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ExecutionWe’ve already introduced you to the agenda and the history of BAD GRAMMAR aka BDGRMMR in early 2013 in conjunction with a showcase of the zine at the queer pop-up book shop BGSQD. If you missed it check out the full story told by BDGRMMR editor Justin Allen here. The fourth BDGRMMR issue entitled “Execution” is now out and features an interview with MC Jay Boogie and an interview-based portrait of house artist Tigga Calore. The combination is especially interesting since both artists are based in New York City and grew up there, and both of them were influenced by the ballroom scene and share their perspective on it.

You can check out the “Execution” issue right here, for issues 1-3 please visit the BDGRMMR ISSUU page. I also highly recommend their tumblr.

 

Amos Mac and Rocco Katastrophe, the founders and editors of the Brooklyn based trans male culture magazine Original Plumbing, have big plans for 2013 – and I’m not talking about the flashy 2.0 edition of their “Original” snapback that they’re selling online right now (see picture to the left by Amos with model Neon Ladosha). The duo has just launched a crowd-funding campaign to revive and extend the magazine’s website, which they’ve turned into a regularly updated web zine and online community platform for trans male culture over the past two years. With the growing amount of blogs posts and articles by great contributors or video projects such as the “Talk About It” campaign the site has now reached a point where according to its makers it not only needs a new coat of paint, but has to be rebuild and restructured from scratch + needs new editors to maintain it. Furthermore, Amos and Rocco are planning to extend the website into a platform that is able to represent the trans* community in its entirety, which would make it even more important than it already is. The relaunch is scheduled for April.

If you want to support this ambitious make-over project please donate generously via Indiegogo and you will be rewarded with great thank you gifts such as one-month free access to queer/trans* related video portals, collectable stickers of pop icons, the sold-out 1st edition of OP, handmade shirts & bags, a personal dance lesson by Jessica 6 choreographer Georgia Maxine Sanford or a private dinner with the OP makers. And if all of this doesn’t convince you, I’m pretty sure this official campaign video will:

-> Donate here!

Zine culture has been a little underrepresented on this blog in the last few months, but this doesn’t mean we haven’t kept our eyes and ears open for exciting publications from around the world. Here’s what we’ve found. To keep us updated about new online and print magazines and interesting zine projects feel free to contact us via contact@catch-fire.com!

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The gang’s all QUEER (2009-2012)
Oakland based designer and artist Mekhi Baldwin has started The GAQ in May 2009 after unsuccessfully searching for a blog that caters to the work of queer artists of color. Over three years, the tumblr has become one of the most important sources for queer art and culture beyond the mainstream and has contributed to a new self-awareness in the community. A few weeks ago Mekhi has decided to stop working on The GAQ, so the site is no longer updated, but can still be visited as an online archive.

MIXED MEDIA
Amazing art tumblr by artist Julio Torres Salcedo, a self-described “27 y/o fatqueermexican”, who combines pictures of his own work (I especially like his shirts with drawings of new and old queer idols and role-models) with critical reflections on race, queer culture and the body + the work of other exciting artists. You can also find him on Twitter.

BLUE LIP BLACK WITCH-CUNT
Tumblr by artist and House of Ladosha member Juliana Huxtable, who you may know from her guest appearance in Le1f’s new “Soda” video or as a model for Bcalla or for photographer Amos Mac (see picture, with pink pics). Like her awesome Neon Ladosha blogspot site the tumblr focuses on fashion, arts and queer pop + neo-goth culture with a heavy bent on the work of queer artists of color. (UPDATE: The Neon Ladosha blog is NOT run by Juliana Huxtable Ladosha, but by, yes, Neon Ladosha. See comment below. Sorry for the misinformation!)

1-800 Friends/Thugs Mansion
“Welome to my little corner of misandry”: Fragments of contemporary queer culture + trans* culture + QPoC culture + pop culture by Oakland based accessorizer/artist Terry X, designer of the “Butch Please” cap.

The BANG Gang
Awesome all-gender hipster fashion tumblr with a focus on metallic fabrics, crazy prints, transgressive outlines and dramatic gold/silver jewelry.

FEMINIST DYKE WHORE
Colorful photo collection at the intersection of feminism, fashion and (black/queer) pop culture.

Queering The Game Of Life
“I’m a fat brown cis male queer who posts about stuff relevant to that, as well as other things that interest me, things I think are pretty, music, other forms of popular culture, and the occasional personal post with little to no consistency. I also run the body positive blogs fuckyeahchubbyguysofcolor and fatnudes, if you’re into that sort of thing.” Nothing to add.

THBGL
Tumlbr by photographer Tomoaki Hata, who’s photobook “The night is still young” about the Osaka gay/drag scene we featured earlier this year. Campy view on past and contemporary Western and Asian pop culture.

utopian asthetic
Exciting source for avantgardist fashion, design and art.

~ (Martyr Men)
Art, fashion, guys and porn posted by Kwame, a 22 independent pornographer. The site also features his own indie porn productions (= stylish wanking videos guys & re-edited porn). Via Okan.


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[Ssex Bbox] is a bilingual web documentary project by Sao Paulo/San Francisco based filmmaker Priscilla Bertucci. The series portraits people, who live their gender, bodies and sexuality beyond the boundaries of societal norms. Since January seven episodes shot in San Francisco, Sao Paulo, Berlin and Barcelona have been released, all of them dealing with the most important concepts and ideas of (post-) modern (sexual) identity. I found some part of the show a little too didactic, at the same time Bertucci and her team have managed to bring together a nice collection of interviews and portraits of interesting artists and activists from around the world. Below I’ve posted episode #6, which discusses the term “queer” from different angles. You can watch all episodes in English and Portugese on the project’s website.
Along with the documentary series comes a quarterly [Ssex Bbox] magazine, which shares the same approach as the show and can be previewed and ordered online. The current issue “It’s Complicated” was published in spring and asks for the future of relationships.

http://ssexbbox.tumblr.com

Rad Queers is a nice new documentary series by Chicago based film maker, artist and blogger Graham Kolbeins, who also runs the art blog Future Shipwreck. The first episode, which just was just released on the Rad Queers website, features the awesome Payasos L.A., a group of Latino muscle nice, which does fundraising for charity organizations around the world. To collect donations they dress up in cute clown costumes and organize parties, where they do go-go dancing and sell artistic photographs of themseves. The second episode will be about performance artist Ian MacKinnon, so stay tuned. Oh, and for more rad queers I also recommend the web series Signified we just recently posted about.

www.radqueers.com

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The “Good Blogs” section exists since I’ve started this blog, but instead of keeping on with just reviewing other people’s websites, I’ve decided that it would be more productive to turn the whole thing into an actual exchange with my favorite bloggers. So from now on the “Good Blogs” postings will contain short interviews with the people who run the recommended sites, starting with a talk with Baltimore based blogger Abdu Ali Eaton, the guy behind the pretty awesome culture blog Eat On This. The blog exists since February 2010 and has a focus on music, fashion and art, with a heavy bent on queer artists and artist from Baltimore. Here’s what Abdu wrote me about his work.

What was your main inspiration/motivation to start your own blog? Did you have any experience with writing before it?

I first started writing for local media outlets in Baltimore, but it wasn’t progressive enough and dependable for me to continue writing for other folks in Baltimore. I was getting frustrated so I started my own shit. I always wanted to give passionate unconventional unknown artist a platform to show their works and let people hear about these great artist that aren’t mainstream, so I did Eat On This for that. Plus to fufill my want to just be able to write too. So it was like a good exchange in a way. “Eat On This” came from my lastname Eaton and it sends a good message too.

How and where do you find the subjects for your postings?

I just use what’s around me. I get great things from my immediate circle of friends because a lot of them are into the arts, also from certain blogs, and a couple of universal media outlets. Sometimes it’s even from browsing social networking sites like Tumblr especially, or soundcloud where artists promote their own works.

Did you ever delete a post right after you finished writing it or even after posting it? And of yes, what was it about?

No, I’ve edited a lot of old posts, just because I thought the writing could be better. And I just deleted some post that I thought were too mainstream and trendy.

Where do you want to take the blog, do you have certain aims you want to achieve with it?

With me being a performer now*, I want to make more about my journey as a music artist, but also invite other artists to be interviewed on my blog. It’s strictly going to be interviews. Nothing else. I want to keep it like a diary, no magazine, I like the intimacy a blog provides to it’s readers and the non-exclusiveness.

www.eatonthis.com

* here’s Abdu’s latest musical output:

Signified is an exciting online documentary series by Anna Barsan and Jessie Levandov (see picture below). The Brooklyn based filmmakers portray queer artists, activists and scholars in short video profiles, with the goal “to increase the visibility of queer identified individuals and organizations as well as create local, regional, and international networks for strategic community organizing and resource sharing.” The project started as a successful funding on Kickstarter in 2011 (over 20,000$!) and consists of so far 13 very beautiful and professionally edited videos – a very entertaining way to get to know people from different backgrounds, who all have shaped queer culture and politics in their individual ways. The first season, which has started with interviews with protagonists such as artist and activist Carlos Motta (who’s web project “We Who Feel Fifferently” we already posted about), writer, scholar and activist Darnell Moore, or the bklyn boihood collective, was completed in spring and is now followed by a second one, which has started in April. To make the series more international and expand their networks, Barsan and Levanov have also brought the project to a couple of Latin American countries, so there’s really a lot to look forward to. I’ve posted the most recent Signified episode below, it’s a portrait of poet and spoken-word artist Kit Yan. You can watch the rest of the series on the Signified website, where you also find a collection of useful links to websites of queer organizations and to articles by and about queer writers, artists etc. So to conclude: This really is the kind of stuff I love the internet for.

http://thisissignified.com

Sorry for the double-post, dear RSS feed followers – I pressed the “publish” button too early yesterday. Here are another 10 interesting/funny/weird tumblrs worth following, this time with a special emphasis on artist’s personal picture collections. Picture above: “Backyard Bull (Brian)” (c) SlavaMogutin, 2011.

Keith Haring: 1978-1982 Journals
“The Keith Haring Foundation has scanned Keith’s journals from 1971 to 1989, some of which are featured in Keith Haring: 1978–1982. A page will be posted each day for the duration of the show, which will be on view at the Brooklyn Museum from March 16 through July 8, 2012. The exhibition is the first large-scale presentation to explore the early works of one of the best-known American artists of the twentieth century”

Dyke Duds
“Dyke Duds is a blog for lesbians, queer women, and transmasculine people to share our styles, fashion ideas, and stories around clothing.”

and so i missed my chance
(Queer) arts and culture tumblr with a focus on paintings by Canadian artist Travis McEwen, who also presents his own work there.

such a KATASTROPHE
Personal tumblr of San Francisco based rapper and Original Plumbing co-founder Rocco Katastrophe.

surbrunetto
Wonderful gay/queer art and zines blog, which honors both old and new heros of the queer art world and and highlights exciting new queer publications. 

SLAVA MOGUTIN
The artist and photographer’s photo diary. Replaces his blogspot blog, where he states: “After over 5 years of  The Pinko Commie Fag Blog it’s time to say goodbye to Blogspot and it’s ridiculous ‘Content Warning’.”

Congratulations!
Artist Brian Kenny’s very lively photo tumblr. Still waiting for a Superm (Kenny+Mogutin) tumblr.

Bat Country
“Kitsch, Trash, Filth, Perversion, Camp, Oddities, Music, Art” / “My blog is not named after that Avenged Sevenfold song… Anyways, I’m an art student in Baltimore (originally from Virginia), typically I abuse my Tumblr by reblogging whatever I like and rarely (but surely) I post things that happened to me–you know, bloggy things.”

moustache rides for everyone
A bearded guy documents his pretty creative sex live (super-NSFW).

Bears I’m Disappointed In
Crazy and funny. For everyone who’s fed up with the new bear cult.


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We Who Feel Differently is a beautifully designed internet project by Bogota born/ New York City based artist Carlos Motta, who has interviewed fifty queer thinkers, activists and artists from Colombia, Norway, South Korea and the United States about the history and current status of queer politics in their countries. All interviews can be streamed on the site in their original language and were also transcribed and translated into English. While they all reflect different views and approaches on topics such as sexual equality, social assimilation, gender politics, HIV/AIDS and queer arts, the project’s aim is to return to the idea of a “queer subjects” in a political sense, as Motta points out: “We Who Feel Differently attempts to reclaim a queer ‘We’ that values difference over sameness, a ‘We’ that resists assimilation, and a ‘We’ that embraces difference as a critical opportunity to construct a socially just world”.
As a second step, Motta brings together the main questions and topics of the interviews in five thematic reflections, which were also released as a book with the same title last year and can be fully downloaded on the artist’s website. He also has edited the online magazine We Who Feel Differently Journal, which further investigates queer topics. The first one focusing on marriage was published in spring 2011 and can be downloaded on the website as well, I hope it wasn’t the last one.
You find more background information on WWFD by Motta himself this little video portrait of the artist by Brooklyn based filmmaker and visual artist Anna Barsan, who portrayed him for the queer online documentary project Signified (which gets its own post here very soon).

http://wewhofeeldifferently.info

http://carlosmotta.com

I haven’t done this in a while, but i’ve stumbled upon so many interesting tumblrs recently that I thought it would be nice to resurrect the “Good Blogs” section. So here are 10 tumblrs that really have my appreciation (picture above via suk.me):

Butch Queen (Fashion, divaishness, camp other crazy stuff)

Preporno (“Art theory student trying to figure out political densities in pornography and post-pornography and homoerotism”)

Epicenity (Androgyny and/in fashion)

Teledildonix (Weird and fetishy, a collaboration between bloggers behind Spectral Flesh and mnemotechnics / seething miscellanies)

A Queer Culture & Social Media Study (Video portraits of queer bloggers)

My Heart is Forever Frozen in Siberia (Moody picture collection of flowers, gay stuff, landscapes, fashion etc)

artQueer (“Art curated by a queer artist”)

bj’s gay porno-crazed ramblings (WordPress blog in tumblr style/ dedicated to vintage porn, with pictures, film descriptions and small reviews)

BROUX (Cute photo collection of cute guys with pictures from Flickr and and by the blogger)

suk.me (Animated gay hipster kitsch art)

The movie “Party Monster” (2003) featuring Macaulay Culkin, Seth Green and Chloë Sevigny was preceded by a novel called “Disco Bloodbath” (1999), providing a basis for the film. It tells the story of New York party promoter Michael Alig infamously participating in murdering his friend and drug dealer Angel Melendez. But even before that, a documentary took on this very subject – it’s also called “Party Monster” and was released 1998. You can watch the complete film – cheekily titled a “shockumentary” – on youtube.