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Aug 02 2013

Trans

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Los Angeles-based erotic photographer Dave Naz has a new project devoted to promoting the stories and images of trans women. Along with his previous series on genderqueer folks, Naz hopes this project will increase awareness and visibility of diverse gender expressions within queer communities. If you want to be a part of Trans, you can contact him at his site.

h/t Violet Blue

Jul 30 2013

Scenes From the Fat Girl Book Release

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Our friend April Flores has just released a book with her partner in crime Carlos Batts. Fat Girl is a sexy, groundbreaking collection of erotic photographs featuring the many faces of Flores. The pair had a book release launch at Coagula Curatorial in LA’s Chinatown this past Saturday and we were honored to host the party’s spanking station. Check out these snaps from the night.

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If you’d like to see photos from the book, the show at Coagula Curatorial runs through August 3rd.

Thanks to JT for the photos!

Jul 30 2013

Fisting Public Art Prank In Detroit

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Detroit filed for bankruptcy almost two weeks ago, inspiring local artist Jerry Vile to deliver a little comic relief. Witness “Vessel of Hope,” in which the prankster placed an enormous can of Crisco next to the city’s iconic Joe Louis Fist Statue. The clueless folks at Detroit’s Fox 2 reported that Vile hopes his work “may in someway ease the pain of having the Detroit bankruptcy shoved into our faces.” Well played, Mr. Vile.

If you’d like to learn more about fisting, come check out our free workshop, Advanced Anal Play on August 28th, with Damon Holzum in Los Angeles and Sarah Sloane in Chicago.

h/t Jalopnik

 

 

Jun 18 2013

Hide: Art on Leather by Karl Hamilton-CoxFriday in Chicago

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HIDE is an exhibition from Karl Hamilton-Cox of Art On Leather. The exhibit features erotic works painted on leather canvas.

Of his first showing outside of the UK, the artist says “My work is unashamedly illustrative in nature as I prefer a realism style that I feel is more of a technical challenge than contemporary representative or abstract genres.” He developed his painting on leather technique after he was asked to do a bomber jacket sample in early 2011. With some lateral thinking he has successfully adapted the concept to the UK fetish and alternative lifestyle markets.

Chicago readers are invited to join us at the opening of HIDE this Friday night from 9 to 11 PM at the G.A.G. Contemporary Fetish Gallery located at the Leather Archives and Museum. You can even RSVP on Fetlife.

May 28 2013

The Fine Art of Sexting

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Karen Finley wants your dick pics. Well, not exactly. But for a recent show at New York’s New Museum, the legendary performance artist turned sexts into art.

For the exhibition, Finley invited patrons to commission an original artwork by coming in for a ten-minute “sitting” in which they were given a number and invited to sext her. From these sexts, Finley made paintings, which are now on display at the museum. At the end of the exhibit, those lucky patrons of the arts will get to take home their sext portraits for $200-$500.

We think this a clever idea and a great deal for the lucky few who got to “sit” for Finley. It also gives us a chance to think about how technology (especially smartphones) has sped up the act of getting off with a partner. With services like Snapchat making the sext an ephemeral object, Finley’s paintings invite us to take a longer look at how we frame our bodies in the heat of the moment.

May 15 2013

The Artful Bachelorette

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Bachelorette parties are a hallowed tradition. But what if you want to try something different? The Artful Bachelorette is an NYC-based company that hosts nude life-drawing classes for special occasions.

Each 2 hour class includes a nude male art model and drinks served by a topless waiter. We think this is a great alternative to the same old strip club. The Huffington Post has an interview with the company’s founders and one of their popular models.

If you’re planning a bachelorette party this wedding season, don’t forget that we offer Sex Toy Socials and sex ed workshops for small groups. Contact your local Pleasure Chest for details.

May 01 2013

Webcam Models Read Sonnets

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Vice points us to a project by John Reed, a prolific writer with “a healthy interest in porn as both an art form and a cultural phenomenon.” Among his many talents, Reed writes modern day sonnets, and he’s commissioned webcam models to read them. The staging of these readings resembles a typical camshow, but the poems cast the transaction between model and client in a whole new light. You can see the whole series here.