Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Tick, Tock...History is what everything eventually becomes

 Welcome 2016

"Be at War with your Vices, at Peace with your Neighbours, and let every New-Year find you a better Man"~Quoted in Benjamin Franklin's 1755 Poor Richard's Almanac

What can be said in New Year rhymes,

That's not been said a thousand times?

The new years come, the old years go,

We know we dream, we dream we know.

We rise up laughing with the light,

We lie down weeping with the night.

We hug the world until it stings,

We curse it then and sigh for wings.

We live, we love, we woo, we wed,

We wreathe our prides, we sheet our dead.

We laugh, we weep, we hope, we fear,

And that's the burden of a year.

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Above: "Desiderata" (Latin: "desired things") is a 1927 prose poem by American writer Max Ehrmann.  Largely unknown in the author's lifetime, the text became widely famous after its use in devotional and spoken-word recordings in 1971 and 1972.  Below is an early-1970s film version (there were not videos back then) that was widely seen and played in many high schools to help motivate kids.  Actor Morgan Freeman, interviewed on Oprah Winfrey's Master Class television special (2012), expressed how deeply the poem 'Desiderata' had shaped his life.  In the turbulent 1970s the poem was especially appreciated by the emerging openly gay population as a sort of 'life owner's manual' to not let negativity and hostility discourage a gay man's progress in demanding equality and self worth.


Old Father Time!

Hey now, what seems to be going on here?  Earlier this week we saw Mikula showing off his bike (and showing off his sexy nude body, too!), so what gives with his privates getting manhandled in these photos?  Could it be that 2015s Old Father Time isn't exactly happy about his year being over, and so he's taking it out on the pop-n-fresh Baby New Year's peach-fuzzy tushy?  With his adorably handsome face and easy going attitude, Mikula Vaclav certainly looked good in this vintage spanking photo spread from a few years back.  Mikula seems like he's a good enough sport about it all, even though he doesn't exactly look all that interested in the theme of this smut.  And as for 2015 Old Father Time...spank away but please be very careful around those balls!

Hey many guys is Old Father Time going to spank?  Seems like this guy in the robe has a thing for buns, and we're not talking about the Pillsbury dough kind!

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Nebojsa Zdravkovic: Capturing the Masculinity of Men

There's been more times in world history where the beauty, power and raw sexual attractiveness of the male physique has been favored than not.  The ancient cultures certainly understood and celebrated men in paintings and sculptures, especially their warriors.  The male nude body in Greek sculpture was used both for portrayals of ideal heroes (gods) and real-life heroes (the champions at the Olympic games).  Fortunately, the unplaced fears of homophobia in art that were so prevalent in much of the last century are slowly being replaced with common sense once again, and nude men as subject matter in fine art is returning in acceptance around the world.    In contemporary art, male sexuality is accepted as a part of capturing life.  Depictions of male nudity seem more and more often to be deliberately obscuring the fine line between art and with what was considered pornography in the last century.
It's reported that Nebojsa Zdravkovic was born in Belgrade in 1959.   A member of the Association of Serbian Fine Artists, was granted a scholarship by the Spanish government for post-graduate studies in Madrid.  His paintings are strikingly original and often captures the masculinity of younger men, with a play of lighting and shadows on his subjects and their settings.  His work has been exhibited in many group shows around the globe along with solo exhibitions in London, Paris, Belgrade, Athens and Cyprus.