The Art of Seduction: Sex Expo
The Art of Seduction
Masquerade Sex Expo
Written and Photographed by Damali Conceptuals
I have a little brother in Philadelphia called El Poeta. El Poeta who was born on the same day as me, and El Poeta just happens to be a world renown poet and is the founder and designer behind the Stunning Stone Temple Jewelry line. El Poeta calls me up and tells me about these Erotic poets who call themselves “Tantalizing Angels” and these shows in New York City that are blazing hot and the “Tantalizing Angels” are becoming an artistic “Force Majeure” in the erotic poetry genre. As an ex poet myself, I became very excited about covering them but I was terrified at what my boss Belladonna Del Rio would say because she is usually “Soft Screams Magazine is for Erotic Photographers and Erotic Photography blah..blah..blah”. When I approached her, she made a face, she publicly ridiculed me at our next staff meeting, and basically agreed just to shut me up. However, when she saw the images that I took of some of the Tantalizing Angels for The Art of Seduction Masquerade Sex Expo, she sat there quietly smiling. After she read the interview by the founder and producer of the Sex Expo, she began singing my praise again for pushing the scope and boundaries of what Soft Screams Magazine is about. Personally, I believe that our founding “mamma” Belladonna Del Rio sees and feels some sort of kindred spirit with The Art of Seduction’s creator; the extremely intelligent and mesmerizing beautiful Monica S. Martinez.
I met and shot Monica Martinez the owner of Tantalizing Angels Productions and her ultra talented troupe of performance artists on an excruciatingly hot day in July. I had to fire my assistant a few days earlier, and my creative director quit on me a month before so I had to do this huge entire shoot, solo. We shot for nothing less than twelve hours in Monica Martinez living room in her gorgeous home in upstate New York. Spending the day with this artist, educator and entrepreneur and her extremely diverse group of talented performance artists was an experience I will never forget and treasure. From Monica Martinez’s handsome and charismatic husband, her beautiful children, and all of Monica’s performance artists and their immense dedication to their artistry, it felt like I was working from home. Shhhhhhhhh.. don’t tell anybody but this shoot was so fun and warm my cantankerous ass even fell in love with one of Monica’s beautiful angels 3 minutes after meeting her and I NEVER pay any of models I work with any real attention like that.
Please do not allow the beauty of what I am saying to mislead you from the reason why I was there and the immense aura of sexuality that was in the searing hot air we breathed in. Everybody was super nice but the conversations ranged from “loving innocence” to one of the lesbian performance artists sharing with us the emotional exquisiteness of using a strap-on with a male lover in her past. These artists are fearless! These artists are very unique and to be honest, like most artists, they came across very in touch with who they are, what they are, and why they do what they do. I went on YouTube to see some of their performances and I advise you to do so as well. Get a feel for them like I did, and you understand why it was such an honor to capture these artists in the abstract and surreal style that I did. Full disclosure, one of the artist changed their minds about being a part of this article, but other than her, they were very open minded and I left feeling blessed to have met them and known them.
The Art of Seduction Masquerade Sex Expo and Monica’s Tantalizing Angels are coming to Philadelphia on February 13th, for Valentines Day. Belladonna and I are going to try our best to be there and we both hope you can make it down to meet and greet us if we do come. The sex expo is an experience you all owe to yourselves to experience. Erotic poetry and erotic art is the lifeblood of what we all love and do at Soft Screams Magazine therefore supporting this expo is a must. You do not have to take my word for it. We interviewed the founder and creator of this erotic sex expo, Monica Martinez. Once you get to know the person behind this Erotic Sex Expo, I am confident that you will find the need and desire to be there as much as we do. So I present to you the illustrious and sexxxalishus Monica S. Martinez!
- Why are you producing The Art of Seduction Expo?
I produced this show because I feel it’s important for people to really understand there is a lot that goes along with sex. There is intimacy visually and mentally. I wanted to be able to stimulate their minds.
What was the inspiration behind The Art of Seduction Expo?
The inspiration goes back to four years ago when I was a co-host of the S.E.X.Y. show on blog talk radio and a young lady I knew was in the poetry circle I ran in. However, I never heard her do erotica and when she did it on the radio that evening I was blown away. I requested her to do a show for me. She said if I could provide a space where people wouldn’t recognize her, she would do it. I then decided on doing a masquerade mandatory event. The Art of Seduction was born.
Describe for our readers what the atmosphere is like at The Art of Seduction Expo?
The atmosphere is friendly, non judgmental, sexy, classy and most importantly safe.
Let’s say I am very religious, happily married man. Why should I attend The Art of Seduction Expo?
Well let’s say you should come because you would learn how to stay connected to your wife on a physical and mental level. It’s a good event for couples and singles to enjoy.
Transversely, let’s say that I am a very promiscuous lesbian, looking to hook up with somebody. Why should I attend The Art of Seduction Expo?
Well for the record the The Art of Seduction is not a hook up gathering it’s more along the lines of enjoying the arts. Such as erotic poetry, burlesque, singing, shopping from local vendors.
The photographs of your artists are very sexy. Tell us about some of your favorite artists for this event?
I can’t really say I have one favorite they are all my favorite. Every single one of them is very different from each other. The audience will see sensuality from many different angels.
” I really loved shooting Santos Taino. He is a powerful and emotional poet but he was so shy in real person that I thought it was HILARIOUS! So I wanted to share with you all his incredible Eroticism woven into his artistry. This is a piece written by Santos called “DIRTY”. “
It’s hard to draw large amounts of people to any artistic event. Is there any particular reason or business philosophy on why you haven’t booked any well-known poetry celebrities like a Taalam Acey or fellow New Yorker Saul Williams? Please explain?
Honestly this is going to sound horrible but I don’t know either of the two names you have mentioned. However, the artists I have booked all have a following already so in essence they are well in their own right celebrities already.
Monica, at a time where sexuality is being repressed by social media giants like FaceBook, Google+, and Instagram. Are you finding it difficult to promote your events on social media? Why?
Do you believe that the censorship they provide is healthy? Is it fair? Why?
Honestly no I promote without any issues. Censorship is provided because unfortunately sex is still taboo. Is it fair? No not at all but hey I plan on continuing to educate those on a meaningful lifestyle. Sex is a beautiful thing I mean after all we use it to create life. In a healthy relationship it can be very satisfying.
The internet has made sexuality so accessible that it has brought down the mighty Playboy Magazine to an overly branded Maxim with no nudity. What makes The Art of Seduction Expo different than Playboy Magazine when it comes to competing with internet sexuality?
Well first and foremost there is no nudity at this event. We stimulate the individual’s mind. We give them a “Visual” verbally and let them marinate on it. Hence why there are so many pregnancies reported after our events.
You have had a lot of success with The Art of Seduction Expos in the past, where do you envision your production in five years?
My vision is to be in every state.
If you could go back in time, the night before your very first Expo, what advice would you give to a younger Monica Martinez?
Hmm – I would tell myself:
“Remember you will get a lot of rejection and people will be upset at you. However, stand tall and continue to be the “Voice”. There are a lot of people who could really use your help.”