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Saturday, 28 June 2008

New series at 'mitchmen' - Examination revelations

This is a detail from Mitchell's new series which starts at 'mitchmen' Yahoo Group in a couple of days.
No prizes for guessing what the object of their attention is!
The boys of Studley are about to get a most thorough examination!
Other previews can be seen in previous messages with the medical tag.

Mitchell's A to Z of Male Fetish Artists - The Letter 'D'

Picking my favourite 'D' is easier than 'A' - 'C' were. Sensuality in the figure imagery is a key ingredient for me and the more artistic styles of Domino and De Bauch - though great to look at - don't work for me in this respect. Dante is tops for fetish content but though I normally love this pencil drawing style for some reason I don't connect with his men. The mechanics of the torture seem to take over the drawings. De Souza's pictures give me ideas for my own pictures but are a bit static and his middle aged men are perhaps a bit too normal in appearance. That leaves Drubskin who does achieve a degree of sensuality within the constraints of a cartoon but more importantly presents a physical and emotional interaction between two men. So Drubskin joins Amir, Brick and Chris as 'group winners'.

Wednesday, 25 June 2008

Mitchell's A to Z of Male Fetish Artists - Drubskin (Revised 2017)

Drubskin - basher
 Drubskin is the last of the D's. He's another cartoonist and often depicts slim men with skinhead haircuts dressed in the regulation jeans and braces. The menace often associated with this stereotype comes across quite clearly in this image. 

Drubskin - Recycling
Drubskin depicts this skinhead's aggressive character in a gang-oriented, pecking order scenario. His casual hardness, standing on his submissive partners arm to keep him boot-licking, while at the same time giving him a contemptuous golden shower is a much more powerful statement than the cartoon style leads you to expect. The glimpse of  ass crack seems to imply that this chaps humiliation will have a sexual dimension too. The emphasised boots in the foreground are Drubskin's trademark. Notice the discarded tube of glue on the floor.

Drubskin - Shavin'
This picture seems to show skinhead aggression directed at a traditional target, a rebel of a different ilk which I might broadly label as 'the hippie'. Notice he is not wearing any boots so he's not in the gang, well not yet. Bound to a crude wooden throne, his head is forcibly shaved of dreadlocks. There's a playful air, but it's not shared by the captive and in the left-most hand there's a hint that this scene too may have a sexual denouement.

Drubskin - Lend a Hand
This last example of the skinhead gang culture is much more benign, romantic almost. It's a scene of (advanced) sexual experimentation in which one participant at least seems to be being inducted. The tattooed man with him is decidedly cute! Drubskin introduces sock worship here and it doesn't look like they were clean-on this morning! I like the way the hard-nut, mohican'd fister uses an upholstered stool to spare his knees from the rigours of the bare wooden floor.
Artistically, there's a particularly pleasing balance in this composition.

Drubskin - Beer at Coach's
 It's natural for sportsmen to idolise their coach, but the association with sport and sweaty endeavours lends this sock-led encounter a very pungent aroma. A cynic might read this as the Coach stays sober, but gets his boys drunk for nefarious purposes (as if!). The story-telling in some of Drubskin's pictures is a great plus point.

Drubskin - RuggerBuggers
There's no suggestion of dastardly exploitation here, an almost-vanilla exploration of sportsman sex. It's the rugby ingredient that draws me to it, that and the bright yellow kit which helps make this a very pretty image.

Drubskin - Burst Pipes

Drubskin's picture of a plumber spanking his apprentice is one of the nicest I've seen of this scenario successfully bringing out the age difference without making the apprentice into immature jail bait. There is no hint of a father-son relationship, real or pretend. It's pure man on man. The artist shows their respective emotions rather neatly. It's another example of the surprisingly erotic power that cartoons can have.

Drubskin - Revenge on a Cop
This scenario seems less common than you might expect in gay erotica. Most artists seem content with the conventional power hierarchy, so cop screws hapless villain. Drubskin upends that and the cop too, but apart from the poised gun, there's not a lot of evidence that he's that reluctant a participant. The hoods give the two villains an air of menace and mystery but they are device that's not that effective for me for some reason.

Drubskin - Stall 2
 I've put this image in last position because it is rather surprising. A rather dishy-looking skin is busily servicing a man from a different planet. You might see this as refreshingly non-ageist and so it is. But the characterisation detail of the older man seems to be telling us that he's an unappealing, oafish slob who hasn't looked at himself in the mirror for a long time. Implying that the boy's interest resides in much more basic matters. It's a logical extension of the the other fetish practices depicted by the artist, thought-provoking but challenging to less adventurous souls.

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Monday, 23 June 2008

Mitchell's A to Z of Male Fetish Artists - Domino

I debated whether to include Domino in this series. His erotic pictures are not especially about fetish subjects but the theme that runs through them which is very much in the 'mitchmen' vein is the sense of compulsion and submission. This is sometimes indicated by the use of clothing depicting rank - Cops of course, the boss's suit or simply over-sized boots!. In other pictures the domination is shown by the hand grasping the victim's hair or the raised fist of the biker. So we can squeeze Domino in as a contender.
In terms of artistic qualities no one could doubt his pedigree. The pen and ink drawing style is used to create a tremendous sense of realism with dense detail and spectacular light and shade effects. His pictures are filled with iconography that tells us unmistakably - we are in the USA. The drawing of figures and clothing is excellent. It's a shame that there is only a small amount of his work available to us.

Sunday, 22 June 2008

Mitchell's A to Z of Male Fetish Artists - De Souza

I have only discovered De Souza recently but though he may be little known he's well worth a place in the mitchmen A-Z. His pictures show men tied up and abducted for torture or sexual exploitation. They have a Latin appearance and are often past the first flush of youth. Suits and ties feature frequently whilst the abductors often wear balaclavas. This latter iconography is very effective in creating atmosphere - perhaps because it belongs to the present day and is therefore loaded with real life associations. Surprisingly balaclavas are rarely encountered in the normal run of fetish art. Nor are suits for that matter and it is nice to see an artist allowing his victims to retain their clothes if only for a while. They help the story telling so much!
The pictures are simply drawn with bold cartoon-like outlines but sophisticated photographic shading. I particularly like the attention given to facial expressions which add to the effect by conveying emotions and intents to the figures. My favourites are the mummification scenes which show the helpless horror of the victim as he is wrapped for removal.
The pictures reference but I am not a member of this site and cannot verify if the pictures are still there. There also used to be a gallery on the 'Biff and Brad' Yahoo Group but this seems to have disappeared now. I'd welcome any information on this.

Saturday, 21 June 2008

Mitchell's A to Z of Fetish Artists - De Bauch

Marc De Bauch paintings are fully representational with detailed realistic backgrounds. Apart from conventional art he also depicts a wide variety of fetish themes from Cowboys to Dungeons - dabbling in some less common interests along the way - look under the horse! In general they are presented in a mild way. Some of his pictures are in the form of tableaux, full of different groups of figures doing their own thing. This is art to be hung and shared. In this domain the representational artist is competing with photography but every so often de Bauch captures a image (e.g the cowboy's buttocks) which is the essence of eroticism. In the leather abduction picture below, by placing the trio on the fire-escape de Bauch shifts the atmosphere from role play towards realism - a masterly touch.
Sorry about the censorship, by the way, but it does enable me to keep the signature.
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Friday, 20 June 2008

Mitchell's A to Z of Fetish Artists - Dante

Dante is another artist who specialises in the more gruesome fetishes - cutting, nails etc - my illustration only hints at the scope of his subjects. Suffice to say he doesn't do things by halves! The better drawings are in a straight-forward representational style without artful elaboration. Unlike some artists the characters depicted get as much attention as the mechanics of their tortures and on the whole are attractive young men. Of course this adds extra poignancy to their suffering, although it must be said they seem to endure what would be excruciating pain with great stoicism. I warm to his story telling technique - placing items around the picture which tell us about the victim and where he is. In some picture the victims themselves are labelled as fags or wear gay insignia which, in my view, is not so good. Respect begins with the self.
Some of my pictures reference but I have been unable to verify if Dante's work is shown there (but see comment below).

Thursday, 19 June 2008

Mitchell's A to Z of Fetish Artists - The Letter 'D'

An occasional series in which Mitchell picks his favourite fetish artist for each letter of the alphabet. So far he has selected Amir, Brick and Chris

The letter 'D' does not give me a long list of fetish 'giants' to choose from.
My selections are Dante, De Bauch, De Souza, Domino, and Drubskin. This list excludes some fairly substantial artists - DAD, Dupre etc but purely on the grounds that they are not primarily fetish artists. Dorus, the Dutch Artist, will be considered under 'K' for Wilhelm Kok.

I'll start with Dante in my next posting.

Saturday, 14 June 2008

Postscript to the swimming trunks series


Boundex has kindly sent me this take on Speedo Bondage for men. I think the backside in the foreground is a very sexy touch. It must be in line for the implements leaning against the wall since access to his sweating buddy is restricted for the immediate future. Buddies 'getting it' together is a favourite theme of mine and will feature in this blog eventually. 

You can see more of Boundex's work at Deviant Art but his web site has gone.

 He also featured in my A-Z of fetish art earlier this year.

Saturday, 7 June 2008

In Praise of Swimming Trunks - 8 - Swimmers at Immigration Control

Swimmers in Mitchell's Art

Swimmers in my pictures are quite rare despite my love of the form.
Only two of my pictures published to date have this theme
 although the Bondage Furniture picture No 1  could be a swimmer.
 (published at Mitchells Yahoo! Group - see side bar)
There will be more in the future though.

Above - 'Swimming Team Detained at Immigration Control'
from the 'Inspired by Tom' Series
Travelling in swimming trunks was a mistake !

Above: Angry in Speedos

Friday, 6 June 2008

In Praise of Swimming Trunks - 7

But at the end of the day we love our men......
and whichever way you look at them.....


There's always food for thought in swimming trunks.


Thursday, 5 June 2008

In Praise of Swimming Trunks - 6

Swimming trunks (unlike underwear which is essentially the same garment) can be worn in public though only in designated places.
Consequently when transferred to more intimate locations the same garments can create a most electric effect!
They also label the (suitable) wearer as athletic and fit.
No ordinary boy awaits us here.......
and who has not fantasised about subduing
and carrying off that arrogant young man from the beach?.............

.............To struggle and await our attention in a more private place

Acknowledgement to tieguyuk for this picture. 
Visit their site to see more pics of 'Luke' tied up in Speedos

Wednesday, 4 June 2008

In Praise of Swimming Trunks - 5

The back view is always a favourite for 'mitchmen' and for us the modern low rise design provides much to admire.


But it must be said that the inherent tightness of swimming trunks can be problematic. If you want to fantasise about access - this one gives short shrift. But at least the bubbles are firmly contained - perhaps ready for punishment.


And the big boys can show their rear view to advantage as well

Tuesday, 3 June 2008

In Praise of ........Swimming Trunks - 3

Competition Swimming Trunks are designed to contain and smooth out undulations underneath offering minimal resistance. Fortunately the male figure can overcome this constraint - even in competition designs. This picture needs very little explanation - the garment, the wearer and the athletic pose say it all. A sporting hero, masculine - and sexy - and apparently offering up his body - 'mitchmen' style.

Sunday, 1 June 2008

In Praise Of.........Swimming Trunks - 2

In part 1 of this series I expressed the view that Jock Straps should really be reserved for big men to wear. But it is equally my belief that Swimming Trunks (or Speedos) should be the preserve of more slender men.
1 and 2 below are both terrific looking men but those trunks don't enhance their appeal. It looks too much like your Dad! (Of course I acknowledge that for some this is very desirable indeed!)
The garments look large and very chaste, tightly held in place and pulled up at the sides as though insufficient for modesty. For some reason they just don't complement the muscular body shape.

Compare the slim guy look below - he's not showing much but the way the trunks sit on his body is so sexy . The waist actually sits fairly high compared with our muscular guys but the square horizontal line emphasises his narrow hips and makes the trunks look as though they are not quite properly in place - and could be very easily taken off.

To be continued.......