Beefcake wardrobe malfunctions by Paul Richmond
May 24, 2010 10:14 AM Subscribe
Whoopsy! Beefcake wardrobe malfunctions!
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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).