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Monday, 30 December 2013

Most Popular 'mitchmen' Posts of All Time

According to my Blogger view stats, these are the 20 most viewed posts on this blog.
Again, this is for entertainment only, I don't know how valid or complete the figures really are and obviously posts from early years have an advantage.
No 2013 posts made the cut but there are 5 from 2012.

'531' by Mike Carcel

Click on the list entries below to link to the original articles  
Please tell me if you have difficulty with any links
  1. Mitchell's A-Z of Fetish Artists - Mike Carcel                      (2010)           8095 
  2. Mitchell's A-Z of Fetish Artists - Malex                                (2010)          5031 
  3. Mitchell's A-Z of Fetish Artists - Franco                               (2009)          5008
  4. Mitchell's A-Z of Fetish Artists - Jotto                                  (2009)           4881
  5. Priapus of Milet - 1                                                               (2012)          4013
  6. Mitchell's A-Z of Fetish Artists - Martin of Holland               (2010)          2396
  7. Mitchell's A-Z of Fetish Artists - Heredia                              (2009)          2136
  8. Vintage Bondage Blog                                                          (2012)          1946 
  9. Mitchell's A-Z of Fetish Artists - Mahoney                            (2010)          1927
  10. Mitchell's A-Z of Fetish Artists - Matt                                   (2010)          1774
  11. Mitchell's A-Z of Fetish Artists - Manflesh                            (2010)         1683
  12. More medical male bondage at mitchmen                            (2008)         1652
  13. Mitchells' A-Z of Fetish Artists - Platter                                (2012)          1598 
  14. Mitchell's A-Z of Fetish Artists - Michael Mitchell                 (2010)          1554
  15. A mention of Josman                                                            (2009)          1510
  16. My initiation                                                                           (2012)          1454 
  17. Mitchell's - A-Z of Fetish Artists - Klaus von Brandenburg   (2009)          1409
  18. Heavy Bondage                                                                     (2012)         1386 
  19. Bound Guys                                                                           (2009)         1333
  20. A Tribute To Bound Gods                                                      (2011)         1327 
 
The prevalance of A-Z posts stands out, in fact all the entries are about artists except for 6 which contain good bondage imagery. You could therefore read this as a crude measure of different artists popularity. The next three artists outside the top 20 are Leo 1257, Neil Bruce 1249 and Marc 1216.

The winner (if that's the right term) is Mike Carcel which may surprise some of you, but he's been chalking up visits continuously and is in the top ten in most months, usually near or at the top. The follow up article on him which  I posted this year featured in the top 10 for 2013 (see previous post). I suspect this popularity may reflect the difficulty web users have in finding his work which falls fair and square in the 'difficult' category. Mike posts regularly on the net but it's usually in membership groups which are closed to search engines. His showing in this survey is testimony to his popularity in fetish art circles.

Other controversial, difficult-to-find artists also feature prominently - Malex, Martin of Holland, Mahoney and Heredia. All but three of the artists on the list (Malex, Matt and Martin of Holland) are still alive and releasing new material, which creates interest in their work. The absence of Etienne (with 723 for his top scoring article), probably reflects this and the volume of his work available elswhere, he would certainly figure in my top 20 artists!

The other phenomenal performance in this table is Priapus of Milet which was posted just over a year ago and is rapidly closing on the top 4. Another post about this artist just missed the cut at 21 (1293). His work has made an amazing impact in a very short space of time.

It's less surprising to see Franco near the top and commercial big hitters like Matt, Michael Mitchell and Sean Platter, but I am disappointed that Kalabro (1013) doesn't figure in the list alongside Jotto, his co-worker. Nevertheless, I'm glad to see some talented 'amateurs' mixing with the skilled commercial artists, proving that erotic content is king for fetish fans.

Artists from T onwards (e.g. Tom of Finland) of course have not yet appeared in the A-Z series and I have yet to cover many prominent computer centred artists like Baron and Ulf. This list is strictly confined by my article selection process but the sequence does not necessarily reflect my preferences.

Sunday, 29 December 2013

Most Popular Posts in 2013

According to my Blogger 'view count' stats, 
these are the most popular posts of 2013 (titles link to original posts)

Philip Swarbrick - Cruising Leather
  1. A-Z of Fetish Artists - Swarbrick                774
  2. Hethong - Male Spanking                            707
  3. Some Classic Japanese Bondage Art           681
  4. A-Z of Fetish Artists - Sean                         647
  5. A-Z of Fetish Artists - Sardax                      608
  6. A-Z of Fetish Artists - Ira C Smith              520
  7. Riding The Wedge - 1                                  498
  8. Riding The Wedge - more contributions      497
  9. Mike Carcel                                                  485
  10. Arrest No 7 - Piss Patrol - part 5                  468
  11. Robbie's Spanking                                        448
  12. A-Z of Fetish Artists - Sergey                      439
  13. A-Z of Fetish Artists - Skipper                     400
This is for entertainment only, I don't know how valid the figures really are and obviously posts from January have an advantage over December. On this basis No 8 (posted in mid-November) could claim a moral victory!

Interestingly No's 10 and 11 are the only ones with photographic content rather than artwork.

The list shows the interest in my A-Z series. My post on Philip Swarbrick scored about 600 hits in a matter of days when first I posted it, I suppose someone posted the link on a bigger site, but it's not done so well since. The letter T will come up for review early next year and there's a possibility the series may conclude in 2014. I will probably rework the early ones but I also want to pick up computer artists like Borg, Bondageskin, Ulf etc.

I will publish the all-time list of favourites in my next post.

Saturday, 28 December 2013

First Catch Your Rogue - 3

Shifty antique dealer, Jimmy Bristow, had heard that old man Riley had an exquisite collection of rare glass and was reputedly loosing his marbles. He tried to con the old man into selling them to him, cheap. But it turned out Riley wasn't as daft or as old as he seemed. He even produced his 'marbles' for Jimmy to look at, he found them very impressive. Eye-wateringly so. Old man Riley was surprisingly strong too and persuaded Jimmy to stay for a demonstration of how the marbles sometimes went missing when young men called. When poor Jimmy finally left, he was still emptyhanded, but he did have an uncomfortable, lingering feeling of fulfillment.

For earlier items search on 'rogues' in the label list below

Friday, 27 December 2013

Men Sharing Clothes - 15 Painter's Overalls

This series brings together images of models wearing clothes already used by others before them. In this group it's a rather well stained set of painter's overalls belonging to the Photographer Gilles Crofta.

'Chris '
I can only identify this model as 'Chris'. I rather like his softly contoured bulkiness and young jock look. There's a distinctly unkempt look about his facial and pubic hair that certainly fits the workman image, nice hairy forearms too, but it does make the total absence of chest hair seem a little odd. I wonder who got the job of applying those pec smears? At this stage, despite the black oil stains, the overalls look as though they might be freshly laundered. But judging by Chris's oily body they are going to get pretty dirty inside if the shoot gets hot. There's lot of scope here for identifying paint spots for comparison with other pictures for those who doubt the re-use of this item of clothing.

Nick Hird (Hirdy)
Nick Hird's face and slender, tightly muscled body don't quite match the casual, macho image of the worker's overalls but the photography itself is quite interesting. 'Hirdy' has the air of a long-suffering renaissance martyr, an impression reinforced by the bruise-like mark on his forehead. He stands with hands overhead, body unprotected, resigned to his fate (as a canvass for greasy hands and a clothes horse for dirty gear). His finely etched torso seems to grow out of the rolled-down overall top, which has taken on the appearance of an improvised loin cloth, as traditionally worn by your actual mediaeval martyr on his last public appearance. The greasy smear across his lower abdomen makes you wish you were here earlier to witness it's application. 
 
Stuart Reardon
Stuart Reardon, moonlighting from his rugby career, certainly cuts the manly mustard, facially and physique-wise but looks pretty puzzled by the spade. Admittedly, the digging implement, paint spots and oil stains are a confusing collection, covering several, quite different types of manual labour. However, he's clearly not fazed by going without any underwear, which is what really counts at the end of the day. I'm thinking of a career in abdomen smearing.

Dwayne K
Dwayne K gets full marks for offering the most sweaty-looking, finger-marked body of them all, but he doesn't seem too thrilled at having to clad it in overalls in an even grungier state. Notice how he tries to keep the contaminated cloth away from his most prized possession, no doubt dreading the order to place his hands on his head. 
 
Craig Bramley
Craig Bramley must have been the apple of his mother's eye, but I'm not sure she'd approve of the tattoos, or the near-explicit exposure! Craig seems to be quite comfortable with the dirtying up process and this is the best picture of the lot for my money. We never get to see these models wearing the top half of the overalls, but here it looks as though they are of a bib and brace design, which is less sexy than the chest-revealing-when-open, 'all-in-one' style. Of course you may prefer to imagine the photographer has just shredded the garment on Craig's body. His face does seem like he's determined to retain some dignity in the face of humiliation.

Danny Reeve
Danny Reeve is having none of this erotic smut, he's keeping his Calvin's on thank you very much. This ensures he keeps his gear unsullied and the overalls are hoisted up at a respectable height. You can forget about those random oily body smears too. It shows a nice male modesty, getting into character. The baby oil is less helpful for this manly image, it doesn't really pass as genuine sweat and here's another man who doesn't look as though he really knows what to do with that shovel. I'm not quite sure what to make of the chest stubble, Danny's slab-like pecs probably looked great when they were shaved a few days ago and they'll probably look terrific again with a bit more grow-back showing, but they don't look very workman-like at this point. I can imagine the photographer getting quite cross about him turning up in this state, which might explain Mr Reeve's sulky expression.

Aaro Mack
No-one wants to be the last in line and the look on Aaron Mack's face and the way he's holding the overalls away from his body suggests he's also twigged that their recent history is suspect and they ain't that clean any more. Perhaps he's also being modest about showing his pubes and is getting a tongue-lashing for his trouble (so to speak). I love to see a handsome man discomforted.

My thanks to Gilles Crofta and his delightful models 
(and apologies for impugning their cleanliness!)

You can find a number of sites for Gilles using any search engine, Crofta's studio site has a gallery and Gilles on Facebook is quite interesting too, there's a plentiful selection of his images on-line if you simply do an image search.

For other articles in this series click on 'sharing' in the label list below

Thursday, 19 December 2013

Manflesh has a blog


I'm pleased to see there is now a Manflesh blog.
This rather adventurous image is part of a series showing how his pictures are created.


There are lots of pix of his recent and older work and well worth a browse.
I've always admired the handsome faces of his men .....


 but I wish he'd start using a more subtle palette!
 See also my A-Z entry on Manflesh.

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Rubber Suit

 Somehow I missed these pictures when they came out about a year ago. I'm not an avid rubber man, but I love the way these garments cling to the body contours of these models, even the sexy groove down the middle of his six pack. His arms are spendidly showcased too.

Notice how the neck opening and rolled back collar create a 'peeled back' look as though the neck is bursting upwards out of the constraining skin of rubber. 
Or you might see it as the lips of a jug, ready to be poured.

This mirror shot is quite atmospheric, as though an intruder has been caught in the act. The bare feet look a bit incongruous though.

I love views of the backs of heads, but preferably with a lower collar line than this. This model has massive musculature at the base of his neck which prevents the collar from drooping and revealing more. His reflection in the mirror appears to be a slender man at first, but those chunky rugby thighs testify to hours of straining in the gym.

 Who lies on a bed wearing a rubber suit and looking expectant?
Nice highlights on his pecs and thighs but one might have wished for a little more in-between. This studio seems to tread a delicate path between artiness and eroticism. I'm not quite sure it works, but the imagery is food for the imagination.

Close-up shots of unconventional parts of the body, always seem intimate. My comment about body contours and grooves down the middle applies equally here, tasty.

There are more free images in this vein at Hoxton Rubber
Their subscription policy - separate payment for each 'exhibition' - is a little unusual for a photo site. They don't seem to have a regular roll-out schedule either. As far as I can tell the images don't get any more explicit than this.

Friday, 6 December 2013

Cowboy antics from Klaus Von Brandenburg

Klaus Von Brandenburg - Cowboys Torment The New Sheriff

I don't remember having seen a Klaus drawing of Cowboys before. I rather like his portrayal of the hairy, squared-jawed sheriff becoming better aquainted with the local ruffians! 
Not exactly 'riding the wedge', but something similar!
My A-Z article on Klaus' work is here

Monday, 2 December 2013

Hurrah for Tom Daley!

British gays are feeling extra pride today,
 after Tom Daley, the UK's cutest diver and Olympic medal winner
 'came out' in a video statement. 
He chose this method to avoid anyone twisting his words - brainy as well as brave!

"Is it a big deal?" he asks.
Yes it probably is, but Tom, you've done the right thing
 and young gays throughout the land can stand a little bit taller today.

Well Done!

Bound Guy Donovan

Donovan at Bound Guys

This is Donovan, handcuffed to a metal frame and naked as the day he was born. I like the tension in his straining body and his concentration on the frustratingly simple, restraining device.  His fair-skinned hairless body won't appeal to everyone, I suppose, but for me it highlights the absence of his usual cloak of protective clothing giving a sense that this nudity is not at all normal. 

The plentiful head hair (distinctly un-fetish-like) suggests he come from a world of freedom, wealth and pleasure. In contrast his shaved groin reinforces the 'rarely exposed' effect and suggests that his processing has begun. Transitioning him to a domain of service and pleasure-giving where his captor decides what he will do, how he will look and what he will be allowed to wear.

I'm often an advocate of clothes as props, but this picture shows that a man and his handcuffs make a pretty good picture too. A simple bondage arrangement like this can be a lot more erotic than a plethora of ropes and straps and other gear which obscure the object of desire.

This image comes from a recently published series at BoundGuys.com. This often overlooked bondage site is refreshingly different to the muscle jock specialists. It features a wide range of ages and body types and the straight-forward, unglossy photography gives the images a nice sense of immediacy and realism.