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Beefcake wardrobe malfunctions by Paul Richmond
May 24, 2010 10:14 AM   Subscribe

Whoopsy! Beefcake wardrobe malfunctions! Columbus, Ohio artist Paul “Paulypants” Richmond paints lovingly detailed and luminous and saucy portraits of gay demicelebrities with their britches falling apart or otherwise depantsed or underclothed. As Richmond describes it with the juice and vim of a ’50s tattler magazine, “It intrigues me that it was almost exclusively women who were depicted as hapless victims of comical wardrobe malfuncions in early pin-up art. Those ladies couldn't even walk down the street without their skirts blowing up or their underwear falling down (or both!)”

Of course these paintings have to start from somewhere, not just the imagination. Hence quite a few subjects pose for little reference photos beforehand. Here’s Jack Mackenroth, late of Project Runway, measuring a lucky lad’s inseam, and the painting in progress inspired by it.

Richmond also illustrates tawdry gay potboilers (not a pejorative phrase).
posted by joeclark (29 comments total) 10 users marked this as a favorite

 
Oh, so not this Beefcake.
posted by FatherDagon at 10:18 AM on May 24, 2010 [2 favorites]


Needs more celery.
posted by soft and hardcore taters at 10:19 AM on May 24, 2010 [9 favorites]


Equal time. (nsfw)
posted by crunchland at 10:20 AM on May 24, 2010


Are the links SFW? I'm guessing they aren't, just from the description.
posted by zarq at 10:24 AM on May 24, 2010


That celery link is hilarious.
posted by brundlefly at 10:28 AM on May 24, 2010


Zarq, there is no nudity. They are a tad racy, of course.
posted by joeclark at 10:35 AM on May 24, 2010


Are the links SFW? I'm guessing they aren't, just from the description.

There are a few cracks. Nothing a little spackle won't fix.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 10:38 AM on May 24, 2010


Sadlt, my beer gut keeps my pants on at all times.
posted by The Whelk at 10:45 AM on May 24, 2010


Thanks. I wanted to send this page to someone I know would get a kick out of it, but I need to tell her in advance if it's SFW.
posted by zarq at 10:53 AM on May 24, 2010


I like his sketches a wee bit more than the paintings themselves...there's a quality gap of some kind. Still, pretty fun, and I certainly hope he gets around to the celery!
posted by redsparkler at 11:12 AM on May 24, 2010


Completed Mackenrothiana at Etsy.
posted by joeclark at 11:21 AM on May 24, 2010


Major malfunction
posted by stormpooper at 11:33 AM on May 24, 2010


Equal time.

I don't think this means what you think this means.
posted by hermitosis at 12:30 PM on May 24, 2010 [5 favorites]


These pictures are for people who have never hired a plumber?
posted by Cranberry at 12:49 PM on May 24, 2010


The one of Perez Hilton depantsed by one of Lady GaGa's great danes sort of-- speaks to me.
posted by palmcorder_yajna at 1:06 PM on May 24, 2010


Nothing better than making your fetish your paycheck, I guess, but... it's a pathetic sort of triumph.
posted by orthogonality at 1:20 PM on May 24, 2010


Adorable and hilarious!
posted by JoanArkham at 1:24 PM on May 24, 2010


Pants on the ground.
Pants on the ground.
Looking like a fool with your
pants on the ground.
posted by iviken at 1:55 PM on May 24, 2010 [1 favorite]


These pictures are for people who have never hired a plumber?
posted by Cranberry at 3:49 PM on May 24


Every joke has an element of truth to it, but when the truth in an old joke ceases to be true, it's time to retire the joke. This joke in particular is an old standard, usually followed by a zinger about "my wife's pot roast" and Sunday drivers.

Have you hired a plumber recently? I have. He arrived wearing overalls, not pants, so seeing the butt-crack is an impossibility. Furthermore, before stepping into my house, he covered his shoes in a tyvek sock/bootie thing. He wore vinyl gloves and a hairnet, and changed the gloves ever time he left the problem area (so he never walked through the house with filthy hands). The last time I saw someone this meticulous about contamination was in a semiconductor fab clean room.
posted by Pastabagel at 2:20 PM on May 24, 2010 [2 favorites]


Pastabagel, you're harshing our gig.
posted by Nabubrush at 2:25 PM on May 24, 2010


Nothing better than making your fetish your paycheck, I guess, but... it's a pathetic sort of triumph.

Yes, it's nothing compared to the triumph of complaining about things on the internet.
posted by dubold at 2:34 PM on May 24, 2010 [2 favorites]


Can you get a paycheck for doing that?
posted by crunchland at 2:42 PM on May 24, 2010


The faces they're making.

That is all.
posted by Malice at 3:37 PM on May 24, 2010


I enjoyed it - very interesting reversal/subversion/I don't know what to call it.
posted by Solon and Thanks at 3:43 PM on May 24, 2010 [1 favorite]


I adore the faces the young men are making. They are truly the best part of the homage and so accurate to the source material. The ladies in Frahm's work always look so guileless, so completely 'Oh goodness, what an odd coincidence that mah drawers have fallen down as I am on this stepladder holding a bag of groceries while wearing six-inch heels and a frilly apron as a small dog leers at me knowingly in the foreground! Why on earth does this keep occurring? Perhaps I should change to underwear with stronger elastic!'

I bought an enormous glossy book of them for a friend but ended up buying myself a copy too. I just love the expressions.
posted by winna at 4:21 PM on May 24, 2010 [6 favorites]


I just read mine for the articles.
posted by The Hamms Bear at 5:14 PM on May 24, 2010


I am most amused by having visited the site of the press that produces all these gay romance novels he's doing covers for... and discovering how many of them were written by women.
posted by gracedissolved at 6:12 PM on May 24, 2010


Needs more beefcake jumping out of meatcake. "Could be meat, could be cake.... It looks like... meatcake!"
posted by octobersurprise at 6:28 PM on May 24, 2010


Mmm, speaking of meatcake, I like making meatloaf in cupcake tins. More crust equals more better. (Although, I imagine that could also apply to human meatcake, such as hoboes).
posted by bitter-girl.com at 7:03 PM on May 24, 2010 [1 favorite]


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