|Luxuris - Bondage Angel|
Luxuris is a prolific artist but he's more focussed on modern fantasy art than conventional, S&M fetish which is one of the reasons why I haven't featured him at 'mitchmen blog' before. The images above and below however have an overt bondage theme and others in this article flirt with such things.
Arguably the choice of an Angel to be tied up shifts this particular picture into thoughtful, arty territory. The unexpected, yellow trainers suggest he's non-conformist of some sort and his carefully colour co-ordinated, underwear implies a sensitivity to art and design. Say no more! When coupled with an exceptionally muscular body, they suggest a preoccupation with self-image which is not entirely in accord with spiritual or angelic norms.
The bondage that has been inflicted on him might simply be a rebuke from Higher Authority, or a precursor to expulsion from the Heavenly Host, or it might be the action of a more down-to-earth admirer or perhaps a ruthless collector, irresistably attracted to his cultivated, male qualities. The (well-informed) shibari-style ropework is quite brutal for a virgin, his facial expression shows dread and the rivulets of cold sweat trickling over his body also indicate he isn't totally happy about it.
However, it has plainly induced an erotic response, witness the giant pouch. So it seems this is an Angel heading for a career change, a fall from grace which was lurking within him, waiting to happen.
|Luxuris O.C. in Chains|
There's a hint of the fantastic in this character too, neccessitating that he be restrained with chains. In fact this is the O.C. of Luxuris, in other words his 'Own Character' or avatar who represents him in his own imagery. He often grows rabbit-like ears out of that purple hair (of which more later). This picture is part of a series in which O.C. is stripped and subjected to sexual interference the outcome of which you can probably imagine (it's messy). Personally I'm quite happy with him in his common or garden jockstrap while I enjoy those pneumatic muscles. The enthusiasm with which Luxuris embraces bondage in these first two images makes it surprising that it's so rare in his work.
|Luxuris - Encounter by Moonlight|
The night is full of dangers for the inhabitants of Lux's imaginary world. I haven't identified this character yet, but I love his allegedly 'corny' underwear and Bluto-like beard. They top and tail a torso that would make any man tremble (for one reason or another). It too is beaded with sweat but it's certainly not of the cold variety. In this series, set in a murky wood, he has his way with a stranger who is cast in similar virtuous mould to the Angel above. In need of life experience, you might say. But it's the sense of dark domination and masculine strength that caused me to include this particular picture.
|Luxuris - Chris Redfield, Zombie Attack|
At one time the popular homo-art world was awash with images of the muscular Chris R battling with the unintended consequences of biological experimentation. If only he could pop up and help us now! One of his character's great virtues was his tendency to get involved in wrestling matches with strange creatures and have his clothes ripped off his body in a highly erotic manner - leastways that's what always happens in the homoerotic art stream!
|Luxuris - Chris Redfield, Zombie Attack|
This isn't the prettiest representation I've seen of Chris, although he probably looks better when he smiles. Fortunately this incarnation of him more than makes up for that in other departments, neccessitating, for example, that he wears more capacious underwear than most of us prefer to see on a man. Actually these look more like swimwear than undies, providing him with better support during athletic exertions and the option of modesty in the showers afterwards. Ultimately none of this matters since they don't hang for around long once Chris is propelled towards his own M.O. (messy outcome) by which time you've stopped worrying about his face.
|Luxuris - Destiny Hero, Dreadmaster|
Chris R's shredded clothing is typical of Lux's output and this character, originating from the world of card trading (don't ask!) provides another 'in your face' example. If you can cut away from that distraction for a minute you'll see that he is also chained at the wrists.
The sheer density of the rippage here indicates that either Dreadmaster has fallen into the hands of an obsessive gradualist who has turned the exposing his captives flesh into a painstaking, time-consuming fine art (in the manner of 'Straight Men In Trouble') or else this chunky captive has unwisely invested in inferior-quality garments that have split under the pressure of his flexing muscles (and other body parts). Maybe the swirling atmospherics have caused them to rot.
This image is a case of bulk for the sake of bulk since the character's face is hidden by a mask which gives no clue to his feelings at this predicament. It matches the bondage angel above, two superior beings brought down to earth and confronted with their own earthy weaknesses.
|Luxuris - Captain America|
Giant appendages are Luxuris' forte and when they are not being used for educating innocent angels they can also serve as an ironic 'also present' at their owners own comeuppance. When the man being taught a lesson is a Superhero of a particularly respectable character, his downfall is particularly entertaining.
Lux portrays Captain America as a classic, all-American jock. The shock of blond hair is often associated with boyish innocence and purity. Ah well, all things must come to an end sometime! The rips and absence of any physical restraint might indicate that he's been reduced to abject submissiveness by this other-wordly opponent. That won't look good on his CV.
Or maybe he didn't need to be overpowered at all, that might take a bit of explaining too. Perhaps he's found that he enjoys it rough but you sense that the shredding of his expensive, body-hugging uniform
must have galled him as much as the loss of his virginal and dull,
for more ripped clothing at 'mitchmen' click on the label at the foot of this post
|Luxuris - Drake Dominant|
This image has a strong domination theme too, but is more discreet about the mechanisms than the previous example, although the inevitable M.O. is still apparent and there's an interesting interpretation of horniness if you look closely. There's a mild bondage ingredient in this picture. It's more symbollic than anything but those ribbon-like ties do look good twined around muscular biceps and I dare say they have magical, restraining qualities that belie their frivolous, gift wrap appearance.
I generally pass over fantastical characters but I admit to liking Drake's spiky hair and sticky-out ears. I'm not a fan of animal hybrids either but the bovine headgear used here neatly gets round my objections* and it does add an 'essence of animal' to this muscular giant which is appropriate to his bulk and rather delicious. His anguish in defeat is depicted very well, arguably the highlight of the image. Looks cute. Needs a cuddle!
I believe this is a collaboration with Hotcha, it may have been cropped at the bottom
(*The horny crown also circumvents a recent UK law banning possession of animal intercourse images. You'd think they'd got something better to do with their time in Parliament.)
|Luxuris - Tracer and Zarya|
'Cute and dominated' might also sum up this image although it's a relatively mild form of domination. Bulbous bottoms are one of the glories of Luxuris' art and this is a particularly nice example accentuated by cleverly placed strapping. It's contents are duly unveiled in associated variant images of course but you don't need much imagination to visualise those possibilities here. His friend's pouch is equally impressive but seems to have a solidity and form that suggests enforced chastity to me.
These characters (I believe) are regendered versions of their namesakes who are perpetual opponents in the game 'Overwatch'. That combative background seems to have evolved into affectionate rivalry here.
|Luxuris - Nipple Ring Play|
This is essentially an affectionate image too. It revisits the Angel theme of exploring sexuality with a mentoring flavour that is inter-generational but beyond reproach. Although the younger man stands with his hands passively behind his back, they are not tied and you can decide for yourself whether there's any pain involved for him. It's much simpler than most of this artist's images and has a distinct sense of Style which is very satisfying.
|Luxuris - Aquaman in Tentacles|
Tentacles are frequently depicted as disembodied appendages that seem to just float around in space. Luxuris gets round that by referencing Octopus limbs, which supplies some understandable biology, even if we can't see it. Aquaman's passive, receptive pose (something of a tentacles cliche) seems to contradict the protest on his face. There's little sign of resistance, all those muscles going to waste! Do tentacles employ muscle relaxants or paralysis chemicals to immobilise their victims in this position?
Having said that, I applaud the artist's restraint in limiting the number of tendrils enveloping him and the technique in evidence in the surround is impressive. The looping red arm at the top is looks particularly authentic.
|Luxuris - Guile from Street Fighter|
The art of Luxuris is not all softness and sex. Impalements are his trademark but this medeival torment is a bit extreme! Guile is a popular character from the 'Street Fighter' game series who seeks to avenge a fallen comrade but in this image he seems to have bitten off more than he can chew.
Luxuris may not be a fetish artist, but you can see from the list of labels below that he still presses a number of 'mitchmen' buttons!
Continues in Part 2