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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 though 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".
He is known for his laborious monochrome ink dot technique and his very explicit depictions of excesses in the SM and fetish scene. He’s re-printed three black T-shirts with the posters he once made for the legendary New York bar The Mineshaft. Rex remembers, "The MINESHAFT was the sleaziest backroom bar in the city operating at the extreme edge of gay male culture. People wandered through a kind of sexual Disneyland where each new room presented a change in sexual atmosphere with dark red theatrical lighting...flattered all who attended and helped suspend dis-belief in the sexual performances going on around you....The Mineshaft was the pits where men abandoned inhibitions and lived out their darkest sexual fantasies in a non-judgmental space.”