Hey, duck-boy! Sculpture by Liu Xue. Other hybrids include frog-men, half-seals and other chimeric creatures.
What a hot-head! Photography by Kyle Thompson.
Like hairy guys? This furball by Markus Leitsch might be…right up your alley. For more interesting things to point your eyeballs at, visit Crab Wise!
Posted in ANIMALS: Human and otherwise..., Art and Artists, England, GAY GAZE: Visual Culture, Photos, Art, Comics, Film, Objects, etc..., Men, Photography
Tagged Art, Blog, Chimeras, Crab Wise, England, Hybrids, Kyle Thompson, Liu Xue, Markus Leitsch
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.
Posted in England, Europe, GAY GAZE: Visual Culture, Photos, Art, Comics, Film, Objects, etc..., History, Leather, Photography, Spirituality, Strange Holidays, Subcultures, Youth
Tagged Beating the Bounds, Boundaries, Britain, Culture, England, Gangdays, History, Kink, Photography, Ritual, Wales, Whipping
From the small volume Scouts in Bondage and Other Violations of Literary Propriety. Edited by Michael Bell, a proprietor of secondhand books from the “ancient coastal town” of Lewes, England. Scouts is a collection of amusing covers, this one from 1959 is subtitled “An Adventure Story for Boys.” What? That’s what Neo-colonial crypto-homosexuality was called in the middle of the 20th century…
Posted in Africa, Collecting, England, Europe, GAY GAZE: Visual Culture, Photos, Art, Comics, Film, Objects, etc..., History, Leather, Literature, Military, SCANDAL: Politics, Crime, Revolution and More., Youth
Tagged Adventure, Art, Books, boys, Colonialism, Culture, Edward M. Christie, England, Gay Gaze, Leather, Literature, Michael Bell, Mozambique, Pop Culture, Wordplay
photo: Denis Bahus
Good Morning from David and Louis from London. These two know how to start the day. Most important meal and all that. They also know how to wear the fundoshi, the traditional, very sexy Japanese loincloth-style underwear. For their video lesson on how to tie one on, click here. Photo by Denis Bahus, via Bearotic.
Posted in England, Food, Human Animals, Japan, Photography, Subcultures, Video
Tagged Art, Bara, Bear, Breakfast Bears, Culture, Denis Bahus, Food, Fundoshi, Gay, Homoerotic, Photography, Sexy
Big Gay Blogger Joe My God reports that the unrest in England has spread beyond London to Birmingham, shutting down businesses in the Gayborhood there. Popular bars that have shut their doors on the advice of local police include Missing, The Loft, The Equator, Purple Bar and The Angel. More here.
Posted in Crime, England, History, SCANDAL: Politics, Crime, Revolution and More., Subcultures
Tagged Birmingham, England, Gay, Gay Bar, Headlines, Riots
photo: Gary Greenberg
Sand…those little rocks on the beach. Sand…in the 19th century, it was just one more slang term for testicular fortitude. Because you can never have too many ways to say it! Rocks, gravel, sand, guts, nuts…he’s got some set of balls on him! But back in the day, they used to say: “He’s got sand!”
Gary Greenberg, a biomedical researcher from University College London, has recently published A Grain of Sand, a book of close-up photographs of sand. He sees the big picture in the little picture. He’s not the only one. Way back in the 18th century, proto-homosexual poet William Blake wrote:
To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
And eternity in an hour.
More on Dr. Greenberg’s microphotography here. More on seeing the Universe in unexpected places here.
Posted in Art and Artists, England, Photography, Scholarship, Spirituality
Tagged Art, Culture, Gary Greenberg, Microscope, Nature, Photography, Sand, Science, Spirituality, William Blake
Interesting article in the New York Times: artist Ben Wilson makes art out of tiny blobs of gum on London Sidewalks. You can read the article here.
Posted in England, Europe, Signage, Skate and other boarding, Street Art, Grafitti, etc.
Tagged Artist, Ben Wilson, Chewing, Culture, Gum, London, Signage, Street, Street Art, Grafitti, etc.
Another interesting vintage photograph. From Studio Royale of London.* It’s got that mid-century film still thing going on and a nice reference to the old law of the sea. Whether in the legitimate Navies or their pirate shadows authority condensed into the will of a single man, the Captain, and was enforced by, among other things…the sting of the lash.
For another mid-century photo, this one of mysterious provenance, click here. For more on homoeroticism on the high seas, check out Hans Turley’s Rum, Sodomy and the Lash: Piracy, Sexuality and Masculine Identity. NYU Press, 1999.
*Thomas Waugh. Hard to Imagine Gay Male Eroticism in Photography and Film from Their Beginnings to Stonewall, New York: Columbia University Press, 1996, page 256.
Posted in England, History, Leather, Photography
Tagged Art, BDSM, Culture, Flogging, Gay, History, Kink, Leather, London, Peg Boy, Photography, Sailors, Sexy, Studio Royale
: just another way of saying “differentially permeable membrane.” Biology’s version of the club doorman. You get In. But You: Keep Out. No, really. Here’s slinky kinky Marc Almond as a young thing back in the day, fetishizing and valorizing monstrosity in the underground hit Soft CellSex Dwarf. David Ball on synthesizer. Together, they were Soft Cell, best known for their hit cover of Tainted Love/Where Did Our Love Go. Coming at you live, this gem was also covered by Nine Inch Nails, among others.
Originally published in 1981 as part of the album Non Stop Erotic Cabaret, the lyrics to this kink classic by Marc Almond and David Ball:
Sex Dwarf…Isn’t it nice
Sugar and spice
Luring disco dollies
To a life of vice
I could make a film
And make you my star
You’d be a natural
The way you are
I would like you on
A long black leash
I would parade you
Down the high street
You’ve got the attraction
You’ve got the pulling power
Walk my little doggy
Walk my little sex dwarf
(Here, doggy, doggy)
We could make a scene
We’d be a team
Making the headlines
Sounds like a dream
When we hit the floor
You just watch them move aside
We will take them
For a ride of rides
They all love your
You know what they say
About small boys
I’m in my Rolls Royce
Look it’s so huge
It’s big and it’s gold
With my dumb chauffeur
Looking to procure
Run little doggy
Lure a disco dolly
Run my little sex dwarf
I feel so lonely
Get my little camera
Take a pretty picture
In a gold Rolls
Making it with the dumb chauffeur
We could make an outfit
For my little sex dwarf
To match the gold Rolls
And my dumb chauffeur
We’ll all look so good
We’ll knock ‘em cold
Knocking ‘em cold
In black and gold
We can have playtime
In my little playroom
My sex dwarf
And my dumb chauffeur
I would like you on a long black lead
You can bring me all the things I need
Posted in England, Europe, Music, Subcultures, Video
Tagged BDSM, Culture, David Ball, Dumb Chauffeur, Gay, Kink, Marc Almond, Music, Sex Dwarf, Sexy, Soft Cell, Video