Flaming Creatures (Jack Smith, 1963)
Members of Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence by Eve Arnold, San Francisco, 1981
From In Retrospective, Sinclair-Stevenson Books, 1995
Berlin cabaret poster, 1920s.
“The idyllic gay portrait of dapper German officers in capes and peaked caps transfixed by demure Line-Boys (teenage male prostitutes that worked Berlin’s fancy hotel lobbies, gay clubs, and bars in the Tiergarten in gangs of 4 or 5) on Tiergarten benches disappeared from view in 1919. It was beggars who retained the combat dress of the defeated army. Berlin’s gay community at the beginning of Weimar adopted a different wardrobe, the sailor’s blouse and cap (alongside the tailored morning-coat of the perfumed dandy). In homosexual Dielen, middle-aged Sugar-Lickers (nighttime gay patrons), Coolies (older Gymnasium or university students who hired Line-Boys and frequently claimed to be straight), Doll-Boys (youngest and penniless gay hustlers that worked solely for food, lodging and cigarettes), even crotchety waiters wore the crisp blue-and-white insignia of jaunty marines on shore leave. The change of uniform had various meanings. Partly, it was a matter of identification - straights didn’t wear them - and they were a Wilhelmian echo of adolescent androgyny. More significantly, Berlin’s core homosexual community had expanded beyond the units of the Potsdam garrison.”
-Mel Gordon, Voluptuous Panic: The Erotic World of Weimar Berlin.
Albert Harlingue / Roger-Viollet - Le Monocle, a special cabaret for women in Montmartre, Paris, 1930
Jack Smith, Untitled, c.1958-1962/2011
Jack Smith, Untitled, c. 1958-1962
From Jack Smith: A Feast for Open Eyes exhibiton at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), London
Via Art Blart
Luigi & Luca, Union, 2008
Thanks to chooseyourshoes for positively identifying the authors of this photo earlier today. And also thanks to billyjane, unkool, and hardwired for their suggestions. (TinEye led most of us to Mariano Vivanco, but crowdsourcing beats algorithms yet again.)
Andrej Pejic by Karim Sadli for Candy
…Wherein it occurs to me that I can’t remember the last time I posted an image of an erotically framed male.
Je Tu Il Elle (Chantal Akerman, 1975)
Such a gorgeous film.
Submitted by sistersaintanne