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We moved my site! Because censorship. NSFW!!!!

Art of Restraint and Armory Afterparty 3 27 2010 Twisted Monk and Jack Hammer

Art of Restraint and Armory Afterparty 3 27 2010 Twisted Monk and Jack Hammer

And we moved my domains, and secured my site!

Thanks to my amazing hub, a long-time stressor is relieved, and http://www.suzanneforbes.com is transferred to a European domain registry and pointing to https://www.chipinhead.com/ which is now a secure domain, registered and hosted in Europe, baby!! Wooohooo!

Jean Bardot and Steffy the Rubber Doll at Montreal Fetish Weekend by Suzanne Forbes September 2008

Fetish Model Jean Bardot and Steffy the Rubber Doll at Montreal Fetish Weekend by Suzanne Forbes September 2008

With the changes happening in the US because of SESTA/FOSTA, it was clear a person like me, who makes erotic art sometimes, should not have a digital footprint there.

During the initial burst of shock and horror around the implementation of SESTA and FOSTA, I learned that my longtime host, Bluehost, DOES NOT ALLOW NUDITY. What the fucking fuck, you fucking puritan assholes!

Here Bluehost, have a drawing of a lady with a penis fucking a girl while she sucks off a man with a strap-on! It’s called “Consenting trans adults enjoy each other!”.

Upper Floor 2011 Danni TomCat and Chloe

Upper Floor 2011. Danni, TomCat and Chloe

With my husband’s hours of professional help, a big chunk of this month has been dedicated to the nerve-wracking process of moving my online footprint to Europe.

My new host is Leaseweb. They allow porn. In honor of that freedom, please enjoy this selection of drawings made during the years my husband and I were going to events at Femina Potens, The Center for Sex and Culture and the Upper Floor at Kink.com.

Maxine Holloway and Bella Rossi at Thin Line Feb 2010

Maxine Holloway and Bella Rossi at Thin Line Feb 2010

During the last ten years I was in the Bay Area I went to so many sex-positive events, parties, porn shoots and venues.

I met my husband at one of them, and after that we went together. We met and made friends with so many amazing people who are or were sex workers.

Art of Restraint and Armory Afterparty 3 27 2010 Maggie Mayhem by Suzanne Forbes

Art of Restraint and Armory Afterparty 3 27 2010 Maggie Mayhem by Suzanne Forbes

Porn performers, erotic artists, bondage artists, pro doms, escorts, rubber fetishists, directors of queer indie porn, feminist art gallery owners, activists and educators.

2010 Armory feature shoot Sept 3 Mistress Liliane and pets

2010 Armory feature shoot Sept 3 Mistress Liliane and pets

Art Unveiled party at Armory 4 16 2010 Bella Rossi and Jessie Cox

Art Unveiled party at Armory 4 16 2010 Bella Rossi and Jessie Cox

These wonderful people brought their passion, intelligence, authenticity and courage into our lives.

Many of them are deeply political, activists and protesters and change-makers, who work hard to reduce the shame and stigma around sexuality in the US.

Many of them live poor and risk everything to make art about sex, educate people about sexuality, and be true to their own gender identities, sexual preferences and desires.

At a lot of the events I documented, sex workers were donating their time and energy to raise funds for sex-positive art, education or sex workers resources. I have never seen a community give so much.

We saw, and I documented, people showing desire, affection and often love in public sex spaces.

There was laughter and deep intimacy and pleasure. It wasn’t perfect, the heyday of San Francisco sex-positive culture, indie porn and the Kink Castle, but it was an experiment as brave and important as the original Summer of Love. It was queer and fierce and strange, and I love the sex workers we came to know and I honor their work.

Suzanne Forbes drawing at the Upper Floor with Madison Young and Princess Donna

Suzanne Forbes drawing at the Upper Floor with Madison Young and Princess Donna

Sex is natural, sex is good, not everybody does it and not everybody should, but everybody should be allowed the sexual and gender expression and choices that are true and safe for them.

Maxine with the fucking machine Thin Line feb 2010

Maxine with the fucking machine Thin Line feb 2010

Art Unveiled party at Armory 4 16 2010 Jack Hammer and Minxxgirl by Suzanne Forbes

Art Unveiled party at Armory 4 16 2010 Jack Hammer and Minxxgirl by Suzanne Forbes

2010 Armory feature shoot Sept 3 banquet table by Suzanne Forbes


2010 Armory feature shoot Sept 3 banquet table by Suzanne Forbes

I hope you will be inspired to learn more about the chilling effect  caused by SESTA and FOSTA, such as the closing of Craigslist Personals, and the immediate harm to sex workers.

I continue to make erotic art and document diverse, queer, kinky sexuality in Berlin.

First Sitting: A really big new portrait, my first diptych!

WIP Portrait of Sadie Lune and Jo Pollux by Suzanne Forbes color clarification pass Sept 24 2017This Sunday I started a big new portrait of my dear friend Sadie Lune and her wonderful partner Jo.

WIP Portrait Jo Pollux by Suzanne Forbes Sept 24 2017This is my first diptych painting. It is being done on two canvases, which will be hung together or separately at the choice of my curator Thorsten at @ludwig.berlin when we show the works in early October!

Sadie is wearing her beautiful black leather Alexandra corset by  @darkgardencorsetry. Jo, a photographer, is wearing a marvelous outfit of a little ruffled white dress and a cage harness of black elastic, which I will paint in at the next sitting. And they will have Autumn headdresses of rosehips!

Sadie Lune at her birthday party CSC October 2008 by Suzanne ForbesI have wanted to paint Sadie since I met her at “Nude Aid”, an art benefit for the Center for Sex and Culture, in 2007. She is an artist, performer, sex worker and activist and has marvelous style and presence. The day I met her she was working as both artist and model as she often does. She was wearing a cloche, I remember it so vividly!

As the drawings were all sold that day for a fundraiser, I don’t have a picture of it, alas.

We talked that day about a portrait collaboration, but with our busy, frantic, community-focussed, subsistence working lives as Bay Area artists, we were never able to make it happen in the US.

Art of Restraint 5 16 2009 Sadie Lune performs

I did make several drawings of her at events, like the one above of her at her birthday party (also at the CSC) in a latex dress. That party was full of amazing performances, like Jiz Lee and Syd Blakovich doing a work from their Twincest collaboration with blood-drinking and fisting.

Sadie invited the audience to use her body as a canvas for “birthday bites” and we all decorated her with bite marks!

I drew her again in 2009, when she performed with her snake at Art of Restraint, a regular fundraiser for queer art gallery Femina Potens. Here’s Violet Blue’s photo of the scene. and her shot of me drawing Fivestar.

Suzanne Forbes drawing at Midori performance at Femina Potens photo by Zille Defeu Sept 29 2010

Suzanne Forbes drawing at Midori’s “Taken” performance at Femina Potens/ Photo by Zille Defeu Sept 29 2010

We both were constantly donating time and art to fundraisers for the sex-positive and queer art community in the Bay Area in 2006-2010. My policy for five years was, if someone in the community asked me for any art or art labor, I said yes. So we were doing the same events in the scene all the time. Here’s another shot of me drawing at another Art of Restraint. You can see my red flowered head in this one from another Nude Aid. These events were so beautiful and magical, so queer and body-positive and great for community resources. They didn’t leave us as much time for personal projects as we would have liked, though!

Sadie moved to Berlin years before anyone else I knew, and was a great inspiration to me.

Portrait of Sadie Lune by Suzanne Forbes in progress Sept 24 2017She was tremendously helpful in the year before we moved here, providing critical advice about how to prepare for life here and apply for an artist’s visa. (By the way I was granted a two-year artist’s visa of my own on August 28th!)

It has taken us until now to sort out doing a portrait at last, because we both face health challenges and Sadie has a little one, who is now four.

And that’s fine. It takes time to come together for personal-project portraits.

it took a year to schedule and another two years to finish the sittings for my portrait of Midori, for example!

WIP portrait of Sadie Lune and Jo Pollux by Suzanne Forbes Sept 24 2017I believe it always happens at exactly the right time.