“The Erotic Art of Avatar” | 17th February | LA

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


“REXworld” | 23rd February | Antwerp

For the first time ever, Antwerp’s internationally recognized Leather & Fetish Pride at the Darklands festival showcases over 200 images from REX’s incredible career in art. The majority of this art in this retrospective has never been allowed public exhibition due to government censorship and the scourge of political correctness.

To honor his 50th anniversary of producing iconic Homo-erotica for the Gay fetish world, Jeroen van Lievenoogen and his team have honored REX with the largest exhibition of his art ever held. Half of the exhibited art will be located in the REX Arena play area, which REX claims is, “the place where it belongs”. Still more work can be seen at the REX Bar and REX Stand, where art, catalogs, fine art prints, cards and posters offered for purchase.

The objective of REX’WORLD: Back to the Future is to make the “impossible” possible: After a half century of creating iconic fetish art for the gay community, REX images have become ubiquitous around the world as “anonymous art”, that is endlessly copied and circulated on line without permission, payment or credit for decades now. Now in his vintage years, this much censored and ignored artist is to be honored with this rare European exhibit, which highlights five decades of his pioneering contribution to gay history.

The fact they have a hard-on when viewing this material makes them more likely to surrender themselves to these images. Yes, this is pornography – sorry about that – and its purpose is to excite and arose sexually to the point of orgasm. Whether you think you like it or not. After alcohol does its work, all moral or intellectual resistance to this work fades – this work comes “alive” as you’ve never seen it before. Even for myself when viewing it stoned (Did I really draw this?). Sexual situations are its proper setting and purpose. And in this “darkroom area” at Darklands these images being the only available soft light, people will be like sitting-ducks to the power of these images – inescapable – regardless of whether they think they like this stuff or not. Their libidos will decide the issue for them. The Darklands organizers seem very much “on board” but we should keep rubbing their nose in how spectacular this could be if, they are only daring enough to keep thinking “outside the box” in promoting this once-in-a-lifetime show for both: them and myself. I can’t imagine, I will EVER top this presentation we are mounting. I can die a happy – if poor – man after this. And after all, this is about the future and the future is always about the unexpected. -REX


Runs through 25th February

Whether you can attend, or not, please support the crowdfunding effort.



Get a Piece of Skin Off Bruce LaBruce

Bruce LaBruce and Tom of Finland Store form a happy (open) relationship

If you are not familiar with Bruce LaBruce’s work, he is sort of a bastard love child of Kenneth Anger and John Waters. Maybe a little scarier. His first claim to fame was the zine J.D.s in 1985. And that little chapbook essentially made the ’90s homocore scene possible. He also made a bunch of crazy-ass films meant to challenge everything you hold dear about God and country. What a relief to let go of all those old ideas.

Hustler Hiding (Madrid), 2009, Courtesy of the artist and ToFS

His fetishized views on sexuality and his tendency to include very hardcore sex scenes in his films and art work make his current offerings through the Tom of Finland Store a perfect match. Even 30-something years after the launch of J.D.s, Bruce LaBruce can still shock — in that way you like to be shocked.

Bruce LaBruce and Joakim Andreasson (ToFS creative director) have announced the online reiteration of Faggotry. Following retrospective gallery exhibitions and programs in London (Gallery 46), Madrid (La Fresh), Los Angeles (Lethal Amounts) and New York (MoMA), the online platform will be made up of over 100 photographs that LaBruce has produced over the past 25 years, and are now available as part of an exclusive offering via Tom of Finland Store.

The presentation includes photographs from film sets, candid shots of fellow artists, friends, and collaborators, photographs made for movie promotion and posters, excerpts of shoots for magazines, photography for gallery shows, and documentation of live performances.

Klaus von Brucker #2 (No Skin Off My Ass production still), 1990, Courtesy of the artist and ToFS

“To be honest, I just keep doing what I’ve always been doing. It’s the political spectrum that keeps shifting, although its goal posts always seem to shift more and more to the right side of the spectrum in terms of capitalism, corporatism, and neo-liberalism. My work has never been particularly accepted by the gay orthodoxy, and as assimilation advances, it’s even less popular!”
Bruce LaBruce on the Glory Hole blog

By Christopher Harrity