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                          Tom Hinde Portfolio
                                The Artist Speaks
                        by Tom Hinde with Jack Fritscher

                 Written and produced in March-April 1977, at the request
                 of Tom Hinde as a press release to accompany his draw-
                 ings and quotations for Drummer 16 (June 1977), Second
                 Anniversary Issue.
                    This same text was also published at Hinde’s show
                 at the Eons Gallery, 708 Heliotrope Drive, Los Angeles,
                 August 2-31, 1977.
                 I.  Author’s Eyewitness Historical-Context Introduction
                    written December 22, 2001
                 II.  The feature essay as published in Drummer 16, June
                    1977, Second Anniversary Issue
                 III. Eyewitness Illustrations

             I.  Author’s Eyewitness Historical-Context Introduction written
                December 22, 2001

             Gay art spontaneously combusted into the first designated “gay galleries.”
             Lowell and Herb’s Eons Gallery in Los Angeles, like Robert Opel’s Fey-
             Way Gallery in San Francisco and Lou Weingarden’s Stompers Gallery in
             New York, was one of the pioneer galleries for queer art in the 1970s. Eons
             opened in March 1976 showing the photographs of Drummer contributor,
             Robert Opel; the 1977 Eons show featured Tom Hinde, Tom of Finland,
             Go Mishima, and Zach of Los Angeles. Tom Hinde’s first solo show at
             Fey-Way was January 20 to February 18, 1978. (See the telegram from
             Eons’ “Lowell and Herb” congratulating Etienne and A. Jay on their dual
             opening at Fey-Way, May 1978, in the “Star Trick” entry in this book.)
                Tom Hinde sold his S&M lithographs as 8x10 prints in limited edi-
             tions of 125 signed-and-serially-numbered “suites” through his own mail-
             order company, Denim Publications, San Francisco. Through Denim,
             Tom Hinde published the 120-page paperback novel titled Leather Boy,
             Leather Man. Billed as “At last, a sensitive S&M Sex/Love Story,” the
             novel was particularly well written by Robert Stewart (whom I always
             believed to be Tom Hinde toying with the heritage names of Jim  Stewart

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