Spanking art

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Spanking artists are people who specialize in producing spanking art.

Spanking art is a term used to collectively describe artwork that depicts or includes spanking scenes.

Since art includes many different forms of expression, spanking art also covers a great variety of media. Among the most common are literature, all kinds of visual art (drawings, paintings and photographs), and movies. In all of these media, you will find two groups of works:

  • Non-erotic works from mainstream art featuring spanking scenes
  • Erotic works created for a spankophile or BDSM audience

Erotic art depicting flagellation dates back to the pornographic fresco paintings of ancient Rome, particularly Pompeii. But the first mass-produced corporal punishment erotica began with the illustrated flagellation and spanking novels that flooded the underground book market in Europe and America in the late 19th Century (see: Victorian era).

Spanking art can be considered a genre of its own as it has a great worldwide fan community. There already exist hundreds of web galleries and online story archives (created by fans, usually) that are exclusively devoted to spanking art. Commercially, spanking magazines, videos, photos and stories are the best selling of all spanking art media.

In addition, a growing number of professional and hobby artists specialize in this genre. The nature of this interest is manifold. Some people find spanking art erotic, others are simply attracted to the unusual topic or appreciate the intensity of emotions that can be expressed with this subject matter.

Categories and sub-genres

One simple approach to categorize spanking art is by the gender of the spankee. Thus you can come up with categories such as girl spanking art and boy spanking art, or female spanking art and male spanking art to include adult spankees.

Another way of categorizing spanking art is by the age of the spankee; you can distinguish, for example, child spanking art from adult spanking art. A combined approach which also includes the spanker is described on pairings.

The reason for all this categorizing is that most fans prefer only (or mostly) either male or female spankees, while only a minority likes to see or read about spankees of both genders. To a lesser degree, there may also be a preference for male or female spankers. This kind of preference is also found in artists and authors. Similarly, some people prefer child spanking art while others prefer adult spanking art. You can clearly see this gender and age preference on web galleries and when looking at collections of works of particular artists. Our polls Favourite pairing poll 2007 and Favourite pairing poll 2009 shed some light on which are the best liked pairings among those who voted.

For a deeper analysis of the situation, see schisms within the spanko community.

On the Spanking Art wiki, historic spanking art is defined as spanking art that is older than 100 years, while contemporary spanking art is spanking art that was created within the last 100 years.

Spanking art and pornography

Spanking art by itself is generally not pornographic as it depicts a method of corporal punishment and no erotic subject such as sexual intercourse, masturbation or the lascivious presentation of genitals.

Still, it is possible to combine spanking art and pornography, e.g. in artistic renderings and photographic/film reproductions of erotic spanking. For this reason, our image use policy states that pornographic (defined as obscene) images must not be uploaded to this site.

Spanking art in books

  • Spanking Tails, Vol. 1. SQP, 2005 ISBN 0865620865 (spanking art by various artists, 64 pages)
  • The Spirit, Spank Me: The Art Of The Spirit, Goliath Books, 2004 ISBN 3936709092 (96 pages)


  • Spanking Art Gallery - a collection of paintings, engravings and old illustrations about spanking.
  • Spanking trivia on Colorado Spankers - test your spanking art knowledge with 66 trivia questions

External Links / Websites

Also see the page [ Handprints ]


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