Friday, October 23, 2020

Favorite Pic of the Day for October 24th


 Disguise by FLYFOTO 
 -See More Below-

Happy Birthday today October 24th

 Happy 61st to model turned actor Brad Johnson!

Check out more of today's BIRTHDAYS HERE:

A Day at the Mall

'Shop til you drop...dead!'

Earlier this year, I was researching for a post on actor Russell Todd.  I read Todd had a nude scene and was checking out his films to find it for the post.   The movie, ended up being Club V.R. and I featured Russell's nude scene in a post in June. (HERE:)

The research however, led me to discover Chopping Mall, a campy 1986 horror flick about a group of teens locked in a mall over night.  The film had a host of horror hunks including Todd, Nick Segal and Tony O'Dell.  It also featured an actor that although looked familiar, I don't think I remembered seeing on screen before.

Check out more of John Terlesky (below) in Chopping Mall on the NEXT PAGE HERE:

City Slickers

'Cowboys need nothin' more than a hat, horse, and the will to ride'

Sometimes.. you just need the hat.  Cowboys are one of the most popular symbols and tropes for masculinity and strength.  Most of us over the age of 30, have parents or grandparents who still loved John Wayne and Clint Eastwood, and watched Westerns whenever they aired on TV.  I was never into Westerns, but I was in cowboys, and cowboy gear.

I featured many cowboys over the years on the site, real cowboys, on their farms and in their barns.  I've also featured many 'studio' cowboys, men dressed up and played a role.  I think all little boys and girls, especially those like me, who trick and treated in the 80's and 90s at one time or another dressed up as a cowboy or cowgirl.  It was fun slinging those guns, putting on that bandana, and finding just the right hat.

This post isn't about real cowboys however, it's about those city slickers, apartment livers and subdivision dwellers who dressed up as cowboys and lived the wild life, if only for just that one evening a year.  Check out the NEXT PAGE HERE: for a collection of would-be cowboys all ready to head out on the town in their cowboy attire.  Of course this is FH, so most aren't wearing very much, except their boots and a hat, but they all took a selfie, or had someone take a quick snap, before heading out on Halloween night. 

FLYFOTO: Masqued

Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.
Oscar Wilde 

Over the years, I've written frequently about masks, in particular, their role in imagery of the nude male form. Masks are frequently used to both disguise and protect, frequently, a model's identity.  Some models, although fine with posing naked, prefer to keep their faces hidden.  For most, it's not about shame, it's about protecting their families, and especially their careers. 

The connection between masks and protection has never been more critical than it has been over the last year.  Disguise is no longer the main motivation, it's actually become more a drawback than an advantage.  Protection is now paramount, with harm reduction being a necessary rationale. 

It's a fascinating contrast to compare the reason so many of us are now wearing  masks, and the reason so many horror movie serial butchers slipped slipped one on.  Their reason was to cover, their disfigurement, and their goal.  They donned to mask to kill, to slaughter, to hurt anyone they came in contact with or got in their way.  

Many long time FH recognize the work of FLYFOTO, an artist who's work I've been featuring for over a decade.  FLYFOTO's imagery was some of the first holiday images I found, and some of the first I used to celebrate the holidays on the site.  I still remember finding FLYFOTO's work at Easter back in 2010, and immediately began following, and featuring his work. 

Many are still struggling with the focus on mask wearing, and the changes in the motivation behind it.  I always used to find  FLYFOTO's mask wearing models, erotically menacing and scary.  They were often sexualized depictions of characters who lived in my nightmares.  They cause me many sleepless nights, and many trips into my parents bedroom in the middle of the night.  

This year, I'm seeing these homicidal executioners a little differently.  I wouldn't go so far as to say they're hero's, but they are forward thinkers when it comes to face coverings.  Now, you still have to be careful around them, even with their masks firmly attached to their faces.  Despite protecting you from one killer, they'll still puncture your organs with their knives and axes without a missing a  beat.