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Monday, July 30, 2012

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In the early 1980's, Mike Cockrill and his collaborator Judge Hughes came up with the quintessential NSFW comic named The White Papers. The 128-page black and white book in the form of a wordless graphic novel, meaning it was one big volume as opposed to an ongoing series, went on to become a cult classic.

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Bleicher Gallery in Los Angeles is playing host to a naughty exhibit named 21st Century Sex. The show plays with the idea of what intercourse will be like throughout the rest of the 00s in playful and theoretical ways. And while some may argue that a handful of work on the wall is pornography, upon deeper investigation it's not actually the case. I spoke with the curator of the exhibit, Shaye Nelson, over the phone to get the skinny on the show. Or should I say BBW to keep it more fitting to the theme.

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Friday, July 27, 2012

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Kevin Llewellyn's paintings of female fetish models doing things like sticking paper leaves in their pussies would generally be considered pretty dark by the average person. However, to edgy celebrities like Nikki Sixx and Dennis Rodman, it's nothing too out of the ordinary. I mean, Rodman got married to Carmen Electra while wearing a dress and legend has it that Nikki Sixx once injected whisky into his veins during the pinnacle of Motley Crue's success. Anyway, Llewellyn's Caravaggio-inspired portraits [that's a super snobby way of saying classical as opposed to modern] felt at home on the walls of celebrity-tattoo-artist Kat Von D's gallery on La Brea named WONDERLAND LA.

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Friday, July 20, 2012

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The subjects' names have been changed to protect their identities. All images used are photographs taken by the couple to hint where they did their dirty deeds.

The emerging American performance artist J. Bravo and his gallerist girlfriend Phoebe took a touring sexcation* to Germany in early June. The couple planned their itinerary around a route originally created by Casanova in one of his journals. However, rather then stopping to shag in castles like the legendary lover did centuries ago, Bravo and Phoebe chose to fuck in art museums.

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Monday, July 2, 2012

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Millie Brown is a British performance artist who likes to push society's buttons with actions normally deemed as base and crude.

But she does it all within the setting of an elite and high brow environment, which gives it a justification of depth. According to RART ORDER she dropped out of school at 17 in order to join an art troupe and has been finding beauty in the socially unacceptable ever since.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

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Rony Alwin is a fixture in the Los Angeles scene where his photo booths started a craze among all of the city's clubs. In fact, from them he created a new status quo, which secretly stipulates that one really isn't at a party worth attending unless there's a photo booth present.

And better yet, one isn't at the best party in the city unless a Rony's Photo Booth is there.

But Alwin is more than just a party photographer. He's a prolific genius behind the lens who has spent time assisting fashion photo heavyweights such as Rankin whenever they come into town as well as busting his butt to get where he is today.

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Monday, June 18, 2012

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It's funny how nude photographs on the Internet are considered porn, but the same ones in a gallery are considered art. So, the website Girls In Front Of Art was formed to partially play with that idea, founded by Brad Tinmouth in 2009 after he had gotten tired of updating his old website.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

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A new gallery named Lux/Eros opened with an erotic exhibit devoted to the vagina. The Map Of Tasmania show was designed to be an allusion to how the shape of the Australian state resembles that of a pussy -- you just have to use your crude childlike imagination and suspension of disbelief to see it.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Next time you go spelunking, you can leave your Hustler Magazine at home.
  • Next time you go spelunking, you can leave your Hustler Magazine at home.
You never know what you'll find when inside a shallow French cave -- and we're not just talking about a hook-up with that bitchy foreign exchange student from Bordeaux.

A group of archaeologists have discovered what is believed to be the oldest cave drawing known to man in a collapsed rock shelter known as Abri Castanet in Cevennes National Park in Southern France. The subject matter? Pussy, of course.

The crude drawing of a circle with a line through it was found on a section of the shelter's collapsed ceiling, right on top of (wait for it) a big pile of old bones. Archaelogists have been examining Abri Castanet for years, but only recently discovered the etching when they delved into "a previously unexplored section of the cave". Let that be a lesson to all those who have given up on finding their girlfriend's G-spot.

Awwwwwww yeaaaah,... (cue porno music)
  • Awwwwwww yeaaaah,... (cue porno music)

There is some debate as to whether the drawing really depicts a vagina, or whether researchers just have booty on the brain . Dr. Harold Dibble, an archaeologist from the University of Pennsylvania who edited the findings of the researchers at Abri Castanet, says that the vulva is truly in the eye of the beholder.

"Who the hell knows," Dibble told Science Magazine. "Maybe it's telling us more about the people making those interpretations."

Using carbon dating, scientists determined that the bones near the Etch-A-Snatch were at least 37,000 years old. They claim this latest finding is even older than the drawings found in the nearby Chauvet-Pont-d'Arc in 1994. Those etchings featured female genitalia as well. The labia majora was a popular artistic subject matter for early man, indicating that the dating scene in prehistoric France was almost as depressing as spending a Friday night on OKCupid.com.

Joan Rivers has yet to comment on whether or not she posed for the 37,000 year old vagina drawing.

See a photo of the etching here

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Friday, May 25, 2012

Imagine having her day job.
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It's fun to make people uncomfortable on the Internet and VICE is one site that does it well. Its Do's & Don'ts and guides for how to be uber-cool and/or a huge geek (the hip kind) are entertaining and informative, while their video and photo content runs the gamut from educational to bizarre.

But the end goal is to push the envelope, and that's what photographer Emma Arvida Bystrom did with her "There Will Be Blood" series of pictures featuring cute, hipster ladies performing various daily activities while, unbeknownst to them, their vaginas spill menstrual blood through their undies and down their legs.

Gross. But it happens all the fucking time, which appears to be Bystrom's point. So get over it, will ya?

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