Vessel "Drowned in Water and Light" directed by Pedro Maia

Music // Friday, February 06, 2015
We wanted to start the day off on the darkness mood possible, and elegant dark if you will. So, if you don't mind, watch this nearly erotic, definitely raw, video by Pedro Maia for Vessel's track, "Drowned in Water and Light." 

Book Of Mormon Missionary Positions

Erotica // Friday, February 06, 2015
Protesting absurd rules and useless definitions with photography can be fun. The Book Of Mormon Missionary Position, a pictorial series by Neil Dacosta, is not only fun but perhaps the best way to protest.

Sam Haskins' Levis Shoot

Erotica // Thursday, February 05, 2015
Yesterday, while looking through the work of legendary South African photographer Sam Haskins we came across this shoot he did for Levis in the 1970s. At the time, Levis had a traveling exhibition of denim decorated by their customers and a competition along with it. Unfortunately (but not surprisingly) Levis executives got cold feet over the nudes and the photographs were never used commercially. (via)

Olya Oleinic for Odiseo Magazine

Erotica // Tuesday, February 03, 2015
Odiseo is a beautiful and intelligent publication from Barcelon's Folch studio that is exploring the "territory of erotic publishing and of erotica itself." Olya Oleinic, an Amsterdam-based photographer has been featured in the last two issues and we love the work!

Vintage Erotic Bookplates

Erotica // Friday, January 23, 2015
We're enjoying this fantastic collection of vintage erotic bookplates (ex libris) from a whole host of countries and decades, though beware, many of the illustrations can be very nsfw...

Tom of Finland: Early Work 1944 – 1972 @ David Kordansky, Los Angeles

Erotica // Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Touko Laaksonen a.k.a. Tom of Finland (1920 – 1991) is widely regarded as one of the 20th century’s most influential artists for his revolutionary representation of the male figure. His drawings of fantastically muscled men engrossed in acts of homoerotic desire comprise one of the most inventive portrayals of the human body in modern times. These pictures of gay men as virile, confident, and unashamed–equally radical for their near-illicit, underground distribution–originated an empowering queer iconography and liberating spirit that increasingly inspires popular culture.

The Darkness: Photography by Bill Henson

Erotica // Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Australian photographer Bill Henson has long been a staple in the photography world, sometimes with controversty attached (see wikipedia). But this series is dark, mysterious, a little creepy, as you go in and out of the light and see subjects emerge and fall back into the darkness. Yes, Henson has an odd track record of picking models, but these photos are arresting to say the least. 

Light And Earth: The Nude Photography of Lucien Clergue

Erotica // Friday, January 16, 2015
A series of beautiful nude photos by the master of light, the late French photographer Lucien Clergue. He passed away on November 15th 2014, and is not only famous for extraordinary photography, but for his long-time friendship with Pablo Picasso.

The Twisted World of Steve Gianakos

Erotica // Thursday, January 15, 2015
Per the Fredericks and Freiser website, who just finished showing a body of work from the awesomely twisted and salacious mind of Steve Gianakos. "Steve Gianakos has been playing vulgarity and offensive humor against sophistication in his paintings and drawings for over 30 years. Using mostly old, non-specific cartoon graphics, rendered through a mechanical process, Gianakos portrays the human condition as an absurd interplay of sexuality and psychological fragmentation. . . "

Real Surreal Photography by Andi Galdi Vinko

Erotica // Tuesday, January 13, 2015
There are both surreal and subtly odd things going on in this photo series bt Andi Galdi Vinko for Dazed. The Hungarian artist says of the series, “I usually only work with hairstylists and makeup artists when it comes to commissioned projects and usually our hands are tied and we can't go crazy. Here, we had no rules to follow, no client and no demands”. Well, she and her friends basically have made us all wonder if you are supposed to have glue that close to your belly button. 

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