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Gay San Francisco: Eyewitness Drummer                 313
                Because a picture is worth a thousand words, I kept my centerfold
             caption to a minimum when, with Lou Thomas and I trading favors, I
             produced this photo feature introducing Durk Dehner as a smouldering
             icon to the leather world of Drummer. He was what queer men were look-
             ing for in the Drummer classified personals where the most frequently
             used keyword was masculine.
                In addition to their art foundation dealings, Durk Dehner was with-
             out question the favorite model of the homomasculine artist Tom of Fin-
             land; and, most importantly, they were legendary friends together.

             II.  The centerfold text and a photograph as published in  Drummer
                15, May 1977

             Durk Parker is somewhat a  Drummer discovery. In these heretofore
             unpublished photographs, he brings to the pages of this issue a strong,
             brooding sensuality unusual in photographs of real leathermen. Origi-
             nally from the Rocky Mountain area of Canada, Durk has lived in New
             York, Honolulu, Los Angeles, and Seattle thus far.

             III. Eyewitness Illustrations

               Invitation, Tom of Finland open-
               ing and exhibition at the Ambush
               bar, Friday, February 9, 1979, South
               of Market. Long before gay galleries
               emerged in the late 1970s with Eons
               in LA, Stompers in New York, and
               Fey-Way in San Francisco, leather
               bars were the gay art galleries featur-
               ing their own original murals and the
               work of ever-changing artists and pho-
               tographers. See Life magazine June 26,
               1964. Tom of Finland’s first shows in
               the United States were during his first
               trip to America in January 1978 when
               he met and dined with Drummer art
               director Al Shapiro and editor in chief
               Jack Fritscher who introduced him to
               Robert Mapplethorpe who shot Tom’s
               most important portrait. Tom, in
               turn, drew an almost German Expres-
               sionist portrait of Mapplethorpe as
               a virtual  Dr. Caligari. Eyewitness
               Fritscher is the first to ask, “Why was
               Tom of Finland never published on
               the  cover  of  Drummer?”  Invitation
               ©Tom of Finland Foundation. Used
               with Permission.
           ©Jack Fritscher, Ph.D., All Rights Reserved—posted 05-05-2017
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