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Archive: Good Blogs

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 A few weeks ago Mekhi has decided to stop working on The GAQ, so the site is no longer updated, but can still be visited as an online archive.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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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:

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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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)

Wanna know who the gorgeous boy on the pictures is? Well, it’s a guy called Ioseb Besarionis dze Jughashvili better known as Joseph Stalin. The dictator is amongst the list of the hottest historical persons ever which is presented on Bangable Dudes in History, a blog which not only carefully collects all these hot dead guys (submissions welcome), but also offers pie charts showing the best reasons why aside from their historical relevance these guys should be remembered as hot as hell. So if you ever asked yourself why Nikola Tesla was sexier than Thomas Edison or why Aisin-Gioro Puyi (the last Emperor of China) was a real cutie, you’re gonna love this blog. For more background information check out this interview with Megan B who runs the site. Via omg blog.

http://bangabledudesinhistory.blogspot.com

“Lurking” is a web project by a Toronto based artist called Sholem Krishtalka. On his tumblr Krishtalka regularly publishes new works of a series of small sized drawings based on his friends’ Facebook picutures. He explains the idea behind the project like this: “The wide usage of Facebook has borne a new vernacular meaning for the verb ‘to lurk’. In this new coinage, ‘to lurk someone’ is to troll through their Facebook photos, to stalk them, to investigate their visual history. I found myself spending greater and greater amounts of time doing precisely this, and I wanted to make a record of it as a means of mapping my community, and also (perhaps less nobly) to in some way justify my Facebook procrastination.” Here are a couple of drawings from the “Lurking”-series, you find many more of them here and more information about the artists as well as works from other projects and writings on his website. Found on Colin Quinn’s tumblr (which I shamefully have forgotten when I did my list of my favourite tumblrs).

http://sholem.tumblr.com

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UrFunked is a great source for people like me who like experimental, playful, intelligent and expressive fashion approaches. As far as I can tell from its Facebook page it is run by a guy called Abdullah Al-Awadhi who is based in Kuwait (correct me if I’m wrong here) and presents collections and accessoirs of designers that obviously perceive fashion as a kind of art and as something that is more than just an instruments for individuals to express theirselves or distinguish theirself from others. I guess it also underlines the fact that fashion can be especially interesting and entertaining if the designer who creates it has a certain sense of humour and of course doesn’t care too much about the conventions of the field he works in.

http://urfunked.blogspot.com

I have a new favourite tumblr called Cruised Or Be Cruised. The blog (which I’m pretty sure is run by a German) by artist Dean Sameshima is only a few days old, but even at this early point the collection of  pages you can click yourself through so far offer a pretty entertaining journey through the history of gay subculture, starting with John Rechy book covers and Hanky Code guides over works of contemporary artists to zine covers like the one on top of this post (it’s from a zine called “GSM” [gay skinhead movement] from 1991). The tumblr looks like the attempt to make a private collection of these kinds of artefacts accessible online, so if you have a tumblr yourself or don’t mind putting tumblrs into your blog reader this could be a good chance to take part in something nice.

http://cruiseorbecruised.tumblr.com

BLAAK and HE SEEMS NICE are another two nice examples of what I’ve recently tried to describe as “intuitive blogs”. Both of them are run by Devlin Hogg, a Canadian graphic designer. HE SEEMS NICE is Hoggs “personal inspiration archive”, a place where he brings together differents sorts of works from art, architecture, design and fashion, while BLAAK is a more experimental site by Hogg and Mel Paget (who’s site MAFIA-HUNT I recommended here a while ago), which offers a beautiful collection of random pictures  both of them have collected.

http://blaaak.blogspot.com/

http://heseemsnice.com/

The Condemnet (“Les condamnés”) is a book project by French journalist Philippe Castetbon who has contacted young gay men from countries where homosexuality is agains the law online and asked them for a self-portrait and a short personal text about their life situations. Here are some photos taken from the book and a promotional video, let me know what you think about this project. An exhibition of the pictures is currently shown at the Médiathèque Federico Fellini in Montpellier/France. By the way:  “Les condamnés” in French means “The Convicted” or even just “Convicts” and not exactly “The Condemned”, as a translator points out here.

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My favourite blogs have always been the ones that work intuitively and that aren’t necessarily based on a concept but on the creativity and the open-mindedness of the people who run them (that’s also the reason why I like tumblrs so much). Nice examples of rather “intuitive blogging” are Dandy Gum and China Bu, two sites that both have a certain focus on fashion stuff without actually being “fashion blogs” in the classical sense. Dandy Gum is run by a writer called Begüm Sekendiz Boré, who in a very sophisticated way blurs the borders between “art” and “fashion”, while China Bu, run by a 19-year-old New Yorker all-round-artist called Robër Pierre, is a more hyprid, flashy and pop-culture-based. Please pay attention to the fact that both of these blogs are highly addictive.

http://dandygum.blogspot.com

http://maidenchinabu.blogspot.com