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Sep 26 2016
Love Madonna? Comments (0)

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I can get you a deal on GIGANTIC Richard Corman prints. Hit me up if you're interested in the details: matthewrettenmund@gmail.com!

 
Sep 23 2016
1,000 Men, So Little Time: Bob Mizer Gets His Due Comments (0)

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The New Yorker has a long, gossipy profile of Bob Mizer (1922-1992), the man who created the iconic gay photo service Athletic Model Guild. Daniel Wenger beautifully summarizes Mizer's particular aesthetic and his M.O. in securing models in the 1940s and beyond:

Mizer came out to his mother in the thirties, when he was a teen-ager, refusing to ask a date to the prom and taking up nude Screen Shot 2016-09-23 at 2.36.33 PMsunbathing on the garage roof. His notion of gayness was informed by a “Code of Behavior” that he recorded in his high-school diary: “More masculine at all times.” Among his models were the gay and the straight, professional bodybuilders and professional beach bums, college students and returnees from the European front. They assembled in his studio, before backdrops of Greco-Roman splendor and the Midwestern prairie, stripping down, oiling up, and—this being long before the full-frontal seventies—putting on silken posing straps, a kind of antique G-string. (The ones Mizer used were allegedly sewn by his mom.) After playing sailors and wrestlers and cowboys, the models were rewarded with sets of free snapshots, “membership cards” for the Guild, and, maybe most valuable, memories of the photo sessions, when they gazed not at Mizer but at their own images, reflected in the large mirror mounted above him.

The piece is published on the occasion of the release of a massive two-volume set of Mizer's life's work by Taschen; he famously put out a 1,000-model directory, and in fact appears to have shot upwards of 10,000 men. I'm sure he held hands with more than a few of them, too.

Mizer should be as venerated as Mapplethorpe, but is not because his art was produced in a mainstream way (a newsstand magazine called Physique Pictorial, the first U.S. gay magazine) in spite of being considered contraband by the U.S. Postal Service at various times. Also, where Mapplethorpe was seen as capturing a sex-driven scene in a post-modern way, Mizer was seen more as a perv with a camera.

Both things can be true about about men, and about many other artists.

Buy Bob Mizer. AMG: 1,000 Model Directory here.

 
Aug 22 2016
HEAT INDEX — Josh Duhamel + Justin Bieber + Simon Dunn + Kevin Meyer + Undies Boys + Swimwear's The Party + The Men Of Andy Warhol + 5SOS + Rupinder Pal Singh! Comments (0)

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IGNORE THE CONTEXT: Josh Duhamel discusses his jockstrap.

MANHOOD COVERED: Did Bieber insure his peen?

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GOT THE GOODS: Simon Dunn covers Lavender.

NAKED PITCH: Olympic jock Kevin Meyer's nude 2011 ad for Athena.

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STYLE GUIDE: Matthew Yeazel models undies. Because fashion.

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PARRA NONE: More on Leonardo Parra here.

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BRIEFLY: Aronik Swimwear campaign by Edwin Lebron.

SCORCHER: Male model by Andy Warhol.

SWEATY BOYS:

 

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SINGH OUT, SISTER: Rupinder Pal Singh shows off.

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Aug 18 2016
Why Trump Is GOOD For The LGBTQ Vote, Plus: THAT Penis de Milo Statue! Comments (0)

i-D has it right in stating that having a raving loon like Trump on the Republican ticket is only going to galvanize LGBTQ forces to vote against his sorry ass.

Speaking of his sorry ass—and other regrettables—check out the statue that popped up in various cities. God, I'd love to be the one responsible for showing this to Mr. Small Hands.

 
Aug 16 2016
Instagram Removes Harmless Brian Kenny Selfie: WTF? Comments (0)
 

This totally non-nude, nonsexual self-portrait was just removed by instagram for "violating" their community guidelines. This kind of censorship is completely egregious! Ive read the guidelines carefully and there's no justification for this. Some may point out the folds in my shorts are suggestive of the presence of a dick, but how is that wrong, especially in a non sexual manner? I am not touching myself or posing suggestively. I am not hard, you cannot see the outline of my dick and I cannot help that I was blessed a large package that always creates a bulge. Furthermore, i'm wearing shorts, not underwear, which by the way is also allowed in all of its intrinsic bulging variations. So I do not understand why it was removed. Thus, I am reposting this image to all my social media accounts with an overlay of the removal notification to point out this nonsensical censorship and add my voice to the argument that this kind of blind censorship is not only unnecessary but sends the destructive message that nudity is wrong, even suggested nudity, that we should be ashamed of who we are and how we appear. I implore @instagram to take a better look at what they're claiming violates anything. What do you think?

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Jul 09 2016
It's All There, In Black-And-White Comments (0)

5-55Adam Oestreicher models the latest in 1985 wannabe-wear (Image by/courtesy of Walter Kurtz)

Walter Kurtz shoots drag, beefcake and other examples of foin art. I think you'll like his stuff.

Oh, and the sexy nudes (Work Unfriendly) are here. It's like a Broadway Bares reunion without smiles or G-strings! But seriously, it's great work and will make your eyes happy.

 
Jul 04 2016
Death And Taxes: Wayne Hollowell's DEATH BECOMES YOU Series Comments (0)

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I'm a fan of Wayne Hollowell's fan-powered, often ghastly, always evocative celeb portraits, and he's outdone himself with his macabre “Death Becomes You” series. Above is Jayne Mansfield's final spin. Click here for Sharon Tate, Princess Diana, Marilyn Monroe, Edith Piaf, Judy Garland, Natalie Wood, Bobbi Kristina Brown and Anna Nicole Smith.

 
Jun 14 2016
ECSTATIC Process Comments (0)

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Check out Ecstatic Portraits: Scenes and Shorts, a Michael Van Devere retrospective.

From a release:

Ecstatic Portraits captures the breadth of his work, from experimental to narrative and to his more recent lyrical shorts. Van Devere’s films are, in part, portraits of young men in ecstatic crisis. Their journey is often isolated, provoking an overwhelming search for connection and belonging. From the statuesque John Harvard (Alex Breaux, Red Speedo) to the criminal mind of Edgar Allan Poe’s William Wilson, all  seek transcendence and their ultimate destination.
 
When? June 15, 2016 at 9:00 p.m. ET
 
Where? Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Avenue (at 2nd Street), New York, NY 10003, Tel. #: 212-505-5181