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).

Thursday, 1 June 2023

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.

Tuesday, 28 February 2023

Night Life in the Rain


'Night Life' by Michael Breyette

There are many ways to show off the beauty of the male physique. 

Wet clothes are particularly effective and an almost traditional technique in the realms of non-explicit homoerotica, as my long running series on Royale Studio military images (ca. 1960) at mitchmen blog shows. Those images, largely published in black and white, were barely able to pick the surface. This splendid picture of a man caught in a rainstorm shows why. The wet fabric of his trousers clings to his thighs in the Royale manner, framing but not revealing sensitive, adjacent areas. His thinner shirt, however, becomes translucent in the wet, almost transparent and skin tones and other detail show through. 

Breyette is an old hand at discreet portrayals of manly physiques but the stubbled face he has given this one is right up to the minute. Removing his jacket is an entirely rational response to the drenching he has received but combined with the wet effect it creates the titillating suggestion of a man stripping off in the street.

Visit Michael Breyette Art

Wednesday, 1 February 2023

Floral Trunks

 It's summer time now, down under, a perfect excuse to indulge my little obsession with floral patterned underwear and swimwear (see label below for more). This pair modelled by David Castilla for Marcuse fit the bill (and him!) very nicely. It looks as if he's wondering if it's safe to go out in them.


 They look exceedingly skimpy indeed when modelled by Pierre Zamyatin.

He seems to be contemplating having a bath in them. Kinky!


A rose-bud features in the centre of the rear view.

As Pierre demonstrates how you take them off.



Here, Dominic Calvani puts the trunks through their paces for Michael Downs who knows a thing or two about man appeal. Living dangerously I call it.

Here's the proof, Zach Altovito wearing them at Wrestler For Hire 


Zach looks suave
Mark looks ready to  be tied up already


 Down on your knees!


Total Defeat for Zach
Despite his cool trunks.

Sunday, 1 January 2023


Alessio Slominsky - Quarantined

As the title suggests, this image looks back to the year 2020 when Covid changed lives across the globe. Slominsky has found a gay, romantic angle on the boredom of quarantine isolation, showing a man being serenaded by his neighbour across the street. The singer shows his unrequited love by his song, no doubt, but the fact that he's wearing nothing more than his guitar says more.

The scanty dress of both men might also be attributable to the weather, because this is Catalonia in Spain. The flag draped over the adjacent balcony is the symbol of the independence movement there. Balconies are very significant in Spain, traditionally used to protest. The yellow ribbon on the balcony above the singer is the symbol adopted by Catalans to express support for the politicians who were prosecuted by the Spanish government (also in 2020) for conducting an 'illegal' referendum on the proposal. Quarantine for them meant prison.

A New Year brings new hope for less turmoil and suffering in the world.