SPORTSKEEDA: Mallakhamb is gymnastic sport in which a gymnast performs poses and feats while hanging from a vertical wooden pole or rope. Mallakhamb also refers to the pole used in the sport. The word Mallakhamb is composed of Malla, which denotes a gymnast or a man of strength, and khamb, which is a pole. Mallakhamb, therefore, can be translated in English as pole gymnastics. Of the states in India, 29 participate in Mallakhamb competitions at the national level. Mallakhamb can be used as a form of exercise or as strength training for police or other jobs requiring a high level of fitness.



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mini- VENT… the nude/shirtless “flipping the bird” shot


I really hate when models and photographers do the “flipping the bird” shots (as above). It’s like the model is telling us to fuck off for enjoying his beauty… savoring him… fantasizing about him. Maybe it’s just me, but I truly think if I added this image to my “RYAN BALL IS MY NEW BOYFRIEND!!!” post it would have ruined the fun of it. Maybe photographers and models just see it as some “cool/ rock ‘n roll” posing schtick after a tiring day at the end of the shoot. It just has such a negative vibe to me… like a tinge of homophobia. But that could just be me being super paranoid or something. What do you think?

ryan ball @ prm models
jose pope

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