Month: June 2010

Is this Lady Gaga in male drag in Vogue Hommes Japan?

Thank you, J-son, for tipping me off to what seems to be Lady Gaga posing in male drag for Vogue Hommes Japan. This is apparently her character Jo Calderone. Drag kings are hot, and none hotter than Lady G.

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Jersey Shore boys featured on Village Voice’s Queer Issue

Somehow, Christophe always knows the latest story. Apparently the self-obsessed Jersey Shore boys posed shirtless and oiled for the Village Voice. And this New York weekly did not tell them that they would be the illustration for “The Guido Ideal” of their annual Queer Issue. This early photo comes from Autostraddle, who critique the Village Voice for using these emblems of retarded heterosexuality as queer icons.

BTW, I heard that MTV wants to export Jersey Shore to over 30 countries. Have you seen this subculture, brand offensive in your (non-US) nation?!

Senior fashion in the park

In Tokyo, the seniors rock the fashion world in unexpected bursts of ostentation. I love how this grand daddy is mixing shorts and dark socks, white gloves and a dog in a sweater. I spotted him outside a public bathroom in one of my favorite urban parks. He seemed very popular with the ladies, and I am certain he is well known in these parts.

Wimbleon king and the Queen merge fashion, sports & sexiness

I know that the world is ga-ga over the World Cup. I am settling in for some tennis drama. I love this photo of “the Queen” returning to Wimbledon after a 33 year absence. She’s shaking Roger Federer’s hand, and somehow Serena William’s butt is in the center of the scene. Swoon!!

Please send any good tennis images and stories!

Worker fashion is so hot!

Construction workers in Japan (called gatenki) wear the most fashionable work clothes. Often paired with two- toed shoes, they wear these huge balloon pants. My friend J-son thinks they are very Yoji Yamamoto. Many also have colored and fried hair, few eyebrows, and what seems to be copious tattoos. I like how they interact with each other and the city: aloof from outsiders, intimate with one another. I wonder how many are gay.

Spotting gatenki taking a break or walking through the city always cheers me up!

Flaming across Shinjuku Dori

This flaming outfit crossing Shinjuku’s widest boulevard had me dumb-struck. How is it possible to be *this* gay in Tokyo? Although many hetero Tokyo outfits can easily pass as trannie by USA standards, this early summer outfit is over the top: starting with the fur-topped short booties, the leopard print hand-bag, the large fried hair, and the certain swagger.

Politician advertising in Tokyo car park

I met this random politician in one of those instant car parking lots that sprout across Tokyo like weeds. There’s something about his confident and boysih grin in the eerie fluorescent lighting. I have no idea what office he aspires to, or what party or ideas he represents. Still, I was persuaded!