Monday, September 16, 2019


Joe Wicks (born September 21, 1985), otherwise known as “The Body Coach,” is an English fitness coach, TV presenter and author, specialising in cooking and fitness books. His fitness method uses short intense High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT or collequally 'HIT') workouts.

Starting off by posting 15-second recipe videos on social media, Wicks grew his brand to become one the most followed fitness accounts on Instagram.

His first published cookbook Lean in 15: 15-minute Meals was a best-selling book in 2015, having sold over 900,000 copies. The book contains a “90 Day Plan” with workouts and meals with tailored portions to the individual. In 2016 Wicks began presenting his own television show, The Body Coach, on Britain's Channel 4.

Wicks attended Blenheim High School in Epsom, Surrey and technology college in Epsom. It has been reported that he is of Egyptian heritage on his father's side. He went on to study sports science at St Mary's University in Twickenham.


See also the previous posts: Mark | Jason | Jamie | Lyriq | Philip | Don | LeBron | Jayjay | Donald | Geremy | Jerome | Solomon | Colin | Luis | Nyle | Philip | Charlie | Sukdeep | Rafael | Mon Bel Ami

Images: Photographers unknown.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Sunday, September 8, 2019

The Art of Liam Campbell

Elska is a bimonthly male photography, culture and travel magazine that bills itself as “part intellectual queer pinup mag and part sexy anthropology journal.” Every two months it features images and stories from queer men living in a different international location, including Yokohama, Japan; Haifa, Israel; Mumbai, India; Taipei, Taiwan; Bogotá, Colombia; Cape Town, South Africa; and Perth, Australia.

Writing in the online magazine Hornet, Daniel Villarreal notes that the recent Los Angeles edition of Elska features “some of L.A.’s most talented gays in their natural habitat” as photographed by Liam Campbell, Elska's founder, editor and chief photographer.

Born in Chicago, Campbell has spent most of his life in London where he studied photography for a year before attempting to get a “real job.” He returned to photography full-time in 2014 after, he says, life without art had become “too much like suffering.” Since then he has worked in fashion, engaged in portrait work, and launched Elska in 2015.

In Villarreal's Hornet article, Campbell is quoted as saying that his images for Elska: Los Angeles are “natural, un-airbrushed and spontaneous; and the stories [of the subjects featured] are personal tales rather than regurgitated press releases.” Adds Villarreal: “[T]here’s also a refreshing mix of queer men of different races, ages and body types, giving you a clearer, more intimate glimpse of Los Angeles that you’d ever get from glossy magazines or through the Hollywood machine.”

Related Off-site Link: Elska Magazine

See also: The Art of Richard Vyse | David Jester | Aaron Moth | Travis Chantar | Douglas Simonson | Guglielmo Plüschow | Vilela Valentin | Dante Cirquero | Nebojsa Zdravkovic | Brenden Sanborn | Wilhelm von Gloeden | Richard Haines | John MacConnell | Leo Rydell Jost | Jim Ferringer | Juliusz Lewandowski | Felix d'Eon | Herbert List | Joe Ziolkowski

See also the previous post:
The Naked Calendar That Celebrates Gay Men With “Ordinary” Bodies

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Running Hare

Image: Photographer unknown.

Friday, August 30, 2019

Morning Light

Image: Subject and photographer unknown.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Golden-Coloured Eyes

Brown hares have large golden-coloured eyes set on the side of their heads, providing them with almost 360 degree vision. . . . This all-round vision means that from their hiding place they can view everything about them. It is a fallacy that hares never close their eyes. They shut them when they are fighting to avoid injury and also when they are dozing. In common with many other animals that are the prey rather than the hunter, they do not go into a deep sleep.

– Jill Mason
The Hare
pp. 49-50

Image: Photographer unknown.

Sunday, August 25, 2019


Mark Coles Smith (born February 22, 1987) is an Indigenous Australian actor originally from Broome, Western Australia.

Coles Smith made his debut in the Network Ten children's TV show Ocean Star at the age of 14 after being taken to an open audition by his aunt.

In 2007 Coles Smith received the VCA Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts' Yvonne Cohen Award, and graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in Aboriginal Theatre. He currently resides in Melbourne, Australia.

In 2015 Coles Smith won the Film Critics Circle of Australia Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Tilly [left] in Last Cab to Darwin. He was also nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role by both the Australian Film Institute and the Australian Film Critics Association.

His most recent role was as Tom [below] in the 2018 television series Picnic at Hanging Rock.


Related Off-site Links:
Mark Coles Smith on What Indigenous Film and Television Characters Mean for Aboriginal Australia – Ben Collins (ABC News, January 31, 2017).
An Interview with Indigenous Actor Mark Coles Smith – Jim Schembri (Street Smart, April 22, 2016).

See also the previous posts: Jason | Jamie | Lyriq | Philip | Don | LeBron | Jayjay | Donald | Geremy | Jerome | Solomon | Colin | Luis | Nyle | Philip | Charlie | Sukdeep | Rafael | Mon Bel Ami

Images: Photographers unknown.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Sunday, August 18, 2019


The Leveret’s series celebrating shared and mutual masturbation between two or more men continues.

As noted in the first installment of this series, those who participate in this activity sometimes refer to themselves as “jack off buddies” or “j/o buddies.”

The Leveret’s “Buddies” series features images found online of jack off buddies accompanied by various writings about the sexual practice of mutual masturbation.

In this third installment I share Joe Morgan’s fascinating December 2018 Gay Star News article, “Four Out of Five Men Don't Think Mutual Masturbation Is a ‘Gay’ Act.” As Morgan notes, his piece is a response to Kyle Mustain’s Slate article, “Helping a Brother Out,” which examines the website BateWorld and the “vibrant community” it hosts of “straight men who enjoy masturbating together.” Both articles highlight that how these straight men make sense of this “says a lot about the nature of male sexuality.”


Four out of five men don’t think mutual masturbation is a “gay” act, according to male masturbation fans.

Kyle Mustain, a writer for Slate, has conducted an informal study of nearly 87,000 Bateworld users.

Using the website known as the “Facebook for masturbators,” he wanted to understand the site’s self-proclaimed straight men who enjoy masturbating with other guys.

He used the website’s user-created polling questionnaires to ask, “Is mutual masturbation gay?”

And to his surprise, he found 82% of 565 respondents said mutual masturbation isn’t gay.

For the second question, he also asked about various actions which “makes” a man gay.

Most men then responded with “kissing another guy” and “becoming emotionally involved with a male sex partner.”

“According to these responders,” Mustain wrote, “touching a cock isn’t gay; lips touching lips is gay; and for that matter, heart touching heart is really gay.”

He added: “It can be frustrating, seeing straight men debate the infinitesimal difference between touching your own cock and someone else’s, hearing each one hand-wring about ‘how far he’ll go,’ and whether double penetration or using a Fleshlight on a friend is gay.”

Mustain references the sociologist Jane Ward’s book Not Gay: Sex Between Straight White Men in his article. Ward says straight white men have sexual encounters with other men often employ “props, costumes and dialogue” to have sex with men while upholding their heterosexuality.

“They get drunk and stoned, watch heterosexual porn, and they talk about ‘pussy,’” Ward writes. “The [personal] ads draw heavily upon the model of adolescent friendship, or the presumably meaningless and proto-sexual circle jerk. [They also mention] nostalgic commentary about being buddies or ‘bros’ and sharing ‘legit’ male bonding experiences. . . .”

Mustain concludes: “What I have also found on BateWorld is that these lines between ‘just fucking around’ and ‘kinda gay’ and ‘OK, that’s really gay’ are indeed superficial and imaginary.’

See also the previous posts:
Buddies, 11/2/18
Buddies, 2/27/19
Reaching Out
A Means of Making Contact
Not a Weapon or a Mere Tool
Rethinking the “Normal” Penis (Part I)
Rethinking the “Normal” Penis (Part II)

Images: Subjects and photographers unknown.

Thursday, August 15, 2019


For no special reason
I am leaving you for awhile tonight
I'm flying far above you
Still I love you
You make things right

I've been with you before
I'll be with you again
I'll come back for more, yeah
The story has a strange ending

Well, you know me, I'm a nomad
I can't feel bad about the way I am
I've been rolling around
My whole life
You're my candlebright
In the window

You guide me back again
And I come when you shine . . .

– From "Candlebright
by Stevie Nicks

Image: Artist unknown.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Bel Homme

Image: Subject and photographer unknown.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Divine Expressions

Self-love begins when we embrace our identity as divine expressions of humanity. This knowledge guides behavior toward ourselves and how we show up in the world. Love yourself, love who you are, love your journey. Life will respond in kind.

– Phillip Clark

Image: Subject and photographer unknown.

See also the previous posts:
Affirming Our Essential Goodness
The Role of Reevaluation in the Gay Man's Quest for Authenticity
Face Your Darkness
Wrestling With the Angel