Joshua Ben Longo.
I have at least 3 uses for this.
Here’s another representation of lumberjacks. At first, archival Film Board footage followed by an unrealistic, romanticized caricature, as cartoons often can be.
PS - RIP Dominion/Hoser culture.
And I’ve always wondered why this is still the dominant way to represent gay men in drawing and illustration? They don’t really represent anybody, not that they have to. But basically in gay figurative illustration, this inflated, exaggerated parody of masculinity hasn’t developed very much further than this point.
So if you take Tom of FInland as a kind of realistic way to represent gay men you run into some problems right away. His images have a ridiculousness to them —-intentional, of course—- which we don’t ever question but is entirely unreal. Like somehow at this point in the gay drawing continuum this happens (see image), Lumberjack Models, and the medium never really advances beyond that.
Where Christeene does “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” on Halloween night and stage dives onto her neck, but on with the show.