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Friday, February 17, 2017

It grows on you

(This is supposedly a real-life French TV commercial. Give it a few seconds:)


Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Trick who fell from space

By Perry Brass

(Perry writes about this piece: "The Trick Who Fell From Space" comes from my 1992 short story collection, "Works and Other 'Smoky George' Stories," and dates back to the 1980s when it was written and originally published in FirstHand Magazine. It combines stark naked homoeroticism with science fiction themes (space travel, bionic creatures, etc) and a good dose of sexual politics, too. The narrator lives in rural Georgia, where homophobic violence was (and probably still is) rampant.)

I know—I mean I know—you won't believe this story about my friend Gary. That is, I call him Gary. But I've got to tell it to somebody. I'm not even sure why I should tell it to you, but sometimes you keep things a secret for too long and you even start to believe that nothing's real, and before long, you're screwy, and you're ready to be sent away, if you know what I mean.

Maybe I should tell you how I found out about Gary, but I know what I'll do, I'll tell you how I found him. That's the best way to begin. I'll tell you just how I found him.

Okay, you're not going to believe this. Shit! You're going to think I'm crazy, but alright, I'm going to tell you the whole thing anyway. He was stark naked. Gorgeous and stark naked. That's the first thing I've got to tell you.

He was stark naked

I was living in Atlanta—actually right outside of Atlanta, in this wonderful little town called Dawsonville. It was pretty and quiet, and the people were very polite. But it was a strange place to live. If you get my drift. That is, I was sure I was the only ho-mo-sexual there. (People in this part of the world always say the word like they've never heard it before. As in, "Is he a ho-MO-sexual?" They figure if they put enough "Mo" in it, we'll all go away.)

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

New in the gallery --- Kevin King (Beau)

Kevin King (Beau)

 (More art in our gallery)

 (From a catalogue entry of the Leslie Lohman Museum:)

BEAU (Kevin King)
American (b. 1959)

A Hollywood-based artist, BEAU was born in Oakland, California and studied art and costume design at the University of California Berkeley before moving to Hollywood, where he worked as a costume designer for television, film, and theatrer.

After a magazine editor spotted his erotic art, he was convinced to expand his efforts under a pseudonym. BEAU’s work, saturated in color and reminiscent of American realist painting, has appeared in various publications and media, including Advocate Men, Freshmen, and Torso.

“Who would decline an invitation to life's grand discothèque?” he asks. “I certainly didn't. Why should you? Stick with me, I'll show you a good time: past, present, and future.”

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

New in the gallery --- Frank Webber a.k.a. Bastille

Frank Webber aka Bastille (1929-1991)

(more art on our gallery page)

BASTILLE is a pseudonym for the late artist Frank Weber which he took from the name of the Paris Metro station [blissfully unaware, LustSpiel assumes, that it was also the name of the prison where the French 1789 revolution started]. Frank was born in Hackensack, New Jersey, on July 14 1929. After high school, he studied illustration at the Pratt Institute in NYC. He later moved to Paris on a scholarship to practice metal engraving at the studio of John Friedlander. In 1959 he started to work as an illustrator for French fashion magazines and a few years later, began to specialize in billboard illustrations for high-profile architectural projects. His first homoerotic drawings were published under the name Bal in American physique magazines in the late 60's but he first came to prominence through his association with the Danish perve porn magazine Toy in the 80's. Several exhibitions in Amsterdam and New York as well as numerous publications by Revolt Press in Sweden, introduced his work to an enthusiastic audience.

Frank died in 1990 of leukemia. After his death, he quickly became an icon of many homo-cult-groups who had gotten pretty tired of the prudism-wave that dominated homo culture throughout the 80's. Parties in his name and radiating the atmosphere in the same way as his artwork were held in Stockholm, Copenhagen, Berlin, Paris... The first Bastille party at SLM Stockholm took place in 1991.

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