This is probably one of the most memorable lines that the lead character Miranda Priestley, played by Meryl Streep, so sarcastically spits out in response to a suggestion during an editors meeting about an idea to be included in the next issue of her fashion magazine. That is exactly the „chutzpah“ that made us all love her in that 2006 movie The Devil Wears Prada. For this month Boner presents not only 1 – but 2 artists that know how to do „Flowers for Spring“ – the right way.
First up is artist with his steamy floral prints. He agrees that this same “chutzpah credit“ has to be given to both the creators and models who so courageously defied the mainstream and in some cases broke the law by presenting the first contemporary printed gay magazines. We at Boner Magazine also would also like to thank them for bravely paving the way.
Because of homophobic social culture, and censorship laws before the 1960s, gay pornography could not be sold openly. Yes, that is quite contrary to what we enjoy here today and sometimes take it for granted. Back then, gay men turned to their beefcake magazines, which could legally be sold only at newspaper stands, book stores, and pharmacies.
Later in the 1960s, a case argued before the US Supreme Court was won and the laws were changed to allow more sexual freedoms.
These Beefcake magazines were published in North America in the 40s to 60s and featured photographs of attractive, muscular young men in athletic poses. While their primary market was gay men, they were typically presented as being magazines dedicated to fitness and health with the models mostly shown demonstrating exercises. It was in 1945 that gay pornography pioneer Bob Mizer founded the Athletic Model Guild – better known as AMG. This company also produced Physique Pictorial, the first all-nude and all-male magazine.
Later in the 1960s, a case argued before the US Supreme Court was won and the laws were changed to allow more sexual freedoms. The controls on gay pornography were greatly reduced so the façade of being about exercise and fitness was dropped. Soon after, gay pornography became legal, making the market for beefcake magazines all but disappear. It is these early magazine covers and the models on their pages that artist Hunter O’Hanian ressurects for his homage to our unsung heroes of that time.
Hunter combines these now historic photographs with brightly colored flower overlays to create his art. This combination shows both his tribute to these heroic men and also represents the need for an ongoing determination in honoring and protecting the existence of gay arts and media, as well as freedoms of all kinds.
Artist’s link: bostonhunter.tumblr.com
More Flowers and Swinging Scrotums
With a different twist on a classic spring bouquet, Spanish painter Alessio Slonimsky has his own way of pulling from art history to create his specialty illustrations. Maybe you know him from his gay comics – but here we are totally loving on another aspect of his work – toile, and not the kind you see on your grandmother’s tattered old wallpaper.
Originally, toile came from France in the 1700’s – but Alessio gives his versions the sexy makeover that they needed to grab our attention by the balls. He maintains the delicateness of the original old world styles but adds some naked hunky men frolicing about and swinging their scrotums in his rich flowery patterns – not only Spring is in the air here! Alessio’s freeballing artworks have made their way onto T-shirts, custom wallpapers, and even tea services for all to enjoy.
He maintains the delicateness of the original old world styles but adds some naked hunky men frolicing about and swinging their scrotums in his rich flowery patterns – not only Spring is in the air here!
Alessio‘s freeballing artworks have made their way onto T-shirts, custom wallpapers, and even tea services for all to enjoy.
While you all read through this month‘s issue of Boner Magazine, take a moment to look at these daring works of art to help you understand that maybe we all still want some flowers for spring.
Artist‘s link: facebook.com/mbarcelonikus