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June by

Deej Amago

from Manila, the Philippines

I am a queer artist from the Philippines and I've been drawing ever since I was 5 years old, but I only started drawing male bodies in 2016. Ever since then I knew I wanted to portray intimacy and vulnerability.

Growing in a predominantly catholic country and in a religious family, It has been a struggle for me to express myself as an artist since our beliefs and culture are all based on religion. It almost feels like we are programmed to be sensitive about topics like sex, homosexuality, death etc.

To be honest, the Philippines has never been so accepting of the LGBTQIA+ community or the idea of equality. It is really frustrating to know that we are only being tolerated and not fully accepted.

Anyway, the illustration you're seeing right now is actually part of a new series I have been working on since 2020 and is inspired by Torii Kotondo's ukiyo-e woodblock prints of 21 beautiful women (from the 1920s and 1930s). The series is basically about wanting to be touched, longing for intimacy as we have been on lockdown ever since March 2020. It's actually pretty humorous for me to create such series of illustrations about me being horny and needy, but my drawings are all based on raw emotions a person feels. This is real.

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