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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!

Over the past few years Brooklyn based photographer, publisher and writer Amos Mac (picture by Elisa Shea) has been doing an amazing job in documenting and pushing forward queer and trans* culture in the US and worldwide. I’ve already posted about Amos’ work as the founder and editor of the wonderful trans guys magazine Original Plumbing and his new Translady Fanzine, this time I want to focus on his colorful and powerful portraits of queer, trans* and gender non-conforming artists, performers and musicians, such as OPM co-founder Rocco Katrastrophe, Cody Critcheloe aka Ssion, the House of Ladosha Crew, Hunx or Black Cracker.
The pictures shown here are only a collection of personal favorites taken from the photographer’s website and his tumblr, where you find many more facets of his work. The one on top of the gallery, a portrait of Cunty Crawford Ladosha, was just recently shown at the exhibition Testimony: A Living Exhibition Of Queer Youth at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in New York. Amos’ latest project is a video campaign entitled “Talk About It”, which seeks to adress adult suicide in the queer community and strengthen the trans community from within.

Cunty Crawford Ladosha by Amos Mac, 2012

Cunty Crawford Ladosha, 2012

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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.

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

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. 

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’.”

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.


+++ Light Asylum have just released an new 2-track single called “Shallow Tears” via Mexcian Summer (cover above). The duo’s debut album is due May 1st. You can stream “Shallow Tears” here, I also posted a nice & free remix of the song by Berlin based duo Kool Thing below. “Genesis”, the b-side of the single, can be streamed here.

Light Asylum – Shallow Tears by Mexican Summer
Light Asylum – Shallow Tears (kool thing Remix) by k o o l t h i n g

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Shot by Olivia Parriott in 24 hours as part of the “24 Hour Music Video Challenge”. The song can be found on Katastrophe’s “Worst Amazing” album released last year via 307 Knox. Katastrophe will be playing live at the Original Plumbing Summer Jam in Brooklyn on July 22. More on the magazine’s website and on Facebook.

Pick Up The Mic is a documentary about the queer hip hop scene and its roots. It premiered at The Toronto Film Festival in 2005 and is available on DVD since last year. The movie brings together nearly all important protagonists of the so called homohop-movement such as Deadlee, Johnny Dangerous, Katastrophe, Soce or Scream Club and can be ordered. on the movie’s webpage. On the blog of the Amoe music stores (where the DVD release was officially celebrated last year) you also find a nice interview with Juba Kalamka, who talks about the film and the way queer hip hop has delevolped until today. Kalamka is a founding member of the legendary gay hip hop act Deep Dickollective and has released a solo album called “oogabooga under fascism” in 2007.

+++ Queer HipHop artist Katastrophe‘s new album “The Worst Amazing” is now out on 307 Knox Records. The four songs that can be streamed on his website sound pretty good. You can also download the song “Tonight” here or visit his Myspace page (Via Think Pink Radio) +++

+++ Karin Dreijer Andersson aka Fever Ray has put together a downloadable Helloween mix for Resident Advisor. You only have to become a member of the site (for free) +++

+++ A previously unreleased beautiful acoustic folk song by Arthur Russell from the 70ies called “Come To Live” can be streamed on Gorilla vs. Bear. You find the song on a split seven inch that also features CANT aka Chris Taylor (Grizzly Bear) +++

+++  SSion, a music collective from Kansas City that is supporting the Gossip on their gigs in Europe at the moment has recently released a movie called “Boy”.  The trailer can now be watched on their Youtube channel. Or here (via BigStereo):