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Tuesday 29 August 2017

A-Z of Fetish Artists - Zane

Zane - Run Little Leather Boy
 Zane's art is from the era of Drummer magazine and the example above was used for the cover of Larry Townsend's famous book, 'Run Little Leather Boy'. It features dungeon facilities few are likely to encounter in real life.

Zane - Mohican
 This image is more flattering to Zane's ability as an artist, in fact it's barely recognisable as the work of the same hand. Interestingly it features a similar block of stone. The mohican hair cut narrowly qualifies it as fetish art and the treatment of both men's hair is worth comparing to Zamok, my last artist in this series, who creates a similar effect with a slightly more sensitive touch.

The title I have for this image is 'Great State' but I don't know if that is correct, although it sort of links to the subject matter suggesting 'Big Brother' captivity and experimentation. The glass container is a form of cage and has such an obvious metaphorical relevance to the gay condition in the 20th century (i.e. the invisible bars of captivity) that it's surprising that it doesn't crop up more often in the art of the period. It makes an innocuous 'cover' for bondage and kidnap plot lines, but like images of caged men, it's actually quite hard to create a distinct, erotic, visual effect - as you can see here. Nath66 had some success with the idea in one of his sci-fi/alien themed works.
The Bound Gods water tank videos have explored the more sinister possibilities. 

Zane or Zoom?
I have included this image as a bonus. I actually have it catalogued as the work of  'Zoom' but I know of no other work by that artist and there are some similarities to Zane's style, perhaps not the graphic bulge, though. Information from readers would be welcome.

I can't find any website for Zane. Again info welcome.

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Anonymous said...

The last image of the two men on the toilet looks like the work of V(B)elasco. He usually feature only black men, who are always very lean (and with well muscled glutes).

Mitchell said...

Thanks for the comment, that thought had crossed my mind too but I couldn't find an example of his work which made a convincing comparison.