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A 'Massive' Look Inside the World of Gay Japanese Manga: VIDEO

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To read most of the Western media’s coverage about LGBT rights in Japan, one might, understandably, get the impression that the country has all but suffocated its gay population. In reality that’s far from the case. Much in the same way that Tom of Finland helped define the artistic aesthetic of 70s-era gay erotica in the West, Gengoroh Tagame did the same for Japan in the mid-80s. 

Though bara, the genre that Tagame primarily works in, is considered a separate artform, Tagame’s influence on the Japanese manga industry can be seen throughout some of the most popular yaoi manga titles today.

MassiveHere in the U.S. Tagame and other bara artists’ work has really only ever thrived in online enthusiast communities like those exist on Tumblr, DeviantArt, and certain message boards. In Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It authors Anne Ishii Graham Kolbeins interview some of the genre’s top artists for one of the first in-depth, English-language primers.

Massive, Kolbeins, and Ishii are currently touring across the U.S. promoting the book, but in case you can’t make it to a signing check out the epic launch party featuring an interview with Tagame and Gachimuchi go-go boys AFTER THE JUMP...(NSFW images)

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This Series Of Incredible Stone Sculptures Will Put You in a Zen State: VIDEO

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Artist Michael Grab works in stone to create some amazing abstract sculptures. Rather than carving in marble, he works exclusively with found stones and rocks that he then arranges into some unbelievable towers and arches that are held together purely by gravity and impeccable balance, including some jaw-dropping piles resting serenely amidst rapids.

A plausible reaction would be to assume that during the time-lapse montages he used some form of glue or tape to hold everything together. That theory falls flat later in the video when Grab, not unlike Tibetan monks and their sand mandalas, completely destroys his sculptures with the removal of a single stone...or by chucking a rock at the sculpture from offscreen.

There's a philosophical message somewhere in all of that.

You can watch the video AFTER THE JUMP...

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Vermont Artist Wins 3-Year Battle Against Chick-Fil-A for 'Eat More Kale' Trademark: VIDEO


In 2011 Chick-Fil-A sent a cease and desist order to Bo Muller Moore claiming that the Vermont artist's "Eat More Kale" t-shirts, created to promote local agriculture, infringed upon Chick-Fil-A's slogan "Eat Mor Chikin".

During the David-and-Goliath-esque battle that ensued, Chick-Fil-A's lawyers barraged Muller-Moore with 30 examples of other companies which had faced similar claims against the anti-gay chicken giant, and had turned tail and ran, according to the AP.

Muller-Moore persisted and with the help of social media was soon joined by a number of volunteer lawyers who helped with the litigation. State officials also stood by the artist.

On Friday, outside the Vermont statehouse, Muller-Moore announced that the U.S. Patent Office had granted his application, though he had no idea of the specifics on the decision.

"I'd like to think that maybe some persistence and polite defiance, you know, and proving to them that we were in it for the long haul," he said. "If it took us a decade, we're going to fight for a decade."

Watch a recent documentary clip on Muller-Moore and his battle from Stuck in Vermont,

And buy an 'Eat More Kale' t-shirt here.

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Australian Obelisk Enveloped In A Giant Pink Condom to Help Promote HIV-Awareness

Screenshot 2014-11-09 20.42.45There are certain cities throughout the world that feature monuments whose construction lend themselves to...a particular kind of tourist photo. Paris, Pisa, and Washington are all homes to magnificent feats of human ingenuity whose shape tend to be co-opted for a giggle or two, and now Sydney, Australia can count itself amongst their ranks.

Last week the 157 year old obelisk located in Sydney’s Hyde Park found itself enveloped in what the AIDS Council of New South Wales (ACON) is calling  Australia’s largest condom as a part of their HIV/AIDS transmission campaign.

“ The need for gay men to ‘stay safe’ by using condoms is at the core of NSW’s strategy for eliminating HIV transmission by the end of the decade,” explained ACON’s CEO Nicolas Parkhill.

“We won’t be able to achieve this goal unless gay men use condoms when they’re having high-risk sex with casual
partners, particularly in situations where a partner’s HIV status isn’t known – it’s that simple. This installation is sure to create lots of interest as we’ve selected a very visible icon in a high traffic area. We’re hoping to turn lots of heads as well as raise a few eyebrows, not only here on the street but also on social media where the reach of the campaign will be expanded throughout NSW and beyond.”

According to Pink News the condom will remain in place for the next six days as a means of provoking conversation about safe sex policies.

Vandals Destroy Sexually-Suggestive 'Tree' Installation in Paris Square: PHOTO


Vandals pulled the plug on Paul McCarthy's wondrous inflatable sex toy 'tree' in Paris's Place Vendome last night when a security guard wasn't looking.

And this is why we can't have nice things.

Paul McCarthy Erects Minimalist, Inflatable 'Tree' in Historical Parisian Square: VIDEO


Paul McCarthy's latest inflatable art installation Tree has been erected in Place Vendome, one of Paris’s historic squares located within the 1st arrondissement. Affixed to the ground with a system of ropes and anchors, Tree is a gargantuan, minimalist take on a Christmas tree that evokes images of...Rockefeller Center. Also bounce houses.

The iconic figure is a part of  a larger Parisian survey that McCarthy’ is calling “Chocolate Factory.” The entire installation is serving as the centerpiece of the International Contemporary Art Fair. Timed to coincide with the grand reopening of the Monnaie de Paris (Paris Mint), “Chocolate Factory” focuses on the intersection between mass production, consumption, and hedonism. As a part of the larger, festive project factory workers will produce thousands of chocolate Santa Claus figurines holding miniature versions of Tree.

Chiara Parisi, head of the Monnaie de Paris’s cultural outreach, described McCarthy’s work as a dream that has entered the public space.

“This tree is like a giant fantasy; in the French tradition, it’s a fantastical work,” she said. “It’s oversized, it can be analyzed from different angles. It needs that kind of ambiguity too.”

Printemps Francais, an anti-gay hate group known for their vociferous hatred of modern art took to Twitter to decry the Monnaie for what they perceive as a waste of public funds. What Printemps Francais has against McCarthy for his work isn’t exactly clear, but their calls for him to pull the plug on the installation seem to be falling upon deaf ears. 

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