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Words by Audrey Schmidt

ALWAYS WORKING

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So it’s been pretty hectic lately which y’all might have surmised from my less meaty and infrequent posts. Work is understaffed and busting my balls of late so by the time I get home all I can fathom is a doobs and perhaps some audio-visual stimuli (otherwise, it’s straight-up face-down sleep). I have, however, been productive on other fronts.

Phebe Schmidt, has been doing a photographic documentary series of sex shops and their staff, influenced by yours truly when it comes to the subject matter – I hope, but this is Phebe’s bebe. I was mainly her assistant on this series – you know, getting people to sign releases, holding the flash, telling people to move this way or that. Phebe got some great shots which was the reward for trekking around from shop to shop, suburb to suburb; another reward being some new sexxxy mags to collage from.

My workspace and new pronz. I got a few other mags that I wont collage from like a new issue of ‘Heavy Rubber’ and some 60s gems.

Phebe shot in stores across several different demographics in the sex industry in order to highlight the diverse yet ‘every-day’ nature of their work: Sexy Secrets is a shop marketed towards a (mainly cis, hetero) female clientele; Eagle Leather is a specialty leather/latex/BDSM (predominantly for men) store; INYA stocks more ‘straight’ homosexual-male material with some cool Tom of Finland sculptures about the place; Lucrezia and de Sade – a kind of BDSM boutique; Shoecraft is a fetish shoe store established in 1977 specializing in stilettos (which you might have noticed is where I got the shoes for Gala’s shoot with us).

Lucrezia and de Sade was my favourite of the shops simply because this guy looks to be, like the mannequin, a part of his environment and I love the way your eye is drawn to him via the leather button-ups for men (in every size) to his right. (Photo by Phebe Schmidt)

Sexy Secrets (Photo by Phebe Schmidt)

INYA – I really love how much this guy owns his abs at the workplace. (Photo by Phebe Schmidt)

I love Shoecraft. They have the most amazing selection of collectable Bettie Page-style fetish stilettos, 70s platforms and stripper heels. Not to mention the lovely staff and 60s fetish mags. (Photo by Phebe Schmidt)

Eagle Leather (photo by Phebe Schmidt)

Other stuff I’ve been doing includes seeing Jessie Ngaio‘s latest production, Slutmonster, which was absolutely hilarious. Slutmonster combines fairytale with a ‘stick-your-dick-in-everything’ mentality and is marked by trees made of tits, vegetation with lubed up orifices and the Slutmonster itself, a furry-titted, giant schlonged sex maniac. And, for some reason (don’t Freud out on me) I do love a good castration scene and let me tell you, Slutmonster delivers. Ngaio has made a Mighty Boosh cum Tim and Eric satire of sexual conquests and gender relations; and that’s no mean feat. Yes, dick jokes, toilet humour and fine, fine art.

Me with Jessie Ngaio as the Slutmonster

Thursday night, I dressed down to shake dat ass for Zanzibar Chanel and Big Freedia at the Tote, here in Melbourne. I wore this skimpy outfit to better facilitate the twerkage; and it was definitely a hot and sweaty twerk fest with way too much a$$ everywhere to be missed.

A$$ for Big Freedia

Phebe and I are working on another photo project (or ten) at the moment and I’m going to be doing some screen printing so expect some more updates of the artistic variety really soon. overandout.

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  1. I only just saw this, that’s an awesome writeup on our show! Thankyou, you are quite fantastic!

    JNgaio

    November 22, 2012 at 2:54 AM

  2. You are all kinds of awesome, thankyou!

    Nio

    November 22, 2012 at 2:55 AM

  3. [...] lovely words were said about our show over at intoxannals.com which is a great website run by one very cool artist who does the kind of work that is very much up [...]


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