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Support, not ridicule!

In an interview with Sir Michael Parkinson that is due to air tonight, it is being reported that Ian Thorpe has admitted that he is gay after many years of speculation. This is being met with ridicule on social media as everyone collectively says “finally”. Yes, we all thought he was for a long time and hoped that he would come out eventually we need to remember that coming out is very different for everyone. A lot of young guys these days are coming out at school but not everyone has the confidence, security or the freedom to do that.

Ian has been in the public eye since he was a teenager and in his own words was being accused of being gay before he knew who he was himself. Sure he’s been very vocal about how straight he is but when the media is hounding you about it for years and you stand to lose millions in endorsements, you’d be defensive as well.

In recent times Thorpe has been in treatment for depression and allegedly also looked like he was suffering permanent injuries. As a former elite athlete that is a very hard road to travel. Add to that constant speculation about sexuality which he may not have been comfortable with himself and he must have been on an emotional rollercoaster. I hope that his coming out, if indeed he does in this interview, takes a huge burden off his shoulders and gives him room to smile again.

How about Mister BnB?

On this road trip to see my friends, I stayed at a place I found on AirBnB on the way up and will be doing the same at another place on the way home. What I didn’t know at the time was that someone has started a gay friendly version called Mister BnB. The man who started it was on a vacation with his boyfriend and the man who owned the place they were staying didn’t want two men sharing a bed. I think it’s a great idea. Of course there is always the chance that whoever owns the place might be looking to hook up but just as with AirBnB they might be lovely.

As yet there aren’t as many places on offer as AirBnB which is only logical but I hope it takes off! Knowing your accommodation is gay friendly is so important.

Let’s play Truth or Dare

The AussieBum team are constantly releasing new products it seems and they are great. I sometimes wish I wore swimwear more often because these Truth or Dare swimmers are really cool. They’ve also released these cool BeeBee boardshorts for when you need to be a little more covered up and the sexy Whisky range of undies. Could that model be any more smooth and lickable? I can’t decide which I find sexier. Smooth Whisky guy or the BeeBee boardies guy!

aussieBum – TRUTH OR DARE – Promo from aussieBum on Vimeo.

aussieBum – BEEBEE from aussieBum on Vimeo.

aussieBum – WHISKY – Promo from aussieBum on Vimeo.

Well hello Patrick!

For anyone who hasn’t “liked” the DNA Magazine facebook page yet, I suggest you go and do it because every day these hot men or all shapes and sizes just seem to turn up in my computer screen like magic. The other day Patrick Rangel turned up and had me all aflutter. How on earth does a guy who can’t be any older than 23 have a chest like that? Insane. It’s also really endearing that as hot as he is, he’s not perfect. How is he not perfect you ask? He has a wicked tanline. If he was perfect he’d pretty much never wear anything and that butt would be brown and lightly freckled like the rest of him. Yum.

Gratuitous army men

We all know I’m a big advocate of being comfortable nude with your mates. This is the kind of thing I mean. These army guys are just completely at ease in the locker room and communal showers. If they were out on active duty then their lives would depend on each other and once you’ve put your life on the line, someone seeing your cock really doesn’t make any difference to your life does it? Nor does it in the civilian world.

MILITARY INTIMACY INTIMITE MILITAIRE from Arnaud Kartal on Vimeo.

Silver fox with two first names.

Buzzfeed posted a collection of silver fox men the other day which thankfully included the very adorable Max from Catfish the TV Show. One of the sexiest guys on the list for me was this guy. His name is Michael Justin so yes, he does have two first names, but that can’t take away from his delicious sexiness. I couldn’t work out how old he was so I did a little googling and discovered he’s actually three years younger than me. The silver hair really throws that off but he does look younger in the face than the silver hair suggests and he has a youthful twinkle in his eye and a rocking body. How sexy is that pouty/frowny shot in the middle with the chunky cardigan on? Yum.

Voting time on the PORTRAIT Challenge

As usual, when we get to the end of a photography challenge you all need to vote on who you think has sent in the best photograph. Remember you are voting on a portrait this time around so ask yourself if the photographer is giving you an insight into the person in the photo and their life? Also bear in mind whether or not you think that it would appeal to someone who doesn’t know the subject as the winner donates a print as a prize for the next challenge.

Head on over to Aussielicious Challenge Tumblr to view all the entries. Be careful to vote for the right one as THREE different David’s have entered this time. So note the number next to the photo and get voting.

Which is your favourite PORTRAIT?

  • 19 - Ali, Paul (13%, 32 Votes)
  • 20 - Peter, Kiss (13%, 31 Votes)
  • 1 - Dennis, Shane (10%, 25 Votes)
  • 13 - Drew, Frank (10%, 24 Votes)
  • 2 - Sean, Shopkeeper (9%, 21 Votes)
  • 4 - Peter, Mexican Lady (7%, 17 Votes)
  • 5 - Scott, Party kiss (7%, 17 Votes)
  • 16 - Sue, Sausage Vendor (7%, 16 Votes)
  • 8 - David, Stripper (6%, 15 Votes)
  • 14 - Rich, Daz (4%, 10 Votes)
  • 3 - Ben, Surfer (3%, 7 Votes)
  • 12 - Jeric, Performer (2%, 6 Votes)
  • 6 - Simon, Tami (2%, 5 Votes)
  • 11 - Allan, Mesh (2%, 5 Votes)
  • 18 - Dave, Friend Brazil (2%, 4 Votes)
  • 9 - Mark, Dog (1%, 3 Votes)
  • 17 - Gary, Friend (1%, 2 Votes)
  • 10 - David, Brazil (0%, 1 Votes)
  • 15 - Bruce, Mike (0%, 1 Votes)
  • 7 - Jim, Passenger (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 242

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Climbed the Ranks

Brisbane based photographer Ali Choudry is working on a photographic series that is all about physical success. He’s photographing elite athletes and performers and capturing their physicality and beauty. Photographed above is Jake Eve, a skipper of all things and it looks like he’s a lot better at it than me, Travis Scott the talented and popular male pole dancer and Olympic Medallist Diver Matthew Helm. If you are an elite athlete or performer in or around Brisbane email me and I can forward details on to Ali. I never get tired of photos of people who are so attuned to their physicality.

A tribute to balls?

A video came to my attention on Vimeo a couple of days ago and it seems to star a porn star Brad Rock who I’m not familiar with but he has some impressive balls. This video is apparently a tribute to the American artist Bruce Nauman who made a video art piece in 1969 of him bouncing his own balls in his hand in closeup. Most art like this I just go “meh” but it’s kind of amusing. The video tribute (below) is almost hypnotic with the smooth balls bouncing around in the sunlight. They are certainly impressive.

#FRANCESCOVEZZOLI: The Return of Bruce Nauman’s Bouncing Balls, 2006 from KALEIDOSCOPE Videoclub on Vimeo.

Off on a road trip!

Early on Saturday morning I’ll be leaving on a road trip. Since I can’t afford a big holiday like Burning Man this year but I have lots of leave saved up I thought I’d take the opportunity to see some friends who live up north. They live about half an hour outside Byron Bay, a beautiful beachside town about 10 hours drive north of Sydney. It’s famous for it’s beaches, it’s seafood, hippies, relaxing and it’s laid back lifestyle.

On Saturday I’ll drive as far as Coffs Harbour and relax there for the later part of the day and stay the night before driving the rest of the way to my mates’ place by lunch time. They’ll be working during the week that I’m up there so I’ll spend my days taking photos, having coffees, reading and perving at the ridiculously hot men that seem to be in Byron every time I’ve been. It’s always full of hot surfers and backpackers. Bring it on!

I’m planning on getting a handful of blog posts ready to go so that when I can, I’ll log in quickly and hit post so that you aren’t all left high and dry while I’m away for your fix of Aussielicious.

Fractured

Anthony McGovern is a fellow Sydney photographer that I have met several times through friends. He’s a very talented guy who specialises in beautiful landscape photography. He recently decided to really challenge himself by doing a series of nude self portraits that he’s calling his Fractured series. Some of the images are being featured in the current issue of DNA magazine which is fantastic for a first effort at self portraits.

They are beautifully dark and moody images of Anthony. He’s also photographed another model in the same style but those aren’t released. If I get my butt into gear I’m going to use Anthony as inspiration and do some self portraits. I’ve spoken about it before but I’m not in the shape I want to be yet.

Anyone who takes a lot of photos will want to check out Anthony’s iPad app, Picster too.

Not waiting any more

The other day I posted about the waiting game I was playing waiting for a guy from the gym to call. I’m packing up the dice and putting that game away. He was at the gym again on Tuesday which was a week after giving him my number. He said hello but there still has been no phone call, text or other communication. Maybe he has a boyfriend or maybe he’s not after anything but on my board game you get an extra roll of the dice if you are clear about what is going on and what you want. If he’s not interested that’s fine but a courteous “no thanks” would be nice. It also doesn’t explain why he so blatantly stopped and stared as I walked into the shower.

Giving him my phone number was the first roll of the dice in my new game. It’s called “Why not?” In this game instead of over thinking things and talking myself out of asking someone out with my usual thoughts of not being good enough or he won’t be interested, I ask myself “why not?” and just give it a whirl. As a result, someone commented on something on my photography page on Tuesday. We got chatting, added each other on facebook, saw that we had lots of mutual friends and we now have a date tomorrow night. Fingers crossed.

The last portrait is in!

Peter scraped in today with the last submission for the Portrait challenge. This photo is a beautiful romantic kiss that Peter planted on his boyfriend. Very sweet. Now that the entries are all in it’s time for me to get organised and get the voting ready to happen. I’ll have that ready to go in the next couple of days.

Is it really?

With the Todd Carney scandal over the weekend, the term “bubbling” has been bandied about all over the place. Vice Magazine did a story with some skater that claims it’s huge in Australia, we invented it, all do it and that his father even taught him how to do it. I’m calling bullshit.

I have no doubt that it’s been done in drunken dares several times but I wouldn’t go so far to say it’s huge and something that a lot of people do. It’s only been added to Urban Dictionary with this definition yesterday. I have a feeling that Troy West aka ”Skategypsy” is literally taking the piss with his interview for Vice. I’m not entirely sure why anyone would want to take credit for starting a trend for pissing in your own mouth. A google image search and a tumblr search came up with nothing tagged as Bubbling that remotely resembled people pissing in their mouth.

Todd Carney has lost his $650,000 per year contract playing NRL and has allegedly been banned for life for all his misadventures over the years. I’m not sure that pissing in his own mouth should be considered the worst thing he’s done. He got another chance after glassing his girlfriend in the face. Surely pissing in your own mouth is just the watersports equivalent of a wank?

The last of the Portraits?

It’s the last day of June here in and even in the time zones furthest behind you don’t have a long time left to get any submissions in for the challenge. Tonight I have three more portraits which may or may not be the last ones.

Gary has sent in this portrait but unfortunately that’s all I know about it. Gary hasn’t provided any details on who it is or where it was taken but it is one of those portraits that makes you curious about what they subject is thinking or looking at.

Dave has also sent in an unnamed portrait but I do know that it is a friend of his and that it was taken in Brazil, near Rio.

Last but not least is Ali from Brisbane. This is Paul who is a friend of Ali’s and they were playing with the intrinsic duality within most people and in particular masculine/feminine aspects of identity.