Starting with artistic nude photography, William S. Burroughs and Wall Street in the 1960s and 1970s, his subjects expanded in the 1980s to include radical sex practices, s/m, bondage and discipline, dominance and submission. In the 90s Gatewood photographed modern primitives, erotic tattooing, extreme body pier-cing and blood sports. Now he web surfs to find twenty-first century tattooed and messy girls, goths and vampires, radical pagans, Burning Man and many other kinky kinds of people.

"If you don't already own one of Charles Gatewood's photographs, books or videos, you have no right to call yourself a member of the underground. This ever curious chronicler of the culturally peculiar has been taking photographs for 30 years, and he shows no signs of slowing down." Paper Magazine

"There is no one who puts a face on tattooed/pierced beauty like Charles Gatewood. His images reek of bad and messy fun." Eric Kroll