Decorative and informative, this fine ursine railman invited us up into his hot greasy steam engine for a tour. Old #45 on the Skunk Train route. Please note that showing face on Gay Highwaymen doesn’t mean these guys are gay. It means we are. Ok? Thanks, Man!
Old number 15 looking at old number 45. And vice-versa. Mystics and quantum mechanics Noh: the eye with which I view God (or the multiverses) is the same eye with which the Universe (or the gods) view me. Whistle starts the races. All part of the Kinetic Carnivale. Willis, in Mendocino County, California.
U.S.S. Yellow Submarine. Handcar races. All human-powered rail transport. Some are funky. Others are fast.
Do they call this a glory-hole? They do with glass kilns. This is the vent in the coal-bin on Engine 45. Water and oil to the rear.
Apple Jack handcar and 4-man crew. Handcar races. Best hauler. Not the fastest – but rugged and strong and quick enough to travel and pull what you need!
Sun Leather. Custom boots, hats, belts, etc. Artisan at work.
Finished product. Hand-made boot.
Poplock Holmes. Chap-hopper and Steampunk entertainer extrordinaire.
19th century metal stamp press. 21st century operator.
Cute boys playing with their balls.
Better a century-plus ago than never…
The Train Singer…
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Tagged Culture, DIY, Gay, Handcar, Kinetic Carnivale, Leather, Maker, Mendocino County, Poplock Holmes, Railroad, Roots of Motive Power, Skunk Train, Steampunk, Sun Leather, Willits
Hey, baby…you’re the Bomb for sure.
Daddy’s nuts soaked it up, transmitting the glowing juice to the next generation. Mutants are here, hear? Hot core fixes the future like a photo. Burning, shining, nausea and finally freaky tadpoles. Hop on Pop, fly-boy! Twitching and different and Noh going back now. Happy Hiroshima Day very much! And Happy Andy Birthday too. Thank you. Thank you. (GH)
They’re starving in Africa. They’re rioting in Spain. There’s hurricanes in Florida, and Texas needs rain.
The whole world is festering with unhappy souls. The French hate the Germans, the Germans hate the Poles.
Italians hate Yugoslavs, South Africans hate the Dutch. And I don’t like anybody very much!
But we can be tranquil and thankful and proud, for man’s been endowed with a mushroom-shaped cloud.
And we know for certain that some lovely day, someone will set the spark off… and we will all be blown away.
They’re rioting in Africa. There’s strife in Iran. What nature doesn’t do to us… will be done by our fellow man.
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Tagged Atom Bomb, Mutant, Photography, Sheldon Harnick
United Santa Assault in the USA! Peace. Harmony. Joy. Community. These were just a few of the horrifying threats scrawled by an Occupy movement Santa and some of his little helpers in sidewalk chalk at the State Capitol in Austin, Texas. More at the Free Keene site, New Hampshire’s on-line destination for liberty activism.
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Tagged Activism, Arrested, Austin, Occupy, OWS, Photography, police, Santa
Beating the Bounds: an ancient ritual still practiced today in the British Isles. Communities traditionally reinscribed the boundaries of their parishes by walking the edges carrying sticks, pounding on the boundary marking stones. In an era before maps were common, when literacy was rare, these annual events (also called “gangdays”) were intended to impress upon everyone where community boundaries lay. Since resources were allocated according to parish, it was vital that the knowledge was passed down accurately though successive generations. It also helped keep the neighbors in line. To reinforce the lesson, the gangs would (and d0) stop occasionally to literally beat the knowledge into the boys. Sometimes, the youngsters would also be flung against the rocky stiles. All in good fun! Part of a suite of jolly old British customs that includes flogging the peg boys.
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Tagged Beating the Bounds, Boundaries, Britain, Culture, England, Gangdays, History, Kink, Photography, Ritual, Wales, Whipping
Killer body, dude! This take-off on the Friday the 13th movies is publicity for CCBC, a clothing optional gay men’s resort in the desert. Cathedral City, adjacent to Palm Springs. Looks nice. Day passes are available. We usually stay at Chaps Inn.
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Tagged CCBC, Culture, Friday the 13th, Gay, Homoerotic, Palm Springs, Photography, Pool Party, Resort, Sexy
Have a ball! It’s the original sack lunch. They are called Testicle Festivals or Ball Balls, and they are popular annual events across the American West. It’s how young bulls become steers. Following the mass castrations of male cattle, local communities come together to feast on their excised gonads: the famed “Rocky Mountain” or “Prairie” oysters. Yum! Here, an avid nutter goes for his favorite dish. Most people cook them. This dude is hard core! Festivals range from the drunk and rowdy to the strangely evangelical and family-oriented. “Have a Ball for Jesus!” is the slogan of one Texas fest. Thanks to Jake Hale for sending us down this road. For more strange food, click here.
Posted in ANIMALS: Human and otherwise..., Food, GAY GAZE: Visual Culture, Photos, Art, Comics, Film, Objects, etc..., North America, Photography, Rodeo, Strange Holidays, Subcultures
Tagged Ball Ball, Photograph, Prairie Oysters, Rocky Mountain Oyster, Strange Food, Testicle Festival
Oink! Better late than next year. Friend of this site Jake Hale tips us off to this obscure holiday. He got the word from Sister Piggy Sue of the Palm Springs Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. And she should know! Comic Strip Ap montage by Gay Highwaymen. For more fuckin’ pigs click here.
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Tagged Cartoon, Comic Book Ap, Gay Gaze, Pig Day, Satire
Sight seen in a cafe window.
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Tagged Folk Art, Gay, iPhone, NorthPole, Photography, Window Painting, Wordplay