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Saturday, 24 January 2009

Mitchell’s A-Z of Fetish Artists - F

I usually select a favourite from all the artists representing a letter and for F I really am spoilt for choice in a set with some truly accomplished artists.
Frey and Falkon are both important figures in gay art and (Falkon’s view of the fetish world is unique in it’s inventiveness) but I think their main contributions lie outside the field of my review.
For purely artistic accomplishment the top choices would have to be Fillion or Fury but, in erotic art, technique is not everything. For sheer sexiness my choice would be taken from Fillion, Facchini, Fuwa, Franco (and maybe Funayama if you have a strong stomach). For total visual pleasure it would boil down to Fillion or Fuwa.

So while I have a soft spot for Fuwa’s cheerful chunky hunks and Facchini’s helpless, hairy bodied and very grown up miscreants, my vote for the best ‘F’ has to go to Fillion - who despite my dislike of his animalism - is unsurpassed in depicting men under total contol.

He joins the previous ‘winners’ - Amir, Brick, Chris, Drubskin and Etienne

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Thursday, 22 January 2009

Mitchell’s A-Z of Fetish Artists - Fury

Our journey through the letter ‘F’ has enabled me to mine a rich vein of artistic talent and today’s final contender is no different. Ed Fury (aka Marc Ming Chan) shows real men not boys.

They are of muscular build but with a realistic padding of fat and generous patches of body hair (though their head hair is usually cropped very short).

In these portraits he projects a sense of male animal strength which makes them very arresting. Some of his pictures are eye-catching for a different reason. He uses a technique that presents the image as though it were a hyper-realistic black and white photograph. Obviously this is a highly accomplished artist. His simpler cross-hatched style in the man in underpants picture above is equally stylish - although perhaps a little too severe for drooling over.
Soldiers feature prominently in his output which is a refreshing change and in the action pictures they are often shown dominating other men, tying them up and humiliating them as in the example below.

All these pictures are notable for their economy of style, concentrating on uncomplicated but powerful, well balanced images. There is sufficient detail of clothing etc to create a context but they stop short of becoming a full blown ‘story picture’ of a particular scene and place. In other words this is thoughtful art as well as stimulating eroticism.

I have been unable to find an operational website for marc ming chan

Tuesday, 20 January 2009

Mitchell’s A-Z of Fetish Artists - Funayama

With Funayama we enter a dark, dark world of bondage used as a vehicle for abuse, torture, mutilation and even cannibalism. His pictures often show bloody wounds and the atmosphere is filled with menace and fear which can be both exciting and repulsive at the same time. Not exactly my cup of tea but he has produced some excellent bondage images of which I include a selection here.

You can see he has a well developed technique and the rendering of details like body hair and clothing is excellent. In the hogtie picture below the relative positioning and the sizes of the different characters are not true to life but adjusted to fit into the composition. He does it so well that this is not obvious to the viewer. Tom of Finland had a similar ability to disguise the impossible.


The bamboo stave seen here features in many of Funayama’s compositions, being used for beating, poking and levering joints. Traditional Japanese loincloths also appear and when shown in combination with conventional soldiers uniforms, for example, these accessories create a sense that the captive is being subjected to an ancient ritual. I am not well versed enough in Japanese culture to fully understand the significance of this iconography but the erotic impact is still powerful.

Not all of Funayama’s faces are as attractive as the ones shown here. They all tend to have dark edged, staring eyes which are quite disturbing but entirely in keeping with the dark subject matter of the pictures.

There are samples of Funayama’s work at which is also a good reference source for many other Japanese fetish artists

Monday, 19 January 2009

Mitchell's A-Z of Fetish Artists - Oliver Frey

I wouldn’t normally have considered Oliver Frey (latterly known as Zack) to be a ‘fetish’ artist but it doesn’t seem right to disregard his iconic leather pictures which were published in the early days of free expression for gays.
Frey has always inspired me with the sense of action and drama in his pictures and he was one of the first gay artists to utilise close-ups and dramatic angles (devices acquired, I guess, from film and photography) to enhance the impact of his pictures. The tennis boy in bondage image shows an example.

There was always an exciting element of ‘forcefulness’ in his sexual encounters which even today might raise eyebrows if published in freely available ‘top shelf’ magazines. This approach produced a some memorable depictions of arching ecstatic bodies. Torn clothing was an inevitable by product in this scenario and a bit of a speciality for him.


His 70’s series of Back Alley pictures in which young men are introduced to the leather scene are classic, unforgettable images and were quite unlike anything which had gone before.

Not only were they crammed with domination, leather ritual and openly sexual content (who can forget the young kneeling leather boy offering up his buttocks, bathed in light, for gloved examination?). But also in these pictures Frey conjured up the menacing atmosphere of dark mysterious alleys on a wet night a feature which makes these pictures unforgettable. Now that I am older, the youth of the novices in these pictures spoils the effect a little but these are still first rate images.

The Zackboy picture above also shows Frey’s ability to use light and colour to create drama and sexual atmosphere in a fairly simple picture.
Frey did a number of comic stories and fetishist images pop up quite often - as in the Tennis boy bondage image above. The ‘Slaves to Lust’ story explores bondage and leather at some length but unfortunately the recipients of the training are again rather young for my personal preferences.
It would be hard to find another artist who could match Frey’s command of movement and atmosphere in his pictures. His draughtsmanship sometimes flags, the faces become strangely distorted, particularly when he grapples with more challenging angles - which is a shame as this does limit the audience appeal of his work. But it doesn’t detract from the significance of his contribution.
For more of Oliver Frey's work go to -

Saturday, 17 January 2009

Mitchell's A-Z of Fetish Artists - Franco

Franco’s spanking pictures proliferate on the web and must be known to most of my readers. He also has produced a number of pictures you might classify as ‘lab experiments and machines’. I prefer these images - probably because there is usually an element of bondage present.
In the spanking arena the sheer volume of his work commands respect. Much of it is of the standard ’over the knee’ older-younger scenario but the expressive faces and wriggling bodies are admirably portrayed.

Adult spanked by Franco
The older spanker is usually presented in a ‘desexualised’ way. That is they are fully dressed in conventional clothing and their faces are rarely attractive in the normal sense. I have to say though that Franco’s spanker’s faces are varied and often strikingly realistic adult ‘types’.
Brat Spank by Franco
In contrast the young man being spanked is usually good-looking and semi-naked. His body is usually lusciously presented with skin tones and highlighting similar to the Tom of Finland style. I applaud Franco’s ability to depict humiliation and pain and his use of clothing to tell the story and characterise the man being spanked but those ‘dad next door’ spankers don’t press my buttons however well depicted they are.
I will pass over Franco’s pictures the where spankers are mature women and those where the boys being spanked seem to be extremely young. Priests spanking young boys - oh dear!
Poor Jock by Franco

The genre that really works for me is the ‘lab rat’ stuff (like Poor Jock above) in which youngish jocks are attached to machines for milking, probing or mechanised spanking. Obviously these are more overtly sexual but Franco beautifully portrays the victim’s dismay and agony and the professor’s evil interest.

A final section of Franco’s work worth mentioning is a group of men spanked by monks. Whilst I am selective about costumes and dubious about religious overtones I like the sinister mood conjured up by the monk’s cowled gowns which put me in mind of Indiana Jones-like, tomb raider punishments

Much of Franco’s circulating work is comprised of black and white drawings, some is in colour and appears to have been created that way, but a lot of it has been computer ‘enhanced’ and colourised - I don’t know if this has been done with Franco’s collaboration but the results are often disappointing. I don’t disapprove of colourising as such - it can make black and white pictures more interesting and accessible in the internet age. But I don’t believe it enhances black and white drawings - it obliterates too much detail and destroys the subtlety of the lines.
Just compare the pictures reproduced here. The ‘unimproved’ Brat Spank picture has less initial impact but a cursory study of the hair, faces and clothing reveals a wealth of fine detail and subtlety which is heavily masked in the coloured pictures. Background details are often completely wiped out. The overall effect is to completely change the style of the picture. Franco may not be the greatest draughtsman in the world but I much prefer the delicacy his original work. This being so I can’t resist pointing out the mad professor’s grey hand in ‘Poor Jock’

There’s a decent selection of Franco’s work at Telemachus and at cp4men

Friday, 16 January 2009

Mitchell’s A-Z of Fetish Artists - Fuwa

(Also publishes work under the name Yamato)
Fuwa’s pictures have a distinctive, dark, textured look. His men are large and well built with rather attractive chunky faces featuring fleshy lips and slightly spiky dark hair. Some Japanese artists seem to ‘westernise’ their character’s faces but Fuwa’s retain distinctive national characteristics with a strange air of innocence quite at variance with the activities they participate in. His men are not always hairy but he does a nice line in arm and leg hair.

Fuwa’s pictures cover every fetish you can think of and are decidedly sleazy in character (that’s a compliment!) with close ups of the relevant areas and lots of juices splashing around. Fuwa’s interest in showing this detail results in plenty of close-ups and some rather unlikely poses in the more dynamic pictures. Whilst there is bondage in abundance the atmosphere is consensual and cheerful.
In some of his pictures the fetishism is applied to static poses derived from bodybuilding. These show off the muscularity of his character but they do seem a bit ‘posed’. I think it’s fair to say that Fuwa is more interested in excitement of the sex than the artistic, erotic possibilities of the human body (as exemplified for example by Fillion’s arching bodies in suspension -see previous post).

Fuwa usually provides sketchy background details in the style of Tom of Finland to help conjure a story for the viewer. He also makes extensive use of clothing which is a clincher for me. As well as the mandatory leather and cops uniforms, there is a nice sprinkling of sports wear - rugby, judo and rather delicious wrestlers in leotards of which the example here is the most decent!
There's a small gallery of his work here but I’m afraid I don’t have a proper link for Fuwa, if anyone can supply one please get in touch. His work is featured in G-men magazine.
If you want to read the earlier articles in this series, click on the A-Z label below

Thursday, 15 January 2009

Mitchell’s A-Z of Fetish Artists - Fillion

Patrick Fillion is a professional comic illustrator of considerable standing and has produced a large amount of uncompromisingly gay and intensely sexy artwork.

His work often features restraint, bondage or domination. But you will also find spanking, (as in the early example here) golden showers, cbt and a number of less common interests - electro, piercing and catheters for example. All are excellently depicted.

A good deal of his work is fantastical in nature and his trademark could said to be the morphing of humans with animal characteristics notably Camili Cat who is constantly being captured and assaulted by tactile aliens.

These mixed breeds of human and animal flirt with animal fetishes which are a whole different realm to mere torture and bondage. I’m sure many guys will find it exciting but I find the animalised faces something of a turn-off. Fortunately their bodies have all the important male characteristics in ample proportions. I will admit that the sexual contact between man-like creatures and aliens (or plants) can be erotic providing it is convincingly drawn. I have a weakness for ‘tentacle pictures’ myself. But for me, the erotic charge in ‘Poor Kitty Cat’ comes from the muscular hero being contorted into a painful position by the stronger creature, helpless to resist the probing examination of the contents of his pants.

The apparently fanciful fairy and snake picture is another rather clever take on this theme and gets more erotic the more you study it.

The snake is the epitome of strength and evil lust from his dripping mouth to his phallic shaped tail. The boy fairy is cute - but perhaps not entirely innocent, judging by his tattoos and his erection as he contemplates the snakes next move. This picture stands in a long tradition of ’good guys’ in danger and at the mercy of animals representing the sexual beast.

It is unnecessary to comment on Patrick’s technical skills - just look at the hands and feet in these pictures. The background work, in the last picture for example, oozes style.

Sometimes you do have to look quite hard as the cartoons are often packed with detail and the scenes may feature multiple, intertwining participants. The hard edged cartoon style with intensely dark shadowing can sometimes be unhelpful in complex situations like this as the black tends to ‘grab the eye’ and come forward when you want it to recede. I think the eye becomes accustomed to this in the context of a comic and since there is a whole generation of cartoonists successfully using identical techniques, who am I to quibble? Patrick’s ability to pour sensuous sex into the frame makes every one worth a look and his suspension and stretching bondage images are first class.

For more visit his website -

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Tuesday, 13 January 2009

Mitchell’s A-Z of Fetish Artists - Facchini

Facchini is a relatively new arrival and his style is still developing but his pictures have made a great impact on me. He shows men in bondage being chastised by authority. They are not pretty boys but adult men with attractive physiques. They are often hairy but their hair (including head hair) is depicted as though it is growing back after having been shaved off.

 Facchini - Prison 2 Transfer to Medics

Facchini depicts tortures and medical treatments but he also does scenes like the prisoner being prepared for his punishment (above). The guards are unattractive and casual creating a sense of an uncaring, unstoppable bureaucratic process. The prisoner has no hope.

Facchini - On Your Knees
The prisoner kneeling before the judge is a particular favourite of mine. It is not unusual for prisoners to wear restraints for court appearances but this degree of immobilisation and bondage suggests that the prisoner is violent and unpredictable. This enables us to enjoy his humiliation with a clear conscience. The authorities are demonstrating firmness and resolve forcing him to bow before a judge whose theatrical garb he would no doubt ridicule if he were free.That wedge under his shins is a nice, nasty touch!
Facchini’s technique could fairly be described as unpolished, but the mixture of sketchy backgrounds and more detailed primary figures is actually quite effective.
Facchini doesn’t have a website but publishes pictures from time to time at the GMBA Google group which I can recommend as a constant source of fetish art of all sorts. Current link in sidebar.
There is also an exhibition of his work at the mitchmen yahoo group,
see Facchini Exhibition Announcement

If you want to read the earlier articles in this series, click on the A-Z label below

Monday, 12 January 2009

Mitchell’s A-Z of Fetish Artists - Falkon

Falkon (aka Graewolf) was a contemporary of Tom and Etienne and some of his work drew heavily on Etienne (a source of controversy in some quarters). The picture shown illustrates his style which is slightly naïve - but the graceful anatomy is very pleasant. I have resorted to edited details here as I couldn’t find a picture in which the genitals were not excessively prominent! I hope he won’t mind.

Despite the Etienne incident, much of his work is totally original featuring highly adventurous subjects like cannibalism (as in ‘stew pot’ here), burning and electrocution of genitals and suspension by same. This dramatic subject matter almost goes off the other end of the scale of fetishism. It is usually presented in a disarming, comic like fashion so that it is unlikely to cause offence.

Falkon should also be commended for his ground breaking book - “Gay Art - a historic collection” first published in 1972 and recently reissued by Arsenal Pulp Press. It contains fascinating information on the ‘pioneers’ of gay art.

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Sunday, 11 January 2009

Mitchell’s A-Z of Fetish Artists - Fluide Glacial - Solé

Today’s picture is by an artist I originally labelled as 'Fluide Glacial' (hence it's inclusion under the letter 'F') but really that's just the name of a french magazine that published these pictures under the headline 'Son of Tom of Finland'.

My thanks to 'JF', the french artist who did some detective work and discovered the artist's real name is Jean Solé (Updated June 2011)
.Solé - Gilbert and Jerome go shopping at Auchan

They are not really fetish pictures at all although they are sprinkled with fetishistic imagery. I thought the quality of the work deserved a ‘mention in despatches‘ and I would be very surprised if more fetishist examples do not exist.

The style is highly reminiscent of Tom of Finland not only in technique but in the humour and in the characterisation of the black security guard.

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Saturday, 10 January 2009

A New Look - and a new series for mitchmen

We have a slightly new look at 'mitchmen' from today. I've introduced a bit of colour into the banner to make it more interesting. I'm keeping the 'tied up gardener' image as it always seems to excite newcomers and represents my interests quite well.
The next set of articles posted here will feature a new letter in the A-Z of fetish artists - the letter 'F'. Here to whet the appetite is a picture by Futoshi which expresses quite a lot of what fetish art is all about without even resorting to nudity - nice!

I have lots of artists to choose from for 'F' - Faccini, Frey, Fillion, Franco, Fury, Fujimoto, Fuwa, Funayama and more besides. This could be interesting!

As usual I will sift through the contenders and discard those that do not really qualify as 'fetish artists'. In other words those artists who only 'dabble' occasionally in uniforms, bondage, S and M, torture and all the myriad other little obsessions that colour our world. This is a purely subjective judgement on my part but I won't exclude any artist whose contribution has been memorable even if it has been small in quantity.

CGI artists are also excluded to keep the list manageable. I hope to review them at a later date but at our present speed it won't be this year!

If you want to read the earlier A-E articles click on the A-Z label below

Friday, 9 January 2009

Mitchell's 'In Praise of Sailors' - 20

Today’s sailors come from my latest, 'Drunken Sailor' series
where they are put through various humiliations and punishments after reporting drunk (74).


In most of the pictures they have lost their trousers at the least - so no Tom-like bulges I’m afraid. No awed respect for the uniform either. The sailors get a good going over as these two examples show. Well, mitchmen is about putting men in their place after all.

No 75 has quite an interesting background. The cross legged cuffing is based on a newspaper photograph printed some years ago showing the actor Sean Penn after he had been arrested for brawling. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw it and just had to incorporate the image in my portfolio.

You can view the complete set of drawings for ‘ThePress Gang’ and ’The Drunken Sailor’ at my Yahoo! Group (link in side bar)

I hope you have enjoyed my cruise round the world of sailor-dom. I know many mitchmen members also love the genre and there will be more pictures to come from my own hand and no doubt other artists too.

To round off here’s another sailor in bondage from Etienne (76). The series is called ‘Sailor Beware’ but this is from the first picture in it, so it’s a bit late for the warning!


The End

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Thursday, 8 January 2009

Mitchell's 'In Praise of Sailors' -19

If you have been following my ‘sailor blogs’ you won’t need me to explain my fascination with these men, triggered by war movies in my formative years and the drawings of Tom of Finland. Sailors featured in my very earliest pictures and since I started showing my work on the web they have elbowed their way to the front in a couple of series:- ‘The Press Gang’ and ‘The Drunken Sailor’.

The Press Gang setting is in the British Royal Navy and the sailors here are agents of authority, acting under orders to abduct and subjugate a group of muscular builders so they can be forced to serve as seamen (72).


In these pictures it was the builders rather than the sailors who were the erotic objects - although I tried to make the Navy boys as cute as possible (73).

This picture gives a rare outing for forced haircut fetish. We all know how much gay men like short haircuts and shaving, but how rare it is to see these interests in picture form. There is also a shaving picture in the Drunken Sailor series (see next post).

The Sailor's role in the story was to represent the power of authority in uniform to dominate raw masculinity. The fact that the builders were mature men while the sailors were distinctly youthful gave a nice extra twist of humiliation to their plight.

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Mitchell's A-Z of Fetish Artists

This is a series of articles in which I survey and review the work of Gay fetish artists. So far I have covered the letters A-E and hope to start on 'F' soon. I have had an enquiry about where to find these earlier articles. The answer is, you should click on the label 'A-Z' which appears at the foot of this post. A full list of labels is shown in the right hand sidebar.

Wednesday, 7 January 2009

Mitchell's 'In Praise of Sailors' - 18

My final selection of sailor artists features a bit more raunch.
Bisonnes’ contribution (68) is a rare example of a two sailors in bondage with a Samurai warrior as though being introduced to the possibilities of shibari.
The sailors tattoo’s don’t show up very well but they are actually more Japanese than nautical. It’s an interesting image though.

Rex is one of the all time greats for fetish art and although his pictures are leather oriented, other types do get ‘roped in’ from time to time(69). Here is a proper sailor, sexily presented.
This harks back to the early images of leather men chasing sailors by Tom and co. But in Rex’s world the leather man’s rule is unchallenged. Sailors submit. I like the chunky, masculinity of his men, no delicate faces to be seen here! The drawing technique, of course, is stunning.
Palanca is well known for his cartoons showing enlarged feet and organs and this drawing is no exception (70).
The overflowing erotic content needs no comment. The muscular, hairy chested sailor seems an obvious stereotype but he doesn’t appear very often in gay art so this contribution is most welcome.

To finish off I have returned to Schultz. This sailor (71) is also a hairy guy - but not on his chest you will note! Like Palanca, Schultz often shows unreal organs but the body proportions of this guy are perfect.
So Sailors are alive and well in modern gay art even if you have to hunt for them. The imagery nowadays benefits from the skills of well trained, professional artists. My only regret is that the sexy scenarios painted by Tom and Etienne and later on by Rex, seem to have disappeared now and we are mainly left with Sailors as objects of lust although these days the lustful parts are much more explicit.
In the next posting I will show a small selection of my own sailor works.

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Tuesday, 6 January 2009

Mitchell's 'In Praise of Sailors' - 17

For a rather sexier view of sailors here are some examples from Kent (62) and (63).


These two pictures show difference between simply showing the uniform and using selected elements to create a sexy image.


Schultz’s sailor (64) works better than Julius’ effort (65) because it is more believable as a man - and the same applies to his bulge compared with Kent‘s men!


Dupre (66) dispenses with everything but the cap - not even a bulge in the underwear. This approach works fine for me.


In all these pictures you can see the fine line between sexy uniform and fancy dress.


In comparison, Luger’s picture from the sixties is a masterwork with fine quality drawing and eroticism which seems restrained at first but in reality is more overt than any other in this group.

Continued here

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Monday, 5 January 2009

Mitchell's 'In Praise of Sailors' -16

Since Tom and Etienne there has not been so much sailor art produced and I had to search quite hard to find a representative selection. The imagery is used quite a lot by artists who produce pictures suitable for hanging on your living room wall. In these pictures the imagery is wholesome and indisputably attractive.

The sailor in (59) is a favourite of mine - for the technique as much as the subject matter - but I have never been able to discover the name of the artist.

Wu (60) is quite prolific and his work has a nice balance between erotic and presentable. Those bottles count as a modern version of hidden eroticism, not just in shape but in their relative positioning. More subtle is the direction of the right arm belonging to the guy at the back, visualise him at the front of the picture and see where his hand is!
More of his work can be seen at Adonis Art - Wu.


Hartley’s sailor (61) is part of a series of military portraits which are rather nice.

The next installment will feature more sexy modern interpretations of the sailor theme.

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Saturday, 3 January 2009

Mitchell's 'In Praise of Sailors' - 15

Etienne was a contemporary of Tom but his take on sailors is quite different. For a start they are never properly dressed. The uniforms are not there to be squeezed into but to be worn (or partly worn) as ‘badges’ telling us about the man be are viewing. Thus in (55) one sailor’s uniform is not worn at all but hanging on the wall.


This early picture is in the same ‘yearning’ tradition as the other 50’s and 60’s artists we have looked at but we are left in no doubt that the underlying desire is lust and not admiration!
The sailor in (56) (from a calendar) would be a strikingly attractive figure if his uniform were worn as intended. Tom would have shown ample crotch bulge to express an erotic message. As seen by Etienne, however, the crotch is hardly visible but the sexiness of the partly undressed sailor is far more powerful.

Incidentally, all the pictures in this Calendar series feature an arm contributing to the action in some way. It presumably belongs to the artist and, though muscular and tattooed, it is depicted in a rather camp pose. Again typical of the time.
The state of undress continues in the next picture where (57) two sailors are brawling in a bar and, in the process, are ripping their uniforms to shreds, revealing large amounts of attractive bare flesh.


Ripping clothes is a uncomplicated way to show sexual aggression so it introduces an interesting ambiguity into the fight we are seeing. As far as I can recall Tom never used this device. But Etienne was uncompromisingly sexy. This picture is a detail of a larger piece in which other sailors are fighting in similar ways. It is interesting in that it shows a real (if unsavoury) slice of life, an insight into the animal nature of sailors, which Tom only hints at in his ‘spilt coffee’ picture.

The final picture is from Etienne’s series ‘Navy Grease’ in which a sailor is first abused by the crew and then by the Captain when he complains.

The opening pictures of this set of which (58) is one, rank amongst Etienne’s best work for me. The draughtsmanship is excellent. Unlike Tom’s sailors you don’t get sensual clothing effects which hold the eye but the storytelling and visual characterisation of the men is very, very good. The bullying of Tom’s ‘spilt coffee’ picture has moved on apace here but atmosphere is quite different. The victim seems younger and, despite his fine physique, more vulnerable. He is also facing more than one tormentor so the message seems less about domination than exploitation. For me this is not so erotic but others may love this particular power play. Instead of formal dress, Etienne uses the working clothes of sailors in these pictures, harking back to those WWII Pacific War films, I suppose, but another indicator of his ‘real life‘ viewpoint.

Continued here

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