However, there was too much excitement PACKED into it for the vanilla site.
I’m trying to work out crowd-funding for this site, because I want to make my art of the community and release it for free. But I haven’t figured it out yet, so you can help by handing me a Euro if you see me out drawing!
I made these drawings a year ago, but I didn’t have anywhere to post them til now!
Last August Berlin fave Peaches had an experimental sound and performance installation at venerable art institution Neuer Berliner Kunstverein. I went to this show with fellow artistSuzanne Wegh and ran into other cool folx we know there (drawings here!). Lots of creative performance artists from Berlin’s burlesque and dance scenes were involved with the show, in interesting flesh-colored bodysuits and bespoke pussy hoods.
Changes in US law led to changes this past year in the TOS of the crowdfunding platform for my documentary artwork, Patreon. It is no longer permitted to show (or create with Patreon funding) drawings with nudity or “implied nudity”.
That includes pasties, and the flesh-colored pasties and beautiful handmade pussy headpieces on these performers certainly imply nudity!
It’s hard to imagine there was a first time I drew Noéline la Bouche, because I’ve drawn her so happily so many times now.
But this was the first time, when I didn’t yet know her. I was immediately struck by her beauty and character, and as I sketched her I was confident I could create a good likeness. Noéline has since become one of my real Berlin muses, someone I know I’ll get a great drawing from. This was the first one!
It was great to draw Mad Kate again. The last time I drew them performing, I made the plastic wrap around their torso reflective, so it appeared opaque. That meant I could post the drawing on chipinhead and get money for it. It made me sick to censor their performance, though.
She is another absolute banger of a muse, someone who is tremendously exciting to draw.
It was warm and very crowded in the galleries as we worked our way through the crowd.
I was sketching the performers as they moved, yet knowing I wasn’t going to be able to get paid for making the drawings because I couldn’t post them on my Patreon. So most of the drawings languished unfinished, and all of them were unreleased, for a year.
It was a synecdoche for all that’s wrong with censoring the naked human form.
I couldn’t post these drawings of people in flesh colored bodysuits and silicon pasties because they could appear to be nude, possibly triggering a shut down of my funding.
I decided that I needed to get my art out there, even though I haven’t resolved crowdfunding for my sexuality art yet.
I’m a fat queer chronically ill disabled artist, and I don’t believe in working for free.
More, I don’t work for free – money genuinely motivates me to make art. So I need your help to create and release this free art. Keep your eyes peeled for my crowdfunding launch, and meanwhile, you can hand me a Euro if you see me around town. My Amazon.de art supply wish list is here!
The two life drawing sessions I attended at Lydia’s were some of my favorite ever.
I’m not a big life drawing person, since I did so very much of it at Parsons; I mostly prefer to draw naked people having sex or people with clothes.
However the sessions at Lydia’s with professional models E and L were very special.
You can see the previous one here; I had to move it from my SFW site. Lydia is now a professional tattoo artist! See E&L’s (now retired) modellinghere.
It’s such a pleasure to draw expert models, surrounded by fellow artists.
And yet, I couldn’t publish these drawings on my “regular” site, because they show naked people touching each other. So they languished, unavailable for you to download and frame and enjoy, for a year. Now that I have suzanneforbes.com set up with European hosting and registry, site security and age-gating, I can publish all the nude drawings I want. (Thank my husband for his hard work getting all this set up!)
If you’re confused about why even life drawing has become a liability for US internet platforms, you can read here about the chilling effect of the new laws known as SESTA-FOSTA.
I’m working on crowdfunding for this site; meanwhile, if you see me around town you can always hand me a euro or buy me a non-alcoholic beverage!
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.
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.
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.
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: @firstname.lastname@example.org
Here’s my screed on the value of owning your own platform:
Own Your Platform, Own Your Fans.
A 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.
With the changes happening in the US because of SESTA/FOSTA, a person like me, who makes erotic art, should not have a digital footprint Stateside.
During the initial burst of shock and horror around the implementation of SESTA and FOSTA, I learned that my longtime host, Bluehost, DOES NOT ALLOW NUDITY. What the fucking fuck, you fucking puritan assholes!
Here Bluehost, have a drawing of a lady with a penis fucking a girl while she sucks off a man with a strap-on!
It’s called “Consenting trans adults enjoy each other!”. I think it’s a beautiful moment of sexual connection in a safe space.
My new host is Leaseweb. They allow porn. In honor of that freedom, please enjoy this selection of drawings made during the years my husband and I were going to events at Femina Potens, The Center for Sex and Culture and the Upper Floor at Kink.com.
During the last ten years I was in the Bay Area I went to so many sex-positive events, parties, porn shoots and venues.
I met my husband at one of them, and after that we went together. We met and made friends with so many amazing people who are or were sex workers.
Porn performers, erotic artists, bondage artists, pro doms, escorts, rubber fetishists, directors of queer indie porn, feminist art gallery owners, activists and educators.
These wonderful people brought their passion, intelligence, authenticity and courage into our lives.
Many of them are deeply political, activists and protesters and change-makers, who work hard to reduce the shame and stigma around sexuality in the US.
Many of them live poor and risk everything to make art about sex, educate people about sexuality, and be true to their own gender identities, sexual preferences and desires.
At a lot of the events I documented, sex workers were donating their time and energy to raise funds for sex-positive art, education or sex workers resources. I have never seen a community give so much.
We saw, and I documented, people showing desire, affection and often love in public sex spaces.
There was laughter and deep intimacy and pleasure. It wasn’t perfect, the heyday of San Francisco sex-positive culture, indie porn and the Kink Castle, but it was an experiment as brave and important as the original Summer of Love. It was queer and fierce and strange, and I love the sex workers we came to know and I honor their work.
Sex is natural, sex is good, not everybody does it and not everybody should, but everybody should be allowed the sexual and gender expression and choices that are true and safe for them.