BDSM: The Forbidden Art- Porn Series: Pachu Torres

BDSM: The Forbidden Art- Porn Series: Pachu Torres

BDSM and all things erotic illustrator, Pachu Torres, has worked for the likes of Playboy, the notorious men's lifestyle magazine, and the Spanish newspaper, ABC, to support the movement of bringing niche sex acts into the mainstream media. Though his work has been deemed a success in the art world, alongside receiving constant praise from a mainly female fanbase, his risqué style have not always been welcomed on social media platforms.

Pachu recently spoke to Reflexive about what initially inspired him to create this collection of hard-core pornography (see below) and relaunching his work after having his account banned from Instagram. This is definitely NSFW!

What initially steered you towards erotic artwork and to produce it yourself?

It came about by chance. I've been drawing erotic pieces since I was 14 years old, and I always liked doing that, but I hadn't shown them to anyone until my first account on Instagram, in 2011. At that time I was working for a Spanish newspaper (ABC), illustrating cultural and political articles, so one day, to escape from all of that, I sketched a sex scene. It went viral and my account following grew by 4k. I was amazed by that unexpected success as I believed that sex was still a taboo topic, so I decided to continue showing my erotic art, and In 2013, I created my website, where I sell my erotic art, and now you can find me in Playboy.

Where do your inspirations come from (I.e. porn films, personal fantasies, photography) and what is your favourite style of porn to create?

Everything is a good inspiration to create, but my first inspiration is my own life and my own experiences. I share my tastes and desires, the things that I've done or I will do. In addition, I enjoy erotism in art: photography (Betina Rheims, Roy Stuart or Helmut Newton for ex.), comics (Manara, Serpieri, Altuna...), movies (Tinto Brass) and literature (Sade, Catherine Millet, etc.). And of course, I also like the porn. So all of these artistic references are present to some extent in my creations. About my favourite scenes to create, I like the submissive games of the BDSM.

What type of responses do you receive from your work and have any of your ideas been banned from social media/ exhibitions?

My work received great feedback on social media. In fact, those responses from people encouraged me to continue sharing it daily on Instagram, Tumblr, and Twitter. I like the way my art connects with people, and I really enjoy answering the Direct Messages I receive throughout the day. I would like to have more time to answer everyone but it's impossible. But these kind of conversations are so important to me; I like to know what people feel and think about what I do. One thing that amazed me is the fact that most of my followers are women. You know, when you do something subjective like (erotic) art, you may offend people, or not everybody may understand your ideas. In my case, this didn't happen, and I now know that people from around the world are really open-minded about sex. That contrasts with the conservative guidelines of Instagram and Facebook. For example, in the 21st Century sex is not a taboo subject in the lives of the people, but social media platforms to try to keep sex as something to hide. Me, as an artist who only shares erotic illustrations that suggest more than show explicit things, has been banned seven times from Instagram since 2011. My last big account (@pachu_m_torres) is now banned too, but I wrote to Instagram to get it back. I did it with this account eight times, and yes, they gave it back with their apologies but it is annoying. Artists being banned for showing art! Imagine museums like Louvre or El Prado doing that too with Monet, Goya or any other artists who drew tits.

Why do you think that porn and sex are still taboo subjects and do you believe that we should be more open about pornography and sex?

I think society is open to pornography and sex. You only have to see the number of daily viewers who visit streaming porn pages, the number of apps to have sex with other people and the kind of pictures that girls, boys, men, and women share of themselves on social media, etc. The problem, as I see it, is that some networks want to have the highest number of users, including children. But that's the problem, adult entertaining can't be censored just because you want to have 8-12-year-old boys and girls around adults on Instagram or Facebook. Is that ethical? Keep children far away from those places to protect them, and let adults be free to share their real lives. 

What would you say is the most risqué piece of artwork that you have produced and what has been your favourite piece that you've worked on?

Hmm, that's a good question. Well, the most controversial one was one called "WISH" (available on my website), where you can see a submissive woman chained with a collar doing a rim job to her Dom. The problem with that one was the polarity of comments on Instagram; many people who hate that practice attacked people who enjoy it. It was crazy. And this controversy served to demonstrate another one of the failures of the social networks: people have the disrespectful need to judge and criticise the private tastes of others. Getting back to the initial question, my favourite piece... it's hard to choose one, but, I think the piece titled "Zorioka" because it was my first illustration done with the style that is recognisable in my work today.

To find out more about the artist, click the links below:

Website: www.pachumtorres.com 

Instagrams: @pachutorresart@pachu_m_torres

Twitter: @pachumtorres

Tumblr: pachumtorres.tumblr.com

 

All images have been provided by the artist.

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