I’ve always considered tan lines on a man to be incredibly sexy. And by tan lines I mean those areas of flesh left paler than the rest of the body as the result of the wearing of speedos or some other type of swim wear in the sun.
I’m obviously not the only gay man to appreciate and enjoy tan lines. About a Boy and His Briefs, for instance, writes: “Personally, I like a little pale skin hiding beneath my [swim]suit. There is something about the contrast between light and dark flesh that I find exciting . . . intriguing.”
I also think that seeing a naked male body with tan lines can be especially arousing. Think about it: the sight of untanned skin reminds us that what is being revealed are regions of the body that are of special value, beauty, and vulnerability. The presence of tan lines brings all this to consciousness, and signals to us that we’re gazing upon beauty usually hidden, even forbidden, from view.
Tan lines, for me at least, are also a wonderful reminder of summer by the sea – of the sound of tumbling waves, the smell of brine and salt air, the heat of the sun, the promise of desire and fun, and the refreshing enjoyment of a naked afternoon nap in the shaded coolness of a breeze- (or fan-)caressed room.
For these and other reasons, The Leveret is happy to launch a new series of posts celebrating tan lines! Do you have some images you’d like to share? Send them to email@example.com for consideration. (Believe it or not, good images of guys sporting tan lines are hard to find on the Internet!)
Images 1 and 3: Raphael Laus (DNA, August 22, 2008).
Image 2: jldc8.
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