Tuesday, September 15, 2009

When I Came Out I was Asleep

When I Came Out I was Asleep, originally uploaded by deanv41.

The earliest gay piece by Dean Volker in homage to Doug & Andy, a couple I had recently met in 1986. Shortly thereafter, I was held at gunpoint in the alley behind The Top Hat in downtown Missoula, Montana, by a straight couple who wanted to shoot fags. I went back into the closet for a time after that.
This piece is based on the inside sleeve of the INXS album, Shabooh Shoobah, which was a huge homerotic kiss on my high school cheek when I heard it in 1983. I wrote them and they sent a poster and lovely letter. Those were days to remember.
This piece still moves me to be a better draftsman of the male body.

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