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Saturday, 17 November 2018

I'm having a word with my agent about this!

The trials of modelling assignments know few bounds. Water sprays, mud smears, derelict buildings, weird make-up - it's all in a days work for a model. However a job for an underwear brand called 'Petit-Q' might ring alarm bells. Not just because it's French, we won't go there, but 'petit' (i.e small) is not an adjective the average hunk likes to associate himself with - and we all know underwear models are hunks, right?
As for the Q bit, that sounds like the code for 'gay' used back in the bad old days (remember Q-International?) and not all models are gay are they?

So the hunky men featured in this article may have felt a slight tremor of anticipation as they arrived at the photographer for their 'Petit-Q' assignment. But they can hardly have imagined just what was in store for them.



On his day, DW Chase is one of the sexiest men on the planet
but you can almost hear him muttering "WTF!" here
as he puzzles over this sort of, half-garment
He's probably wondering if  he has put it on correctly.
Or indeed whether it's actually all there.
'I'm having a word with my agent about this', he thinks to himself.


Hunky Michael Fitt has the opposite problem.
Two for the price of one it seems.
Does that mean twice the fee for my services, he wonders?
I don't think this fashion will catch on, but I like the view.


From his face, you'd guess Marc Shephard (which is spelt 'hard' not 'herd')
must be as tough as they come and not a man to be messed with.
So it's not altogether surprising to see him gritting his teeth thoughtfully about this.
That wry smile is about that mishap in the dressing room,
a 'leg in the wrong hole' moment while putting it on. (It's easily done).
He thought he must have torn it, but no-one seems to have noticed.

  

Here's Junior Rodriguez, wearing the same garment properly.
He seems like a man of the world, and is showing a bit more style
 (and intriguingly different hair if you compare the two boys 'windows' !)

But that suspicious look on his face suggests he's just got a whiff
that Marc Shephard was wearing it just a few hours before him.
The sharing of intimate apparel with other men is not in his contract,
and once you start thinking about it, under hot, studio lights.........
Cheer up Junior, the next model to wear it will be getting your oily sweat!


Theo Ford's having problems with those straps
but no matter how much he adjusts his 'braces'
 the mini pouch won't quite cover his assets 
It's his root which is the root of the problem.
Isn't there a bigger size? -  he seems to be asking.


Meanwhile, Thomas Huez is looking for the way out.
He thinks this style makes his bum look big
as though it's straining at the side straps to escape.
When asked, the photographer agreed with him,
but he thought he was complimenting Thomas by saying so.



Meanwhile DW is on sit-down strike
this see-through strangeness warrants a bigger fee, me-thinks.
He can't help looking sexy though and that's got the photographer snapping furiously. 
Unfortunately that mesh gives you a real wedgie when you squat like this.
It's enough to make your hair curl. Get a move on mate!


Models who are famed for being 'Not Gay' (I forget his name),
like clothes to make them look butch - check out the watch for example.
Something that flattered ones manhood might have seemed like a good idea
But if it makes your cock look like a badly wrapped butt plug.......?

Judging by that faded 'professional smile'
he's just realised it might give folk the wrong idea about him.
and he didn't really need the money either.
He's having a word with my agent about this! 

~

This crowd don't know it but they got off lightly,
more frivolities next time!

With apologies to the models and Petit-Q crew for poking fun at them!
and to the many folk who enjoy the innocent pleasure of wearing exotic garments like this
I agree they can look and feel very sexy indeed  (see below).


Junior Rodriguez brings his ample professional charms to 
Thomas' discarded side string 'swim bikini'
but he still looks as though he smells a rat (or something) 
or perhaps he just refused to pose them on the beach
(for other 'clothes sharing' fantasies click on the label below)

 
 
Meanwhile Andrei picks up the harness after Theo Ford gave up on it.
Who wouldn't want to come home to this!

There's a massive collection of Petit-Q stuff at Mensunderwearsource

Monday, 12 November 2018

The Art of Colt 2 - Sailors

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Lüger - Sailor in a Basket Chair 1
 Sailors are a key element of gay iconography and this is a sexy image, but it's the sheer quality of this picture that attracts admiration. The masculine authenticity of the man's face and his languid pose transmits a sense of intense realism through a thin veneer of stylisation that is quite different to Tom of Finland's brand of 'photo-realism'. The chair itself is a design classic from a fertile era of 'new looks' and it's angular shaping complements the planes and surfaces which the artist draws our attention to in the man's face and limbs.

The 'Lüger Period' produced some memorable images at a time (1960's) when gay Art works were allowed slightly more freedom, but the phenomenon which I have tagged 'hidden eroticism' still flourished with artists and their viewers playing the game of spotting the visual innuendo. Thus Sailor in a basket chair daringly features semi-nudity, but it's 'bottom half' nudity, so not exactly devoid of erotic intent. (For my money that combination is more erotic than full nudity even though the buttocks and sexual organs are hidden). There's no-one else around in the picture which might suggest something indecent is going on, but the man is clearly flaunting his assets, even if he's posed like a matelot casually relaxing between watches.

This much would have been perfectly apparent to any censor. So too, probably, the way the chair seat curves up between the sailor's thighs in a cupping shape that is very suggestive. However I suspect they might not have realised that Lüger's cloaking foot (and what a splendid foot it is!) is as fetishistic for many men as a cock and they would express their adoration in the same way - by sucking it. It's no coincidence either that the vertical row of sailor toes is positioned exactly where an erect organ would be and it's even drawn to resemble one with fingers wrapped round it. This picture was available in the UK around 1966 (as a Dutch import) and was published alongside more explicitly nude images that still had to be censored.

The world has changed but similar publishing restraints still prevail today in social media and lead to equally ingenious attempts to get round them and push boundaries (have a look at Colt Studios Instagram account and you'll see what I mean). At least today, being caught out merely leads to banishment from the media platform and not prison or confiscation of the offending artwork, as was the case in olden days.

Jim French - Sailor in a Basket Chair (Reference Photo)
 Lüger drew a number of pictures featuring sailors sitting in this chair. I know of at least 6 different images and this reference photograph doesn't match any of them exactly, so I imagine there could be more. The fact that the model's G-string is transparent here also suggests that there were some much more explicit variants too, presumably available to selected patrons under blank covers. This photograph also gives us an idea of just how the much the artist enhanced his model's appearance in the final picture,
elevating it into the realms of sensuality

Lüger - Sailor in a Basket Chair 2
This image on the same theme is closely related to the photo above and although this older man's assets are enclosed by white underwear it's scarcely less sexy. I suspect the erotic detailing of his 'bulge' has been subtly censored with a flat white overlay (to the right) but that intervention has perversely created an oddly-shaped, but more impressive bulkiness. The equally erotic region underneath has escaped this attention, allowing a glimpse of buttock cleavage and a ball-sack shaping and enclosure that could not have been created naturally by the underwear of it's day. The mature appearance of this man and his totally immodest pose, struck while dressed in a sailor's uniform, challenges conventions too and is quite shocking in it's own way. No need for hidden eroticism here! Notice that once again the feet get star treatment.

Lüger - Three Sailors Off Duty

 This remarkable image is a fore-runner of the '3 men' tableaux for which Colt is well known. The foreground sailor has a splendid rear which the artist has showcased by cropping his top, a device that almost goes unnoticed by the viewer at first. This idea is borrowed from surfer/beach boy fashions and the sailor's youthful credentials are further enhanced by the jaunty tilt of his cap, allowing a sexy lock of curled blond hair to escape. The cigarette in his hand suggests an attempt to assert his masculinity which is quite charming. The sock dangling from his hand signals that he is in the process of undressing, but it's shaping is a none-too-subtle reference to a dangling cock.

The interest of the reclining sailors in him is undisguised too, the older man on the left being a particularly striking, self-consciously manly image. The sense of cross-generational lust in his face is quite unsettling (but it's all refreshingly legal!). The third sailor has a more youthful appearance but his sly, knowing, (dare I say 'queenly'?) smile seems to speak of equally profound experience and desire. It's like they are both weighing up the new recruit and suddenly his neatly-pressed, but vandalised uniform and the soft dangling sock reduce him to a naive, awkward appearance under their gaze. It creates the sense that they intend to induct him into the self-contained and isolated world of warships at sea and mentor him in the darker mysteries of naval discipline and order.

This sort of naval scene is echoed in the work of other contemporary artists of the 60's, like Tom of Finland, Art Bob and Spartacus. This interest seems to reflect a nostalgia for the wartime years of shared struggle and a belief in homoerotic comradeship existing in the safely private, all-male environment of ships.  

Lüger - Sailors Scrubbing the Deck
This image has similar cross-generational mentorship vibes to the last one but darker in nature. It's a rather more risqué age pairing too, saved - in the modern era at least - by reference to call-up ages. The young sailor, reduced to scrubbing the deck in his boyish underwear is clearly being humiliated
and dominated, we may surmise, by the old tar behind him.

The juxtaposition of head and crotch is so artfully innocent here as to present a real conundrum for would-be censor, but the knowing eye sees a young man's cock-worship interrupted by our arrival.
(are we supposed to think here of the old song 'I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles?).

The older man's 'spyglass' pose of course alludes to even more intimate matters in the pipeline, so to speak. Coupled with his overtly sexual pose, it's a none-too-subtle hint that this boy is about to loose that virginal innocence and cleanliness so cleverly encapsulated in his appearance by the artist.
Notice though that the artist gives us the tiniest glimpse of the older man's underwear as a reassurance that it's all quite decent really.

Lüger - Drunken Sailors
Another traditional song reference here and a more traditional view of Sailordom laced with homoerotic fantasy that gives an unequivocal answer to the question in the song title.
You could just grab the yummy guy on the ground and run off with him couldn't you?


In a way, this marks a transition from the Lüger brand of muscular, erotic assertiveness to the beautiful figure drawing and cheerful sexual celebration which was to be more characteristic of the Colt era. Strictly speaking the changes in Jim French's 'name labels' (Arion - Lüger - Colt) were driven by his commercial projects (see bio here), but they also reflect the changing moods of the 60's as gays (as a group) gradually came out of the closet. This image reflects rather nicely the heady intoxication of that initial liberation, although, paradoxically, Sailors and other members of the military were allowed to be included in it. It was really just the start of a journey not the end. A journey still unfinished.

For me, these Sailor images are amongst Colt's finest work 
and as good an example of Homoerotic Art as you could wish to find
 (and I use the capitals deliberately).

Read from Colt Part 1

I haven't found a legitimate source of Colt's artwork, Colt Studio don't seem to publish it now.
An interesting biography/obit written by Bob Mizer in 2017

For other explorations of the art of hidden eroticism, click on the label below.

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Red Trunks Sighting



Those sexy red trunks didn't seem to bring Alex Oliver much luck
Now Nathan FX seems to have acquired them.
I have a bad feeling about this!

Photo of Nathan FX and Garrett Thomas courtesy of Wrestler4hire.com

Saturday, 3 November 2018

The Art of Colt 1 - Beach Boys

I first mentioned Colt in this blog in an early article about Images of Sailors, which featured the splendid Sailor in a basket chair (of which more later). That was in 2009 and I'm surprised it's taken me so long to get around to looking properly at his work. He was an accomplished artist and a major influencer in the era of gay liberation. His images were published in the 1960's when gay men were starting to make their voices heard and freedoms started to be granted, but restrictions on publishing nudity, let alone explicit sexual imagery, were still very severe (especially in the UK).

Arion - Fire Island Ferries

Colt was the final artist name adopted by Jim French, but his earliest pictures were published under the name 'Arion'. That name alludes to classical sensibilities, a technique often employed by gay artists in the 50's (e.g. Spartacus) to help cloak their wicked erotica in respectability. However, French, in the picture here, has clearly abandoned that pretence.

He often featured the beach boys of Fire Island and this image showing muscle boys arriving for their vacation with coiffured hair and hand bags (not to mention wacky, saucy fashions and bulging groins) gently pokes fun at his contemporaries but also seems to push back directly at conventional stereotypes by taking ownership of them. "This is who were are", it says and the restraining ropes of convention will be left behind at the quayside.

Arion - Shack or Rack?
 This image is a slightly more subtle invocation of the free and easy lifestyle of that infamous holiday hot-spot. The subject is much more straight-looking and posed like a Film Star. The suggestive open fly makes his erotic intent clear but the coded sign posts would be puzzling to an outsider viewing the image. I must admit that I can only guess at what they mean! I imagine 'Rack' refers to the meat-rack on the beach where the pretty boys flaunt their wares, while 'Shack' refers to a more secluded place where serious hedonists can meet and have fun in private. If you know better or can confirm, please add a comment!

You can see French's more mature style developing here, the sensual rendering of generous musculature and the precise details like hands and feet. We know French used photographs to assist his creative hand and the creases in the jeans are a dead giveaway of that source. For some reason our eyes don't register that zig-zag effect quite the same as a photo does!

More importantly you can see how he is reinventing the censor-friendly, 'just boys having fun' art of the 50's here, evolving it into something more overtly sexual. At this point in the US you can see that all sorts of suggestive shaping was permissible but not actual organs. In the UK this image would not have been publishable for many years to come.

With this attractive figure French/Arion is also illustrating an overtly gay and clearly enjoyable lifestyle. Contrast that with another contemporary view, the equally luscious beach boys of Harry Bush which are usually portrayed as god-like temptation from a different, inaccessible world.


Lüger - On the Beach
It looks like the man in the middle here has been showing off his muscles, an unguarded moment allowing his flimsy G-string to be tugged off. The assets revealed seem to have been less than impressive and the drooping waist-string held by the mischief-maker suggests something else is also drooping and contributing to the merriment of the onlookers. The hand positioning implies the possibility of illicit, intimate contact and shows that 'hidden eroticism' is not yet extinct at this point in time.  

By this time French had adopted the name Lüger, indicative of the harder masculinity to come perhaps, but this image seems more representative of the Arion era. The mood seems to hark back to the frivolities of the 50's, but the interaction between the figures is much more overtly flirtatious and sexual. The same sex couples in the background assign a sense of normality to the scene, subtly asserting the gay lifestyle again. 

Colt - Boy on the Beach
In this memorable image French/ Lüger shows his artistic credentials - and his romantic ones. This study of a boy reclining is beautifully observed with his beach paraphernalia elevating the image from academic realms to the real world. Small wonder that the passer-by's head has been turned! Admiration from afar is another authentic facet of gay life, much documented in the 60's but not so much today although it certainly hasn't become obsolete with our greater freedom! Notice how the wind-blown reeds not only hide the observer's 'delicate regions' but also give us a hint of his sexual response. Compare this subtlety with Tom of Finland's interpretation below.

Tom of Finland - from 'Kake 2'
 Tom sees the scene from the cruising man's perspective
He's intent on sex and his idea of beauty is also sexual in nature.
Sorry, no romance on offer here!

In The Art of Colt Part 2 I look at Sailors.

I haven't found a legitimate source of Colt's artwork, Colt Studio don't seem to publish it now.
There's a decent Colt Collection at Daddy's Here or just Google the name.
There's an interesting biography/obit written by Bob Mizer in 2017

Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Mitchell's Fetish Art for October

Mitchell - The Preserve Factory
A group of hunky swimmers, are loaded into tall glass tanks full of 'preserving' liquid.
It's a useful storage and display technique for the avid collector of speci-men.
Coincidentally, an interesting way to infuse olive oil with intriguing flavours.

~
When I first drew this picture (around the time of the 2008 Financial Crisis), I was imagining a group of Financial Advisers who had all been invited to a drinks party by a rich investor, not suspecting that he was most unhappy about losing large sums of his money with them. When they see his opulent mansion and gather round the luxurious Swimming Pool, their envy and greed is ignited and they imagine generous commissions coming their way. After a few drinks they loose all their inhibitions. He provides them all with identical swimming trunks so they can splash around in the pool and lay out to enjoy the warm sun. The investor observes their nakedness with great pleasure, a small compensation for his loss. 

The greedy ones are soon fast asleep. Those who are more circumspect or reserved are given spiked drinks to help them on their way. The trusty gardener arrives with a supply of plastic plant ties, which put the Banker's fates beyond doubt. Those still clothed are stripped and put into swimming trunks. Any that regain consciousness are too intoxicated to escape, easily overpowered and immobilised. They and their unconscious cohorts are loaded into a van and taken to the investor's pickle factory to be preserved for a later date. Their clothes and belongings are burned in the garden incinerator. 

But some escape, those young men whose behaviour at the party has persuaded the investor to spare them and those whose unclothed bodies proved even less attractive than their personalities. These few awake with hangovers to find their colleagues already gone. They are revived and sent on their way completely unaware of what has happened. As the last one departs, the investor locks up the house behind them and the gardener retrieves the 'For Rent' sign from the bushes and puts it up again. They drive away in the unmarked van eager to begin cataloguing their new acquisitions. The investor is now happy with the return on his original investment.

~

I'm always intrigued by Sci-Fi stories in which the hero is 'imprisoned' in a glass cylinder for observation and experimentation purposes (e.g. Nath66 - Sperm Lab). Like most cage situations however, the glass barrier inhibits erotic connection. Horror stories depicting rows of jars with preserved organs conjure up the possible gruesome extremes of this scenario.

My image probably owes more to the Bound Gods, water tank tortures with the delicious Rusty Stevens and Dante for example. The liquid in the tank makes an eerie substitute for the captor's touch. It swirls round their bodies, invading their clothing and crevices, and of course, providing an element of danger to the captive who, being tied up, has limited capacity to save himself.


The imagery of underwater bondage goes back even further for me, with these famous pictures from the late sixties, showing US Navy Seals undergoing survival training. They group are all put into a swimming pool with their hands and feet bound together. I didn't consciously copy this but the connection is obvious, the 'buddy' situation as well as the immersion motif. 


These images were originally published in ordinary, Newspaper Weekend Supplements
 and included some nice  'tying up' images of the the soldiers being prepared for their ordeal.  
Colleagues already 'processed' look on with a mixture of anxiety and bravado.


This man's expression is priceless
and with a body like that, he has every right to be worried!

see also Navy Seal Website or seach Navy Seals

for other fetish pictures by Mitchell, 
click on the 'mitchpix' label below or visit my gallery page.

Friday, 26 October 2018

First Catch Your Rogue 12

These days it seems like any Rogue can invade your property with impunity, 
help themselves to your valuables and leave the place in a mess.
 That's what Gary intended to do when he invaded the house of a wealthy investor.

He had observed the man departing with a suitcase for one of his regular absences.
 and to his delight, he found the fool had left the back door unlocked.
But once he was inside he was surprised to run into another man
 standing in a hallway, a man dressed only in swimming trunks.

There was a brief struggle in which Gary soon realised that he was out-classed 
That was followed by another brief struggle which left him wearing only his briefs.


Gary didn't know that the investor had a Protégé that he was sponsoring,
a young man who was training to be a professional wrestler.
He was delighted to acquire an impromptu training partner.
Gary wasn't much of an opponent, easily overpowered,
but his slender supple body was ideal for a new hold the wrestler was learning, 
'The Teardrop'.  

 

Round and round they went and Gary howled and pleaded
His anguish was ignored and no-one outside heard or came to save him. 
Gary didn't know what the hold was called 
but his face was suitably streaked with tears
as his captor carried him up the stairs to bed
and a bout of grappling of another sort.

Gary had arrived thinking "I'll just slip in and lift what I want".
Instead, it was him that got lifted - and his captor who slipped in
able to have whatever he wanted.

for other Rogues, click on the label below

Sunday, 21 October 2018

Gotta get a hoss! - 2 The Greenhorns

The Horseless Ride punishment don't work too well on Greenhorns.


They might kit themselves out in fancy boots
but they usually ain't got much real idea about riding a hoss (see comment below!),
or the same amount of pride about their masculinity as the big fellas do.
Nice to look at but too easy as punishment targets to deliver the same pleasure.

Tommy Defendi in Stud Ranch
Them youngsters do like to show off though and once they've seen horny studs naked in the saddle
they often want to feel the well ridden leather between their own bare thighs
Many's the time a lad is caught having snuk out for an early morning 'woody' ride
Cheeky I call it.



When whippersnappers overstep the mark, the saddle doubles up as a naughty chair.
The old hands love to see how it transforms youthful cockiness into sullen resentment.
All them impregnated man-juices whiff a bit after few hours bum-warming in a hot barn! 

 

Some exponents of the 'naughty saddle' punishment like to banish the offender
 to a far corner of a remote field. A spell of nekkid loneliness is pretty sobering
for a young fella and after a day in the sun it gets a mite chilly too when night begins to fall.
 That's when anxiety sets in. They try to attract the attention and sympathy of passing riders.
It usually works. Heh, heh. 'Cos the hands draw lots to see who gets to rescue the cub!



Pretty soon the tenderfoots start to learn how the Ranch works.
How hands returning to the stables after a day in the saddle are always a mite horny
and if they butter up and wait for them, looking humble and chastened,
they'll probably escape kitchen duties that evening!

Unfortunately....

When you're being strict with young men, there's always a chance of rebellion,
The one who won't accept the punishment.


Them colts have to be tethered and tamed,
jest like an unbroken horse. Yes Sir!


Once them ropes slowly impregnate with the man's own sweat
 they tighten so much, there just ain't no escapin'!

 
I'm a-telling you, after a day out in the sun,
 them rebels become a lot more agreeable!


and by that time, there's only one way to slacken off the stranglehold of the rope!
~
These last 4 images are from the Colt Studios Video 'Stud Ranch - Hung N' Strung' (2010)
It's an imaginative storyline and Zach Alexander and Dayton O'Connor's youthful hunkiness makes up for their lack of true cowboy grit. Sadly the generally available stills, mostly taken from a distance in the open air, don't compare with the best studio quality. Inevitably too, the bondage sequence is all too brief. Despite this, it's one of my favourite S&M scenes in a genre (cowboy bondage) 
that's rarely covered in modern erotica. 

click to enlarge


There's a longer version at Hot Gay List