incredible moments


Ever since the re-discovered pictures started to tour the world, John was recognized and welcomed by a wide range of people he knew and adored for their works. To share the joy and memory of some of those great moments, here is a small selection of great personalities who John met throughout the last few years. What a grateful collection of moments – thanks to Alan Harmon, who encouraged John, to try presenting his lost works to the art world.
These pictures are just excerpts from that long list of wonderful personalities, that crossed Johns ways.


Still – a part of “accidental activist” John Palatinus remains in his hometown NEW YORK. As often as possible, he returns to the “big apple” to meet friends and visit cultural events such as theater, ballet and Broadway plays.


Meeting John Waters during the presentation of his latest book “INTERVIEW”, written by James Egan (who attended the opening of Johns Palm Springs exhibition) @ MOMA, New York 2012.
John Samuel Waters, (source and more info: Jr. (born April 22, 1946) is an American film director, screenwriter, actor, stand-up comedian, journalist, visual artist, and art collector, who rose to fame in the early 1970s for his transgressive cult films. Waters‘ 1970s and early ’80s trash films feature his regular troupe of actors known as the Dreamlanders—among them Divine, Mink Stole, David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pearce, and Edith Massey. Starting with Desperate Living (1977), Waters began casting real-life convicted criminals (Liz Renay, Patty Hearst) and infamous people (Traci Lords, a former porn star).
Waters skirted mainstream film making with Hairspray (1988), which introduced Ricki Lake and earned a modest gross of $8 million domestically. In 2002, Hairspray was adapted to a long-running Broadway musical, which itself was adapted to a hit musical film which earned more than $200 million worldwide. After the crossover success of the original film version of Hairspray, Waters’s films began featuring familiar actors and celebrities such as Johnny Depp, Edward Furlong, Melanie Griffith, Chris Isaak, Johnny Knoxville, Martha Plimpton, Christina Ricci, Lili Taylor, Kathleen Turner, John Travolta, and Tracey Ullman.
Although he maintains apartments in New York City and San Francisco, and a summer home in Provincetown, Waters still mainly resides in his hometown of Baltimore, Maryland, where all his films are set. He is recognizable by his trademark pencil moustache, a look he has retained since the early 1970s.

More about James Egan, and the John Waters book here:

The cover-picture was shot by Greg Day, a Palm Springs / Los Angeles based photographer and a close friend of John Palatinus.


John met 2012 with Terrence „Terry“ Richardson (born August 14, 1965) is an American fashion, portrait, and documentary photographer. The sexual nature of Richardson’s photography has always been controversial, as has the sexualized atmosphere and activity at his photoshoots, in particular on the part of Richardson himself. So – they had something in common … More info:


John together with Charles W. Leslie from the Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art wich is the first dedicated LGBTQ art museum in the world with a mission to exhibit and preserve LGBTQ art, and foster the artists who create it.
The Leslie-Lohman Museum embraces the rich creative history of the LGBTQ art community by informing, inspiring, entertaining and challenging all who enter its doors.
The Leslie Lohman Museum is operated by the Leslie Lohman Gay Art Foundation, Inc., a non-profit founded in 1987 by Charles W. Leslie and Fritz Lohman who have supported LGBTQ artists for over 30 years.
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John was born the same year as William J. Cunningham (born March 13, 1929) who is a fashion photographer for The New York Times, known for his candid and street photography.
During his years as a writer he contributed significantly to fashion journalism, introducing American audiences to Azzedine Alaïa and Jean-Paul Gaultier. While working at the Tribune and at Women’s Wear Daily he began taking photographs of fashion on the streets of New York. After taking a chance photograph of Greta Garbo, he published a group of impromptu pictures in the Times in December 1978, which soon became a regular series. His editor, Arthur Gelb, has called these photographs „a turning point for the Times, because it was the first time the paper had run pictures of well-known people without getting their permission.“
Cunningham photographs people and the passing scene in the streets of Manhattan every day. Most of his pictures, he has said, are never published. More info: WIKI or


In Palm Springs, Gilbert Baker attended the opening of Johns exhibition. John felt very hnoured as Gilbert Baker (b. June 21, 1951 in Chanute, Kansas) is an artist and civil rights activist who in 1978 designed the Rainbow Flag, sometimes called the Pride Flag, Gay Pride Flag, or, since the early 1990s, Queer Flag, that is often used as a symbol of gay pride in LGBT rights marches. More:


John and his Palm Springs „neighbour“ Michael Childers during an art-auction 2011. A Hollywood-Legend: (..) From his Melrose Avenue and Venice Beach studios Childers photographed over 200 magazine covers including GQ, New York, TV Guide, Esquire, Los Angeles, Elle, Paris Match, Life, London Sunday Times Magazine, and both English and Italian Vogue. He created more than 150 album covers and film posters for major motion picture studios and worked as a special photographer on dozens of films including Grease, Marathon Man, The Year of Living Dangerously, Coal Miner’s Daughter, Pennies from Heaven, The Terminator, Hammett, Torch Song Trilogy, Endless Love, The Champ, and Oceans 12. (…) Excerpt from/read the incredible vita:


John, Miami,FL, with Bruce Weber (born March 29, 1946 in Greensburg, Pennsylvania) is an American fashion photographer and occasional filmmaker. He is most widely known for his ad campaigns for Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Pirelli, Abercrombie & Fitch, Revlon, and Gianni Versace, as well as his work for Vogue, GQ, Vanity Fair, Elle, Life, Interview, and Rolling Stone magazines. /…) In 1990 Weber directed the music video for the Pet Shop Boys single „Being Boring“. He filmed a wild party with a diverse group of people. The video was filmed in one day by two film crews in a house on Long Island. Content including male and female nudity prevented the video from being played on MTV in the United States. In 1996 he directed the video for the Pet Shop Boys single „Se a vida é (That’s the Way Life Is)“ on location in a Wet ’n‘ Wild, a water park near Orlando, Florida. In 2002, Weber again directed a Pet Shop Boys video, for the song „I Get Along“ from the album Release. Weber filmed this video on location at his own Little Bear studio in New York City. Weber also directed the music video for the Chris Isaak song „Blue Spanish Sky“. [More:]


John with Alfred Biolek (Alfred Franz Maria Biolek) (born 10 July 1934, in Fryštát, then Czechoslovakia, now Czech Republic) is a well-known German entertainer and television producer. Biolek holds a PhD in law and is an honorary professor at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne. (…) In 1967, Biolek acted as an assessor in the legal department of the German TV channel ZDF and switched soon to editorial tasks. He became anchor man of the TV show Drehscheibe and produced since 1974 the show Am laufenden Band for Bavaria Film GmbH, together with Rudi Carrell. That led to his career breakthrough. In 1975 with the journalist Dieter Thoma they started the talk show Kölner Treff for the channel WDR in Cologne. Since 1978 aired his first own produced and moderated show with the title Bios Bahnhof (Bio’s railway station). In 1980s, commercially unsuccessful shows followed: Bei Bio, Show Bühne and the game show Mensch Meier.
While visiting the UK in the early 1970s, Biolek caught notice of the British comedy troupe Monty Python, and excited by their innovative, absurd sketches, he invited them over to Germany in 1971 and 1972 to write and act in two special German episodes of their show Monty Python’s Flying Circus. The result, Monty Python’s Fliegender Zirkus, was produced by Biolek in co-production with Westdeutscher Rundfunk.
With his own company Pro GmbH, Biolek produced from 1991 to 2003 his weekly show Boulevard Bio. Biolek developed the art of sensitive conversation and attracted much attention. From 1994 to 2006, he also cooked together with celebrities in his show alfredissimo. (…) More:


Diane Pernet (born in Washington, D.C., United States) is a Paris-based American-born French international fashion blogger and critic. Pernet was a New York fashion designer in the 1980s, a costume designer for movies and worked as the woman’s fashion editor for Joyce magazine, and as a fashion editor for and She is the creator of the blog A Shaded View on Fashion (ASVOF) and the Founder and Director of a fashion film festival, A Shaded View on Fashion Film (ASVOFF). More / ZOO MAGAZINE:


John during the opening of HIDE&SEEK, Brooklyn Museum with co-curator Jonathan David Katz (born 1958) is an American activist, art historian, educator and writer, he is currently the director of the doctoral program in Visual culture studies at State University of New York at Buffalo. He is also the former executive coordinator of the Larry Kramer Initiative for Lesbian and Gay Studies at Yale University. He is a former chair of the Department of Lesbian and Gay studies at the City College of San Francisco, and was the first tenured faculty in gay and lesbian studies in the United States. Katz was an associate professor in the Art History Department at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where he also taught queer studies. He received his Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 1996.
Katz is the founder of the Harvey Milk Institute, the largest queer studies institute in the world, and the Queer Caucus for Art of the College Art Association.
Katz co-founded Queer Nation San Francisco. He has made scholarly contributions to queer studies the focus of his professional career. He was the first artistic director of the National Queer Arts Festival in San Francisco and has published widely in the United States and Europe.
His forthcoming book, The Homosexualization of American Art: Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg and the Collective Closet, will be published by the University of Chicago Press. An internationally recognized expert in queer postwar American art, Katz has recently published „Jasper Johns‘ Alley Oop: On Comic Strips and Camouflage“ in Schwule Bildwelten im 20. Jahrhundert, edited by Thomas Roeske, and „The Silent Camp: Queer Resistance and the Rise of Pop Art,“ in Plop! Goes the World, edited by Serge Guilbaut. In 1995, Katz was kicked out of Rauschenberg conference at the Guggenheim for mentioning Rauschenberg’s relationship with Johns.
Katz was co-curator with David C. Ward and Jenn Sichel of the exhibition „Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture“ at the National Portrait Gallery, Washington. This was the first major museum exploration of the impact of same-sex desire in the creation of modern American portraiture.
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John with his friend Greg Day who has over thirty years experience in commercial and fine art photography providing quality custom images to numerous individuals, organizations and businesses including: John Waters, James Egan, Mamie Van Doren, Rosa von Praunheim, UCLA, Art Share Los Angeles, the cities of San Francisco and Palm Springs, the Museum for African Art in New York, the Palm Springs Modern Committee, the Smithsonian Institution, m modern gallery, VIACOM and Coldwell Banker.
His very remarkable works called „African American Life on the Gullah/Geechee Coast: Photographs by Greg Day 1970 – 1977“ was exhibited at the UCLA Fowler Museum in 2009 and at Art Share Los Angeles in 2011. These images are featured in the „Grass Roots“ exhibit of the Museum for African Art that was recently presented at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art in Washington.
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New York based artist and illustrator Robert Richards


Kai Teichert, artist, Berlin portrayed John.


Michael Mitchell, New York – artist


Artist and photographer Kristyan Geyr created during the Berlin-Palatinus-Exhibithion CAUGHT, an incredible fetish photo-shooting: „Caught by desire“. As well, after the book CAUGHT I was produced – John and Kristyan met back during Art Basel, Miami – where more great pictures were shot. Then – in New York – Kristyan was engaged within the Occupy-Movement and exhibited his installation „IN GOD WE TRUST“.


Bob Patrick, Los Angeles – performer and collector/expert on vintage-beefcake-history.


Michael Alago, New York – photographer


TOF: TOM OF FINLAND FOUNDATION, Los Angeles – John and Durk Dehner


TOF, L.A.: Durk Dehner and himself…


50 years after the fact ATHLETIC STAR asked John to be „director of set“ and to work with their model Kim. A post on Facebook within a few hours caught thousands of LIKES for the results.


Tom Bianchi, Palm Springs – photographer and his boyfriend…..


…surprised John with a priva shoot!


Rick Castro, ANTEBELLUM GALLERY,West Hollywood was the first artist who showed Johns works. His incredible media network made the project successful right from the beginning.


Famous fashion-designer Claude Montana (right) visited John at his Paris-Opening at Mme Canets beautiful gallery AUBONHEURDUJOUR.


Christopher Kennedy, Palm Spings – interior designer supported Johns PS-exhibition with networking, a private party and a lot of furniture to decorate the gallery.


Palm Springs honored John with the SPIRIT OF STONEWALL LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD 2011 (ceremony took place in the city hall of Palm Springs)


Jamie Drake, New York – interior designer met John again during the fabulous Yotel-Brunch organized by New York party legend Patrick Duffy.


Holger Edmaier, Köln – Artist, singer & comedian composed the song „It’s only…!“


Myke Lowe, Ljubljana/Slovenia – Singer surprised John during the Berlin-Opening with his favorite Song „Bye bye Baby“ from Marilyn Monroe and other songs from the 50th.


Klaus Wowereit, Mayor of Berlin passed by Johns second show in Berlin during Motzstrassenfest – Pride.


Robert Biedron, Warsaw (left) – member of the Polish parliament Seijm and Kristyan Legierski (right) – member of city council Warsaw during the Warszawa-Opening.


Legendary Chantal, House of Shame – Berlin during the VIP Receiption at Goya’s PROPAGANDA – BEEFCAKE party.


Guy Burch, London and ? Hoffmann, Berlin at the first Berlin Opening.


Destynee Williams (left) hosted the Berlin VIP-Lounge – here with John and Spanish Singer Bianca Fox, Berlin.


Alan Harmon (right), Palm Desert, CA – archivist is the man who re-discovered John is an expert and collector. He writes a very well edited BLOG Here he laughs together with young Palatinus-Boy Sven Bohn – who supported many of the openings with his help and beauty.


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