THE SMUT PEDDLER: An Interview

Hailing from Bristol in the UK, Siobhan is an erotic artist who works across a variety of mediums under the alias 'The Smut Peddler'. Her artworks are kinky, cute, modern and super sex-positive and, in this interview, we've interviewed her to find out all about her inspirations and processes.



What sort of art do you find yourself mostly producing?

I fluctuate between a lot of various themes and ideas under the big umbrella of Fetish and BDSM artwork. When I began years ago, I’d draw mostly “portrait” style drawings (usually imagined pieces of dommes/submissives/people in pet play gear, etc), but now I’ve broadened into a little bit of everything. At this current moment in time I’m working on a series of portraits of people in latex hoods.


Do you have any formal training in art?

I do! I studied art and design all throughout secondary school and took a year long course in art college to get a foundation diploma in art and design so I could study costume design at university…quite different to what I’m doing now!


Do you think your artwork has always had an erotic element or is it something that has developed over time?

It does and it doesn’t, it really depends on the subject matter of what I’m drawing at the time. I’ve found that whenever I’ve made artwork that pertains to something like spanking the feedback I get on it is that the images I’ve created give a really strong erotic vibe. But I like to create work that’s erotic, funny, thought provoking, and most importantly: fun!




How long have you been formally making and selling your kink artworks?

I first began selling my work at a small fetish market in Bristol in July of 2015 and opened up a store through Redouble a few months prior.


We love your latex girls! Do you have a favourite rubber model?

Thank you! I love my latex ladies too! It’s so hard to pick a favourite latex model as I love and admire SO many of them! But if I had to pick a couple I'd probably say Latex Lucy, Frejadottir, Mspervology, Kylafelian, and Reflective Desire.


Do you have any favourite artists? What draws you to their work?

My favourite erotic artists would be Eric Stanton, Nik Guerra, Jim Weathers, and Hajime Soryama. Favourite artists in general though? Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun, Andy Warhol, and Bruce Nauman.


Is there an artistic medium you’d like to explore further?

I’d like to get into photography more. It’s always interested me and I’d like to dedicate a bit more time to involving my artwork into it somehow.

Tell us a bit about your own kinky life. Do you identify as any type of role in particular? What’s your favourite type of play? Etc.

I’ve identified as a few things over the past couple of years but right now I’m just going by a general Kinkster. I don’t feel like I fit into one particular box when so many things are appealing to me! I really enjoy impact play a lot; I think that’s probably my favourite. I enjoy watching others participate in it too.


Do you think your personal kinks influence your artwork or do you like to explore a range of different kink aspects in you work, or both?

Oh they absolutely do, I think a lot of artists would say that personal life experiences influence their work from time to time…if not all the time. But, because I want to appeal to a broad audience, I try to not limit myself to just what I like but include all sorts of kinks and fetishes within my work - as I want it to be inclusive for everyone.


What is the kink scene in Bristol like? Do you go to many events?

Bristol is quite a large city but I’m not aware of how large its scene is. I’ve been to one event which is where I’ve previously sold my work at, but there are plenty of munches and a few private events.


What is your favourite thing about creating your erotic artworks?

Seeing peoples reactions to it, which is part of the reason why I love selling it in person. But I really love being able to create something that is seen as quite niche and different by a lot of people. It’s nice to have found a way to express myself in a way that, to me, is unique.



You can find out more about Siobhan and her erotic art via social media at:

Instagram: the_smut_peddler

Twitter: @The_SmutPeddler

Facebook: The Smut Peddler Tumblr: the-smutpeddler.tumblr.com To shop The Smut Peddler artworks you can visit https://www.redbubble.com/people/thethingsidraw/shop?asc=u