Welcome to mitchmen gateway

Welcome to mitchmen.com, home of Mitchell's Gay Art.

This is my permanent gateway site.
I usually post here once a month, art and photos in praise of male beauty, strictly vanilla.
There's a link in the sidebar to a small public gallery of vanilla drawings by me (gallery last updated Feb 2019).
If you have problems with the link please read this notice.

You can find my more adventurous work via my regular blog
(where I show my own pictures mixed with articles on other gay artists and images that excite me).

There's a 'Gallery Hub' tab at that blog which has onward links to:-
- All the official mitchmen galleries,
- The mitchmen mailing list (for the latest pictures and stories)
- The permanent mitchmen archive at Adonis Male.

I welcome comments from visitors but please avoid adult references,
I can't approve remarks which are not consistent with the vanilla format of this site
and unfortunately I can't edit your contributions!

Thank you for your interest and support.
Mitchell (Jun 2020).

Friday, 1 September 2023

Mermen swim back

Gabo - Merman

Of all the mermen I have featured here over the years, I think I like this the best. 
His face and his physique are bang on the button for me right now 
and there's a delicious swirl in his tail that makes a very pleasing image.
The dreaded 'join' is swept aside with confidence as if it didn't matter.
But the merman himself doesn't seem totally happy about it.
No prospect here of fathering merkids, it seems.
Don't worry, there's someone for everyone.
(If I may say so, a harpoon-toting merman seems a bit like a turkey voting for Christmas or Thanksgiving but then again, I'm no expert on the species).
Gabo - Merman, dressed

By way of consolation Gabo has produced a human alter ego 
and he thankfully seems to have the necessary tackle.
I do love a man in swimming trunks!
Not crazy about ones who carry harpoons though.
And if he turns into a merman at midnight things might get tricky


Monday, 31 July 2023

Vintage Wrestling

British vintage photograph by Basil Clavering

 An image from a recently reassembled, wrestling photo set, produced by the British, vintage, Royale Studio in 1959. It shows the models Brian Lamprill (top) and Tibor Urgay grappling in various poses contrived to avoid frontal exposure and suggestive contact. This one looks a bit of a stalemate!

Royale Studio and it's later incarnation, Hussar Studio, had a brief existence from 1957-63 but reputedly bore the brunt of the arbitrary actions by the British authorities to suppress any form of homosexual expression. They were not the only studio to produce images like this and never featured explicit frontal shots but, uniquely amongst British Studios of the time, they produced photo sets showing men dressed or partly dressed in British military uniforms (tailored to fit tightly) and often involving in corporal punishment scenarios. This seems to have attracted special attention from the Police who confiscated offending material at whim.

This image is taken from the new Royale Studio Open Archive which is attempting to assemble as complete a collection as possible of the Studio's images. 
This particular set is No 37, Urgay v Lamprill 

Saturday, 1 July 2023

Boxing Green

DrawprOn - Little Mac

 A saucy image of Little Mac who is a cute character from combat games.
I'm not sure he ever went into a fight dressed like this
But in the gay imagination it's entirely appropriate, cute kit for a cutie.
For some reason I like the green outfit that's his trademark too.
Seconds Out!

In this multi media age games characters are no more confined to computer games than superheroes are limited to comics. In the gay art universe they all mix freely, hooking up and sharing quests.
DrawnprOn specialises in fan art that transports well known characters into saucy situations.


Monday, 12 June 2023


 Ivan Gudkov by Serge Lee
 I have a bit of a thing about swimming trunks.
Proper ones that look like swimming trunks, not underwear.
If they're skimpy and yellow, I'm hooked!
This pose highlights the brevity factor and vulnerabiliy
The little badge seems to add a frisson of importance.
The knotted waist cord looks a temptingly fragile defence.
Away from the prying eyes of beach goers

Serge Lee Photography

Swimwear by Marcuse

Thursday, 1 June 2023

Unapproved School by Royale Studio

Royale Studio - Unapproved School

The mitchmen Royale Studio Open Archive, a project to compile a comprehensive collection of images by the legendary 50's pioneers of British gay photography has now transferred from the mitchmen blog to a new dedicated blog and gallery. The site is still in the process of building ,but you can see what has been created so far at 

The Royale Studio Open Archive

Monday, 22 May 2023



Alonso Mena's depictions of men all seem to carry the cheery Spanish greeting.
In this situation of course it has the power to be something more.
The man on the ground looks dejected but we don't know why.
Maybe they had a row or he may not know the other man at all.

 Much of his work is solo studies.
He has an eye for classic manliness.
The greeting reaches out to us. 
Planting warmth in his imagery.

It seems somewhat incongruous in this one.
But who cares!

Friday, 31 March 2023

Man at Work

 Another muscular male back is the focal point of this image of a workman hauling on a strap. 

Manual labour is not highly valued in economic terms but gay men can appreciate it as a priceless expression of masculinity, one that most of us can only realise through the artificial process of gym exercise.

Shame about the baggy jeans though.

It's by the artist Steve Huston who makes something of a speciality of images like this,
involving boxers and workmen.