That you can see Ivan Bubentcov's inspirations in his work -- Tom of Finland, Ettienne, Sean -- only enhances the experience. Below, in Ivan's own words, a bit about him and his work:
"Hello! I'm from Russia. I was born in 1972 in a small town near Moscow.
"Since my childhood I was fond of drawing and have finished a children's art school, Abramtsevsky Art-Industrial College named after V.M. Vasnetsov, and then the Moscow Art and Industry Academy named after S.G. Stroganoff.
"Now I am engaged in interior design and drawing. Gay art takes а big place in my work. My heroes are ordinary Russian guys who can be found anywhere — in a bar, at a construction site, in a forest and, of course, in a Russian bathhouse. They are a little naive, simple, but very attractive.
"For years, nobody, except close friends, have seen my gay works. There is still a lot of prejudices in Russia, so it's impossible to publish them officially. Nevertheless last year I printed my first gay calendar with a circulation of 30 copies.
"Of course, Tumblr, where I can publish my candid drawings, helps me a lot.
"Ivan Bubentcov is my pseudonym, which appears thanks to the only online gay magazine in Russia, Kvir, which publishes my works."