Artists & Artisans Spotlight

We are pleased to spotlight some of the artists — including artisans, makers, musicians, performers, and writers — who live, work, exhibit, or perform in the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District, or whose creative work reflects the culture of the queer, kinky and/or leather community.

For each artist, we list their contact info, Web and social media links, a little about their work, and a few samples, all exactly as provided by the artist.

Artists and artisans in any of the above categories are invited to join this list.  For more information, and to sign up, please click here.

TIP:  Up to five work samples are shown for each artist.  Double-click on a picture (NOT on the play/pause icon) to view it full size.  Then use the (i) button to show the image title (if available).  Press Esc to  exit full-size view.


Joseph Valliere
openwristdesigns@gmail.com
Categories:  Physical Media
Tumbler page
Instagram Page
I make fetish gear out of rubber flooring and bike tires and I’ve started making t-shirts.
The Artist:


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Kegan Marling
kegan@keganmarling.org
Categories:  Physical Media, Digital Media, Performance
http://keganmarling.org/
Leather & Kink Photographer, Event Photographer
The Artist:

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Curt Janka aka CJ Brume
Categories:  Digital Media, Graphic Design and Photography
curt@curtjanka.com
https://www.curtjanka.com/
https://www.instagram.com/cjbrume/
4522 19th St, San Francisco, CA 94114
Creative Direction, Graphic Design and Photography
The Artist:

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Work Samples:
This is a video I compiled in the days after the Orlando shooting of the photos I took of people in the Castro kissing on camera to send a positive message and love and support to the victims and survivors.


Daniel Cherry
huggybearinleather@gmail.com
Categories: Physical Media, Painting, drawing
https://www.facebook.com/huggybearinleather
General working artist
The Artist:


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Scot Hammond
Hammond.scot@yahoo.com
Categories:
Physical Media (sculpture, oil painting, sketches on paper, etc.);Performance;Writing
Facebook
Original hand drawn illustrations (without utilizing any computer graphics, software or digital work). I specialize in children’s book illustrations, erotic illustrations, greeting cards, cartoons, silhouettes, portraiture and landscapes. I do portraiture in charcoal, and landscapes in acrylic. I work primarily in pencil, charcoal, India Ink, pen, water color and Goache on paper or on Crescent Illustration Boards.
I also write erotic stories, children stories and fiction.  I performed on stage in comedy plays and musicals.
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Rodrigo Alban Hubach
rodrigoalbanhubach@yahoo.com
Categories: Physical Media (sculpture, oil painting, sketches on paper, etc.), Cement on canvas mix media
The artist:


Web sites:
http://rodrigoalbanhubach.com
Twitter; Facebook.com; Instagram
Studio:
535 NW 1st Ave. Studio 4
Fort Lauderdale, Fl 33301
Express everything that I am passionate about life including my emotions, my historical moment and my sexuality.
Work samples:
Ties of Freedom
Vortex
Abstracion:  I Feel Free
Sacks and Cement in the Art of Rodrigo:  Receiver
The Expressionist School in the Art of Rodrigo:  Gay Men Sauna Scene


R. Black
rblack@rblack.org
Categories: Physical Media
The artist:

Web sites:
http://www.rblack.org
https://pin.it/lyTV2ug


Liminal Space SF
liminalspacesf@gmail.com
Categories:  Physical Media, Digital Media, Performance, Writing, and Installation

San Francisco’s first Trans-Centering gallery, Liminal Space SF is launching after quarantine when it is safe to gather. Liminal Space is committed to building community and expanding access to exhibition space and curatorial opportunities for Transgender artists (and artists making relevant work). We strive to create opportunities in a city that has few for emerging, early career, youth, elder, student and QTBIPOC artists.
Web sites:
https://www.instagram.com/liminalspacesf/
liminalspacesf.com
liminal-space
Gallery:
16 Sherman Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Sample:

Prep3 - Sam Claude

Sam Carmel
samclaudecarmel@gmail.com
Categories:Physical Media (sculpture, oil painting, sketches on paper, etc.), Digital Media, Performance, Making Gear, Toys, Etc., Installation
In my studio practice I use sculpture and installation to imagine new possibilities for my body and create symbols of pride and resistance for my community.
Web sites:
samclaudecarmel.com  and @hyperabstract
Gallery:
16 Sherman Street, San Francisco CA 94103
Work Samples:


Queertopia
queertopia@gmail.com
Categories: Physical Media (sculpture, oil painting, sketches on paper, etc.), Digital Media, Writing
We are a collective of queer and kinky artists, writers, and event organizers in SOMA/Mission.
The artist:


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Jarrad Webster
jtleebbsf@gmail.com
Categories: Physical Media , Digital Media, Performance, Making Clothing, Making Gear, Toys, Etc.
Blending Art and Smut using 20+ years of nightlife experience and other varied skills. I do everything from costuming and photography to handyman and DJing.
The artist:

Web sites:
http://www.suppositorispelling.com/
https://www.mixcloud.com/suppositori-spelling/ 
Work Samples:


 

Daniel F. Nicoletta
owlmandanny@gmail.com
Categories:
Digital Media, Photography
I am a photographer who has devoted the last four+ decades to preserving the LGBT civil rights journey in media formats.
Web sites:
http://dannynicoletta.com
https://www.instagram.com/dannic100/
The artist:

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Gallery:
1223 NW Prospect Ave, Grants Pass, OR 97526
Work Samples:
See Web site, or contact directly to request samples. 


Photos by BIRON
photosbybiron@me.com
Categories: Physical Media, Digital Media, Writing
Early 1970s University of Michigan Gay activist and a founder of both the Gay Community Services (GCS) Center and the Graduate Employees Organization (GEO) in Ann Arbor, before relocating to SF in May 1978 and working with on the ‘No on 6’ campaign and collaborating with Robert Opel. From the early 1990s, my studio photography and my documentation of annual SF LGBTQ+ public events – like the Folsom St. Fair – have focused on images of multicultural males, largely ignored in our community, but archived at the Kinsey Institute since 2013.
The artist:


Web site: http://www.photos-biron.com
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/photosbybiron/photos-by-biron/
Talenthouse art works: https://www.talenthouse.com/photos-by-biron/items
Twitter: https://twitter.com/lbiron 
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Poppers the Pony
aka Dorian Katz
poppersthepony@gmail.com
Categories:  Physical Media (sculpture, oil painting, sketches on paper, etc.)
I draw in ink on paper in a cartoony style. I also make comics, zines and prints. I’m very interested in making murals from my drawings in the Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District and beyond.
The Artist


Web sites: https://poppersthepony.bigcartel.com, https://www.instagram.com/poppers_the_pony/  
Work Samples:


Greg Burger
the_tomato_11@hotmail.com
Categories: Digital Media, Making clothes
I am mainly a photographer but I also make gear, costumes, and clothing
The artist:


Web sites:
www.instagram.com/gremeleon for stuff i make
www.instagram.com/nox_vomica for photography
Work Samples:


Alex Prestia
art@a1205x.com
Categories:  Physical Media , Digital Media
I create gay art to create more gay and to create more art.
The artist:


Web sites:
www.a1205x.com
www.instagram.com/a1205x 
Work Samples:


 

James Leon
jamesleon120@yahoo.com

Categories: Physical Media , Digital Media, Music, Performance, Writing
Screenwriter/Filmmaker/Photographer/Musician/Artist
The artist:

Web sites:
https://jamesleon120.wixsite.com/chameleonawol
Gallery:  8815 Quakertown Ave, Northridge, CA 91324

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