how to thank an artist
by john jockinsen
I think of myself as pretty much a regular guy. Iím a carpenter by trade. I like hitting the gym, I enjoy watching cop shows on TV, and Iíve got a big ol' pet dogóand I collect erotic art. Sculpture, original paintings, limited-edition prints; if it rings my bell (and I can afford it), it goes home with me. I really donít care whether or not I have
"the perfect spot" in my house for my new acquisitionsóthatís not the point. The point is, I get this incredible sense of satisfaction, and so much pleasure and meaning, from owning an original work of art.
Itís a unique feeling that really has to be experienced to be understood. Itís addictive, in a good way. And for those of you who think you get the same experience from a magazine page or an Internet printout, try this.
Take a picture of your lover, and give it a big, wet kiss. Then go to your lover and give him/her a big wet one. Yeah, itís like that. The two experiences don't even begin to compare. (Iím assuming you know which one is to be the better experience.)
But even beyond that, Iíve always believed that this is a great way for me to show the artists whose work we enjoy how much I appreciate their accomplishments.
What better way to say, "thank you" to an Artist, than buying one of his works? Simply stated, I believe in putting my money where my mind is.
You obviously donít have to be some trust-fund playboy to start collecting erotic art.
Hey, I ain't rich, but I am lucky enough to live in L.A., so, of course, I went to the 2001 Erotic Art Fair. Well, at the Fair, there was a painting for sale, an image that I'd seen for quite a while on a bunch of different Internet sites, and one that just made me catch my breath every time I saw it. It was Beauís
"Spoiled For Life".
When I spotted it, I froze, almost unable to believe what I was seeing. It wasn't cheap, but I could afford it, and finally, after some mental wrestling, I figured,
"If I donít get it now, Iíll never have the opportunity again." I even got Beau to sign it, and believe me, there hasn't been one day when Iíve regretted buying that painting. Trust me, there's nothing like having the original work of art in your hands, and knowing that it is now yours. I was happily hooked. Even now, every time I look at it, I can't help grinning.
Sometimes, even an artist has a hard time comprehending his own talent and appeal. (Tom himself referred to his art as
"dirty little pictures"Ē.) Several months ago, Sharp, one of the Foundation Board members, and I were having an on-going discussion about a new artist named Matt, better known on-line as
Matt was hugely popular on the Internet, but he had been being pretty elusive, perhaps even reclusive, about putting his work up for sale. Apparently, he didn't consider his work
"good enough" for people to buyóthis even though he had a huge and devoted following on a number of web-sites! (Artistsósheesh!) Finally, through some diligent and persistent effort by Sharp, Matt decided to allow them to archive and market some of his original sketches and drawings.
Well, as soon as his work was available, I got a callówas I interested in being the first person to buy an original
Gee, what do you think? And friend, you can download all the "photo-quality" copies you wantóno matter how accurate the printout, no digital copy is going to catch all the minute sketch lines, the ephemeral shading, even the little erasure marks I can see on my original when I hold it in my two hands.
And even more than that, Iím damn proud of doing my small part to encourage an artist to
"come out", to share his talent with the rest of us, because, as a members of the Foundation, I think this is what we need to be doing. Just read the motto at the very top of the pageóitís what the Foundation is all about.
(right) with WIndon Boy at one of the Foundation's Salon
Nights. Another way John supports artists is by co-hosting