It’s my 54th birthday! Please help me keep making art :)

Berlin artist Suzanne Forbes in La Femme en Noir in kitchen Jan 3 2020Hi! I’m 54!

I look great, right? I love my self-cut hair, my fat disabled body, my powerhouse survivor’s journey of recovery and growth, and the 1,265 unique pieces of original art I’ve made since I started my Patreon crowd-funding!

And I need your help. To keep making art and to become a permanent resident of Germany.

Can you spare $1/1€ a month to support my crowdfunded documentary art of queer culture?

Crowdfunded Berlin artist Suzanne Forbes Jan 3 2020 4I am incredibly grateful to the small group of very generous Patrons who have made my free queer art possible the last five years.

Because of my Patrons, I’ve been able to make documentary art of Queer Berlin and release it for free, even as I become increasingly disabled by autoimmune illness and C-PTSD. Most of my Patrons have been with me from the beginning, and their support is my treasure, my power center, my grail.

My income is half what it was last year, as Patrons’ circumstances have changed, the censorship impact of SESTA/FOSTA means I have to do my more explicit work for free, and people can’t afford to buy my original art at present.

And I’m gonna earn way less this year, as I need to reduce my posting while I (finally!) learn German and recover from burnout.

I was posting like 14 times a month for much of last year, and donating all my extra money to mutual aid! It was awesome. But also crisis-based and unsustainable. This year I’m exhausted, burned out, very sick, AND it is time for us to apply for permanent residency in Germany!

crowdfunded Berlin artist Suzanne Forbes Jan 3 2020 in salonPlease help me show a stable income as we apply for permanent residency!

All I need is a dollar/euro a month from you, for this one year. If you can’t sign up for my Patreon, please share this post on your socials (yes even FB, even though I don’t have a FB account) and tell people about how I make documentary art and release it for free.

You can see the 297 original pieces of art I made thanks to my Patrons in 2020 here.

308 pieces of art I made in 2019 here.

255 pieces of art I made in 2018 here.

280 pieces of art I made in 2017 here.

Some of the around 100 pieces of art I made in 2016 here.

Some of the around 40 pieces of art I made in 2015. the year I started my Patreon, here.

The single posted work of art I made in 2014, the last year I had a job, here. Yeah, it makes all the difference, and you can help!

Vaccine Phoenix on balcony by Suzanne Forbes March 2020I love you, I believe in you, our love and our bravery and our persistence is FIRE.

You can share my socials, twitter is @slurketta and insta is here.

 

The Midnight Foxes: Fetish theme girl-on-girl hotness!

The Midnight Foxes for Distanced Drawing Suzanne Forbes Aug 13 2020 49pm in New York is 3am in Berlin, but I stayed up for this Distanced Drawing event!

I finally made it to a remote model session from the wonderful woman-run, sex-worker positive online life drawing group Distanced Drawing, because I just HAD to draw The Midnight Foxes !!

The Midnight Foxes for Distanced Drawing by Suzanne Forbes Aug 13 2020 3I had seen the Foxes in a very filthy show produced by The Brides of Burlesque and been blown away.

The Midnight Foxes for Distanced Drawing by Suzanne Forbes Aug 13 2020 7So little, so pretty, so STRONG, so KINKY!!!

The petite performers Medianoche and The Ivory Fox gave an absolutely marvelous series of inventive poses, all glowing with queer chemistry and true vintage fetish style. Enchanting!!!

The Midnight Foxes for Distanced Drawing by Suzanne Forbes Aug 13 2020 8

 

MediaNoche, left is Miss Exotic World and Queen of Burlesque 2017!

The Midnight Foxes for Distanced Drawing by Suzanne Forbes Aug 13 2020 `The Ivory Fox, seated above, also takes gorgeous photos of Medianoche!

The Midnight Foxes for Distanced Drawing by Suzanne Forbes Aug 13 2020 5I had so much fun drawing these two.

They are tremendous performers and models; they created so many beautiful shapes and interactions.

The Midnight Foxes for Distanced Drawing by Suzanne Forbes Aug 13 2020Love that vintage fetish style!

The Ivory Fox rocked classic Bettie Page hair and gave me a chance to really work on drawing the way the style moves on a living, moving person.

Midnight Foxes Lace V 2 by Suzanne Forbes Aug 2020Because of censorship problems on US platforms, I also created censored versions of my Midnight Foxes drawings using nail art lace decals.

You can see Medianoche in a similar look here, using a Playful Promises (sex-worker positive company!) black lace bralette over pasties. She has an OnlyFans where you can support her by checking out saucy looks as well! And don’t miss Damsels in Control, her gallery of gorgeous feminist pin-ups!

Using “feminine”-coded materials like nail-art decals, which also references the Letraset and Letratype of my illustration youth, is meta, and also pretty.

But you know what? It sucks to censor women’s bodies in order to be in compliance with the TOS of my PayHertre0n account. FOSTA-SESTA is an evil law that has deeply harmed, and continues to harm, the very people it purports to protect. As well as those no one seemed to care about protecting, male sex workers! Chilling effect is chilling, and the knock-on free speech effects on artists and everyone else have been devastating. I live in Europe, though, and my sites are registered and hosted in Europe, so I can show you the full glory of The Midnight Foxes here.

I encourage you to support these incredible queer NYC nightlife performers, who have been hit so hard by the economic devastation of COVID-19 in the US.