Making his first ever public appearance, the legendary Japanese artist is coming to America in a series of signings and speaking events.
Most recently featured on the cover of Fantagraphics’ critically acclaimed Gay manga anthology, Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It, Jiraiya’s artwork has entertained audiences around the world since 1998, when his musclebound pinups debuted in G-men magazine. Guy Trebay at The New York Times has described Jiraiya’s figures as “jolly, hairy Asian men of refrigerator scale.”
Jiraiya will be giving a visual presentation on his career and process, signing limited edition giclee prints, Japanese-language editions of his collected comics and illustration work, as well as English translations and merchandise.
Valet Parking Available
Southland Honors Brunch
12:00 to 2:30p
The LA Leather community gets together to enjoy a delicious meal and celebrate the awards.
Kick-Off Beer Bust and Number Draw/ Meet the Contestants Party
3:00 to 7:00p
The 10 hot as hell men of the CLASS of 2015 are introduced.
6:00 to 9:00p
A thank-you to supporters.
Roast of Mr. Los Angeles Leather 2014
The Bullet Bar
Bid farewell to Eric Paul Leue with a hilarious send-off.
Rough Trade Gear
Hosted by Calif B & B, Regiment of the Black and Tans, BLUF
7:00 to 10:00p
A formal uniform/ formal leather gala reception under the stars.
Cigar Party/ Meet & Greet
Meet the Class of 2015 contestants and judges up close and personal.
Full Fetish Tribal Rites Men’s Play Party
Presented by RECON and hosted by Avatar LA
Sanctuary Studios – LAX
Desert Tribes Beer Bust
Presented by Palm Springs Leather Order of the Desert
The Bullet Bar
1:00 to 4:00p
Second annual event to get you ready for the big night!
Mr. Los Angeles Leather 2015 Contest
LEGION Victory Dance
Doors open at 6:00p
Silent Auction and Vendor Mart. See who will represent LA at IML.
DJ Tony Moran, Ana Paula & Debby Holiday + DJ Matt Pernicano.
Off Sunset Street Fair
Santa Monica & Sunset Boulevards, Silver Lake
11:00a to 7:00p
Taking the party to the streets with music, dancing, food, drinks, merchandise, art and novelties.
The American photographer Robert Mapplethorpe (1946–1989) lived a life of passion in the New York underground and rock scenes in the 1970s and ‘80s. That passion also made its way into his art.
Consisting of more than 250 works, the retrospective exhibition in the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma offers a broad overview of the key periods of Mapplethorpe’s career. In their aspiration for perfection, Mapplethorpe’s pictures blend beauty and eroticism with pain, pleasure and death. Mapplethorpe also photographed his celebrity friends such as Patti Smith, Andy Warhol and Richard Gere. Although solidly anchored in their time, his photographs are also universal and topical even today.
Arriving from Paris to Helsinki, the high-profile exhibition is a unique opportunity to learn about the art and life of one of the most important photographic artists of our time. The exhibition is curated by Jérôme Neutres from Paris with Director Pirkko Siitari and Chief Curator Marja Sakari from Kiasma.
Each month the Foundation offers a friendly and positive environment to practice your skills.
Spinning the tunes: DJ RocketManLA, with over 100,000 songs!
$25 suggested donation at the door.
Scholarship funds available.
Coordinator: Miguel Angel Reyes
San Diego brand Rufskin, maker of activewear for men, has teamed up with the L.A.-based Tom of Finland Foundation for a 15-piece collection of athletic apparel featuring those distinctive and homoerotic designs. Angelenos are treated to a special launch party at the Tom of Finland Foundation’s Echo Park space, where you will see the new collection up close and personal. rufskin.com
Cock, cock and more cock. Proud, throbbing, tumescent members wherever you look. Just thought we’d better let you know what to expect at this exhibition, although if you’re familiar with the work of Touko Laaksonen (aka Tom of Finland) it won’t come as too much of a shock. Of course, these days gay art is everywhere and (one would hope) not that shocking at all, but the show at David Kordansky Gallery in Los Angeles is concerned with the artist’s early work from the period 1944-1972, at a time when such material was revolutionary and required semi-illicit distribution.
Laaksonen’s portrayals of homoerotic encounters certainly don’t hide their light under a bushel; his men are muscular exhibitionists, unabashed and not given — it seems — to any sort of performance anxiety. In fact, Laaksonen’s figures challenged the prevailing stereotypes of the time of gay men as effete and sickly; his 1947 gouache work of a strongly-built, leather-clad chap in strident pose pleasuring a friend is one such example of this, as well as showcasing the artist’s delicate fashion-illustration style. Graphite drawings, inked storyboards and gouache works, selected with the input of the Tom of Finland Foundation, are on display in Early Work 1944 – 1972 until 7 March.
WORDS BY Rob Wilkes; Executive Editor