The Japanese gay erotic artist Gengoroh Tagame is a hero of mine. I believe as a living artist he is unique in all the world for his provocative visions about the sexual needs of men. Revealing details: The Erotic Antagonism of Gengoroh Tagame. Also see a huge online collection of Tagame images.
I lost my naïveté about Tagame in San Francisco. I become a sponsor and attended a 2017 conference at California College of the Arts.
My main motivation to go was so that I could meet the celebrated artist from Japan.
Tagame stands as the strongest influence upon me as an artist and my visual works more than Tom of Finland, Dom “Etienne” Orejudos, and Greasetank, who are no longer with us. See my comments about influences and traditions.
At the very moment I got to speak in San Francisco to Tagame, eye-to-eye, I was overcome with joyful emotion and barely could utter any words to him at all. In the decade that I’ve been creating visual works for gay men, I never could have even dared to imagine meeting Tagame in person like I did.