Palanca (born Pedro Saltillana) was an artist known for his homo-fetish art, which centers on the bare male foot. Palanca started creating cartoon characters and depicting homoeroticism at an early age. Palanca began making underground erotic drawings in 1982. It was not until 1994, after a short summer holiday in Spain, that he decided to do something to introduce his work to the gay public, and it was then that his pseudonym was born — Palanca in Spanish means lever, or a closer definition, gear shift. From 1995 to 2001, Palanca's style went from primitive to cartoonish. In 2001, Palanca went to Los Angeles, CA, where he met everyone at Tom of Finland Foundation. He showed at Tom of Finland Art & Culture Festivals, LA Pride's Erotic City, and TOM's Bar. In 2007, he was honored with a Special Recognition from Tom of Finland Foundation. His drawings were published in the American magazines FootScene, Sneerzine, Honcho, and Inches, and also in European magazines.