To my readers......

Sorry to regular readers for the recent break in posting.
It's due to a catastrophic computer crash. I'm also taking a break soon.
I hope to get back to regular posts in July.

Thanks for visiting mitchmen!
(May 28th 2016)

Monday, 6 June 2016

Wait just a minute!

Pic Courtesy of Kings Cross Steelers

Mitchell is away on a break until the end of June

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

A-Z of Fetish Artists - DF Ward

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Today's artist is one whose work you may have seen in spanking collections without being aware of his name. I have seen some of these images listed as being by 'Johnson' but I don't know if that moniker has any truth behind it.  This one showing a man being held down on a bed and subjected to a severe belting is quite well known. One is immediately struck by the angular, serious faces and somewhat scrawny-looking limbs which suggest realism rather than idealisation was the objective. This is the exercise of power and control rather than mutual pleasure, a stance which to some extent may be accounted for by the censorship restraints of it's time - the luxuriant hair styles position this piece around the 1960's. The parallel lines method of shading of the muscles is also typical of this time, you will see it in early 'Superman' comics.

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Humiliation and punishment is the name of the game in this piece too. The younger man is no boy but he's being caned in the nude for some misdemeanour by an older father-figure type whom the artist has characterised as old, unattractive and slovenly. It's a case of 'you may not like me but I'm the boss'.


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 The idea of a punisher whose power does not derive from his own personality is encapsulated here. The fascist-style uniform is not intended to make the punisher attractive, just more powerful. His lean build and awkward pose conjure up a sense of doubtful motives too. There's an intensity to the thrashing and the victim's pain which is quite stark and uncomfortable, but this time there is a mild suggestion of eroticism in his hitched-up shorts and revealing projection.

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 In this example the artist seems to come out of the closet and shows us the punisher's enjoyment too but if you look at the enlarged image you can see that every penis  has been clumsily added by someone else and the angle of the victim's head has been changed too (look at his ear area). Only the lowered trousers in the foreground  have a degree of authenticity admitting sexual pleasure as an element in the picture.

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I find this final image intriguing not least because it chimes with the part played by the fire in my Christmas Criminal series. The brightness (and heat) of the fire which would normally radiate out in every direction is shown as focused downwards on the victim's upturned ass. This shows no signs of having been spanked, suggesting this might be a tenderising prelude for him (as in Christmas Criminal). The inclusion of a hole and pucker looks original and makes this a homo-erotic pose in anybodies language but there has been some tampering in this area. The seams of the planking just to the left are not continuous with those on the right and you can see a couple of vertical joins where something has been pasted in. The strange chunky device attached to his cock actually looks a bit like a hand on close inspection and further afield the knot-holes in the floor in front of the fire are clearly copied. The alterations around the captive's body have been quite skilfully disguised but this image is not very useful a guide to Wards art.

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The majority of Ward's work actually involves both sexes with the women drawn as voluptuous, scantily-dressed creatures who may either be monstrous amazons dominating their down-trodden men or alluring fruit ripe for plucking as in this example of his Ward's male-female imagery. There's no doubt about erotic intentions in these pictures and funnily enough, his men seem to acquire more masculinity and attractiveness in these images. 

However this hetero-predilection and the evidence of tampering in some of these pictures makes you wonder about the authenticity of all of them. The mysterious hand in picture 5 could easily be a woman's. In picture 4, there's a figure wielding a spanking paddle in the background, but take away the penis and is it really a man? Is the person on the table a man either with that bottom? 

In picture 2, the composition is oddly unbalanced and there is a blank area above the victim's back. It's obviously a double bed, you can see two pillow corners just by his right hand, but the further pillow is incomplete. I suspect that there's a lady that has been edited out of this picture and it's her father administering the punishment. This also explains the young man's nudity, caught in the act!.

It's easy to find Ward's pictures on-line via search engines and a few of them are genuine man on man action but you may find the lack of erotic commitment in these examples limits your pleasure. 
You can also find articles but I haven't found a definitive source for him.

For more articles in this series click on the A-Z label below or search for specific artists using the index page or search boxes (top right)

Saturday, 28 May 2016

A-Z of Fetish Artists - Waldo

Waldo - Fenced
This French artist's work is focussed on spanking, drawn and painted with fresh colours in a comic book style with a slightly retro-feel not unlike that used by Nikolaas for his rather darker subject matter. The clothing likewise reflects it's time but I like the traditional shorts suggesting a jogger on his morning run taking a short cut where he shouldn't!

Waldo - Cellar Time

If you enlarge this image you will see that this man's face has a classical quality like the statues of Greek and Roman antiquity and it shares the rather lifeless eyes that often characterise those works. You don't get a strong sense of personality or that this artist admires men or sees them as powerful, sensual or sexual objects. I'd be a bit worried about what's going to happen to the plumbing if the spanker really gets going!
 
Waldo - Belt Loop
 
This is a very simple image but captures rather skillfully the curve of the belt as it circles round the the subject's body and cock. The indentations produced in both areas show a tight, restraining fit. I'm not sure this arrangement is achieveable with a conventional belt design though! 
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The majority of this artist's work features female participants as both tops and bottoms. If you are not averse to such content you will find plenty of it very easily with search engines.

 For more articles in this series click on the A-Z label below or search for specific artists using the index page or search boxes (top right)

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

A-Z of Fetish Artists - Waistband

 Waistband - Y-Front Fantasy

Waistband - Ass Worship

Two images by an artist I know only as 'Waistband' and involving the worship of traditional white men's underwear. Many of us cut our teeth on gear like this, advertised in store catalogues. Functional underwear that isn't pretending to be anything else and is not meant to be seen makes the wearer look particularly undressed whenever it does see the light of day. 

There's memories of the famous Y-Front marque in the first picture although I can't recall ever seeing variants with a button fly like that depicted here. The second image portrays something more like the Calvin Klein revival style. Both varieties provide the glorious rear view that only comes with a modest capacious fit and high waist. This inbuilt characteristic of modesty makes the man who wears it all the more challenging and intriguing and sightings of him in his underwear acquire a rarity value.

This artist has his own distinctive 'woodcut' style that gives these images credibility. If anyone can supply more information about him (via comments) I'd be glad to hear from you.

If you like looking at men in this style of underwear have a look at my series 'In Praise of Y-Fronts'

 
For more articles in this series click on the A-Z label below or search for specific artists using the index page or search boxes (top right)

Friday, 6 May 2016

A-Z of Fetish Artists - Waelon



Randy Waelon produced extraordinary pictures in the 90’s showing deadly conflicts and tortures involving knives, spears, arrows, stakes and similar pre-industrial weaponry. Most of it is too extreme for this blog although it would pass without comment in a Hollywood film.


This chariot example is one of his milder images conjuring up a fantasy of primitive enslavement. His characters exhibit lean muscularity and distinct but varied ethnicities which are well-observed and without any hint of caricature. Are these two hapless explorers who have fallen into the hands of some secret group with their own unique customs and values? This type of storyline gets a bad press because of its mistaken assignment to certain parts of the ‘undeveloped’ world. We all know that real life ‘lost tribes’ seem to be peaceful and friendly to point of naivety. But the theme of encountering the possibly hostile unknown has a universal significance and these days it’s more likely to re-appear dressed up in post-holocaust trappings. It works fine as an allegory of entering gay life and other unpredictable ‘social worlds’.

 
Waelon drew a notable set of images showing similar tribesmen in a jungle setting, dressed onlyin loincloths and meeting gruesome ends in battle or captivity. 
The absence of any overt eroticism in these pictures places them in a distinct category which arguably has nothing to do with fetish at all, but who can fathom the human mind?


His output is not restricted to such Tarzanesque fantasies; there are examples of modern settings and black ethnicity too, which is depicted above with an uncompromising but inoffensive authenticity and authority that only an insider could carry off. This is a detail of a larger picture.

Stylistically Waelon has the skills of a professional illustrator and the attention to detail (like the neck of the captive above) shows a preoccupation with realism that goes beyond, in fact goes against, the normal requirements of erotica. 

I can’t find any reference to him on the web and the challenging nature of his imagery means that public postings don’t stay around long , you may track him down in membership groups like GMBA (see sidebar).

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

More Than It Seems



This stylish image by Wally Rainbow mades an interesting prelude to the letter 'W' in my A-Z of Fetish Artists which is starting soon. The artist is a prolific producer of romantic cartoon art but this image is a bit more interesting than that. For a start the main character is quite a nice representative of manhood (a depiction which reflects the Italian background of the artist). There's also an obvious fetish element (domination and whipping) even if, like me, you're not interested in little blue men. 

But this image has an additional appeal that is quite hard to define at first. The theme of a man carrying a demon on his shoulders who constantly punishes him has a distinguished and pretty much universal literary ancestry. Wikipaedia calls it the shoulder demon it pops up in Japanese legends and modern fantasy fiction where goblins abound. You don't have to be a psychologist to recognise the significance of the symbolism and it's relevance to personalities you know, the expression 'driven' seems most apt in this context.   

Seeing the demon with a whip in his hand also makes me wonder if this offers an insight into the origins of our own interests in S&M, but it's a bit early in the day to explore this idea!


Wally Rainbow has a blog called Lightelf which covers other atists work as well as his own.

Saturday, 23 April 2016

Sailor Beware!

 Another classic bondage scene by Bound and Gagged
This sailor on the town in full dress is an unusual bondage subject
surprisingly so given the head-turning attractions of the uniform.

There's a sophisticated sexiness about this fully clothed series.
I love the authentic, neck-enhancing haircut and slightly glum look

 How can a row of buttons look sexy?
Who could resist tackling them?

Well worth the effort I'd say, nice package

  Yum, eat me, eat me!
(Is that regulation underwear?)

 Navel dress - eyes to the left

Full Nelson - England expects every man to do his duty.

You can see more of model Austin Edwards at Bob Wingate's blog 
which is crammed with other B&G photo sets you didn't know you knew.

There's also more in my Tribute to "Bound and Gagged" Magazine series of articles.

The title of my article is taken from Etienne's well known 'Sailor Beware' series about two sailors who are plied with drugged drinks in a Middle Eastern bar and kidnapped to be sold into slavery. 

For more posts on sailors click on the 'sailors' label below
or see 'In Praise of Sailors' series