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One of my favourite Instagram treats is queer photography showcase Pineapple Blog, and my new obsession is Male Pipedream — the digital magazine from Pineapple Blog.

I spoke with Ben Sabo, the guy behind Pineapple Blog, for a behind-the-scenes look at Male Pipedream and all things erotic:

Why did you decide to create Male Pipedream?

It just came up. I did a ‘best of’ selection of my favourite works from the blog, and I named that Issue 0. I got to thinking that there should be an Issue 01 too, so I published that a few months later with interviews and exclusive photo sessions.

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Photographer: Hiram Di Lorenzo. Image courtesy of Pineapple Blog

Did you consider printing it as a magazine, or was the concept always to create it as a digital magazine?

The concept is for it to be a printed magazine, but the reality right now is to produce it as a digital version.

I’m still looking for the best method to be able to print the magazine with the quality that I want.

This is the second issue of Male Pipedream, how often will the digital magazine be published?

It should be one each season, so four times in a year. In between the issues I’m planning to make a shorter, Special Edition, and that should be released at least twice a year.

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Photographer: Florian Tenk. Model: Bertrand. Image courtesy of Pineapple Blog

How do you select the artists featured in the magazine?

I always have a few favourites from the site whom I ask to contribute. I always try to ensure a wide variation of artists to keep the magazine interesting and not to feature only one type of photography or art. So far I’ve had good feedback from the contributors.

Who’s the target audience of Male Pipedream?

Everybody who loves art and photography.

Who are some of your heroes, in terms of male photography and gay art?

It’s hard to name individuals. From photography, I love the pictures by Bruce Weber, Hadar Pitchon, Mapplethorpe, and many more. I like the art of Tom of Finland, and Keith Haring — artists who have a vision.

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Photographer: Male Pipedream. Image courtesy of Pineapple Blog

Why did you decide to establish Pineapple Blog?

Back in August of 2016, I was feeling tired of fashion photography and I wanted to do something else.

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As a person who loves art and photography, I always browsed lots of Tumblr sites to find inspiration, but I thought it would be so much better to find all those images in one place. That’s how I got the idea to make a site for it.

At that time I was struggling in my private life, so it was a great opportunity to concentrate on something new.

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Photographer: Rafa Casares. Image courtesy of Pineapple Blog

What’s your objective with Pineapple Blog?

My goal is to make the blog the best place for artists who make kinky art or photography but haven’t yet had the opportunity to be published by regular sites.

What’s your view of the perception of male erotica in today’s cultural landscape?

Male erotica’s new home is Instagram, Onlyfans, and all the social sites. There’s now so much erotica on the internet, everybody can find something to suit their taste.

For me, natural photographs work better, I don’t like the perfectly retouched world. Even though there is a beauty in it, I find it unreal.

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Antonio En La Playa by Marc DeBauch (image supplied)
Antonio En La Playa by Marc DeBauch (image supplied)

I caught up with artist Marc DeBauch to look at his series of work titled Beach Boys.

When did you discover and start to explore your passion for art?

I started drawing and painting when I was three years old. Before I was five, I remember creating a crayon drawing of the Sinking of the Titanic on the rough plaster of the living-room wall of my parents’ house. It was impossible to remove — my parents weren’t happy with me, but after that they provided me with enough art materials to pursue my creative interests without destroying their home.

Lonnel on the Beach by Marc DeBauch (image supplied)

When did you start specialising in painting naked men and creating erotic art?

It was 36 years ago when I started painting male nudes and selling them in a local gay book store. Then, in 1995, I entered two paintings in the Tom of Finland Foundation’s Emerging Erotic Artists Contest. I was won first place, which opened the door for my art career, as I was immediately approached by galleries and magazines that wanted to feature my art.

This gave me the confidence and notoriety to exhibit and sell my work at erotic art fairs and gay events. At that time, the internet was just emerging, so my friend Andrew created a website for me, which was a fantastic tool to get my art out to people around the world.

Aussie Boy by Marc DeBauch (image supplied)

You’ve written that Tom of Finland is one of the major influences on your work — when did you first encounter the work of Tom of Finland?

I remember seeing Tom of Finland’s art in a porno magazine my friend had in high school. I was just amazed at the sexual tension, outrageous anatomy, and attention to detail in Tom’s art.

This was back in the early 1970s, so gay porn was just emerging legally in magazines and films. At the time, I wasn’t talented enough to draw the human figure accurately. But, I was fascinated enough to want to try. My sister’s boyfriend was a photographer, and he gave me his dark room equipment — back then you actually had to develop film, as there were no digital cameras.

I talked a friend into posing naked for me while jacking off, and I developed the film and made some prints. I was 14 years old, photographing another 14-year-old boy. It was very exciting creating my own porn! Unfortunately, my dad — being supportive of my art — wanted to see the photos, and of course I couldn’t show him. Not only did he not approve of gays, he didn’t want his son to be gay. He would have probably hit me if he knew I was a homosexual creating gay porn! So, I destroyed the photos almost in front of him, while saying — “The photos didn’t turn out and I would show him better work at another time.”

I was scared and freaked out. I knew I was self-censoring. But I also realised that if I was going to create erotic art that I would have to do it in secret. When Tom of Finland began drawing naked men, he also had to make his art in secret. I think most erotic artists learn to be very careful about choosing the right audience to exhibit their work to.

Trevor on the Beach by Marc DeBauch (image supplied)

Where do you draw your inspiration from?

My inspiration comes from people I know. I’ve been fortunate to see and meet many beautiful men in my life. Capturing their beauty and illustrating them in a unique way, is my goal.

What’s your creative process?

My creative process is different every time I paint. Sometimes an idea for a painting just pops in my head and I try to find model to pose for a photo to match my vision — that’s often the easiest route.

I rarely work from a live model. My paintings take so long to create — I often work all night on a painting — so, finding a model to sit for that long of a period and whenever I want them, is impossible. I use the photos of my models as reference.

Often, I look through hundreds of images and piece things together in a collage. It’s more like a jigsaw puzzle — lots of pieces missing, and my mind fills in those missing pieces with an arm from this model, the chest from another, the dick from another, the face from another, and so on, until I have the entire figure. But then I have to decide how the light and setting will pull all of those puzzle pieces together.

I have dozens of photos that are my references for every detail of plants, animals, rocks, furnishings. I sort through a constant mess of photos — gradually eliminating those references as my brain digests the information and my brush puts it on the canvas or paper.

The paintings that form the Beach Boys series are beautiful — what are some of the challenges in creating beach scenes like this?

Trying to find a balance between the setting and the model is always a challenge. I don’t want the model to overpower the beach, or the beach to feel more important than the model. I want my paintings to have a natural feeling, like you could be at the beach with my models.

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Who are the men featured in the paintings of the Beach Boys series?

The men in my Beach Boy series are mostly friends that have modelled for me. Sometimes I find a photograph of a model that someone else has taken, that inspires me to use it as a reference pose to work from, then I find one of the photos of a beach that I’ve visited and I try to recreate a similar pose in a drawing that will eventually become a painting.

What do you hope that people feel when they look at your work?

I don’t want to just give the viewer of my art an erection, I want them to feel like they’re part of the painting, that they want to invite the men in my paintings into their homes, their beds, their dungeon, their car, their locker room, or the bushes for a hot fuck, butt licking, cock sucking, ass spanking good time.

I hope to excite the viewer visually, emotionally as well as spiritually. It’s my goal as an artist and sexually active gay man to paint erotica that continually challenges the views of people who oppose sexual freedom. If my paintings assist the viewer in discovering where they are in the spectrum of human sexuality, then my aim is reaching its target.

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