Back To My Roots

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Since the parade of horrors from our current political clusterfuck have finally kinda dragged me down… I decided this morning instead to pour myself a coffee, put on a record (the new Pallbearer album) and dig out some old photography books. If you’re a fan of male erotical (and why else would you be reading my blog?), you’re probably at least a passing fan of Robert Mapplethorpe.

He died in 1989 when I was still in college and because of my lack of gay and lesbian art history knowledge, I knew very little about him until years later. But even without knowing really who he was, Mapplethorpe was a huge influence on me. As a teenager, I’d get my hands on any gay porn I could and the work of artists like him and Tom Of Finland would be featured often.

You can get this book at the Getty Museum website¬† where it’s currently on sale… trust me you’ll love his artwork, but the book tells such an incredible story of an artist inventing his own medium.

Last modified: May 22, 2017