Sunday, April 30, 2017

Bad Hombre: Mark-Eugene Garcia by Michael Berga

'We have some bad hombres and we're going to get them out'
A Total Idiot

One the multitude of things I dislike so much about the idiot who received the most Electoral college votes was how successful he was at corrupting things that were once positive. I know the term 'political correct' has been over used, and over done by some, but at it's core, being politically correct was simply about the consideration of others. Somehow, despite decades of fighting for the rights of those who were not born male, straight, white, rich and physically healthy.... maligning fellow human beings, took someone to the White house.

Great artists and story tellers know the best response to idiocy is not to argue back, that is rarely successful and a great waste of time. The best way to respond is to use one's talents to mimic, mock and shine a light on the hypocrisy, the stupidity and the danger lurking in the dark shadows of diversion. To pull down the cloak and mirrors to see the Emperor without his clothes. Now, no one really is interested in seeing the President without clothing, but Mark-Eugene Garcia on the other hand, is a totally different story. For his third appearance on FH, Mark shares why and how he transformed into such a bad, but oh so sexy, Hombre.

'It began on Model Mayhem. Michael Berga hit me up about doing a themed shoot with a complete forest scene set with a costume. He said it would involve full frontal nudity and that he was going for a vintage stag look. I wasn’t quite sure what it was at the time, but I was interested in trying something new. When I got to his studio I was amazed at the set that he had built. It was something completely new to me. A bit of a reality check that this was something that I do now. There were hanging lights, as well as ropes rigged so that it looked like I was tossing a lasso, a river, a campfire: It was a mix of crazy, thrilling, and mostly just awesome.'

'The costume ( or suggestion of one) was equally as exciting. It was the first time I had to oil up (for the right glow on the skin) as well as get mustached up. I learned a lot. Sweat melts spirit gum, so mustaches must be reapplied. Self fluffing is a normal thing. Oil is slippery in boots. And most importantly, when you are up on a hot set, oiled up, posing, dressed in a fake mustache and cowboy boots- laughter is important. There were may laughs, as well as killer conversation. Michael was absolutely fun and professional and this became one of my favorite shoots.'

'As cool as the shots were, they kind of slipped out of my mind over the years. Time passed and I moved on to other projects. But recently a certain person used the term “bad hombre.” At first, as a Latino, I was insulted that he used those words to describe what he thought bad people were. But then I decided, rather than take it as a insult, I would embrace it. The moment he said it, I incorporated it into my own persona. Adding it to my facebook, my bio- everything. I embraced my inner bad hombre. Jokingly, telling a friend about that feeling, he said I should make a calendar of Bad Hombre poses with a cowboy hat and mustache. That’s when I remembered …. I had already done it. Apparently I was a bad hombre long before being a bad hombre was a thing. And I had the pics to prove it!'

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