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Could this be it?

Finding music appropriate for an aerial circus routine is something that I find really difficult. If I sit on a piece of music for too long without working it into a routine then I lose interest in it. The same is true if I try a routine to a piece of music and it doesn’t work. Rather than rework the routine I seem to throw the music away and start again.

Our teacher wants us to put together a routine for the end of term. Not for a public performance but just for each other. He also wants it to be close to five minutes long which is tough. That’s a long routine and will require lots of additional training to get through it which is good. I need to push my training and endurance anyway. This morning I have come up with two options. I’d always liked the Jack White cover of U2′s Love is Blindness but it’s only three and a half minutes so I put a minute of the original U2 version at the start before it goes into the bonkers angry Jack White version. I like it but I’m not sure it’s right.

The more likely option is Ed Sheeran “I See Fire” from the second Hobbit movie soundtrack. It’s the right length at just a smidge under five minutes and it builds beautifully from an almost acoustic folk song to an orchestral dramatic piece with moments to work with for drama in the routine.

A successful outcome

After seeing the very hard to watch video of a young man being beaten by his family for being gay a few weeks ago, it’s nice to see this video of parents completely accepting their twin sons coming out to them at the same time. One son they had suspected was gay, the other was a complete surprise. Their parents obviously have friends from a variety of walks of life when you listen to the conversation but as we know, that doesn’t always translate to acceptance. In this case, it did. Notice nothing quite distracts their dad from eating. Surely that’s about as accepting as it gets. “Yeah that’s great boys but I’m busy eating.”

I wouldn’t have the balls.

Brent Ray Fraser has appeared on this blog before, when I questioned whether what he was doing was performance art as he says or just exhibitionism. He recently posted a new video of him going on a very long and steep hike in British Columbia so that he can do a nude penis painting at the top. He must be a very fit man because to film this alone, as you can see he does, he must have done the trip about three times after putting the camera down going back down and filming himself walking up. Doing this all the way up and down would be a killer workout.

I’m surprised at the reaction of all the other hikers and how casual it is. There really is only one or two that seem a little unimpressed at his nudity but most seem quite happy about it. I know I would be a bit shocked but I certainly wouldn’t mind, even if I wouldn’t have the balls to do it myself. If the trail was designated clothing optional I’d have no problem but I’d be pretty confident guessing that this trail isn’t clothing optional. I love hearing the Australian accent when the woman asks if it’s nude day and she missed the memo.

My Naked Penis Painting Stawamus Chief Hike – July 20, 2014 from Brent Fraser on Vimeo.

Well that was unexpected

Last week I went to have a massage to try and sort out the knots in my back and neck. While the massage was one of the most painful and deep tissue massages I’ve ever had and exactly what I thought I needed, it didn’t really work. Even so, I would recommend the masseur as he did his job well. It was a perfectly legitimate massage and no happy ending was requested or offered, just a good firm massage. Then yesterday, nearly a week later I got a text message out of the blue saying “Wasn’t sure if it was what you were after or not but if you’d like a more sensual massage next time I can do that for you.” I have no idea where that came from. Maybe he likes to suss out clients in advance before that kind of massage which would be fair enough. You don’t want to offer an intimate service to people that you may not want to give it to.

The text messages went back and forth for a while because, as I’ve said before, I love a sensual massage as long as the massage portion isn’t rushed making all about the happy ending. Unfortunately I can’t make the times that he usually sticks to for those kinds of massages but it will be interesting to see what, if anything, comes of it.

Basti aus Berlin Massage part 1 from Marcel Bruckmann on Vimeo.

As if you wouldn’t!

Anyone that has seen the movie Wolf Creek (even though it’s fiction) knows that the Australian Outback is a dangerous place and most of the time I’d be very wary of picking up a hitch hiker out in the middle of nowhere but let’s face it, if they looked like this guy and they were wearing just a pair of AussieBums and not much else, you wouldn’t really hesitate would you? The brakes would be on, the passenger seat would be cleared in a flash and you’d fling the door open quietly praying to yourself he wasn’t a lunatic.

Trek from aussieBum on Vimeo.

What is going on here?

The line between artistic genius and complete lunatic is often a very blurred line. Vincent Van Gogh was pretty much thought of as insane until long after his death when his true talent was realised. Not everyone calling themselves an artist is such a talent. There are many many people in the art world producing work that I just don’t get or don’t like and listening to people talk about their art and talk about extraordinary meaning behind a few smatterings of paint can be absolute torture. I’m sure there are people out there who look at my photography and wonder what the hell is going on in my mind. It is all good. Art is a very personal thing for people creating it and like music, we all have different tastes.

This video is one that for me just makes me wonder what on earth is happening inside this guy’s head? Having said that, it is quite beautifully shot and coloured and it adds to the sense of urgency and danger with this guy’s crazy antics. If you don’t understand what the message is that he is trying to tell you, and I certainly don’t, there is some gratuitous nudity to enjoy while you wait patiently for it to finish.

Me quedé en blanco from F U T U R E on Vimeo.

Off to a soggy start

Reports are hitting the news that Burning Man is in lockdown at the moment. The site has been closed to people coming in today and possibly for another day or two after heavy rains. People are being told to go back to Reno and hold off until they are given the all clear. I can only imagine the chaos with people trying to find last minute accommodation. 70,000+ people will be going to the festival this year and only a small portion of that would have been in already when the site went into lockdown. They site gets closed because, being desert it will just become mud and completely torn up in the wet and all those RV’s and vehicles would just get bogged.

I  hope that my friends got in before the site got locked down. At least for those already in they can just bunker down and relax as much as possible until the festival dries out. It has reaffirmed my decision not to go this year. I’m still a little jealous but this makes it that much easier.

The Bucking Duck ride from Brenton Parry on Vimeo.

Another gratuitous Ice Bucket Challenge nude.

Dan Osborne is a bit of a hot deal at the moment, especially in the UK but if you read the gay blogs you’d be forgiven for thinking he’s an international superstar. He is one of the stars of The Only Way is Essex, a show I’ve never watched and probably couldn’t stand if I did. Thankfully Dan is prone to posing nude for Attitude Magazine, jumping off high platforms in tiny speedos with Tom Daley for tv etc etc blah blah blah.

We like him for his intellect gorgeous body and lovely smile and now we like him even more because he’s just done the Ice Bucket Challenge nude. That tan of his has no white parts. We love that. The video is a bit dark, so you might want to ramp up the brightness on your computer screen.

Ridiculous but it works

The Ice Bucket Challenge has gone completely crazy over the last week on the internet with some huge name celebrities getting doused in ice water like Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey and even legendary ice queen Anna Wintour. Originally the idea was to get doused in ice water OR pay a donation to raise money for the charity to help end ALS, also known here in Australia as Motor Neurone Disease. I’m hoping that all these people doing the challenge are wearing the icy water AND donating because otherwise it’s not doing the job as well as it could have. The publicity the cause is getting is fantastic and over $15M has been raised already.

A happy by-product of the challenge is that we are seeing lots of hot men being doused in water either shirtless or in white tee-shirts which is always fun. Emblem Three are a boyband that I’ve never heard of but they took it even further, as have a few other hardy souls, and did the challenge nude. There’s not junk on display but that’s understandable when cold water is involved.

Hurts so good…?

I’ve not long arrived home after treating myself to a much needed massage. For the past week or so I’ve felt very sore and knotted up, especially after class last night. So I booked myself in for a massage. After googling massage Sydney and ending up with lots of brothels, I refined the search to gay massage Sydney and found a guy that seemed legit on Craigslist. That sounds like a contradiction I know but he sounded genuine.

My god was he legit. There was nothing sexual or sensual about it and he knew how to fix the knots I had. It felt like he removed my muscles and stomped all over them before reattaching them. There were a couple of points where I was in a lot of pain but it already feels like the knots have been untied. Fingers crossed they keep improving.

Tantra Gay Massage from naked masseur – massage in Sofia video from TantraMassage on Vimeo.

The right inspiration

Back when I was studying graphic design all those many years ago, my illustration teacher told us that if you are going to use reference material then you need to choose the RIGHT reference material and she was dead right. So many people in the performance or artistic world are being “inspired” by the wrong material. Just because someone else has done it doesn’t mean it’s good. Sure you may be able to use it to build something magical but maybe not. Conversely choosing great reference material doesn’t always guarantee success. How many times have we seen up and coming celebrities being made up like Marylin or Audrey Hepburn for a photo shoot and looking like a cheap Halloween knock off.

Thankfully Bell Soto have done a stellar job with this video. I’m not sure if it was actually for a fashion label or as a bit of an editorial promotion like a video version of a magazine spread. The two male models look incredible in this not just relying on the pouty androgyny that is so common these days. They look like old school performers getting ready for the theatre backstage. When I saw this I immediately thought of the image above of Vladimir by the legendary photographer Herb Ritts who died 11 years ago. I would even guess that Ritts was inspired by performers like Nureyev.

Wherever the inspiration has come from using classic theatrical makeup references and using male models who are masculine but comfortable in that slightly feminine realm has really worked to create a beautiful video.

PERFORMANCE from Bell Soto on Vimeo.

May as well do it nude!

This video caught my eye yesterday. The guy has the perfect lean wiry build for rock climbing and clearly has the strength and the talent for it too. I’ve seen other images of people rock climbing nude but bouldering like this guy is doing makes more sense because you don’t need the uncomfortable harness. It’s still going to be awkward if he loses his grip and falls. Cool little video. He’s a sexy guy too.

Keeping me organised

Thank goodness I have organised friends. I’m one of those terrible people that gets a message from someone saying “Are we still on for diner tomorrow night” and I’ve completely forgotten about our plans. Thankfully my friends have learnt this and now remind me well in advance.

Tonight some friends and I are off to see Tom At the Farm which doesn’t exactly look like a delightful romp through a farm romance. No, it looks much like a twisted nightmare when Tom goes out to a farm for his partner’s funeral only to find out that his family know nothing of who Tom is or what he was to their son/brother. Awkward. Here’s hoping it’s better than the last movie we went to see together called Praia Do Futuro which was the most disjointed movie with no explanation for massive jumps in the story that I’ve seen in years.

Update: Here’s my thoughts on the movie. Once I stopped being distracted by the lead character’s hideous hair including extensions, I was truly unnerved by the movie. I kept thinking “WTF am I watching?” the whole way through. As a friend on facebook who loved it has pointed out, it obviously got me thinking and I guess to an extent I was invested in the movie. I wanted certain outcomes to happen but by the end I figured none of the characters were likeable and the only thing I really wanted to happen was to see the psycho brother character nude. As I said to my friend, it may have got me thinking but I very much doubt I’d watch it again.

Art or exhibitionism?

Art is a very personal experience. There are millions of people that look at modern art and think “WTF is that?” There are just as many people that look at classical landscapes and think they are boring. Wherever you are on the art appreciation spectrum it’s probably different to whatever the artist is thinking as they create it. Brent Ray Fraser is an artist that from where I’m standing seems to be more about the publicity and shock value than creating art. Is there anything wrong with that? Not at all. Andy Warhol made a huge name for himself by deliberately courting the mass appeal.

Brent’s work usually involves himself and himself not wearing anything. I first came across his teaser videos on vimeo and ended up on his website but didn’t want to pay for the subscription to see videos. There are now some videos around showing all the goods. He does public performance pieces where he paints while nude using his rather impressive cock to make the “art”. Some of it ends up looking cool, other pieces are just cock prints all over a canvas. Each to their own.

This video below is a new piece and it’s apparently a tribute but comes across as a fairly self indulgent video where he gets to flex his exhibitionist muscle. Good on him. He looks great nude and certainly gets the attention. The footage is actually quite beautiful but that could be me flexing my voyeuristic muscle. I’m a sucker for a beautiful nude body walking around nude.

“Modern Man” – An artistic nude retrospect by Brent Ray Fraser from Brent Fraser on Vimeo.

Gratuitous nude acrobatics

This is a bit of a lazy blog post I’m sorry. The lazy junior at work finished a few weeks ago and this week a big job has come in that I’m managing so my days are leaving me a little frazzled by the time I get home. Thankfully this is easily turned into a Mining-the-clouds situation. With junior gone the scope of my job has increased and that will be the case even when my boss gets around to replacing him. For the time being it involves me doing all the product photography which he used to do. It also involves me managing the freelancer that is in for a few days helping out. So I think I’m doing a good job of keeping the job on track and also showing that I can handle more responsibility to my boss.

Unfortunately tonight I just don’t have the brain power write anything wildly entertaining for you. Instead I’m sharing a video of a gratuitiously nude hand balancer. Why not do acrobatics nude? Hand balancing takes a lot of strength and even more control. It is something I’d like to try but I have a feeling it would take more time than I can devote to it. He looks good doing it though.

acrobata desnudo from sergio ariell arias on Vimeo.