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Spencer Davis of Booty Babe Art

April 2006

MVRemix: O.K, I've gone through your bio with a fine toothed comb and everything seems to be in order. Name: Spencer Davis, check. Born: 1972 (The year of the genius I might add), check. Born: In L.A, check. Raised: On a farm in Oregon, che...wait a minute Oregon? They know about booty in Oregon? Who knew? Maybe I need to go over this bio with a finer toothed comb. Went to school in Seattle. Seattle? Suspect, but Sir Mix-A-Lot is from there so I guess we can let that slide. Wait, who's this sunny haired youth on the BMX? I believe the caption says Spencer Davis. What the hell?

Alright mister firstly; Are you aware that you're not black and do people who are familiar with your work before they meet you have a reaction to this? I mean if you're not going to be black shouldn't you at least have the decency to weigh 300lbs? If your full name is actually Juan Spencer Davis Hernandez please ignore this question as racially irrelevant.

Spencer: Hah! No you are correct. I'm 6'1" and (since I started workin' out again) I'm now back up to my high school weight of 150lbs. And when you mix Scottish, English, German, and Norwegian ... you still get white. Most people do assume my artwork is coming from a black man, which often leads to very funny situations. You might be surprised though, all sorts of people appreciate the type of women that I portray in my art. Especially Germans... Go figure.

MVRemix: Man I stopped trying to figure out the Germans 10 and half minutes into a little film entitled "Animal Farm" It turns out they don't know about George Orwell in the "Fatherland" and until they marched in the hog this interviewer A) Had no idea pigs could stand on their back legs, and B) That I could take 3 showers in one day and still not feel clean.

Spencer: Now that's funny!

MVRemix: I can remember that one scene in Silence of the Lambs where Hannibal Lector tells Agent Starling that one first covets what he sees on a regular basis. Can you trace a particular individual or instance that first lead to your appreciation of the voluptuous?

Spencer: Well, I disagree with Hannibal Lector. On the contrary, I think we covet what is rare to us and exotic. Before I was even in pre-school I remember having a crush on a Korean girl that would go to the same babysitter. It was in a very white, very rural area and to me she had such beautiful, uncommon features. (18 years later, still in the N.W.) There were a couple Hawaiian girls in the dormitory at the University of Washington who had REALLY nice, thick, brown legs... But (aside from one of the sprinters on the U-Dub track team) I didn't learn much about my favorite subject in college either. Moving to Cali and visiting Venice Beach, was an eye opening experience. (No freezing rain > so ladies are less bundled up.) But it was on a trip to New York that I first got my hands on a particular copy of Black Tail Magazine. That was really a decisive moment. Following that trip things started to make sense to me and started to fall into place. 'Cause before that I never had any friends with the same preferences as me. That's when I realized that there was a whole community out there that shared my prurient interest.

MVRemix: You know man, I noticed you mention Black Tail in your bio and again in this interview. Black Tail was a turning point in both our lives it seems. For some reason I remember making a mental note of the fact that these guys left the stretch marks on the models a lot of times. With Playboy or even Players they tend to airbrush the personalities right out of the models. I'm not saying that people want to see stretch marks (as much as they do aid in my tiger woman fantasies) but I find that the air brushing tends to make all women look too similar. However I've noticed that while your work always stays true to the "Mantra of Thickness" your art ranges from the booty queen "Scarlett" who has smaller breasts to the really heavy chested "Free Spirit", from the fair skinned "Cotton Candy" to the really dark skinned "Pride of the Masai" How conscious are you of the range of expression you've managed to cover while staying true to your art? I mean Playboy could line up the last 9 Miss Octobers and no one would be able to tell them apart, where as I can probably remember all your statues by name.

Spencer: I mostly focus on things that I respond to personally. My "brand," Booty Babe Art, may seem like a faceless company to some, but at the end of the day this is the art of one person. Being that person, whenever I find myself thinking, "Hey, that's neat!!" It usually leads to a Booty Babe design. So personal experience and also feelings of nostalgia play an important part in my creative process. As for the audience that I'm reaching I have always felt that I have at least something in common with everyone. If they are not relating to the fact that I played volleyball in high school, maybe they have a favorite cartoon character. If they have never been to an S+M fetish club, maybe they have a special fondness for chocolate ice cream. So being true to myself, as you put it, manifests itself in a truly wide variety (no pun intended) AND enables me to connect with a very large audience. (Again, no pun intended.)

MVRemix: As a member of the Quarter Finalist Parkdale Pumas Junior Boys Volleyball team I can definitely see where you're coming from. Speaking of "Scarlett" I'm sure many of our readers are familiar with her from her website (www.scarlettsworld.com) as well as those small black and white "New York City Dancers" ads in the back of the Source and XXL magazine. Even though it may be tough to recognize her as she's managed to work her way up to a somehow still hot 5000lbs in the last few years*. How did that piece come about?

Spencer: Yes indeed! Well, I was just starting out when I discovered Scarlett' s World. I noticed that she had a feature on her website showcasing artwork created by her fans. So I set to work, spending a great deal of time on that, one-of-a-kind piece. I sculpted unique breasts for her. I got help with the sling shot bikini as sewing is still my kryptonite. I made a young attempt at her portrait likeness, and I scratch built the diorama of the classic UVP strip club where some of today's legends got their start (This literally took me months.) Then I sent in pictures to the site, just hoping they would post 'em. Jordan, webmaster and CEO of NYChocolateModels.com, said they were like nothing he'd ever seen and put 'em right up, along with a link to my site. It was a very flattering, important early milestone for me.

MVRemix: Are there any women other women of note past or present you'd like a shot at sculpting? I know I'd do a back flip if you ever did an "Original Women of Erotica" type series. Are you familiar with Ebony Ayes? Jeanie Pepper? Those my friend, are some asses worth immortalizing.

Spencer: Ooooh! Yes, Ebony Ayes is rad! Very worthy of consideration (I'm gonna' keep that in my back pocket.). I'm not familiar with Jeanie Pepper but I'll have to look her up immediately if she can be compared to Ebony Ayes. If I took the time to do it right, I would definitely choose someone who has and will stand the test of time. So many girls get famous these days and then you don't hear about them three years later. It would have to be a woman with a legacy. For that reason the late Latina pop star Selena comes to mind. J-Lo played the lead role in a film about her life. I'm a big Pam Grier fan too. Hell, she looks GREAT these days, and what is she? 60!? I saw her on the Hollywood Squares T.V. game show the other day and was like "Damn!" She's a timeless beauty alright.

MVRemix: I'll be sure to get you some Jeanie Pepper pics ASAP. Pam Grier has to be pushing a hundred, but yeah I'd definitely be up for a game of "Cure the Arthritis" with her. Moving along the path that took Booty Babes from an idea, all the way to its present evolution; have there been any changes in the way the public reacts to your work? I guess I'm wondering if there's been a shift in opinions post J-Lo.

Spencer: It's true that there is more 'booty awareness", if you will, in today's mainstream culture. And you're right, Beyonce and J-Lo and a few others have helped (the media) realize that larger, rounder booty is a beautiful thing, not something that should be worked off at the gym. If people are seeing my work now for the first time they sometimes think I have jumped on some "band wagon" and I am trying to squeeze a dollar out of a fad. Of course that's bull crap. They can think what they will, but you couldn't possibly put this much time, effort and care into something unless you are PASSIONATE about it. Secondly, if you are a "legs and ass man..." (Excuse me.) . Because some guys of course are "Boob men" and some guys are considered "Legs and ass" ...then you are going to be that way all your life, whether a fad is "sweeping the nation" or not. And I love what I do. So I will be doing this all my life. This is what I am. I guess that's why I believe gay people when they say, "I don't have a choice, I was born this way."

>> continued...





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"I love what I do. So I will be doing this all my life. This is what I am. I guess that's why I believe gay people when they say, "I don't have a choice, I was born this way."