ANNOUNCEMENT: You may only twerk if your skin is darker than Pantone 18-0940 TPX Golden Brown. All others must riverdance.
Sphynx cats: all the personality of a cat, all the beauty of a testicle.
I wish your forehead had a progress bar so I knew how long this personal story you’re telling me is going to be.
Q: I like your photos, but why are you censoring nudity?
yet again, i see something in you that inspires. as a kid, i wanted to go to art school, i wanted to create. i had a good eye for color, and i enjoyed putting visual elements together. it calmed me. my mother did not nourish this creativity, and absolutely shunned the idea of me ever going to art school with the intention of making things. to my mother, and to many people in general, art was a hobby. art was not something people did to make a living, and she was poor enough as it was. she worked hard, lived with a man who i did see make much effort to help, and seemed unhappy. i thought about escaping a lot. but the belief was ingrained in my head, that i would never be able to make art, go to art school, etc.
the fact that you went so far as to have the motivation, the encouragement, to enter an art competition [and win!] as a kid is really cool. and having the determination to still create beautiful things, despite not having money to go to art school, is inspiring. i wish i’d had the strength and foresight to do likewise.
i’m making small steps. thank you for inspiring.
This is for the poor kids. The misfits. The neglected dreamers.
Q: I am a fellow New Orleanian and have been following you on Instagram for some time now. I have to say that you are the only reason I check Instagram anymore. In fact, now that I check your Tumblr site I really don’t log on to Instagram very often anymore! My wife and I are not wealthy but we have a passion for art and try to collect pieces that move us. Much of your work really challenges and engages us in a manner different from other artists. Do you by chance ever sell any of your pieces? Thank you for your time and please keep creating and posting. It brightens my day when I see one of your new pieces that surprises and shocks me!
I’m an intimate, relational artist. My personal work takes “personal” to new levels, and I have some form of a relationship with each of my subjects. In fact, I can’t really do what I do without one. All of my photographs are collaborations in intimacy with my subjects, and I care deeply not just about what the work means to me, but what it means to them. This is why I’ve linked to the personal accounts of Hysterical Literature sessionists Stoya, Danielle, and Solé, I think seeing their perspective makes the art richer.
So as a follow-up on my "Thoughts on Neogender" (link warning: graphic, NSFW) piece, here’s the email I received from the subject after she saw it in 2007. I’m still friends with her, and she consented to its publication now: