A chat with Luis Venegas, the creator of one of our favorite publications.
We received the latest issue of EY! MAGATEEN in the mail last week wrapped in plastic with a pair of Diesel underwear, six sexy postcards and some fake dollars to give to go-go boys. This issue is xxxtra special, it’s their first New York issue, and is filled with lots of nudity — it’s super sexy and gives us plenty of dirty thoughts…
All photos were taken by Steven Klein, portraying the models as bad boys, which we can’t get enough of. It inspired us so much we even photographed a bad boy of our own holding the issue naked (pictured). We had the chance to chat with Luis Venegas, the Editor, Publisher and Creative Director of the magazine about the issue.
How did EY! MAGATEEN start? It started in 2008 because I felt it was the right time to do a sexy magazine with young boys for young boys and their girlfriends. I was doing Fanzine137 and I loved it — I still do — but I felt it only showed one side of me, that side related to archival material, arts, and deep interviews. I wanted to do a magazine that was the opposite, with flashy headlines, splashy-full-pages pics and short, funny, cute texts. No more, no less.
Why did you choose NEW YORK for this issue? Why not? NYC is the most exciting city in the world and EY! Magateen is supposed to be the most exciting Magateen in the world, so…
What’s special to you about the NY issue? It’s bigger, it’s 40 more pages than the previous issues, it features 30 models, it’s been entirely styled by Nicola Formichetti, it includes Diesel underwear briefs as a gift, plus 24 EY! fake dollars, 6 postcards, 2 gatefold posters… would you like me to go on?
How did you pick the models featured in the issue? Steven Klein, Nicola Formichetti and I asked the casting director Douglas Perrett (from COACD) for the most exciting guys in NYC. Usually the guys in EY! are new faces and no older than 22 or so… but this time we decided to print many more pages, so we could skip that “rule” and feature some older guys, because they’re GREAT, like the fabulous Sebastian Sauvé or the Baker twins.
Was it hard to get some of the models to show their penises? Not really. I mean, there were some who preferred not to show, so we didn’t insist. And some others agreed to the idea, so they just did it.
Was it easier to get them to show their butts? It’s always easier for guys — models and not models — to show their butts, isn’t it? I mean, in the case of butts “size doesn’t matter,” I couldn’t say the same for penises… By the way, all the guys featured in the new EY! have really great butts!
How did Steven Klein get involved? We did the 4th issue of EY! (the Argenteena issue) in 2009 together and since then we had been talking about doing a monster issue featuring NYC boys at night… so finally we found the right time to make it happen.
How did Diesel get involved? Nicola has contributed to my magazines for a long time, and again, we had been talking about doing an issue of EY! together. After he became the Creative Director of Diesel, it seemed the perfect time to make it happen!
What are the advantages and disadvantages of running your magazines from Madrid? I love living in Madrid… so from my own point of view, honestly, it’s all about advantages.
Who’s your favorite male model? Matt Ardell and our cover boy, Liam Dean!
You’ve created four magazines: Fanzine137, EY! MAGATEEN and Candy. How do you find the time? I’m just a passionate, enthusiastic, professional, resolutive and strict hard worker.
Your Instagram often features photos of celebrities from past and present. Who’s your favorite person in pop culture now and from the past? In pop culture now maaaaany people but if I had to chose just three I guess they’d be Justin Bieber, Barbra Streisand and Laverne Cox. From the past, Andy Warhol, obviously.
Below are some of our favorite images from the issue and the two different cover versions they printed:
Psychedelic underwear from LA designer Alexander King
I didn’t want to be the one to have to tell you this, but it’s time to get some new underwear. Those old Fruit of the Looms you’ve been rocking since high school are not only falling apart, they’re actually disgusting. And don’t pretend that one pair of Calvins you splurged on that one time are enough to skate by — they’re not. So, where do you go from here? We’ve got you covered: take a peek at Tie Dye Undies, a new underwear line by Los Angeles-based designer Alexander King.
The project is simple enough: King takes nice, well-fitting underwear brands (Hugo Boss, Emporio Armani, Adidas, etc.), washes them in all kinds of pretty tie dye designs, and then pulls from a roster of handsome, beefy boys to wear them for the Etsy catalogue. Sounds totally great, right? If the price is a little too steep for you (undies are $35 a pop; long johns go up to $80) then don’t worry — you can always cruise the line’s NSFW Tumblr blog and ogle the models until you save up enough cash. Have a look at some of the sexy men wearing these briefs, doesn’t it make you want to be outdoor in nature wearing only your underpants?
Tie Dye Undies can be purchased through the line’s Etsy shop now.
We first noticed Johnny Boy go-go dancing at one of Michael Formika‘s parties at the DL. The 22 year-old from Detroit, Michigan studies Fashion Merchandising at FIT and told us how the go-going go started… One day he was at Eastern Bloc, when he met Michael, he took his clothes off at the bar for him and asked him to hire him — “I was pretty drunk that night.” On that day his go-go persona, Johnny Boy was born. “It’s fun to take off my clothes, it’s a great way to meet people, it’s sexually liberating…”
Johnny lost his virginity in a pick-up truck when he was 16, at 18 he came out to his parents, “I always knew I was different from the other guys, because I liked boys… I’ve never had sex with a girl. I’ve never touched a pussy before — literally — I was a C-section baby.” He’s happy to be living in NYC at the moment, and excited about discovering new things and “being gay and open.” He told us that he’s into older men “30+, 40+, hairy, muscular, I don’t really care about height, a short stocky guy is sexy, a confident casual, nonchalant guy is too.”
Johnny has a bunch of ink on him, “the first tattoo I got was the skull on my foot. There’s no good reason why I got it, I was 16, it was done at this crappy place in a trailer park, it cost like $40. I got my next tattoo when I was 18, that’s my favorite. I like the lines on my toes, it’s done by the same guy who did my shitty skull tattoo. I think poorly done tattoos are attractive. My least favorite tattoo is the bear on my ribs and that’s the one that I spent the most money on!”
Johnny told us he likes to look after himself, “I started working out 2 years ago, trying to make myself look better — I used to be skinny fat — I work out every other day, I try to eat fairly healthy. I don’t crave junk food. My weakness is carbs.” He prefers to wear boxer briefs, but we figured he’d look good in whatever we put him in so we decided to shoot him wearing a few different styles of underwear from Rufskin. Take a look what we came up with…
Diane Von Furstenberg is a funny lady. I don't really consider her a great designer, but she's an entertaining, even inspiring personality. She has lived a seemingly blessed life: married to a prince, a star of Studio 54, and now a billionaire who's built an international business around a god damn clingy dress. I recently visited the exhibition 'Wrap 40: Celebrating the dress that started it all,' at LACMA in Los Angeles and took a few pics. I was impressed by the show, it's real splashy. They pulled no punches displaying over 100 dresses, along with Warhol's prints of Diane and photos of her by Chuck Close and many other artists.
'Brother's Sisters Sons & Daughters' is part of Barneys S/S '14 Campaign
I have been a fan of Bruce Weber‘s work for more than thirty years. From his portfolio of Olympic athletes shot for Interview Magazine in 1984 to his remarkable film Let’s Get Lost and on to his countless fashion editorials and ad campaigns for Ralph Lauren and the like. He can do no wrong by me. Bruce is legendary. He pulled out all the stops, using his diverse palette of talents to produce his latest campaign: Brother’s Sisters, Sons & Daughters for Barneys‘ Spring 2014 campaign shot with 17 disarming transgendered individuals. In addition to a classic print strategy the campaign also entails 4 short films directed by Weber that speaks to, and about, the beautiful lives of these brave individuals.
Weber shot the campaign in New York City with the “models” surrounded by family friends and loved ones. “By depicting these human connections Weber was able to represent both the struggle and triumphs a trans person may face in relation to their gender identity”
The campaign is in support of the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) and the The Center in NYC. Hats off to Barney’s for using this opportunity to raise awareness and funds for the trans community by donating 10% of all sales from its 11 flagship stores and barneys.com on Feb. 11th to the two aforementioned organizations. The executive director of the NCTE says it best: “Brother’s Sisters Sons & Daughters is a powerful statement about how much closer transgendered people are to full social acceptance and will push us that much closer.” The four shorts left me speechless, but in a good way. Have a watch below, I love love loved them.
“I Never Thought This Could Happen”
“Katie + Arin”
“Not Your Usual Bedtime Story”
The men’s underwear line YUASA's latest campaign
The New York City based men’s underwear and loungewear line YUASA started a new social media campaign a couple weeks ago called #hangloose. YUASA sent boxers out to a few of the top mens modeling agencies in NYC, including Wilhelmina, Red, Fusion and Re:Quest. They requested the agencies to take photos of some of their boys in the boxers. Then later YUASA posted the pics on their instagram (@yuasastudios).
Michael Yuasa, the founder of the company explained to me that “the hashtag is hangloose because your balls hang loose in boxers as opposed to briefs which they are held tight.” That’s a true statement, it’s also freeing to wear boxers, especially if they are as short and modern as these. The boxers are also perfect to wear as shorts, when it’s really hot out, I wore a black pair out last summer and I felt very comfortable.
Check out some of the models below wearing YUASA undergarments, they look very sexy wearing them (I dare you to try and look at the pics and not imagine their balls hanging loose). The boxers are available in a few different colors and you can purchase a pair at yuasastudios.com and at International Playground.
GAYLETTER's co-creator gets suited by Paul Marlow
A few months ago I came to the conclusion that I needed a suit that fits me correctly. I’ve never owned a classic suit that I could wear often without people getting sick of it. Cheap suits don’t fit me well (I don’t have model proportions) and I also have high standards when it comes to fashion. Unfortunately I can’t really afford full price Raf Simons, Jil Sander or Prada at the moment.
I heard from a friend about where to get a great suit, so he introduced me to Paul Marlow at a social event, who’s the former Creator and Designer for Loden Dager — and he’s now on his own in the custom suit business. As he explained to me “I started making suits 3 ½ years ago, so when we closed Loden Dager, I shifted my focus. I opened the studio last May to receive customers.” At Paul Marlow made to measure suits start at $1800 and his custom fabrics are beautiful. “I design five fabrics each season, the rest are sourced from wool mills around the world. Mainly Italy and England. But now and then Scotland and Japan.”
I went with Tom to select my fabric, you know this is a big decision, so I really needed to go with someone that I trust — I left with two small samples of fabric and later that day 5 drinks in, I made my final decision. I texted my mother a photo of my selection and she felt strongly about what I chose; she always knows what’s right. Paul gave me lots of information about everything I needed to know, his customer service is on point, “once the appointment is set, customers come to me and we talk about the use of the suit, or the occasion for the suit. We talk about fit and details, and then discuss fabrics. The measurement process alone takes around 20 minutes so the first meeting is usually 45 minutes to an hour.”
It doesn’t take that long to get a suit, which is perfect, because there’s way too many events I need to go to to be waiting on an outfit. “From the time the fabric is available, it is five weeks until the second fitting. And the final alterations are made, usually within a week.” I went to two fittings and brought with me photographer Daniel Moss to record this experience on film…
Paul’s suits are on the slim side, they are “classic, modern and minimal — The key is in the details and during the fittings we discuss each part of the suit to the specifications of each customer. No two customers have chosen the same details.” A few weeks later, I decided to put my suit on and visit a few classic landmarks in NYC. First off, Lincoln Center, where we had to run out quickly because the guard told us that we didn’t have a permit and he said it looked like it was a fashion shoot. We managed to casually sneak a few photos anyways…
Then we headed to Central Park…
To inquire about a custom suit, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website: paul-marlow.com
A capsule collection of athletic wear designed by queer artists & produced by PRINT ALL OVER ME.
Print All Over Me & queer artists for the Russian LGBT Community
If there exists a singularly fitting way to describe the press surrounding the upcoming Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia, it is probably best labeled as a complete and utter shit show. First there was open speculation about the inconceivable $51 billion price tag for the games (to compare: the last Winter games in Vancouver in 2010 cost a mere $7 billion).
Then there were the October and December suicide bombings in Volgograd, prompting massive questions of safety for the athletes that will be traveling en masse to the Russian resort city come February 6th. And then there’s the linchpin that helped set off the entire press storm: the repulsive federal laws passed last summer that nationally banned “homosexual propaganda,” essentially shutting down all public expression of homosexuality in Russia with threat of imprisonment and thus giving openly gay athletes and politicians reason to fear for their safety while participating in the Olympic games for reasons other than terrorism.
In response to this widespread persecution of the LGBT community in Russia, make-it-yourself clothing company Print All Over Me has commissioned a group of queer artists to design a capsule collection of athletic wear in time for the opening ceremony of the Sochi games next month. The collection of track suits are each uniquely designed by a different artist, including Jack Pierson, Jibz Cameron, David Benjamin Sherry, Ryan McNamara, Kalup Linzy, Wardell Millan, Christian Dietkus, and many more. As a symbol of support, all of the proceeds of the capsule collection are directly benefitting the Russian LGBT Network, a human rights organization providing social and legal services to the Russian LGBT community.
A launch party for the collection will happen at Louis B. James on February 7th from 7:00-9:00PM to coincide with the opening ceremony. What better way to say ‘fuck you’ to Russia’s anti-gay legislation than sporting it on your chest?
The pieces will be available for sale here, the day of the event.
Coming soon to GAYLETTER