Category Archives: Beards

The Bear in the Hippie Cafe…

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Ho. Ho. Ho. Tis the Other season in Mendocino County.

Blogger Bears at Rocco’s Cafe

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Blogger Bears Jorge Vieto and Gryphon Van Der Hole. Subspecies: California Single-tail Pocket Bear and Giant Electric Midwestern Ginger. Feeding at Rocco’s Cafe in San Francisco’s South of Market District.

Giants Closer Brian “The Beard” Wilson is Beef Bar Cover Bear!

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One of this sites most popular posts asks: Leather or not? Is SF Giants star pitcher Brian Wilson kinky? Is The Beard gay? If he isn’t, he sure knows our codes! Now he is the poster bear for Beef Bar, a Bearracuda event happening at Truck. November 12th at Folsom and 15th in San Francisco. There will be shower bears…

Jam the Giant Poodle and his Bear Friend meet the Eerie Fisherman

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Loco Java Oso! The Bear stirs It up!

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What the Bear bought…

The hairspray is for his big fat uncut beard. And the jockstrap’s for his big fat uncut dick.

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Scruffy Hippie Boys at the Berry Fest

I heart Covelo. Seeing them seeing us seeing them at the annual blackberry festival. In the remote hills of Northern California’s Emerald Triangle. Three decades of music, mischief, munchies…et cetera, et whatever else grows there…

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Stop for Zoltron!

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Eric Robinson’s “Leathermen” at QIY: Queer It Yourself – Big Gay Art Show

Eric Robinson and "Leathermen" at Las Manos Gallery in Chicago

Eric Robinson’s wet-plate ambrotypes will be showing as part of QIY: Queer It Yourself, which opens Saturday at SOMArts. The exhibit presents alternative, queer, do-it-yourself processes and projects, collaborations, zines, posters, green architecture, activist interventions and recuperations of low-tech media. Robinson took his 19th century kit (big awkard camera, portable darkroom, an array of chemicals, beakers and trays…) to the Dore “Up Your Alley” Fair in 2010, supplementing a series of portraits of Leathermen that he began the previous year. Images from that series will be on exhibit. More on Robinson here, here, here and here.

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Robinson at work making wet-plate ambrotypes. These one-of-a-kind photographs on glass were common during the mid 19th century. As it disappears into the digital realm, this work reminds us of the physical, chemical and optical origins of photography. At the same time, generic conventions suggest that “fetish” photography should be slick and polished, suitable for publication in magazines, and “straight” in the photographic sense. These images kick that cliche, their hand-hewn aesthetic underscoring the sense that we are looking into not only the history of photography, but that of Leather. Old Guard all around…

QIY is part of the National Queer Arts Festival. This year’s theme is A Sustainable Queer Planet. More on the festival here and more soon. QIY opens Saturday, June 4th with a reception from 1pm until 4pm. SOMArts is located at 934 Brannan at 8th St. in San Francisco. The gallery is tucked under the freeway, just to the east of the Trader Joe’s complex.

Other Blogs: Accidental Bear and his Daily Hair Ball

This Ready to Bare site’s promo describes itself as a site dedicated to Queer Culture , Art, Community, Discussion & Celebrity Interviews. Regularly entertaining, Accidental Bear features the Hair Ball of the Day. Big fun for fur fans!