Cumming in September, 2012! Tough Love: A Half-Century of Masculine Homoerotic Imagery from the San Francisco Bay Area. Artists include Chuck Arnett, David Barnard, Dan Becker, Biron, Brucius, Rene Capote, Mike Caffee, Mark I. Chester, Jok Church, Cricket, Horea de Tirgu-Mures, Alan Ginsberg, Jose Guevara, J.P. Higgins, Dennis Kennedy, Kabbaz, Rik Lee, Jim Leff, Les, JoJo Mendoco, Daniel Nicoletta, Jeremy Novy, Michael Palmer, Robert Pruzan, Eric Robinson, Michael Rosen, Sarge, Stephen Stafford, Morris Taylor, Uyvari, Jim Wigler, Zach…and of course, the ever-famous Anonymous Orunknown…

From the earliest depictions of stiff-pricked hunters adorning cave walls and rock faces, images of masculine virility have evoked notions of generative power. Hard stuff makes shit happen, and men have been fucking around with other men for fucking ever. Fast forward to the 20th and 21st centuries, and a host of male homosexual identities mix, meld, separate and clash. Queens, fems, faeries and various gender fuckers disrupt the order of straight society by adopting, valorizing or mocking aspects of female embodiment, style and culture.

Meantime masculine homosexual men disturb the stereotype of the flaming faggot through emphasizing butch sartorial and behavioral codes and highlighting masculine virtues. The artists of Tough Love, their models, and the action they mix up are butch, masculine, tough, hardworking, hardplaying, passionate about other men and anything at all except….”straight acting.” Tough Love represents a selection from the last 50 years of masculine homoerotic imagery from the San Francisco Bay Area.

From Arnett to Zach, cum see art incorporating activism, assplay, boys, bars, boots and bondage, bears and bottoms, cocks, canes and cum, cops, daddies, dungeons, The SF Eagle, foot fans, flogging, gear, gay priests, handballers, hard ons, homotextuality, jack-o-lanterns jacking off, jocks kissing, lovers, leather and levis, locks and chains, men, Masters, masochists, outlaws, political stuff, pain and pleasure, pups, queers, rope, rubber, raunch, sex, street art, slaves and sadists, Tops, torture, tough guys and ugly fucks, veterans with problems, whipping, watersports, and other groovy x-rated pics.

It’s a happening! Help make it a sizzling scene. Dress hot, bring your best buds, check out art and guys and play on the St. Andrew’s cross. Artists: bring your portfolios for show-n-tell. Live and spontaneous art encouraged!

At the Center for Sex and Culture at 1349 Mission Street in San Francisco. Opening September Friday 7th. Artists’ Talk Sunday September 16th. Pre-Folsom Reception Friday September 21st. Open House all weekend for Folsom! Doors open for all events at 6pm – til 10pm.

Watch this space for more information, including updates, artist profiles, images and great links. Cum out in September to see some great hard gay art!


This hot portrait of Johnny Harden is acrylic on shaped plywood. Circa 1983 by Kabbaz. From the collection of David Barnard, this big boy measures 37″ x 37″ and will be on display at Tough Love.

This hot sailor boy and a couple of other hot images from Biron will be on display. Cum see him and his photogenic friends!

Tough Love is getting publicity in Spain.


Sneak preview pic of the exhibit!


Want to see Jeremy Novy’s Beef Noodle? You know where!!!


Cuir photographer Cornelius Washington plants a wet one on Mike Caffee. Sweet!


Rik Lee and Alan Guttirez at the opening. Two more events in September, 2012…show-n-tell with artists and collectors on Sunday the 16th. Bring something to share! Big Folsom reception Friday the 21st. Cum out! Cum out! In the background: art by Michael Palmer, Dennis Kennedy and Jim Leff.


Groovy new Novy Boots down Grace Alley. Watch for more…

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  11. We met at the Tough Love Show, and I wanted to give you a reminder invitation to my show opening reception at Magnet, this Friday, Nov 2nd from 8-10pm. The show will be up through November. Here is a link to the FaceBook event page:

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