Clay Cane is a New York City-based writer who is recognized for his contributions in journalism. Clay is a regular contributor for various print and online publications such as The Advocate and BET.com. He is the author of the highly anticipated novel Ball-Shaped World, which is a fictionalized account of the black and Latino ballroom scene. Also, he is the Entertainment Editor at BET.com and a member of New York Film Critics Online. He can be reached at claycane@gmail.com.


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    Monday, January 28, 2008

    Birgitte V. Philippides is the artist of the 2002 piece above, entitled "P. Diddy". She has also been a make-up artist for fifteen years and the hip-hop mogul is one of her favorite clients.

    In an effort to immortalize the diva of hip-hop, Philippides created a naked, and erect, portrait of Mr. Combs. Philippides said, "I showed him naked and that’s basically the core of who he is. People may or may not like him, but he's a smart motherfucker." She continues, "He was very excited about the painting. He's been very supportive for what I’ve seen to the gay community. He's been supportive of GLAAD, even though he comes from one world; he floats into many different worlds."

    Diddy's reaction to the piece: "He was like, 'Oh my God! Someone did a portrait of me; it's really amazing and cool.’” Philippides adds, “I feel like it needs to not be in his home, but out there for the world to see. It's about sharing it with different people."

    On why she choose a "naked" Diddy: "I choose to put his genitals in this piece because whether he has a big dick or not—for someone that has that much power, money and confidence, he’s got to have a big dick! Like, if I did a portrait of Donald Trump I would portray him with a big dick—it's part of the character!"

    Wow, I wonder what kind of portrait Queen Latifah would have?

    To see more of Birgitte V. Philippides artwork you can go to the LGBT Community Center in Manhattan for an exhibit, which runs through March 3rd, or you can check out her web site at http://www.birgittephilippides.com/.

    Check out the full version of the piece below, which even has Fansworth Bentley!

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