Introducing Makemeaoffer

Pushing the boundary between what is considered pornographic and voyeurism, James Barnett, the self-confessed acolyte of filth, plays with the two concepts and brings them together in a collection of rich, engaging photographic studies. The audience is then left to decide. 

Showcasing Berlin based performer Bishop, this collaboration began over a year ago, and highlights the conceptual idea of 'unwrapping the goods'. This puts the viewer into the perspective of the voyeur and leaves them wanting more, and questioning what could be on offer. 

To see more from James, you can find him on instagram at Makemeaoffer. And similarly, if you’re keen to know what Bishop has to offer, you can view his Only Fans account or find him on Instagram at TheBiszhopblaczkx.

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A body belongs to the person who resides within it.

However, when that body is placed in the public arena, its ownership can become destabilised. The gaze of most if not all viewers, consciously or not, fetishises and objectifies. False claims can be laid to the body of another, either through this process or by the machinations of more malignant individuals.

Touch With Your Eyes attempts to visualise this fetishisation; objectification and loss of clarity surrounding the photographed individual's ownership of their body. It also examines the role of the viewer and the means in which they either passively or actively consume the image

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Discover more from Hue and Rebecca through the links below:

Photographer/Creative Director: Hue Hale
3D Artist: Rebecca Flynn

MUA: Yasmin Archer
Model: Ramon Maia
Link to Project: Touch With your Eyes

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After leaving college in 1979, Ivor Sexton began working as an illustrator, before concentrating on fine art. Now considering himself as a figurative painter, all of his work has a narrative. Talking about his work, Ivor said: “I have always liked a good story so like to reflect this in what I paint. I like to think I am a teller of tales in a visual form.”

Taking inspiration from books, music, film and other visual mediums, Ivor uses a lot of symbolism in his paintings and has always been influenced by Renaissance artists, explaining the use of religious imagery in some of his work.

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‘And so the seed was sown’ Acrylic on board

On talking censorship, he said: “There has been a slow and creeping censoring of art going on that is only now starting to be noticed. It appears that nudity is now associated with perversion...it is ok to show mutilation and violence in the new age dramas on television as long as you don't show any sex organs. Nail a person to the floor and mutilate them but don't show their penis as that will corrupt our poor children. I don't know about you guys but I'm sick of being classed a pervert just because I celebrate the naked male form. So here are my paintings doing just that...in all their uncensored glory...celebrating the male nude.”


You can check out more from Ivor on his website and social media listed below.

Website and Instagram

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‘The Annunciation’ Acrylic on board

Throughout the forty years of his time being an artist, a lot has changed. He started focusing his attention on the male nude and it shocked him how much fear it creates to paint a penis. His focus is of “real” men, not a fantasised version of a man, which is why he includes blemishes and men of differing ages.

Explaining more, Ivor said: “I like men who have stories to tell and men who live in the real world. There is so much peer pressure on men today to look a certain way...to have a six pack and a big cock. The guys I paint are all happy to show themselves as they are. I like to think I give them a voice. Some are hung and some are not. Some have buffed up bodies and some don't. Some are young and some more mature. What they all have in common is a story to tell and voice to be heard.”

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‘And God...’ Acrylic on board

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‘Martyr of the White Roses’ Acrylic on board

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‘Well?….’ Acrylic on board

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‘Solitude’ Acrylic on board

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This work is part of a photographic project from the tittolo: "Berlines". An investigation involving foreign men living in Berlin. An investigation into their sexual identity and the idea of masculinity and eroticism of the male body. So I came into contact with heterosexual or gay men available to offer their body to the camera and to my look. - Franchesco Berti

See more of Francesco’s work on his social media and website | website, instagram and tumblr.

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Shane Allison began making collages back in 2001 back when he had no idea it was an art form. As a writer, he liked to write in journals, and would decorate the covers with objects he would find. A year after that Shane began taking it seriously.

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“What I love about collage is that there are no rules to the form. If you don't like something, you can paste over it, rip it up and use it in something else. The minute you cut something out of a magazine, that image becomes independent of its whole.”

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In this series, I wanted to juxtapose something that's seen as obscene in society against images of purity. Using an all American icon like Mikey Mouse as a backdrop to gay sexuality. In the other collages in which strips of paper is used from an assortment of media to cover the men's privates, I wanted to toy with the gay male gaze. You know what's there, and what it is, and all your mind wants to do is peel back those layers of paper to see just how big it is, how round it is. Porn isn't just about sex and getting off, but the size of everything. Bigger the butt, bigger the tits, bigger the cock. I want you to imagine. I want the viewer to go ape shit over that which they can't see.

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This project was born from the desire to shed light on queer men’s sexuality found in context of intimacy and vulnerability.

It is a reflection on courage and self-love while questioning what should or should not be part of the public sphere and why so many facets of ourselves are kept hidden in the shadow of heteronormative society. Initiated through a call for submissions posted on Craigslist, which led to personal messaging on dating sites and now mostly through social apps, this project claims emancipation of men’s sexuality.Most photos and facials are produced by the men who put themselves at the centre of the image, in an intimate setting, usually in their own home, their room, their bed, their bathroom etc.

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The amateur quality of the photos thus highlights the non-professional nature of the photographer/subject while rather referring to the intimacy of a homemade photoshoot.

Each self-portrait is used by digitally replacing semen with glitter. Glitter is shiny, colourful. exuberant and depicts the magic bond shared between queer men.

The beauty lies in the communal aspect of publicly sharing what could be seen as shameful and turning it into a network of proud hoes.

More from the series can be found on Thierry’s Tumblr, and on his Instagram account here.

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Shining a light on sex, Fagazine aims to take back gay sexuality and showcase it for what it is; free honest and sometimes filthy. This is an an informal celebration of the sex and sexuality of gay men.

We recently had a submission of images by creator Kyle Sven, who you can find more of on Instagram at Alsoknownassven.

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Inspired by form and sexuality, my body becomes just another medium to explore. The body can tell so many stories. Living in an age of offence and overtly conservative views, I feel it’s our duty as a queer community to push the boundaries and redefine the status quo. - Kyle Sven

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The use of the black background in photography is generally a complete neutralisation of landscape in order to focus the image in the subject. In our practice of producing images, we try to give each piece a meaningful autonomy. For example, in the series of dates, black background  reflects the dreamlike detachment from reality, vague and misleading the memory of distant events founders of an individual (what Freud called "screen memories") while in "Fox", black is  the expression of nothingness, the abyss and nihilism.

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1983 - photographie - 2 types d'édition : 200X110 et 70X50 - 2011 - ©R&Pj+ADAGP

More of Romauld & PJ can be found below:

Romuald & PJ Website

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1976 (Le Complexe de castration) - Photographie - 80X60 - 2013

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1982 - photographie - 2 types d'édition : 180X120 et 80X60 2012

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 Fabulous illustrator Robert W. Richards is in Berlin to present a book from his exhibition by the same name, Stroke: From Under the Mattress to the Museum Wall, in which he collected some overlooked, but definitely worth-looking-at pornographic illustrators who drew during his heyday in mags like Freshmen, Torso, and Honcho. One of twenty-five artists from the catalog, Michael Kirwan, never liked his men pretty: ‘old, fat, ethnic, plain, disabled and unusual queers exist and are equally deserving of being depicted’.

Additional artwork by Robert can be enjoyed below.

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Since always, my artwork focused on the study of the body and sexuality in society. Recently, my work started naturally to focus on the intimate relationship between queer people and their gender idea. This huge freedom we gained in the last 30 years brought us to define a new type of approach to self-expression, redefining all the clichés we brought with us until today. We are no more attached to our biologic sex but more, I would say, to the idea we create in our mind that it’s our reality.

How do we define masculinity and femininity nowadays? But most importantly, do we still have a separation between them? These are the most important questions that are leading my work today. 

The idea of gender is very intimate and personal like sexuality but in a more complex way, probably because it was created by society itself and it continues to evolve under ours eyes. It is very stimulating to try to represent all these shades thought photography.

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Discover more from Fabio below.
Instagram / Website

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Bobby Redmond is a graphic artist living and working in London originally from Bunclody in Ireand’s South East. He studied Visual Communication at NCAD in Dublin focusing on illustration. Upon graduating in July 2015 he moved to London where he is developing his practice in painting, drawing, photography & making ceramic works.

Through expressive figurative painting & line making Bobby explores gay male sexuality and intimacy. His work depicts naked male bodies often in private/personal intimate spaces such as bedrooms & interiors. His works tell stories that draw on personal experience, memory and fiction.

Gesture, body language & symbolism meet colour, composition and texture when describing the narrative. His work looks at and celebrates individual relationships between men (often his own) as well the larger picture of being young and gay today.

For updates on his work, please find him on the following social media
Instagram | Website

A full gallery of Bobby’s work can be found below. Click each thumbnail for full size previews.

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Kian Benson Bailes is an artist based in the west of Ireland, who makes work focusing on queer culture and works using multi-media. Using digital collage, his work is an extension of his sketch book thinking. Using collage allows him to discover how materials and processes could develop and be realised through other media and how it can be integrated into the final work. He considers collage a useful way to work with motifs and visual language to investigate his topic of inspiration and its proximity in heteronormative culture, specifically art history. With this ongoing body of work he’s interested in the representation of gay male intimacy, the spaces that intimacy inhabits and its cultural context. 

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Working with found pornographic images is a way for me to interrogate the representation of bodies in queer culture as well as the space gay porn institutions hold in terms of the discourse around sex education, masculinity and the body politic. I think most gay mens experiences of pornography are one of the few educational tools they have in terms of gay sex and I'm interested in the moral and ethical implications that exist for pornographic institutions and platforms.

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I think the ongoing commodification of queer culture for the heteronormative lens falls foul of the same types of misogyny, racism, ableism and ageism you find in heteronormative culture  and you can see these issues appear in institutional depictions of sex and fantasy, a good example being the fetishisation and racially charged language porn studios use when discussing POC porn actors.

I've deconstructed and rebuilt these images to try and create an alternative historical narrative, one where queer bodies, queer acts, and their proximity to institutions are re-imagined amongst the canon of art history and its tradition to still life and portraiture.   

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For more works by Kian, you can find him on Instagram here.

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In the world of photographer JR Wallner, the crystal clear waters of Prince’s Lake Minnetonka have been polluted by urine and radiator fluid. Hailing from Minnesota, the Land of 10,000 Lakes, Jeff was born and raised in the so-called ‘Queen City’ of Virginia. To make this geography lesson a bit more complicated, he currently calls Berlin home.

Jeff’s preoccupations as a photographer — getting super-stoned and pulling faces with friends, capturing various streams of pleasure, and gross out shots of road kill, to name just a few — provide an uncanny view of Middle America.

Jeff is somewhat pee shy and recommends thinking about ‘water flowing’ if you lock up, like in ‘that TLC video‘. Even better, find a piss buddy. Recently, he found himself in very supportive company in the basement of Ficken 3000, catching the backsplash of a some serious water cannon action courtesy of a classmate in his German language course.

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How did you get into photography and why? 
As a teenager, I was already obsessed with fashion magazines and art books, spending hours contemplating how models would pose, and analysing the composition of each image. I am now in my 30s, working in the fashion industry (I will keep some mystery around me and about what is my real job) where I am surrounded by many high profile photographers. It gives me a chance to observe a lot, and I basically taught myself how to use a camera. Though, photography is more of a hobby for now, and I wouldn't call myself a “professional photographer” since I am still learning and experiencing.

What artists have inspired you and you work?
I always been a admirer of legendary photographers sush as Helmut Newton, Man Ray, Guy Bourdin, Peter Lindbergh and Paolo Roversi, who I think are really able to transmit an emotion in their work, creating some timeless and iconic images. Also, my attraction for the male photography has been mostly inspired by other legends artists like Herb Ritts or Robert Mapplethorpe.

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Why have you focused on nudity?
Being gay myself, I have an obvious attraction to the male body and it is definitely a great inspiration. Also, being undressed makes the model vulnerable and helps to catch an emotion in this intimate process. 

What was the reason to display the images in black and white, versus colour?
I simply love the strong contrast of light and shadows in a black and white image

There's a level of trust when photographing people naked, how do you build relationships with your models?
I like to go through some references before we start the shoot, to give ideas of poses, to set a mood, and to agree on a direction the model is comfortable with. Some models are very comfortable and like to show off, others are more shy. I am always respectful of boundaries and assure to make tasteful images. I usually let the model do his own thing with a minimum of guidance. It is a bit of a role-play voyeur/exhibitionist.

Have you ever been in front of the camera yourself?
I posed as a model a few time, clothed and naked. I think it’s been helping me being behind the camera today.

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Would you ever pose naked? If so, would you consider sending us a self portrait to use within the feature?
Sure!

What's next for you as a photographer.  More collaborations, more experimentations, more concepts, more visibility.

Queer censorship is at an all time high, what's your reaction/thoughts to that as a creator who's would would fall into the censorship algorithm?
Some censorship are sometimes necessary, but too much of it can shut down effective conversations and most importantly the understanding of some community. It is very subjective to define what word or what image is offending. Though any platform shouldn’t filter out content based on gender or sexual orientation. Also, it is definitely frustrating to not be able to freely show your art involving nudity on the web, as tasteful as it can be. That’s why your platform Fagazine is genius and very encouraging for gays and curious to glorify the male body!

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Discover more from Carl below…

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As a creative duo over a New Year, Alex and Geelherme spent six days making furious love in a tent at Psicodália, a psychedelic rock festival for hippies. They also made portraits of all the indie guys they found hot. The portrait offer a glimpse into the freedom the festival offers, also just how semi-nakedness is accepted.

Alex says, ‘We never put another guy in our bed. Yet…’ They like ‘raw’ guys. Dudes who are maybe just out of reach because they happen to be straight. They tend to like guys with moustaches and hairy guys. It turns out it was hard to find a guy without a beard at Psicodália.

It’s the kind of festival where even a couple of lolitos like Alex and Geelherme can turn on, tune in, and drop out… Between shows, they spotted guys doing yoga, playing the didigeridoo, attending life drawing workshops, and going skinny dipping — no, they don’t have pictures of that.

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Big Blonde Bottom is an illustration series about male submission, and the taboos of representing the least depicted function of the male body: its penetrability. These drawings disrupt this narrative, joining the growing output of work by queer artists who question the validity of these types of pre-established views. Relying heavily on the two colors that are used to enforce gender binaries, pink and blue, and in particular the one that is associated with femininity, pink, the drawings are meant to reverse the manner with which men's bodies are depicted; and in anticipation of the ensuing backlash of male anxiety, meet the viewer's gaze with whimsy and light–heartedness, as if winking at the patriarchy.

To see the full selection, visit Berke’s website here.

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Finncock produces erotic art and adult content using photography, sound, music, film and traditional nude art. With his background in the field of design, he continues to expand his artistry into different areas of self-expression while celebrating the primal sexual energy.

“The mission of all Finncock art is to normalise what is considered taboo. In the world of Finncock sexual bliss merges with art, self-love, healing, even spirituality in a non-conforming way.

Perhaps the most brow-raising part of Finncock’s art resides in the paintings created with his penis, and maybe even more so in the Little Death Rivers series containing the artist’s sperm. ”These abstract pieces are like pleasure supernovas. I use my sexual energy to capture a very unique moment in time and turn it into visual art for erotic art lovers. It sounds much more outrageous than it actually is. Just think about it. Do you know a more blissful feeling than the one you have when you climax? It’s like you’re floating outside of your body. All worries drift away. That’s true bliss right there. Sex is the ultimate spiritual experience and a powerful creative force.”

Another big part of Finncock philosophy is the need to rebel against the status quo, to make a difference by example: liberating people to love themselves, their bodies and enjoy sex and sexuality without shame.

”We are all born into a world where these pre-set rules dictate how we should be, feel and act. Our society pushes that agenda every day. These attitudes bubble under every layer of our society from business to politics to media to personal interaction, altering our behavior and self-image to a point that it forces us to hide ourselves, makes us fear to express ourselves and prevents us from living authentic lives and enjoying who we are, how we look like. We are made to feel unnecessary shame and unfortunately when we do, we often attack ourselves or judge those that dare to be freer. Slut shaming is far from over.”

While Finncock explores various themes in his work, in essence he wants to take people back to child-like innocence and wonderment through shameless imagery.

“It’s about innocence. The moment we reach puberty our physicality becomes something threatening. This double standard is ridiculous. If your penis is flaccid, no one says a thing but if you as much as hint to sexual arousal or show a full-blown erection, bam, it’s threatening! No matter what state our bodies are in, they are all natural states and shame should not be attached to any of them. I have a theory why male arousal is so often looked down upon. I believe it comes down to male erection being so intrusive. It reminds everyone of our male dominated patriarchal society and its many implications. Female arousal is much more of an enigma, a hidden secret to be discovered. Yet if a woman owns her sexual power, she too becomes threatening to the status quo. I will always resist this sort of narrow-minded thinking. I believe in freedom.”

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Finncock grew up in a small town in the Western coast of Finland. Growing up there was no one to relate to and like many others, he has witnessed the struggles in gaining equality for the LGBTQI community and the constant degrading of LGBTQI people by politicians, church officials, even family members. ”Hearing such messages when you’re growing up, year after year, is bound to have an affect. In my hometown no one dared to be a proudly gay. I myself stayed in the closet for ten years and I’m quite sure it has manifested in my behavior, especially in my wish to rebel against puritanical ideas. So in the end, all these attacks on my sexual identity kind of birthed me to the person I am today.”

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To some Finncock art may seem pornographic, self-indulgent and narcissistic but to the artist himself it’s about being his most authentic self, about embracing the sensual world and exploring identity and feelings while encouraging others to do the same. ”Sexuality has always intrigued me. I explore and test my boundaries. Doing this has also helped me come to terms with my own traumas and imperfections. I was in a car accident when I was 8 and during my long road to recovery I was ridiculed. I was also bullied daily for many years, just for who I am. I grew up in an emotionally abusive home, with my father being an alcoholic and my mother unable to protect me. I had to hide parts from myself in order to survive. In the process I built walls and developed an unhealthy relationship with my body, my weight going up and down due to emotional eating. Those type of scars can last a long time. So with Finncock I am not only encouraging everyone to enjoy their sexuality and love their body but I am right there with you as I am basically claiming back my power, challenging myself, and rebuilding myself. If that makes me self-indulgent, so be it.”

“The kind of experiences I’ve mentioned are often carried into adulthood and they manifest in our adult lives in various ways. Sometimes you are so starved for love and acceptance that you allow people to do things to you, emotionally or physically, that no one with a healthy self-esteem would ever allow. Or they manifest in sexual behavior because you have this boundless yearning for love, security and control, and you keep searching for those through all avenues presented to you. 

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It wasn’t always so easy being Finncock either. “When I started this adventure I had a lot of fear in me. I wasn’t sure if I was going too far, and I initially didn’t plan on showing my face. I feared I’d alienate customers and shock my friends and family. I was stepping over these very profound lines. However, from personal perspective it became of paramount importance that I show my face and stand openly behind everything I do. I realized that what I was doing went way beyond skin deep for me. I felt like a fraud hiding behind this pseudonym with no face. How can you speak of being free and not ashamed when you hide behind a veil of secrecy? You just can’t. So I let go of the fear. It almost felt like a second coming out because there was this same feeling of being freed and simultaneously, the fear of being rejected. I believe in what I am doing 100%. I’ve received all kinds of feedback since I started. I’ve been attacked left and right for what I do and my projects have been pulled down from every platform imaginable. But every time someone comes up to me and says how my art has made a positive impact in their lives, how they feel about their body or about sexuality, it’s really rewarding. But this is the more serious side of Finncock. The other side is just having fun, being flirty cheeky and playful like I am. You can’t take yourself too seriously when you’re stripping your clothes off. You feel like a kid at times.”

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For two decades he has produced male nude art through erotic paintings and drawings - and while that path is not over - he now also relishes in his own sexual energy and dreams of becoming a spokesperson for the cause he is speaking for: sexual liberation, healthy self-love and healing from the grip of trauma. 

Today he applied for a professional status for his PornHub account. So far Finncock has only made erotic solo films but he doesn’t rule anything out. The exploration has only begun. ”I’ve always been a very sexual being. I see sexual energy as something sacred and beautiful. It should never be repressed, hidden or shamed. Sexual energy should be celebrated for the magical thing it is.”

Until the end of February, 2019, all Finncock erotic films including the brand new xxx film Finncock: Special Delivery are -30%. Use code VALENTINE30 at checkout when shopping at https://www.finncock.com/shop/

For more information, go to: www.finncock.com/
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Twitter: @Finncock_Artist
Facebook: Finncock Art
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This project is very current, as it speaks to our relationship between personal and public space, privacy and social media. With this artwork, I wanted to reveal more of myself, the gay man, the artist, the virtual persona, but within the boundaries of my own comfort.

This project is also really about playing with my sexuality, all the while testing its online limits. As I was creating it every day, i had to remind myself that these photos were not entirely mine anymore. Yes, I technically still have the rights to those photos, but they’re lost in the Tumblr void, in the never ending internet vortex of regret. They are out there and there’s nothing I can do about it now.”

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My name is Belladwnna, I'm a non-binary and hypersensitive person from France, and I'm a multidisciplinary artist, mostly digital collage but I also have a noise project.

All my work is based on my personal feelings and experiences, Belladwnna is for me a way to express my feelings about gender, human being questions such as anxiety, sexuality, depression.

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More work by Belladwnna can be found on Instagram here

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Arsepic 2,   2016, Graphite Drawing, 21 x 29.7 cm

Arsepic 2, 2016, Graphite Drawing, 21 x 29.7 cm

Arsepic 1,   2016, Graphite Drawing, 21 x 29.7 cm

Arsepic 1, 2016, Graphite Drawing, 21 x 29.7 cm

I create work based on lived experiences and, as such my practice isn’t a project with a start, middle or end. I make work to mark points that bear significance to me or to the nightlife, people, toilets, cruising grounds, saunas, clinics, community centres and STIs that form our culture and identities.

Drawing is a constant process for me and forms the majority of my work. More recently I have been making digital drawings as it facilitates a more direct way of dealing with the subjects. It makes sense that people I come into contact with online who send me photographs, or the pornography I watch, are represented through a digital medium and can be placed into the context of its subject. A drawing will often be the catalyst for sculptural and installation work and inform the material or aesthetic choices that I make when creating 3D works.

Neigh   ,  2018, Digital Drawing, 42 x 29.7 cm

Neigh, 2018, Digital Drawing, 42 x 29.7 cm

Welts   ,  2018, Digital Drawing, 42 x 29.7 cm

Welts, 2018, Digital Drawing, 42 x 29.7 cm

My work references photographs and cartoons from queer erotic blogs often from the gay bear scene, like hairy stomachs, beards, arses and dicks.  In this imagery fantasy tropes such as woodland and fungi make regular appearances, and in my work are often the backdrop to depictions of queer sexuality

I once had sex with a gay bear in Budapest called Norbert. I met him in a club, which advertised one of its attractions as car sex experience. After he came in my mouth in the darkroom he told me he loved me. As a teenager I fantasised about this scenario and drew pictures. Now, I don’t believe that you can fall in love with someone without seeing their face.

Keep Cup By Day Piss Pig By Night   ,  2018, Milliput, Water, Electric Pump, 100 x 54 x 54

Keep Cup By Day Piss Pig By Night, 2018, Milliput, Water, Electric Pump, 100 x 54 x 54

I am interested in how queer art always has to fight acts of censorship. Multimedia platforms like Instagram and Tumblr constantly inflict morals upon queer artists in the name family values, branding eroticism and nudity as obscene and offensive. My practice as is my life is encased in a bubble of queer mentality and people. Trying to get my work seen by others in the world means that that bubble constantly has to be popped. When I was trying to get some t-shirts printed of one of my drawings “Happiness”, the company replied that the drawing could be offensive and contradicted their NSFW policy.  The picture shows a young man smiling with white fluid on his face.  I asked to see what part of this policy it contradicted as it was just yoghurt on the man’s face.  Of course there was no contradiction of policy, they had made the decision based on the fact that it ‘could’ cause offence.  They then agreed to print the image as long as it was titled yoghurt face. They wanted retain the façade of child like innocence, disavowing their own knowledge of a cum facial. I am constantly left asking, who are we offending and why does is cause offence, when there is no harm or exploitation. 

Kyle  , 2018, Digital Drawing, dimensions variable

Kyle, 2018, Digital Drawing, dimensions variable

Harness 1,   2016, Graphite Drawing, 21 x 29.7 cm

Harness 1, 2016, Graphite Drawing, 21 x 29.7 cm

Harness 2,   2016, Graphite Drawing, 21 x 29.7 cm

Harness 2, 2016, Graphite Drawing, 21 x 29.7 cm

If you want to discover more from Joseph, you can check out his social media and website links below.

www.josephridgeon.com | Instagram

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Tell us a little about yourself.
I go by Bullethole. I live in Dallas, TX, but I’m originally a Louisiana boy. I think my southern boy thing comes through in my artwork. I’ve always loved hairy bearded men.

How did you begin as an artist?
I've been drawing since I could hold a pencil. I drew mainly comic book characters all through elementary school and took more serious art classes in high school (focused on portraiture) and continued my studies in college – eventually with a focus on graphic design. I also do photography and paint when I'm not doing work as a Creative Director. My paintings are completely different from my Bullethole style. One day I’d love to do a show of that work.

I also do traditional medium but my current work is all digital and done with an iPad Pro using an Apple pencil and a drawing app called Procreate. I began drawing Bullethole men a little over a year ago after my bf bought me an iPad Pro for Christmas and it surprised me how it took off and I just kept doing it. Plus I love drawing sexy hairy bearded men with big butts. I post a lot of process stuff on my instagram from sketch to finished work. I also will post time-lapse videos of the work evolving, which can be pretty interesting to watch.

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How did ‘Bullethole’ come about?
I've always loved the genre of good girl art (Vargas girls) and loved the bit of humour in the work and wanted to do the beefcake equivalent of that. I like a bit of cheekiness (pun intended) in my work. Beefcake can be so serious and I wanted it to be fun but still sexy. Plus the idea of people wearing my artwork on t-shirts is a rush. Bullethole came about while joking with my boyfriend Jim, we were using it as a euphemism for the pink spot between a man’s cheeks lol. My logo is a graphic twist on that pink part. I decided to do artwork that focused on hairy, bearded muscly men who loved to show off their backsides and so Bullethole was born. (Plus it doesn't hurt to have a lawyer for a bf. He helps me with all the copyright, trademark registration and stuff while I handle the fun stuff.)

What inspired you?
The majority of my guys are from my imagination. And as you can see, I have a pretty good imagination. I do use various references for some poses or specific anatomy but the Bullethole men sort of "speak to me" as I'm drawing them and evolve all on their own. They tell me who they are and what they look like and their personality just kind of shows up. My style for the Bullethole man is ever-evolving but I wanted to combine the four B's — bear, beard, burly and booty with my love of comic books and have them straddle the line between realism and fantasy. 

I also do commissions for more realistic portraits and some examples of that work are Colby Janson, Tank Joey, Seth Fornea, Alex Marte and most recently Jack Mackenroth! But you don't have to be a Bearlebrity for me to draw you — so people can and do DM me for commissions for birthday gifts or just because they want artwork of themselves done in my style.

Since I also do photography, I'd love to start photographing my own BH guys and doing reference from that as well. My plans for Bullethole in the future are to hit some of the bear events and sell teeshirts and artwork there. I'd also like to eventually do a coffee table book, colouring books and maybe even calendars. It all depends on public interest but I'm always excited when someone buys one of my shirts and tags me. I've had guys from all parts of the globe buy my stuff and to me that's amazing to imagine someone across the world wearing my artwork. It's really cool when I see people like my work, especially when there are so many talented artists around.

Of course I’d love for your readers to follow me on Instagram and buy a teeshirt or a mug or a print! LOL But most of all I want to thank Fagazine for the opportunity to show a wider audience my work. I really love doing these drawings and I hope people continue to like what I do. It's also super cool when I get messages from people who want to say hello and that they enjoy my work. It's really nice and puts a smile on my face, plus it makes me want to draw even more! 

More from Bullethole can be found via the links below:
Instagram | RedBubble | Threadless | Facebook | Twitter

© 2019 Bullethole Media. All Rights Reserved. No unauthorised reproduction or usage without permission.

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A Gift to Victorian Architecture'

“Its about my love for old, intricate architecture and my love for the art of Shibari. I wanted to merge the two art forms, by drawing a man tied up almost as a gift to the Gods of architecture. Lots of my work has overtly sexual undertones and tongue in cheek humour. I also drew inspiration from shows like 'Gravity Falls' and Studio Ghibli movies which has some of the coolest spirit designs.”

See more of Studentstach on Instagram here.

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“The focus of the shoot was discovering how quickly two people can become intimate, not sexually but on another level. We had met as strangers and only had a few minutes to quick learn each other before shooting. Ron had indicated earlier that he may not be down to shoot since he wasn't feeling it that day. Instead we agreed to meet for a coffee and talk just to get to know each other. The more we spoke, the more we knew each other, the more we knew we could create something unique. What resulted is a series of intimate portraits that speak to who he is and how I have now begun to get to know him.” Alkarim Jadavji

Find more of Alkarim’s work on Instagram here.
Model: Ron Sese

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“We are a creative couple and we love to shoot together. I’m a fashion stylist and he is an art director and we worked together to realise this visionary project. We were inspired by Hayao Miyazaki - we are both in love with him. In the shoot he is the king of the forest, walking inside his land, completely surrounded by nature like Shishigami, the deer God in Princess Mononoke. I worked the concept, the style and the picture, while Norbert, my partner, posed.” - Michael Bigini

Discover more from Michael and Norbert on Instagram here: Michael / Norbert

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“I like to observe the human body, fix it on the photo in various spaces, manifestations of interactions with anyone or something. Body shape doesn’t matter much to me – in every person I find something beautiful.” – Yasha.