L.A. Mid Century Dream Home

MCM Crush:  This eye-popping 1961 gem built by architect David Hyun, located in Los Angeles.  

“Mustard yellows, greens and oranges set the tone, and each additional pop of color matches perfectly. Every piece in the house is secondhand — nearly all bought at Southern California flea markets and swap meets. Vintage magazines rest on the tables and abstract-shaped mirrors adorn the walls. An old record player sits in the lounge next to dice-shaped ottomans and sunken chairs. Lava lamps, geometric shapes, and Hollywood memorabilia are constant surprises around each corner. It’s a bright one story “L” shaped home, with a pool glistening right outside the floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors. A cabana is quietly tucked away in the corner, large-leafed green plants grow high and cast shadows. Roy Orbison, Chuck Berry, and The Mamas and Papas ring loud through the home’s speaker system. This house is rare, stylish…. Inspiring.” – http://blog.freepeople.com/2015/06/peek-vintage-dream-home/?crlt.pid=camp.Yl1We48SpuW0

Photos by Melodi Meadows

Meet Beefcake Jesus Ruiz!

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Jesus, how did your attraction to the Bear culture and how come about?

“I enjoyed the inclusiveness of our community and fight hard to make sure we extend the olive branch to everyone. I also grew up spending the summers in Mexico on a ranch watching all the Tall,Dark,Sweaty,Hairy men on horseback….. I’m sorry what was I saying?”

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Location: Anaheim,CA

Height: 5’8”

Hair: DARK AND THICK! Shave my head usually

Eyes: Brown

Sign: I’m a Pieces

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Fitness Routine: I am not a fan of gyms and prefer outdoor activities and enjoy hosting hiking groups for bears in my area on a weekly bases.

Occupation: Logistics and Operations Clerk for LUX BUS AMERICA TOURS

Hobbies: MUSIC FESTIVALS, Hiking, Camping, comedy shows, weed

Guilty Pleasure Snack: Caramel Cheesecake Bites from Del Taco. If you haven’t tried them, do yourself a favor.

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TV Faves: Walking Dead, Raising Hope, Celebrity Apprentice, and Face off on Syfy

Last good movie you saw: I’ll let you know when a good one pops up? HEYOHHH!

Currently Reading:I feel like a geek for saying this but I’m currently in the middle of Hunger Games

Turn Ons: Confidence,MANNERS, Goal driven, Passionate, Hairy, Older Men, BIG BUBBA BUTTS

Turn Offs: Gym Queens! Small stomachs and six packs, Socially awkward people.

Personal Statement: I’m very thankful to have had someone mentor me at a young age and taught me the importance of participating in your community. I would advise anyone to find a local charity or non-profit in your area to volunteer for. I love you all and would love to see a stronger Gay Community who supports one another regardless of how masculine one is. ONE LOVE!

From the Retro Vaults: Vintage Lunch Boxes!

We have a thing for collecting vintage lunch boxes from the 60’s and 70’s, which in the last decade have become hot collectibles! Here are a few of our faves…

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Who doesn’t love the original Planet of the Apes movies from the 60’s and 70’s?

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Woofy Lee Majors as the Six Million Dollar Man was many a young gay man’s first crush, and we were no exception.

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Sure, everybody had a Star Wars lunch box, but the campier TV copycat Battlestar Galactica is much harder to find!

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Does anyone remember this obscure TV series which only lasted two seasons on ABC? Produced by Irwin Allen, Land of the Giants has since become a cult favorite!

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1960’s Lost in Space started out as a smart Sci Fi series about a space age Family Robinson. It quickly devolved into a campy, kitschy show revolving around the very gay Dr. Smith and Robot. Still, it remains a childhood favorite for many.

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The original “Girl Power” epitomized by smart Sabrina, beautiful Kelly, and sexy Kris as Charlie’s Angels, one of the most popular TV shows of the 70’s. By the time this lunch box arrived on shelves, superstar Farrah Fawcett had left for her film career, and replaced by Cheryl Ladd.

For more info and value guides to vintage lunchboxes, visit greatestcollectibles.com

Modern Bear Hosts Project Bearway!

We are super excited to be hosting the first “Project Bearway” event at Lazy Bear Weekend this year! Teams of Bears will compete for cash and fabulous prizes, and the audience will vote in a grande finale fashion show. Also making a special appearance will be entertainer Big Dipper!

Project Bearway at Lazy Bear

A New Year – A New You

Well brethren, we’ve made it through the Holidays. The last of the Christmas cookies have been gobbled up. No more left over turkey and dressing. The New Year’s Eve hangover has subsided. How’d you do? Did you over indulge? Take it easier this year? Maybe somewhere in between a little cheating on your diet and gorging out?

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Most of us fall somewhere in between. I know, I know – who wants to be reminded of those oh-so-typical New Year’s resolutions. I’m going to save more money. I’m going to spend more time with family. I’m going to get back to the gym. Sigh. Well, if you had to start with just one, getting yourself into your favorite health club or beginning an exercise regimen is probably the most realistic resolution you can achieve.

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We all know the benefits of exercising. It’s good for our health. It improves our mood and lifts our self esteem. It also can be great for social interaction. Who knows, you might just find that dreamy muscle-bear soul-mate in the locker room. We all know exercise good for us, but sometimes it’s so damned hard to get motivated.

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Maybe what you need is a fresh workout wardrobe. Sometimes something as simple as a new pair of shoes or a great looking warm up outfit can help you get those feet out the door and into the gym. There are many great new styles of workout clothing available at this time of year. Let’s take a look at some options.

Most major labels have larger sizes for bearish physiques. Nike, Under Armour, Adidas and Puma are some of the more popular brands. Check your favorite websites for selections as they are more likely to stock the larger sizes we like. Let’s review some of the new gym wear trends for 2015.

Under Armour has a great selection of shirts and tanks for working out. If you’re more likely to get your heart rate up in the great outdoors, their Cold Gear line is great, especially if you reside in the chillier climates. They feature a wide selection of fleece hoodies and warm up pants that will keep your buns warm on the snowy running trail. Plus, their website has a nice outlet selection. Check it out at UnderArmour.com. Sizes run up to 3XL.

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Want to workout inside? You might just like Nike’s new like of training gear at Nike.com. If you sweat a lot while training like I do, you’ll appreciate their Nike Dri-FIT line of clothing. The fabric used in this line is designed to wick away moisture from your body, making the workout experience more pleasurable. And their designs are really colorful and eye-popping. From long sleeve, short sleeve or sleeveless designs, you’re sure to find a style that fits you.

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When it comes to shoes, I really like what Puma is offering this year. They have such an eye for style without sacrificing comfort or performance. Take a look at their new Nightcat line of footwear at Puma.com. The reflective material make these shoes perfect whether your exercising indoors or out. They’re made for running but are perfectly suitable for weightlifting as well.

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Whatever it takes to get you off of the couch or out of bed to get back in shape, remember these famous three words from Nike:

Just do it.

Writer and Style Bear John R. White contributes regular columns on men’s fashion, grooming and lifestyle for the Bear community.
Writer and Style Bear John R. White contributes regular columns on men’s fashion, grooming and lifestyle for the Bear community.

Modern Bear Magical Modernism Tour!

In celebration of Modernism Week and International Bear Convergence

Join Modern Bear Hosts Travis Smith and Chris Bale for a Modernism Week Double Decker Bus Tour of the capitol of Mid Century Modern design, Palm Springs!

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Only 45 Tickets will be offered!

Purchase Modern Bear Bus Tour Tickets here:
http://www.ticketderby.com/event/?id=248495

The tour will highlight the two predominate architectural styles of Palm Springs: Mid-Century Modern, and Desert Spanish. The tour includes many homes of the rich and famous such as Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and Cary Grant, all of who resided in striking architectural homes. Many of the city’s architecturally significant civic and commercial buildings are also a part of the tour. The tour will be conducted by the informative and entertaining Chris Sears, along with Travis and Chris.

The top tier of the bus will be used only, to offer guests a unique perspective view of Palm Springs.
A limited block of tickets will be offered after November 1st for the first 45 guests only!
Only the exteriors of properties are seen on the tour

The group will Meet at Modernism Week Camp at 10 AM on Palm Canyon Drive between Jiao Restaurant (Chino) and Copley’s Restaurant. Coffee and donuts will be served while Travis and Chris give a brief talk about the Palm Springs Modern lifestyle and introduce tour guide, Chris Sears. The bus will depart at 10:30 and return to Modernism Camp at approximately 1:00. Guests may eat lunch (not included in the tour) at the food court at the camp, or explore the Uptown Design District dining options.

This is not an official IBC event.