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Can we talk underwear?

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I caught up with Twitter buddy Kim Mainz to talk underwear.

When did you first become interested in men’s underwear?

I’ve always been interested in men’s underwear, men in underwear, and naked men.

My first big crush was on my school teacher in primary school. I loved to touch and smell his underwear and gym shorts after gym class.

I still have the the sticky underwear magazines and catalogues that I used to masturbate to under my duvet.

When did you first realise that you had a sexual connection with men’s underwear?

I used to love to wear my dad’s underwear as a child and as a teenager. I’d read his porn magazines. My first magazine with naked men was Playgirl.

How have you explored that sexual connection or fetish over the years?

Underwear is a big part of my life — sexy guys and men in underwear — it’s a big turn-on for me. Underwear — the scent, the touch, the feel — is sometimes better than sex.

I want to make more straight guys interested in underwear, and also to explore their underwear.

How do you connect with other guys with a sexual interest in men’s underwear?

I connect with guys on Twitter — we share underwear experiences and links to on-line shopping sites. Some of my friends bring back underwear souvenirs from their holidays, and we sometimes swap and share our underwear between each other. Connecting with other guys who also love underwear is one of the best parts of my underwear fetish.

Do your friends or family know about your passion for underwear?

Everyone knows. It’s hard to hide when you always want to show them off.

How many pairs of underwear do you own?

At last count it was around 600 pairs.

Which are your favourite brands of underwear?

Some of my favourite brands include CockSox, Andrew Christian, Aussiebum, Diesel, C-IN2, 2xistconfidence, 2Eros, and Box Menswear — but the list is endless. I’d love to explore more underwear from Rufskin and Vizeau.

Which styles of underwear do you prefer?

I prefer to wear briefs and jockstraps. I’m not much of a thong guy, or a boxer-briefs guy — the shape of boxer-briefs doesn’t work for me.

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What are some of the next steps in exploring your fetish?

I’d love to connect with more guys who have an underwear passion or fetish. One day I’d like to invest in my own brand of underwear.

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Outdoors Cruising: the art behind the bushes

On a quest for anonymous and casual sex? ‘Cruising’ is not dead!

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© Still from "Cruising in the Park", Antonio da Silva (Edited)

Outdoors cruising is not dead!

We have all heard stories of the ‘old days’, before mobile apps and even gay bars, when homosexuality was a taboo – and in many countries illegal – outdoors cruising was the only way for gay men to be able to find a sexual encounter.

Nowadays, homosexuality is no longer criminal in most of the western world and technology is here to stay. Socialising with our friends or acquaintances behind a screen and finding a sexual partner has never been easier. But some still prefer the rush and the forbidden pleasure of a casual outdoors hook up with a random stranger.

If you think that the rise of new technologies and that the closure of gay adult entertainment venues is killing cruising – think again.

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© Still from “Cruising in the Park“, Antonio da Silva

From underground culture to art

Outdoors cruising has been source of inspiration for many artists, Touko Laaksonen (a.k.a. Tom of Finland) being one of the most recognisable names exploring the artistic potential of cruising.

Many young artists have proved that this element of the sexuality of gay men is alive, well and more popular than ever and their artwork exhibited in screens and galleries all over the world.

A brilliant example of that new generation of artists is Antonio da Silva – a young award-winning Portuguese experimental filmmaker that explores the hidden side of homoerotic culture in a voyeuristic and indie way.

On his official site he explains:

“I have always been fascinated by male sex and sexuality. I became increasingly frustrated with how moving image explored this and have begun to make it the subject of my films over the last three years. I do not consider myself a pornographer but a filmmaker who use my background to choreograph short films with explicit sex themes.”

Since 2011, when he launched his first short film “Mates” – an intimate view into the world of online hook ups – Antonio has been exploring many current themes of the gay culture such as fetish, voyeurism and, of course, outdoors cruising.

Each film is a mystic combination of sound, image and movement that captivates the viewer from the first second and has granted him a space in some of the most wanted film festivals all over the world.

From the ‘hidden camera’ documentary style of Bankers, the dance-based choreographic scenes of Dancers, to the futuristic – and almost stroboscopic – view into the world of online gay sex of Spunk, Antonio keeps experimenting and delighting his viewers with the most captivating homoerotic short films.

“Cruising in the Park” – a sensorial immersion into the cruising scene

On his most recent work – “Cruising in the Park” – Antonio teamed up with Fabio Lopes to take us on a journey into the world of outdoors cruising. Moving away from the mainstream staged pornographic cinematography, it combines low angle and close up shots with a real audio experience and narrative giving us a sensation of first-person experience.

And, if just like me, you are a massive fan of movie/series adaptation of dark themed comic books like Jessica Jones and Watchmen, you will fall in love with Rodrigo Penalosa’s deep voiced narrator’s commentary throughout the film.

Don’t believe me, then watch the trailer (NSFW) below:

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