How did you get involved with TOM House? I personally am a huge fan and the historical landmark pin— what is that collaboration like? Will it be ongoing?
Our first collaboration was with Stuart Sandford, a resident artist of TOM House, and he introduced us to the crew there. The historical landmark pin is a memento of a piece of history. TOM House has created so many opportunities for gay artists and we think it’s really cool to be able to own a piece of that. We would love to keep those collabs going and find new ways to transform the TOM House legacy into pin form.
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An exhibition of classic and new works of gay male erotic art presented
at a gala 35th anniversary celebration with food and music.
Hosted by International Mister Leather Ralph Bruneau at
Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica.
35 Years of Sexual Freedom
Avatar Club Los Angeles, a premiere source of BDSM knowledge and fraternity for gay men is providing the public with a rare opportunity to view its stunning collection of erotic art. Artists include: Marc Acuna, Axel, Butch B, Dean Cameron, Oxana Diaz, Leo Garcia, Wim Griffith, Ross Johnston, Michael Kirwan, Doug Melnyk, Windon Newton, Sean Platter, Bruce Rapp, Joe Rodriguez, Don Tingling and more!
In an age of visually driven social media, erotic art is an extension of our educational outreach. Avatar knows to remain relevant we need to adapt to the changing needs and challenges of younger generations, while still holding steadfast to our long held values and practices. This historic anniversary marks the beginning of a new chapter in Avatar, and we welcome everyone to share in the celebration.
-Tom Trafelet, Vice President, Avatar
On view through 10th March