Tag Archives: Culture

Drying shorts O’ahu style


Shhh…. Sneak! Preview…of The Mayor of Folsom Street.

The Mayor of Folsom Street! The exhibit at the Center for Sex and Culture opens on Friday and this is installation week. So, here’s the sneak! Above, memorial Leather Jacket by Bill Bowers. Bill is a former Cockette and long-time Queer Underground couturier. Cool art kid Rik Lee is doing his website these days. Check it out! He’s even done stage wear for Keith Richards the Rolling Stone. Dig! Alan dressed Metal bands and did foundation garments for punk fashion queen Vivienne Westwood, so having Bill’s tribute jacket as a centerpiece for this show is pure copacetic.

An assortment of “smalls” – prior to installation. Lots of stories, here!

Worn Levi’s 501s, the crotch has been mended with leather and has worn through yet AGAIN! Damn, Dad. With Malebox jockstrap and an assortment of “friendship” pins, including one from The 15 Association. Alan, the original “Mr. S” was at the founding meeting, and was a long-time honorary member of this 35 year-old San Francisco-based men’s S/m fraternity.

Shop Sears…really! Young painter Justin Sears cool quirky big art on wood.

Originally from California, 24-year old Justin Sears lives in NYC now. He does fairly large-scale realistic illustrative pieces on wood. No color splash, here, and no wall-to-wall paint. The narrow color range is all in the foreground, while the wood supports provide all the negative space. Subject matter is men, myth, masculinity with a distinctly surreal edge. His big portraits, like this one of a hot ash dude, are fairly strait-forward, while his historical and re-workings of classic themes bring most of the twists. He describes his work as a “masculine mix of industrialized pop art on organic surfaces.” See more at his website. Oh, he designs leather clothing, too. Cool!

‘Burban Street Art. Really!

Suburban, that is! For Bourbon St. And boys showing their dicks for beads click here. These Novy boots are knocking sox outside The World Famous Turf Club, Hayward’s Gay bar, one of the oldest in the SF Bay Area. Post WWII – 1946. Welcome homo, boys!

Cool pink t-Rex. Artist unknown. Drawing on map. In a Chronicle box. I think this is the same artist who did the yellow Dr. Seuss fish in the next medley.

Do you give a flying fuck? JoJo Mendoco does. Yellow fish? Maybe.

Morris Taylor Art! Sexual Energy and Power at the Center for Sex and Culture.


Hot Morris Art! Folsom kinky art reception! Friday, September 27th from 5 – 8 pm. At the Center for Sex and Culture at 1349 Mission Street in San Francisco. Drop in early before the evening’s other activities.

Morris Taylor’s exhibit, Sexual Energy and Power features twenty-five watercolors. Through realism and abstract styles the painter calls attention to outward manifestations of the inner sexual drive. Dominance and submission is a thread that unifies the subject matter.

The strokes are designed to draw the viewer to the unique beauty and ageless nature of the human body. Dark and light forces lurk inside the psyche that needs overt expressions of dignity and safety

About Morris: During the past fifteen years Morris Taylor has had 15 one-person shows at venues such as Grace Cathedral, Magnet in the Castro, Club Eros Gallery, and the Citadel. As Master Morris, he participates fully in the leather scene frequently giving workshops and demonstrations. He currently holds the title, International Master 2013.


Roots of Motive Power – Steam-punky sights seen at Kinetic Carnivale

Decorative and informative, this fine ursine railman invited us up into his hot greasy steam engine for a tour. Old #45 on the Skunk Train route. Please note that showing face on Gay Highwaymen doesn’t mean these guys are gay. It means we are. Ok? Thanks, Man!

Old number 15 looking at old number 45. And vice-versa. Mystics and quantum mechanics Noh: the eye with which I view God (or the multiverses) is the same eye with which the Universe (or the gods) view me. Whistle starts the races. All part of the Kinetic Carnivale. Willis, in Mendocino County, California.

U.S.S. Yellow Submarine. Handcar races. All human-powered rail transport. Some are funky. Others are fast.

Do they call this a glory-hole? They do with glass kilns. This is the vent in the coal-bin on Engine 45. Water and oil to the rear.

Apple Jack handcar and 4-man crew. Handcar races. Best hauler. Not the fastest – but rugged and strong and quick enough to travel and pull what you need!

Sun Leather. Custom boots, hats, belts, etc. Artisan at work.

Finished product. Hand-made boot.

Poplock Holmes. Chap-hopper and Steampunk entertainer extrordinaire.

19th century metal stamp press. 21st century operator.


Cute boys playing with their balls.

Better a century-plus ago than never…

The Train Singer

Live! From the Jose Sarria Memorial…

Gay Highwaymen! Coming to you Live with Sights Seen at the Jose Sarria memorial in San Francisco. Queens to the left, politicos dead and center. Everyone is here. SRO already. The solemn music begins. Gay funeral of the decade! Service at Grace Cathedral, internment in Colma, reception at the Lookout Bar. Updates throughout the day. For more on this until-recently living legend, click here.

“From the Black Cat to the Great Cathedral. Imagine THAT!” – Maurice Gerry

The current reigning Empress of San Francisco – Patty McGroin, a small-town girl made good! She spoke at the funeral. We said “hello” to her highness, a son of a local political family, and told her where we were from. She replied “Oh! I’ve heard about your parties…and the mud pit!!” Cool. We are also known as “the faggots south of town.” No contest!

Famous (or infamous) gay photographer Danny Nicoletta shooting royalty.


Leather and lace at the Widow fashion show outside Grace.
And from the after party…


A veteran, a politician, and a drag queen. Jose was all of these, and there were many of all at his celebration of life.






Cute! Times two…


Ouch! (See how the camera lies? No priests were injured…)


Dan, framed by Widows. Checking on his equipment. And ready to shoot!

(Haiku for Danny. Widow Norton’s funeral. Written for this pic.)

photos: GH