trying to modify a handheld paint gun for recreational needs. That meant getting the paint at a consistency to actually be able to course through the mechanism. Also, the PSI of the gun had to be enough to squirt it across the room, but not so much that it would sting or cut someone’s skin. Unfortunately, the guys at Home Depot were of very little help in this arena.
“We don’t know much about painting people,” they said.