men_in_full: (more devos)
It's hard to find pictures of heavy-set hippie men (or women, for that matter) from that era. Leaving aside the question of whether or not people overall weighed less, it seems to me that the hippie aesthetic leaned towards the thin side, and so maybe fat people self-selected themselves out. Also, virtually all the visual records we have came from photojournalists, many of them straight men, who focused on the "cute hippie chicks" and probably overlooked a lot of others in the numerous depictions we have of protests, be-ins, park gatherings, and so on.

Here's one from a San Francisco protest, probably 1968 or 1969, with two heavier men in the center (click to enlarge:)

Since those halcyon days, middle age has crept up on many. So here are some old hippies for you all to enjoy, since a lot of old hippie guys got fat.

Five more, all safe for work )

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From Andrew Sullivan, this Dutch ad which featured a progressively stripping fat man. Unlike Andrew, though, we don't need "reassurance" that he didn't take it to the limit. Because that would have been awesome. Unfortunately the whole theme of the ad is that the viewer *wants* the model to stop stripping.

Three more, probably NSFW if your workplace is prudish. )

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Long-time readers know how much I love the "Ghost of Christmas Present," because so much of him hearkens back to the green spirit of the ancient Yule celebration, so often represented by a fat man. So here's a lovely "Christmas Present" from me to you.

Click to enlarge.

men_in_full: (daniel lambert)

(from the NSFW site largermen on tumblr.)

What *is* it about big men with babies in their arms? Or kittens, puppies, lambs, kids for that matter? For one thing, to me it shows that gentleness and nurturing aren't only "feminine" qualities. Perhaps the little beings just feel safe in those arms.

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From the photographer's comment:
Squatter Jesse James washes his hair in the hot spring just outside of Slab City. The spring well was developed in the 1970’s as a school project by a student studying at the University of California, San Diego. It is now the central bathing area for the community of squatters and nomads that inhabit Slab City. (NOTE: the vignette is completely in camera and not artificially created.) (Link)

NSFW, Evening Bath )

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The days are getting shorter; the garden is starting to shut down, and the nights are cooler. So here's a harvest-y man to anticipate the coming fall equinox. (photo link: From the very NSFW site Super Chub Love)

men_in_full: (sun couple m/m)
It's hard for anyone, man or woman, to feel confident and sexy when the prevailing social message is that you're "unattractive." The guy below the cut obviously disagrees.

One, definitely NSFW )

men_in_full: (swimmer)
Many images of fat men, for whatever reasons, tend to focus on individuals or pairs rather than groups. I for one like shots of men with multiple subjects. There's something powerful about men in groups. Some of it might be atavistic, back to the days when cooperative and concerted effort among people first evolved. Some of it is just "the more the merrier."

In Jungian psychology, the animus is supposed to be the expression of masculinity inside a woman's mind (the corresponding element for the other gender is the anima.) So each of us is a bit androgynous. While you don't hear a lot about the group anima (multiple women), Jungian psychologists do mention the group animus, which can appear in stories and dreams. Sometimes the group animus can be frightening, when represented for instance by a gang, or aggressive sports team, or enemy combatants. But the group animus can be loving and positive as well, like Dorothy's bevy of friends in The Wizard of Oz. The images below the cut (some NSFW) show that positive group animus.

Six, some NSFW. Click for larger image. )

men_in_full: (daniel lambert)
"Men out of time" are those who look as if they belong in a vintage photograph, even though they are contemporary. They aren't dressing up in costume as for Renfaire. Instead, something about their style (if it can even be called that in all cases) brings to mind the stiff, serious assurance which people used to show in front of the camera, when exposure times were long and the slightest movement resulted in unforgivable blurs.

(by [ profile] snousle, link)

Two more men out of time )

men_in_full: (de vos bacchus pinch)
There's something about guys getting dirty, whether it's through work or play, especially when they're rolling around in the mud. I guess I got inspired by my back yard, which has been underwater for weeks.

(link, NSFW text. Click to enlarge.)

Two more, NSFW )

Earlier "Men of Earth" (also NSFW)

men_in_full: (fishbone)
Tender without being sentimental. Explicit without rawness. Faceless, but the body speaks.

Three by imagipix on deviantart, NSFW. Click to enlarge. )

men_in_full: (virtruvian man)
[ profile] mudcub alerted me to Sideshow World's page on Fat Folks. Throughout the nineteenth century and well into the twentieth, people with all sorts of physical challenges and differences earned their livings as sideshow entertainers in the traveling fairs and circuses which criss-crossed Europe and the United States. Their numbers included the "fat folk," men and women far larger than the average of their day.

One profitable income-enhancer for sideshow entertainers was to sell small, post-card sized "cabinet cards" with their own images. Visitors could buy these cards as they exited the tents, sometimes signed by the performers. These marketing tools served as souvenirs and free publicity. Many survive today, and these numerous cards open a small window into the ways in which entertainers chose to present themselves.

One thing which appeals to me about late 19th/early 20th century cabinet cards is how dignified the men look.

Circus fat man Egon Cannon and his brother.

More, including some NSFW )

men_in_full: (jeun silenus)
I'm tired tonight from gardening, and am off to watch Neil Gaiman's mini-series Neverwhere, but I thought I'd leave you all with this amusing and NSFW photo under the cut:

Cut to save you embarrassment at work )

men_in_full: (beardsley ali baba)
[ profile] thatfatboy, as taken by [ profile] fattastic, with thanks for letting me post them. I like photos that not only please in a visual sense, but give you a sense of the weight and mass of the man as well. It's a little bit like synesthesia. For instance, when I look at some kinds of porn, they affect me negatively because they actually give me a sense of smell, and not good smells. Other visual images actually give me a sense of taste. These shots strike me as tactile in the best way, and have a good "taste" about them too.

Four, none remotely SFW. )

ETA: [ profile] thatfatboy's partner [ profile] th0rbear appears in the third and fourth shots.

men_in_full: (fishbone)
I saw this photograph below on tumblr, and immediately thought of Gulliver's visit among the Lilliputians.

The Lilliputian boats run aground on Gulliver. Perhaps they are "drowning in the sea of love..."
(via designercub on tumblr)

Imagine my surprise to find a whole set on the same theme by the mostly NSFW adoool on tumblr, which featured these interesting 'shopped images of Gulliver-like large men, oversized for the Lilliputian world in which they find themselves. The images were originally untitled, so I added my own.

Five more, all SFW )

ETA: A reader pointed out something which needs clarification: while I found the images above on adoool's tumblog, I didn't mean to imply that adoool was the creator of the images. All kinds of things wind up on tumblr, many of them without attribution. In the future I'll try to be more careful to specify that this is where I *found* an image, as opposed to knowing for certain who's the *creator* of the image. I will always try to give credit to the creator whenever I can.

men_in_full: (nacken)
In The Abolition of Man, C.S. Lewis writes of "men without chests," meaning those who have no character, no foundation, no connection to the earth or history. The chest (or the belly, hara if you are Japanese) is seen as the source of "heart," of good feelings and positive energy in the body. And while appearance is of course no indication of character, there is something intrinsically pleasing, to me at least, in a big, broad man's chest. To me it suggests warmth, comfort, safety and protection. Hairy or smooth doesn't matter to me; it's where you lay your head and hear the huge slow lub-dub of that hopefully magnanimous heart.

Five, shirtless, probably NSFW if your office is prudish. )

men_in_full: (virtruvian man)

I've never taken a life-drawing class, but it would be pure pleasure to walk into the studio and see any one of these men below the cut as models. With a fat man as model, the artists have to take into account the three-dimensional weight and mass of his body. Also, since it's so unusual to see fat men unclothed (as in media, outside of slapstick comedy like the Jackass movies, for instance), the artists are compelled to draw what they see, not some idealized male form.

Six by three different artists, NSFW )

men_in_full: (iz back)

Earth, water, fire and air
Met together in a garden fair
Put in a basket bound with skin
If you answer this riddle
You'll never begin

- "Koeeoadi There," by The Incredible String Band

In the old Norse myths, the world was created from the body of the giant Ymir, whose bones became the rocks and whose hair the forests. The Greeks told of the giant Antaeus, whose vast strength persisted as long as he kept even one foot in contact with Mother Earth. The power of the large male body in these photos is reflected in the rocks and earth which surround them; in the mud which clings to them.

"Osos en el Bosque," by Mushu73 on flickr

Men of Earth, one is NSFW )

Earlier elementals:


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