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Jay Moyes: Flames, Floggers, & Fangs

Gram Ponante
Flames, Floggers, & Fangs, a fetish art show to benefit BDSM organization Threshold, will take place at Hollywoodland Studios, 11300 Hartland Street, North Hollywood, from 6 to 11 p.m. on August 27. I talked with the young man responsible for the bespectacled, asymmetrically-breasted firewoman image, so common in the writings of Thomas Paine: Jay Moyes. Moyes is the Production Manager at AVN, an adult industry trade magazine located in Chatsworth, CA, near the Baja Fresh. You might remember George Harrison's 1972 charity spectacular, The Concert for Baja Fresh, but Jay Moyes doesn't, because he hadn't been born yet. Moyes' art is reminiscent of Edward Gorey's, if Gorey had had a jones to have the shit beaten out of him rather than attend the ballet. GP: Have you ever thrown an art "happening" before? Are you some kind of bohemian? JM: We did a group showing called Y-Heels in January. It was a show of Transgender artists and Transgender art in San Francisco. GP: What is a stereotype of the BDSM community that just isn't true? JM: The leather-clad Dominatrix. Most of the folks I know in the scene my parents would feel perfectly comfortable having over for dinner. There's an assumption that we all just walk everywhere clad in leather looking like a cover from an 80's metal band. GP: What is your favorite 80's metal band? JM: Gotta be Motorhead. One of these days I want to do a tribute comic to Motorhead called "Lust in the Ozone." I don't get it. GP: That fire-woman looks like she means business. Are you into dragons and vore? JM: More of a Cyber-psycho kind of guy, but I love sprinkling mythology and fantasy into the mix. I like Cyberpunk, but my world is more like Shadowrun. GP: What the hell are you talking about? JM: Imagine Dungeons and Dragons set in Seattle around 2025; Elf prostitutes, wizard hackers, orc patrols. I tell him that Master Elrond has named me Elf-friend, and I have a timeshare at the Grey Havens where I'm boning Cirdan's wife while he's working on the boats. GP: How would you characterize the art you're showing on Saturday? JM: There's a lot of kustom kulture style in my work. Vampire themes and fetish Dommes. I have more, such as some Leatherman pieces, but the name does encompass a lot. I have some furry art, there's a lot of black leather wings. GP: You had me at Motorhead. If you could be a character from myth, what kind of character would it be? JM: I've gotta say I identify the most with the female warrior type. Life is a quest, isn't it? GP: My life is meaningless since listening to The Sexorcist. But do you mean Xena? Eowyn, shieldmaiden of Rohan? Grendel's mom? JM: Tarna. Know anyone with a souped up, overgrown canary? GP: Your geekiness is different from my geekiness.

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