Welcome to the new mitchmen blog

Welcome to mitchmen, home of Mitchell's Gay Art.
(no connection to Michael Mitchell!)

This is my gateway site. I only post occasionally here but in the sidebar you can connect to my two main posting sites
- my blog (where I show some of my pictures and pay tribute to artists and images that excite me)
- my Yahoo! Group (where you can see my latest pictures and stories and join my mailing list).


There's a link in the sidebar here to a small gallery of vanilla drawings by me (Mitchell) (gallery last updated Feb 2018).
If you have problems with the link please read this notice.


T
hank you for your interest and support.
Mitchell (Feb 2018).

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

It must be Spring

Ben Kimura - Cherry Blossom
I have a soft spot for Ben Kimura's romantic, chocolate box world.
His pictures are populated by handsome, wistful, young men,
and this one drawing on his heritage of traditional Japanese art
and the love of nature has a simple beauty about it.

In springtime a young man's fancy turns to love they say
But in reality Cherry Blossom time in Japan is usually quite cold
and this young man sits quite alone with nature, 
distracted from his studies and reading

There's  often a sense of 'apartness' in Kimura's art.
He expresses one of the essences of the gay condition - isolation.
Which is especially raw in youth and returns to bite in old age.
This seemingly sentimental image has hidden depths.

Sunday, 1 April 2018

Merman Sven

Merman Sven by Silverjow
Merman Dimitrio by Richie is one of my most visited posts here. His visualisation of the species suggests a new, genetically unique creature with the transition from human top to fishy bottom cleverly graduated and integrated. Silverjow's fantasy seems more practical in concept with a distinctly human torso (of enviable quality) seemingly shoehorned into an exotic fishlike tail section. The texturing and shape of the fishy skin is somewhat reminiscent of the unconvincing costumes used in Mermaid movies and you almost feel Sven could simply beach himself, unzip, peel off his tail and walk away if he so desired. But if his combination of species lacks biological conviction it's still a handsome and striking image which cleverly skirts the issue of the reproductive barrier that is normally deemed to separate humans and 'Mer-creatures'

Silverjow is on facebook

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Bee still my beating heart

Aaron Kuttler for Aronik
The generous proportions of the pink swimsuit Aaron Kuttler wears here as he wades into the sea seem distinctly retro, reminiscent of the days when modesty was the rule for beach attire, but they would have been thought very daring back then and you can see why. The unconventional, bright colour draws the eye to his shapely bottom and the striking pattern shows off it's shape, indeed it seems to enhance it. Aaron looks round as though he can feel the eyes of fellow beach boys upon it. The honeycomb pattern links with Aronik's use of a Bee for it's logo but it's also the shape of chicken wire which conjures up a rather different fantasy.

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Mysterious Face

Michael Egan by Michael Stokes

Sunglasses can have a mysterious beautifying effect on some faces,
highlighting lips and jawline.
Photo courtesy of Michael Stokes

click on 'faces' label below for more

Saturday, 30 December 2017

Parasol Beach

HongTao - Man with a Parasol

Images featuring umbrellas on beaches have had to compete with something of an iconic cliche in recent years, but this straightforward picture of a handsome, young man arriving at the beach, oiled up and ready for a day in the sun by-passes self-conscious artiness and has a strong gay vibe. His loose shorts contrive to be almost as naughty as closer fitting, racy styles. The artist's casual use of green spotting, suggests not just sea spray but the sensual wetting of the body.

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Locker Room Mood

Bruno Bernal in shorts
I often ramble on about how well-chosen clothes enhance the male physique. This shot of chunky Bruno Bernal makes out a good case for my thesis. The tight tee is a classic device of course for bringing out the attractions of the upper body and though Bruno does not have the widest of shoulders, look how glorious his arms look emerging from the curving grey hem of the garment. For that matter see how thick and strong his neck looks.

The black shorts in contrast are not tight at all, nor particularly brief, but the leg is cut just high enough to produce a similar emphatic wow for Bruno's chunky thighs. The black socks play a supporting role by obscuring the more tapered part of the leg which might detract from the blocky squareness and by virtue of their colour produce a bulkier look to complement the shorts. 

The picture of Bruno below (from his Twitter feed) illustrates the opposite effects. 
Same body, different clothes. 
Clothes that allow his personality through

 

You shouldn't have any difficulty finding pictures of Bruno without clothes for further comparison. 
The UK Hot Jocks picture at the top of this article is part of a series of which you can find more here

Monday, 30 October 2017

The Elixir

Sotiris Thomaidis beached (click to enlarge)

 This colourful image is a great ad for the bottom enhancing qualities of Modus Vivendi swimwear! The curvy seams shamelessly copy the classic styling of denim jeans but then, no-one ever got bored looking at them! 

The bottle of turquoise liquid, suggestive of idyllic locations, is a constant and mysterious presence in the pictures of this advertising campaign. In this particular image though, the photographer has conjured up a feast of ideas which epitomise the world of advertising - the handsome man reaching out for a prized, precious object, which appears to have been spilled and nearly lost. But these are ideas that have a resonance for our everyday lives too which gives this picture a touch of true art.

Model: Sotiris Thomaidis photographed by Panos Misailidis for Modus Vivendi's 'Contrast' Line (2016)