Party of One: The TENGA by Keith Haring
By Diego James
TENGA manufactures sexual enhancement tools. You know, those vacuum sleeves and tubes and things that help a guy jerk off. They also do it for much, much less than those other name brands. But now they've taken things to a new level, teaming up with the Keith Haring Foundation so that you can yank your stuff while looking at a Radiant Baby or a Barking Dog or a Dancing Man. Well sort of.
The five works are integrated on the packaging or wrappers of the products, so that means when you tear open the Egg (a new concept that must be seen—or tried—to be believed), you throw out the artwork. But the interior "ribs" that give extra "pleasure" are also crafted off the drawings. So in a way you really are shtupping a Keith Haring drawing. Since the artist was known for his cheeky bathroom drawings and other sexual iconography, along with his Foundation's dedication to fighting AIDS and safer sex causes, we think he'd be tickled that his work is tickling men in such a positive, upbeat way.
If don't believe us, check out this "review" of the Egg, which pretty much sums it up for us, without us having to go into the explicit details ourselves. Last night there was a party at the Maritime Hotel in New York City, and everyone was putting their fingers in the jelly-like Eggs to see how they might work. We're certain many a person experimented later to satisfaction. (If you want to see the actual art, remember that the Keith Haring exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum runs through July 8.)
Want to find it for yourself? The Keith Haring x TENGA Collector’s Box is available exclusively through Opening Ceremony for $38 with the collaborative Eggs ($6 each), Original Vacuum Cup ($10), and Soft Tube Cup ($10) available individually as well. The individual items can also be purchased through Amazon.com, Drugstore.com, Spencersonline.com, The Museum of Sex, and at Babeland.
Here's an upbeat video showing the Tenga crew handing out Eggs and fun during New York City's recent Pride parade.
But for an actual "lesson" in how this "egg" works, check out the video below featuring Ryan O'Connell trying it out.