Our gazes cross for a brief instant. You are on the other side of the room, and our bodies can’t touch yet, but in the ephemeral eternity of that moment I have already surrendered to your fiery embrace. Night falls on our skin. The silver light of the stars is like silent foreplay. No words are needed now, just this moment as you and I finally give in to the desire we’ve been hiding for so long behind teasing smiles and playful touches.
We’ve weaved all of infinity into this tormenting second. This must be the thrill the moon feels before being touched by the burning tongue of the sun during an eclipse. All those fantasies I’ve taken as impossible mirages are about to become true. I’m here, waiting for you, lying like the eager canvas that awaits the masterful hand of the artist to immortalize unspoken fancies. Just break this tantalizing moment. Let us fall together into the abyss and burn together in the sweetest fire.
(End of fiction)
There is a fire that burns the between silent admiration of the lover’s body and the erotic encounter. In that eternal moment, the gaze plays a major role. Each sense rejoices in its own way, but some say love enters through the eyes. At least that’s how San Francisco-based illustrator Tingly Tongue approaches to this side of eroticism.
The artist’s world is a parade of pastel colors and female bodies surrendering to pleasure. Almost all the characters seem to be waiting for something or someone, not out of desperation or loneliness, but in a playful and teasing way. They even seem to know they’re being watched, but they don’t care. They are not mere objects of an anonymous gaze, but rather they play an active role as silent muses. Some of them gaze directly at the viewer, exuding their desire. Sometimes they let their curves and lines play with the ocean of colors surrounding them, further enticing us.
As the suggestive name of their page indicates (Tantalizing.Strokesss), these images are about that tempting invitation to a world of pleasure, one that is starting to be explored in a more open way. Maybe that's where a great deal of the exciting secrecy of eroticism lies. It’s not about a vulgar exposition of sexuality, but only revealing enough to inspire the imagination and make the delightful fruits of desire even more alluring. Just looking at a mouth or a tongue is enough to get a message no words are able to convey.
However, most of the beauty in Tingly Tongue's illustrations lies on their simplicity. No shades or depth are necessary. The elegance and minimalism of dark lines, sometimes a few more colors, and a pastel background are the best ingredients to bring fantasies to life. Nothing more is needed. Perhaps even in real life there aren’t that many artifices in eroticism either. It’s just a matter of deciding to break that moment of tension and make the fantasies real.
If you want to check out more of this artist's work, you can follow them on Instagram: Tantalizing.Strokesss
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