Rough Trade by Rex
Rough Trade was a gay pulp fiction imprint from 1979 to 1987, publishing over 200 novels. Each book had a cover illustration and many interior illustrations created by gay artists of the time helping lauch the careers of many young men, some of whom remain anonymous to this day. These images, from the first 11 books of the series, are by REX.
Forward by Durk Dehner
11 x 8.5 inches
Rex is a living American artist and illustrator closely associated with homosexual fetish art of 1970s and 1980s New York and San Francisco. He avoids photographs and does not discuss his personal life. His drawings influenced gay culture through graphics made for famous nightclubs including the Mineshaft and his influence on artists such as Robert Mapplethorpe. Much censored, he has remained a shadowy figure saying that his drawings "defined who I became" and that there are "no other 'truths' out there".