Robert Mullen

Like Mapplethorpe, Robert Mullen reaffirms that flowers are first and foremost, and always, sexual organs.

From Kinky Boots, the only movie I know that opens with a David Bowie song in the background, Lola the drag queen exclaims, “Burgundy. Please, God, tell me I have not inspired something burgundy. Red. Red. *Red*. *Red*, Charlie boy. *Red*! Is the color of sex! Burgundy is the color of hot water bottles! Red is the color of sex and fear and danger and signs that say, Do. Not. Enter. All my favorite things in life.”

“Oh! you little traitors. I think the carrot infinitely more fascinating than the geranium. The carrot has mystery. Flowers are essentially tarts. Prostitutes for the bees. There is a certain je ne sais quoi – oh, so very special – about a firm, young carrot …” —Uncle Monty, from the film Withnail & I, the greatest movie ever made.

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