is a book seller based in Brussels. What makes Bang Bang books so good is their specialty in selling the rarest and most obscure erotic books, so accordingly we’ve spoken to them to choose some of their favourite pieces to share with us.
Extases – Ron Raffaelli & Nicole Avril
Tchou/Vertigo, Paris, 1975 Created by rock photographer Ron Raffaelli and his lover Nicole Avril, this is a brilliant book featuring nine “chapters” of psychedelic love and sex stories. It also has a little bit of text but admittedly, the most impressive part is the photography. I’m thrilled every time I open it.
Dragon’s Dream, Paris, 1978Continuing with my obsession with all things psychedelic, Penny Slinger and Nik Douglas’s ‘Mountain Ecstasy’ is a perfect mix of poetry, erotic collage and tantric sex on paper. It does not need much introduction, I think the images speak for themselves.
The New York Review of Sex (and Politics)
Issue 7,NYC, 1969
This was an underground sex paper without much sex in it… It was founded by early members of Al Goldstein’s legendary Screw Magazine and positioned itself as a more high class & politics inclined version of Screw but was unfortunately quite short-lived.The design and the front pages were absolutely gorgeous and always inventive…
Swish Publications, London
Mouths, tongues, nipples and assholes populate l’étrangère gallery as Emma Hart and Jonathon Baldock present Suckerz, an ordered disorder of their corporeal sculptural work.
Hart and Baldock have transformed the gallery into something that resembles a Bacchanian feast with the exhibition centered around a banquet table playing stage to silhouette structures of wine bottles and glasses; piles of potatoes and fererro rochers (the universal symbol of the feast) and dismembered heads spilling with pearls from facial orifices. The table is set out for one to dine from breast shaped plates with napkins wrapped in textural tongues; a feast of the body, on the body. It’s a foul and titilating prospect.
The exhibition is evidently informed by the theories of the grotesque body, mostly Bahktin’s study of Rabelais’ work. The grotesque is the distortion and transgression of boundaries and in Suckerz the boundaries of what we consider the interior and the exterior of the body are questioned; our corporeal passageways are set out to be explored, the entrances and exits of the body- the sexual and the functional. As spaghetti like hair forms cascade from hair scrunchies attached to a wall and a strand of white hair, curled at the bottom hangs from a small sculpted arse, the grotesque’s preoccupation with the lower bodily stratum (the anus) is evidently referenced.
Baldock’s ‘Orifice Painting No 4′ is a screen peppered with hand sewn holes all over with two feet set at the bottom; one cannot pass without thinking of the glory hole, an entrance and an exit of the seedily sexual; a fragmentation of the body into one sexual part, devoid of character but its penetrative presence through a constructed passageway.
Suckerz alludes to the body that we never confront, the estranged world to [...]
Elizabeth Bathory and her Husband, Ferenc, were an extremely wealthy partnership, owning many castles and more land than the king himself. Bathory was very clever and wealthy and Ferenc was the only one with a strong enough army to fight the Turks. The two families were the most powerful and respected throughout Hungary, this plays a huge part in how she managed to get away with the murder and torture of over 650 girls over a span of 25 years from 1585-1610.
Only years into the murderess’s spree did the rumours begin, and yet nothing was done for another twenty years. The stories of her serial murders and brutality are verified by the testimony of more than 300 witnesses and survivors as well as physical evidence and the presence of horribly mutilated dead, dying and imprisoned girls found around the castle and grounds at the time of her arrest.
The Countess was a beauty and wanted to stay beautiful, her looks became an obsession. The reason for the murders was to drain the blood of the girls and bathe it in to keep her skin young and pale, however the murders themselves became increasingly elaborate and there was vast evidence of cannibalism and extreme torture. A room beneath the castle was created with the sole purpose of torture, a cage was made, ordered by the Countess that would close upon the girls with inverted spikes that would pierce all over their bodies and drain their blood for Elizabeth to use.
This obsession with retaining her youthful skin was brought on by being completely heart broken by a young man from court who’s affair with Bathory was stopped by the boy’s father on account that she would never marry him and his reputation [...]
Anita Dark Vuitton is the self proclaimed ‘Queen Porn Star’ of Second Life. Her body exemplifies our contemporary obsession with a consumeristic sexiness to a level impossible within the physical world. The extravagance of fantasy that a computer game like Second Life offers us enables someone like Anita to create an idenity completely based around an idea of impossible levels of luxury and sexuality. The aesthetic of the porn star body and imagined lifestyle has been accomplished by Anita through her dedicated to Second Life and presents us with a fascinating reflection on how our modern society is deciphering how we see sexuality as something almost capitalistically aspirational now.
To have a body in the physical world similar to Anita’s is not only logistically impossible but to achieve this body would cost a phenomenal amount money, verging on the idea where sexuality is a financial investment.
Besides from this clear obsession with luxury and prestige, Anita has happily created herself into a walking physical mass of sex. The body becomes an nothing other than an invitation to fuck in an utterly primal rage glossed over with whispers of confused consumerism.
So, to find out more about Anita’s exaggerated fantasy we interviewed her.
Who is Anita Dark Vuitton?
I am a 28 year old big bust porn star who is a provocative, extravagant blonde silicone sensation. I am the proud owner of Dark Productions porn studio which specializes in hardcore movies, glamour, soft and hardcore photography while also keeping an eye out for new talent.
WOLF made my first nude pics in december 2012. I knew since the very first time that I needed more and more to have those reflectors on myself. I met Graham Collinson during a new year party in 2012, and he took my first porn photos. Graham [...]
We had the pleasure of inviting Maxime Ballesteros to the Mondial du Tatouage earlier this year and these are some of the photos he took of the tattoo convention.
By Julie Bréthous
“For the first time in history, youth had the money and the means to create a culture they could label as their own” – Marsha Rowe, creator of Spare RIB
As society navigated through the 60s, youth culture evolved, finding necessary to express its discontentment towards a white dominated mainstream society that had by too many times showed its flaws. Reflecting on emancipation, the nascent counter-culture of the hippie movement and progressive politic waves of the era, the youth quickly needed a platform to convey its messages, which was found in the N°1 resources for news of the era: the press. The term ‘Underground Press’ was therefore coined to these new types of magazines, not to suggest they were illegal, but to stress out that all these publications stood at the fringe of mainstream press – if not against it. By the end of the decade, 92 publications were to be found in the US, and 89 in Europe. Oz (founded by Richard Neville) was the former Australian, later British, colourful alternative publication that would see Marsha Rowe make her entrance in this peculiar universe. However, her experience at Vogue Australia, as well as her frustration in working in the (so far) male-dominated world of the underground press sparked her will to build a publication that would be created by women, for women: Spare RIB.
Launched on June, 19th 1972, the roots of Spare RIB laid in the Women’s Liberation Movement, which itself started in the US in 1967. At the National Conference for New Politics in Chicago, Jo Freeman and Shulamith Firestone found themselves denied the right to a floor discussion by director William F. Pepper : “Move on little girl; we have more important issues to talk [...]
On Friday, Sang Bleu presents the world premiere of Jun Matsui, a documentary unveiling the legacy of Matsui, one of Brazil’s most prestigious tattoo artists. The film also seeks to pay homage to his influence on Brazilian underground subculture. The screening of will happen at Dalston’s Rio Cinema, London and will be followed by a Q&A session.
Matsui grew up in Brazil and moved to Japan when he was a teenager to work as an assembly worker in a factory. Always wanting to be a tattooer, he started drawing whilst also working at a bar. He started tattooing as lots of people wanted to be tattooed but didn’t know where (he calls this approach ‘innocent’) and he soon rose to be within the elite of Japanese tattoo culture. Now universal and back in Brazil, Matsui’s fluid and freehand work is famed for its startling beauty.
Jun Matsui is a beautifully shot film thats seeks to explore Matsui’s craftsmanship and his artistic and personal lives through a series of interviews with the director; it is an exploration of tattooing through arresting cinematography and the spoken word.
The film is directed by Andre Ferezini, a Brazilian film maker whose interests and work deal with subcultures and their societies.
JUN MATSUI interviewed by ANDRE FEREZINI
Produced by – Andre Ferezini
Transcription – Cláudio Cruz
Translation into English – Maurício Buchler
(interviews conducted originally in Brazilian Portuguese language)
More information about the film can be read here.
The screening will be preluded by three other short films; Gait, a film by Sang Bleu, The Last One, a video work by Suzannah Pettigrew and Gorgone, a film by Hope Plescia.
At Rio Cinema, 197 Kingsland High Street, E8 2PB, London at 23.30 on Friday 3rd July
More information can be found on the Facebook event [...]