Portraits of Suzanne Forbes by Libby Bulloff, June 2009.

Suzanne Forbes photographed without glasses by Libby Bulloff Seattle June 2019Ten years ago I posed for photographic portraits by Libby Bulloff at Starfish Studios in Seattle.

Libby is an incredible artist who I met and drew through the Steampunk “Contraptors Lounge” at Maker Faire in 2008. Her photographs of the early days of Steampunk are exquisite; she defined the look of the movement. She has always been genderfluid and gender-affirming, and has extraordinary personal style.

Suzanne Forbes by Libby Bulloff June 2009In June of 2009 a portrait client flew me to Seattle to paint him with his mother, and I stayed with Libby for a few days too.

We did one of the many art trades that have enriched my life.

Suzanne Forbes by Libby Bulloff June 2009

She photographed me, and I painted her, and it was lovely.

It was important to me to have images made of my beautiful breasts, as I was 42 and knew they wouldn’t last forever. (They’re holding up great though!) Libby was kind enough to oblige even though like me, she prefers her subjects with clothes.

I had had my breasts cast by a Burning Man artist at 34, and I had been posing nude since I was a girl. I first posed for nude photos for my lover Q, who went to Art & Design, when I was fourteen. Those photos of me nude, dancing to the Grateful Dead with a rose in my teeth, were shown in the hallways at Art and Design in 1981. Nudity is a historic part of artmaking.

Suzanne Forbes by Libby Bulloff black and white June 2009I had such a safe and happy time posing for Libby. I knew I could trust her completely.

I absolutely believe it is 200% good to pose nude if you want to. For love, for money, for fun, for art. Nudity is beautiful when a being freely chooses to be naked. So is having sex on film, for fun, for art, (or for money, or all three!) freely chosen. I had sex on film when I was nineteen for a RISD student’s art project, but the film was destroyed in an act of censorship by the lab, sadly.

Subtexture Suzanne Forbes by Libby Bulloff June 2009Libby called this one “Subtexture”.

My batwing coutil corset was custom made by Shaerie Mead of Lovely Creatures Corsetry and SEW LA, as part of another art trade.

All Rights Are Reserved on these photos, which belong to Libby; she holds the copyright and you may not download them to print as you can my own art on this site*. Libby still lives and works in Seattle, and is still making portrait art.

You can enjoy Henrietta’s Eye, an extraordinary collaborative art project by Libby Bulloff and Stephen Robinson, here.

They make breathtaking wet plate collodion & alternative process photography images of individuals, couples, and groups. Their work is diverse, inclusive, and deeply moving. In or visiting Seattle? You can book your own portrait session. Buy prints from Libby and Stephen here! Or just give her a tip to help them keep making small-business, one-of-a-kind, bespoke art on antique equipment.

Here’s the portrait I painted of Libby in 2009!

Portrait of Libby Bulloff by Suzanne Forbes June 2009

*It’s much easier to control the print quality of a line drawing than a photograph. I’m confident you can print a nice quality print of my drawings on your home printer and I’m happy for you to do that to hang it up in your home or put on a t-shirt.

However, getting a high-quality print of a photograph is actually part of the photographer’s art, and it’s a complex process most photographers prefer to administer themselves.

That’s why buying photographic prints from a photographer is a great investment, and I don’t sell prints of my drawings. Also, I hate shipping things much more than most people because OCD.

If you want to see my tits while I’m out drawing, ask politely and give me a Euro (for the trouble of undoing my bra/corset/whatever). They’re tits! They’re nice! I live in Europe, tits are tits!

Resources for sexy content creators who are being censored.

Liliana Velasquez at Violet Variete Benefit for Berlin Bruisers by Suzanne Forbes April 10 2019
Liliana Velasquez at Violet Variete Benefit for Berlin Bruisers by Suzanne Forbes April 10 2019

This page at Onlinecensorship.org tells you how to appeal if you’ve been censored or shut down on Facebook, Insta, etc.

EFF has a new project called TOSsed Out. It shines a light on cases of people deplatformed for so-called Terms of Service violations. The basics on it.

Ms. Naughty’s excellent breakdown of Alternatives to Patreon for Porn Creators. also includes how to build your own paysite!

And her good piece on how SESTA/FOSTA is the Pornocalypse. Includes great info on exact changes in Facebook TOS.

New as of Jan 21: Erased, a community report by Danielle Blunt and Arielle Wolf of Hacking//Husting on the impact of SESTA/FOSTA.

The best web hosting services for sex workers and adult artists, and Twitter’s Jan 1 2020 TOS update about “sensitive content”, Ana Valens for Daily Dot.

New as of Jan 20: The group Hacking//Hustling has a terrific resource page to help adult content creators handle shutdowns, doxxing, security and more.

NEW as of Dec 5 ’19: An EXTREMELY clear and helpful post from Hoss, explaining a lot of the basics of how all this works plus a huge amount of detail on Facebook/Insta/WhatsApp “Community Standards”, i.e. what will get you banned.

New as of Dec. 20 ’19: a very clear and helpful post on avoiding bans/shadowbans from body-positive, sex-positive Instagram anti-censorship folx EverybodyVisible. Follow EV for so much helpful stuff, plus finding great creators! Here’s a post on reporting wrongly banned hashtags.

OUR Community Standards, a show and statement from the Tom of Finland Foundation for the annual ToFF Art Fair.

Alternatives to OnlyFans, from before OnlyFans was bought by MyFreeCams. As of today, June 22 2019, you CAN put adult content on OnlyFans. You must check a box stating you intend to upload pornography. Along with your legal name, country of residence and bank account.

A good, detailed XBiz explainer on Instagram and The War On Porn. Covers Instagram/Facebook “Community Standards” in their current state of wildly evasive doublespeak.

The Adult Performers Actors Guild is working to help adult performers restore suspended accounts, among many other important things. Xbiz writer Gustavo Turner is reporting his ass off on platform censorship and platform shadowbans.

Adult performers picketed Instagram to protest content policy. This piece includes the story of famous fine artist Betty Tompkins being kicked off Insta.

Them magazine on how sexuality in online spaces has become whiter, straighter and thinner. Good breakdown of how corporate platforms self-censor and governments become more repressive. Includes the UK Digital Economy Act, which affects porn in a range of ways, including an age-verification system. Although that has now been delayed til 2020.

Liberapay, a payment donation platform, which doesn’t exactly allow porn, but doesn’t exactly not, and is based in France.

The NYT reveals the creepy dudes who run OnlyFans, and also talks about the benefits it offers to adult performers.

For the latest on censorship and the fight, I follow young sw Liara Roux. She has a SFW twitter, an XXX twitter, a Patreon (for now,until Patreon shuts down all adult accounts) and of course, her own platform.

I just joined Mastodon, the federated social media thing, on Switter – which is the sex-worker-friendly instance! Find me here: @suzanneforbes@switter.at

Artists Against Social Media Censorship publishes stories, has resources and a petition you can sign.

EveryBodyVisible shares stories on their site and on Instagram, and conducted an action on October 29, 2019.

Here’s my screed on the value of owning your own platform:

Own Your Platform, Own Your Fans. 

platform is a piece of technology (software + servers) that lets you publish content to the internet. 

Platforms can be owned by corporations (they pay server costs, your content/data is their product) or by you. 

In order to Own Your Platform, you must: 

Own your domain name and know what nation it is registered in. 

Pay for your own hosting of your website on servers, and know what nation the service you buy hosting from is headquartered in.  

To Own Your Fans, you need to be able to connect with your fans outside of a platform owned by corporations. Corporations can and will always throttle your access to your fans. A mailing list is your biggest asset. But your newsletters must comply with the TOS of the mailservice you use, and the laws of the nations your fans are in. 

 Using a corporate platform like Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter is like renting a shop on a busy street in a busy part of town. The corporation can cover the front of your shop with a dropcloth and set up a barricade to redirect your fans away from your street whenever they want. They can even evict you with no notice whatsoever. 

Owning your own domain and paying your own hosting is like owning a piece of land in outer space, light-years from your fans. Except, the mailman comes and goes ten million times a day, and mailing is free, and your fans can visit you in milliseconds. You can build whatever kind of house you want on your land. 

When you own your domain, you have a permanent address where your fans can always find you. As an artist I will always link to creators’ own domains first, then add social platforms. That way anyone who wants to reach the creator from my page will click first on the site the creator has the most control over. And if the social links go dead when an account is deleted, the creator’s website is still there. 

Cherish your mailing list. 

If you lose your social platform, your own domain or your hosting, temporarily or longterm, an email to fans to let them know can be extremely reassuring. You can let them know where to find you again.