The Wonderful Sexual World Of Bob Mizer
by Billy Miller (Artist, curator and independent publisher; VP, Bob Mizer Foundation) for THE HUFFPOST
I first became aware of the work of photographer, filmmaker and independent publisher Bob Mizer (1922-1992) by chance one momentous spring afternoon in the late ’60s. I grew up in the ghetto of Detroit, and in the tenement where I lived, all but one of our windows faced an alley. On that afternoon, several of my junior high school buddies and I were hanging out in my room, and one of my pals spied the neighborhood’s “dirty old man” hiding something in a trashcan. My friends and I wanted to see what that was all about, so we went down, got the bag out and dumped the contents on the ground.
Out came a collection of homo porn of the ’60s variety (before “gay” would have been used to describe it), mainly those muscle boy chapbooks like Grecian Guild, VIM and, notably, Bob Mizer’s Physique Pictorial — along with a couple more hardcore magazines. This was the first time I’d ever seen anything like that. It was a revelation: My heart and mind were racing. My pals picked them up, flipped through the pages a bit, and started throwing them around and laughing; then, after a few minutes, they tired of it and headed off.
Although I left with them, I hurried back to investigate, stuffed as many as I could into the same paper bag, and went to the park and into the bushes, where I pored over them for a long time. I wanted to bring them home, but there was nowhere to hide them in the small apartment where we lived, so I stashed them in the bushes and returned the next day to study them again. And, man, did I ever study that stuff! When I came back the day after that, my stash had been discovered and was gone, but the memory of those images was the inspiration for many jerk-off sessions to follow.
Those books revealed an exciting world to explore, but at 12 I didn’t have a clue about how to step into it, although a few years later I stumbled into an opportunity to do so. I hated school and started playing hooky, eventually dropping out, hanging out downtown and becoming a street hustler. Around that time, I got a part-time job working for another dirty old man who ran a used bookstore with stacks and stacks of porn (mostly kept out of view and available by request only).
Working there afforded me the opportunity to carefully study those things for as long as I pleased. It was then that I discovered that Mizer wasn’t just one of the pack but in fact the leader and the most prolific of them all. I also saw how his product was different from everything else. It was erotic, but it had a unique aesthetic that set it apart in key ways.
random nakedness mixed with felix d’eon, hirschfeld, clark gregg, catherine the great’s dirty furniture, butt beautiful & …
SISSYDUDE LOVES: THE ACF REVOLVING COLLECTIVE’s THE HARD GRAFT (The DJ Technique Applied To Menswear). A post for Matthew & Grant
The ACF Revolving Collective Presents: THE HARD GRAFT (The DJ Technique Applied To Menswear) Explained by Liam Maher of Denham
Produced by copenhagers.com, Film & Edit: Mattia Abeni
In occasion of latest CIFF Trade Show here in Copenhagen we got the honor and pleasure to pay a visit the the A.C.F. (Art Comes First) rotating Collective while they were presenting their latest project: THE HARD GRAFT.
We talked to Liam and Jennifer Maher from Denahm about it and put together a lovely explanatory video about it.
THE DJ TECHNIQUE APPLIED TO MENSWEAR
A Collaboration Between Sam Lambert and Shaka Maidoh with Matteo Gioli and Liam Maher
Progressing the tradition of menswear design from the past through the present into the future involves a process of hybridization, grafting, sampling and mixology.
Like a DJ digging through classic vinyl, remixing standards from the jazz and pop musical canon, menswear designers attempt to harmonize the most potent influences from their vintage research within a single contemporary concept. Sam and Shaka of Art Comes First step into the atelier with Matteo Gioli of SuperDuper Hats and Liam Maher of Denham to cut, scratch, sample and mix vintage menswear in a demonstration of the DJ Technique Applied to Menswear. Lambert, Maidoh, Gioli and Maher will working toward a creative synthesis of sartorial and workwear influences that reflect each of their individual design obsessions.
Scratching with Sewing Needles: Each day of the event hybrid designs will evolve within a nomadic atelier.
Each day finished pieces will be styled into a focused exhibit of looks inspired by the men who progressed modern music from yesterday’s legends like Thelonious Monk
to contemporary pioneers like Yasijn Bey.
Shaka & Sam: ART COMES FIRST
Matteo Gioli: Super Duper Hats
Liam and Jennifer: DENHAM
Copenhagen International Fashion Fair: CIFF
Awwww… how cute is this baseball capped fellow? He’s the young guy next door that you have fantasies about… and here he is actually making it a reality… being all dirty for the camera to get you all horny & excited. Check out “THE PROUDBATOR”. So many amusing gifs for all to enjoy!
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❝I’m a mature woman with lines and sags, and I would sell my left leg rather than spend two hours a day in the gym.❞- Gillian Anderson
Guild Press Ltd. Washington DC
6 x 10 inches, 24 pages with drawings to color, most as two page spreads
Follow cover boy Percy as he visits the classic hangouts of gay culture of the time and identifies the classic types of gay men, from queens to rough trade. Very fine, uncirculated, unread (tiny bit of shelf rubbing on cover) Warehouse find in very limited quantities
Very rare especially in this condition
3 AVAILABLE, $69.99 US.
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