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Alfonso Dantes, father of Apolo Dantes, inventor of the Tiger Suplex y Leyenda de Lucha Libre, passes away at the age of 65

Posted by invizweb on July 30, 2008

Thanks to Kris Z.

Alfonso “El Tanque” Dantes died today at his home in Mananzillo at the age of 65 but a cause of death hasn’t been reported yet.

Dantes started wrestling at 17-years-old in 1960 in Morelia using the name of Edmundo Dantes after going through rigorous training from his maestro Diablo Velasco. Alfonso came from great stock as his father Al Amezcua (Golden Terror) was a great wrestler and his brother Vick Amezcua would go on to fame as Septiembre Negro. Alfonso’s sons Apolo & Cesar would go on to become stars as well and he would often team with them before he retired.

Alfonso’s greatest claim to fame would probably be that he created the Toque Tapatio otherwise known as the Tiger Suplex that Satoru Sayama would perfect as Tiger Mask. Alfonso took the hair of many wrestlers with the best known being El Faraon & El Halcon who was his main rival throughout their careers. Alfonso also held many titles as he was an Occidental Middleweight champion, which started his legendary run in his home of Guadalajara, 3-time Mexican National Lt. Heavyweight champion, 5-time NWA World Lt. Heavyweight champion (which was considered “his title”), and a 2-time Mexican National Heavyweight champion.

Alfonso also became a big name working for Mike LeBell in Los Angeles in the 60’s and 70’s where he would he be a co-holder of the Americas Tag Titles with partners such as Francisco Flores, El Medico, & Mil Mascaras. Dantes would also become a charter member of the Wrestling Observer Hall of Fame in 1996.

Alfonso’s body is expected to be taken to his hometown of Guadalajara tomorrow for the funeral ceremony. Descanse en Paz, El Tanque.

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Sex, love, art, and pornoterroristas in Spain

Posted by invizweb on July 30, 2008

By Tristan Taormino

Is pornography a universal medium? Does sex speak a common language? I contemplated these questions last week when I presented a history of alternative porn in the United States at “PornoPunkFeminism: Queer Micro-Politics and Subaltern Pornographies,” a conference held at Arteleku (arteleku.net), an art center just outside San Sebastian, Spain. It was a four-day event of multimedia presentations and performances by artists, filmmakers, performers, and activists from around the world. The theme centered around the concept of “post-porn,” a term coined by artist Wink van Kempen. “Post-porn” is defined by feminists and artists as sexually explicit work that critiques dominant representations of gender and sexuality and creates a politicized space for alternative, subversive imagery. As conference coordinator B. Preciado explained it: “This event takes post-pornography as a place where three political movements providing a cultural critique converge: feminism, the queer movement, and punk.”

Del LaGrace Volcano (dellagracevolcano.com) is a gender-variant visual artist whose pioneering photography has documented lesbians, punks, transpeople, genderqueers, and other outsiders in stunning, often sexually explicit photos. Volcano presented work from his latest book, Femmes of Power, where he and co-author Ulrika Dahl profile dozens of people around the world who embody queer femininities. He also showed his classic smut film, Pansexual Public Porn, which follows the adventures of several transmen having sex in a popular gay cruising spot in England.

Annie Sprinkle and her partner, Beth Stephens, presented a stunning retrospective of their individual and collective work over the past 30 years, which has ranged from Sprinkle’s famed Public Cervix Announcement to Stephens’s sexually charged multimedia exhibits. In 2004, they began a seven-year performance-art piece together, Love Art Laboratory (loveartlab.org), which culminates each year in a huge wedding. Because Sprinkle’s work originated in porn and has become increasingly about love, she challenged the audience with the questions: “Is there a place in porn for love? Is love the last taboo?”

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Invisible Web Season Two Bonus Track TapOut Conference Call

Posted by invizweb on July 30, 2008

courtesy of Erika Mlejova (@) Openphoto.net

courtesy of Erika Mlejova (@) Openphoto.net

On this episode of the show I take part in the TapOut Season Two conference call from last Wednesday. Find out how they select fighters and gyms to highlight, and their thoughts on the controversy of fighters sandbagging records.

Invisible Web Season Two Bonus Track TapOut Conference Call

The new season of TapOut starts tomorrow night, July 30th, on Versus. Please check your local listings and the website for details.

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