Monday, January 15, 2018

The Naked Calendar That Celebrates Gay Men With “Ordinary” Bodies

By Curtis M. Wong

NOTE: This article was first published December 17, 2017 by HuffPost Queer Voices.

Twelve men of all ages, shapes and sizes have stripped down for a steamy new calendar that aims to shatter the body shaming that takes place in the gay community.

Since its 2010 launch, the London-based queer publication meatzine has billed itself as “a smoking hot celebration” of “real guys” who defy the ways that gay men are often portrayed in advertising and popular culture. Their 2018 calendar could be the magazine’s boldest (and hottest) endeavor to date, featuring 12 un-retouched images of meatzine models wearing nothing but their birthday suits ― and a smile.

Adrian Lourie, who is meatzine’s founder and editor, told HuffPost that his publication has been producing a calendar for the past three years, but opted “to do something a bit different” with the 2018 edition. Noting that chiseled models in typical beefcake poses “does nothing for my self-esteem or my body image,” Lourie strove to present “a bit of an alternative view.” He aimed to go against “the prevailing image of gay men as young, with perfect, porn-ready bodies.”

As playfully provocative as the images are, Lourie hopes they shed light on the oft-overlooked impacts of body shaming among gay men. A January survey of 5,000 gay men conducted by Britain’s Attitude magazine found that 49 percent said they were “unhappy” with their bodies. (An additional 10 percent described themselves as “very unhappy” with their bodies.)

“These are ordinary men who all have their own hang-ups and issues, like any of us,” he added.

Some of the models said that baring all for the calendar has already helped them see themselves in a more self-assured light. Though posing nude “wasn’t an easy decision,” cover star Fernando said he’s nonetheless “absolutely proud of myself for doing it.”

“I thought I would never be picked because of my body shape,” he said. “I wanted to prove that you can be hairy and have a belly and it can be sexy.”

Another model, identified only as Warren, echoed those sentiments.

“So many of us have issues with our bodies; we think we’re too fat, too skinny, too pale, our dicks are too small, our bums not pert enough or we’re too hairy,” he said. “I’m not toned, I’m ginger, hairy, I don’t go to the gym and don’t have big muscles, I’m pale as snow and my bum jiggles, but I now love being naked again.”

He added, “Confidence is sexy – so own what you’ve got and be proud, lads!”

To purchase the Meat Naked 2018 calendar, click here

Monday, January 1, 2018

For the New Year . . .

May you awaken to the mystery of being here
and enter the quiet immensity of your own presence.
May you have joy and peace in the temple of your senses.
May you receive great encouragement when new frontiers beckon.
May you respond to the call of your gift and find the courage to follow its path.
May the flame of anger free you from falsity.
May warmth of heart keep your presence aflame and may anxiety never linger about you.
May your outer dignity mirror an inner dignity of soul.
May you take time to celebrate the quiet miracles that seek no attention.
May you be consoled in the secret symmetry of your soul.
May you experience each day as a sacred gift woven around the heart of wonder.

Images: Subject and photographer unknown.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Morning Coffee

Images: Subjects and photographers unknown.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Monday, December 18, 2017

Antinous Unearthed

See also the previous posts:
The Death of Antinoüs
Ganymede and Zeus

Recommended Reading:
Beloved and God: The Story of Hadrian and Antinous by Royston Lambert.
Eromenos by Melanie McDonald.
Antinous: A Romance of Ancient Rome by George Taylor.

Image: Photographer unknown.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Thursday, December 14, 2017

The Art of Douglas Simonson

According to the website, Adonis Art, Douglas Simonson is an artist who was based for much of his life in Hawaii. His work is well-known worldwide and collected internationally.

When he was working in Hawaii, he was "at the heart of the surfing culture of the islands, and [both photographed and painted] the young men there at the peak of their physical condition."

On his website it's noted that, "After 35 years of painting professionally, Simonson is operating at the peak of his powers – so far. The latest work coming out of his ArtVallarta studio [in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico] is clear evidence that he’s still growing, still exploring, and still producing powerful, and powerfully beautiful, art."

To learn more about Douglas Simonson and to view an extensive collection of his artwork and/or purchase prints, visit his official website, here.

Above: "Mauri Monday" by Douglas Simonson.

Above: "Making Nohea Laugh" by Douglas Simonson.

Above: "Chinese Bodybuilder" by Douglas Simonson.

Above: "Costa Verde" by Douglas Simonson.

Above: "On the Old Beach Road" by Douglas Simonson.

Above: "Boys in the Sand" by Douglas Simonson.

Above: "Tudo Molhado" by Douglas Simonson.

Above: "Kainoa and Flowers" by Douglas Simonson.

Above: "Pink Towel No.2" by Douglas Simonson.

Above: "Longboarder" by Douglas Simonson.

Above: "Day Off" by Douglas Simonson.

Opening image: "Dwayne IV" by Douglas Simonson.

Related Off-site Links:
Douglas Simonson's Official Website
Douglas Simonson at

See also: The Art of 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

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Native to the Scottish Highlands

Notes the website of the Scottish Wildlife Trust:

Mountain Hares live in Scotland and the North. They graze on vegetation and nibble bark from young trees and bushes. Hares shelter in a 'form', which is simply a shallow depression in the ground or heather, but when disturbed, can be seen bounding across the moors using their powerful hind legs to propel them forwards, often in a zigzag pattern. Mountain Hares live in upland areas and are most common on heathland; they are at their most visible in spring, when the snow has melted but the Hares are still white.

Mountain Hares are grey-brown with a blue tinge in summer and turn white during the winter – only their ear tips stay black. The Irish Hare may remain brown even in winter and its coat has a reddish tinge. Mountain Hares are larger than Rabbits, but smaller than Brown Hares and have shorter ears.

Unlike the Brown Hare, which is thought to have been introduced by the Celts during the Iron Age, the Mountain Hare is native to Britain. However, it is only native to the Scottish Highlands and was translocated elsewhere.

See also the previous posts:
The Ghostly Mountain Hare
Mountain and Moorland

Image: Photographer unknown.

Friday, December 8, 2017


See also the previous posts: Solomon | Colin | Luis | Nyle | Philip | Charlie | Sukdeep | Rafael | Mon Bel Ami

Images: Source.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Enigmatic and Impossible

Writes Faena Aleph:

The notion of the impossible object, in practice, is relatively remote. As well as some elementary examples (such as drawings that are made of three dimension objects on a flat surface; for example a cube), one that stands out especially is the Three Hare motif, an emblem that beyond its symbolic and esoteric implications, is also, and probably not coincidentally, an optical illusion: there are only three ears for three animals that, on their sides and forming a circle seem to have each their pair of ears, but while the eye observes each animal in relation to the others, we can appreciate they all have at the same one and two ears, which they share but also belong to each. Following this format, the Three Hares where especially popular among Medieval Christians, especially in western England (there the motif is present in many churches) and some regions in France and Germany.

See also the previous posts:
Ancient and Enigmatic
Three Hare Tor

Image: Source.