Spartan Warrior Costume; Photo Shoot by Rahim Mastafa with Model Blake R.

Spartan Warrior Costume; Photo Shoot by Rahim Mastafa with Model Blake R.

Introduction

I received a question about the Spartan Warrior costume. While researching this article, I remembered a photo shoot that I loved.

A few years ago, I saw a Facebook post by Rahim Mastafa in which he posted images. The model, Blake, wore a Spartan Warrior costume was a physical education teacher and looked fantastic in the costume. (The costume comes from the movie titled “300” (Warner Brothers, 2007).

Rahim Mastafa & Blake in Bath, United Kingdom

Rahim had a photo shoot with Blake, a physical education teacher, in Bath, United Kingdom. Most of the images were at the Roman Baths.

Others were outside or created in an apartment.

Podcast with Rahim.

YouTube

Rahim posted some behind-the-scenes video of his Bath photo shoot.

Conclusion

I am glad that I received the question, as I got to review one of my favorite photo shoots. I thank Rahim and Blake for the fantastic images. I even placed Bath, UK, on my travel list (post-pandemic).

Are you a fan of costume-based photography? If so, what is your favorite costume? Let me know in the comments.

Note: After writing this post, I found a photo of another gym trainer who wore a 300 Movie costume: Jeff Seid by Photographer Luis Rafael.

Men’s Short Shorts: Athleisure- and Swim-Based Options Available

Men’s Short Shorts: Athleisure- and Swim-Based Options Available

Introduction

I was looking for some new gym shorts. In my search, I noticed a selection of shorts that had a length of three to five inches. I had known that some gym trainers liked short shorts for the flexibility of movement for leg day. The style was popular in the 1970s, so the fashion trend is a blast from the past.

There are two popular styles that I noticed in my search:

  • gym (or Crossfit) shorts (in the athleisure category) and
  • swim-based shorts (that can be worn in a pool or other water and at a resort or other places).

The length of short shorts depends on the length and width of a guy’s thighs. A taller guy may need a little more length. (Read an article at Esquire Magazine for how different shorts lengths look on guys from tall to short.)

Josh Riquelme

Many brands have shorts with lengths from 3 to 6 inches, so there is room to accommodate all heights.

Read more about Roger Zacha.

Media Coverage

Five-Inch Inseam Shorts

On TikTok, there are posts encouraging guys to ditch long length shorts in favor of 5-inch inseam shorts (aka short shorts). (See an article by Esquire Magazine.)

Paul Mescal, actor, in short shorts. Photo by Click News and Media.

Are Men’s Shorts Getting Shorter?

The Guardian newspaper had an article about men’s interest in short shorts (the way shorts were in the 1970s and 1980s) (author Priya Elan). Men’s shorts became longer in the 1990s and early 2000s. The theme of the story was the connection of menswear, sensuality, and affordable style.

There is some tension as the inseam gets to 5 inches and lower. (See discussion in next subsection.)

In the bodybuilding (and physique) world, I think that there is a desire to show the results of leg day training as well as practicality—better movement in the gym. With athleisure clothing, this gym wear is also worn in casual wear.

(See a previous article on leg day shorts.)

Josh Watson

An article in the New Idea, a publication for Australian women, also supports short shorts and provides practical tips (author Rhys McKay). It should be noted that some parts of Australian fashion embraced short shorts (for example, brands (2Eros (Zyzz (the late Aziz Sergeyevich Shavershian (1989-2011)) shorts, also known as the S01 Icon Shorts (mentioned in a previous blog article) and fitness trainer and YouTuber Daniel Vadnal) as well as sports (the Australian Football League (AFL) and Australian rugby).

Australian rugby
Expert calisthenics trainer and YouTuber Daniel Vadnal
Australian Football League

When Are Shorts Too Short for Guys?

For shorter shorts, like the Addicted mesh shorts, below, there may be some negative feedback received from the guy showing too much leg. Rick for The Running Channel on YouTube investigated this question with two-inch inseam side-split running shorts.

Bang Clothing brand offers show shorts that have a three-inch inseam.

As discussed above with the Guardian article, the shorts force a connection between men’s fashion and sensuality. However, bodybuilders and AFL athletes has embraced the fashion trend enthusiastically.

A YouTuber and male model, Brandon Pikulinski, was having this debate in his video log. He’s a tall guy, 6’3″ or 1.91 meters. Brandon is a jogger, wore short shorts and leggings on a hot day to go for a jog (at about 30 second-mark in the video).

Later, for a swim, he tried on short swim trunks with a four-inch inseam and felt the shorts were too short (at about the 6:52 mark in the video). His girlfriend liked them.

If you decide to embrace short shorts, be confident and go for it. Maybe another guy is debating the same question internally. If more guys embrace it (as in the 1970s), it will encourage other guys to support it.

Agree or disagree? Let me know in the comments.

Timoteo offers a mesh short (which model Matt Luscious wears below) that has a very short inseam like the running short.

Cellblock13 reversible mesh short

Fashion Bloggers

Ollie Pearce

London, UK, based fashion and fitness blogger Ollie Pearce did a YouTube video on short shorts. While the shorts that Ollie showed on his video was a form of board shorts, he did discuss how shorter length shorts can help taller guys as well as guys who love leg days at the gym.

Swim-Based Short Shorts

The shorts in this category have a mesh liner as well as fabric that can handle being in the water. The shorts also dry quickly to be worn away from water.

BrandStyle
TucannCherry white swim shorts
Bang ClothesBjorn to be alive – Tailored Shorts
2ErosS60 Bondi Shorts – Navy  
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Tucann

Swim Shorts

Bang Clothes

Tailored Shorts

2Eros

S60 Bondi Shorts

Athleisure

With the athleisure shorts, the garment has a low rise and does not necessarily have a liner.

BrandStyle
Jack AdamsUltralight short
Code 22Thrust short
AddictedTropical mesh short
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Jack Adams

Ultralight Shorts

Code 22

Thrust Shorts

Addicted

Tropical Mesh Shorts

Conclusion

I have presented a selection of short shorts that are available. Whether you are looking for something to wear at the beach or pool, at the gym, or running errands around town, there is an option available to you.

Are you interested in short shorts? Please tell us of your interest and brand that you like in the comments. If there is a dream vacation spot or resort that you would like to visit post-Covid, please also write it in the comment area.

Mens Underwear 2021: Photoshoot with Personal Trainer and Fitness Model Aggelos Pirikkis for Walking Jack

Mens Underwear 2021: Photoshoot with Personal Trainer and Fitness Model Aggelos Pirikkis for Walking Jack

Introduction

Aggelos Pirikkis is a personal trainer and model who lives in Cyprus. He had a photoshoot with Canthos Studio for Walking Jack, a men’s underwear brand based in Greece.

(The underwear is manufactured in Portugal. Read more about Walking Jack on its website.)

Aggelos has a fantastic haircut.

My Experience with Walking Jack

I am a fan of the Bluebird collection. You can read my order review from the shop at the Men and Underwear website on the blog post.

Aggelos by Canthos Studio

Aggelos by Raph Pill

The Photoshoot in Cyprus

The photoshoot took place in Cyprus.

Aggelos wore several selections from the Walking Jack range:

  • Bluebird Trunks
  • Fern Briefs
  • Letters Trunks  
  • Solid Briefs in white, black and blue.

Bluebird

The Walking Jack collection

Fern

The Walking Jack collection

Letters

The Walking Jack collection

Solid briefs

The Walking Jack collection

The brand takes its inspiration from nature to create its interpretation of classic men’s underwear.

Conclusion

Walking Jack has created great looking everyday underwear, which Aggelos models well in his photoshoot.

Have you tried the Walking Jack brand, or perhaps interested in learning more about the brand? Let me know in the comments.

Male Fitness Models: Luis Capecchi

Male Fitness Models: Luis Capecchi

Luis’ Social Media

Instagram | TikTok | YouTube | model portfolio-Next Management |

Introduction

I first saw male model Luis Capecchi when Photographer Lester Villarama (who has also worked with Josh Riquelme), posted some photos that were published in Maximo Magazine.

Luis’ Podcast

I was interested in finding out more about Luis, and I found out through a web search that Luis is a YouTuber. His first video was a podcast that he filmed with his friend Nano Azpurua. I found the story about his background interesting, as I am a first generation U.S. citizen and have family from South America.

It is a treat to hear the model that you see in photos speaking. In the podcast, Luis and Nano touch on many topics. I recommend watching the video. I have picked out some information for the introduction to this blog post.

Biographical Information

  • Luis’ birthdate is September 4 (Virgo).
  • Luis was born in the United States; his parents are from Venezuela in South America.
  • Luis’ height is 5 feet, 10 inches (1.78 meters). Luis mentioned in the podcast that he went to a model open call (where scouts look for models). The scouts told him that he was too short. (Usually models are 6 feet or above in height.)

Other Information from Luis’ Podcast

When Luis started a TikTok account and began to get a lot of views, Luis then attracted interest.

Luis prefers not to live the full-time job life. Luis has worked several jobs since he was 16. In the podcast, Luis mentions that he attended online college courses. He did not mention a course of study.

Luis commented briefly on his workout goals. He stated that he will talk about the subject more in another video.

At the time of this blog post, Luis and Nano were looking for a name for their podcast and podcast ideas. You can enter suggestions at Luis YouTube video.

Pandemic and Protest in 2020

The year 2020 was eventful with a pandemic as well as several painful events involving fatal citizen encounters with law enforcement officers. One notable case was the one involving George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Ample witness videos ultimately became a macabre film of 8 minutes and 46 seconds.

The aftermath of this event spread worldwide. Luis attended one of the protests.

Photoshoots

Lester Villarama and Maximo Magazine

As mentioned earlier in the post, Luis had a photo shoot with Photographer Lester Villarama in Los Angeles, California. (Grooming was by Keon Cruz.) One session was featured in Maximo Magazine.

There was another photo shoot that was done in black and white. While color photos dominate, I still find black and white photos intriguing.

Stevan Reyes

Luis also had a photo session with Photographer Stevan Reyes in Florida. Photographer Reyes also had a photo session with Kyle Hynick.

Conclusion

Luis has attracted a huge follower base for his TikTok content and has been making the best of a challenging 2020. I wish him best as he pursues his career path outside of the salaried 9-to-5 life. (Model Dominic Calvani has a similar opinion.)

It is interesting to hear the perspective of a first-generation U.S. citizen, as it is the same experience as mine, with family from South America (former British colonies), which is also a similar experience as mine.

I look forward to seeing more photos and social media content from Luis.

If you have any favorite photos or social media content that you have seen of Luis, please leave a comment or send me an email.

Men’s Lounge Shorts: Review of Garcon Francais Pajama Shorts with Pockets

Men’s Lounge Shorts: Review of Garcon Francais Pajama Shorts with Pockets

Introduction: Lounge Shorts and Finding Garcon Francais

With the challenges of the year 2020, guys are looking for comfortable clothing to wear while working from home as well as to relax and run their errands. One item that has proven to be popular are shorts in the lounge category. These shorts are alternatively called pajama shorts. However, those with pockets and with the proper design can be worn outside of the house.

French Brand Garcon Francais and Killian Belliard, Fitness Influencer

While researching another blog topic, I found the lounge shorts by Garcon Francais, a brand that has its clothing made completely in France. However, the brand does sell to people outside of France (the website has versions in English and Spanish also currency is available in Great Britain pounds and U.S. dollars).

I knew of Garcon Francais brand from Instagram from Killian Belliard, a model and fitness influencer. Garcon Francais posted some photographs of Killian in Garcon Francais lounge shorts on the brand’s Instagram profile. (Photographer: Pascalpprl.)

Garcon Francais social media: Website | Instagram |

The Piyama (or Lounge) Short

At the Garcon Francais website, the brand places the lounge short in its men’s homewear category. Garcon Francais has a price point that is toward the high end (49.17 Euros or approximately 57.87 US dollars). According to the product description, the lounge shorts are designed for a guy to feel comfortable to relax in during the evenings. The fabric composition is 93 percent cotton and 7 percent Elastane. The short colors available are red, dark blue, and grey. (The waistband is in a contrasting color.)

My favorite color is blue, but I also like to boldness of what I call fire-engine red. While the price was toward the high end, I liked the pockets, the tapered fit of the legs, as well as the overall refined yet casual appearance of the shorts.

Comparison with Box Menswear and Nice Laundry

Previously, I have done a blog post on a lounge (bed) short from Box Menswear (no longer available), which did not have pockets and they have a wider fit. Another lounge short that I reviewed was from Nice Laundry. The Nice Laundry shorts are similar in appearance to the Champion men’s gym shorts that were popular when I was in school, except the Nice Laundry shorts have an underwear-like liner, have a shorter inseam, and have a tapered leg.


Decision Made: Buying the Lounge Short

I selected the dark blue shorts, called the “flag short pyjama bottom,” and a pair of the navy boxers (not reviewed here). The sizing in European sizes tends to be a bit smaller than US sizes. So, it was wonderful that Garcon Francais provides a convenient link to its size chart. My size was available as XXL (36-inch waist). The largest size available is XXXL (38-inch waist).

I figured that since the shipping cost to the United States was 20 Euros (approximately 23.60 US dollars), I should have an order big enough to justify the shipping fee.

With my selection in the shopping cart, I paid using a credit card. Everything went smoothly. The package arrived at my house through the U.S. Postal Service about 4 days later. (I wish there was a tracking option available so that I can see where the package is.)

Garcon Francais social media: Website | Instagram |

Packaging

The order arrived in a brown padded envelope. Inside there was a blue paper folder with a red elastic band with the invoice. The clothes were neatly folded inside with a card showing where parts of the clothing were sourced in France and care instructions. I commend the brand for the efficient use of resources in lower use of packaging materials.

Quality

With the price point, I expected very high quality and I was not disappointed. Neat stitching and soft fabric (just as described on the website).

Fit

I like the relatively slim fit of the shorts and the length looks and feels right. I am happy that the sizing information was accurate.

Conclusion

I am very happy with my order. The refined, casual styling and fit ensures that I will be enjoying wearing the shorts for a long time. I likely will return for the red shorts.

I hope that this review has been helpful to you.

If you have found that lounge shorts are a favorite of yours, enter a comment with the brand and style below. If you have a favorite outfit for your leisure time, inform us also in the comments.

Men’s Underwear 2020: Box Menswear Releases Bold New Range

Men’s Underwear 2020: Box Menswear Releases Bold New Range

Introduction

In August 2020, Box Menswear released 4 new underwear styles. One was a new version of the King Fit boxer, the Evo version. Three other styles were more bold selections within the well-searched and competitive men’s lingerie category:

  • Suspender jock
  • G-string
  • All over lace boxers

The new range is a departure from the current range of men’s underwear available for sale at Box. Based on the number of people searching for items in the men’s lingerie category, it is a good bet. The available sizes for the new range are XS to XXL. (Further details are below in this article.)

Box Menswear’s sizing chart

Note: At the time that this post was published, the new items are available for pre-order.

Other New Items

In addition to these new items, I have learned that there are other new releases, for example, new colors for the king fit boxer brief as well as shorts. (Further details are below in this article.)

Presenting Matt Luscious and Photographer Paul Jamnicky

In viewing Box Menswear’s Instagram pages, I saw previews of the new range. Photographer Paul Jamnicky and Canadian fitness model Matt Luscious created images, with Matt wearing the new range. Both men posted photos on their respective Instagram pages.

In October 2020, Matt competed in his first classic physique competition.

Aaron Connor Mead and Photographer Paul Jamnicky

Also on Paul’s Instagram is another model wearing Box Menswear clothing–Aaron Connor Mead. Aaron is a college student on Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Box Menswear’s New 2020 Additions

King Fit Boxer Briefs (Pink, Powder Blue)

The King Fit boxer briefs are a popular style at Box. The company added new color options: pink and powder blue.

Model: Zach Beech.
Niall Kennedy and Toby Bougouneau. Photographer: Alex Wightman.
Lewis and Josh Watson. Photographer: Alex Wightman.

New Selections for Shorts

Box also added new shorts in the 2020 range, including compression shorts and retro thigh cut shorts. (See the full selection on the Box website.)

Model: Abdul Kareem
Oliver James, owner of Metcon Leeds Gym (read more about Oliver in blog post on Tom Seed).

King Fit Boxer Briefs, Evo

.With the new Evo version, there are several changes from the current version. The first is the bigger waistband with larger lettering for the brand. According to the brand description, the Evo is made of cotton fabric.

(The current king fit boxers have a fabric composition of Body: 96 percent bamboo viscose, 4 percent elastane; vent: 88 percent polyamide, 12 percent Spandex.)

Matt Luscious by Paul Jamicky in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

The Evo features more room in the front as well. The Evo only comes in one color, nude (appears to be a beige color).

Suspender Jock

The suspender jock is a new addition to Box’s jockstraps range. The suspender jock, like the king fit Evo, features a bigger waistband with the larger typeface of the brand. The styling of the jockstrap is different in two ways:

  • The rear of the jockstrap has more straps, the usual two at the rear but bigger and more elastic grip. There are two vertical straps are each side.
  • The front of the jockstrap has a blue fabric panel, with an opening at the top.

The overall look is strong yet more-revealing. You can see more images (NSFW) on the website.

G-String

The G-string is a more-revealing brief style. The only real fabric covering with the g-string is the front, which is a thin, see-through material. There are thin straps that have the brand name which holds the g-string on the body.

You can see more images (NSFW) on the Box Menswear website.

All Over Lace Boxers

With the lace boxers, the wearer gets fabric coverage like a boxer brief, but the fishnet-style solid fabric is see-through. The styling is similar to the new king fit Evo style discussed above.

You can see more images (NSFW) on the Box Menswear website.

Conclusion

With the suspender jock, g-string, and lace boxers, Box Menswear has made its entry into the men’s lingerie market. After glancing at the search traffic numbers, the category has high interest and many brands trying to fulfill the wants of the people in this market.

Perhaps, you want to add some variety to your underwear selections. Check out what Box has to offer.

Have an interest in men’s lingerie? If so, leave a comment as to your favorite styles in the comments. If there are styles that are not widely available, but you think should be, let us know of the rare or missing styles in the comment section.

Male Fashion and Portrait Photographer, Austin, Texas: Carlos “Trey” Salazar

Create with Trey in Austin, Texas, or Get a Print

Accomplish your portrait photography goals with Trey (portraits for your portfolio, website).

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Contact information and social media channels for Austin, Texas, Photographer Trey


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Model: Abdul Kareem
Seth Peterson in DIY muscle tee

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Introduction

While doing some social media work for Box Menswear, I was able to discover the work of Austin, Texas, based Photographer Carlos “Trey” Salazar. Trey was one of the photographers at Box Menswear’s 2019 photo shoot in Texas.

I saw some Trey’s photos from the Box Menswear photo shoot on Instagram, which I liked and wanted a physical print. I emailed him and found out prints were possible. I have bought several prints over time.

Trey provides some information about his inspiration for his business as well as his photography niche.

I try to create unique, colorful images. I want our images to be something you get excited about and love. I am constantly challenging myself and I continue to grow as a photographer and an artist. I often post on Instagram and Vero, all the  projects I am working on, things that I am learning and sometimes, some behind the scene shenanigans. 

Portraiture and Fashion are what I enjoy and love to photograph the most. I specialize and found my niche in male photography, but also LOVE photographing the ladies. When you work with me, always plan on having fun and be prepared to become a friend of mine.

Trey’s website

Model: Seth Holbrook
Muscular model Christoper Alford is in a standing pose for a photograph. Topher is wearing an snap-close tank tok tucking into denim jeans. Topher is flexing his right biceps. The photographer is Carlos "Trey" Salazar, based in Austin, Texas.
Model: Topher Alford

This blog has had several articles on the models in front of the camera. This blog article will focus on the person behind the camera. I will start with an interview Trey did with Yo Soy podcast.

Trey’s First Photo Book, Planned Tentatively for Spring 2021

Trey posted on his Instagram page that he will produce his first photo book in Spring 2021.

Yo Soy Podcast with Trey

Alejandro Victoria hosts the Yo Soy podcast, which is also based in Austin, Texas. In 2019, Yo Soy had an interview with Trey.

In the podcast, Alejandro and Trey discussed several topics, including how Trey transitioned from working in retail to entering photography and owning his own business. Trey also discussed how he entered the male portrait photography niche. Also, Trey provides his view on being a Latino within the portrait photography industry.

Trey is open to providing photography advice to people who ask him for it. He noted in the interview that while he provides technical advice, each person has a different eye and will produce different images.

While Trey posts photos of stunning models on his Instagram pages, those models’ business is based on looking fantastic in photos. Those photos attract attention and create business leads. Trey takes photos of all people, focusing on helping the person to look their best.

For people looking to enter photography, Trey encourages people to take a lot of photographs of everything. This is the way to discover what type of photography the person likes.

Alejandro asked Trey if he had any favorite models. Trey responded that he likes working with models that are comfortable in their skin. (Interestingly, Trey himself prefers to take photos rather than being in photos.) Trey named two models as favorites, Keith Laue, and Kevin Mize, though I got the impression that he likes working with all people.

I have provided a summary of the 30-minute interview. I recommend listening to the podcast as you get to learn more about Trey the artist and person creating the images.

Topher Alford
Don Holiday
Carlos Effort
Eric Guilmette


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My Photo Orders

I saw some photos that Trey posted on his Instagram from the Box Menswear photoshoot with Josh Watson, a model from the United Kingdom.

Other photos that I have bought: Box Menswear model Alex Parker and another model named Jordan. The photos are more of the models interacting with space. The models have been in the gym or have a physique developed with athletics. Most have sunlight and one is under studio lights.

Why Buy Photo Prints?

With the Internet, there is a lot of photography to enjoy. However, photographs are a form of intellectual property which is owned by someone, usually the photographer. The issue with the Internet is that the photographs are enjoyed without credit being given to the model or the photographer. So, on the blog, I make sure to locate model and photographer names and provide links for each. To the extent possible, I ask if prints are available.


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As things have moved to digital and there is more concern with conserving paper and the use of chemicals, prints are less common than when I was growing up (there was not the Internet as it exists today. Photography was based on the use of film and having prints made.)

Also, I want to support the artist making the photos that I enjoy. So, I buy a book or a print to do it.

Trey’s Blog

Trey has a blog on his website. While most of the entries are from 2018, there are some intriguing entries there.

Topher Alford

One model that had fantastic photos that I have come to love is Topher Alford. According to the blog post, Topher is a model represented by Raw Connects Model Management.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B5mRjzZH_wI/

Topher was with Trey in 2018 to take test photos and, unsurprisingly, was getting calls for modeling gigs. I wish Topher the best in his career.

Trevor

One blog post was about a New Yorker, Trevor, who is an artist. Trey met Trevor through Instagram. All the photos are great.


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Box Menswear

Trey had been taking photos for Box Menswear clothing since 2018. Based on his blog posts, he likes working with the brand. An interesting side note: In the Yo Soy podcast (discussed above), Trey mentioned that Luke Mills, the owner of Box Menswear, had asked him to take photos in Thailand. Trey had declined the invitation.

For the next big trip, Box Menswear brought the photo shoot to Trey’s state–Texas. I noticed that some of the photo backgrounds for the 2019 photo shoot were the same as some of the photos on Trey’s Box Menswear blog (spring 2018 commercial shoot with Keith Laue and a selection of Box Menswear editorial photos with several different models).

(I have blog posts on some of the models in this post: Josh Riquelme, Josh Watson, and Kyle Hynick.)

Carlos Effort


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After the Box Menswear photo shoot in Texas, one of the models there, Carlos Effort, returned to do another photo session with Trey.

Calvin

Another photo set was with a model named Calvin. Calvin has several talents: art, dance, and baking.

Conclusion

The models are seen in many photos and advertisements, the photographers also responsible for the image are not seen yet are an important part of the field. I heard about Trey’s work while seeing the numerous photos related to the huge Box Menswear photo shoot.

Also, I was happy to find the Yo Soy podcast in which I was able to find out more about Trey’s background and approach to photography.

I look forward to enjoying more photographic art from Trey.

Please write your questions or comments about photography or male modeling industry in the comment section.

Times Square, New York City, and the Influence of Calvin Klein on Underwear Advertising and Social Media Influencers

Times Square, New York City, and the Influence of Calvin Klein on Underwear Advertising and Social Media Influencers

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Introduction

Note: This story is based on observations in a pre-pandemic New York City. May we recover from this pandemic experience, so that we will be able to scale back up with deliberate care–over time–to pre-pandemic levels.

One-time fitness model and personal trainer Kyle Hynick posted some photographs from his photoshoot with New York-based Photographer Jade Young seemingly in Times Square in New York City. The backdrop had people there who appeared not to be looking at a dude posing for photographs in his Calvin Klein underwear. The people essentially appeared to be fully engaged in doing tourist things. Initially, I thought that the background of Times Square was a creation of photo editing.

My thought was not correct. A commentator on Kyle’s photos stated that the commenter viewed Kyle’s photoshoot in person. I was immediately intrigued. Of course, physique competitors seek the limelight and can pose their well-trained and dieted physiques on stage in front of an audience. Posing a physique on a public stage is just a matter of scale.

I discovered that another model, Tyson Dayley, a WBFF pro fitness model, also had a photoshoot in Times Square. In his photos and video that he posted on Instagram, however, the people in the background also were taking photos of Tyson. People were sitting close by.

Times Square, Manhattan, New York City. What draws Photographer Jade Young there? Why a male in underwear appears to be an unsurprising sight? I did a quick Internet search on the history of Times Square to find out.

Times Square: from Gritty to Upscale Tourist Destination and Corporate Location

Times Square, a tourist destination and business area, was once home to adult films and gritty culture. There is a blog post on the history and transformation of Times Square at the Times Square District Management Association website.

Times Square and Calvin Klein Underwear

In Photographer Jade Young’s photos in Times Square, at times the models wear Calvin Klein underwear. There is a connection between Calvin Klein underwear and Times Square: the billboard ads for the underwear brand made history there.

In 1982, Calvin Klein had a billboard ad with Olympic athlete Tom Hintnaus in Times Square. The photographer was Bruce Weber. According to a New York Times article, the billboard ad stopped traffic.

Since then, Calvin Klein ads pushed underwear advertising forward, including the next model, Mark Wahlberg. Following Mark Wahlberg, other models became famous after being featured in a Calvin Klein underwear ad. The New York Times published another article about another former Calvin Klein model, Antonio Sabato, Jr.

Also in Times Square, is a guy who has made a lot of money walking around Times Square in cowboy boots and underwear, the “Naked Cowboy“. Freshpair’s National Underwear Day, August 5, had a runway show in Times Square.

Jade Young and Times Square Photoshoots

When the Calvin Klein ads first appeared, high-speed Internet or social media sites did not exist. But that history seems to have had some influence on fitness models and influencers, who often feature underwear or men’s clothing brands in their social media posts.

In addition, there are more underwear brands in the market. Still, Calvin Klein, now part of PVH Corporation, remains a strong market player in underwear.

Jade Young now also takes photoshoots in Times Square with men in underwear in person rather than in a billboard photograph. I think the transition also humanizes the model as you could interact with the model and the photographer and perhaps even get an autograph. Formerly, you only could look up at a huge billboard ad.

Jade Young and Kyle Hynick

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Let’s go to Times Square @jadeyphoto

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Kyle Hynick, featured on this blog, posted several photos from Times Square.

Jade Young and Tyson Dayley

Tyson Dayley, a pro fitness model and fitness influencer, also posted photos and videos taken in Times Square.

Conclusion

When I looked at Jade Young’s photos of models in Times Square, I did not expect that it would lead to a blog post. But the notion of posing in public so openly was an attention grabber. When doing research and finding articles that traced a story, my old journalistic love for a story was reawakened. I could not resist.

How interesting that a Calvin Klein ad pushed the mainstream culture forward as well as developed many new underwear brands. Despite that, Calvin Klein remains a market force.

If you notice any Instagram posts with other fitness models in Times Square, please leave a comment with the link.

Mens Fitness Models: Richard Duchon

Mens Fitness Models: Richard Duchon

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Richard’s social media: Instagram | YouTube | Website | Training App |

Introduction

Richard Duchon, who was born in Austria, moved to the Netherlands when he was younger and still lives there. Richard is a law student as well as a fitness model, fitness YouTuber, and online trainer. His birthdate is October 8 (Libra)

Currently, he is sponsored by the fitness brand, Gymshark.

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After the closure of gyms worldwide as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, several fitness YouTubers created at-home workouts. In writing another blog post on these home workouts, I found some of Richard’s videos on YouTube.

In the time before the pandemic, Richard did several gym workouts, which demonstrate his body-part split routine, which I will also cover in this blog post.

Richard’s Social Media

Richard’s social media: Instagram | YouTube | Website | Training App |

Featured on Fit Media Channel

Richard was featured on Fit Media Channel on YouTube as “The Body of 2019.”

Since that feature, Richard returned to Fit Media Channel to demonstrate workout exercises for the shoulder.

Gym Workouts

Richard, according to one of his YouTube videos, follows a four-day body-part split workout to suit his goal for a balanced physique.

The two ways of training are full-body training, which is a workout for all muscle groups in every workout. Alternatively, you can do what Richard does, which is to train a muscle group or groups each training day.

Richard’s social media: Instagram | YouTube | Website | Training App |

Richard’s Workout

Richard explains his best workout split. Richard takes one day off per week from training.

Chest

Back

Arms

Shoulders and Abs

Cardio

Legs

At-Home Workouts

Bodyweight Workouts

For an experienced weight trainer like Richard, the pandemic-caused closure gyms could present a problem. But, gym trainers like Richard created bodyweight workouts to continue their training in the interim period.

The exercises are those exercises I remember in physical education classes in schools I attended in the United States. It shows creativity and resilience to be able to think of alternative exercises rather than just giving up and waiting for more-ideal training days after the pandemic has ended.

Also, I like the idea of relying on bodyweight exercises, as it allows absolute beginners who are interested to start their own fitness journey with the equipment they already have—some space in an apartment or house and their own body weight.

In the bodyweight workouts, Richard performs full-body training as well as performing his workout split with bodyweight exercises. Based on his exercise form, Richard has been able to master his bodyweight in these exercises.

Home Workouts with Weights

Richard also made home workouts with weights.

Conclusion

As I went to law school as well, I respect Richard for being able to attend to the heavy demand of law school while also taking time to take care of his physique and train his clients.

Although a gym trainer, he is well-acquainted with bodyweight exercises. I saw the relative ease he had doing the bodyweight workouts, showing that he has been doing them along with gym training.

I wish Richard continued success.

Male Fitness Models: Sam Cushing

Male Fitness Models: Sam Cushing

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Introduction—Who is Sam Cushing?

While preparing another post on fitness YouTubers who make at-home workout videos, I found Sam Cushing while doing research for that post. I learned through more research that he has a degree in marketing and operations and that he went to live and work in South America for a couple years. He left a corporate job in New York to start a new path in life.

Sam Cushing is on a hill in California. The Hollywood sign is in the background.
Sam Cushing in California.

Sam started out on social media on Instagram. To engage more with his fans, he started a YouTube channel.

Sam can speak Spanish as well as English.

Sam also can play the piano.

Biographical Information

How old is Sam Cushing? 27 (at the time of this post)

Sam Cushing’s education degree in marketing and operations.

Sam’s background is in corporate marketing. In an interview with Chicago Go Pride, Sam provided this information about his previous career path, “After graduating Cum Laude with a dual degree in Marketing and Operations from the University of Illinois, I went on to explore a career in consulting at PwC in New York; working with some of the biggest retail and consumer brands that exist, on their customer experience and digital strategies.”

What is Sam Cushing’s birthday? April 13 (astrological sign Aries)

What does Sam Cushing do?  He is a digital marketer and fitness trainer.

Sam’s website

Sam has a website, samcushing.co, where you can read more about him.

Sam’s Social Media

Instagram | YouTube | TikTok | Spotify

Sam’s Workout Videos

I discovered Sam’s at-home workout videos, made during the time of the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic. Gyms, among other places, were closed for public health reasons. As a result, several fitness YouTubers made at-home follow-along workouts for people in quarantine or following stay-at-home orders. Sam has done some home workout videos; he first published gym workouts on his YouTube channel.

Gym Training Videos

Before the pandemic, Sam made some gym training videos—one for training back and biceps, the other for training legs.

At-Home Workouts

Sam also has posted some home workout videos on his YouTube channel.

Abs

Chest

At-Home Body-weight Workout

Conclusion

While searching for information for a previous blog post, I was able to find out about Sam. Sam has an interesting life story and a great start in his digital marketing and fitness training. It is quite a move to leave North America to live in South America, especially to work and live in a different language and culture.

I look forward to reading stories about his continued success.