One of the most-requested things that I've heard from VGMH friends over the last few years
relates to the month of October and Halloween, and specifically wishes to see some of our previous special stories and the haunted logos, which progress in a ghoulish delight over time during the month and climax on October 31st with smut we don't ever show otherwise. This is also the anniversary month of our little blog here, and I'm happy to be able to fulfill such requests for blasts from the past, and thank you for asking. I have not forgotten that we came to this place after another site had made it clear that queers like us were not welcome any longer with them. We all keep pushing on no matter what, and you have raised me and I thank you.
But back to more important things...What little clothing Mr. October's wearing is certainly stylish for the period. He seems in very serious concentration, and maybe it's just me, but that jack-o-lantern's one eye opening seems downright naughty and nice at the same time. As with other months in this vintage calendar, we see the mysterious hand (notice the bird tattoo) offering suggestions of what perhaps is yet to come for our model?
Dom (his real name was Dom Orejudos was) was 20 years old when he began using the name Etienne, when his work was published for the first time in 1953's "Tomorrow's Man" magazine, issue #8.
Born in Chicago on July 1st, 1933, Etienne was a dancer and choreographer with the Illinois Ballet Company for 15 years. In addition, he was a very respected businessman, famous for his male physique studies which became internationally known. He was the recipient of three National Endowment for the Arts grants and was nominated/received three Emmy Awards.
His artwork is understandably sometimes confused with that of Tom of Finland. Both men definitely had an appreciation for very masculine guys and both enjoyed creating intense fantasy worlds. It's been reported that both artists knew one another and liked and respected one another's work. We'll take a look at more of his work in the future.
One of Etienne's most-favored artistic styles was to show a charismatic character becoming the sexual brunt of a masculine joke, usually at the mercy of other men surrounding him. To some, his work pushes the envelope of aggressive machismo sex that's sometimes depicted, which the artist himself once described as trying to capture man's "fears, needs, and unapologetic raw power." He died of AIDS complications in 1991.